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EOS Bodies / Re: Shot wedding with 5DIII, dissapointed in AF
« on: June 01, 2012, 03:57:54 AM »
5D2 outer points fail to lock on many subjects which can be annoying, 5D3 ones tend to lock.

"5D3 ones tend to lock"... True. And they tend to lock accurately. The old 9 points array used to give a me a lock on the outside points, but it far too often turned out to be wrong. Not wrong enough to see on the camera monitor, but wrong enough to dump at the sorting and ranking stage. It didn't take long to only trust the centre point.


EOS Bodies / Re: Shot wedding with 5DIII, dissapointed in AF
« on: June 01, 2012, 01:52:08 AM »
Frankly I'm astonished with the AF on the 5D3. It's quick and accurate right out to the outer points. And that's in One Shot or AI Servo. In low light it it genuinely knocked my socks off...but then I'm coming mainly from 1-Series experience. The Mk4 AF is easily confused in ahem, gentle lighting.

At risk of repeating what others have been saying, the sheer accuracy of the 5D3 AF has given new flexibility to the use of very wide apertures. Shooting handheld at f/1.4 has always been a bit hit & miss, just a minute sway of the body will shift focus enough to lose your focus point enough to junk the shot. Every new Canon that's come out since the 1Ds I've wanted to trust AI Servo in close f/1.4- f/2.8 portrait situations to keep track of my essential focus point. And it looks like the 5D3 is the first in my generally rough & ready experience to punch through with this ability.


EOS Bodies / Re: 5D2 Battery Grip with Joystick
« on: June 01, 2012, 01:34:54 AM »
Why hasn't anyone re-engineered the BG-E6 (an after mark version) to include a joystick?

5D MKII, 5D Classic

The joystick on the BG-E11 definitely delivers joy, mainly in the form of being able to navigate those 61 focus points quickly & easily in portrait mode. But as the technically adept Dr Neuro has pointed out it's a very unlikely hack for the BG-E6.

You've got both other 5D bodies. Why not round it up to an enviable "Sir Phil's Canon EOS 5D - The Complete Collection" in D major, inevitably an Ode to Joy...(stick).


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays [CR2]
« on: June 01, 2012, 01:20:50 AM »
Meantime, here we are on May 31, and still no 5D3 battery grip in hand or firmware update either.
People are already using the 5D3 grip.
He's right, the grips definitely are in. Had mine for 10 days or so. Even seeing price drops from RRP. Even seeing the eBay clones starting to ship. It completes the 5D3 for me...but grips generally do when that's what you're used to. But boy it's big...a BG-E11 gripped 5D3 is taller, thicker bulkier and around 30 grams heavier than a 1D Mk4.


I have both cameras. While the AF on the 5D3 seems to be better in most circumstances, particularly low light where the Mk4 can struggle, in most circumstances I'd regard the Mk4 as the primary sports body. It has the massive advantage of 10 FPS and a deep, deep buffer. It never ceases to amaze me how much actually happens between frames when shooting fast moving action at 10 FPS. For peak sports action 6 FPS feels almost glacial by comparison. Using the 5D3 for sports will deliver you satisfactory results, but may require a far higher degree of anticipating the "moment".  And if you shoot on "continuous" a lot, it's reassuring to have a shutter rated to 300,000. But these numbers are very conservative. There are plenty of 1-Series bodies way over 1,000,000 actuations on their original shutter. I ran a 5D classic up over 250,000 on the original shutter.

Then there is the issue that doesn't seem to concern some photographers in the slightest, and that's the 5D3 black focus points. The fact that it isn't an issue for all photographers does not make it a non-issue. Otherwise there would not be so much broad based discussion on the subject. It's irritating and can cost you money to miss shots because you've lost track of your focus point in situations where you would have got the shot on the Mk4 with the illuminated, red, visible AF point.

Thirdly, the Mk4 probably has superior weatherproofing. But for me the biggest 1D4 advantage lies with the unrivalled 1-Series ergonomics. They are just so fantastic to use and handle, they are a very evolved and polished design. Everything just falls to hand so perfectly in obvious and subtle ways which the bulky 5D3/BG-E11 can't quite match.


Lenses / Re: Proper way to set down gripped camera
« on: May 31, 2012, 06:04:55 PM »
For goodness sake stop fretting! Just put it down any way you like. Obviously with affinity and appropriate care. But this setup is strong. It's going to get more stress and strain while you're working with it. It's a robust picture making tool. Cameras, like babies and pups are generally a lot tougher than you think.

Twice in a long and very busy career that I've seen damaged lens mounts was on a Nikon FM2 that I had ridiculous expectations of when hooked up to a 600mm lens, and again when I dropped a 1D MkIIn with 70-200 f/2.8is. It was a freak fall from shoulder to floor. Both camera & lens were write-offs.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays [CR2]
« on: May 31, 2012, 09:06:35 AM »
I work in engineering in a similar industry. For such a thing to happen, a 8-12 month delay, something got seriously fuu-d up.

It's certainly several months since the camera was announced, but the release date was always put there as March/April 2012. So really that's a couple of months. (So far!) I'd prefer they withheld the release until it's 100% right, even if it's post-Olympics. This camera can't be an anticlimax from has to be an absolute killer. I'm enjoying most things about the 5D3, but just can't bring myself to cancel the 1DX pre-order.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays [CR2]
« on: May 31, 2012, 04:05:52 AM »
There are obvious reasons to buy the 1D X regardless of any possible new features. Its service lifetime cycle is way longer. The 400,000 actuation time line between repairs means that it costs less / is more efficient than the 5D3 with only 150,000 actuations between repairs. $6,800 is less than twice the price of the 5D3, and the 1D X will last many times longer with much less than half as much needed service/repairs.

The 1D X is a much cheaper option for anyone willing to look at it the way an accountant would, plus with every photograph it provides a very significant increase in quality and ability to capture difficult photos.

I love your logic. In hindsight it's probably true. I work my bodies hard and I've never worn out a 1-Series going right back to film EOS 1n. I can't say the same for xxD or 5D bodies. What a perfect justification for not cancelling my 1DX pre-order. Thanks! +1

Though I did do a job today with 1D4 & 5D3 and the black focus points on the 5D3 lost shots for me again...I plain lost sight of the selected focus point against a dark subject and missed peak moments. Hopefully the fix for this is part of the 1DX delay.


EOS Bodies / Re: Am I crazy for thinking about doing this?
« on: May 30, 2012, 06:28:49 AM »
If you want a quality body with crop, how about the +1.3 crop 1D Mk4? I'm finding the 5D3 & Mk4 are a brilliant combo. Good pre-owned Mk4 bodies are showing up now. While the 7D is a terrific camera with definite attributes, the Mk4 is a killer. For weddings it's high iso competency will knock your brides socks off.

If you can wait, the 7DII may be arriving sometime between September 2012 & January 2014. In other words, if you need to upgrade, for the sake of your business do it now.


EOS Bodies / Re: Shoot JPEG again with 5D3
« on: May 30, 2012, 06:21:22 AM »
if you can get it right in camera then you don't need raw

Absolutely correct. And if you can't always get it right in camera you need RAW. My hit rate is not 100%, so....


EOS Bodies / Re: New Firmware for MkIII [CR2]
« on: May 30, 2012, 05:21:16 AM »
I dare bet if Canon solves the illuminating focus point on the 5dm3 then they will release the fix for the 7d.
I've had my 7D for nearly 2 years now, and I never even knew it was a 'problem' until the 5D3 whingers started complaining about every button and feature they could think of...
Aww Dr Croubie...most 5D3 posters are not that bad! Mostly just a bit passionate about a design variation, ergonomic characteristic or GUI design decision that gets in the way of an uninterrupted workflow. Photographers who have lost shots because of the black focus points are numerous and have a valid viewpoint. The fact that the issue is not affecting everyone does not make it a non-issue. Chuck Westfall from Canon USA openly acknowledges the black focus points as something that needs attention, and pointed to a potential firmware solution.

There may be a few disgruntled photographers who have sent back their 5D3 bodies, but most of us are just loving the camera and what it can do. Once you strip away the emotion and  the dogma you'll find genuinely interested people who have suggestions on how to make a very good camera better.

Who wouldn't want the Rate button be able to do half a dozen more useful things, or have the choice of red or black focus points? If it's possible and practical in firmware, bring it on!


Lenses / Re: 85mm f/1.2 vs 200mm f/2
« on: May 30, 2012, 01:10:03 AM »
Ahhh, my 200/2.  It's special, it's expensive, and it's heavy...
It was the 200/2 over a motorcycle, so in theory I saved about $10,000 with the purchase of the 200/2.

...which leaves you with $10k for quite a nice motorcycle. Yah!!!


Software & Accessories / Re: Benro B0 or B1 ball head?
« on: May 29, 2012, 10:53:38 PM »
There's some good advice from people who know! A crook head will make you cry.

You should be happy enough with the Benro legs, but heads are a very personal thing. Try them out in-store if you can. I remember being close to getting an Induro ball head, their biggest model. It looked good online. But in-store I locked it off pretty firmly, grabbed it with both hands and leaned out. It moved easily. It would not have locked off a 300 f/2.8 & 1-series body. Same with all the other Induros. Yaarrh! But I believe Induro has done a refresh on it's whole range since then.

Happy now with a higher end Manfrotto ball.


EOS Bodies / Re: Shoot JPEG again with 5D3
« on: May 29, 2012, 10:33:25 PM »
[Why don't we at least try to learn how to use the camera as an effective RAW processor, simply because it is?
Raw is very fast if you learn to use the tools.  I use jpeg where appropriate, and have nothing against it, but I also know how to process 3000 raw images from a days shoot in a couple of hours or less in raw.

Every technique is 100% valid if it works for you. 2012 cameras & software have handed us a lot of choices. Good! But use the camera as a RAW processor? OK, but what's the point?

99% of the commissioned work that come through my business requires premium output, and stuff-ups could mean a lost or irritated client. So RAW works best here. And JPEG works best for others. All good.

And I'm with Dr Mt Spokane, RAW processing gets very fast with evolved technique and a brisk approach. Last year I did a job shooting an indoor swim meet. The light was a mixture of mercury vapor, fluro and daylight. I usually shoot mRAW at this venue on the Mk4 but the camera was inexplicably set to JPEG for half the meet. I wondered why my buffer was so deep! It actually took longer in post to fix those JPEG's than it would have to process the mRAW files.

Everyone's got their own RAW vs JPEG story. It's whatever floats your boat.


EOS Bodies / Re: Shoot JPEG again with 5D3
« on: May 29, 2012, 10:15:59 PM »
I agree. Put the RAW on the CF card and the JPEG onto the SD card.

Does this have any noticeable or measurable effect on the buffer? I'd like my 6 FPS to last as long as possible.


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