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EOS Bodies / Re: Curious about B&H & mkiii shipments
« on: April 03, 2012, 10:13:05 PM »
Ordered the camera, the 10% off was honored as it did not exclude Canon DSLR (it did exclude Nikon and Sony), applied the rewards card and was all done for $3165 including tax.   
Wow - great price. How much tax do you pay? 10% off of 3500 is 3150, that only leaves $15 for tax.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3: INFO vs. Q button
« on: April 03, 2012, 09:39:00 PM »
The Q button allows you to see your camera's settings and change them if you want from there by using the multi-conroller to highlight a setting, say the Aperture, press the SET button then you can use the large dial on the back of the camera or smaller dial near the shutter button to scroll and change the Aperture setting. Press set and you're good to go
Thanks. I do know that you can make changes via both windows but the method to make the changes is different. It appears that you can only adjust the focus points on-screen by entering via the INFO button rather than the Q button.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3: INFO vs. Q button
« on: April 03, 2012, 07:37:27 PM »
Is it possible to get the Q button to behave like the INFO button as it relates to 'Display Shooting Settings'?

When you are in still shooting mode, if you press INFO 3 times (or fewer if you have removed Display camera settings and Electronic Level) you are presented with the Display Shooting Settings window. If you click on the Q button, you cycle between being able make changes via the Multi-controller or pushing the buttons on top of the camera. Page 337 of the manual describes this.

My question is, when you press the Q button when the rear display is blank, you also get a Display Shooting Settings window. The difference is, if you try to bring up the on screen display to change, say the focus points, the screen goes blank. That said, there is a definite difference in the way these two buttons behave.

Any insight into this?

Thanks in advance!

EOS Bodies / Re: Best 5d3 custom function AF point selection quick!
« on: April 03, 2012, 12:31:53 PM »
A quick question regarding the Registered AF point on p.324 of the manual. I don't have my camera with me to try at the moment and have been meaning to test it.

Why is a registered AF point useful, will the camera change from whatever focusing mode it is in to the registered one with the touch of a button?

EOS Bodies / Re: Really Right Stuff L-Plate 5D3
« on: April 03, 2012, 06:54:37 AM »
I investigated the gap prior to my pre-order (I was told end of April) but if it gives the cable more space then I am good with it. My 40D L-bracket needed to be moved away from the body a fair bit for a cable release to fit properly.  BTW, I use mine without a grip as it makes things too bulky for my taste.
An added bonus of L-brackets is they protect the camera body on the two most exposed sides of the body.

EOS Bodies / Re: Best 5d3 custom function AF point selection quick!
« on: April 02, 2012, 08:10:19 PM »
Thanks for that tip - mine is now set this way.

One more pointer about this configuration, all you have to do is push in on the multi-controller while adjusting focus points and it will switch between center focus and the offset point - pretty sweet!

Lenses / Re: Walk around lens suggestion
« on: April 01, 2012, 03:40:07 PM »
I have the 17-55 and perhaps I got a good copy because I have not been plagued by dust like some of the other copies floating around. I have had a UV on it since day one.

It is my understanding that dust enters through the part of the lens that expands and contracts for zoom rather than through the from element area.

Lenses / Re: Filters - Help!
« on: April 01, 2012, 11:46:46 AM »
+1 for B+W filters. They are the best.

Second that, those are amazing, and you see the clarity when you hold it next to a cheaper version.

I also recommend Kenko. Really good. At least the PRO1D that I have used.
Kenko and Hoya are the same company - I think it all depends on where you buy them. It is also the same company as Tokina apparently.

I have used a Hoya Super Pro1 UV for years on my primary 17-55 walkaround and it is very good.

Lenses / Re: Filters - Help!
« on: April 01, 2012, 11:00:35 AM »
Thanks for the input.  have had no issues with my non MRC B+W UV and my Hoya Super Pro1 UV, so I will likely stick with those. I only use them to provide a better weather/dust seal and to protect the front element, I am not looking to improve IQ by using a filter.

On my 85, I have a cheap piece of glass that came with it, in most cases I unscrew it and leave it in the bag instead of shooting through it, although now I am going to re-tool all my filters so I thought I should do a bit of research prior to dropping the coin.

Thank you again!

Lenses / Re: Filters - Help!
« on: April 01, 2012, 08:09:44 AM »
Thanks again. I just spotted a post on DPReview that says " I'd recommend the clear over a UV though if you're using it as a protection filter, as there is a subtle IQ impact."

I have had a Hoya Super Pro1 77mm UV(10) on my 17-55 for years and recently on my 24-105 and I don't notice a IQ difference, although I have never tested IQ in a controlled setting between no filter and filter.

Any thoughts on Clear vs. UV?

BTW, this was the post that mentioned the caps may not fit well, although my Hoya mentioned has never had an issue wit the 77mm cap.

Lenses / Re: Filters - Help!
« on: March 31, 2012, 10:26:20 PM »
The MRC makes it easier to clean.

No need for XS-Pro on those lenses, the standard F-Pro is fine.  Maybe on the 24-105, but only if you plan to stack a CPL on it, else there's no worry about vignetting.

Thanks Neuro.
I have them lined up through a guy I know who used to import them - they are a good price. That said, I have heard that Canon caps may be problematic on the XS-Pro line, does anyone have any experience with this?

Lenses / Re: Filters - Help!
« on: March 31, 2012, 09:00:56 PM »
B+W XS-Pro is the best!

I am considering the XS-Pro's for my 24-105, 135L, 85/1.8 - do the Canon lens caps work well on these filters?

Also, I have a B+W UV 010 67mm on my 70-200/f4/IS but I don't think it is MRC - should I just get one for this too?

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Owners - are you happy?
« on: March 31, 2012, 07:14:44 AM »
I've already posted in here how happy I am with this camera. But here are 3 of my favorite shots I took today! I'm still very happy  ;)

EDIT: The first two photos were taken with my 24-105mm Kit lens. The third shot of the moon was taken with a 100-400mm f/4.0-5.6 L Lens... and was taken Handheld.




Nice images - well done. Glad to see you are enjoying your 5D3  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Owners - are you happy?
« on: March 30, 2012, 04:21:40 PM »
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.

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.

I changed my modes to illuminate the VF in all lighting rather than merely low light and I changed the VF to pre and post focus verification (i can't remember the actual setting name) to have the camera closer emulate my old 40D of "Focus, red dot stays on". The only issue I have with it is it all disapperas once focus is achieved and you are left with the spot meter circle.

I count myself as happy and will be delighted once the 200 F2 business is sorted out.

I don't have my camera with me to test it but minimum 1/250 does not preclude it from going to 1/8000 - it just means it will not get any slower than 1/250, no?

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