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There's one clear cut want for me: dynamic range at least equal to what the Sony sensors deliver.

I would also like the best ever noise performance seen at ISO 100.

That's it. I'd be happy with that.

Yes...What's above and I don't need to see 40mp.(don't want to deal with post production & storing the files).
24mMP would be fine...just give me a faster frame rate and bigger buffer.
Oh..and in this market...I WANT TO SEE A LOWER PRICE than what the 5D III intro'ed at.
It's a tough market out there Canon...you need to get real.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII AF Point Issue
« on: December 20, 2014, 05:06:59 PM »
@ Viggo – that sucks.  :'(  Add it to your list of things to check when you get your 1D X MkII.   ;)

@ infared – sorry, no idea.  Taking it in may have another benefit, I recall from another thread the poster had difficulty getting Canon Service to understand the problem (IIRC, they shipped it back as 'no problem found'), so explaining it in person may help.

I will bring pictures, too. ...and pray that I get a good tech!!
Thanks again!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII AF Point Issue
« on: December 20, 2014, 03:20:01 PM »
This has been discussed previously - the transmissive LCD is apparently misaligned.  The camera/computer just put the points up on a centered grid, the points in the VF are off.

Is that native to my camera or are all the bodies like that?   Is there a fix?

It shouldn't be that way, and it needs to go to Canon to be fixed.  Hopefully under warranty.

Thanks Neuro...thanks for the info. No.... :( I am not under warrantee...I was one of the fools who had to have the camera when it was released and paid $3500 for the body, too!!!  :o   I bought my body in 2012.
I just booked a repair with Canon Services....the facility is 23 miles from my house...so I am going to call them Monday and see if I can drop it off.  I REALLY don't want to send it out into the middle of all the Christmas shipping. 
Since you know EVERYTHING else, do you have any idea what it will cost to do the repair????
Thanks for all the info.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII AF Point Issue
« on: December 20, 2014, 12:48:31 PM »
This has been discussed previously - the transmissive LCD is apparently misaligned.  The camera/computer just put the points up on a centered grid, the points in the VF are off.

Is that native to my camera or are all the bodies like that?   Is there a fix?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII AF Point Issue
« on: December 20, 2014, 12:44:50 PM »
I've not noticed it with my 5D3, but will try to check tomorrow.

Looking at your image above, the complete focus array appears to be shifted to the right.  DPP will show AF points, so you could double check with that to see if it's a problem with the Lightroom plugin.

As mentioned in my post, I get the same shift in the Canon DPP (latest version)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5DIII AF Point Issue
« on: December 20, 2014, 11:23:46 AM »
OK....I noticed this "issue" when testing my Sigma Art Lens (I won't go there right now..this is a totally different issue related to my 5DIII body only), and wondered if anyone else is experiencing this phenomenon. I experience the phenomenon with both my Sigma and my Canon L lenses, so I believe it is a camera-body issue not a lens issue. 

I have AF Point Display enabled in the Playback menu on my 5DIII.  So when I focus on something  with a particular focus point, the red focus point square will show when I view the image in playback mode. (when you zoom the image the FP disappears).  See second image below to enable the feature on your camera.
So my playback focus points do not correlate with my shooting experience.  On playback my focus points are ALWAYS shifted to the right from where the FP was in my VF at time of shutter actuation. I would say about 1/2 to 3/4 of a focus point shift to the right (see image below). This is a consistent shift. No variation.
When I shot the image below (don't laugh...I could only find a stuffed stationary model for the shoot!!! LOL! with bad lighting I might add..very cloudy here today), the FP is bullseyed on the eye. The eye was directly in the center of the FP box when shot.

Furthermore, when I use the "Show Focus Point" Plug-In for LR (actually this is where I noticed the phenomenon as I can view my images at 100% in LR and see where my focus point was when I shot the image), they are shifted exactly the same.  I also get the same exact results in Canon DPP (latest version).
I also have to thank Dustin Abbott for mentioning the LR plug-in in a recent lens review he did.   It is a helpful little tool! I never noticed the shift as the FP are so small on the back LCD as my eyes are old an struggling. (Like the rest of me!  ::))


So I guess I wanted to open a discussion to see if anyone else is having this phenomenon....and what might be causing it.  ..and of course I am wondering ...when I focus the camera are my focus points in the VF "lying" to me.  Are the real points on the sensor actually all shifted slightly to the left????   
Its a can of worms!!!!!!

Under my "model" I posted a pic of the menu screen where you enable the Focus Point to be seen in the playback image to help anyone set it who does not have it activated. (Its a helpful tool in the field!).

It doesn't make my camera useless....but it is a concern.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Have you repaired your 50 Art?
« on: December 20, 2014, 07:09:15 AM »
Infrared: I fully understand how to calibrate. I have had FOUR art lenses and they all have the same issue, my second 50 art has been fantastic since April or May when I bought it. It was easy to calibrate and I just yesterday went through some picture from this summer when it was bolted to my camera and it is epic sharp and worked perfect.

It has now started with the same issue as the others. Dial in whatever afma values you want it doesn't matter. So it is something wrong with it.


Well after the dance I had to dance just to get two functioning lenses I can say that I don't feel completely trusting of them. I am going to carefully check my focus points in LR each time that I use them, just to see if they "wander". Thanks for the warning.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Have you repaired your 50 Art?
« on: December 20, 2014, 12:06:59 AM »
Hi ....(this will be little lengthy)...I have posted here before regarding the Sigma 50mm and the 35mm Art Lenses.
I own both and with some hesitation and quite a bit of attention to getting the lenses to perform consistently well.
I bought the 35mm Art first and I did not really test it at first...I was amazed by the sharpness. I am more an artistic photographer than I am a measurebator. ... I also bought the 50mm Art (when I could finally get my hands on one), and I was well aware of the focusing issues when I purchased that lens.  I also bought a the Sigma Lens Dock when I bought the 50mm.
Here is how I test...I shoot specific images just for the testing and I will shoot a specific spot close and a specific spot much farther away.  I repeat this a few times and look at my results. I use center focus points and edge points.  I use a "Show Focus Points" Plug-in in LR so that I know exactly where I focused. (I will mention that both my "Show Focus Points" Plug-in and Canon's DPP show the focus point location on my computer screen slightly to the right of where I actually focused using the camera (5DIII). This is consist with every shot.    There is a half to about 3/4 of a focus point shift from my camera to the two softwares I use on the computer???? (Does anyone else experience this?)
Anyway...My 1st 50mm Art was all over the place and I could not get it to focus consistently.  After wasting hours of my life ...I returned the lens to B&H, explained the situation (which they were well aware of) and they gladly sent me another lens.  The 2nd lens was MUCH more consistent....and needed just a slight bit of tweaking on the Sigma Lens Dock (I did not touch the focus adjustment in the camera).   I have used the lens quite a bit and it is consistently accurate wide open...Any issues I have are to do with operator error...I think that this lens is just fantastic.  (but I worry about it shifting because of all I have read.)
OK...the 35mm ...Needed a LOT of adjustment on the Dock +13 in all 4 zones.  At least it was consistently of and I could have used the AFMA in the camera to straighten this out as well.  I must say I am a little disturbed and how big this adjustment is.  It leaves me uneasy.  ...but the lens seems to perform consistently well now that I have taken the time to adjust it.
Now ...I do not sit around with charts and..blah..blah blah... I use the lenses to go out and shoot images. ...and when I am shooting wide open I check my focus point occassionally and the lenses seem very accurate....and i just love the IQ...Especially for what I paid. 
Its a drag to have to do all of this work...but in my case I feel that it was worth it.  Both these lenses are capable of creating really great and unique images!!!

So...those of us who have trouble with consistent AF and lousy AF off the center point just need to do more voodoo, be less demanding, and more understanding?

I'm not sure you've carefully read many of the posts.

I'm happy you were satisfied with your second copy of the 50. 

I'm hoping to hear great reports if Sigma fixes erratic AF with a firmware update.

I read all the posts. I had a different experience. I had a lousy lens. I sent it back. I was able to get a better copy.
Not doing any vodoo.
My photos look fantastic and are in focus where I want them to be.  Just reporting my point of view, how I set up my camera and lenses, my experience and the results with MY equipment. I am a very technical guy. ...but I like to go out and shoot. The results are more than satisfactory...but that's me. Obviously other people have had different experiences.  I have read many reports where photographers are having good experiences with both of these lenses, too.
I just love these lenses. They were just a bit of extra work to set up in my case.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Have you repaired your 50 Art?
« on: December 19, 2014, 06:54:53 PM »
Hi ....(this will be little lengthy)...I have posted here before regarding the Sigma 50mm and the 35mm Art Lenses.
I own both and with some hesitation and quite a bit of attention to getting the lenses to perform consistently well.
I bought the 35mm Art first and I did not really test it at first...I was amazed by the sharpness. I am more an artistic photographer than I am a measurebator. ... I also bought the 50mm Art (when I could finally get my hands on one), and I was well aware of the focusing issues when I purchased that lens.  I also bought a the Sigma Lens Dock when I bought the 50mm.
Here is how I test...I shoot specific images just for the testing and I will shoot a specific spot close and a specific spot much farther away.  I repeat this a few times and look at my results. I use center focus points and edge points.  I use a "Show Focus Points" Plug-in in LR so that I know exactly where I focused. (I will mention that both my "Show Focus Points" Plug-in and Canon's DPP show the focus point location on my computer screen slightly to the right of where I actually focused using the camera (5DIII). This is consist with every shot.    There is a half to about 3/4 of a focus point shift from my camera to the two softwares I use on the computer???? (Does anyone else experience this?)
Anyway...My 1st 50mm Art was all over the place and I could not get it to focus consistently.  After wasting hours of my life ...I returned the lens to B&H, explained the situation (which they were well aware of) and they gladly sent me another lens.  The 2nd lens was MUCH more consistent....and needed just a slight bit of tweaking on the Sigma Lens Dock (I did not touch the focus adjustment in the camera).   I have used the lens quite a bit and it is consistently accurate wide open...Any issues I have are to do with operator error...I think that this lens is just fantastic.  (but I worry about it shifting because of all I have read.)
OK...the 35mm ...Needed a LOT of adjustment on the Dock +13 in all 4 zones.  At least it was consistently of and I could have used the AFMA in the camera to straighten this out as well.  I must say I am a little disturbed and how big this adjustment is.  It leaves me uneasy.  ...but the lens seems to perform consistently well now that I have taken the time to adjust it.
Now ...I do not sit around with charts and..blah..blah blah... I use the lenses to go out and shoot images. ...and when I am shooting wide open I check my focus point occassionally and the lenses seem very accurate....and i just love the IQ...Especially for what I paid. 
Its a drag to have to do all of this work...but in my case I feel that it was worth it.  Both these lenses are capable of creating really great and unique images!!!

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I sell storm doors and surf boards on CL...nothing more.....eBay has hefty fees...but I reach a better audience and don't have to deal with Joe-Public.  I live in NJ...and everyone has a sob story...badda bing...badda boom! Know what I mean? A lot of time gets wasted. 8)

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I know that I am the odd man out...but I refuse to own a smart phone.   ??? 8) :o
I like to be in the moment wherever I am.
So...I split my images between my FF Canon Kit and my MFT Olympus Kit.
Life is good!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*
« on: December 16, 2014, 02:20:29 PM »
Great review...wish I hadn't read/watched...LOL!
I am sticking with my 85mm f/1.2L II.   
Dustin...please do not do a comparison...just leave me in ever lasting ignorance!
That way I can still love the lens that I own.

That is pretty much the way I felt about my beloved 135L after doing the Sonnar T 135 review.

Yes..Yes...I remember reading it!  At least you could say that the 135L was less than half the price and has super fast AF....
My 85L II may be less than half the price..but the AF is turtle-like..at best!!!!! LOL!  (I do still REALLY love that lens...it;s unique).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*
« on: December 16, 2014, 10:55:54 AM »
Great review...wish I hadn't read/watched...LOL!
I am sticking with my 85mm f/1.2L II.   
Dustin...please do not do a comparison...just leave me in ever lasting ignorance!
That way I can still love the lens that I own.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Reviewing Olympus 40-150/2.8
« on: December 09, 2014, 12:02:47 PM »
I used to shoot Olympus 4/3  until they abandoned the format for the micro 4/3 format. They were far more innovative than Sony/Nikon, or Canon and had a lot of firsts in the digital SLR world. Some of the lenses were outstanding, like a 14-35 at a constant F2.0, a 50-200F2.8, and all the cameras and lenses were weatherproofed.

When they went to the micro 4/3 form factor the ergonomics died with the move.... then, after years of waiting, they released the E-5 as their flagship model, a camera that was inferior in every respect to every other DSLR on the market.... That's when we knew it was time to abandon ship.

Since that day about 6 years ago, the selection of fast micro 4/3 lenses has been scarce. Here's hoping that this is a sign of things to come and that they can turn things around.

I was in pretty much exactly the same position as you. I had the E-3 and an E-620 but it became pretty obvious they were giving up on DSLR cameras in favour of mirrorless so I sold my kit and moved to Canon. At the time I thought the m4/3 system would be limited to the PEN form factor and cheap zoom lenses, so I kind of wrote it off, but looking at it now, I think it takes better advantage of the small sensor, and with the new lenses it starts to make sense as a system.

Some days, I still pine for my Zuiko lenses, the 12-60 f/2.8-4 especially.

Yes..the MFT system has developed nicely with very good Panasonic and Olympus primes & zooms. The higher end lenses are coming all the time and you have a lot of other manufacturers joinin the fray like Zeiss and Voigtlander making native mount lenses.  There are a lot of very good choices.  The system has its limitations but you can really squeeze a LOT out of it and walk around with a VERY light kit. It brings a lot of fun and spontaneity back into photography for me.  I really have a lot of freedom and fun while capturing great images.
I just sold a print yesterday to someone from this kit. They did not ask me what camera system I used. They just loved the image!  8)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Reviewing Olympus 40-150/2.8
« on: December 09, 2014, 09:20:47 AM »
Hmmm.interesting to see this here...I have a very nice FF kit (check specs down below), and I also maintain a full MFT KIt......I decided to order the Oly 40-150mm Kit from Osaka , with included TC1.4x. (lens not available in US and Kit will not be sold here..I saved $100!....)I just saw the possibility of really expanding that kit to a place that I had not imagined. Took delivery this week (free postage from Osaka took 2 days to get to NJ????)...came with free gift and one dime. That's right...one dime in box!  :P
The lens is impressive on my EM1 and the matched TC is like having more reach with no penalty other that f/4. My preliminary tests are making me very happy that I made this choice. No...it's not a FF sensor..but for most of my needs its all there in a small way.
The new Oly Lens is large for MFT..but not in comparison to other systems.
If you take a look at this: http://camerasize.com/compact/#482.444,579.392,312.7,ha,t
We can see that the Sony set up is only f/4 and has way less reach. The Canon setup has way less reach and teh TC1.4x III is sooooo much larger than the little sliver of the Olympus.

Yes..yes..yes.... ..this is not FF...but I have to say..if you know what you are doing shooting and with post production..its damn good. And its in a significantly smaller and lighter package. Not for everyone..but I can see I will be grabbing my MFT kit more often because this lens is in it.

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