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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My D800 Review
« on: June 12, 2012, 06:00:57 PM »
The samyang is incredible... I get blown away just how sharp text and such is at the very edge of the frame with this lens. And to think I got it for brand new at like $329.  Best value out there, IMO.  You don't need AF with this lens due to the incredible focus depth.

I highly recommend it for somebody who wants an ultra-wide for FF.

CopperHill kit... Awesome for doing wet-cleaning of sensors.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon BG-E11 Making its Way to Retailers
« on: May 25, 2012, 01:06:05 PM »
Not just the west coast this time... Mine came from Allen's Camera located in New York.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon BG-E11 Making its Way to Retailers
« on: May 25, 2012, 12:00:44 PM »
Canon is releasing stock to the smaller mom n' pop stores first, just like they did with the 5D3. Adorama and stuff got them only a day after though for the body, but for the grip it appears that it will be longer.

I think it is Canon's way of supporting the smaller businesses. Fine with me though, I was able to snag the grip at a cheaper price and got it already in my hands due to this ($20 cheaper). Amazon is generally the last of the "big 3" to get them.

You are better off scanning smaller independent shops for stock.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who said 5D mkiii is NOT sharp...
« on: May 25, 2012, 11:58:10 AM »
I am getting sharper images with the 5D3 then I did with the 5D2. I also see the artifacts as a result of that (moire, for example). I have had to use the moire adjustment brush in LR4 a few times now, something I never once did with the 5D2. So I believe the AA is in fact, weaker.

Love this camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview 5D3 review out
« on: May 24, 2012, 09:20:04 PM »
I took some video in faithful with 0 sharpening at all. The video is soft, but as stated above, sharpens well. Once I added sharpening, it looked really good. 

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.

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