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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: July 30, 2014, 11:39:26 PM »
I have issues with your comparison.7D iso over 6400 anyone? I don't get that noise until I hit 25k on the 5D3. to each their own but my 5D3 and 7D images are night and day.

IMHO the 7D shouldn't even be mentioned with the  5D III,  6D,  1DX, or the 5D II for wildlife. The 7D produces grainy, rough images with drab colors. The slab of margarine known as the AA filter doesn't help, either. Blue channel noise at low ISO's is especially disturbing for landscapes or bird backgrounds.

In the absolute best of light, the 7D does fine. But then, so does a cell phone.

I find the 70D to be a far superior wildlife camera, too.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: July 30, 2014, 11:36:05 PM »
I shoot wildlife in very low light and the 1D X absolutely destroys what I was able to do with the 7D

Yep.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 07:24:55 PM »
Looking forward to the new lens reveal. When I see "big" I'm assuming a wildlife lens.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 24, 2014, 05:01:17 PM »
Congrats to Nikon for another world class sensor.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 23, 2014, 09:28:42 AM »

You know what else keeps deer populations in check? Wolves and mountain lions. Those same hunting groups lobby to kill large predators for trophies. Wolves are almost extinct in the US now, outside of Yellowstone, Glacier and a couple other small, protected pockets due to hunting.


Thumbs up on this post.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Noise reduction in Lightroom
« on: July 20, 2014, 03:01:55 PM »
Hi,

I have a question to Adobe Lightroom 5.5 regarding the noise reduction (EOS M).

Are there any settings where I can get the same noise reduction like the Canon standard-in-camera-noise-reduction resp. the standard noise reduction in Canon DPP?
If yes, which settings are there?


I would advise letting go of DPP, and ceasing to use it for anything other than making sure your photos arrived during a transfer, or for basic exports.

Lightroom is much deeper and can create stunning results.

Under the "detail" tab on the right in Develop mode, you'll find the luminance and color noise removal sliders. This all depends on what camera you are using. For a full frame, you're not going to be using the sliders much unless shooting at very high ISO. For crops (70D, 7D) at ISO 800, I like to have a luminance of 10 and a detail of 70. Typically I will leave the color noise where it is. But at ISO 1600 I'll tweak it to 10 with a detail of 70. The 7D would require bumping luminance into 25, and color into the teens.

Even better is the localized noise tool, which is great for smoothing out noise-riddled backgrounds. You can really smooth out the bokeh while keeping  feather detail.

Personally, I would recommend sharpening before noise removal, or you're going to be sharpening details you just softened. True, you'll be sharpening noise too, but the spot removal takes care of that.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 20, 2014, 02:02:49 AM »

LOL, sorry, but I find that completely illogical. It's also an unqualified statement...so I have to ask. WHY, in very specific terms, would you choose the 50D or 40D over the 7D for bears (or anything, for that matter)?



First,  I'm not sure if you just had chocolate or a Red Bull, but chill a little bit.

I've owned all of these cameras, and filmed ursine and ungulates in crepuscular conditions.  Photographing a brown bear running on a brown hillside is much different than filming a sporting event with brightly colored subjects.

In these low light, low contrast conditions, I found the 40D and 50D to simply have superior auto focus consistency with L telephoto lenses. On top of the auto focus, the 40D and 50D also seemed to have less substantial AA filters, which required less processing. The 7D RAW files also feel significantly more "rough", and require more processing all around than even my 40D. The 7D's colors appear drab compared to my 40D and 70D.

My keeper rate plunged significantly with the 7D's I used.  Blue channel noise is disturbing on the 7D, even at low ISO's. AI Servo, when combined with high speed burst mode seems to be especially problematic, getting focus, then not, then getting it again.

These numerous issues combined to make unpleasant RAW files. Sure, the 7D has a beautiful build and is a joy to hold and operate. And some of the features are nice. But who cares if the files are weak?

When I compare the 7D files to my 50D, 40D, 70D, 6D, and 5DIII, I simply shake my head. They're  a mess.

When you're out shooting the Bob Marshall Wilderness for a month, and you have these cameras side by side over thousands of images, its easy to see what camera can hack the conditions and what does not.  Once in a while, when conditions were perfect and everything went right, the 7D really came to life.  But that can be said for any cheap smart phone, too. The real test of a camera is how it does when conditions are crap.


 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 19, 2014, 08:27:02 PM »
I wouldn't recommend a 7D at all for bears. In fact, I'd choose a 50D and a 40D over it for our ursine friends.

Would you recommend a 7D for anything?  Perhaps a paperweight or doorstop?   It's truly unfortunate that you seem to have gotten a lemon, but properly functioning 7Ds (which are the vast majority of them) are very good cameras.

 
Sure, I'd recommend the 7D for situations where you control the lighting (fashion shoots, etc). Or for shooting brightly-colored sports jerseys or race cars.

I used several 7D's over the years, and found them all to have focus consistency issues on grizzly bears and ungulates with L telephoto lenses.  On top of this, these animals come closer during crepuscular hours, and the 7D just falls flat here with noisy, rough RAW files. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 19, 2014, 07:42:55 PM »

The point being, don't fixate on gear. Technique beats gear every time. One of the best techniques to learn in bird photography is to be slow and quiet..... although that said, I would not refuse a 1DX and a 600II if it were offered :)

Location > gear

Time spent at location > gear

I'd rather shoot with a Canon S2 in Yellowstone for a year than a high end camera and lens combo for two weeks.

I bet if I had a 1D X and a 600/4 II I'd create 100x more great photography in two weeks than you would with your Canon S2 in a year. ;) I have absolutely zero doubt, as a matter of fact.

The odds of getting truly great photographs in nature increase exponentially based on time in the field, not what gear you have.

First, you have to get out there. Second, you have to stay out there in all conditions. Then you need to apply technique, and hopefully a bit of luck will come your way, but don't count on it.

Time can be a factor, but gear is not immaterial. If I wanted to get a shot of bears, I'd much rather have a 1DX/5D III and a 600/4 + 2x TC, or a 7D and 600/4, than anything else.

I wouldn't recommend a 7D at all for bears. In fact, I'd choose a 50D and a 40D over it for our ursine friends.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 18, 2014, 09:37:19 PM »

agreed! I'd take a year in Yellowstone with an iPhone over the high end combo for two weeks...

Absolutely.  8)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 18, 2014, 09:34:24 PM »

The point being, don't fixate on gear. Technique beats gear every time. One of the best techniques to learn in bird photography is to be slow and quiet..... although that said, I would not refuse a 1DX and a 600II if it were offered :)

Location > gear

Time spent at location > gear

I'd rather shoot with a Canon S2 in Yellowstone for a year than a high end camera and lens combo for two weeks.

I bet if I had a 1D X and a 600/4 II I'd create 100x more great photography in two weeks than you would with your Canon S2 in a year. ;) I have absolutely zero doubt, as a matter of fact.

The odds of getting truly great photographs in nature increase exponentially based on time in the field, not what gear you have.

First, you have to get out there. Second, you have to stay out there in all conditions. Then you need to apply technique, and hopefully a bit of luck will come your way, but don't count on it.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:53:39 PM »

The point being, don't fixate on gear. Technique beats gear every time. One of the best techniques to learn in bird photography is to be slow and quiet..... although that said, I would not refuse a 1DX and a 600II if it were offered :)

Location > gear

Time spent at location > gear

I'd rather shoot with a Canon S2 in Yellowstone for a year than a high end camera and lens combo for two weeks.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:37:54 PM »
IMHO the 7D shouldn't be mentioned with any of these cameras.


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Hi experts,

I live in India and have a Canon 7D which I bought in Grey. Recently I have noticed that my camera does not product sharp images (out of focus) even with a 70-200 2.8 ii with IS on. To add to that images have lot of grain even at ISO 100. I know that 7D have the issue with Autofocus and high noise. Can Canon fix these issues? if yes then how much will they charge. Or is it better to get a better camera like 5D mark 3 or 70D?

Thanks,
Naveen

Can you post samples?

My 7D didn't work well with L telephotos.  All of my lenses function perfectly on other camera bodies.

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I've never tried a 6D but a few weeks ago I saw some photos posted in the sports section and said if anyone questioned the 6D's capabilities I'd refer to them to that thread...


Nice shots. However, I don't feel sports shots are a good metric for determining focus quality. Even the cheapest cell phone cameras focus well on brightly colored clothing.

Now, start talking to me about brown grizzly bears feeding on a brown slope on a drab rainy day, and then you've got my attention.

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