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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

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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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EOS Bodies / Re: Best 5d3 custom function AF point selection quick!
« on: April 02, 2012, 07:45:16 PM »
yep this is the best way to use it I have all mine setup like this

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is 5DIII softer than 5DII?
« on: April 02, 2012, 07:42:45 PM »
From the week I have had with the 5Dmk3 I can safely say I feel the sensor is fantastic. At narrow apertures and shooting with strobes the images are razor sharp.

open up that aperture and shoot ambient light on my copy and it all goes to hell. My copy definately has a nutty AF, i am glad many others are reporting joy with theirs so I'll see if I can get another copy and give it a whirl.

I'd rather have the 5Dmk2 AF over the AF on my copy of the 5Dmk3 (at least I can rely on the center point of on that camer!)

I'm a bit disapointed, taking it back today I hope I can get a replacement within a week sinc ei'm going overseas and would like to use the mk3
wicked, what lenses, apertures, focus points and shooting mode are you using? They all work together but they are very specific in application. Never use servo with big glass, use spot af primarily for static subjects, use spot af for most everything for things moving rapidly use focus with assist points. You prob know all that but i just dont get how you are experiencing this other than you need to micro adjust your lenses to the body or that you possibly have a bad copy, electronics aren't perfect, some get thru to the consumers even when tested in factory to be working properly. I hope you get things worked out because with what i have been getting in testing is excellent. I dont have any gigs at the moment so dont expect to see samples at this time. :)

I've stopped even bothering trying to work out servo now until I can get single shot AF sorted out,
Lenses tested are
16-35 f2.8 II
50mm f1.4
50mm f1.8II
sigma 85mm f1.4
100mm f2.8L IS Macro
24-105 f4L IS
70-200 f2.8L IS II
300 f4L IS

I have set it in spot focus only (I usually shoot in spot focus anyway) I failed miserably with AI servo but I blame myself for that and not knowing the AF but I've gone back to basics and even just trying to use it the way I use the 5Dmk2 with centerpoint and recompose.

I took it back to the shop yesterday but it started working, couldnt get it to misbehave for the guy in the shop :(
he said regardless they have a backlog of preorders to the end of may so no chance of exchanging it and him and none of the staff had even handled the camera yet. my mk3 was the first time he had put his hands on the camera and he was the assistant manager. He suggested I keep trying it out and seehow it goes.
I definately don't have enough confidence in this camera to use it in a wedding though, studio with flash and narrow aperture though no problem It's great but apertures wider than 2.8 Its just plain unreliable.

last night i sat down to go through all the micro adjust process again but just gave up in disgust after 2 lenses

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EOS Bodies / Re: My first real shoot with the 5DIII
« on: April 02, 2012, 07:29:34 PM »
awesome vid!,
that rig sure looks epic and expensive! what do they cost?
and what sort of rig do you use? something a little more in the realms of affordability for mortals?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are 5DIII users beta testers?
« on: April 02, 2012, 07:15:00 PM »
I certainly feel like a beta tester.

However I have been wondering if this new super complicated AF system is just proving too much for 1 Digic processor and will the 1Dx breeze through it with 2 of them and a dedicated one for metering?

I have to say though that shooting in a studio f8 to f11 iso 100 with studio strobes and using my 50mm f1.4 the 5Dmk3 produced simply stunning results. Its only wide open in ambient light where i'm getting very flakey focusing. obviously at these apertures a few mm front or back are never going to show up its only wide apertures critical focus where i feel let down by the camera.


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EOS Bodies / Re: My first real shoot with the 5DIII
« on: April 02, 2012, 05:08:40 AM »
As you know the 5d3 has the same 63zone metering system as the 7D. I have two 7D's and both nearly always needed +1 exp comp in both ambient and ttl flash, especially for portraits. I got used to it so It's not much of a problem for me know I have a 5dmk3 also.
I must admit it would be nice if the metering was a bit more accurate, however I like the sound of the spot metering idea then recomposing I might give that a whirl and see how I get on.
If not it's not a problem because I have an idea now that for a particular scene or subject I know I need to to start at +1 and go from there. Metering sysytems are never 100% accurate anyway because the camera doesn't know how you want the image to look!

Exactly. no metering system is going to be perfect until they invent a mind reading chip which is why i find spot meter on the part i want to be the control for my exposure works the best

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is the 5D Mark III Sharp??
« on: April 02, 2012, 02:20:54 AM »
If you shoot raw then the camera is neither sharp nor soft.

A lens can be soft if its focus alignment does not match up with the camera (see discussions on micro-focus adjust).

A JPEG can be soft if the conversion algorithm is not up to scratch.

That's it.

There's no such thing as a sharp or soft DSLR.
I would disagree about raw not being sharp
you can clearly see if its sharper or not when you open the raw file
the camera applys too much smudging to its jpg rendering IMO
And you dont think i have micro adjusted this thing to hell and back?
I even posted the raws up here

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is the 5D Mark III Sharp??
« on: April 02, 2012, 01:14:58 AM »
cool, I think you will be amazed at how much better the raw of that shot looks anyway ;)
do you have a fast aperture lens? a nifty fifty or know someone who does so you can try it out very wide open?
thats where i am finding mine goes all haywire at relatively narrow apertures its ok but go wide and everything goes to hell. and i'm not even pushing the lenses right down to f1.4 (which they preform perfectly at on all my other cameras) even stopped down to f2 or f2.8 they are miss focusing bigtime.

Believe me i'm not taking the camera back because of a few bad shots. I have spent a massive amount of time troubleshooting this and I am certain the problem lies in the AF on my copy (however it seems lots of people are getting good results, I just suggest you check it thoroughly while you are still in a window you can return it if you do find problems a $100 50mm f1.8 will show up any wide aperture focusing issues if they are there.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is the 5D Mark III Sharp??
« on: April 02, 2012, 12:55:41 AM »
is that the jpg out of camera or a converted RAW?

I think the 5Dmk2 set a pretty high bar to be honest but it looks like you AF is working properly
what AF settings were you using by the way?

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and I thought it was just sweep panoramas that were owning us...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Another "5D Mark III or used XX" topic!
« on: April 02, 2012, 12:05:13 AM »
I find that even 3200 is usable from the 1D3 with some NR from topaz denoise
generally i try and keep to 1600 but will bump it up if needed

Another APS-H user! Maybe we really are related :D

I'm going to keep my eye on the used 1DIV market once the 1Dx is finally released :)

I love my APS-H especially with the 16-35 II on it even wide open its lovely and sharp and gives about 20-48mm effective which is  a really nice range for walk around or for receptions events where you dont have alot of room.

and i'm also keeping close tabs on the used 1D4 market :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Another "5D Mark III or used XX" topic!
« on: April 01, 2012, 11:55:12 PM »
I find that even 3200 is usable from the 1D3 with some NR from topaz denoise
generally i try and keep to 1600 but will bump it up if needed

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using a tripod for a wedding? you are joking arent you?
maybe for a couple fo set shots max but 99.8% of the shooting is run and gun
hardly time to change lenses let alone setting up a tripod unless its planned wel in advance and co-ordinated as part of the rehearsal.

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EOS Bodies / Re: My first real shoot with the 5DIII
« on: April 01, 2012, 11:36:05 PM »
as alway I love your work!

as for metering i stopped using evaluative on the 5D2 and the 5D3
I always use spot metering and get a quick meter from the center of the frame of the part of the scene i want to use as my exposure control point and set my shutter speed in manual accordingly, I've stopped shooting in AV or Tv as I find this method is quicker than bothering with changing exposure compensation on the fly
just remember that unless using a 1D its only metering from the center not from your selected af point so on the 5Dmk3 check you exposure first on the center frame, then compose and shoot. I also use back button focus to seperate the focus action from the shutter button

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