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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #45 on: November 21, 2016, 01:10:27 AM »
Only thing holding me back is the crop advantage that the 7D2 has which makes my 70200LmkII a 320mm f/2.8. For those who upgraded from 7D2 to 1Dx2, how is the pixel quality in terms of cropping to make up for the "lack" of reach from the crop sensor?

No it doesn't, it makes it a 320 f/4.

I have all 3 cameras and it sure does take a minute adjusting to the lack of reach, but at the end of the day the 1dx mk2 is such a fine camera, I haven't touched my other bodies since it arrived  - I pre ordered it - save for a few tests.  The advantage the 5dmk3 had over the original 1dx was the higher mp, which is noticeable, and I suspect if I had the 5d mk4 it would be uses just as much as the 1dx mk2.

At the end of the day I'd say if you find yourself cropping your images often, then the 1dx mk2 isn't going to make you happy.

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #45 on: November 21, 2016, 01:10:27 AM »

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #46 on: November 21, 2016, 05:49:43 AM »
I have had the 7D2 for about 18months and rented the 1Dx2 a couple of weeks ago. Although I still need to finish reviewing the files I think the reach advantage in good light is not huge in my opinion (I can post a couple of images a bit later today). In fact it is so close I would look at other reasons for changing bodies.

With birds in flight, the wider view of the 1Dx2 (or any FF camera) makes it easier to track if the focus point moves off the subject. But because the subject is smaller in the VF it can make it harder to keep the focus point in precisely the right place (for example the eye).
The reason I was really interested in the 1Dx2 was performance at ISO 1600 and above, and it seems the 1Dx2 does have some advantages (or more exactly, is no worse) even when cropped to the same FOV as the 7D2. Again, examples to follow.

But the AF....that is a different matter. The 1Dx2 is far more assured and I can feel the difference in how is snaps the lens into focus. And it is better at tracking moving subjects especially in lower light levels.

For me, the choice is wider aperture lens or the 1Dx2. Wider aperture or better ISO performance. And a damned difficult choice it is.

If the refinements of 1Dx2 over 1Dx are not high priority, and if image quality is the main driver then seriously consider the 1Dx over the Mkii.

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #47 on: December 28, 2016, 09:25:19 PM »
Only thing holding me back is the crop advantage that the 7D2 has which makes my 70200LmkII a 320mm f/2.8. For those who upgraded from 7D2 to 1Dx2, how is the pixel quality in terms of cropping to make up for the "lack" of reach from the crop sensor?

No it doesn't, it makes it a 320 f/4.

I have all 3 cameras and it sure does take a minute adjusting to the lack of reach, but at the end of the day the 1dx mk2 is such a fine camera, I haven't touched my other bodies since it arrived  - I pre ordered it - save for a few tests.  The advantage the 5dmk3 had over the original 1dx was the higher mp, which is noticeable, and I suspect if I had the 5d mk4 it would be uses just as much as the 1dx mk2.

At the end of the day I'd say if you find yourself cropping your images often, then the 1dx mk2 isn't going to make you happy.

It's still a 2.8 with the crop sensor..?

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #48 on: December 28, 2016, 10:21:56 PM »
Its a very complimentary pair which i use frequently.  The 1dx2 gets more use but i can tell you that the 1dx2 is far better at high iso and as such is far better in low light situations such as before sunrise or after sunset...or more importantly during a rain shower.  The 7d2 is ok for a little gental rain but it cant hold up to a deluge.

The reach is better with the 7d2 but the 1dx2 has quite a bit more DR, less noise at a similar iso, and stands up better to post enhancement.  I think the reach issue is pretty much equalized by all of the other enhane,ents on the 1dx2 sensor.

For sports i shoot 1dx2+300 f2.8 II. And 7d2+70-200 f2.8L II
For wildlife i use the 1dx2+600mm f4 and 7d2+300mm f2.8L II

The 600mm is a mark I so i dont use extenders on it.  However the 300mm and 70-200mm are mark II lenses and work exceptionally with and without extenders.

I have no issues with shooting the 1dx2 to iso12800.  The 7d2 is pushing the limits at 6400.

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #49 on: December 28, 2016, 10:53:57 PM »
Does 520 grams (1.15 lbs) really make you stay home from a hike? If so, I would re-evaluate the goal of my hikes. I would think that one less lunch would negate that weight, just thinking out loud..

It depends if you're evaluating at the beginning of the 10 mile hike or end and whether the camera and big white actually captured any great photos. ;) 

Sometimes that combo can be mighty heavy and take some of the pleasure out of the activity.  As usual, it depends on each individual.  I rated my hikes with 1D4/300 2.8 X2 as acceptable but there is no way I would go significantly heavier, and my excursions were not overnight, so no camping gear.  Those who hike with 600 have my admiration and respect but it's not for me.

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Im not one to claim im fit but i was able to carry a two camera rig including a 300mm f2.8 on a spiderpro belt system and hiked 42 miles in about a weeks time period through the tetons, yellowstone, and glacier NP.  It was not as bad as packing everything in a back pack where your spine takes the beating every step you take.  My point is if you are motivated to use your best gear on an excursion, you will find a way and maybe suffer quite a bit to make sure you get your shot.

I would have taken my 600mm f4 but it would not fit in my carryon and I would have had to use a backpack as the 600 exceeds the design limits of the spiderpro system.  I chose to use the 300 with the 2xiii extender and I think it was a better choice in the end.  There were many times i had to be quite mobile to photograph bears and with the 600 you cant be that mobile unless you are still in your car.  The 1dx2 with the 300mm and extender is still easily hand held and you can run and gun easily with it.  600mm f4 needs a monopod at least if not a full gimbal tripod setup.

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #50 on: January 03, 2017, 12:53:23 PM »
Was a tough decision, but will keep the Lambo and get rid of my back up Yugo as well

Mate don't bash Yugo :) Yugos are like funkiest things EVER :)

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #51 on: January 07, 2017, 10:32:24 AM »
Does 520 grams (1.15 lbs) really make you stay home from a hike? If so, I would re-evaluate the goal of my hikes. I would think that one less lunch would negate that weight, just thinking out loud..

That kind of thinking will make your pack heavy.  Also skipping lunch is not a good idea prior to a long hike.

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #52 on: January 07, 2017, 08:26:21 PM »
Does 520 grams (1.15 lbs) really make you stay home from a hike? If so, I would re-evaluate the goal of my hikes. I would think that one less lunch would negate that weight, just thinking out loud..

That kind of thinking will make your pack heavy.  Also skipping lunch is not a good idea prior to a long hike.

Consider Art Morris, he has recently commented about taking two 5D4's and leaving the 1DX (II?) behind.  Clearly his age is making the weight simply too challenging or not enjoyable.  I'm guessing a fair number of CR members are older like myself and making similar decisions.  And of course there can be travel bag issues as well.

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #53 on: January 11, 2017, 02:03:55 PM »
Does 520 grams (1.15 lbs) really make you stay home from a hike? If so, I would re-evaluate the goal of my hikes. I would think that one less lunch would negate that weight, just thinking out loud..

That kind of thinking will make your pack heavy.  Also skipping lunch is not a good idea prior to a long hike.

Consider Art Morris, he has recently commented about taking two 5D4's and leaving the 1DX (II?) behind.  Clearly his age is making the weight simply too challenging or not enjoyable.  I'm guessing a fair number of CR members are older like myself and making similar decisions.  And of course there can be travel bag issues as well.

Jack

I am fortunate in that I can carry a heavy pack if needed.  That being said I do a lot of flyfishing / photography hikes, so i am carrying quite a bit of stuff.  It helps to trim the fat or I could easily end up with 40 pounds or more wading in a river trying not to get wet.  At times the Olympus omd10 sure seems like a great option.

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #54 on: January 16, 2017, 03:45:52 PM »
Does 520 grams (1.15 lbs) really make you stay home from a hike? If so, I would re-evaluate the goal of my hikes. I would think that one less lunch would negate that weight, just thinking out loud..

That kind of thinking will make your pack heavy.  Also skipping lunch is not a good idea prior to a long hike.

Consider Art Morris, he has recently commented about taking two 5D4's and leaving the 1DX (II?) behind.  Clearly his age is making the weight simply too challenging or not enjoyable.  I'm guessing a fair number of CR members are older like myself and making similar decisions.  And of course there can be travel bag issues as well.

Jack

Art always "promotes" Canons latest camera, he did the same thing with the 5DIII & 7DII  ;)

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #55 on: January 16, 2017, 03:50:56 PM »
And the 5DSR.
To be fair he would not use the camera if it did not produce the quality he needed to maintain his reputation as a quality photographer. And each of his changes has been better than the last - he has the 1Dx2 and still prefers the 5DIV for his style of photography (and his age!). Many I know (and many on this site) would advise having the 5DIV for most situations with the 5DSR for its pixel count in good light.
Of course, Art can afford to change with every new model release whereas most people skip models.






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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #56 on: January 16, 2017, 04:15:21 PM »
Does 520 grams (1.15 lbs) really make you stay home from a hike? If so, I would re-evaluate the goal of my hikes. I would think that one less lunch would negate that weight, just thinking out loud..

That kind of thinking will make your pack heavy.  Also skipping lunch is not a good idea prior to a long hike.

Consider Art Morris, he has recently commented about taking two 5D4's and leaving the 1DX (II?) behind.  Clearly his age is making the weight simply too challenging or not enjoyable.  I'm guessing a fair number of CR members are older like myself and making similar decisions.  And of course there can be travel bag issues as well.

Jack

Art always "promotes" Canons latest camera, he did the same thing with the 5DIII & 7DII  ;)

Interesting, I never thought of that since I'm a newer follower of his.  Interesting also how Tin Man Lee was praising the 1DX2 - like 10 times better AF - makes for entertaining reading. ;)

I'm probably not unique in this but lately I've realized that I always expand images if they are high enough resolution and look critically at the highest resolution for detail.  What that implies is that I will never be satisfied because each magnification always brings details that are not quite as clear as I'd prefer.  So, in that sense, 100 MP won't satisfy me.  Imagine taking a beautiful composition and enlarging it so all you see is one small item, completely losing the overall impact.

What this does is allow me to brag about my technical prowess (sharpness, resolution) and ignore my lack of artistic ability or compositional skills (true quality) and I'm not thrilled about that!

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #57 on: January 17, 2017, 03:46:45 AM »
I know what you mean, Jack!
With wildlife photography I have started to become more brutal in my culling: once I have deleted the completely missed shots, then with Lightroom on a 24" screen I can see quite easily if any are OOF enough to ruin the shot (even if they look sharp at thumbnail size).
Then I start to look at composition - does it look good as an image. This includes an animal turned too much away from camera will often get deleted no matter how sharp it is. After that, if I have sequences or sets of similar shots the critical factor is 'how sharp is the eye' - that often deletes a significant number.

But coming back to your post, one thing about the 400mm DOii is that it has raised my expectations on what I should be achieving. I thought the 100-400 ii was a good lens (and it is, even without AFMA) but when I got the 400DOii, I was amazed how sharp the images can be even with zero sharpening applied - in fact my average sharpening levels in LR have dropped from about 105 to about 60 (or less!). And my decision 'is the eye sharp' is often done viewed at 100% with no sharpening!!

There was a quote from Ansel Adams that resonates with me: "There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept"
What is the point of a sharp image of an animal if the image overall is mediocre? And sometimes if the composition is good and the image looks decently sharp when viewed at 50% it stays.

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #57 on: January 17, 2017, 03:46:45 AM »

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #58 on: January 17, 2017, 04:20:49 AM »
The book, The Photographer's Eye hit me like a 2X4 in the head as I realized what I'd been doing.  Just to comment on one thing, I'd been cropping in too close to "show off" a bird as large as possible, completely ignoring what his environment was contributing to the overall image.  I'm now a little over 3 years from being a totally clueless beginner and hopefully improving significantly; at least I'm trying hard.

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
« Reply #59 on: February 10, 2017, 05:10:18 PM »
I had a similar experience moving from the 7Dmk2 to the 1Dxmk2.  I shoot sports and had been using a combo of 7Dmk2 and a 5DIII bodies.  When shooting High School Friday night lights football, the 7Dmk2 would not cut it when I needed high iso for the low light.  I would use the 5DIII, but the FPS was not fast enough.

I really liked the 7Dmk2 in bright daylight when I was around 100 ISO.

I shot mostly with my 70-200mm f2.8 IS II lens and occasionally with the 1.4III extender.

I recently moved to the 100-400mm II lens for Baseball to get the reach, but not willing to make the jump to the 200-400mm f4 / 1.4 extender lens yet due to cost, but I can dream.  The 100-400mm II lens has really impressed me in good light.  The pictures have been very sharp with great color.

I really like the image quality of the 1Dxmk2 and its low light AF works great.  To afford it I had to sell off both camera bodies.  But in the long run I will be happier.

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Re: 1DX Mark II vs 7D Mark II experience
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