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jlk1987

upgrading camera

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jlk1987    57

Hi all, 

I'm looking to upgrade my camera.  I currently have a canon t3 and canon EF 100-400 L is II lens. I am stuck on what camera body to get. I'd love a 5d mk III but not sure i want to spend the money to get it. My main problem now is the grain when i get above 1600 iso. I am in MI so we have months in the winter esp. With very little sun and then the summer in the woods i am in need of a camera with better  low light performance. Are there any other canon cameras that i should be looking at that have good low light performance.  I'd prefer full frame as id like to do step more into landscape photography as well but its not a must. Thank you!

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Bird Brain    4196

Hope you get some good replies on this, jlk. I'm pretty much the same as you....I have a Canon T2i, with a  EF 75-300mm lens and a EF 400mm lens. I'm also looking to upgrade to a better body and not sure which would be the best choice. I'm not real savvy on the different options, so I'm hoping for someone with knowledge gives you some good info!

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lonestranger    2662

If you're looking for better image quality at higher ISO settings, then I'd suggest going full frame. If you have the money to play with, the 5Diii AND the 1.4iii extender would be my choice. By going full frame you lose the 1.6 crop factor but the extender will give you back most of your magnification. While the argument can be made that image quality takes a hit when using an extender, the argument can be made that using an extender gets you closer to your subject which should improve image quality. I can only speculate that it'd be an even trade off with the full frame sensor boosting the the image quality above that of a crop body camera without an extender. If money is holding you back from the 5Diii, there's also the 6D to consider for a less expensive full frame option.

If a crop body is desired, the 7D has served me well, with the exception of graininess/noise at the higher ISO settings. The 7Dii is suppose to be better at handling noise than the 7D and have better AF capabilities, but I'm not sure how significant those improvements are or how they'd compare to the full frame bodies. If someone wants to buy me a full frame camera and/or the 7Dii crop body, I'd be willing to test them out and offer my opinion based on experience instead of speculation. :P

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LauraC    80

How about some Noise software as a plug-in to Photoshop or Photoshop Elements?  I use Topaz DeNoise.  I remove the noise from the whole image and then use my selection tool in Photoshop Elements to select the bird and go into Topaz Adjust to put the detail in the bird back in with filters called Clarity, Crisp, etc., which can be adjusted.  In Topaz DeNoise, you can try different levels of noise reduction until you find what you like.

With the strongest level of Noise Reduction. it will deband, too, if you have that problem.

 

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