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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & Possible 1D X Issue With PocketWizards
« on: April 03, 2012, 06:57:43 PM »
I'm very happy to report that the 5d3 works at ALL speeds down to 1/8000s with the Phottix Odin straight out the box!

btw, AF does not suck it's VERYVERY good!!!! I'm a happy camper, just bought one today!

have you tried mixing speed ligths with studio strobes and the odins?
see if you can recreate the wired thing i got at 1/250 where the speedlight and studio strobe went out of sync with the studio light not showing up i the pic even though it fired

Lenses / Re: Fast AF for Weddings
« on: April 03, 2012, 05:01:32 AM »
Hey so I just got my Mkiii .. yay. I'm shooting a wedding in a month and I wanna put that AF System to the test, I usually shoot with my 24-70 + a 70-200 buuut for the indoor shots i was gonna use a prime.. i like the 1.2 85, but its slow so i was wondering..
whats the FASTEST AF Lens canon makes? (and im not talking the 300mm 2.8 L for 7k.. lol)

I bought the 50F1.2 to have the same DOF and image quality as the 85f1.2 but because it focussed faster i sold the 85 for the 50. I know there is something special about the 85 but the 50, wow man.

You are evil i've nearly pulled the trigger on the 1.2 a few times now because of you talking it up!;)
i've got the other 2, have you used the 1.4 how does the 1.2 compare vs the 1.4 in the AF stakes? since the 1.4 is no stand out performer there

EOS Bodies / Re: Are 5DIII users beta testers?
« on: April 03, 2012, 04:58:43 AM »
I dont think we are beta tester.  However it is possible that due to market pressure and Nikon timeline with the D800 that Canon may not have had time to test the mkiii as much as they would have for whatever reason.  Remember that last year some of their energy was away from product dev with all the natural disaster in Japan and Asia...

Either that or the new unit is so complex that it requires more user knowledeg to figure out all possible scenario to best use the camera...

I'd say both are pretty much equal factors. There were certainly a lot of pressures on camera manufacturers due to disasters, however Canon was not the sole victim there. I think the complexity of more advanced technology certainly plays a role. The 7D AF system, for example, is pretty awesome. I upgraded to a 7D from a 450D, and it has taken me a while to fully understand the capabilities of the 19pt AF system. Even understanding all of its capabilities, I personally am still not entirely able to fully realize those capabilities. Learning new technology, especially technology as advanced as a 61pt/41ct AF system with dynamic zones, auto-expanding points, AF-linked metering, etc. will take users time to understand and fully utilize.

I'd be pretty happy if using 1 centre point in spot focus would give me reliable results at the moment let alone all that space ship stuff

EOS Bodies / Re: Is the 5D Mark III Sharp??
« on: April 03, 2012, 03:13:00 AM »
There's no such thing as a sharp or soft DSLR.

Really?  Then why is Nikon selling both a D800 and a D800E?  Isn't one of those sharper than the other?  By extension, doesn't it stand to reason that the properties of the anti-aliasing filter determine the 'sharpness' of the dSLR, and that's one of the design decisions that a manufacturer makes? 

Canon has stated that the 5DIII offers improved video characteristics, in particular they mention a reduction in moiré.  I'd argue that the easiest way to reduce video moiré is to use a 'stronger' AA filter.  One of the trade-offs in doing so is reduced sharpness.

Worth noting is the person who took apart his 5DIII and removed the AA filter, in particular the statement, "It does seem like a particularly strong optical low pass filter on this camera... OLPF, AA, anti-aliasing filter, call it what you will – it seems Canon put too strong a one in the 5D Mark III! Yes it crushes moire but the trade off is less resolution not just in video mode, but also for stills."  You can see examples on the linked page.

funny you mention that!
I was painstakingly analysing my $50 note shots of 5D3 vs 5D2 again at 200% and you can distinctly see moire pop up in the 5D2 shots (which also happen to appear to be sharper than the 5D3 to me at this magnification)
the 5D3 shot dont seem to have the moire issue.
Although all this is observed at 200% magnification it really has a miniscule impact on the overall image.
Disclaimer : I dont go through puiles of pictures at 200% for fun, just trying to get to the bottom of my twightlight zone AF issues i'm having :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Really Right Stuff L-Plate 5D3
« on: April 03, 2012, 03:07:40 AM »
I preordered before i saw what it looked like  :'(

are these the same as a fully IR modified camera or somewhere in between?
you know the type for taking those cool mid day shots where all the trees and crass goes white

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Portraits with 5d3 and Sigma 85 F1.4
« on: April 03, 2012, 02:58:50 AM »
You know you're a nerd when you have a favorite f-stop.  8) ;D

haha yeah actually that would make a good t-shirt  :P

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Portraits with 5d3 and Sigma 85 F1.4
« on: April 03, 2012, 02:40:09 AM »
mmmmmy favourite lens I absolutely love it at f2
pity i cant seem to nail focus on my mk3 with it :(  :'(

EOS Bodies / Re: My first real shoot with the 5DIII
« on: April 03, 2012, 02:35:35 AM »
cool but how do you fix it without damaging the paint etc looking at my own car i can see too many places to fix it to, the rear is easy as i have a tow hitch, i guess i could take the number plate off the front and make a steel bracket that fits that, it would be pretty universal for all cars then but i'm not sure how i feel about hanging several thousand dollars worth of camera off those 2 little screw holes which arent real solid

i'm keen to have a play with this i have some really cool shoot ideas once i get a rig worked out and build it
any other info you are willing to offer up would be really appreciated ;)

Landscape / Re: Panoramas
« on: April 03, 2012, 02:27:06 AM »
harbin snow and ice festival 2010
unfortunately had to downsize it in order to upload

The 60DA came totally from the left field.  No hype, no precursory hints, just wham, here it is!  Then again, I suppose it's for a niche enough demographic that the general public won't care much about it.

I am rather curious when it said "Enhanced noise reduction on the EOS 60Da sensor offers photographers the ability to experiment with the wide array of ISO settings"... does that mean they tweaked the sensor so it has better sensitivity than a 60D or is that just the same old sensor with different IR glass/microlens filters and software?
yes this is an intersting development because if they have sorted out the low and high iso noise of that sensor it could be an interesting sign of things to come from other high density sensors

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: canon 300f4L IS with keno 1.4x TC
« on: April 03, 2012, 01:30:03 AM »
I'll have to post a picture I took last week of a Koala Bear with my 300mm F/4 with Canon 1.4x (5Dm2) to see how they compare.

i got some koala ones but the beast was asleep so not the most interesting subject i'll dig one out and post it up for a koala comparison :D

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: canon 300f4L IS with keno 1.4x TC
« on: April 03, 2012, 01:27:01 AM »
That's some spot on focus right there!  I could've tried that shot 20 times with my T1i and unless I got incredibly lucky, would never have walked away with a photo so sharp and clean.  Time for some new glass I guess (Ignoring my serious 5d mark iii lust)

Anyways just out of curiosity, was body was this on?  And were you using AI Servo? Great shot btw  ;D

hehe thanks, it was on a 5Dmk2 center point spot focus just single shot no servo action

Lenses / Re: Fast AF for Weddings
« on: April 02, 2012, 08:47:11 PM »
i got the sigma 85f1.4 for this purpose its AF speed blows the doors off the 85L

EOS Bodies / Re: Delivered 5Dmk3 Units Awesome vs Has problems
« on: April 02, 2012, 07:58:40 PM »
You have to figure 1/2 of the "duds" probably aren't actually duds.  Too many people have taken a handful of snapshots (of things like the lamp in their living room) looked at the pictures on the back of the screen, and then instead of experimenting they hop online and start a thread about how disappointed they are.  There are pages and pages of settings ,people just need to read the manual and use them before rushing to judgement.

it goes the other way too someone gets it takes a picture of a tennis ball on a lawn at f8 and declares that its categorically perfect

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