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Seeing as we're talking about the 1D mk4.
The black AF point "issue", afaik, is how the 7D has been operating since day 1 (I've never found it a problem, and obviously noone else who bought a 7D found it a problem either).
It was only when the 5D3 and 1DX operated the exact same way that people started complaining. Does the 1D mk4 work that way as well?

Like every Canon DSLR except the 7D, 5D3 & 1DX the 1D Mk4 offers constantly illuminated red AF points.

The 7D does have the black AF points, though the points are much larger than in the 5D3 & 1DX viewfinders, and perhaps more visible. It's great that the black AF points are a non-issue for you, but can you find an acceptance somewhere in your consciousness that it is a very real issue for a lot of shooters who work in different environments to you.

-PW


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Surveys for 5D Mark III
« on: November 08, 2012, 07:24:16 PM »
There was one missing option in the list of questions. That is the ability to see constantly illuminated red AF points instead of the miserable, frequently camouflaged, often invisible tiny black AF points.

-PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Surveys for 5D Mark III
« on: November 08, 2012, 07:19:25 PM »
How about "A reasonable price"?  ::)

Plenty of people have picked them up brand new for under $3k and as low as $2700-$2800, I think that's incredibly reasonable, about the same as the 5D2 was.  I paid almost $3800 for mine after tax and I still think it's a great camera, although I wish it hadn't dropped in price that quickly.

I think the 5D3 is great value. I paid $3500 in the full expectation that a few months later the price would be under $3000 but that's a few months without this brilliant camera. Hell, it's about the same price as I paid for my 5D Classic in late 2005. It's way less than the $14,500 I paid for the original 1Ds in 2003. From a business viewpoint the ROI period is shrinking all the time. And each new generation of camera smashes the previous ones in almost all respects.

Get real! There's little to complain about.

-PW

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Get a Yongnuo YN565 flash instead - AF assist light is very effective - and won't look out of place in a Nightclub (if you've ever used one you'll know what I mean ;))

I have never been one for after-market or third party equipment, but can anyone else confirm that the Yongnuo YN565 spits out an AF Assist beam that solves the issue being discussed on this thread? If so, I'll get a couple of them in a heartbeat, just for dark venue jobs.

Is it possible to hook up external batteries to the Yongnuo YN365? I run a Quantum Turbo T3 with the twin outputs at most functions.

-PW

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Paul (PWP), others with the 1dMk4:
Is the 1dMk4  body any better at this available-darkness fast-focus-capture? (with flash up top...) I am asking if the "assist" functions better.
jonathan7007

I love my 1D4. In most circumstances the AF is stellar. In the very low light situations being referred to in this thread, the 1D4 AF either on it's own or with an AF assist beam its a piece of shirt. So working in low light venues with the Mk4 and the 5D3 I'm struggling...

-PW

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: November 07, 2012, 09:49:28 PM »
It seems like a great lens, but the price just kills it for me. I still can't understand how Canon keeps coming out with new products at higher price points than ever while the world has been in a global recession and economies continue to suffer. It's very short sighted and clueless of Canon. I would buy this in a heart beat if it was $1,700.

After my 48 hour evaluation I'd buy one in a heartbeat if I could just get my hands on one. It's a two-three week wait where I live.

The price? I think I paid around $2200 when the MkI was released in November 2002. After ten years Canon would have well and truly made back their ROI on the MkI, enabling price reductions. I'd say for a new model this could be seen as a price drop when seen in its historical context. Canon has profit obligations to its shareholders. They're not a charity. Study supply & demand. Sometimes it's a valid & viable business strategy to be reassuringly expensive. It works for me.

-PW


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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: November 07, 2012, 08:47:12 PM »
Yesterday I finished a 48 hour test-drive of the new 24-70 f/2.8II. After four utterly hopeless copies of the MkI over a number of years I was going to take some convincing.

I worked the lens hard across half a dozen highly varying locations shooting from wide open to f/11. This morning I had a very close look at yesterday's work and have to say I'm gob-smacked. The new lens has a subtle, almost indefinable, exquisite quality all its own, and the IQ was equal to my L primes, even at the f/2.8-f/5.6 range. In a brickwall style test I shot a tall stack of shipping containers, as square on as I could get. The f/2.8 shots were fundamentally indistinguishable from the f/5.6 & f/8 frames. Amazing.

In a nutshell, this is the best short zoom I have ever used. At last, a 24-70 I can trust enough to use for the most demanding commercial work.

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 05, 2012, 11:51:14 PM »
Wow!
sorry but looks like a Nikon cap... only ugly  :(
What the hell is Canon thinking?!  :-\

Hooray! At last! True they may not look as attractive, but the functionality leave the old caps gasping for respectability.

What Canon is thinking is this: They have heard user comments about the old design, and looked at the surge of sales of eBay centre pinch caps. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/77mm-Center-Pinch-Snap-on-Front-Lens-Cap-Cover-for-Canon-/320868597450?pt=AU_Cameras_Photographic_Accessories&hash=item4ab5423eca  At $2.00 each I've bought dozens and given them to appreciative friends.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1D MKIV To 1DX
« on: November 05, 2012, 11:42:48 PM »
Thanks PackLight! Wow, I had not considered this very awkward aspect of the 1DX. Too high a "keeper" rate means editing & post-pro hell. I think I'll just switch AF off altogether, super-glue the drive setting to one-shot and enjoy the hugely reduced PP.
-PW

Errm...this was supposed to be a humorous response to PackLight's post which I took to be satirical.

If I'm going to have a problem, I like high quality problems. Like the problem of choosing the keepers when every shot is sharp and correctly exposed. That's a nice problem!

-PW

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How much slower? Is it possible to put a time or percentage against this?
I have to admit I was unaware of this issue. I want to get a 5D3 next year but I will absolutly be using it in low light flash situations, off camera lighting not an option. Is this a show stopper?

It's not a show stopper, but certainly something to be aware of if your work involves shooting with flash in very low light venues. The other significant slowdown factor with the 5D3 in very dark shooting environments is the non-illuminated AF points. So while hunting & waiting for AF, you've got to somehow keep track of your black focus point. In a situation where people are moving even slightly, the black AF points and the slow AF adds to the degradation of the spontaneity that is so vital in event photography.

But lets be clear. This scenario only kicks in when you're shooting in very low light locations. Just about everywhere else, the 5D3 AF is just fantastic.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1D MKIV To 1DX
« on: November 05, 2012, 05:30:53 PM »
How many of you guys here have upgraded to the Canon 1DX from the 1D MKIV and never regretted it?And why?
Thanks.

I bought it and sent the 1D X back. The camera has many problems. For one thing I do not think it is natural to be able to take pictures at such a high ISO. God made noise to be viewed as noise. We shouldn't tamper with that. Also I miss the 3mp drop from the old 1Ds III. When pixel peeping at 300x on my 30" monitor I can really start to see the lack of resolution and this bugs me. The high frame rate sounds great in theory, and the improved AF system but together they create  more work. Several years ago it was very easy to sort out the non keepers from the keepers, they were obvious. With the 1D X I would have to sort through hundreds of near identical pictures that are equally in focus. I could have lived with one of these problems, but taking all of them together I decided to send the 1D X back.

Thanks PackLight! Wow, I had not considered this very awkward aspect of the 1DX. Too high a "keeper" rate means editing & post-pro hell. I think I'll just switch AF off altogether, super-glue the drive setting to one-shot and enjoy the hugely reduced PP.

-PW

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There is absolutely no question about this 5D3 low light AF assist performance issue with either 580EXII or 600EX-RT. It's real. It's embarrassingly slow. In some situations it's approaching professional suicide.

Everything else about the 5D3 AF is stellar and a huge improvement over the 5D2 & 5DC, but this particular issue is nothing short of excruciating for photographers and their increasingly impatient subjects. My hope is for the promised 5D3 firmware update scheduled for sometime next year to deliver a solution.

There are suggested work-arounds including switching off AF-assist and the one outlined by the OP. Very clunky and a serious diversion from the creative process of squeezing off the killer shot of that perfect moment.

To quote Peter Finch's character Howard Beale in the brilliant movie Network, Beale galvanizes the nation, persuading his viewers to shout out of their windows "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!".

-PW

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Lenses / Re: New 50 Finally on the Way? [CR1]
« on: November 04, 2012, 06:19:21 PM »
In that case, I shall keep my hard-earned cash safely in my wallet.  I was about to splash out on the Sigma 50mm f/1.4...

Yes I'd wait if I were you. I went through two Sigma 50 f/1.4 lenses after off-loading my EF 50 f/1.4. Neither Sigma was consistent enough to trust for commercial work. AF was far too hit-and-miss. I should have just kept the old EF 50 f/1.4! My money is on the new lens being an f/2is. Hope fully it's stellar wide open.

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Two Lenses to be Announced Shortly.....
« on: November 04, 2012, 06:12:57 PM »
Hmmm... let me guess.... 50mm f1.4 IS and 24-70mm f4 IS ??
Yes these are the most likely. That 50 replacement has been coming for years now! Not sure it will be a f/1.4 though, as it would cannabalise sales of the 50 f/1.2L.

-PW

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