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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: April 15, 2012, 05:56:05 AM »

Amazing eyes and face!

Really, really nice shot!

Technical Support / Re: Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
« on: April 14, 2012, 07:30:06 AM »
I found this very informative...


Basically their hierarchy is:

#1. Inspect - aka Visible Dust Sensor Loupe 7X
#2. Then if needed...Blow - aka Rocket Blower
#3. Then if needed...Brush - aka Visible Dust Sensor Brush
#4. Then if needed...Swab - aka Photographic Solutions Sensor Swab (APS-C is #2)

I had three chunks of crud on my sensor when I looked at it through the loupe.  Blowing got rid of two.  The third came off with the brush.  Haven't had to swab yet...

Hope this helps!

EOS Bodies / Re: My first real shoot with the 5DIII
« on: April 02, 2012, 01:21:28 PM »
Now I REALLY miss my '65 Fastback!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, V8Beast!

I usually leave my camera in evaluative because it seems to do pretty well...

That being said, I love to tinker, and your subject seems to have been challenging for that mode...

It would have been interesting to lock down the camera on a tripod, and measure the exposure in all four metering modes... Even toggle the highlight tone priority and auto lighting optimizer on and off... Finally, a spot meter reading off a gray card... Makes me wonder what the range of suggested exposures would look like?

Lenses / Re: Best music/concert photography lenses?
« on: March 21, 2012, 04:48:37 AM »
Brian!  You got your kit back!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII Fastest SD Card
« on: March 19, 2012, 06:06:48 AM »
I thought lexar brought out udma 7 before sandisk:


I should have said SanDisk had the only 128GB UDMA7 card at the time; the largest Lexar 1000x currently available is the 32GB - both the 64GB and 128GB are in pre-order status according to B&H...

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII Fastest SD Card
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:30:32 AM »
Quote from the EOS 5D Mark III Manual (Page 376):

Card reading/writing speed necessary for movie shooting:

CF Card: IPB: at least 10 MB per sec / ALL-I: at least 30 MB per sec
SD Card: IPB: at least 6 MB per sec / ALL-I: at least 20 MB per sec

Did not find any reference to stills burst shooting.

I found these on the Canon website...

JPEG Large/Fine  65 / 16270

RAW                    13 / 18

RAW + JPEG          7 / 7

First numbers are for an unspecified 8GB CF card...

Second numbers are for a UDMA7 - 128GB CF card...  Must be a SanDisk because Lexar doesn't have them out yet...

Software & Accessories / Re: sRGB vs Adobe RGB
« on: March 19, 2012, 01:11:06 AM »
+1 wickid!

What a great breakdown!

Congratulations on nabbing your MkIII!

I was going to side with wickidwombat, and suggest you buy one enroute or in the PI's, to reduce cost and avoid your VAT!  But, you will have one in hand, and that would make me breathe easier!

I think getting the kit and ending up with a 24-105 was a blessing in disguise!  Excellent focal range, IS, L quality, and I have seen some amazing landscapes/portraits shot with this lens!  Probably because it was the kit lens for the MkII (a great camera) and there are a bunch of them out there!

Why don't you pick up a 16-35 II or a 17-40 when you get to Manila?  The 17-40 and your 24-105 can share filters since they are both 77mm.  Or, buy the 16-35 (with an 82mm CPL) and a 82mm-77mm step down ring.  If you don't have a Speedlight; also a great time to pick up a 580II or a new 600! Use the money you saved to buy a tripod that you plan on leaving behind! (GREAT idea, AJ!  I am so stealing that for my next trip!)  Since you already own it, I would probably bring the 100mm macro for flowers and little critters...

Landscapes - Tripod!  I think I am pretty steady, but I have never matched IQ, side-by-side, with a hand-held shot versus a tripod.  I use mirror lockup in conjunction with the RC-6 wireless remote to minimize vibration.  You have a CPL - and don't forget the lens hood...  A lot of shooters advocate Live View with an Hoodman for landscapes - this will eat your battery - but you already bought an extra one!

The Wedding - Bring or buy a flash!  As already suggested; extra batteries and a charger...  Shoot RAW+JPEG on your CF and mirror to your SD - A lot of wedding shots look just fine as a JPEG...  For the real memorable ones, I would want to work them from RAW...  This will eat up a lot of your memory, so transfer this stuff to a laptop + external HDD as soon as possible...

Have a great time and be sure to post some of your shots!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d markiii officially wont use SDHC UHS-1?
« on: March 16, 2012, 01:34:36 AM »
Very confused as well!

The CF slot will support UDMA 7, yet the SD slot won't support UHS-1?

As you say, that defaults a 90MB/s UHS card down to Class 10 speeds...

Apparently, and this is just my opinion, the CF slot is definitely the primary...

The SD slot is there for back-up, WiFi, JPEG's, etc...  But it will not match the CF slot for speed...

But it could have!  That is the strangest past...

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII Fastest SD Card
« on: March 13, 2012, 10:58:25 AM »
The 5DIII supports CF UDMA 7 cards.  To my knowledge, only SanDisk and Lexar offer them.  If you want maximum performance, that is the card you should look for...

I like SanDisk cards myself...  I had a Lexar Professional card corrupt right in the middle of a shoot and completely lock up my camera...  I have been leery of them ever since...

The way I understand UHS-1 cards; if your camera does not support them, you do not get the 90MB/s they are capable of...  I believe/am pretty sure they default down to Class 10 speeds; which is 45MB/s for SanDisk...

So, to answer your question based completely on the inference of the interview, a Class 10 SDXC or SDHC...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Chuck Westfall & the 5D Mark III
« on: March 13, 2012, 10:39:46 AM »
My favorite quote by far was this:

"AH: Given the increased burst speed why doesn’t the 5D Mark III support class 10 SD-UHS cards?
CW: The EOS 5D Mark III supports Class 10 SDXC and SDHC memory cards, but not the UHS standard."

Gee thanks Chuck, we know it doesn't, he asked WHY does it not support them and you answered by saying it doesn't support it..... great, there goes the usefulness of the SD card slot for me :(

Hmmm, RAW on both cards, I assume was your desired usage?

Yes sir! Now I can just imagine the buffer filling and taking forever to dump to that max 30MB/S SD card while my 90 MB/S CF cards sit in boredom and wait... I guess I might as well just shoot without the backup slow card if it's going to make me miss shots :(

This amazes me!  The T3i supports UHS-1 cards; why not the $3500 Mark III?

It seems more and more to me that the CF card slot is the primary...  All the burst speed numbers in the specs quote an 8GB UDMA card and a 128GB UDMA 7 card...  No mention of what the SD card alone can support...

You would think, particularly if you were writing RAW+JPEG to both cards in a primary/backup scenario, that Canon would want both card slots capable of maximum performance?  What good will it do if your blazing fast CF card has already written the images and your backup SD card is still playing catch up?

Lighting / Re: Blackest material. Paint or, fabric?
« on: March 12, 2012, 01:02:02 AM »
I like black velvet, it does not reflect light as much as some fabrics.

+1!  I always have a swath of that stuff in my location bag!

Great for head shots, bouquets, rings, etc...

Lighting / Re: Which Strobe Kit?
« on: March 12, 2012, 12:46:28 AM »
I have always enjoyed my White Lightnings!

When you start shooting studio with WYSIWYG modeling lamps; you will love it!

Software & Accessories / Re: Polarizing filter in wedding photography
« on: March 11, 2012, 07:58:59 AM »
I have also found this statement on Flickr discussions:

Sure you could use polarizing filter on a sunny day and would get dark blue skies and bright white clouds. It has a slightly strange effect on skin and removes moisture and specular light (shinyness) - not something you think about, but people look dry and appear to have extra powder makeup in my opnion.

It's actually very good if you shoot or intend to output in black and white.

Could anyone comment if he had the same experience?

On a hot day it makes people look cool and the skin doesn't glisten. Likewise greasy skin looks better.

Always use the hood to make sure you dont get glare (also helps increase contrast)


The only time I shoot without a lens hood is if I forgot it...

I'm a big believer in UV filters for protection if nothing else.  I was climbing to get a higher perspective, the camera swung out on the strap and caught my 28-70L right on the corner of a brick planter... *explosion of dirty words*  It shattered the UV filter but saved my front element; I unscrewed the filter and kept on shooting...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Leica M9-P
« on: March 08, 2012, 06:23:46 AM »
The Leica M9 is not a camera, it's a test.

If you look at the price tag, think "wtf?" and keep walking, then you should stick with your dslr/evil/p&s/phone and be thankful.
If you still want one despite the pricetag, then you're one of us special people, and no amount of psychiatric help or medication can cure it (I hear the symptoms are worse than those of L-Fever)


I secretly long for an S2, but one body and three lenses is almost $50,000!  :o ??? :-\

But there is something about that little red ball...

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