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Observations from our trip

Discussion in 'Photography and Video' started by BigRedDad, Jul 1, 2017.

  1. BigRedDad

    BigRedDad Well-Known Member

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    We just got back. I took my Olympus TG-4, Canon D7, and cellphone. Lost the cellphone on day 1 when something cracked the glass over the lens. Below are my observations...

    Olympus TG-4
    When taking still images, while not walking, outdoor images with proper lighting are very good. However, many pictures I tried taking required to be done while moving: Pandora walk to FoP, walking to surf lessons at TL, and just general simple movements. Many of those pictures turned out bad. When I could stand still and take the shot, they came out great. In lower light situations, the pictures are absolutely horrible.

    Canon 7D
    It got old carrying around the weight. I chose not to this trip for the most part. I attempted to shoot RoL, but I had to jack the ISO up so high, wide open at f2.8, and a speed of 60. It just never lived up to being able to get anything. I will leave that to the experts with a lot better gear than me. I have seen some photos of what people have and they are night and day vs what I got.

    IMO, I am not carrying around the weight of a DSLR any more, at least not in the Summer heat. There were plenty of great shots with the P&S that the weight is not worth it. I also come to the conclusion that there are FAR better photographers than me as a picture taker. It is better to get the excellent pics from them than my junk pics. The weight and compactness of the P&S made it very easy. I realized to take 3-4 pics of each shot to insure one came out just right.
     
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    drizgirl Well-Known Member

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    I'm really surprised the 7D did so poorly with RoL. What's the highest ISO you're happy with? I'd sure love to give that show a try with my 6D. But I can sure understand not wanting to carry it around in the summer heat.

    Thanks for the report!
     
  3. fractal

    fractal Premium Member

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    Thanks for your observations.
     
  4. BigRedDad

    BigRedDad Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    It was drizzling rain, so that may have come into play. I had to crank ISO up to 6400. I had to drop speed so low that I could not get the motion shots fast enough.
     
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  5. wdwmagic

    wdwmagic Administrator Moderator

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    In my experience the 7D really isn't much good over ISO3200, so is really not good for RoL. Unfortunately a limitation of that sensor's age now. More recent sensors significantly outperform it, which is what you are seeing in other's images.

    Thanks for your observations.
     
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  6. BigRedDad

    BigRedDad Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thank you for the information. I am happy with the 7D for my main purpose...pictures of DD playing soccer.
     
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    wdwmagic Administrator Moderator

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    Yeah in good light it performs well, and the crop sensor makes it ideal for sports photography with a bit more reach.
     
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    rob0519 Well-Known Member

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