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Software & Accessories / Re: tripod for travel photography
« on: April 11, 2012, 01:47:53 PM »
I own a Gitzo 2531EX carbon fiber, Markins M10 and RRS clamp (Arca Swiss style) as my primary legs and bought a Benro Travel Angel carbon fiber C1681, which also comes with an Arca Swiss style ballhead and it also comes with a very nice bag. The Benro is also is convertible to a short monopod.
Here is a quick review on it:

The Benro cost me ~300U$D off of eBay - for the price it cannot be beat IMO. My RRS L-Brackets work perfectly on it so no need to have a travel plates verses day to day ones.

Happy hunting!

They sent me a replacement.
I'll see how this one fits...

I would be very interested to hear how v2.0 works out.

Lenses / Re: Which Canon lenses DON'T need an update?
« on: April 10, 2012, 07:07:30 PM »
50 1.4..... I kid, I kid ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 and things that could be improved just a little.
« on: April 05, 2012, 06:29:37 AM »
Love the 5D3, but of course there is always a few more tweaks that would be nice:

  • Ability to always light up the selected AF point in red. In servo the AF points currently used for tracking should be in red as well. This could come with similar setting as during on-shot focusing (OFF/AUTO/ON). Tried to take moving cars at night and could only guess which AF points are currently at work, no chance to see ...
  • Ability to better control the automatic minimum shutter speed in Auto-ISO. Calculate like this: 1/focal length + x, where x could be a positive or negative value, defined via a slider in 1/3 stops, from -3 to +3.
  • Ability to freely map functions to buttons. No idea why some buttons are restricted to some functions. I'd like to have both DOF preview and on-shot/servo AF switch on a button, but they are only available for the DOF preview button, so I have to choose between them. AF-ON is unused, I'd like to put on-shot/servo there.
  • Somehow the zoom function when viewing picture seems botched to me. I use zoom much more often then jumping 10 pictures back and forth, so I'd rather have to press a button for the latter and have the wheel next to the shutter button directly connected to the zoom.
I totally agree with the above points although I do love my Mk. III.

  • It can be difficult to confirm where focus is locking in AI Servo as there are no guides when in this mode and the red illuminated confirmation is next to impossible to see in brighter conditions in one shot mode.

  • I am still getting used to the picture viewing on this rig, there are more combinations for sure. I will try out the set button to zoom next I think.
  • I am happy with the Auto-ISO and shutter coming from the 40D, however I agree that more control would have been nice

Cool and thank you. I have heard of the Orange Peel reference before - I thought it was related to colour - not texture, good to know.

EOS Bodies / Re: Best 5d3 custom function AF point selection quick!
« on: April 04, 2012, 12:17:05 PM »
This is great!  Thanks.  I too missed it in the manual.  I'm coming from the 50D and this feature is new to me.

50D here too, what a jump, eh?
40D here so the AF system is light years ahead of what I am used to!

EOS Bodies / Re: any screen protectors for MarkIII?
« on: April 04, 2012, 07:04:56 AM »

Yes, they are just covers over the LCD and are held in place with a piece of die cut doubleback tape.  Use a small suction cup to lift one corner, and peel it off with your fingers.  Its a 5 minute job.

Thanks for that, good to know.

I just posted a question in the XO Skins thread but thought I would do the same here as there seem to be more people on this one:

Do the XO screen protectors have a rippled (bumpy) effect like the Zagg protectors? Are they easy to remove if I were to decide I don't like them?

Do the XO screen protectors have a rippled (bumpy) effect like the Zagg protectors? Are they easy to remove if I were to decide I don't like them?

EOS Bodies / Re: any screen protectors for MarkIII?
« on: April 03, 2012, 10:48:32 PM »

I have replaced the screen on my 40D and 5D MK II.  And, no, you do not need a clean room, I do a careful wipe of the LCD surface with a soft lens cloth to pick up any lint before you put it on. 
Thousands of users have replaced there LCD cover with no issue.
Wow - does Canon sell replacement screens? Do you need to open up the Camera case to make the change?

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!

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