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Bert63

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Today must be eagle day...I'm in! Put the R5 in crop mode, trying to see how well it stands in for my 7DII. Methinks the 7DII is hitting the auction block...or not. I'm feeling kinda sentimental about it. Hmmm...decisions, decisions.

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Funny - in the car right now I have my EOS-R, the 5D4, and the.........7D2. I've been 'nostalgia' shooting it for two days now and I'll never get rid of it.

Which lens did you use to get these? They're very good! Up here every day is eagle day. The only question is whether or not you can get to them..
 

Bert63

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I'm still waiting to get the RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1 L IS so that I can take long telephoto high-magnification shots of flowers and birds on my R5, since the graph of its background blur size at 500mm is almost identical to that of my MFT Olympus 300mm f4 lens, while the Canon resolution and color depth should go far beyond what Olympus can do. But since I don't have it, and I can't get (yet) R5 raw files through my DXO post pipeline, I was hoping that you wouldn't mind if I ran a few photos I just took with my Olympus 300mm lens since that raw file goes through my DXO. Here are some crops at 1:1 with it:View attachment 192385View attachment 192386View attachment 192387

These are great - so super sharp - and it's good to see another DxO user. I love it. That plus Nik and a little Topaz Studio from time to time and I'm good to go..
 
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These are great - so super sharp - and it's good to see another DxO user. I love it. That plus Nik and a little Topaz Studio from time to time and I'm good to go..
Thanks, Bert.

I've been really happy with DXO PhotoLab as it gives some very easy to learn & simple ways to make some very big improvements to your images - especially if your images have more grain in them (like from a MFT sensor - ahem, cough, cough!) it can make it smooth as butter, and the sharpening tools and color/brightness corrections it allows with a few easy sliders lets "amateurs" like me get some surprising results (like those hummingbirds). It can't do a lot of really fancy stuff that you can with Lightroom & Photoshop, but I use AffinityPhoto for a few of those things (but I'm new to it and not an expert at all). I use PTGui to stitch panoramas, and have a self-customized tripod setup with dual Nodal Ninja ball-stop rotaters for fast & precise multi-row panorama alignment if you're into gigapixel landscape panos, etc. Now I got lucky enough to get the R5 at launch but that scuttled my ability to use its raw files in the programs I rely on - DOH!

For all of the people that do use Lightroom and Photoshop, you can all enjoy the fact that they already got R5 raw file input working (I heard), and you can all say to me in unison, "You get what you pay for!". I'm so jealous!
 

Bert63

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Thanks, Bert.

I've been really happy with DXO PhotoLab as it gives some very easy to learn & simple ways to make some very big improvements to your images - especially if your images have more grain in them (like from a MFT sensor - ahem, cough, cough!) it can make it smooth as butter, and the sharpening tools and color/brightness corrections it allows with a few easy sliders lets "amateurs" like me get some surprising results (like those hummingbirds). It can't do a lot of really fancy stuff that you can with Lightroom & Photoshop, but I use AffinityPhoto for a few of those things (but I'm new to it and not an expert at all). I use PTGui to stitch panoramas, and have a self-customized tripod setup with dual Nodal Ninja ball-stop rotaters for fast & precise multi-row panorama alignment if you're into gigapixel landscape panos, etc. Now I got lucky enough to get the R5 at launch but that scuttled my ability to use its raw files in the programs I rely on - DOH!

For all of the people that do use Lightroom and Photoshop, you can all enjoy the fact that they already got R5 raw file input working (I heard), and you can all say to me in unison, "You get what you pay for!". I'm so jealous!
DxO won't be far behind.
 
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HenryL

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Funny - in the car right now I have my EOS-R, the 5D4, and the.........7D2. I've been 'nostalgia' shooting it for two days now and I'll never get rid of it.

Which lens did you use to get these? They're very good! Up here every day is eagle day. The only question is whether or not you can get to them..
Thanks, Bert63. These are with the 100-400 MkII + 1.4x III. I sold a 500/4IS couple of years ago because it just wasn't being used. Last year I bought the 100-400 and it's been great, couldn't be happier.

I wish I could justify keeping the 7D2 for a second body. I'm not going to replace my 100-400 with the 100-500, so that and a 100L macro is the only EF glass I'll have. Could use those on the 7, but they are better on the R5 in any case. :)
 

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DxO won't be far behind.
Hope not...I started using it this year mostly for noise reduction and it's the only one of my three apps that don't have support yet. C1 just got it late last week, but still...I was really getting on well with DXO. Hope it updates very soon.
 

Bert63

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Thanks, Bert63. These are with the 100-400 MkII + 1.4x III. I sold a 500/4IS couple of years ago because it just wasn't being used. Last year I bought the 100-400 and it's been great, couldn't be happier.

I wish I could justify keeping the 7D2 for a second body. I'm not going to replace my 100-400 with the 100-500, so that and a 100L macro is the only EF glass I'll have. Could use those on the 7, but they are better on the R5 in any case. :)
My go-to lens combo as well - including the 1.4X III.

Lately I’ve been shooting the 100-400 naked to see how much I’d miss the 1.4 when I get the 100-500L. Come to find out I don’t miss it as much as I thought I would.

The 7D2 went back in its bag today. Went out yesterday evening and the hawks were flying down at the beach. Had a chance to get some BIFs and checked settings and started shooting. Once he got out of range I reviewed photos and discovered I shot them under.

Completely my fault but we pulled up and I jumped out of the car and started shooting in one movement... All the way home I was thinking that it never would have happened if I was shooting the EOS-R.

Can’t wait for my R5 to get here.
 
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AlanF

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Hope not...I started using it this year mostly for noise reduction and it's the only one of my three apps that don't have support yet. C1 just got it late last week, but still...I was really getting on well with DXO. Hope it updates very soon.
It's usually slow updating, I am afraid. I'll be using Adobe to convert to dng files and then PhotoNinja until DxO updates.
 

usern4cr

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I wanted to make sure my R5 and 320GB CFexpress card worked at max load, so I took a 8K Raw video through a window of my hummingbird feeder till it was full. Settings: RF 70-200 L IS at 200mm, 1/2000" f2.8 autoISO. I finally figured out how to see individual frames in DPP and output an interesting 1:1 crop from 3 frames, with the last frame duplicated to show the full frame (originally 8K wide from the video raw frame - sweet!). The focus was so shallow that this hummingbird actually flew from slightly too near to slightly too far from focus, and left behind a little "calling card". :ROFLMAO: I know next time to maybe try 1/4000" and f5.6 or so for better DOF.

Verdict: The R5 8K works, and is a new way for a stills photographer to merge with video! Oh, ... and the R5 really does rock! :cool:
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AlanF

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I took out the 90D with the 100-400mm II as I hadn't used the camera for a long while. The Little Grebe chick that I saw being fed by mum at the beginning of the month can now fish for itself. This is a tiny crop as the little bird was far away. The 100-400mm on the 90D has the equivalent reach of an f/11 800mm on an R6 or 1DXIII.
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usern4cr

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I took out the 90D with the 100-400mm II as I hadn't used the camera for a long while. The Little Grebe chick that I saw being fed by mum at the beginning of the month can now fish for itself. This is a tiny crop as the little bird was far away. The 100-400mm on the 90D has the equivalent reach of an f/11 800mm on an R6 or 1DXIII.
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That's some beautiful detail you've got there. I'm looking forward to getting the RF 100-500 and hope it's as good as this. If so, it's going to be fun!
 
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