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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

Software & Accessories / Re: FoCal Pro Beta for 5D MK III AFMA
« on: April 11, 2012, 07:24:54 PM »
i dont think it can come off beta until we get some proper raw converters either
so a question for those that have focal, is it worth it?
do you get significant time saving benefits when calibrating a boatload of lenses?
is the accuracy significantly better than other methods?

EOS Bodies / Re: any more word on the 5d3+24-70 II Pro Kit?
« on: April 11, 2012, 07:18:39 PM »
The kit exists

I will probably get it when i go for a mk3 body for my wife after i get a working copy to make sure its good
but i want to test that lens against the 3 fast primes in the range it covers first too before i shell out that much money on it

also keep in mid these are australian prices and this is probably the cheapest we have any real hope of seeing this kit available for on this continent

here is the last email from Kenko support (very quick to respond I might add)
I also note that using the sigma and kenko works perfectly on the 1Dmk3 and 5Dmk2 (although i dont use it as a regular combo i have just tested it out the 3 lenses i mainly use a TC on are the 100 macro, the 70-200 and the 300. but i have verified that the kenko TC works on every lens i've ever owned on every body except the 5Dmk3 I had.

"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 lens:
300 f4L IS
70-200 f2.8L IS II
100 f2.8L IS Macro
50mm f1.4
For 85mm Sigma f1.4, we didn't check with because Kenko Teleplus series support only Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax and Tokina lens.
If you use Kenko Teleplus with other lenses, it might cause camera body, Kenko Teleplus or lenses to malfunction.

Yours sincerely,
Kenko International Division"

you could also try ebay... probably pick up something for $2
I know straps can be had for around $10

Quote from: Ken "I'm awesome" Rockwell
After shooting another day with my 5D Mark III, I am so digging it. Its magic in-camera lens correction is letting me shoot fly-weight plastic Canon lenses, like my weightless and ergonomically superior 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5, getting great results, and lightening my load, all at the same time.

You know, right before the release of the 5D mkIII I said to myself, "I really hope Ken tests and reviews this $3500 camera with sh*tty lenses".

I really hope he tests the 1Dx with the ef 75-300.
i have a 28-90 I can lend him if he cant afford one for the review

Ken Rockwell doesn't do post processing. He gets it right in the camera, or so he claims.
translation = Hasn't figured out how to change from jpg to RAW yet

still waiting for @lex's next letter letting him in on that little gem ;)

It goes on a monopod head and tilts left or right, works like a champ for either orientation. No need for a big L bracket for me.

Most tripod/monopod heads can drop to a 90-degree orientation, with a full tilt feature like the head you link, or a drop-notch on a ballhead.  The issue is that when in portrait orientation, the center of mass is not directly over the axis of support, meaning you're fighting gravity which can lead to instability (and with a monopod, fatigue since you're supporting more of the weight).  The 'big L bracket' has the advantage of keeping the mass centered.

also if you use a gigapan like i do and want to shoot a panorama in portrait you need the mount on the side
RRS also do an aweseome replacement center plate for the gigapan epic pro if anyone else uses one .

Same deal for a gimbal if you want it in portrait L brackets are handy

I also dont use a normal ball head so dont have the 90 degree slot I use a novoflex magic ball it can go 90 degrees but is more solid stright up especially with heavy lenses

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS C100 & C500 Coming? [CR1]
« on: April 10, 2012, 08:39:22 PM »
I only do video, and I DON'T want the traditional Camcorder / Video style body. Those are super dated and horrible to use compared to the DSLR form factor which is GREAT.

Think of it this way, would you want to shoot stills with a lunch box style body? NO. Video and photo are no different in how you hold the camera. The DSLR form factor allows you to hand hold a camera nicely. The Lunch Box / Camcorder format requires a rig at all times. SUCKS and is super dated.

That is why the C-300 has a more DSLR form factor, because it's where everything is going.

ah ok thats what i was trying to figure out, I dont do video but to me the DSLR seem a bit clunkt hence why all these aftermarket steady cam rigs etc have been invented to hold the camera and use it in a more video style

though I wasnt refering the the handy cam / camcorder style i was more refering the the layout on proper cinema cameras

My RAWs clearly show the 5Dmk2 edges the mk3 out in sharpness at iso 100

i havent posted high ISO ones however from my observations the "quality" of the noise on the mk3 is significantly better than the mk2 allowing you to imporve it significantly using good NR software
for this reason 12800 is useable and even 25600 can be cleaned up sufficently in post to achieve decent results
or leave the more grain like noise in the image for that more vintage feel.

I have no doubt at high iso the 5Dmk3 is great

Again I have no interest in jpg files out of the camera as they give a false representation of the facts
RAW comparisons are the only true indication but until final raw processing software is available its too hard to make definative calls on which is better.

EOS Bodies / Re: How about an app store for EOS cameras?
« on: April 10, 2012, 08:14:58 PM »
THe beauty of the app store not being in house is it allows the inovation of many more people that the host company dont have access too ordinarily. So if canon were in overall control but allowed people to submit their mods for review and implementation it would spawn a much more rapid inovation curve than we currently see out of designs. Unfortunately I cant see it being cheap :(

I would like to buy additional 1D features to add into my 5Dmk2 and 5Dmk3 though

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS C100 & C500 Coming? [CR1]
« on: April 10, 2012, 08:11:01 PM »
makes more sense to me I'm guessing the C500 is cheaper than the C300
I still dont really get the purpose of the cinema DSLR, producing these EF mount dedicated video cameras
designed to suit video ergonomically makes alot more sense, sure have vid on still cameras for when its needed but surely video dedicated guys must prefer to use something with a form factor designed more around their needs?

bummer sorry to hear it

check your home insurance contract quite often there are certain $ limits that can be used for miscelaneous items like the repairs for this you might be able to claim something

good luck

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