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Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 03, 2013, 04:33:43 PM »
Currently I carry these three with me all the time:
  • 17-40mm 4.0
  • 24-70mm 2.8 II
  • 70-200mm 2.8 II

As you can expect I'm very in love with the 24-70 and the 70-200. I had the 16-35 2.8 II, but I didn't like it's fuzzy borders on a full frame, so I replaced it with the 17-40.

Here is hoping for a new super wide-angle @ f/2.8.

Cheers,

Mark.

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Lenses / Re: Why pick 16-35 f2.8 over 17-40 f4
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:45:53 PM »
If anyone of you used 16-35 or have both lenses that can share some of your experiences and benefits of have 16-35 over 17-40 aside from aperture because i always have it on f8-f11.

I used the 16-35 many years with great pleasure on my 1.3-crop-1Dmk3. After I replaced the 1Dmk3 with the full frame 5Dmk3 I started to notice the softness of the 16-35 at the borders of the image.

After I went to a camera-shop and shot some test photos with the 16-35, 17-40 and the 24-105, I bought the 17-40 as it performed much better on the 5Dmk3 (sharper). The 16-35 is catching dust right now...  :(

Cheers,

Mark.

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angle Zoom Discussion & Opinion
« on: August 15, 2012, 01:16:25 PM »
I own a 16-35mkII and it worked perfectly with the 1Dmk3 I had.

After I replaced the 1Dmk3 with a 5Dmk3 the 16-35mkII wasn't good enough anymore: the off-center unsharpness is just too visible. I bought the 17-40 which is a lot sharper (but obviously lacks the F/2.8).

I really like the 16/17 to 35/40mm focal range, so I'm really hoping they are going to release a sharp 16-35mm F2.8. The 14-24mm F2.8 sounds as a nice addition to the 24-70mm, but for the type of photography I'm doing I'd rather use a 16-35 + 70-200mm combo.

Just my 2 cents.

Mark.

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So is it only in AI-Servo mode it goes black?  Does the Single Shot still glow red?

Yes, if you set it to always illuminate.

What option on my 5Dmk3 am I missing to make this happen? I always shoot Single Shot and never see the focus points red (except for when they gained focus).

There is not much to complain about with the 5Dmk3, but missing the red focus point(s) is by far my number one complaint about the camera.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Rebates & BG-E11 Shipping Updates
« on: June 06, 2012, 07:34:36 AM »
Regarding Dutch availability: I just received my battery grip and GPS receiver for the 5Dmk3 from Foto Konijnenberg ( http://www.fotokonijnenberg.nl/ ).

I've been using a 1Dmk3 for the past 4 years, so I'm crying tears of joy now, that I can finally attach the battery grip to the 5D!  :)

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The single genuine disappointment for me is the viewfinder issues with the red not being visible in good light and the dark points not being visible in poor light. That's nearly at the point of inexcusable. But I'm so happy with the camera that I'll put up with it :)


Exactly the same here :) That's why I was pleased to hear/see Chuck Westfall mention that they might address the issue in a future firmware. Check out his quote in this video (at 8m20s):

Canon's Chuck Westfall speaks with planet5D at NAB 2012 Small | Large

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Thank you very much markko, I think that answers our question!

Welcome  :)

One question remains unanswered, though: how do you pick the right value for adjustment!?  :-\

I have the Lens Align tool, but still: I just used it by night in the living room and the difference in the values is so little... I think I have to use it at daylight, so that I'm really really really sure that I see the red dot through the center hole (and the lens is aligned properly with the tool).

The odd thing happened that the tool suggested an adjustment that I would expect the opposite when I was looking at real world pictures.

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Thanks!  How finely?  For example, what do 85mm and 200mm look like on the 28-300mm?

I don't have a 28-300m, but I did some tests with my 70-200mm II and 100-400mm:

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: April 21, 2012, 11:20:08 AM »
Please post the sample images from your new 5D MK III here.

Picture below was taken a few days after I received the 5D MK III and was taken during a concert of Helmet in Holland.

Image was shot in JPEG and the only thing I did in Photoshop was resize it.

Details: 1/100sec | F3.2 | ISO 10,000 | 200mm (used the 70-200mm II lens)

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EOS Bodies / Re: BG-e11 Hand Grip Gripe
« on: March 31, 2012, 04:14:46 AM »
I was just at BIC Camera in Shinjuku Japan. They told me the official release date for the grip is April 25th.

I pre-ordered my grip at a Dutch store; this week I received an email from the store in which they told me the grip would be available on July 30th, 2012!!!  :(

Having used a 1D for 4.5 years now, the 5D really feels 'not complete' without the grip, so I'm hoping I can pick up a grip from outside the Netherlands as I have a nice trip planned to South Africa... in July! :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Owners - are you happy?
« on: March 30, 2012, 02:56:41 PM »
Another thing that quite annoys me is that the focus point is black in the viewfinder.

I'm not sure if this helps you, but you can make a menu change so that it shows the AF point that is selected in bright red once it locks onto something, instead of just that circle turning red.  I also changed it so the circle ALWAYS flashes red, not just in low light areas.  I currently use center AF ( not spot ), with the 4 surrounding points, but I don't have them show up in the VF, only highlight red when AF is achieved.

Thanks for the reply :-) I think I've tried all possible settings for the coloring/highlighting of the selected AF point, but not one of the settings will show the selected AF point bright red at all times (which I'm used to). When you're shooting in a dark place and the camera has difficulty getting focus you actually have to point at a bright area to check which AF point you have selected (or press the AF button of course).

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Owners - are you happy?
« on: March 30, 2012, 02:30:42 PM »
Copy-paste from what I've written in another thread:

"Having used the 5Dmk3 for about a week now I have to agree with KR that the AF system is the area that I have to get used to most.

I've owned the 300D, 20D and the 1Dmk3 (used it for the last 4.5 years). I'm used to toggle between AF 'modes' (spot AF and 'auto-AF' (where the camera will pick the focus points, choosing from all available points)) just by using the little joystick on the back. Press once: go to the center point. Press twice: switch to the 'auto-AF' mode.

With the 5Dmk3 this is not longer possible to do (as far as I could figure out). First you have to press the AF button, then use the M-Fn button to toggle between the AF modes. You can disable modes that you don't want, but you still have to use another button than the joystick to switch between the AF modes. Hopefully they will fix this with a firmware update, because it's just silly to add extra steps in the selection of the AF modes.

Another thing that quite annoys me is that the focus point is black in the viewfinder. If you're shooting in a dark place it's impossible to see what AF-point you're using. Hopefully they can fix this as well with a firmware update, because now at times you're wondering why the damn thing isn't getting focus, finding out that the focus point is at another place as you're thinking. I prefer the red AF-point in the viewfinder of my 1Dmk3.

Other than that: I love the camera :D And I will even be more in love when the battery grip will finally arrive!"

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EOS Bodies / Re: Ken Rockwell Updated 5D MK3 Review
« on: March 30, 2012, 02:22:50 PM »
Having used the 5Dmk3 for about a week now I have to agree with KR that the AF system is the area that I have to get used to most.

I've owned the 300D, 20D and the 1Dmk3 (used it for the last 4.5 years). I'm used to toggle between AF 'modes' (spot AF and 'auto-AF' (where the camera will pick the focus points, choosing from all available points)) just by using the little joystick on the back. Press once: go to the center point. Press twice: switch to the 'auto-AF' mode.

With the 5Dmk3 this is not longer possible to do (as far as I could figure out). First you have to press the AF button, then use the M-Fn button to toggle between the AF modes. You can disable modes that you don't want, but you still have to use another button than the joystick to switch between the AF modes. Hopefully they will fix this with a firmware update, because it's just silly to add extra steps in the selection of the AF modes.

Another thing that quite annoys me is that the focus point is black in the viewfinder. If you're shooting in a dark place it's impossible to see what AF-point you're using. Hopefully they can fix this as well with a firmware update, because now at times you're wondering why the damn thing isn't getting focus, finding out that the focus point is at another place as you're thinking. I prefer the red AF-point in the viewfinder of my 1Dmk3.

Other than that: I love the camera :D And I will even be more in love when the battery grip will finally arrive!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 12, 2012, 01:03:35 PM »
In Ireland its €3500, retailers / distributers here think there is no such thing as Online stores or distance selling!
laughable really Germany Italy France all have cheaper electronics typically 20% -30% than Ireland once it comes in its "oh Ill have a slice of this from distributor to retailer" the greed is blinding! they need to get serious.
€3,000 in Ireland Id more than likely buy, but 3500? no!

I ordered mine also for 3,500 euros; I live in the Netherlands... I was out of town on March 2nd and 3rd, so I ordered on March 4th... I'm very curious when it will be shipped  :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Review by Jeff Ascough
« on: March 04, 2012, 03:06:03 PM »
Jeff Ascough is a professional photographer, best known for weddings:

http://blog.jeffascough.com/photographers/2012/03/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-review.html


Really love his work. Looks as if he is 'king' of shooting through/using reflective surfaces (windows / mirrors).

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