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for all those still have their 5DM3 screen unscratched, help yourself invest the money and get a screen protector if you're obsessed with keeping your gear pristine

i recommend this one:

it'll take a hammer and a nail to actually break through it...

Lenses / Re: Canon 85L II AF speed on 5D III???
« on: May 01, 2013, 12:53:49 PM »
i'm using the 85L F1.2 II with my 5DM3 for wedding photography. as stated by everyone, this is probably the slowest AF of them all. but the quality from this lens is second to none. it's quiet easy to miss a shot because of slow AF, but it's not impossible to great action shots with this. you just gotta time  it perfectly. Also the reach of the 85mm makes it a dream for nice candid shots without getting in the bride's face when she's getting dressed.

Thank you all so much for all the valuable information - it has really been helpful to check in, read replies to this post, and search for additional information. Here are my initial plans and please feel free to comment or suggest alternatives:

  • Mode: Av
  • Aperture: f/4.0-5.6
  • Auto ISO: 1600 or 3200 Max
  • White balance: Auto
  • Metering: Evaluative or Center Weighted Average
  • Flash: off

It looks to me like shooting in Av and Auto ISO will keep things simple for me and I can concentrate on shutter speed. Additional concentration will be holding the camera steady while shooting. I was playing with a DOF calculator and I am guessing most shots will be fine at f/5.6 and maybe even dipping down into f/4.0 on occasion.

Any professional recommendations regarding max ISO of 1600 or 3200? Based upon my reading it seems like a fair trade off by pushing my ISO but then again the higher I go the more color sensitivity, dynamic and tonal range I begin to give away. Maybe drop the max ISO to 400 or so for the ceremony outdoors and bump it up to 1600 or 3200 indoors?

The White Balance will be left on auto and I will be shooting large RAW images. I have a 32GB card and two batteries. My intent is to spend time post-processing and make minor adjustments here and there. The Metering is another area where I would like to hear opinions since I will be shooting people one dressed in black and the other in white. I shot mostly in Evaluative but it has been suggested a Center Weighted Average is a better choice for weddings.

All thoughts and opinions are welcome.

if it's your first time, then RAW would be probably a safe bet. but you are not going to enjoy flipping through 500-1000 raw images. hopefully you'll have the patience to edit them all :).  I shoot primarily in JPEG only because i know my white balances.

you will need flash for indoors. higher ISO will not be enough to save you. you may as well get yourself a diffuser. they're cheap. hopefully you have a external flash unit.

see the difference with a diffuser? less hot spots -

get a tripod too for formal pictures. nobody wants a shaky handle.

Any difference between this firmware and the one that was released just last week?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lens for upcoming Auto show
« on: April 29, 2013, 11:37:01 AM »
don't forget about your ultra wide lens for beautiful interior shots. i'm sure custom auto shops put a lot of work on the interior as well.

my go-to fun lens for that is my 8-15L F4
otherwise it'll be my 16-35L II F2.8

If you can provide basic suggestions such as:

  • Mode - Full, CA, P, Tv, Av, or M?
  • Flash or not? Fill indoors, outdoors, etc.
  • ISO on Auto from 100-800 or just set it on a particular value?

Just really a comprehensive review of the basics for a guy trying to do the best he can.

awww man...if you're asking these questions, then you need to review the basics about ISO, Aperture, and shutter speed. i know you're going to come back and say I REALLY UNDERSTAND IT, but do you?

you didnt tell us how much time you have before the wedding. BUT, for your own sake and for your own learning experience, get away from this computer and take your camera. Set it to MANUAL and start shooting. Teach yourself how to adjust ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed until you have the best exposed picture (learn to read your histogram).

Ask yourself -
Are the pictures exposed correctly (not too dark, not too light - see what your histogram)?
What's the relationship between ISO, Aperture and shutter speed?
What's the values for ISO i need to set for indoors and outdoors?
What're the correct white balances i need for indoors and outdoors?

From then, you'll find using Program mode and Aperture mode more helpful. After that spot metering, AF lock, flash (ETTL and then manual). I do weddings every weekend, all this is second nature to me.

But serious, if you're photos are just dark or just over exposed, have no clue how to fix it, and pissing your pants, just set it to AUTO. And please, look down and see what you're taking. Don't take a 100 photos in a row and not look at your screen.

Good luck, hope you can do well.

ps. anyone can tell you to get this lens or that lens. or i can even lend out my equipment to you, but i guarantee you, it won't make a difference compare to your 7D. 7D and 24-70mm is good enough for a second photographer. learn your basics is a must.

EOS Bodies / Re: Download Firmware 1.2.1 link for 5DIII
« on: April 26, 2013, 09:36:06 AM »
just in time. got a weddings this weekend

EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of EOS M [CR1]
« on: April 26, 2013, 07:36:17 AM »
i would love to see their high end version be near 5D mark3 version.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: April 22, 2013, 09:17:19 PM »
Not my best, but just happened to snap this photo the other day.

canon 5d mark 3. no editing done.
Fisheye on the full frame, or was it actually like that in the display?

Canon 8-15L F4 on Canon 5D M3. yes that's a real fish and a real coral reef :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: April 22, 2013, 10:52:45 AM »
Not my best, but just happened to snap this photo the other day.

canon 5d mark 3. no editing done.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: What's that accessory in the picture?
« on: April 12, 2013, 01:45:37 PM »
saw this article in the nytimes about Anthony Bourdain and saw this picture of him and his videographer. Anyone have an idea what that black box that's pressing against the guy's forehead? it looks painful to be him...

It's a sunhood for an external monitor, looks like a SmallHD monitor.

It's quiet possible it's a smallHD monitor, but you gotta be a mad man using that. That video would be shaky and jittery.

EOS Bodies - For Video / What's that accessory in the picture?
« on: April 12, 2013, 09:47:16 AM »
saw this article in the nytimes about Anthony Bourdain and saw this picture of him and his videographer. Anyone have an idea what that black box that's pressing against the guy's forehead? it looks painful to be him...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: cheap android tablet for 6D ??
« on: April 11, 2013, 09:53:17 PM »
i want to buy a cheap android tablet for my 6D.
7 inch would be fine, not bigger.
8-16gb should be enough, i donĀ“t need to store much on it.

this tablet goes into my backpack and i will use this tablet only with my 6D & WIFI.

so a good strong WIFI connection and a nice display is all i need.
speed should be decent for using the eos remote app.

any advice what to buy?

is the nexus7 the best option?
or is there a cheaper alternative for me?

nexus 7 is pretty good in terms of price and performance and it'll be hard to beat until they announce the second line to the nexus 7 in july. similar pricing option, with a higher resolution and fastest CPU from Snapdragon.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 1DX Junk camera??
« on: April 11, 2013, 08:21:19 AM »
Please post some sample pictures and maybe we can help resolve your difficulties.

I don't know about everyone else, but i oftentimes forget to take off the lens cap off my 1DC when shooting videos. people get all mad at me just for a simple thing like that...and whine and complain that i wasted their whole day. 

Canon General / Re: anyone had someone over their shoulder on a job?
« on: April 08, 2013, 08:18:02 AM »
Of course you'll have people looking your shoulders, especially with family members. You gotta be quick and smart about when you start your formals, whether it's at the house, church, park or at the reception. but at the same time, you gotta be respectful of their guests.

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