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EOS Bodies / Re: Should I buy a 5D3 or 1D4?
« on: April 12, 2012, 01:24:53 AM »
Holy Hell. I've been out shooting with the 5D3 and I just have to say that the IQ rocks. I think I love everything about this camera except the reach. Personally, I think it knees the 1D4 in the groin. Now, if they could just give me this level of IQ with a 1.6 crop, I would be a happy man, though I think it'll probably be about until the 7D Mark III until we get there.

I'm gonna take a wild guess and say your AF must be working well then? ;)

good to hear I hope my replacement is like yours

EOS Bodies / Re: I still don't get the crop debate
« on: April 12, 2012, 01:09:21 AM »
I think it's more been that they've been limited by processing power, since processing only cares about total MP count and not density, than not wanting high MP on FF, I think. 18MP on APS-C or FF requires the same processing power. But 48MP on FF takes a LOT more processing power than 18MP on APS-C (48MP is 18MP APS-C density scaled to FF).

nuther related note, I think processing requirements go up somewhat if people also select in-camera hi-iso NR. Sure can slow down the shooting speed if I accidentally turn that on... clogs the buffer faster anyway.  I reduce in-camera overhead with all processing off, raw only, no jpgs either... unless I need really long bursts at full speed then raw gets turned off and jpg compression to minimum.

if sensor density goes up, not only does the size of the data array increase but the required noise reduction processing going on, even for the raw files, will add a bit more overhead compared to a larger pixeled (lower noise) sensor.  Yet another reason to wish for less sensor noise at all sensitivities.

couldn't agree more, I have absolutely no interest in any in camera processing It would be nice to have 1 option
- Disable all in camera processing so you dont have to individually hunt down and turn off all the rubbish thats on by default.
- all this in camera lens correction blah blah blah just slows it all down more and produces substandard results

an in camera processor is never going to have a hope of competing against proper desktop editing and thats just from a pure processing power available standpoint.
I could be wrong but i'm fairly sure in camera processor are still essentially running on old DOS system architecture.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why so long on the DXOMark and DPReviews?
« on: April 12, 2012, 12:26:15 AM »
If I already have *MY* grubby little hands on a 5d3, why doesn't a website like DXO have one yet?! Weird.
Nikon didn't send them one :D

Lenses / Re: Best Weather Sealed Wide Angle?
« on: April 11, 2012, 11:52:16 PM »
16-35 f2.8L II
needs a filter on though

I've have used it in rain with a 1D no problems
and in a dust storm too
non extending is essential to being good at being weather sealed IMO

i find the technically weather sealed lenses that extend to be not so good in this regard
especially in regards to fine dust more so than to rain

EOS Bodies / Re: I still don't get the crop debate
« on: April 11, 2012, 11:46:48 PM »
The ff guys talk about IQ
The crop guys talk about reach
The APS-H guys get it in the neck from both  ;D ;D ;D ;D

I like me a good APS-H body! I hope the used 1D4 market takes a dump once the 1Dx comes out. Too bad Canon got rid of the 1.3:1 sensor. It really is a great compromise between the APS-C and FF extremes.

I'm on the APS-H wagon too... we must be masichists :P

personally I think a good crop complements a FF very nicely
I just have not been overly thrilled with the 7D sensor when i looked at getting one I decided i'd rather stay with the APS-H.
I am waiting with interest to see what they decide to do with the 7DII if it eventuates or if they kill it off


All four lens that don't work exhibit the same behavior - it just locks up the camera after one shutter actuation.  It never actually takes the picture.

Yes, that's exactly what happens to my 5D III.  I replied to Kenko with list of lenses that did not work, and I just got their reply, which is not encouraging since it does not seem like they even want to look into it any further despite multiple user reports.  So far I have not seen 5D III owners who report that ALL their Canon lenses work with Kenko, yet Kenko reports their 5D III body copy works with all the lenses.  Hmm, is it possible that Kenko's Japan version of 5D III is fine but U.S. version isn't?

"Dear Sir,
Thank you very much for your reply.
We have checked all lenses you mentioned with Canon 5D Mark 3 and Teleplus PRO300 DGX 1.4x Canon.
And we haven't any problems in these combinations.
Canon 135 f/2L
Canon 85 f/1.2L II
Canon 100 f/2.8 L
Canon 35 f/1.4 L

Yours sincerely,
Kenko International Division"

Mines an australia version well was... I sent it back

sounds like you should consider doing the same mate
how are you finding the AF focus accuracy of your copy BTW?

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d mark iii availability?
« on: April 11, 2012, 11:27:43 PM »
I just hope my replacement is a good one  :-\

Lenses / Re: Any word on the Canon prime's with IS?
« on: April 11, 2012, 10:22:22 PM »
more to the point any news on finding people that are actually going to buy them?

I may be tempted to get on of them for video...not sure yet.  WOuld have to try it and see some reviews, but I do a lot of family video with my 24mm.   I like primes but if it was IS on top of it, I would look into it.  Though I have other lenses on my hit list first, like the new 24-70 II.

this is my point, its a LOT of money for a slow prime with IS which goes a large way to paying for a good chunk of the upcoming 24-70 which from the charts looks to be a screamer. I guess it depends on how important the IS is. Even if they had made these primes f2 they would have had a whole lot more appeal but 2.8? hardley gets the blood pumping

Lenses / Re: Sports lens: 300 f/4 or 100-400, or other?
« on: April 11, 2012, 10:12:23 PM »
I have the 300 f4L i got it on ebay for $800 used got a kenko 1.4 TC for under $200
you get 300mm 1 full stop faster than you can with the 100-400 and you get 420 with IS at 5.6
its a great lens, very comfortable to use, far more so than the 100-400, lighter has the built in lens hood
and for some wierd reason people always seem to sell them off used much cheaper than the new price
the IS does make loud clunking noises but it works and image quality is great

I also feel that the 300f4L is faster focusing than the 100-400 propably due to the f4 focus points being more responsive than the f5.6. this is probably something that is important for sport (I dont shoot sport though)

here is a sample of mine with the kenko TC and tex posted some with the canon TC

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d mark iii availability?
« on: April 11, 2012, 10:06:48 PM »
does anyone have any news if canon are looking into the varied problems with certain bodies that have been coming out? i wonder if sworting these issues out could temporarily make supply limited. It makes little sense to keep sending out faulty units only to end up having to replace them

I'm seriously considering selling my 2 580EX II and my 430EX II so it'll be a little easier to afford 3 600EX-RT and a ST-E3-RT.
consider just getting the phottix odins
I find these are sooooo awesome
you can use any flash at full power at up to 1/8000 sec
mix and match speedlights with studio strobes
again you can use studio strobes at up to 1/8000 sec
over all you can do things with these babies you simply cannot do with anything else

Lenses / Re: Any word on the Canon prime's with IS?
« on: April 11, 2012, 08:36:12 PM »
more to the point any news on finding people that are actually going to buy them?

the 3 main lenses I care about it working with are

300 f4L
70-200 f2.8
100 f2.8L Macro

I did buy a canon 2x TC so on the 100 f2.8L i can always use that with a 12mm extension tube however my extensiontubes are kenko too.

It would seem that this camera locking up issue is boddy specific though and not common accross all copies
which is a good sign

Canon General / Re: What happens to all those returned 5D mkiiis ?
« on: April 11, 2012, 08:16:21 PM »
fixed and resold as refurb units

Software & Accessories / Re: Polarizing filter in wedding photography
« on: April 11, 2012, 07:31:13 PM »
several benefits of using a polariser

subjects are wearing glasses - polariser kills the reflections or glare off the glass
subject has oilly skin or you are getting bad reflections off their makeup - the flattening effect of the polariser works to your advantage here
shooting straight into the sun - even using fill flash the polariser will give the sky back some of the colour back from the drain caused by the massive dynamic range

it's pretty hard to set a hard and fast rule for polarisers as they can have all sorts of effects you definately cant just whack it on for a whole shoot as it will do some crazy stuff. but for certain situations it can really help

BTW I love your work nightbreath

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