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EOS Bodies / Re: Locking Mode Dial.
« on: March 06, 2012, 04:37:04 PM »
I've used it on a 60D and it's a bit cumbersome, but I have missed pictures from having accidentally bumped my 5D Mk II into the wrong mode, so it's probably the right answer.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III: Some perspectives/concerns
« on: March 04, 2012, 09:46:56 PM »
There were a total of 12 5D Mk II' s and 6 5D's listed on the Washington DC craigslist TODAY. Apparently, there are a lot of people upgrading...


EOS Bodies / Re: Apparently, Nikon users are switching to Canon...
« on: March 04, 2012, 06:57:01 PM »
No pro would switch at this point in time, period.

You're right. The more I think about it, these are probably amaterus that are looking to move to full-frame and see discounted 5D Mk II's as being the best option.

EOS Bodies / Re: Apparently, Nikon users are switching to Canon...
« on: March 04, 2012, 05:44:17 PM »
I guess to be fair, the two people that contacted me didn't say which Nikon body they were switching from. It was only the person offering to trade a D700 for a 5D Mk II which led me to that conclusion. The others could be moving up to full-frame for the first time.

EOS Bodies / Re: Apparently, Nikon users are switching to Canon...
« on: March 04, 2012, 05:29:17 PM »
Both the MK3 and D800 appear to be very good cameras. I don't think either camera warrants users of either brand to jump ship if they have already invested in glass.

I agree. However, the fact remains...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III: Some perspectives/concerns
« on: March 04, 2012, 04:52:33 PM »
Being a big fan of Ken Rockwell and his website of "many things

where is the vomit smiley...?

I was thinking the same thing. I've seen too many things on his site that were flat out incorrect for me to trust anything he says.

EOS Bodies / Apparently, Nikon users are switching to Canon...
« on: March 04, 2012, 04:51:18 PM »
I've listed my 5D Mk II for sale on craigslist and received two responses from people who told me they are switching from Nikon and asked if I had a lens they could try the camera out with. There is also someone with an ad offering to trade their D700 for a 5D Mk II.

Could it be that D700 owners were waiting patiently to see what Canon and Nikon have come up with and simply decided the best answer is to go for a deal on a used 5D Mk II?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III: Some perspectives/concerns
« on: March 04, 2012, 04:48:11 PM »
As an update from my earlier post, I've had two responses to the ad for my 5D Mk II in which they say they are switching from Nikon and ask if I can bring a lens so they can try it out.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III: Some perspectives/concerns
« on: March 04, 2012, 01:46:29 PM »
For anyone reading this that hasn't used a 5D Mk II. I want to share an example that demonstrates its resolving power. Here is a 2000 pixel wide crop of a picture I took dorking around in my living room. Next is the resize of the original image. I am blown away that from that original shot, I can pull this kind of 2000 pixel crop out of it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III: Some perspectives/concerns
« on: March 04, 2012, 01:35:51 PM »
1. Even if the D800 has autofocus for video, will it work well? Reviews of the D7000 made it sound like it was useless. Sony with their translucent mirror technology seems to have the only useable DSLR video AF. I suspect power manual focus using the lens AF motor would be more useful.

2. The 5D Mk II used line skipping to capture 1920x 1080 video across the full-frame sensor. This led to all kinda of problems from a quality of video perspective. Tests done by shooting video of a resolution chart show it was only capturing around 720 lines of resolution, not 1080. Other problems were moire and rolling shutter artifacts while panning (though this has nothing to do with line skipping). The 5D Mk III rather than line skipping has the computing power to use the whole frame and resize down to 1080 on the fly as it compresses the video. This is supposed to resolved the first two issues. 8 channel read out from the sensor (faster capture of each frame) should fix the rolling shutter problem.
3. I was surprised at the price jump, however today on the Washington DC craigslist there is one D700 owner offering to trade for a 5D Mk II. I have listed my 5D Mk II and there are at least 4 others that have suddenly popped up since the 5D Mk III.
4. This camera is going to be a huge hit. Any Mk II owner who has used the 7D was jealous of the AF and overall speed of the camera. I owned a 7D first and then bought a used 5D Mk II. I was very frustrated with what I would call the usability of the 5D in situations where speed was necessary. Cycling through the AF points sucks as does switching from still sto video in a hurry when you have Live View set for stills mode. Also, more time is needed to ensure you achieve good AF lock on the 5D especially with some lenses. HOWEVER, the 5D Mk II destroys the 7D in image quality. This is what led me to sell the 7D as it just wasn't being used.

I think there have been a lot of people wanting a full-frame 7D and this is almost exactly what Canon has given us. It is not quite as fast at 6fps vs. 8fps, but the people that need that much speed can buy a 1D X.

The 5D Mk III at the same price would be an absolute no-brainer for every Canon owner. At $3500 and with the Mk II being continued, it's probably a tougher choice for a lot of people. If it will only be used in a studio, I see no reason for an upgrade. I occasionally shoot high-speed sports, but mostly walk around doing street photography. I want fast, but don't want the size/weight/cost of a 1DX. This seems like the perfect camera. I preordered immediately. It's a lot of money, but this seems like it could be the last camera I ever own.

I should add that I am looking forward to seeing the supposed improved image quality even though it's nearly the same resolution. The Mk II captures so much detail it's astonishing. The only reason I would ever want more is have more wiggle room when cropping post. I don't otherwise care for a D800 level of resolution. The sample images that have been release show a lot of noise when not at ISO 100. Reminds me of my 7D images. Also, that camera has a diffraction limit of f/8. That means images taken at f/8, f/11, etc. will have reduced sharpness compared to images taken at f/5.6 or wider.

EOS Bodies / Re: Search on 5D mark iii with B&H provides a hint
« on: February 24, 2012, 01:47:22 PM »
I've seen rumors saying their are two things:

1.  the 10th generation of the EOS System.  (How they count generations is beyond me, there are lots of theories)

2.  The metger of the 7D and the 5D line into one body.

I expect we might see some more X's in the other categories if this is true.  10X, 100X, 1000X ??

I think the first is referring to the 1D X.  That was language Canon used in its announcement.

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:33:37 PM »
The soon to be released Audi RS5

United States / Re: Annular Eclipse May 20th, 2012
« on: February 21, 2012, 03:25:03 PM »
I didn't know a thing about this. Thank you so much for bringing it up. I think I will definitely travel for this. There is a lot of consider to get the right foreground for this event. Hmm...

Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: February 20, 2012, 10:32:54 AM »
They each capture the essence of childhood, that sweet innocence that burns off somewhere in the teens.

Well, that innocence wore off two seconds later when she made the face she always makes while being photographed. The only keepers with her are the candids ;-)

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