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EOS Bodies / Re: Sensor Format
« on: July 15, 2012, 07:20:05 AM »
It's old school.  :P   Consider getting prints in frames from Mpix...  (or think about a 4:5 ratio when composing - there are framing guide focus screens for the 1-series, for example.)

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Lighting / Re: The 600EX-RT Wireless Sync with the 5D MKIII?
« on: July 15, 2012, 07:15:51 AM »
You need a transmitter/master on the camera, an ST-E3 or another 600EX-RT for radio triggering, or a 3rd party solution (PocketWizard, Yongnuo, etc.).  For optical, a 580 or ST-E2. Currently, only newer bodies with a popup flash can optically control off-camera flashes.

A master is only a master in the camera hotshoe, off camera its a slave.

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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.

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When you're tracking someone or something during Al Servo, the camera is constantly focusing.  How do you re-compose your shot while keeping the center focus on the subject and not jumping to an object in front or behind them?  I would assume that with the new 5D3, with the crosshairs being more sensitive, using all cross types or even varients of combinations, it would be easier to accidently jump forward or backwards depending on the contrasted objects...or am I to assume that everything shot is taken in a horizontal orientation and cropped vertically, when needed.   ( I can't wait to get my paws on a 5D3 to test it out or 1Dx)  :)

First, you don't have to start from the center - you can select any of the AF points to initiate servo tracking. Not only that, there's an orientation sensitive option, so the camera can default to a different specific point in landscape vs. portrait vs. 'reverse' portrait.

Then, as Brian said, the parameters are customizable in lots of ways, including whether it stays locked on the first subject (even if a ref or pole passes in front), or jumps to a new subject entering the frame (which you may want when shooting a race, for example).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Cancelled 1dx pre order.
« on: July 14, 2012, 08:53:50 PM »
I don't know why anyone would pre-order a professional camera in the first place without knowing exactly what they were getting - and more importantly, WHY they were getting it.

Spoken by one who doesn't get it. It's the most expensive,

"...and that makes it the best. And don't I deserve the best?!?"
    ---Gaston, in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

(Just to be clear, that was sarcasm.  ;)  )

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod height?
« on: July 14, 2012, 08:18:53 PM »
Probably a good idea, if you are ok with the extra weight and longer closed length.  Occasional upward shots, but also shots on a slope where you need to extend 1-2 legs further, are good reasons.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Battery in Stock at Normans
« on: July 14, 2012, 08:01:12 PM »
Thanks for the heads-up! 

Honestly, I hadn't planned on getting one. Using my gripped 5DII and 7D (with two LP-E6), I rarely got them below ~30% charge.  On cycle one of my 1D X, I'm at 39% after 550 shots (and charging now), meaning ~1400 shots on a full charge. 

But...what changed my mind isn't the battery, it's the LC-E4N charger.  That thing is huge - I can't see taking it on a weekend trip, a second battery is a lot smaller. 

So...ordered one from Norman via Amazon, since I have a few hundred $$ in gift card balance lying around.

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What version of Mac OS X are you running, and when did you last apply a digital camera RAW update?  Preview has no problem opening my S100 RAW files.

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I wonder why this issue gained so much momentum with the 5D3 and 1DX when the 7D behaves the same and it's on the market for some time.
Well, whatever the reason, I'm glad that they are finally doing something to improve it.

Two reasons, I'd say.  First, many complaints are from 5-series and 1-series users who probably have no 7D experience. Second, subjectively I'd say the red light illumination on my 7D is 30-40% brighter than on my 1D X.

FWIW, I mentioned the issue with ultrafast lenses washing out the transmissive LCD, although it certainly wasn't phrased as a complaint.

I shot in AI Servo last night, outdoor concert, relatively poor light, no problem seeing the AF points.  In auto selection (which is my preference in AI Servo because it allows the subject to be tracked through the extent of the AF array and also activates the iTR system on the 1D X), the AF points 'dance' over the subject, making them pretty easy to see - even a Louisiana jazz musician's face.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Cancelled 1dx pre order.
« on: July 14, 2012, 11:40:13 AM »
Hi Neuro,
Let us know how you like it  :) :) :)

Limited use so far, but love it, love it, love it.  Build is great, customization is extensive, responsiveness is amazing.  Shot some ISO tests, with no NR it's definitely a full stop better than the 5DII, probably a little more than that.  Exposures are very, very consistent, AF performance is great.

Heading out to shoot a concert tonight, looking forward to it!


You mean better than the 5D III ???

No, I mean 5DII - I base that statement on personal experience, and I don't have a 5DIII to compare.

Will post some pics when I get them processed, Mon/Tue most likely.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Upgraders (to FF) - what is your experience
« on: July 14, 2012, 11:15:35 AM »
The 5DII and 24-105mm will certainly heavier than a Rebel with kit lens, but the BR strap takes the weight off your neck.  I regularly carry a gripped body and 70-200/2.8 or 100-400 on a BR strap for hours.

I do know what you mean about the popup flash for fill.  You could consider a 270EX II as a relatively small replacement.  Also...if you are shooting outdoor portraits, a wide aperture is often desirable, and that means a shutter speed too fast for the popup flash - you need high-speed sync and that means an external flash anyway.

Going from a T2i to a 5DII is an all-around win (unless you're very focal length-limited such that you're substantially cropping your images). The sensor is better, better ISO performance, better build and ergonomics, and not much different in AF performance and frame rate.  The 'mistake' I made was going from a T1i to a 7D, then getting a 5DII (which was a step up in IQ but a big step down in AF and fps). 

So...I'd say go for it!

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You say it even 'remembers' my settings in Av / Tv / M separately?
Just checked it - you're right. (Sorry, I'm a Canon novice from Frankfurt/Germany)
This means I have three more custom modes which are always active. Even worse!
For example, how do you tell the camera NOT to clean the sensor everytime it is switched on/off? If I happen to program this in Av mode, is it gone when I use Tv?
There must be some higher override to set certain things. Would be a pain if I had to set it six times
Is it the same in your 1Dx ?

Sorry, didn't mean to imply that - for the standard mode (Av/Tv/etc.), the exposure settings are remembered separately from each other, but the other settings (AF mode, point selection, menu functions, etc.) are shared across the standard modes, but separately from the C# modes.

Why would you turn off sensor cleaning? 

But yes, if you change something like that in Av/Tv/etc., and want it changes in all 3 C# modes too, you have to change it 4 times.

Same on the 1D X.  Actually, I'd like a C4 and maybe a C5, too - which Canon could do (though I know they won't!) because on the 1-series it would be a firmware change, since there's no mode dial.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX silent mode?
« on: July 13, 2012, 04:11:13 PM »
No idea, sorry - haven't used a 5DIII.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Continuous Focus
« on: July 13, 2012, 03:46:14 PM »
No. Only the T4i/650D has it, so far.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX silent mode?
« on: July 13, 2012, 03:36:48 PM »
Yes, it does.  Silent, it isn't - frankly, it's not even really quiet, although it's a little quieter than regular shooting.

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