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  1. tdodd

    Canon 7D Mk II is announced and available for pre-order

    Geoff, it's obvious to see that you are getting great images already, but one question only you can answer is - what's your keeper rate, especially for BIF? Maybe a 7D2 would deliver more keepers, either through higher frame rate or improved AF. In terms of actual IQ you seem to be doing just...
  2. tdodd

    Canon 7D Mk II is announced and available for pre-order

    Spot, partial and centre weighted metering are essentially similar to each other, except the area of the frame which is metered is progressively larger. Basically each of these patterns will aim to record the metered part of the scene as a neutral tone (middle grey in black and white) unless you...
  3. tdodd

    Extender - Kenko or Canon

    I use Kenko. Hard to go wrong with an empty tube in terms of IQ. However, might the Canon tubes maintain weatherproof sealing, if that's important? I have no idea, but it might be something to check if it matters.
  4. tdodd

    How to get nice photos with just 300mm...

    Agreed. People manage BIF quite well with the 400/5.6L without IS. Its intended purpose is to allow slower shutter speeds. It is not required or recommended for faster ones. Even worse if you are trying to track a randomly moving subject - the IS will fight your attempts to pan around with the...
  5. tdodd

    How to get nice photos with just 300mm...

    I'm not an avid bird photography and it's been a few years since I photographed any, but I've had a quick squiz through Lightroom and found 115 images shot at focal lengths between 50-300mm out of around 500 bird images in total. Some were captive or part of a display, but plenty of wild ones in...
  6. tdodd

    Canon 7D Mk II is announced and available for pre-order

    You are being daft. The camera isn't working in isolation. It has a lens attached with an electromechanical focusing system. The camera can pass instructions to the lens, but that doesn't mean the lens obeys them correctly. Equally, due to price pressures both cameras and lenses are built to a...
  7. tdodd

    Recovery of files from a faulty memory card.

    I've used this free software with success in the past - https://www.piriform.com/recuva/download - but success presupposes that the card is readable at all. If the card has suffered file system corruption you might be able to retrieve the files, but if it's hardware failure you may get nothing...
  8. tdodd

    Is a sharp&bright photo impossible?

    Using the Sunny 16 rule for bright sunshine you could shoot at, for example, 1/1600, f/5.6, 200 ISO for a well exposed front lit subject,or even 1/800, f/5.6, 100 ISO. As light levels drop, especially compounded with low, winter sun, you will inevitably have to make compromises on those...
  9. tdodd

    Canon 100-400 friction ring repair

    Since mine was repaired I have left the friction ring permanently loose. Perhaps that is why I have not experienced further failure. Damage is most likely when you force the zoom with the friction too tight. The other risk is moisture. Whatever the black material is (some say nothing tougher...
  10. tdodd

    Canon 100-400 friction ring repair

    I had mine done by Canon at Elstree maybe around four years ago,when the lens was three years old. They offered me a time and materials estimate, which would have come in at around £80ish (unless they found anything else wrong) or a fixed price repair to do anything necessary including a full...
  11. tdodd

    Canon 7D Mk II is announced and available for pre-order

    I was responding based on the single pair of images a couple of posts earlier. Dot Tune is not perfect IMHO and will lead you astray if your focus is not perfect when you set up your test target. It also has an extremely generous tolerance in my experience and will confirm focus over such a wide...
  12. tdodd

    Canon 7D Mk II is announced and available for pre-order

    Based on experience of other bodies (I don't have a 7D2) I think +1 and -1 are such minor adjustments that they fall within normal shot to shot variance. With the 7D2 and live view AF, I assume the camera uses the on sensor phase detect system, which would be mm perfect and not require any...
  13. tdodd

    Canon 7D Mk II is announced and available for pre-order

    Focusing is always performed with the lens wide open, regardless of your chosen aperture for the exposure. The AF system needs a sufficiently wide aperture (f/stop) in order to work properly. Unless the camera is designed to operate with f/8 optics it is going to have a problem working reliably...
  14. tdodd

    Canon 7D Mk II is announced and available for pre-order

    f/4 + 1.4X = f/5.6 so it is irrelevant to you. For someone with a 400/5.6 and 1.4X = f/8 it might well be a very big deal.
  15. tdodd

    Canon 7D Mk II is announced and available for pre-order

    BW, shooting as you do I'd simply be topping up the battery each day and worrying far less about total shoots per charge. Lithium ion batteries are quite happy to be topped up and there is no need to drain them before recharging. Once every few months a full discharge and recharge can help...
  16. tdodd

    Canon 7D Mk II is announced and available for pre-order

    £1,349 plus £9.99 delivery at Hdew including three years warranty.... http://www.hdewcameras.co.uk/canon-eos-7d-mk-ii-body-2679-p.asp
  17. tdodd

    Should i avoid Simply Electronics?

    I share your sentiments 100%, having also used your three preferred suppliers.
  18. tdodd

    Canon 7D Mk II is announced and available for pre-order

    <Big snip> This might help explain the situation, if the symptoms match - http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer?pageKeyCode=prdAdvDetail&docId=0901e024809ed436
  19. tdodd

    Canon 7d m11

    I recently bought a Canon tilt-shift (i.e. not cheap) lens from Panamoz with quick service, great price and well packaged for shipment. Despite Hdew being a favourite supplier of mine since they supplied my 5D3 2.5 years ago I would struggle to ignore the Panamoz pricing, especially with BACS...
  20. tdodd

    Canon 7D Mk II is announced and available for pre-order

    Are people checking AF accuracy/calibration with their lenses and TCs or assuming perfection straight out of the box? If the latter this might explain imperfect results in the absence of any other obvious explanation. Personally I always check AF calibration with every body, lens and TC...
  21. tdodd

    Canon 7D Mk II is announced and available for pre-order

    Well we all know that underexposure is a great contributor to noise, so maybe the 7D2 metering is engineered on purpose to gather more light. It's also interesting (possibly) to note that the 7D1 was unable to accurately double the shutter speed for double the ISO from 1/500 to 1/1000, instead...
  22. tdodd

    Canon 7D Mk II is announced and available for pre-order

    Hdew are awaiting stock/price from their own supplier. They say to check back in a couple of weeks.
  23. tdodd

    Canon 7D Mk II is announced and available for pre-order

    The courage to make a bank transfer and save a further 5%? Bear in mind this is a grey import from Hong Kong and legally you will be obligated to pay VAT on top, but Panamoz claim the price is inclusive so if you get stung or volunteer to pay you will need to seek redress.
  24. tdodd

    Canon 7D Mk II is announced and available for pre-order

    Might interest some.... http://panamoz.com/index.php/digital-cameras/canon/canon-eos-7d-mark-ii-dslr-camera-body-only.html I bought a tilt-shift lens from Panamoz recently, with the BACS discount, and was very happy with the service. Most people seem to concur.
  25. tdodd

    Noise Reduction of Places in Focus

    I'm sorry, I was unaware that you had replied. This forum is not very good at notifying me of new replies to subscribed threads. However, I have just responded to your private message. From what you've added above I think my earlier guess was correct. Your bird is far too small in the frame for...
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