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I find the "always illuminate" mode even more annoying than just turning it off completely. I don't want the entire screen (all focus points as well as gridlines when enabled) to flash a glowing bright red every time I focus. I just want the selected AF point to give the same clear visual indicator of being selected and achieving focus as every single other Canon DSLR I've owned. It's such a glaring omission that I spent an hour or two trying to figure out which setting I had wrong when I first got my 5D3.

Keep in mind that the lens also flashes bright red when you use viewfinder illumination, so anyone looking at the front of your camera gets a clear visual indicator of when you are focusing. Others have reported that this is quite a problem when trying to shoot candid photos, especially in low light conditions where it's even more obvious.

I hadn't actually read about the low contrast display issue with fast lenses until today. I just tried my 50/1.4 on the 5D3 for the first time, and all the display features are now a light grey that provides very poor contrast and makes the selected point even harder to see.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d3 Annoyances
« on: March 24, 2012, 08:13:07 PM »
Pretty minor really, but it would be nice if you could have just the selected AF point light up when focus is achieved.  They give you so many options for how the points are displayed, but for illumination it's either everything or nothing.  I like the red focus confirmation, but I find the entire viewfinder flashing red very distracting.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 23, 2012, 04:42:15 PM »
Nevermind. Mine just shipped out yesterday evening! B&H usually e-mails me a shipping confirmation on all my orders, but not this time. Weird.

Nobody seems to have received a shipping notice for the 5D3 shipments.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 23, 2012, 04:19:28 PM »
UPS managed to not screw up the next day air to Ontario, so I received my 5D3 from B&H this morning (order #53xxx).  Looking forward to playing with it a lot this weekend.  From some casual usage so far, I am extremely happy, coming from a 1D3 and 5D2.  It's basically everything I've ever wanted in a DSLR.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 21, 2012, 04:38:08 AM »
12:54 EST, 532xx for me.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:35:12 PM »
Photo Expert told me they will be getting in bodies this week, and asked if I wanted one since I e-mailed about pre-ordering.  Their pricing has consistently been the best I've found in Canada (though you have to ask), and I've bought all my DSLRs from them in the past.  Unfortunately, I am stuck with my B&H pre-order whenever they actually ship it to me, because of their lousy policy of immediately charging all international orders, including pre-orders.  I cannot cancel my order because I would lose the currency exchange fees on both the initial charge as well as the order refund.



Very clear about your order policy there, B&H.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 in Canada at Henry's
« on: March 05, 2012, 07:25:05 PM »
In the states by preference is B&H.

Keep in mind B&H will charge your credit card the full amount when you place the order, not just a temporary authorization as indicated at checkout.  As far as I know, Adorama does not do this.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 05, 2012, 04:17:28 AM »
you can just call them and cancel at anytime before it ships and you will get a full refund. my credit card sees it as a charge right now too, but b an h assured me it was an authorization and it will go away in a day or so. regardless, you can cancel any time by calling them. they even take returns for a full refund as well if you are not happy with the product.

You can also do online chat to modify/cancel orders.

You guys are missing one of the major points of my post.  Yes, I can cancel my order, but I will receive a refund in US dollars, which means I lose the exchange fees on both the initial charge as well as the refund.  This would be over $100.  It basically means I am stuck with the order unless I want to pay $100 or more to cancel it.

Just to clear something up for other posters: if it wasn't obvious from my post talking about exchange fees and shipping to Canada, I live in Canada.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 05, 2012, 01:28:24 AM »
I just realized B&H charged the full amount to my credit card, rather than doing a temporary authorization as both the item page and checkout page state (even with shipping set to Canada).  I now have a $3600 charge on my card with no camera in sight for months.  I also no longer have the option of cancelling and and ordering elsewhere if necessary, because I end up losing the exchange fees on both the payment and refund.



I see buried in the international order page it says "International orders are charged at the time the order is placed."  Considering this is their standard order policy anyway, and the web site informed me multiple times I would not be charged, I'd say it's pretty misleading to do this.  Reading around, it would appear a number of Canadian photographers discovered this the hard way with recent Nikon camera pre-orders.  I would not have ordered from B&H if I'd know this up front.  Adorama does not charge international orders like this.

I am not impressed, B&H.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« on: March 02, 2012, 01:29:00 AM »
I'm wondering who would pay $300 extra for the privilege of buying their 5D3 from a Canadian vendor when the dollar is above par.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Split? 5D X & 5D Mark III [CR1]
« on: February 10, 2012, 03:16:12 AM »
This is hilarious.  Insane D800 specs confirmed?  Canon fantasy wish list rumours updated to match.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How does Canon respond to the D800?
« on: February 07, 2012, 10:30:21 PM »
Where's the "slightly higher resolution 5D2 with some upgraded features and 9 point AF" option?

At this point I am prepared to be horribly let down by Canon.  Perhaps I will get a pleasant surprise.  Perhaps not, considering the number of vocal 5D2 users who would seemingly be happy with 1 point AF.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D800 is finally here
« on: February 07, 2012, 05:06:05 AM »
The D800 is the benchmark by which we will measure Canon's failings with the 5D Mark III.

9 point autofocus, anyone?  Bring on the Canon apologists.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Wishlist for 5D Mark III
« on: December 08, 2011, 05:36:50 PM »
I think the majority of people would be happy with a 5D3 that is much like the 5D2, but with the little incremental upgrades and feature improvements of newer bodies, and a 7D-like autofocus system.  A new sensor of some sort is a given, and it's safe to say it will have lower noise and improved imaging characteristics.

I fully expect to be let down by Canon in a major way, probably autofocus.

I expect this thread will have numerous replies from especially vocal posters who want it to be their very specific ideal dream camera (36MP! I don't need autofocus! Get rid of video! Monochrome sensor! And so on...). 

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Canada / Re: COPYRIGHT in Canada
« on: April 06, 2011, 09:08:30 PM »
In Canada, the copyright belongs to whoever commissioned the work by default.  I assume most Canadian photographers specify that they retain copyright in any work-for-hire contract.  I certainly do this whenever I am paid for photography work.

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