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markesc
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Sep 15, 2017 10:54 |  #6691

Pondrader wrote in post #18452758 (external link)
Two years ago Mark it was a great camera and I liked shooting it, but its been a battle owning it. I'm just ready for a new challenge I guess.

Yeah I had the same inconsistencies on the 70d, so I figured why get a more expensive version in the 7dII; Ended up buying the 5dIV, which does F8 using the 1.4xIII just fine most of the time, but the editing process is a lot less of an exercise in frustration than the 70d.

If you're a BIF vet and using a 500 FII and still are getting bad results on the 7dII, than it probably goes into the heap of evidence or preponderance of evidence that they simply have issues that even Canon cannot solve. I wonder how many got pissed off and went to a Nikon crop body?

None the less, what keeps me from switching is I'm finally getting the results I want and there's rumor of new DO lenses coming out in 2018:

:-D http://www.canonrumors​.com ...g-from-canon-in-2018-cr2/ (external link) :-D




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markesc
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Sep 15, 2017 11:15 |  #6692

mike_d wrote in post #18452945 (external link)
I sold my excellent condition copy from 2008 for $700 in May. The v2 really killed the resale value on the v1.

Ugh...

I took a much longer path:

1) Rented canon 100-400 V1 ; was inconsistent but every now and then would give you a nice shot or two, probably some user error on my part, but there were the long long long rumors of an update! ha!
2) Rented sigma 50-500 ; Seemed sharper but with worse IS than the Canon, poor weight balance, did wonderful for shots of the moon + jupiter
3) Bought n sold Canon 70-300 F4-5.6L ; Sweet highly underrated lens if you really need telephoto for travels/hikes
4) Bought n sold Tamron 150-600 V1 ; just needed more focal length for birds, was inconsistent but did great for tripod duty/perched birds/landscapes, Sent to Tamron for a firmware update, didn't really make a huge difference
5) Bought Canon 100-400 II ; love it, still want a 500 F4 or one of these new rumored DO lenses coming out in 2018




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Phoenixkh
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Sep 15, 2017 12:17 |  #6693

I try not to comment on some of the photos shot with the 7D2... esp on the 7D2 thread. Some of them are so.... hmmmmm muddy. The photos are just out of focus a small amount... enough that it would bug the crap out of me.

And that's what was happening with my 7D2. It was stellar for the first 10 months. I could never get it back there. Anway... I'm very happy with the 100-400ii and my 1D IV. I don't have the sunlight limitations some of you have. The sun is usually quite nice in Florida.. though the humidity isn't. The ID IV isn't great over 3200 ISO. I can still get great detail at 3200 but things drop off after that. At 6400 ISO, I start to lose feather detail.

And it doesn't focus in the dark like the 6Dc. ;) It is built like a tank. Mine had a shutter count of 122k on it when I got it. It felt brand new... responsive...all the buttons and dials working. And the prices have been coming down.... slowly, but down.


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Sep 15, 2017 17:22 |  #6694

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Quite happy that I managed to get focus past the branch

Lamington National Park Qld, Australia
Of the many small birds calling in this forest, this is one of the most common and is often seen along the tracks. It is sometimes confused with the also common white-browed scrubwren, which has lighter markings around the yellow eye and throat and a white line under the eye. The call of the yellow-throated scrubwren varies from a high pitched melodious whistle to harsh, scalding contact and alarm calls. They are also accomplished mimics of other birds. Their easily identified hanging domed nests, when no longer in use, are often taken over by large-billed scrubwrens.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Yupb​Zz] (external link)Yellow Throated Scrub Wren (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/YH1h​tT] (external link)Yellow Throated Scrub wren Nest (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

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Nascar ­ Nut
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Sep 15, 2017 18:44 |  #6695

mike_d wrote in post #18452945 (external link)
I sold my excellent condition copy from 2008 for $700 in May. The v2 really killed the resale value on the v1.

That is about what I was thinking. The new 100-400 sigma is helping either.




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markesc
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Sep 15, 2017 21:37 |  #6696

Phoenixkh wrote in post #18452996 (external link)
I try not to comment on some of the photos shot with the 7D2... esp on the 7D2 thread. Some of them are so.... hmmmmm muddy. The photos are just out of focus a small amount... enough that it would bug the crap out of me.

And that's what was happening with my 7D2. It was stellar for the first 10 months. I could never get it back there. Anway... I'm very happy with the 100-400ii and my 1D IV. I don't have the sunlight limitations some of you have. The sun is usually quite nice in Florida.. though the humidity isn't. The ID IV isn't great over 3200 ISO. I can still get great detail at 3200 but things drop off after that. At 6400 ISO, I start to lose feather detail.

And it doesn't focus in the dark like the 6Dc. ;) It is built like a tank. Mine had a shutter count of 122k on it when I got it. It felt brand new... responsive...all the buttons and dials working. And the prices have been coming down.... slowly, but down.

That sir is like the classic Porsche everyone swears by even though on paper newer is better, it's has it's loyal fan following as it simply delights its users.




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Sep 16, 2017 04:48 |  #6697

Down the inside

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Ykck​Cj] (external link)5DM40402 (external link) by Graham Mahoney (external link), on Flickr

A coupla bodies and a few lenses

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Sep 16, 2017 17:46 |  #6698

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Not the best images due to my reluctance to push iso any further but I'm happy just to find this bower, if only to document this species.

Male bowerbirds weave intricate display areas (or bowers) out of twigs Satin Bowerbirds are renowned for decorating their bowers with all manner of blue objects collected from the vicinity of the bower and sometimes from farther afield. These odds and ends may comprise feathers from parrots, flowers, seed-pods and fruits, butterfly wings and artificial items such as ball-point pens, matchboxes, string, marbles and pieces of glass. Because of this, bowerbirds are often thought of as the most advanced of all birds. A bower is not a nest. It is an attractive 'avenue', used by male bowerbirds to entice a female. When they are not feeding, the males spend much of their time perched in the bower, calling to potential mates and warning off potential rivals.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Ya36​2C] (external link)Satin Bower Bird (1) (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/YxBh​F2] (external link)Satin Bower Bird (2) (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/YxB9​HD] (external link)Satin Bower Bird Building Bower (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Ytpq​1q] (external link)Satin Bower Bird's Bower (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

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Sep 16, 2017 21:01 as a reply to bidkev's post |  #6699

Hey Kevin - thank you for the wonderful background info on your incredible birds. These Bowerbirds are really special. Pete


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Sep 16, 2017 22:52 |  #6700

Petie53 wrote in post #18453906 (external link)
Hey Kevin - thank you for the wonderful background info on your incredible birds. These Bowerbirds are really special. Pete

Thanks Pete. They're nearly all firsts for me and I'm actually finding the specifics of them as interesting as hunting them down. Once again, I was dead lucky getting the bower bird as he was calling for a mate and I managed to follow the sound.


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Sep 18, 2017 09:15 |  #6701

Can't match Kevin on feathers, so I'll switch to fur. Just gave this a quick cleanup in Lightroom, so hope it looks Ok here.

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Sep 18, 2017 09:31 |  #6702

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/XvEZ​kV] (external link)Eastern Yellow Robin (5) (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4350/37107109131_7d122d557b_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Yx2C​KD] (external link)Eastern Yellow Robin (4) (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4340/36435477823_255bbba01c_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/XvFm​av] (external link)Eastern Yellow Robin (2) (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4433/36435504523_4f60754bb4_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/XvFu​6R] (external link)Eastern Yellow Robin (1) (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

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Sep 18, 2017 17:38 |  #6703

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I've heard this bird so many times but never seen one until now.

Having mostly-green plumage and living in the dense undergrowth, the Eastern Whipbird is seen far less often than it is heard. Its whip-crack call is a characteristic of many of the moist forests in eastern Australia. The unusual feature of this call is that it is often performed by two birds calling in unison, with one bird contributing the first part of the call and another giving the second part. This so-called ‘antiphonal’ calling involves great co-ordination between the two birds to give the call its familiar whip-crack sound.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/YvHd​oz] (external link)Eastern Whipbird (5) (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/XunT​F8] (external link)Eastern Whipbird (4) (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4410/36397922034_215119c377_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/XsmS​8U] (external link)Eastern Whipbird (3) (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Y8cc​Vw] (external link)Eastern Whipbird (2) (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/YvHC​6p] (external link)Eastern Whipbird (1) (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

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Sep 18, 2017 20:49 |  #6704

Kevin, nice whipbird. I've only ever seen one with a camera in hand, and all I got was a grainy slightly OOF shot, lost in the gloom . . .


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Sep 18, 2017 22:07 |  #6705

dodgyexposure wrote in post #18455354 (external link)
Kevin, nice whipbird. I've only ever seen one with a camera in hand, and all I got was a grainy slightly OOF shot, lost in the gloom . . .

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Thanks Damien. Yes, I've discovered that it's hard to see any bird in the leaf litter let alone get a focus on 'em. You've no chance if they're stationary and only see them if they're scratching around for food. This illustrates the sort of light I had to contend with on that day, to get the shots and it's darker still once you move into the forest

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/YCXk​Hp] (external link)Lamington National Park (external link) by Kevin Dickinson (external link), on Flickr

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