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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Full Spec List?
« on: March 01, 2012, 09:23:15 AM »
Dear Canon,

Thank you so much. If this spec list turns out to be true it leaves me wanting nothing else in my next camera. All I basically wanted was the 5DII with a better AF system. And you delivered more than I could have expected with the 61 point. A new sensor is great and hopefully contains some 1Dx technology. I'm also pleased with 6fps.

Nothing to complain about.


…and if the image quality turns out to be as good as they promise («Unsurpassed Image Quality»), I really need to rob a bank  ;D

Built-in tripod  8)

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* The Next 5D on March 2, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 26, 2012, 11:15:26 AM »
Reading the posts in this thread and other links provided I'm convinced the next 5D will be called 5DX, will have 22 mp, pro AF and great image quality both at low ISOs and high ISOs.

Please, tell me with what camera do you have trouble getting quality images at low ISO settings?  I can't think of one camera in Canon's current lineup that produces bad images at low ISOs.

Rather often when lighting conditions are not superb and I shoot at 400 ISO I'm not overwhelmed with the image quality delivered by my 7D. Pictures often have quite high levels of noise and a murky look to them. Since I only shoot RAW I can fix most of these problems in DPP and PS but I would definitely love to get cleaner pictures with more vibrant colours.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Split? 5D X & 5D Mark III [CR1]
« on: February 12, 2012, 04:59:12 PM »
A typical RAW from 18MP is about... 25MB. 45MP is about 2.5x that, so let's say we're looking at average raws of 65MB on a 45MP sensor. So you need 2.5x the storage, not really significant given that cards, hard disks, and CPUs are getting faster all the time. We're still looking in the ball park of 250 shots per 16GB CF card. 32GB are commonly available and more affordable than ever.

Put another way, if you're too cheap to handle 45MP files, you probably can't afford the body in the first place either so there's no problem!

If storage were the only concern, you would probably be right. But if you want to post process your 45 MP pics you also need the processing power to get the job done within reasonable time. A lot of people would have to add a new computer to the shopping list… not to mention the new glass you probably would need as well.  :-[

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Split? 5D X & 5D Mark III [CR1]
« on: February 10, 2012, 08:11:16 AM »
this rumor is taken with a very large grain of salt...  :)

Man, these sure are thirsty times with all this salt…  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Split? 5D X & 5D Mark III [CR1]
« on: February 10, 2012, 03:34:36 AM »

I'd happily buy the 1Dx except I don't want to have to lug that portrait grip on my big overnight hikes, so essentially I'm after something smaller and just as rugged.

Things that are missing from this spec sheet is WEATHER SEALING.   I'd be p1ssed if the 5Dx gets all the shoot-all-day-in-the-rain weather sealing and the 5DIII doesn't. I hope Canon seal them both right up. I'd happily pay and extra $500 or more for decent weather sealing!

I'm with you on that one! The 5DIII version with decent weather sealing would be my winner!

EOS Bodies / Re: The 5D Mark III Megapixel Count? [CR2]
« on: January 20, 2012, 04:25:38 AM »
I'm happy with 21MP. I'd be happy with 18MP.  I can pano-stitch my landscapes in portrait-aspect chunks so long as there's little to no movement in the scene, and that gives many more MP.  For single frame grabs like events - then 18MP stuff is plenty. The only reason I'd want more MP is for simulating reach with the crop. Maybe I just buy a longer lens instead?

I would not mind a few MP more but as long as the image quality is better with 18-21 MP I happily chose quality over MP/resolution.

That's my MP rant. For AF - I'd be more than happy if they had the same # of AP points but did two things - made them all X-type, and spread them a fair bit wider. So Canon - if you gimp the AF one more time in the 5D range, I'm afraid I'm probably out.

As for weather sealing, the 5D2 should be made to withstand heavy rain. Landscape shooters / hikers don't need a big-ass portrait grip to add bulk and weight.  The 5D2 is a great size for hiking compared to the 1D line, so it should be sealed accordingly. How many out there have been burned by the poor sealing on the 5D2? I know quite a few.

As a landscape shooter who takes his photos mostly on hikes and in changing weather conditions I couldn't agree more! Give the cam a decent weather sealing (at least 7D style) that can withstand rain and snow.

If Canon can address these issues I'll buy two 5DIII. If there's more of the same, then well... the dark side awaits!

Yeah, if they manage to put a decent AF system in (again, 7D style would be OK with me) I would be in the market for this camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Information [CR1]
« on: January 19, 2012, 08:53:20 AM »
I would welcome GPS functionality but a crippled AF system would prevent me from buying such a camera. Regarding the eye controlled AF system of the EOS 3 and 7: does it work properly when the photographer wears glasses?

Landscape / Re: Winter Milky Way Time Lapse - (Canon 5D MK II)
« on: January 18, 2012, 02:44:56 PM »
Wow, well done! I love time lapse videos of the milky way and this one is particularly beautiful. Fantastic work Harley!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 13, 2012, 03:00:38 PM »

Female Blackbird captured with 7D and EF 70-200 f4 L IS at 200mm/f4/ISO 320

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 13, 2012, 02:15:24 PM »

The Dom (4545m), the highest mountain entirely in Switzerland. One of my favourites.

United States / Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
« on: December 18, 2011, 08:27:56 AM »
I own: none  :(

I wish I had:
  • EF 100mm F/2.8 L Macro IS USM
  • EF 180mm F/3.5L Macro USM

And if T/S lenses qualify as primes:
  • TS-E 17mm F/4.0L
  • TS-E 24mm F/3.5L II

Software & Accessories / Re: CMYK Improvements
« on: December 07, 2011, 08:01:55 AM »
One thing I like about blurb.com is their knowledge base: try http://www.blurb.com/resources/color_management for a rather good introduction.

Software & Accessories / Re: recommend me a backpack
« on: December 06, 2011, 02:36:36 AM »
The best and certainly most versatile photo backpacks I ever came across are those from the f-stop mountain series (http://fstopgear.com/). They are very well made but a bit pricy (although worth every penny IMHO). You can read detailed reviews on Dan Carr's blog: http://dancarrphotography.com/blog/2011/06/01/f-stop-bag-review-index/ If you want to have a more urban style pack check out their Millar series.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Information [CR1]
« on: December 02, 2011, 11:46:11 AM »
Yes, but attach a good ballhead to it and you've addednearly another 2 lbs. I have a nice gitzo as well, but the ballhead, L-bracket, light tripod combo adds up on climbs.

On the other hand, maybe we all need to excercise more and then a few extra lbs wouldn't be a problem.

That is what carbon fiber tripods are for. I spent what was necessary to get a Gitzo after my 8lb tripod was too much for multiday trips up 4,000 feet of vert. It's now down to 2lbs.

Man, I would love a baby 1DX. Put the 1DX sensor in the body of a 7D (same AF, same FPS, same size and build quality) for less than $4k and I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

So would I! I'd love to get a camera like that – especially as a landscape shooter who often is in the mountains. I would happily trade in some Megapixels for very good ISO performance (clean up to at least ISO 6400) because I quite often have to shoot handheld (sturdy tripods are wonderful when you don't have to carry them through the mountains) and under weather conditions where you don't want to set up your tripod first (wind, rain, snow). For the same reasons I would not want a body with lesser weather sealing than the 7D.

The weight is not my main concern here (I too have a carbon fibre tripod, but the ballhead adds considerably to it). For two reasons wind and weather are more of an issue as well as time: I often don't have the time to set up a tripod before shooting because I want/need to reach a summit/hut in time. And very often the places I want to shoot from are not very tripod friendly either. Therefore I shoot handheld and therefore I need higher shutter speeds and these depend on higher ISO settings…  ;)

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