IvanM

IvanM

Lives in South Africa Centurion, South Africa
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Joined on Sep 15, 2004
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Professional photographer with a love of documentary and landscape photography

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IvanM: Have a look at the corner resolution and its clear that the Leica lens is not the best here. Sure its not at infinity but at this relatively close distance the Leica corners are not even close to the Sony. To my eyes looking at the RAW fileS the Sony is clearly the best here followed by the Panasonic. Leica looks hardly better than the Canon which makes the Canon superb value given its price and features compared to the Leica... I would say the Leica is for those that like the way the camera feels and operates and is prepared to put that above actual image quality. And of course can afford something like this....

mmm, the only compelling reason for me to buy an X/x2 would be the ability to do 'zone focusing' but I am not sure if this one has that function. For street shooting the 'zone focus' ability is almost perfect, but then again one has to shoot at F8/11 which then makes the f1.7 lens a bit pointless... so far though I am still leaning towards a Fuji X100 for a compact solution...even if just for the price!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 07:35 UTC
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IvanM: Have a look at the corner resolution and its clear that the Leica lens is not the best here. Sure its not at infinity but at this relatively close distance the Leica corners are not even close to the Sony. To my eyes looking at the RAW fileS the Sony is clearly the best here followed by the Panasonic. Leica looks hardly better than the Canon which makes the Canon superb value given its price and features compared to the Leica... I would say the Leica is for those that like the way the camera feels and operates and is prepared to put that above actual image quality. And of course can afford something like this....

...or maybe the lens is just not that good at very close focus distances as I presume the image of the test chart is. On FF DPR uses 85mm lenses...the lens is already not up to scratch at max aperture closeup so I suppose it is possible...? How do you find it at close distances compared to something else? Or maybe the lens is ok but the AF is not? who knows?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 07:23 UTC
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thericyip: Picked up a Canon 7D mark 2 today. As a fight photographer using a Canon 1Dx, I am very happy with the camera and the results.
I used the camera with a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II at a Muay Thai demo tonight.
Menu system, ergonomics, using the camera, and the results were very familiar. Felt like I was shooting with the 1Dx.
Since Adobe doesn't have an update for the Canon 7Dm2 yet, I shot Raw to CF and Jpeg to SD, which slowed down the buffer a bit.
Not sure if this is the same problem as the 5Dm3 where the SD card slot shortens the buffer (if I remember correctly). I'm used to the 1Dx 32 RAW buffer so the difference was new to me.

Here's a Jpeg sample straight out of camera (added watermark). IMO, it's quite good a jpeg.
The Canon 7Dm2 is definitely a good backup to my 1Dx. I can still comfortably shoot weddings and events with this no problem. I can see why Scott Kelby likes this camera so much.

http://g3.img-dpreview.com/3253E6680D444D0C85BD5D6406122B0E.jpg

Anastigmat, why is his choice of tools ridiculous? Why do you even bother to comment on what he uses? If it works for him its fine and its obviously the best solution for HIM...why do you think you are qualified to make a judgement on his choice of cameras?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 17:44 UTC
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armandino: For the 7DMKII price haters:
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2014/11/cracking-open-the-7d-ii
Looks like one of the best weather sealed cameras ever.
Excellent AF, fast frame rate, best weather sealing. I think Canon got their priorities right so far for a rugged sports/wildlife camera.

Of course the 1Dx is the one! But the 7d2 gives the rest of us financially challenged a chance to experience some of the 1Dx's magic. I love that it is apsc- it just makes my tele lenses even longer for the wildlife and sports that this camera is made for..want better image quality and sure get a 6D/5d3, want a sports wildlife affordable camera?, get the 7d2. From what I have seen I am sure I will get perfectly useable images even up to 3200so with a bit of PP...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 17:39 UTC
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Anastigmat: The 7DMKII is a souped up Digital Rebel. That is the god awful truth.

Ok so that's bad how? My old 450 D gave me wonderful pics, so if the 7d2 is a souped up 450D, it sounds just great!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 17:34 UTC
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prossi: This is a dead branch of the evolutionary DP tree. I don't see anything here that would want to make me buy an APSC sensor in the body and weight of a FF camera. You get all the downsides and none of the ups.

mmmm I have a FF 6D but I would really like to have a 7d2 as well for the extra reach and kickass AF & frames per second and image quality that looks to me to be only a stop behind that of the 6D. Looks like the perfect backup camera to me...for us financially challenged it makes perfect sense, a mini 1Dx at a 1/4 of the price!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 17:29 UTC
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IvanM: Have a look at the corner resolution and its clear that the Leica lens is not the best here. Sure its not at infinity but at this relatively close distance the Leica corners are not even close to the Sony. To my eyes looking at the RAW fileS the Sony is clearly the best here followed by the Panasonic. Leica looks hardly better than the Canon which makes the Canon superb value given its price and features compared to the Leica... I would say the Leica is for those that like the way the camera feels and operates and is prepared to put that above actual image quality. And of course can afford something like this....

Ok so well have to assume the X is better than the test samples here. Perhaps we should ask DPR to reshoot them?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 15:39 UTC
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Mike FL: Half of the price goes to the name as Leica is Leica. Other than that:

- Get any Fuji body + Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 If you want better sensor and better SPEC'd lens for the same sensor size and FL.

- Go for the best of the best, Sony RX1.

- Still like the Leica look, BUT not Leica price? Fuji X100T looks more liking a Leica than a real Leica.

You still want get exactly the same camera but half of the price? It is POSSIBLE if Panasonic decided to re-badge this Leica to Panasonic... Why not?

P.S.
Oh, almost forget, Panasonic should be add a built in GRIP. or other people will complain/think Panasonic do NOT know how to design a camera, just like they complain/say-to Canon G7X, Sony RX100s...

Never see any one complain Leica having no DRIP. Never, ever...

I have not had a detailed look at the X100s/t but even if the lens is not as good as the X1/2 lenses, its still a compelling camera. My X1 lens though was not any better than my 22mm f2 Canon..the Canon has slightly more chroma, F2 and less distortian than the X1/2 lens. Looks sharper too but that can be because of higher mp sensor. the irony is that the 22mm f2 cost less than the OVF for my Leica X1! The Leica OVF is made of plastic and is a dust trap, just like the X1 body...which is kinda sad when one thinks how expensive the brand is,,,somehow one also expects it to be top quality which was not the case with the X1....anyhow ther is so much more choice out there that the Leica is not the first brand that comes to mind when looking for a high quality small camera...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 09:57 UTC
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sebastian huvenaars: This is the era of electronics. Sensors, responsive menus, responsive autofocus, high quality evf's... Leica is trying to compete in a game that has changed to much.

But!

Good optics will always be good optics, and boy has Leica made some really nice optics... This leaves the question, why don't they focus on the game in which they're able to hit an occasional home-run? Becoma a third party lens manufacturer... Why not? I pretty sure there's a market for that with the growing number of system camera users...

I think what stops one is the poor corner resolution of the wide lenses because of the sensor design of 3rd party mirrorless bodies...which I think might have something to do with the thickness of the glass in front of the sensor...also the thing that stops me getting an A7R as higher resolution body for my 24TS....

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 09:51 UTC
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IvanM: Have a look at the corner resolution and its clear that the Leica lens is not the best here. Sure its not at infinity but at this relatively close distance the Leica corners are not even close to the Sony. To my eyes looking at the RAW fileS the Sony is clearly the best here followed by the Panasonic. Leica looks hardly better than the Canon which makes the Canon superb value given its price and features compared to the Leica... I would say the Leica is for those that like the way the camera feels and operates and is prepared to put that above actual image quality. And of course can afford something like this....

So you didn't check corners, they are clearly soft in the DPR test shots and MT says they are ok...So who do we believe? I can only comment on what I see and at 100% here they are clearly soft in the corners whilst the center is ok...maybe the Leica has a case of field curvature that will show up clearly on tests like this but not so on 'field' photos? Or maybe DPR has a 'bad' copy? Who knows? But judging from what we see here the Leica lens looks soft in the corners and IQ equals the 12mp Canon GIX....

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 06:48 UTC
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IvanM: Have a look at the corner resolution and its clear that the Leica lens is not the best here. Sure its not at infinity but at this relatively close distance the Leica corners are not even close to the Sony. To my eyes looking at the RAW fileS the Sony is clearly the best here followed by the Panasonic. Leica looks hardly better than the Canon which makes the Canon superb value given its price and features compared to the Leica... I would say the Leica is for those that like the way the camera feels and operates and is prepared to put that above actual image quality. And of course can afford something like this....

Well you are assuming that I am not interested in what this camera can do because the corners appear soft. And it is not just lens sharpness that concern me, the image quality compared to the others also don't bowl me over, the Sony and Panasonic files looks very good! And as you said you didn't check the corners either, and relax I wouldn't have asked for the DNGs, as I can see for myself here at DPR.... . I am not someone that shoots wide open or that puts a high premium on bokeh, it simply doesn't feature much in my shooting style. (Mike J over TOP said he has never seen a classic master photo that featured bokeh). So I would be very hesitant to purchase a camera that isn't sharp in the corners especially at f5.6!....But rest assured I will never buy a camera , even a Leica, without first doing some test shot and determining for myself how sharp the lens is...regardless of what you or MT say about it, so if my answer is still missing the point, all I can say is, Sorry!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2014 at 14:06 UTC
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IvanM: Have a look at the corner resolution and its clear that the Leica lens is not the best here. Sure its not at infinity but at this relatively close distance the Leica corners are not even close to the Sony. To my eyes looking at the RAW fileS the Sony is clearly the best here followed by the Panasonic. Leica looks hardly better than the Canon which makes the Canon superb value given its price and features compared to the Leica... I would say the Leica is for those that like the way the camera feels and operates and is prepared to put that above actual image quality. And of course can afford something like this....

All I have to do is look at the images here to see how soft the corners are at this distance and at F5.6...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 05:17 UTC

Have a look at the corner resolution and its clear that the Leica lens is not the best here. Sure its not at infinity but at this relatively close distance the Leica corners are not even close to the Sony. To my eyes looking at the RAW fileS the Sony is clearly the best here followed by the Panasonic. Leica looks hardly better than the Canon which makes the Canon superb value given its price and features compared to the Leica... I would say the Leica is for those that like the way the camera feels and operates and is prepared to put that above actual image quality. And of course can afford something like this....

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 16:26 UTC as 7th comment | 12 replies
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IvanM: I think the 7D2 could be a very nice backup camera to something like the 6D, which lacks the AF & speed capabilities but is clearly the high iso champ for normal budgets.

Just think a 7D2 plus a 300mm f4 L IS lens will give you the equivalent (or close as dammit) of a 1DX plus 500mm f4 L mk2 lens at a fraction of the price. I think that is what this camera is all about....

Lets also hope that this sensor technology filters down to the next EosM, G1X mk3 etc etc.

Of course its not going to be a 1Dx in any way, but for the price/quality ratio its pretty compelling and comes very close in practical terms. I think it will be a good buy for existing Canon shooters. Whats the point switching systems every time something 'better and newer' comes around, unless its more about the cameras than the images....I have a 70-300L lying around here just begging for something like the 7d2

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 10:58 UTC
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Stollen1234: So what People are Saying there is no visible improvement with Canon 7 D Mark II Over Canon 7D.

Wow this is Pretty signifikant..

Just have a look at the raw files at any iso and you will see they look pretty much the same, except for the obvious resolution differences. Obviously the DR cannot be seen here in the tests but the differences in noise and resolution are actually a lot less when viewed side by side at 'full' size and almost disappear. when viewed at 'print' size. I stand by my view that we are spoiled for choice at the mo and sensors are really not where we should look for differences in the camera systems. There are far greater and noticeable practical differences between FF and crop sensors than between two different brand's crop sensors. To me the best overall sensor looks like Nikon's with the Sony the noisiest. But I will be happy with any of these sensors.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 06:58 UTC
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Stollen1234: So what People are Saying there is no visible improvement with Canon 7 D Mark II Over Canon 7D.

Wow this is Pretty signifikant..

I think the improvement will be in the ability to push shadows more and with better quality than old 7d, thus an improvement in dynamic range...

But if you look at the raw files critically then the old 7d is no worse than the newer Nikon and Sony anyway....maybe sensor technology is as good as its really going to get and any 'improvement' will only be marginal....regardless of brand. It will be interesting to see how the Samsung sensor stacks up against these brands.

I think most guys here worry too much about small differences... good technique and processing will turn out good quality from any camera sensor.

The purpose of the 7d2 is to be an affordable 1DX, which I think it has achieved. I will buy a camera like this based solely on its AF and speed performance, knowing that the sensor is on par with anything else on the market, but clearly ahead on things that matter to sports and wildlife photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2014 at 08:32 UTC
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I think the 7D2 could be a very nice backup camera to something like the 6D, which lacks the AF & speed capabilities but is clearly the high iso champ for normal budgets.

Just think a 7D2 plus a 300mm f4 L IS lens will give you the equivalent (or close as dammit) of a 1DX plus 500mm f4 L mk2 lens at a fraction of the price. I think that is what this camera is all about....

Lets also hope that this sensor technology filters down to the next EosM, G1X mk3 etc etc.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2014 at 08:24 UTC as 93rd comment | 4 replies
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Mikael Risedal: the 6400iso are different exposed, Nikon 1/3200sec f5,6 and Canon as usual longer exposed 1/2500sec f 5,6
There are higher resolution in d7100 picture at 6400Iso compared to Canon 7Dmk2 and with a shorter exposure.

I think in 'real world' shooting conditions one will be very very happy with the image quality from all of these apsc cameras..the difference is in the 'other' things. IMO the 7D2 sensor ito resolutions is very close to the other higher mp sensors, which means practically speaking one can buy any of these camera and know you are going to get very very good image quality. Need more image quality and less noise?... Go FF!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 13:04 UTC
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Dimit: Studio test wise: ..and the winner is a6000..no doubt.
Sensor wise a lot of things have to be done for Canon to justify the price premium vs competition..no doubt.

I don't know... I had a very good look at the RAW comparisons and they all look mostly the same to me. Sony seems great but where do you get a 'sharp right into the corner' Sony alpha lens? Canon for all their plodding and 'lagging behind' makes a pretty compelling 'system' that gives very good image quality across the board...I don't see any reasons to swop systems yet....but if you are new in the market one shouldn't have to worry about the sensors, they are all the same, look for other factors...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 12:50 UTC
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What I see here, looking at the high iso RAW's is that there is not much difference between the Canon (new and old), Nikon & Sony. One can pixel peep till one's eyes bleed but they all look much the same to me. That goes for sharpness as well, even against the Nikon the 7d2 holds up fairly well. So whats the difference then between these brands?
I would say Canon gave us a very competent sports wildlife camera that taps into the vast and may I say mostly very good Canon lens system. Ditto probably for Nikon as far as lenses go, except this new 7D2 is probably king of the hill for now ito AF and frames per second. I would buy one as a 2nd camera to my 6D...
The Sony looks great on paper and in the hand but I have yet to read a lens review where the corners were not unacceptably soft. The Sony lenses just don't stack up imo...
So if all these sensors are more or less on par for now what is left to differentiate? AF, frames per second, lenses, price and backup.....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 12:42 UTC as 131st comment | 2 replies
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