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there is no question the D800 is an awesome camera.  I am still waiting for the side by side comparison with the 5DIII. I think all of us professional photographers are...

Really? Professional photographers waiting for internet reviews on 2 new bodies which will be out of date in 3 years time?

What about the lenses?

If youre invested in Canon lenses and flashes the 5D3 would have to be pretty crap to make you sell all your gear and start again with another system surely?

Lenses / Re: "Walkaround" prime for FF?
« on: March 12, 2012, 12:58:48 AM »
Since I asked this question I got 2 smites for no apparent reason - I have no idea how does this system work.

Don't worry. I got a smite just for my reply. I got 2 smites recently for starting a poll. There are some weirdos out there! Current smite was -4 before I write this but see what happens now!

Lenses / Re: "Walkaround" prime for FF?
« on: March 11, 2012, 03:14:56 AM »
I have the 24-105 F4L and it's a fabulous all rounder but as far as primes go you can't beat the Canon 50mm f1.4 on a 5D2. I use it frequently for indoor stuff with the kids and you can easily take it out for day trips etc and not struggle atall with the range.

50mm range is a no-brainer in my view. If you go for a 24mm or 35mm on a full frame you can't really say you have a 'walkaround prime' as they're quite wide. Which one you go for may be down to budget but I can tell you that the Canon 1.4 on a 5d2 is a dream to walk around with and hold as it's very light yet still balanced. Also you can keep the hood on permanently which protects the extending front barrell and it's still shorter than the 24-105mm.

EOS Bodies / Re: What's the big deal with the AF?
« on: March 01, 2012, 08:31:11 PM »
I bought my 5D2 a couple of weeks ago and have been using it in conjunction with a 50mm F1.4 - a great combination of speed, accuracy and light weight. I dont use the outer points because when taking pictures of moving children there simply isn't the time to alter too many settings. you have to have your camera and lens set up and ready to shoot which is why centre point focusing works perfect for me. It's a one-size-fits-all method of focusing where I still have 100% creative control.

If I start fiddling around with the AF settings the moment is lost! I havent ever used a 1 series body or a 7D for that matter and perhaps the problem is that people expect the multipoint predictive AF to nail perfect shallow DOF portraits for them as well as motor cars speeding towards them at 150mph!

EOS Bodies / What's the big deal with the AF?
« on: March 01, 2012, 07:56:38 PM »
I'm on my 3rd EOS digital body now with virtually the same AF - 30D / 5D / 5D2 and I've NEVER had cause to complain about the AF. It works just fine for me for candid portraits, street, landscape and some amateur wildlife stuff.

I use centre point only and recompose. I use this method solely because I want to be 100% sure that the camera focuses on where I want it to focus. I like shallow depth of field stuff and so the focus point has to be perfect.

I'm interested to know what people will do with more than 60 AF points because aside from sports and some wildlife where you switch to servo I can't fathom the reasoning.

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon chop the 5D Mark II price?
« on: February 25, 2012, 02:25:12 AM »
Very unlikely as everyone will buy one instead of the much more expensive mk3  ;D

I honestly don't think there will be much stock out there anyway of the mk2 particularly as production has been so hampered by the tsunami.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next 5D on February 27/28, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 23, 2012, 10:04:33 PM »
I've just upgraded from a 5D mark1 to a 5D mark2. I'm loving my new camera and paired with the 50mm F1.4 I'm getting beautifully crisp pictures with sRAW1 files at ISO800, much better than my Mark1. It's a joy and the very little videoing I have done has already got me hooked. The texture of the video is just divine!

My point in relation to this post however is that just because I have bought a new camera that will probably last me 5 years or so I am still addicted to Canon Rumors! The forum here is the friendliest of any of the photography forums which from my limited observations can get quite nasty very quickly.

Gear headed obsessive geekiness is an instinctive male trait and nothing to be ashamed of. You can spend all day taking pictures and all night processing your raw files and still have time in your life for Canon Rumors!

On another subject, I think Nikon have shown all their cards with the D4, D800, D800E but no way have Canon. Whatever they announce next week you can be sure it wont be a direct competitor to the D800. That one is still in the pipeline. Anyone who jumps ship to the D800 based on what Canon announce next week will be kicking themselves in 6 months time when Canon announce their own 36MP full frame beast!

If you're invested in Canon lenses now you'd be a raving nutter to jump to Nikon. Just my 2 cents worth ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: The Ultimate Question - Buy a 5D MKII today or wait?
« on: February 08, 2012, 04:33:07 PM »

Honestly it's not like the 5D2 will overnight become obsolete and useless. I can understand that if you have infinite access to the cash required to be first in line on a 5D3 then great - go for it. You'll be paying a 20% premium for being first in line - good for you if you can justify that.

Personally I'm delighted with my cheap as it's ever been 5D2 and can happily sit back and watch the drama unfold. It's more fun to watch knowing that I wont be buying whatever it is they announce whenever they announce it, if ever!

Also for anyone waiting for another 5D2 pricedrop - what if there is no more stock on the water? What if this is it and if you wait too long they will just dry up and you'll be left looking for a mint 2nd hand one?

Decisions, decisions!

EOS Bodies / Re: The Ultimate Question - Buy a 5D MKII today or wait?
« on: February 08, 2012, 03:08:49 AM »
I just pulled the trigger on a 5D2. Hoping it gets delivered by the weekend. I got it right at the bottom of its price curve and have no problem whatsoever with the AF on my 5D original so personally I feel like Ive got a steal!

The 5D3 will be announced within 2 or 3 weeks I've no doubt and will cost more than my budget allows so I didn't really have a decision to make. If you can afford the extra and the sleepless nights before it's announced then why not wait but personally I'm very happy with my decision on financial grounds. It's also a quantum step forward compared to my 5D original, mainly because of video which I am really looking forward to getting into.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Announced
« on: February 08, 2012, 01:12:58 AM »
I remember everyone lambasting Canon when they announced the 70-300L. Now it's held in high regard for it's image quality, build and weight relative to range.

Let's not forget that ultimately this lens will have been tested extensively by seasoned pros and they like it, clearly, otherwise they would have told Canon to go back and try again. 

Can we wait to see how it actually feels and performs? It might actually be worth the money, heaven forbid!

I'm over the whole mark 2, mark 3, mark 4 thing - it's boring.

X is far more exciting!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII or 5DII wait or get a deal?
« on: February 01, 2012, 06:12:42 PM »
When the 5d11 came out it had ground breaking differences between it and the original 5D. HD Video for one was a massive differentiator as was an infinitely better LCD screen and live view. These are big ticket upgrades.

But what big ticket upgrades might a 5D111 have?

Hard to think of any. Yes the ISO will be slightly better, slightly better dynamic range, slightly better this and that etc but nothing ground breaking. The AF seems to be a big deal for some but personally I have no problem with the AF.

Will the 5D111 change the way you take pictures like the 5D11 did?

The 5D11 is still a marvellous piece of kit and will continue to be for the next 10 years just like the original 5D still takes great, top drawer pictures now.

I'm as excited about the 5D111 as everyone else but realistically it's going to cost a grand more than the current 5D11, be hard to get hold of one for 6 months and lead to many sleepless nights in the meantime!

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll - What is the Mystery Canon Body?
« on: January 27, 2012, 02:41:44 PM »
No, we're waiting for you to put up a link! :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll - What is the Mystery Canon Body?
« on: January 27, 2012, 02:26:38 PM »
Yes maybe the poll should have been what do you WANT it to be. However I think we already know that most people want a next generation 5D.

Perhaps I was assuming that it isn't an APS-C 7D due to its large flashless pentaprism. That's why I didnt include it as an option. Also I assumed that terms Mk3 and MK2 signified the next generation of that model regardless of its eventual name. 3D and 9D might be a new generation / line.

The point of the poll is what do you think it ACTUALLY is regardless of your wants and needs  ;D

EOS Bodies / Poll - What is the Mystery Canon Body?
« on: January 27, 2012, 02:13:58 AM »
Now that we've all had time to get even more confused over the permutations let's have a show of hands....

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