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Don't drop it into a snow drift.

I had the pleasure of shooting a 6D for several months in the Bob Marshall Wilderness complex and other wilderness areas in Montana, Washington, and Oregon.  I shot a variety of subjects, from bighorns to golden eagles to beaches.

The 6D lowlight focus is the best I've ever used on any camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 11, 2014, 07:39:20 PM »

Why can't the 7D2 be a pro-level APS-C camera?
The 7D was pro-level... Why not the 7D2?

and please don't say "because it's not FF", Pro-level is a whole lot more than sensor....

"Pro" has always meant "top IQ", IMHO. This is even more apparent in the smart phone era.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 16-35 f/4L, 17-40 f/4L and Others
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:45:53 PM »
I'd really hoped for the 16-50/4 IS ...  :(

I will love to have a 16-50 f/4 IS too. But I don't think that's coming. It is probably a figment of someone's imagination. Sigh

While I can understand the desire on a 1.6x crop. I really can'y see any benefit of an IS unit on a full frame 16mm lens. If you need stability....then use a tripod. Should anyone really be hand holding less than 1/15th sec? If the shot is that important....put it on a pod, end of story.

Not everyone wants to hike with a tripod. I do a lot of forest hikes where I go minimalistic on the equipment. Forest environments were tailored for UWA lenses. Having IS would be great.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 16-35 f/4L, 17-40 f/4L and Others
« on: March 10, 2014, 02:40:08 PM »
I'm a huge fan of the 17-40L.  Mine had to go into Canon twice, though, and they still couldn't get it right. Luckily, micro adjust saved the day.

I've always been thrilled with the colors from this lens, even compared to other L's. I have no actual hard data to verify why I feel this way, but I do. It's especially pleasing with a good CP.

For me to upgrade, I'd need to see a 16-40 IS, or a 12-24 2.8.

Lenses / Re: Good lens for hiking
« on: February 28, 2014, 11:39:46 AM »
Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a lens to do some landscape photography while hiking. I need something very lightweight since I'll use it during hikes of more than 7 days.

My gear currently :
- Canon 6D
- Canon 50mm 1.8
- Canon 24-105L

I hiked the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex this fall with the 6D and 24-105.   You already have what you need, IMHO.

The weight savings of a 40 2.8 over a 24-105 do not make up for the lack of versatility in wilderness conditions. These are the kinds of trips we buy camera gear *for*. 

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Announcement in Q2 of 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 28, 2014, 09:56:44 AM »
As a current 7D owner, I'd need to see a few things to upgrade:

1. 16mp sensor with minimal AA filter. If they cram more mega pixels into the same sized sensor, I'm just not interested.
2. Improved low ISO noise levels and dynamic range
3. 10 FPS
4. A focus system based on the 5D III
5. Dual SD slots (or CF, either one)
6. Flip out screen
7. 70D movie capabilities
8. MF adjust on the wide and long focal lengths

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 19, 2014, 07:12:49 PM »
Montana bighorn at sunset (click for horn detail):


No, your original point in response to my offhanded remark was an analogy comparing the improvements in DR and resolution of the D800 to the development of camera autofocus systems and digital image sensors.  In other words, you compared modest, incremental improvements to transformative changes in technology.  That is a completely fallacious analogy. 

The amount of improvement is irrelevant to the comparison, as the analogy could easily be filled with any type of imaging improvement. I chose the subjects I did because they were informative and historical.

Now, if you're referring to your second point, about downplaying technological improvements due to brand loyalty, I'll ask you to refrain from ascribing motives to my statements, that's presumptuous.  I'm downplaying them because they're modest, incremental improvements.  Are they beneficial? In some situations, certainly.  Do they benefit the vast majority of photographers and the vast majority of shots they take, as is the case for AF and digital sensors?  No. 

I'm not so sure they are "modest".  I'd say there is a significant ability in the Sony sensors in terms of rescuing images that Canon lacks, just as Canon's implementation of IS into their telephotos allowed wildlife photogs to get shots tripod mounted off-brand shooters could not.

And who knows, maybe the Sony sensors will allow for the end of tacky light painting in landscapes. ;)

As far as the 1DX, it's an awesome camera, there's no reason to get defensive over it. There is no better camera for shooting action on this planet, period. It's just not the IQ leader.

And I vastly prefer Canon's colors, UI, handling and lens lineup, so it's not killing me as I wait for the sensor improvements. Are they "must haves" for me right now? No. But the improved DR is something I'm looking forward to.


If they update it with more DR, I couldn't care less. I have no use for it and it would make NO impact or difference in my shots.

I'm not familiar with what you shoot, but let's say you were surprised by a thrilling subject, and your subject was backlit or accidentally underexposed due to speed/position.  At this point, you would care a great deal about shadow recovery with minimal noise and banding.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AF problems with 70D and fast lenses
« on: February 19, 2014, 06:09:19 PM »
BTW, I've heard many complaints about the 24 1.4 well before the 70d came to fruition.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AF problems with 70D and fast lenses
« on: February 19, 2014, 04:27:42 PM »
This is a bummer, but I'm not surprised. At all.

Are alll improvememts of equal significance? 

Now you're engaging in a logical fallacy.

Can you honestly say you believe that going from 11 to 13 stops of DR or adding MP that many lenses cannot fully take advantage of rise to the level of importance to and impact upon the field of photography as autofocus or the shift from film to digital?  If not, then your response to my sarcasm was absolutely 'reactionary, with little footing in logic or science.'

Again, you employ a logical fallacy. That was never the question.

My original comment was that it doesn't make much sense to downplay technological improvements out of brand loyalty. Whether the improvement is great or small has nothing to do with my original point.

If the 1DX and 5D III had the low ISO DR of the Sony sensors, we'd be celebrating, not vilifying.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 19, 2014, 01:00:08 AM »
Wow, a wombat! Great critters. So many good shots in this thread.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 19, 2014, 12:59:22 AM »

Very interesting contrast there with the raven and the dish. Where was this if you don't mind me asking?

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