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BTW, does anyone know if D800's 90k RGB metering can do the same?

The D800 has the ability to meter off of an AF point. In fact, many inexpensive Nikon bodies have had this feature, including the Nikon D40 from 2006 and the newer D3100 and D5100. I'm not sure why only the 1-series has it.

It's simply because manufacturers have to distinguish different product lines. I believe Canon's aim is to make 5D best selling product (as both 1D X and 5D Mark III are great all-around cameras and you'd defenitely want one of those for yourself), whereas Nikon have clear separation of the target audience their professional cameras aimed for.

EOS Bodies / Re: New 1D X Sample Images
« on: March 07, 2012, 09:39:18 AM »
Thank you for posting these. 12,800 doesn't blow my mind, but it is quite a dark image.

I agree. It's not amazing but it also looks underexposed. I'm trying to figure out why Canon would post it as a sample.

Sometimes you need to underexpose for the feel of very dark environment. I'm not saying that the chosen exposure was the best for this shot, however other reasons for the fact that exposure compensation was set to -2/3 should be also considered.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50/1.4 focusing
« on: March 06, 2012, 01:29:50 AM »
I'm having the same issues with softness and focusing wide open. I find this lens reliable only when stopped down to f/2.8, all brighter apertures can lead to missed / blurry shots.

Canon General / Re: online gallery/website
« on: February 28, 2012, 03:13:36 PM »
I'm lucky enough to have skills in web-development, so I built web-site by my own. Web-site design is not mine though, but the main idea was to develop an intuitive portfolio. You can check the result by your own here.

EOS Bodies / Re: DR and RAW bit depth on Canon's forthcoming...
« on: February 26, 2012, 04:29:51 PM »
There's also the thing that Canon simply don't have the Sony Exmor technology. The big difference is that the ADC is on chip. Canon does not have that. Sony Exmor is a minor revolution (for low ISO). What you can expect from Canon is a gradual evolution. You'll certainly see "good enough" performance, but I'll (almost) eat my shorts if it will be world-leading.
The 16 outputs are muxed in 4 ADCs siting on a separate image processor chip Digic 5+

Taken from Image Sensors World. Isn't that the same as "Exmor technology" you are talking about?

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next 5D on February 27/28, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 22, 2012, 04:00:12 PM »
Wow, 5 pages in 13 minutes   ::)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delayed Until April/May?
« on: February 22, 2012, 08:43:01 AM »
We’ve heard along with others that the Canon EOS-1D X may be delayed until April or May, 2012.

I don’t think anyone is too shocked by that, as I think there is a lot of software tweaking going on with the camera. I have yet to hear any issues with manufacturing.

The camera has also disappeared on some store web sites when you search for it.

Some people believe the delay is caused by problematic supplies for camera development. It seems also that camera disappeared from different web-sites, because pre-order limit has been reached.

Lenses / Re: Problems with 50 f1.4 & 135 f2.0 on 1.6x crop sensors
« on: February 22, 2012, 05:37:53 AM »
I use the 50 1.4 all the time on my 550d for candid portraits, often even at 1.4-1.6 to allow me the fastest shutter speeds. I found that it takes skill to properly nail focus at such a thin DOF, you need something well lit and good  contrast such as eyes or other facial feature. Additionally my 550d has a slight front focus, so I use something to nail focus with that is a little further away, like the far eye, etc.

I have the same issue with fast aperture primes on my 7D, so I sent the camera to Canon. I'm a wedding photographer, so I don't often have time to check whether the last shot is in focus, so I'd better have camera not confirming focus rather than front-focusing.

I'll get my camera in a week or so, interesting to see if they change something in focusing mechanism.

P.S. I found Live View "contrast detection" extremely precise comparing to default "phace detect".

Lenses / Re: Problems with 50 f1.4 & 135 f2.0 on 1.6x crop sensors
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:31:06 AM »
I have experienced similar issues, there were 2 separate problems:
1. 50 f/1.4 didn't focus properly on my 7D (front-focus issue, this lens autofocused properly on 400D though) and I sent it to Canon for camera / lens focus adjustments.
2. Camera didn't want to focus on low-contrast subjects (not sure if it is an issue or normal behavior), so I sent the camera to Canon with sample shots. Here's my thread about the issue: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,3355.0.html

Before sending your gear anywhere localise the problem and only then send it for repair. I spent few days of testing in different environment to identify what the problems were.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 18, 2012, 11:54:44 AM »
Great photos everyone...

@ nightbreath. The last pic [vultures] is incredible... One of the coolest photos Ive ever seen

Thank you for this feedback  ;)
Pleased to hear someone liked my photo  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Leaked photo of 5DIII/X to be 38MP ?
« on: February 17, 2012, 08:41:17 AM »
If the calculations are right the camera on the photo might be not the 5D Mk II successor.

5D is one of the most popular cameras in the world for professionals and enthusiasts and being not more than 28 MPx makes it great all-around camera capable to deliver good image quality in different situations.

I don't think many people will like the idea of 5D Mk III using a 38 MPx sensor, because it makes the camera too "narrow" for everyone and leaves an empty gap in product line.

The fact that 5D is so popular makes sense to improve the current one instead of replacing it.

Landscape / Re: Snowy pictures
« on: February 16, 2012, 03:33:16 AM »

You can send your body in to Canon and they will adjust it to spec.  Wide aperture primes almost always need MA due to the extreme depth of field.

Thank you  :)

Out of curiosity, if you do set the Live View autofocus mode to Quick Mode and then focus in Live View, do you have the same problem?

Switched to Live View "Quick Mode", focused on the subject and got the same issue. I don't think I could get any difference between "Quick Mode" and default focusing, as mirror goes down when I focus in Quick Mode and there's no difference in focusing mechanism between these options.

Phase detect is the AF mode that the camera uses normally, when it's not in Live View. Contrast detect is the default Live View method (unless you switch it to "Quick Mode").

I'm using default camera settings, so – yes, Phase detect is the tricky one that I'm experience problems with. Contrast detection works great for me. So should I send camera to Canon?

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