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I just put mine on a postal scale with a 70-200 II attached... 6lbs and 15oz  :o

EOS Bodies / Canon BG-E11 Grip Unboxing! Including Fitment Pictures
« on: May 24, 2012, 04:46:12 PM »
Got my grip today from Allen's Camera... This is the nicest grip Canon has released yet. Fitment is seamless. No play between the body/grip, feels great in the hand, buttons feel identical to main body. The joystick on the grip does sit farther away then on the body, so you have to do some muscle-memory relearning when switching to use the grip  ;D Makes the 5D3 feel extremely sold, I love it...  Same excellent soft grippy material as the body, the curves are a big improvement on the old boxy grips.

They did include a new carrying pouch for the extra battery magazine.

Very happy with the purchase though! I think it did deserve a price increase relative to the previous generation grips (5D2 grip was what, $240?)... I don't know if it was $100 more deserving, $50 may have been more fair... But either way, I am happy with my purchase.

Here are the pics!

IMG_0077 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0078 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0079 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0080 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0081 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0083 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0084 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0090 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0089 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0088 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0087 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0091 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0085 by invertalon, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / Re: BG-E11 availability
« on: May 24, 2012, 01:42:27 PM »
They are taking advantage of demand! Over on POTN I have a topic in market watch posting any links I can find in stock. I think two or three changed from the time I posted it in stock to when they went out of stock, and price went up sometimes $50 or more.

I am thankful Allen's Camera did the opposite and actually sold it cheaper. I got it for $339 to my door. 

I wonder when the big retailers will get them... I thought they would have arrived by now, since the smaller shops got them a few days ago. With the 5D3, Adorama and a few other shops had them pretty quickly after the smaller stores. But nothing yet I see!

EOS Bodies / Re: BG-E11 availability
« on: May 24, 2012, 10:56:54 AM »
Mine is on truck for delivery!  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: BG-E11 availability
« on: May 23, 2012, 09:12:30 PM »
Same here, from Allen's Camera... $329 + $10 shipping... Arrives tomorrow! Very excited.

I had comments on other forums that HTP increases shadow noise due to how it works. I looked in my examples in deep shadows and this appears to be correct. So if you prefer cleaner shadows, it may be best to turn off.

I turned off mine after seeing that. I would rather have cleaner shadows myself. Highlights have not been a big deal for me to save.

Thanks for the info! I always thought HTP and ALO only benefited the JPEG's.

EOS Bodies / Examples showing HTP working with RAW files - 5D III
« on: May 23, 2012, 11:36:13 AM »
In the Dpreview review, they claimed that HTP (highlight tone priority) also benefits the RAW files. The general consensus is that it only benefited JPEG's, but that looks to be proven incorrect.

I took a series of sample images to compare side by side. Here are a few examples:

First one...  This was AFTER I applied -100 whites and -100 recovery in LR4. Left side is HTP on, right is HTP off.

Untitled-1 by invertalon, on Flickr

Here is a second example. This is the RAW images, unaltered. Tripod mounted, live-view focused and manual mode taken within seconds of each other.

1 by invertalon, on Flickr

Now this after I applied -100 whites and -100 recovery. You can see some more detail retained on the left (on) side.

2 by invertalon, on Flickr

Finally, another area of the picture above on a blown out white house. This is after recovery of -100 whites and highlights. You can see more detail in the ON side.

3 by invertalon, on Flickr

So as you can see, HTP is giving more highlight headroom as Dpreview has claimed. No longer just for RAW files!

EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview 5D3 review out
« on: May 22, 2012, 11:04:27 PM »
For video, it is known the D800 is sharper out of camera... However, the 5D3 takes better to post processing. More detail comes out of sharpening the softer 5D3 video then having it be sharper out of camera. That is what Chuck the Canon tech guy has said, at least.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 vs D800 sales numbers
« on: May 22, 2012, 11:58:09 AM »
The 5D3 is being bought up like hotcakes. You really think you will see a price drop in the next 6-months? No way.

The 5D3 is out of stock or back-ordered on many of the largest sites... The supply of the 5D3 they have got are probably MUCH larger then the D800. Canon is pumping them out in much larger numbers. The fact the 5D3 is still out of stock in many places should show you sales are strong.

The D800 is out everywhere due to good demand and poor supply by Nikon. Nikon may be out of stock everywhere much worse then the 5D3, but the 5D3 could have 300% the sales of the D800... Never know.

The Samyang does have some pretty heavy distortion, but the profile available with Lightroom or PTlens corrects it well! Sadly, waiting for the profile for LR4 though...

UWA are great fun... I too always wanted the 14L, but with the limited use for the FL I could not justify the price tag. Thankfully, I found the Samyang 14mm f/2.8... It may not have AF, but I just use the hyperfocal distances and don't worry about AF at all. One of the sharpest lenses I have ever shot, especially how wide it is. LOVE it! And only cost me $289... lol

With 14mm, you can turn almost anything into something fun. Just walk around aimlessly and point it at stuff and just play with the perspective even on boring subjects. They are fun lenses to use!

Lenses / Re: 24-105mm f/4 L IS on a crop camera
« on: May 18, 2012, 11:29:02 AM »
I *loved* the 24-105 with my 7D... Was my main walk-around lens. Paired with a 10-22 or 12-24, there is NO problem with the 24mm widest FL. IQ was excellent from end to end, very happy with that combo.

On FF the lens gains a little more use on the wide end, but I do miss the reach of 105 with the 7D.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why canon sucks ass:
« on: May 11, 2012, 10:51:05 AM »
Once I saw how long the article was, I closed it out.

Anybody have a cliff-notes version of this?  :o

Maybe because they felt it was not worth it? I mean, the D800E may seem popular now but moire can be an annoying issue. Sure, people love sharper details and such, but there always is a tradeoff.

Depending on the D800E popularity, Canon may react in the future. I would say there is a good chance of that as well. The D800E seems to be doing well, but it is too early to say the long-term popularity of it.

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