Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Itâ€™s much appreciated. Itâ€™s interesting to see things form a different perspective. I feel I live on a different planet when I hear some of the suggestions, I mean that in a good way.
Let me explain:
â€¢ I have not been too worried about quality even with the 350d (even though I will be soon in the future) , I can see how full frame bodies consistently produce cleaner output (of course the lens is a factor as you guys say) so while eventually when I learn enough about the basics, I would then want to invest in good glass. For now I feel I am more proficient (and comfortable) in digital processing. I thrive on the â€œartisticâ€ aspects of HDR (please donâ€™t hate me for it), but am now getting to a stage where I want some quality yes, but my first impediment is workflow/ efficiency of shooting in the limited time I have.
â€¢ I am a family man, have lots of kids and the family comes with me when we go hiking (primarily where and when I can take these nature shots). Often I find myself staying back and not keeping up with the family because I simply do not have the time to manually expose 100â€™s of shots. I want to fix this.
â€¢ I do use a tripod, and since I am new to photography, I experiment a lot, i.e. take 400-900 shots in a 4-5 hour hike (most of them 7 AEB shots 7 jpegs and 7 raws so each shot for me is 14 files): I first try and HDR merge the jpegs since they are much faster to process and only reserve RAW processing for the oneâ€™s I like from the jpegs. Hence if I can get better jpegs, I can get a better idea of if a shot is worth it or not. The 1dmk.ii is fine for itâ€™s AEB abilities but does not render jpegs well at all. Since both the 350d and 1dmk.ii are form 2004, they are beginning to show their age (jpeg conversion) when I compare them to entry level offerings like the T1i. This is one reason why I would like to get a new body.. Thatâ€™s where my priority is currently (workflow induced perhaps).
â€¢ While it does seem like I am asking for 1d level performance at a prosumer price, I do not feel I am asking that much since as I said, Iâ€™d be happy with a T2i as long as it could do 7AEB, I could even live with the 3.7fps, if it did 7AEBâ€¦ and from what I have read, 7AEB is not a very expensive solution to implement, some guys say itâ€™s merely a few lines of code in the firmwareâ€¦ so why does Canon make me pay 400% more for a Camera for few lines of code (I guess because they can).
â€¢ This is where I was thinking of trying out the free magic Lantern firmware that has 5,7,9 AEBâ€™s added to any canon cameraâ€¦ however I am still not comfortable hacking into my Camera hence have not tried itâ€¦ But really Hope canon would add this feature.
â€¢ Based on neuroanatomistâ€™s suggestion, I think I can wait till Aug 24th for a new version of the D700 with 9AEB and full frame sensor or the D700 itself. And thank you for all the helpful information as well.
â€¢ Posthumous, those picture are gorgeous by the way, Kudos!
Everyone else, thank you for your suggestionsâ€¦ I was just hoping that Canon is listening and adds more AEB options in itâ€™s mainstream SLRâ€™s.