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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announced D750
« on: September 12, 2014, 02:44:16 PM »
I think even DPreview ripped Canon for cutting features from the 6D. 


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FF, advanced auto focus, 6.5 FPS, and a class-leading sensor.

There's no reason at all to buy a 7DII.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announced D750
« on: September 12, 2014, 02:48:14 AM »
This is the kind of camera that makes people change systems.



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EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:37:31 PM »

In good light the 7D is a good performer. However, once you used the AF of the 5D3 or the 1Dx, you see the differences over there.

It's not just the AF. It's also the sensor. And, IMHO, a camera that only works well in "good light" is not a wildlife camera.

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Even if it is quite the same sensor as the 70D. I have seen several pictures of a friend out of his 70D, and must honestly tell you I can't get them out of the 7D due to the noise.

Agreed. The 70D sensor is significantly better than the 7D.

 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 03:01:27 PM »
$1800 for a crop sensor?

No. Just no.

At that point, it's time to go full frame.

The 70D is a very solid camera for $1099 

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Rundown of Canon at Photokina
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:05:33 PM »
Year of the Lens ©

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 04, 2014, 12:41:18 PM »
Dustin, is that a wild or captive wolf?

It's in a preserve, so does that qualify as a wild or captive?


Captive.

Still a beautiful image, though.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 03, 2014, 02:10:48 PM »
Dustin, is that a wild or captive wolf?

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EOS Bodies / Re: The day of the anti-climatic announcement
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:49:15 PM »

 There are useful innovations, and there are frivolous innovations.

You can't have either without the other.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Rundown of Canon at Photokina
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:48:14 PM »
Expecting lots of corporate speak to excuse away this likely product conservatism.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The day of the anti-climatic announcement
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:01:11 PM »

SONY: "Because we can."


That's what science is.

I prefer a go-getter attitude rather than one that dismisses developments in favor of status quo.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Rundown of Canon at Photokina
« on: September 03, 2014, 12:58:34 PM »
If true, this news is underwhelming.

Another year or two of this and I may be heading over to the dark side.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMk II or the 1DMk IV
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:21:29 AM »
I would avoid 2X teleconverters on anything but the sharpest of sharp lenses on a crop camera. The 400F5.6 and the 100-400 with 2X teleconverter will have LESS resolving power than the bare lens...

I did the test several years ago.... it was an eye-opener....

Yep. Unless you have a 300 2.8 II, forget the 2x.

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: August 30, 2014, 01:44:34 AM »

If it is not broke don't fix it! I hope Canon Never messes with the 5.6 400. It is a perfect lens for the size, weight, price and does exactly what it does with no crap added. IS will only add weight and Jack the price sky high out of most peoples price range, if you want newer optics and IS look at the 2.8 II USM or the new f4 and be ok to pony up the crazy extra cost but don't ruin it for everyone else who can't afford, don't want IS, carry extra weight. In USA you can find them used for $900 in great condition and the sharpness is so good you can crop the crap out of the image even on a 1.6 sensor, that is why the 5.6 is a perfect BIF lens, all you have to do is point it and get center spot focus  then hit the shutter....amazing Bird pictures easily!


How would making a new 400 5.6 IS ruin the current non-IS version?


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EOS Bodies / Re: Do Sensors sell the Camera?
« on: August 28, 2014, 10:29:58 AM »


Which is exactly the point.  You use the sensor every time you take a shot, so if Canon sensors were so inferior, Canon would not have remained the market leader. 



Right now, Canon sensors are absolutely inferior at low ISO.  This is fact.

I'm not really interested in who sells the most hamburgers. If I was, I'd be shooting grizzlies with iPads and you probably wouldn't hear from me soon.


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How do those touting Exmor advantages demonstrate them?  They underexpose by 4-5 stops then push the shadows back up.  While there are valid reasons to do that, it's an 'advantage' that's totally useless to the vast majority of dSLR buyers.

Fortunately, technological improvements aren't based on this.

The low ISO DR of the Exmor's is extremely beneficial for landscape and wildlife shooters. I know a few shooters who even tossed their GND's.  Simply expose for the sky and lift your shadows later on with minimal penalty.

This is a good thing.

I'm genuinely intrigued, would you say wildlife work is mostly low-ISO? I find the opposite.


Wildlife chooses the appropriate ISO setting.  I find myself shooting from ISO 100 to 12,800 in RAW (yes, the 6D can handle this). 

This shot was recently picked up for an international textbook run. It was *cold*,  and I had to expose for the sky. I'm happy with what the 7D did here, but it could have been much cleaner.  This was either ISO 100 or 200:



I had to lift the bison/foreground by a couple stops. The pattern noise and lack of detail in the lower third of the frame has prevented me from printing this image as large as I would like, unfortunately.

For my preferred shots (animalscapes) low ISO dynamic range is incredibly important.


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