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Technical Support / Re: Eos Utility camera not recognized
« on: June 15, 2012, 10:00:43 PM »
I bought a 5D mkIII last week and I still can't connect it to the computer with the EOS utility.

My 5D3 wasn't seen by EOS Utility at first as I was running a previous version that shipped with my 1D4. Ran the latest software that shipped with the camera and everything connects & functions as expected. Same story with both my Macbook Pro and Windows 7 64 PC's.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Looking for backup camera body
« on: June 15, 2012, 12:54:15 AM »
There is someone that has offered me his 1Ds Mark III that was his backup body for $4000. 

Rather than a 1Ds3 for $4000 I'd way prefer to see you with another 5D3 with BG-E11 for a couple of hundred dollars less. It's new and will have full warranty. The 1Ds3 does have the 1-Series handling advantages, but will lose out in a big way on IQ, AF and ISO. You know this already as you have a 5D3.

I've always liked working with two identical bodies. There is no mental shift required when you move from one to the other.


EOS Bodies / Re: PDF of 1DX-AF guide-Black AF Point fixed?
« on: June 13, 2012, 08:19:09 PM »
Here's the link to Canon's paper. It's there under Additional Resources.
I did not see the earlier 1DX AF Guide, but this is different to what I see in the regular 1DX User Guide.

Just about every one of the colour illustrations pointedly shows a red AF point. If the focus points are in fact black, this would be highly misleading. The way this is presented, I see it as reasonable to assume that the shipping 1DX will have the hoped for red AF points.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Manual Posted
« on: June 13, 2012, 08:31:21 AM »
It looks for sure like the red/black AF point issue has been completely addressed. Yay!
Now the firmware release for the 5D3 needs to ship and we'll all be up to date.

Maybe I'm just unobservant, but where in the manual does it say a change occurred?

Did you look through the 1DX AF Guide? I have had a couple of supervised test drives of pre-production 1DX, and I have a 5D3. What I'm seeing colorfully illustrated in the AF Guide is not what I saw on the test drives or what I use daily with the 5D3. The 5D3 & the 1DX presented as identical in the AF display points GUI.

Besides, Canon are not going to overtly say "this is a change" are they? They'll present the present time reality.


EOS Bodies / PDF of 1DX-AF guide-Black AF Point fixed?
« on: June 13, 2012, 08:15:00 AM »
What do you make of this? Rob Galbraith has a link to an intriguing PDF paper, Canon's 1DX-AF guide.

Can we interpret from this that the black AF Point in AI Servo was a brief pre-release bad dream?


It's a little like discussing the pros & cons of a 5D3 vs 1 Series. They're going to suit some shooters but not others. The T4i really does look like a significant upgrade, and shows all the signs of being an extremely competent camera. On face value it does make the 5D3 look expensive, just as the 5D3 makes a 1-Series look expensive.

I know I could do a great deal of my work with a T4i, but there are daily moments where the 5D3 pushes a good result across the line for a winning result. Also, there are frequent situations where the 1D4 achieves results where the 5D3 would have fallen short. They have different strong points and abilities.

You could push the argument back the other way too. A great deal of published work could be adequately shot on a G12 or S100, or even an iPhone in some cases, provided that tool is in the right hands. It's a blurry scenario isn't it?

Whether it's in business or seeking a creative or technical edge, there are enough times when the advantages of a 5D3 or 1-Series are so completely unambiguous. You quickly get to know your own required level, whether that be an S100 or a 1DX.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Manual Posted
« on: June 13, 2012, 05:51:05 AM »
Has this already been picked up? Rob Galbraith has a link to a PDF paper on the 1DX-AF guide.

It looks for sure like the red/black AF point issue has been completely addressed. Yay!
Now the firmware release for the 5D3 needs to ship and we'll all be up to date.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Less talking and more shooting
« on: June 13, 2012, 05:39:40 AM »
“Art is not to be found by touring to Egypt, China, or Peru; if you cannot find it at your own door, you will never find it.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
can you shoot your own door for 20 years ?

Errrm, it's a metaphor...


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Film is still hard to beat
« on: June 13, 2012, 01:06:40 AM »
The only thing I miss about film is the great conversations photographers had with each other once or twice a day at the E6 film lab. That was nice.

Recently I looked at some files of premium level drum scans from 6x7 Velvia shot on an RZ67 that I used to think were the bees knees. They looked awful compared to what I'm shooting today on 1D4 & 5D3, and would be surpassed easily by the old 5D Classic.

Film does deliver certain unique characteristics, but certainly not ones that I have any willingness to continue to explore. I've always gone by the rule that "Content is King". Most (not all!) photography today leaves the work from previous decades gasping for respectability. Go and take a look at photography books and magazines from the the 1970's, 1980's & 1990's. Then try to convince me that Film is Still Hard to Beat.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Manual Posted
« on: June 13, 2012, 12:51:37 AM »
Check out page 100. This looks like it's identical to the 5D3, just described slightly differently in the manual. There is no mention of the hoped for red selected AF point remaining visible. Damn!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Less talking and more shooting
« on: June 12, 2012, 11:28:29 PM »
Check out the Image & Video galleries here at CR. Start threads showing great images you've shot with your favourite lens. People generally respond.

You're probably right in some respects. But you can't shoot all the time.

Sometimes in other, ahem, aspects of life, people who talk about it the most do it the least. There will be all kinds of shooters here. Busy professionals who may post half a dozen messages in a day just because it's a quiet business week, totally obsessed gear nuts & pixel peepers, and plain happy as hell photography enthusiasts who just love to share a viewpoint, plus deeply experienced shooters who truly value the opportunity to flow back. And of course there are those few insecure, troublesome trolls.

Photography can be a fairly isolated profession in terms of contact with industry peers. Boards like this have to a great extent replaced the conversations we used to have down at the E6 film lab, somewhere you'd often go to once or twice a day. The five minute conversations with other photographers there was pure gold. That's gone but we still need those conversations. It's places like this and any number of other great boards where those conversations happen in 2012.


Just use common sense. I've never worried about shooting at the beach. I keep an old 30D for occasional extreme conditions such as very strong salt spray you can get at the beach in a big wind, or when shooting out on the water from a Zodiac in choppy water. It's had appalling things happen to it and it still works fine. If it's very salty after a shoot I wipe it down with a slightly damp cloth. Weather sealed lenses get the same wipedown.

But if you're in nice vacation weather conditions, just keep it out of the sand & water and you'll be perfectly fine. The biggest issue shooting at the beach is likely to involve local laws. Just don't look too professional, and respect other peoples privacy.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Manual Mode Exposure Question...
« on: June 12, 2012, 06:27:55 PM »
Reading on here I see that many say they use manual most of the time. For the ones who do this I am wondering how you go about getting the correct exposure in changing conditions.

You do what photographers have done for most of the history of photography. You keep an eye on the conditions and adjust settings accordingly, on the fly.  It becomes second nature very quickly, and in some ways maintains a creatively useful extra connection with your shooting environment.

Of course this century we thankfully have the instant  feedback of a screen image & a histogram. Shooting manual has really never been easier.


One of the things I love about the 1D Mk4 is the ability to switch modes OFF. I know I only use Manual & Av. So when I switch modes, I know what I'm getting without even looking. Not for everyone I'm sure but it works for me.

Thanks goodness the 5D3 has the lock button on the mode dial. On the old model I was consistently inadvertently bumping the mode dial onto an unwanted setting such as Bulb. This happened mostly when the body was on the shoulder and I was shooting with the Mk4, being jostled in a crowd or just moving about. It reached the point where I gaffa taped the dial in position. Hah! It looked a bit trashy, especially with the 24-70 f/2.8 which needs tape to hold the hood in place.


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