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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:35:46 PM »
I've got both of these in the Montana wilderness right now (landscape, grizzlies, moose, eagles). The 6D crushes the 70D in IQ. I try to avoid using the 70D.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:50:55 PM »
In fairness, it's a wash after post processing. But the differences are simply not that large to begin with.

If you need to post process the crop image to match the FF, then it's not a "wash". It's the crop getting its ass handed to it.

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In the field now with multiple cameras, crop and FF. I would not recommend a crop camera over FF camera for any use except tiny birds or to save money.

The 6D images are just aesthetically superior. Better color, noise, exposure, sharpness, contrast all combining for pleasing, smooth images.

The 6D center point is as good as any I've used from Canon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D MkII RAW sample images
« on: October 16, 2014, 04:31:59 PM »
And from the looks of it, they haven't really tried to do the best possible processing of the RAWs.


Why would anyone want them to process the RAW's? Unprocessed RAW's are the only baseline for comparison.

 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D MkII RAW sample images
« on: October 16, 2014, 04:25:35 PM »
DP Review has updated the 7D MkII samples gallery after they got hold of an early build of ACR 8.7.
Check it out here:
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/7693022340/raw-conversions-added-to-canon-eos-7d-mark-ii-real-world-samples-beta

-pw


Looks just like the same old, out-of-date Canon crop sensors we've been using for years.

Lowlight enthusiasts should run from any Canon crop to the 6D.

I'm in the field right now with several Canon crops and FF, and the 6D has the best IQ of them all.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 14, 2014, 03:38:03 PM »
The sensor.  Peripherals can be overcome by a competent photog.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 10:15:12 AM »


Especially when every word is recorded and analyzed (over analyzed)?

True, but this response is often associated with lack of information, transparency, and directness in communication.



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The 6D is equipped with Canon's best sensor, so no surprises there.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:48:19 AM »

"One thing we know from our own testing is that Canon DSLR sensors can’t quite compete with some modern sensors from Sony in terms of dynamic range. How important to you is developing sensor technology?

We are very focused on getting the best image quality. I’m not sure what measurements you’re looking at but when it comes to dynamic range for example we consider image quality as a whole, from low to high ISO sensitivities and on balance we consider our sensors to be the best.

My ideal camera is one that can take a picture in any environment from complete darkness to the brightest sunshine.

So in your opinion your sensors are currently the best [DSLR sensors] on the market?

Yes. In the EOS 7D Mark II for example the sensor we’ve used is improved compared to the previous generation, especially at high ISO and in shadows. There’s less noise."




Wow. So in a question of "best sensors", Canon reps reference the 7D II?  Does the 70D even crack the top 100 at DXO?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 24, 2014, 05:18:28 AM »
DR is overrated.

Until you need it. Then it tends to be the only thing that matters. :P

And when, pray tell, would it matter more than focus?

It's not really an either/or thing.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:02:23 PM »
Nothing in the squirrel looks in good focus, and the whiskers are eaten away by noise/noise removal.

That shot was best left for a full frame sensor.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:48:20 AM »

WOW people really need to learn to use noise removal plugins.

It's not really about that. It's about using the cameras within their "sweet spots". ISO 1600+ is a serious weakness for crop cameras. If you find yourself shooting crop at those ISO's, it's time to go to a 6D, regardless of how gimped the AF is.
 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:40:06 AM »
Yep. I consider crops  "afternoon" wildlife ISO 100-800 cameras, and FF for crepuscular/forest shooting to 12,800. 

That's four stops.  That's not what you said above.

The 6D cleans up a bit better at 12,800 for smaller web photos. But it's not something I'd do consistently.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:26:11 AM »
I don't know how you get away with only shooting 800ISO with wildlife, keeping the shutter speed at 1/1000 on an overcast day requires 1250+ in my experience. If you are in a darker environment like a forrest or under cover 3200+ is where you need to be.

I would never use ISO 3200 for wildlife on a crop camera.  You might be able to get away with it for indoor sports, but it's not going to cut it for antler and fur detail in RAW. The shots I've taken at 3200 are strictly for memories (wild bobcats, grizzly bears).

ISO 800 is about the limit of my friends usage on crop as well. I do dip into ISO 1600 from time to time, but these need major work to restore fur and antler detail.

If you are routinely using ISO 3200 on a crop camera for wildlife, you need to consider moving to FF ASAP, because that's shooting a weakness.

Thats why I shoot FF… Which is why I said i don't know how people get away with only shooting ISO800.


Yep. I consider crops  "afternoon" wildlife ISO 100-800 cameras, and FF for crepuscular/forest shooting to 12,800.  Different tools for different jobs.

The crop bring you closer in daylight when animals are more leery, and the FF gets the job done in lowlight hours when many animals are more active and willing to move closer.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:23:30 AM »
I thought that the squirrel-shot was quite good. Since it was taken in mid-January, I suspect that there has been some alterations and tweaks done to the final product, and that RAWs will come out nicely from this 7D Mark II even at fairly high ISO settings.

you're okay with noise/noise removal removing parts of the animal?

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