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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d Mark III or 6d or stick with 7d
« on: August 12, 2013, 05:01:04 PM »
I was pretty happy with my 7D, too, until I bought my 5Diii.  The differences between the two cameras are substantial.

The 5Diii's IQ is just way superior to that produced by the 7D.  It is a much less noisy camera -- much less noisy -- than the 7D.  I primarily consider myself a nature photographer.  With the 5Diii I can get excellent quality images at ISO 1600.   I find that the cutoff for the 7D is about ISO 400.  I find the images produced by the 5Diii to be denser, richer, and more saturated looking than with the 7D. 

The 5Diii also has a much superior autofocus than that of the 7D.  I primarily shoot using only the center point and I find that the 5Diii locks onto a subject much more quickly and much more accurately than does the 7D.

Finally, I find that the 5Diii's dynamic range is much superior to that of the 7D.  I get more detail in highlights and shadows with 5Diii than I ever did with the 7D.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D or 5D III?
« on: August 11, 2013, 05:20:02 PM »
I have both and each has its place.  That said, I use my 5Diii at least 90% of the time.  I love what a crop format can give me when I'm doing nature photography.  However, the 5Diii has certain advantages over the 7D and I find these to be really significant.

1.  Superior autofocus.  I generally use just the center point for nature photography.  The 5Diii acquires the target much faster than the 7D and that's a huge advantage for subjects such as birds in flight.  Its autofocus is also considerably better in low light situations than that of the 7D.

2.  Vastly superior performance at higher ISOs.  I routinely use my 5Diii at ISOs of 800-1600.  I wouldn't dream of doing that with the 7D.  For me, the 7D is a 400 ISO or lower camera.  At ISOs above 400 with the 7D, noise, particularly background noise, is intolerable.

3.  Better dynamic range.  The 5Diii seems to capture a broader range of lighting than does the 7D.  That's subjective, I know, but it just seems to do a better job.  It also does a better job for me if I photograph something against a strongly backlighted background.  With any camera that's often a recipe for an underexposed subject.  With the 5Diii I can pull up far more detail from such underexposures than I ever could with the 7D.

I'll be curious to see whether the 7Dii catches up to the 5Diii in these areas.  A crop format camera that handles low light situations as well as the 5Diii does and that has the 5Diii's autofocusing capabilities would be a nature photographer's dream camera, I think.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: August 09, 2013, 02:28:12 PM »
One more dragonfly.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: August 09, 2013, 02:27:02 PM »
Well, as long as we're on the subject of dragonflies

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 02, 2013, 04:13:55 PM »
Tern about is fair play!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 01, 2013, 07:19:20 PM »
Gambel's Quail.  5D Mark iii, 400 Do + 1.4x extender.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 28, 2013, 08:59:16 PM »
Nice!  I'm guessing a fledgling Red Shouldered Hawk. 

Lenses / Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« on: July 25, 2013, 09:45:50 PM »
Canon 100-400 F4-5.6 IS L.  It's not the sharpest lens in the inventory but for what I do, nature and wildlife photography, it is the most versatile.  Nothing else comes close. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 25, 2013, 03:53:57 PM »
"Bigfoot".  Juvenile American Coot.  Obviously, on these birds, some body parts grow faster than others!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 25, 2013, 03:52:27 PM »
Rick, that's a great shot of that eaglet.  Getting the exposure right in conditions like that is not easy.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 22, 2013, 09:59:25 PM »
Same bird, 15 seconds later.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 22, 2013, 09:58:06 PM »
I continue to follow and photograph the juvenile Cooper's Hawks in our area.

Lenses / Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« on: July 18, 2013, 09:52:30 PM »
Sure! My candidate is the 400DO.  Wonderfully light when compared with the 400 F2.8, a lens that I can hike with.  And, just great for bird and wildlife photography.  It's as sharp as any telephoto I own.  Apparently, this lens got bad reviews back when it was introduced and has languished in the shadows for years. It has a bad rap, take my word for it.  Mine is my favorite lens.

Geeze, I still haven't taken advantage of all of my 5Diii's capabilities.  I'm running the camera at about a 20k photos per year rate, so I guess I'll have to do something in 6 or 7 years.  Meanwhile, I'm good.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 12, 2013, 09:29:05 PM »
Snack time.

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