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Pape

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Dec 31, 2018
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Great tit is most common bird here . Curious one ,comes peek 5 meter away but difficult get closer :)
cheek is soo easy burn away . Nice shot Alan !
 

Keith_Reeder

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Great tit today. 5DIV + 400mm DO II + 1,4xTC.

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That looks really soft to me - where's all the sharpness and detail you're so insistent the 7D Mk II can't produce, Alan?

Meanwhile, this is what my 7D Mk II (with a 500mm f/4 Mk II and 1.4x TC, handheld) looks like:


Stonechat, male


Stonechat, male


Stonechat, female

I'll stick to my 7D Mk II, I think...
 

Pape

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Dec 31, 2018
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Hmm i dont know how you can define sharpness with 1megapixel internet picture :p I think alan talked about 5dsr and tit was tooked 5div. We dont know how much pictures are cropped

Great pictures keith
 
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Don Haines

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Jun 4, 2012
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Great tit today. 5DIV + 400mm DO II + 1,4xTC.

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Nice shot!

Around here, the chickadee is the most common bird, it is about the same size, but not as brightly coloured. They are very brave and will land on the feeders when you are 3 or 4 meters away, on popular walking trails where people feed them, they will land on your hand.
 

AlanF

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Aug 16, 2012
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That looks really soft to me - where's all the sharpness and detail you're so insistent the 7D Mk II can't produce, Alan?

Meanwhile, this is what my 7D Mk II (with a 500mm f/4 Mk II and 1.4x TC, handheld) looks like:

I'll stick to my 7D Mk II, I think...
Where have I written that the 7DII can't produce sharpness and detail? I have indeed written repeatedly that the 7DII is not as sharp as the 5DSR. And, I have also written repeatedly that my 5DIV is not as sharp as my 5DSR. But, I cannot recall ever having written that the 7DII can't produce sharp and detailed images because it is not something I believe and it would fly in the face of all the evidence of the many fine images produced from the 7DII, and I like to think that some of mine with my 7DII are among them. So, dig up where I have written that the 7DII can't produce sharpness and detail, and I will apologise and recant. If you can't dig it up, then you might consider doing the same.
 

Don Haines

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Where have I written that the 7DII can't produce sharpness and detail? I have indeed written repeatedly that the 7DII is not as sharp as the 5DSR. And, I have also written repeatedly that my 5DIV is not as sharp as my 5DSR. But, I cannot recall ever having written that the 7DII can't produce sharp and detailed images because it is not something I believe and it would fly in the face of all the evidence of the many fine images produced from the 7DII, and I like to think that some of mine with my 7DII are among them. So, dig up where I have written that the 7DII can't produce sharpness and detail, and I will apologise and recant. If you can't dig it up, then you might consider doing the same.
My personal observation is “ it depends”

(Note that these are observations, no tests)

At the pixel level, I find that the 5D3 and 6D2 are both sharper than the 7D2, but that when you “run out of zoom” and start cropping the images, that a resampled 7D2 comes out ahead....

Also, and I have no idea why, the 7D2 AF seems to work better in a snowstorm....
 
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AlanF

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My personal observation is “ it depends”

(Note that these are observations, no tests)

At the pixel level, I find that the 5D3 and 6D2 are both sharper than the 7D2, but that when you “run out of zoom” and start cropping the images, that a resampled 7D2 comes out ahead....
Don, I am comparing the 7DII and 5DSR, which have the same pixel density and so they both have the same "zoom". In reasonable light, I used to get sharper images from a 7DII than from a 5D3 when focal length limited (which was most of the time for me). And the 7DII similarly outresolves the 5DIV.
 
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Don Haines

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Don, I am comparing the 7DII and 5DSR, which have the same pixel density and so they both have the same "zoom". In reasonable light, I used to get sharper images from a 7DII than from a 5D3 when focal length limited (which was most of the time for me). And the 7DII similarly outresolves the 5DIV.
Yes, I wish I had a 5DSR here with me now.... I am sitting outside with a 6D2 and a 7D2 taking pictures of birds and squirrels. The 7D2 is easily the best choice for me when focal length limited (tiny birds). The 7D2 has a reasonably aggressive AA filter, but despite that, still provides sharp images, and when resampled to the same size as a focal length limited 5D3 image, they are sharper. On paper, the 5DSR should be sharper, but I don’t have one to play with.....

As an aside, the AF on the 7D2 way outperforms the 6D2 in a snowstorm..... the 7D2 locks right on, while the 6D2 hunts a lot for focus..... now there’s a hard thing to get onto a spec sheet :)
 

AlanF

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What's sometimes not realised is that differences in resolution in practice often mean just differences in "reach". So, if your telephoto lens has 10% less resolution than another one of the same focal length, then if you get about 10% closer, you get the same resolution as from the better lens further away. Similarly, if your sensor has 10% larger pixels, then then you get the same resolution by being about 10% closer. Distance is all important.
 
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AlanF

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Sharpness and resolution aren't everything. I am quite pleased with these two shots of a female kingfisher with a fish, taken a week apart. The top one is with the 5DSR +400mm DO II and 1.4xTC. You can see every tiny detail of the feathers and it could be blown up really large. The lower is with the 5DIV + 400mm DO II, without the TC and 30% further away (I returned with the 5DIV hoping to capture action better as it focusses faster and with a greater frame rate). The resolution with the 5DIV is down by a factor of 4, but I actually prefer its shot because I like much better the fish.

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JuanMa

Canon New F1
May 10, 2018
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Sharpness and resolution aren't everything. I am quite pleased with these two shots of a female kingfisher with a fish, taken a week apart. The top one is with the 5DSR +400mm DO II and 1.4xTC. You can see every tiny detail of the feathers and it could be blown up really large. The lower is with the 5DIV + 400mm DO II, without the TC and 30% further away (I returned with the 5DIV hoping to capture action better as it focusses faster and with a greater frame rate). The resolution with the 5DIV is down by a factor of 4, but I actually prefer its shot because I like much better the fish.

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Clear, sharp and beautiful colours. Well done. The first one is very impressive.
 

RGB49

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Mar 31, 2019
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Hi All,
I have followed this site for a few years now and have always been so impressed with the quality of photography that I see every time.
I have always been in awe at the way you people capture those amazing images and have been practising to improve my own photography. so far I have generally only been able to get static birds sharpish and am actively practising with BIF to improve.
Would be interested to hear some C& C on this one, Female Siskin.
5DSR + 100-400 MK2 + 1.4
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