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Peace brothers. It's all getting a bit dogmatic. Myself included.
It's a useful discussion which I think I'd better exit from.

See you on another thread.

PW

1022
... a comprehensively inferior, deeply unpopular, black AF point system.

Comprehensively inferior, i.e. in every way?  Bit harsh, don't you think?  As stated, there was no hue and cry over the same system in the 7D.  Does everyone really want that dense array of AF points etched into the viewfinder?  Think it's deeply unpopular with people who switched back and forth between the standard and -D grid focus screen?  Nobody likes the ability to display an electronic level in the VF?
Comprehensively? In every way? Well yes, but I'm referring exactly to the black AF points, nothing else. You can run my post through the Oxford dictionary if you like, but look past my lack of language mastery and concider what I'm trying to communicate.

I stand by my statement and it's backed by direct experience. I've worked a busy daily schedule with 1D4 & 5D3 side by side for a three weeks now in all sorts of shooting environments. The 5D3 AF system is powerful and pleasingly accurate, all the way out to the outer AF points. It outperforms the 1D4 in most situations. But it's galling that full access to its power is denied because of the black AF points. I shoot in dynamic, not static situations and have either lost shots or missed peak moments because I've lost sight of my selected AF point.

Not really sure what you are saying about the standard and D grid focus screen and the level in the VF. These functions can be chosen if required/desired. Of course nobody wants that dense array lit up full time, nobody is saying otherwise. We just need to keep track of our selected AF point. Red has always worked, and works "comprehensively" better than black. 

Yes, the black can be tolerated, but as my Uncle Bob once told me, "Why not travel first class?" Ahem....it's a metaphor.

PW

1023
Technical Support / Re: Lightroom RAW to JPEG Export
« on: May 27, 2012, 07:11:51 AM »
Can you post samples of the RAW (or DNG) and the processed JPEG? Can you do a screenshot of your LR Export prefs? Are your colour prefs in PS as they should be? You may be viewing the JPEGs in a weird colour space. This has happened here a couple of times. Just a buggy PS.

If the file processes fine in ACR (Photoshop) then you're likely overbaking it somehow in LR as both programs use an identical RAW processing engine, just a different GUI.

Personally I always output to 16 bit TIFF, run any further postpro on the files in PS and then convert to JPEG. I use a very handy freeware script from Russell Brown, the Image Processor Pro http://russellbrown.com/scripts.html to convert the TIFFS into 3 or 4 different flavours of JPEG. Have a look, watch the tutorial and use it every day.

PW

1024
I had my red dot AF invisible yesterday in the strong sunlight. No system is perfect unfortunately.
No system is perfect, from manufactured goods to political systems. But in the context of this discussion, it's clear that Canon inexplicably let go the highly workable red AF point system for a comprehensively inferior, deeply unpopular, black AF point system. Sigh...And just as the Canon PR machine thought they had put the 1D Mk3 AF debacle behind them they've got yet another AF related bomb to defuse.

And what a shame. My 5D3 AF is the best I have ever experienced in either OneShot or AI servo mode in bright light or dimly function rooms, except when I lose sight of the selected AF point. And that's far too often.

Canon have re-written the paradox manual; a brilliant new AF system throttled by a simple, wrong GUI decision.

PW

1025
but I don't understand what the bag is for?

Just right for your sunglasses...

PW

1026
EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: MRAW to LR4
« on: May 26, 2012, 12:34:00 AM »
I got the LR4 RC, used it for a day, and uninstalled it due to glitches and stability issues. Instead I found a link on the John Nack blog for DNG 7.1 RC which gives you the perfect pre-LR4 workflow for your 5D3 files. Stay with LR4.0 for the time being.

LR4 is a shameless resource hog, you'll notice a big slowdown after LR 3.6. So the workaround is to convert to DNG in DNG 7.1, be SURE to check the "fast-load" option and then have a smoother ride in LR4. There is no difference whether you have shot RAW mRAW or sRAW. Just do the DNG thing, make it a permanent part of your workflow and you'll be a happy camper.

Is the DNG 7.1 a seperate program or do I have to get CS6 to make it work?


DNG 7.1 is a standalone. Get it here. http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/cameraraw7-1/

PW

1027
... Then again if you shoot  stills subject this is not an issue, try shooting something fast, action, it dim light, a concert, a wedding dance even which aint fast at all, then you will see how bad this is
I shoot ballet dancers -- often in black leotards, running and jumping on a dark stage, under low light. I shoot in AI Servo mode, with a single AF point manually selected.
I'm very concerned. I have a 1DX on order, and it may prove unsuitable for my primary use.
Yes, I'm in a similar predicament. Last night I shot a low light black suit event, mostly bouncing flash. Just for the exercise I put the 300 f/2.8 on the 5D3, cranked iso up to 6400 and picked out candid AL  portraits of the guests. I wanted to see how AI Servo with single point selected would perform. Compared to the 1D4 in identical circumstances the 5D3 knocked my socks off. Where I managed to keep sight of the AF point the keepers rate was way above my expectations. If we had the red AF points visible, the only lost shots would have been from motion blur. I was astounded.

So what a pity Canon has set this camera up with such strong AF and all but murdered it's usability. Cancel the 1DX pre-order? It's a tough call...

PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: MRAW to LR4
« on: May 25, 2012, 06:40:25 PM »
I got the LR4 RC, used it for a day, and uninstalled it due to glitches and stability issues. Instead I found a link on the John Nack blog for DNG 7.1 RC which gives you the perfect pre-LR4 workflow for your 5D3 files. Stay with LR4.0 for the time being.

LR4 is a shameless resource hog, you'll notice a big slowdown after LR 3.6. So the workaround is to convert to DNG in DNG 7.1, be SURE to check the "fast-load" option and then have a smoother ride in LR4. There is no difference whether you have shot RAW mRAW or sRAW. Just do the DNG thing, make it a permanent part of your workflow and you'll be a happy camper.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon BG-E11 Making its Way to Retailers
« on: May 25, 2012, 06:29:12 PM »
Just a little heads up on the ergonomics of the BG-E11. It's absolutely huge.

With the grip attached the 5D3 is taller, thicker and around 30 grams heavier than a 1D Mk4. This was surprising. After a few days shooting with both cameras, the Mk4 feels positively svelte by comparison. I have used 1-Series bodies or added grips to APS-C and 5D bodies since the beginning of time. The 5D3 with BG-E11 has the ergonomically jarring characteristic of the rear quick control dial being a lot further from your thumb in portrait mode than in landscape mode. I can't reach it without altering my grip. This is a mildly irritating first from Canon. Tsk tsk...

OTOH it's fantastic to have the joystick right there on the grip. After a few jobs it's become second nature "finding" it, making shifting focus points a breeze in either orientation. Now if only we could see the damn focus points! (see black focus points thread)

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D full frame
« on: May 25, 2012, 03:32:44 AM »
the 7DMk2 will be no more than APS-H, more likely APS-C. You want a FF 7D you will buy a 5D3
I think the 7DII will be a 10fps crop (1.6 or 1.3). It may not be called the 7DII if it is a 1.3 (but what is in the name)

APS-C for sure. The 7D has been a huge seller and plenty of those buyers have sunk $$ into EF-S glass. Do you really think Canon would put all these people offside?

Bring on the 10fps APS-C with improved high iso specs and that sweet 61 point AF.

PW

1031
Probably a dumb question but can you put a plate for a tripod on the grip, i.e. is there a screw opening for it?

Yes there is a screw just like the one on the base of the body. But I have a feeling it's not quite as rigidly anchored as the one on the body. On the old 5D grip I over-tightened the hex screw while attaching a SpiderPro plate. At first I thought I'd stripped the thread but in fact I'd torn the entire thread away from the body of the grip. At CPS it was a $160 repair so I went for an eBay Meike grip which performed flawlessly for a couple of years.

But don't let this put anyone off...the leverage I had with the hex/allen key gave me far more oomph than was strictly needed. It's just something to be aware of.

HTH,

Paul Wright

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D full frame
« on: May 24, 2012, 09:25:48 PM »
Canon already released a full-frame 7D. It's called the 5D Mark III.

+1  Exactly

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I have an issue in just single shot mode, where when you half press for focus, the single focus point selected doesnt light up at all, so you have no idea what's trying to focus on where (if you say forget which AF Point you've left selected).

AFAIK, you can set it to light up in the C.Fn's.

It doesn't exactly "light up". It's there in disappointing black. It blinks once in red when you half-press the shutter release, hit the joystick or the AF Select point button. You have to get into the habit of lightly "pumping" the shutter release button. Canon, there's a proven way that everyone likes....the OLD way.

I'd be more than happy to take a small, probably barely measurable performance drop in exposure accuracy if I could only see WHERE my AF point was.

PW

1034
Interesting how the Canon logo or the BG-E11 model # are not stamped on the front of the grip.
It's a genuine grip...I got mine yesterday and it's logo free.
But wow, this thing is BIG! Back to back with my 1D Mk4 the 5D3 with BG-E11 is taller, thicker and feels bigger in the hand. I'll put them both on the scales later but the weight difference isn't that much.

Mostly I use 1-Series bodies, my last 5D was the Classic. The 5D3 with BG-E11 is way bigger. The 5D series has grown!

PW

Later: OK here are the weights. Are you ready for this? The 1D Mk4 with battery is 1375 grams and the 5D Mk3 with BG-E11 & two batteries is a beefy 1406 grams. Wow! I used to pack the old 5D as a lighter weight option.

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I got a 5D3 as a second body for my 1DIV. Most of the time, the black focus point isn't an issue but when I shoot sports and use both at the same time in servo mode and move the focus points around, it is very annoying. The only solace is being able to press the multi-controller to have the focus point reset back to the center point when it gets lost on dark backgrounds. During a typical baseball game I bet I lose the focus point on the 5D3 2-3 times which sometimes but not always results in an OOF shot or I should say, the focus point not where I want/expect it to be.

The red focus points on the 1DIV are great - never lose them in the viewfinder. I hope Canon provides the option at some point in the future.

Yep I've also got a 5D3 to partner my Mk4. Last night I shot a black suit function and the 5D3 just about drove me nuts. Even in OneShot mode you have to keep pumping the joystick or AF selection button to see where your AF point is. I missed shots I would have got with previous bodies. Canon have set this camera up with a fantastic AF system but strangled its usability with these insane black AF points.

This needs a very quick fix from Canon, particularly with the Olympics moments away and plenty of Canon shooters will be shooting 1DX which has an identical Black AF Point functionality. Canon don't need another AF related shemozzle after the mess they made with Mk3 AF. At least the Mk3 has red AF points!

PW

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