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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 29, 2014, 08:37:57 PM »
Looks like the 7D. Great features, soft results.

Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: November 29, 2014, 01:07:19 PM »
The color in the original image is perfect. The added orange in the following images is gaudy and unnatural.

Just lift the shadows on the lions. By the way, this is where the Nikon sensors are far superior.

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 11:35:17 AM »
I think the reaction is quite balanced and realistic. You see almost nothing but praise and excitement in Canon lens threads (their strength) and yeah, a good bit of criticism in the camera threads. This only reflects Canon's current position behind their competition in sensor IQ, and their position as the lens selection/value leader.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: REVIEW: Canon 7D2 For Events? Perhaps...
« on: November 20, 2014, 10:25:46 PM »
From what I can see, the higher ISOs are clearly as good as the 5D3. [qote]

They're not even close, and even further from the 6D.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sending my 7D2 back due to high ISO noise
« on: November 20, 2014, 03:45:46 PM »
but again I found myself learning the painful lesson of cropped sensors.

This is why I'm telling myself not to fall into the 7D2 trap as I did previously with the 7D. If you are really discerning, and used to full frame quality, there's no 'budget' option to get good quality 'reach' I'm affraid.

Agreed. The OP's issue sounds like my 70D. The crop cameras are fine for the best light, fashion, or sports. But for wildlife photography, the IQ is lacking. You need smooth, yet detailed fur and feathers. The Canon high mp crop sensors look rough and grungy compared to their FF offerings, even at lower ISO's.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D & 1.4X -or- 7D Mk II?
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:03:39 AM »
I think the 6d+7d MkII combo only works if you think in two 'mindsets', the 6d for landscapes and the 7d MkII for long reach and wildlife. d out, the 85mm 1.8 is a very good lens and used is around $300- so why an extender on a 50mm?)

Most of the popular wildlife in the U.S. is crepuscular, where crop cameras struggle.  Extra FPS and "reach" won't matter if you can't achieve acceptable shutter speeds and noise levels.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D & 1.4X -or- 7D Mk II?
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:02:16 AM »

Only if the wildlife you shoot is tame and/or slow. 

I shoot grizzly bears, bighorn rams and other wild animals. The crop IQ just lags behind. The center point on the 6D will get the job done.

High burst rate and solid tracking AF are really important for a ton of wildlife shooting, not just small birds.  I would absolutely rather have a 7DII over a 6D for wildlife shooting because I would rather have sharp shots of peak moments with slightly worse IQ than soft shots of missed moments with slightly better IQ.

For me, lower noise and overall aesthetic quality supersede  a few extra fps.  Also, most of the prime wildlife is crepuscular, and in those conditions crop cameras have serious trouble.

I have the 5D III and 6D side by side with 70D (and formerly the 7D). I would only use the crops over the FF for tiny birds. Fur and feather looks too rough, even at lower ISO.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D & 1.4X -or- 7D Mk II?
« on: November 16, 2014, 08:52:56 PM »
Personally, I'd chose the 6D.  The advantage of the 7D Mark II is for wildlife shooters. 

The 6D is better for wildlife, too, except tiny birds. Whenever I compare my FF wildlife images to my high mega-pixel 1.6x images, there's quite a difference. The FF images are smooth and clean. The 1.6x images contain a  rough, digital quality. Almost cartoonish. The crops do fine when you can fill the frame and have the Light of the Gods. Then again, so will an iPhone.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D & 1.4X -or- 7D Mk II?
« on: November 15, 2014, 09:52:45 PM »
I would recommend the 6D over any crop camera for all pursuits except for tiny songbirds.

As an owner of numerous Canon crop cameras the last decade, the IQ IMHO lost something with the start of the 7D. The images just look "rough" compared to Canon's FF offerings. I have also experience increased focus inconsistency with the 1.6x high megapixel sensors.

The 300 prime is amazing on FF. Also, IMHO, using a 1.4x on 50 and 85mm primes is a waste of time, just crop. The 1.4 is brilliant on the 300/F4 on FF, though.

Lenses / Canon 1.4x III causing shutter lag?
« on: November 10, 2014, 09:02:00 PM »
I'm in the field in Montana with a new Canon 1.4x III. I'm pairing it with a 300 F4 L IS. Across multiple camera bodies and numerous, varied settings, I notice I'm either getting shutter lag or what sounds like shutter lag. It's totally random, but you can definitely tell.

I bought the TC new from Amazon, but it didn't come with the soft pouch. Images seem okay, not much different from my Canon 1.4 II.

I'm wondering if this is standard behavior with the new 1.4x III?

EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 09, 2014, 09:55:59 PM »
I wouldn't have hesitated, but then your experience is identical to mine with the original 7D.  Let's hope your replacement is much better.

Don't get me started on the original 7D. You can probably find my 4 year old posts in here somewhere, ranting about how awful my experience was.

It gives me palpitations just thinking about it.

I had to chuckle at this. Understand completely.

EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 09, 2014, 09:44:50 PM »
it's giving me sweats (and nightmares of my old 7DI, which was a victim of the melted-hay syndrome, even after 4 replacements from Canon Irvine).

I'm not seeing the classic melted hay 7D look on my 70D as much. My hope is the 7D2 will be the same.

EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 09, 2014, 09:43:24 PM »
So far I've been pretty dissapointed with this camera. It seems as though the majority of the photos are coming out soft or out of focus. I can't keep chimping at my photos to make sure that they are right when I'm shooting portraits, etc.

This is my experience in general with Canon's high MP crop sensors when using telephoto. But the 7D was the worst. the "hit rate" just seems off.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 10:31:44 PM »
Great news. This and the 16-35 IS make for a great lens year.

It's shocking, IHMO, that the new 7DII has lower scores than cameras with even smaller sensors.

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