Picturenaut

Picturenaut

Lives in Frankfurt am Main
Works as a science journalist
Has a website at www.roland-wengenmayr.de
Joined on Jun 1, 2010
About me:

Love to shoot wildlife, birds, animals, macros of insects and spiders, plus street and portrait of people (I like to draw portraits too).

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On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1172 comments in total)
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audiobomber: What is the basis for saying the 7D II outperforms the a6000 and K-3 for noise? DXOMark shows the 7D II with the lowest score of the three for SNR.
a6000: ISO 1347
K-3: ISO 1216
7D II: ISO 1082

http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Canon-EOS-7D-Mark-II-versus-Sony-A6000-versus-Pentax-K-3___977_942_914

Tony Northrop (surely no Canon fanboy) explains here in detail why DxO's scoring system does not give any useful idea about the real world performance of a camera such as the 7D2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTuBr0W0Zhw

The 7D2 is made for sports and wildlife photographers using supertele lenses and often shooting action, and high ISO performance is what really matters then - plus a very good AF system, because if you miss a great moment that never comes back no extraordinary DR performance will compensate you.

So, overall, the 7D2 mostly meets what one can expect from such a camera. There are a few downsides, of course, touchscreen is lacking and video is a bit disappointing looking at the competition.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 15:53 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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Picturenaut: To all those referring to DxO's bad ranking of the 7DII: just watch Tony Northrop explaining clearly why the philosophy of DxO's ranking system doesn't give any useful information about cameras such as the 7D2. He shows why the 7D2 is a really great crop camera in particular for sports and wildlife stills & video shooters:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTuBr0W0Zhw&list=PLwIVS3_dKVpsjSZrQ7H-Nw8GQ7ZuDYyaD

Btw my local camera provider (a pro shop) told me recently that the 7D2 is flying off his shelves, in particular a lot of videographers buy it.

He he :) I'm amused to see how my post worked exactly the way I expected it... To be serious, there is one solid reason why Tony Northrop's review hits the mark from the perspective of a sports or wildlife shooter for whom the 7D2 is made. Shooting with superteles you nearly always end up with high ISOs. High ISO performance is what really matters in sports and even more wildlife shooting, and the 7D2 obviously does perform quite well for a crop camera. It is useful to watch Tony Northrop's video until about 15:00 where he starts to show that Canon improved the sensor efficiency of the 7D2 substantially. Last but not least: T.N. changed from Canon to Nikon, he is definitely no Canon fanboy.

Btw I think the most interesting crop camera that recently hit the market, is probably not the 7D2 but Samsung's NX 1 (but I will not change systems, I love most of my Canon glass).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 11:24 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)

To all those referring to DxO's bad ranking of the 7DII: just watch Tony Northrop explaining clearly why the philosophy of DxO's ranking system doesn't give any useful information about cameras such as the 7D2. He shows why the 7D2 is a really great crop camera in particular for sports and wildlife stills & video shooters:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTuBr0W0Zhw&list=PLwIVS3_dKVpsjSZrQ7H-Nw8GQ7ZuDYyaD

Btw my local camera provider (a pro shop) told me recently that the 7D2 is flying off his shelves, in particular a lot of videographers buy it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 08:32 UTC as 70th comment | 26 replies

As a user of two Mecablitz flashes I do hope that their flash business will survive. Bankruptcy in Germany doesn't mean necessarily the end of a company.

Hey, this is one of our old camera gear makers in Germany, they MUST survive, in particular because their flashes are really good. The new mecablitz 64 AF-1 is one of the hottest guns on the market btw: maximum guide number 64 for ISO 100 @ 200 mm!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 08:11 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
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Picturenaut: Great! Some wildlife shooters have been waiting for this MK II version for at least 5-6 ys now. I guess only hobby trombone players will really miss the old push-pull design.

@wburychka: you made a point, it surely depends on the personal shooting style. I prefer shooting wildlife with primes and work with details when an animal gets close (in fact I do love detailed close-ups), so zooming is not so important for me.

Btw the new Sigma 150-600 S might be interesting for you. There is a good review on Nikon rumors, and the guy says there:
"When shooting you can zoom the lens by pulling and pushing the barrel instead of twisting."

http://nikonrumors.com/2014/11/09/sigma-150-600mm-f5-6-3-dg-os-hsm-sports-lens-review.aspx/#ixzz3JPAS0Ilp

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 08:02 UTC
On Video: Capturing nature with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II article (187 comments in total)

Great footage for enjoying in the evening with a glass of wine, watching how a pro wildlife shooter works, and how the reviewed gear performs in real life. Since all digital cameras today deliver quite good quality compared to some years ago, I think those real life reviews are getting more and more important (e.g. AF performance in challenging moments) - and scientific lab tests less and less important at least for real photographers (excluding geeks).

Please DPR, I want to see more of this very good stuff! (And, please, not always with Country muzak.)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 07:49 UTC as 20th comment

Great! Some wildlife shooters have been waiting for this MK II version for at least 5-6 ys now. I guess only hobby trombone players will really miss the old push-pull design.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 15:08 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
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Antony John: Any camera manufacturer that releases new lenses and puts pressure on other companies to do the same is to be applauded.
Now if only Nikon would update their 400mm F4 ...

The current Nikkor superteles are more affordable than Canon's latest Mk II lenses and their new 200-400, but Nikon's current supertele line is getting a bit long in the tooth now. With the new Nikkor 800/5.6 they have shown that the next generation Nikkors will be coming with a breathtaking premium price again.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 15:04 UTC
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ms18: I wonder how it will comparable to EF 400mm f/5.6 L prime... at 400mm ignoring the IS.

Not sure, the 400/5.6 is a prime and it's simple optical construction is tack sharp (I love it). IS is not so important if you shoot action, e.g. BIF. And the 100-400mm MkI's weak point was its long end at 400 mm. But I am pretty sure that the Mk II will provide a huge leap in optical quality anyway. Will be interesting to see first lab tests.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 14:47 UTC
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wburychka: Let's see. Seems that Canon has fully adopted the Microsoft approach to new products. See 5D3, 7D2 for examples. So the new 100-400 is heavier, bigger, and $500 more expensive. Yep. The MS way. Of course it has "optical enhancements". Maybe.

Fact is, I find the push pull zoom exceptionally handy for hand held shooting sports like soccer, where the action moves all over the field quickly. Loosening the zoom lock makes quick adjustments in zoom easy--much easier than twisting a zoom ring. I also have a Tamron 150-600, which in some ways is comparable to the new 100-400: heavier, larger, twist zoom ring. I've used both handheld for soccer, and the "old" 100-400 is infinitely faster and easier, plus lighter.

And by the way, I've had this lens for ten years, and I've yet to detect any dust "sucked into" the lens. And this lens has been used at the beach, in the desert, and lots of other dusty places. I think the dust sucking is another Internet-invented problem.

Obviously this really depends on the copy you have. Same with Canon's EF-S 17-55/2.8, my early production copy sucks dust in like a vacuum cleaner, other users of this zoom do not have any problem with that.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 14:39 UTC

I think those designers should all be globally banned from ANY design jobs, not only cameras. Once, Italian design was synonymous with elegance and taste, but this quality obviously is lost at least in Treviso.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 14:33 UTC as 20th comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)

ROFL! This is made for rich Russian dons, fits perfectly to their golden Rolexes, guns, and teeth.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 17:11 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (509 comments in total)

Great real world review from a pro shooter, short and right on the point. Readers can decide by themselves if they need a voice recording or not. I personally do not, because a wildlife shooter should keep his mouth shut when shooting shy animals ;-).

Please, DPR, give us more of such real world reviews added to your scientific lab tests.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 08:51 UTC as 19th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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Philip Lanoue: Does this new 7D have in camera HDR?
Even though I have seen that stated, I can't find info on that in spec reviews either here or on Canon's site.

Canon introduced in-camera HDR with the 5D3 into their camera bodies, but having and using a 5D3 since 2012 I can tell you that I have given up using this tool after some trials. If I want HDR I do prefer postprocessing because I can control more parameters.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 07:35 UTC
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blue hour: - no touchscreen
- no Wifi
- can't record 4K video
- more expensive than the competition (Pentax K3, Sony A77 Mk II,Olympus E-M1)
- all of those competitors feature stabilization built into the body, that works with every lens you attach
- rumours of a hybrid viewfinder (like the Fuji X100 T) didn't make it to the production line- Canon should reinforce their innovation management

@ Rishi: right, that's main flaw I also see in the concept of the otherwise quite intriguing 7D2. Canon sacrifized the tilt- and touchscreen for the heavy duty body of the 7D what seems to be logical. But it is not logical to built-in the new dual pixel AF system without touchscreen capability for video.

To make the package round Canon should deliver the 7D2 with a Wifi transmitter for free in a standard kit (Canon's WFT-E7A is embarassingly expensive) plus a smartphone clip for the camera body, so people can use their phones as additonal touchscreen for video.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 10:10 UTC
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mais51: At 910 grams it is heavier than a D810 and ways above the D750 and only 40g lighter than the full frame 5D Mark III. What do they put in that body - more focusing sensors ?

@ autochrome: my 5D3 is still doing well, I expose it mostly to the same rough conditions than the 7D, but my 7D has double age.

For me, the lenses are most important, and I stick with Canon because of some great tele lenses plus its legendary king of bokeh, the 85/1.2. This is one of my most used lenses (besides a 500 mm supertele).

For wildlife shooters like me one problem is that Nikon's superteles are aged technology. You rarely get good reviews of superteles, but by luck we had some two years ago in German photozines when we wanted a new 500 mm for our Nikon gear. Both photozines came to the conclusion that the current Nikkor 500/4's resolution isn't up to the high res sensors in current Nikon DSLRs. In one of those reviews, Sigmas 500/4.5 (latest version) outperformed optically the Nikkor, so we decided to forget about VR (IS in Canon world), half a stop of aperture, pay half the price and get the better lens for our Nikon gear. Didn't regret that, the Sigma is great.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 09:41 UTC
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mais51: At 910 grams it is heavier than a D810 and ways above the D750 and only 40g lighter than the full frame 5D Mark III. What do they put in that body - more focusing sensors ?

It is really heavy, but the original 7D was already a tank. My 7D survived a severe crash, heavy salt & sand storms, and still works flawlessly. The D300 of our Nikon gear with about the same age, same use, was falling literally into pieces and completely died past year (mirror mechanics broken at about 90.000 shutter actuations, repair cost would have overtopped the cameras value). With Canon you pay with additional weight but you get this top mechanical quality you would have expected from Nikon in the old days (our three vintage FM-2's are still in service).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 07:56 UTC
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KBarrett: I am a huge Sony fanboy, but I still can't let you get away with using the word "translucent" as badly as Sony does.

In particular because Canon invented this technology in the early 1960s...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 07:43 UTC
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Alpha Channel: The 7D Mk II appears to have been made for me. I love my 5D Mark III and will continue to use it as my primary body for portrait and landscape work. I don't expect that the 7d Mark II will be quite up to the IQ of the 5D Mk III, but if it lives up to Scott Kelby's claim, in his Canon feature, that it has the best high ISO performance he has ever seen on a crop sensor DSLR, it should be a great body for my sports and wildlife photography. I too am a bit disappointed that Canon chose not to put in Wifi, but what they did put in sounds outstanding (hopefully it will live up to the billing). Features I am most excited about:
1. Weight and form factor almost identical to the 5D Mk III. This weight and form factor makes for great control and excellent balance when used with pro lenses
2. Anti-flicker mode - I spend hours in post, correcting for the constantly varying color temp and brightness of the lights in many HS football stadiums
3. New AF system
4. Great value at that price

I have exactly the same thoughts about the 7D2 (I have a 5D3, too): it's an impressive package for sports & wildlife shooting. The only thing that makes me frown is its high ISO noise (I often need to go up to ISO 1600 for tele shooting). First RAW samples on the web really look like the 70D's results, and that's a progress from the old 7D, but not really a huge one. Canon obviously has a chronic noise problem with their electronics (it is not the sensors itself as many people believe).

Otherwise, the 7D is a killer with only one strange feature: dual pixel AF in LV without touchscreen will not allow manual AF selection without shaking the camera when you shoot freehand. I think Canon should add to the standard kit a Wifi dongle for remote control and a mount to clip a smartphone as touchscreen on the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 07:40 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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BalasmicVinegar: So checking various UK sites, the 7D MK II is to retail around £1600. The 6D which is full frame retails at £1300. So is the 6D going to be replaced by a 6D MK II? A 5D is 'only' £700 more than a 7D MK II.

Canon seem to have got their pricing a bit messed up.

the 7D II is made for real heavy duty outdoor use. My 7D survived severe crashes (wildlife shooting), and I am pretty sure that a swivel touch screen would have been broken. Canon made the 70D for touchy sviwellers...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 11:56 UTC
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