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I mostly shot @ISO3200...
With the proper post processing technique, I can get very good images, but they could be a lot better with recent sensors.  :-\
It might be helpful to remember that at that high of an ISO, you might actually get better dynamic range from a Canon sensor. If I'm mistaken, I welcome correction from the community here, but it's my understanding that Canon catches up and then pulls ahead in dynamic range as you move up the ISO scale.

True, except for the a7S (if 12 MP and its AF performance – particularly if you need to adapt a lens – are adequate for your needs).
Noted...thank you!

For me, the AF performance would turn me away, but I'm sure there are some where AF is weighted much lower in their needs.

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In my mind, I try to separate the concepts of dynamic range and editing latitude (and there have been plenty of topics in this forum on the subject). It really seems more like a pursuit of detail than anything else. How much detail can be captured/restored in the highlights and shadows so that it can be seen when I reduce the dynamic range of the image (by pushing shadows and pulling highlights). Can I capture that detail in a single frame, or do I stack/merge?

If I can capture in a single frame and avoid merging, that would be best and simplify the workflow, but (and this is probably the critical part) I'm not primarily a landscape photographer, so the occasional bracket usually works fine for me. I'll happily enjoy any increase in dynamic range Canon can add to its sensors, but it's not a deal-breaker for me.

The only time I've really wished I could get more out of the sensor for dynamic range is when I'm in the woods (naturally lower light) and sky is visible in the shot. It usually means either a dark image or blown out sky. Stacking is a challenge if there's movement in the branches between bracketed shots. For me, it's an infrequent annoyance, and I'll be happy if/when a Canon sensor can solve it for me, but it's not enough to make me throw out everything else I love about the Canon system. If I was a landscape photographer, I might feel differently, but even then, I'd probably just add a body from another brand than dump my whole system.

I better stop now...I get the feeling that this has all been said a thousand times on this forum before...maybe even by me! :P


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Nice image...
Would be impossible with my 7D.

You could do it with MagicLantern's DualISO feature.

I think you could do it with a G7X.

indeed
in fact the only word you may have missed is 'easily'
Incidentally, the G7X sensor is not made by Canon. Some have compared its specs to the sensor of the Sony RX100 III and suspect it's a Sony chip. Anyone able to confirm that? If true, then the G7X might be a poor choice for this debate.   :P

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I mostly shot @ISO3200...
With the proper post processing technique, I can get very good images, but they could be a lot better with recent sensors.  :-\
It might be helpful to remember that at that high of an ISO, you might actually get better dynamic range from a Canon sensor. If I'm mistaken, I welcome correction from the community here, but it's my understanding that Canon catches up and then pulls ahead in dynamic range as you move up the ISO scale.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II by FroKnowsPhoto
« on: November 25, 2014, 11:10:04 AM »
More a comment about Jared than the camera...

The first few videos I saw of his seemed a bit over-the-top. As I've watch over the last year or two, though, he's grown on me. He keeps it real -- and entertaining. His YouTube page is now bookmarked with some others in my browser.

Being a Nikon guy, the fact that he not only took a look at the 7DII but even purchased one for himself tells me he's more interested in what you can do with a camera than what badge is on the front. That gives him a lot more credibility in my view.

Interesting comments about the focus just "missing" sometimes. I find my 70D does the same thing..quite often. I tend to shoot more in Live View (DPAF really helps here) when I need critical focus because I just can't trust that the PDAF will be on -- even after several attempts at wide/tele calibration using FoCal. I'll be watching to see if he finds a solution/explanation in the coming weeks or months...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sending my 7D2 back due to high ISO noise
« on: November 21, 2014, 11:57:07 AM »
http://www.calevphoto.com/p1067692827#h3ad922d8

Great photographs, Joseph. Thanks for sharing. I really like the head-on portrait of the bull elk with one antler growing from near the middle of his forehead -- never seen that before. If he sheds the other first, he'll be a unicorn elk for a while. :P

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Photography Technique / Re: Game Ranches for photography
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:54:42 PM »
And outside you can photograph the rare chickadee eating sunflower seeds from the wooden boxes that hang from trees and the squirrels that sit below waiting for seeds to fall off.

Those must be some lazy squirrels (or you have some really effective baffles). :P I was always amazed at how determined, resourceful and successful the squirrels were in getting to the jackpot when I was a kid watching our feeders...

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EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 15, 2014, 08:01:16 PM »
Oh, and if Canon really released such a camera, I would also need to buy some EF lenses. Probably a 24-70 F4L and a 70-200 F4 L IS (I'd get the F2.8 versions, but I just don't have the money).

So...Canon releases something else, I stick with my 70D and EF-S lenses. They release my suggested 6DII, they get a FF camera sale, plus another couple grand in lens sales. Come on, Canon -- entice me to part with my money!

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EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 15, 2014, 07:54:37 PM »
Like the OP, I would like to see a cross between the 6D and 70D. It would have:

1. DPAF version of 6D sensor.
2. A 19-point cross type AF system
3. Articulating touch screen

Anything else is just gravy to me. If they release this camera around $1,800 MSRP, I would order it as fast as I can sell my 70D.

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Post Processing / Re: Why isn't there a magic wand in Lightroom?
« on: November 13, 2014, 02:42:40 PM »
Actually... LR and facebook are not playing nice together... what I'm seeing in LR is what I expect, but FB is making the black look horrible... I'm guessing it is just FB's compression...

If you calibrate your monitor, could it be that your browser is not set to use your monitor's color profile?

Calibrating your monitor is a good start, but you also have to tell your browser which color profile to use for images, too. For Firefox, I use the Color Management add-on. It works well, but you have to manually select the profile to use (I wish it would dynamically apply whichever profile is in use by Windows for the monitor the browser is displayed in). Since I move between a two-monitor setup at home and another at work, I have to switch the profiles back and forth in the add-on. It's a minor inconvenience.

If you don't calibrate your monitor, well, all bets are off... :P

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EOS Bodies / Re: do you hope for sony sensors in the 5D MK 4?
« on: November 06, 2014, 02:40:14 PM »
Okay...I'll bite.

No, it would not be good for Canon to switch to Sony sensors for their DLSR cameras -- despite Sony sensors being considered "better" in some ways.

Why? Because this is how competition works! When Sony-sensored DSLR/mirrorless cameras threaten Canon's market share enough, Canon will respond. If/when Canon (or some other company) leapfrogs Sony's sensors, Sony will respond. This dynamic is critical to the "innovation" you demand and is ultimately best for the consumer. If your current camera/system doesn't meet your needs and one from another company does, then switch. That will help move the wheels of competition, too. :)

If Canon used Sony sensors, it reduces Sony's incentive to innovate. You'd have Sony, Canon and Nikon all using the same sensors. You want to talk about a company riding sensor technology for as along as it can? That's exactly what such a non-competitive scenario would encourage!

All that useless ::) business crap aside, I've yet to peruse a pro photographer's portfolio and have any clue from the photographs which company made the sensor that was used to capture the image. Until that happens, I'm happy as a clam thinking of cameras as systems and not sensors.

Sure, I'd love as much dynamic range and as little high ISO noise as I can get, but somehow, digital photography thrived before Exmor, and plenty of pros manage to produce amazing images with...gasp...Canon sensors.  ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 31, 2014, 02:56:19 AM »
Agreed -- that looks pretty amazing. Am I understanding you correctly? These were processed from RAW in DPP with only lens correction and no additional noise reduction? These aren't out-of-camera JPEGs that have had in-camera noise reduction applied?
I opened the RAW files in DPP 4.1 (which I downloaded today).  It has a standard noise and sharpening setting in its opening settings like Lightroom and I left them on and didn't  modify any of the other settings for contrast, clarity, etc, etc. No extra noise reduction was done in DPP and no additional noise reduction programs were run. The files can be converted to TIFFs in DPP and exported to Photoshop for additional modification.  I then exported them from DPP as a JPEG to upload to the internet.
Catherine

Most excellent. Thank you for sharing!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 31, 2014, 12:26:34 AM »
Agreed -- that looks pretty amazing. Am I understanding you correctly? These were processed from RAW in DPP with only lens correction and no additional noise reduction? These aren't out-of-camera JPEGs that have had in-camera noise reduction applied?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 12:43:22 PM »
For those who have appreciated my small effort to get some quick shots for you, thank you.

And thank you! The effort is very much appreciated indeed.

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Whew! One-way definitely makes it a bit easier to fit things in. If that's the case, unless you really want to see the sites in Utah, I'd do Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite, San Francisco, Redwoods, then on up 101 until Lincoln City (or until you're tired of the coast), then east over to Portland. Once in drizzly Portland, Powell's books, as mentioned, is a great place to chill -- if you like reading. :)

I've actually always loved the coast during the nasty weather. The clouds, mist, rocky cliffs -- can make for some great photos. Get the sun to peak through those clouds once or twice during sunset, and you've got some dramatic skies just begging to be captured. I'd bring an ND filter and stout tripod for some silky water shots on those rocky shores.

Should be a great trip! Drive safely, and enjoy the journey as much as the various destinations...

PS: If you like split-pea soup, be sure to stop at Andersen's in Buellton, CA (right on 101, about 40 minutes north of Santa Barbara). Could really hit the spot if it's a bit nippy outside.  :P

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