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Now i'm really frustrated...especially after Rockwell said it only brewed decaf!!!

And the doesn't even taste any better than the 5DII's decaf! Why does Chuck Westfall hate coffee drinkers?  :'(

Dont even get me started on the lack of support for tea drinkers...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D2 vs 5D3 ISO100 around 50 test raws
« on: March 29, 2012, 10:05:25 PM »
Wicked, you musta thought i was a chump with my around the house testing of the focus lol. You really get into this! Do you do landscapes too?
I shoot weddings and sports so pretty demanding on the focus system. From what i am getting things are looking great and better than the 1dm3 even. I don't have work to back up my findings nor have i decided on a field trip to do so. Although i love all the info i can get my hands on, this type of technical doesn't inspire me. That's just me though.

As far as the white balance goes i do believe the 5d and 5dm2 both have warmer tones. I believe the 5dm3 to have more neutral tones which i prefer since if i want to add WB warmth i will but i dont want to have to take WB warmth away.
I wonder if you got a bad copy if you aren't finding things to be great, it sounds like you did some micro adjusting and yet still not happy? One thing about electronics, they can have bad parts and typically problems show up right away like for JR. I remember going to Norman Camera and we took out a new camera and turned it on and an error flashed the screen and it was un-usable, i'd feel bad for the person that waited to get home before testing it.

I shoot mainly weddings and studio, some landscape stuff and street for fun and occassionally wildlife
I'm thinking its less that I have a faulty unit and more just getting to grips with the new AF
when i got 5Dmk2s i had to completely change my shooting style and reconfigure my 1D3
so that they operated in a similar way so have been using center point only focus and recompose
my main use of AI servo is for the faster parts of weddings and walking models so nothing as fast paced as sports but i'm still playing with the settings.

One question i have been wondering about the AF modes are they like pictures styles where each is just a variation of the customisable sections that have sliders or are each seperate functioning items and the sliders are for tweaking each one. the manul isnt clear about this.

as for image quality I definately think the 5Dmk2 has the edge in low iso but the 5d3 is holding its own and definately pulls ahead the higher the iso climbs.

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well I dont like capuccinos so unless a firmware update comes out enabling Lattes then I'm going to change to
Nikon as I hear they can do lattes and mochas :P

nice thread BTW :D

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Lighting / Re: If you have a 5DIII and the Phottix Odins....
« on: March 29, 2012, 08:18:40 PM »
....could you please do a quick test for me? I'm about to order some Odins up, but maintaining high speed sync functionality is critical for my shooting needs. Some people have noticed that the PocketWizards will only sync up to 1/160 or 1/200. I'd like to know if the Odins can sync at 1/1000 shutter speeds or faster.

I'm definately giving this a go tonight when I get home, I'll let you know

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSLR handling tips
« on: March 29, 2012, 07:53:35 PM »
Hi,

I am getting 60D in couple of days and I wanted to ask if you could share some tips on DSLR handling for a beginner. Things, that I could start using right in the beginning, so I wouldn't learn doing something the long or inconvenient way, or even incorrectly.

For instance, i read in this forum about using AF button to focus, and then shutter only to take pictures (is this possible in 60D?).

Also, that I cant delete photos on camera - better to do that on the computer by formatting the card (is that right?).

Things that seems obvious to you, might not be so obvious to a new user, so if you have a particular way of doing something, which is faster or more convenient, please share it:)

Thanks!


I prefer back button focus I am pretty sure you can at very least assign the * button to this function on the 60D if it doesnt have the AF-On button

not deleting images on the card is an urban myth dont worry about it

for the pop up flash i got my parents one of these for their 600D it works brilliantly in doors
the orange and blue are rubbich but with the white one it makes the light sooo much better from the popup flash

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260971777053

for $1.80 cant go wrong really :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & Possible 1D X Issue With PocketWizards
« on: March 29, 2012, 07:41:30 PM »
I'm sorry, but I'm going to a bastard.

I am sooo happy right now... Stupid crappy PW's  ;D

I took my Phottix Odin out of the box, put in the supplied AA batteries, attached the INCLUDED cable to attach them to my Elinchrom's, switched my 1d4 to 1/8000s of a second; always trigger, always sync, no matter what. I've shot almost 3000 images with them total, with both Elinchrom's and 580 ex II's in ALL conditions and situations. Not ONE SINGLE misfire or no-trigger whatsoever.

And yes, I have tried the Odin with a pre-production 1d X and it syncs at all speeds. If one of the 5d3's pre-ordered from the store I work at doesn't get picked up tomorrow, I will try the Odin with the 5d3 at all speeds also. And if it works, I'll be back to gloat and be a douch badmouthing the useless Flex-system once again! ;D

Thank you and good night!
you're getting 1/8000 second out of elinchrom studio strobes?! I have got to try this

Yes I did! Elinchrom D-lite 4's, no fiddeling, just set the speed in M-mode and fired away.

sweet thats what I have too :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D2 vs 5D3 ISO100 around 50 test raws
« on: March 29, 2012, 07:17:15 PM »
I always use spot focus and dont have a problem with normal foucs.
just playing with the new system in AI servo probably getting about a 50 or 60%
hit rate at the moment
I would say with the 1Dmk3 its usually 90%
but like i say i'm playing around with the optionsa nd settings. there is alot to go through
its an epic AF system thats for sure, i'm wondering if 1 digic is enough for such a beast of a system

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & Possible 1D X Issue With PocketWizards
« on: March 29, 2012, 07:11:42 PM »
I'm sorry, but I'm going to a bastard.

I am sooo happy right now... Stupid crappy PW's  ;D

I took my Phottix Odin out of the box, put in the supplied AA batteries, attached the INCLUDED cable to attach them to my Elinchrom's, switched my 1d4 to 1/8000s of a second; always trigger, always sync, no matter what. I've shot almost 3000 images with them total, with both Elinchrom's and 580 ex II's in ALL conditions and situations. Not ONE SINGLE misfire or no-trigger whatsoever.

And yes, I have tried the Odin with a pre-production 1d X and it syncs at all speeds. If one of the 5d3's pre-ordered from the store I work at doesn't get picked up tomorrow, I will try the Odin with the 5d3 at all speeds also. And if it works, I'll be back to gloat and be a douch badmouthing the useless Flex-system once again! ;D

Thank you and good night!
you're getting 1/8000 second out of elinchrom studio strobes?! I have got to try this

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EOS Bodies / Re: Your Mark III and settings.
« on: March 29, 2012, 06:26:30 PM »
Are people having much better luck with burst rate with CF cards?  Which one?  Thanks.

BTW, I really miss 2 things on the 5D III.
1.  No way to assign flash exposure compensation to programmable buttons.  Strange since Rebel bodies lets you do this. 


I am using these SD cards
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/230748591036?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

and these compact flash

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Transcend-Compact-Flash-CF-Memory-Card-32GB-400X-UDMA-/270744164272?pt=AU_Electronics_Memory_Cards&hash=item3f099c17b0

burst rate is fine with either no problems so far

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EOS Bodies / Re: This web site is making me question why I lurk here
« on: March 29, 2012, 06:21:51 PM »
it changed radically in the near lead up to the 5Dmk3 announcement.

I think there were record numbers of new registrations, with many trolls and single posts whining and complaining about megapixels. People signing up to just tell us all how unhappy they were at canon and they were going to change to nikon (really like we care or can do anything about the camera release. People get a grip)

Removing karma has probably removed a deterent for people to unload on others.
I never felt karma limited my posting I knew certain posts would get smited like saying i didnt like the output of photomatix that was a goody! and criticising the image quality of the 7D as a couple of examples :P

I was sort of hoping after the releases things would calm down and people would just get over the megapixel thing and it would get back to normal around here, lots of helpfull people and I've learned a heap from this site and the very experienced and knowlegable people on here.

Thanks CR :D


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Lighting / Re: 580ex II or 600EX-RT
« on: March 29, 2012, 03:21:55 AM »
Doesn't the new 1dx and 5dm3 have built wireless to activate off-shoe 600ex-rts?  This would make the 600ex-rt a slightly better deal.
HaHa no. thats and expensive extra you have to buy i'm afraid

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Lenses / Re: Do you trust these online HK/china online stores?
« on: March 29, 2012, 02:52:45 AM »
Im still tempted by camera paradise's low, really low prices.
go ahead and order but make sure you are holding onto something when you see how much they are going to charge for shipping. I nearly put an order through but never went through with it due to absolutely silly shipping costs

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Makes perfect sense.  I agree that it's foolish to compare the D800 to the 5DIII, instead, let's do as you suggest and compare the 5DIII to the D3200...and the D800 to its real Canon counterpart...the Canon T4i/650D (which would win, of course, because it's 18 MP sensor will feature a significantly higher pixel density than the D800, as do the last three xxxD bodies).

Honestly, not sure if this is trolling or just silliness, but being the wee hours of the morning here on the East Coast of the US, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt...

lol i'm disapointed you didnt mention the nokia 41MP phone camera...

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Lenses / Re: Lens advice: which prime should I buy first?
« on: March 29, 2012, 01:48:47 AM »
I appreciate all of the advice. I've been a point and shoot for a long time but I genuinely love photography. I don't have money to burn per se, but my wife and I are making a commitment to get better at photography. We're signing up for a series of classes to get to know our camera and photo-editing software better. We will also accompany a pro-photographer friend this summer on a nature shoot to learn how to deal in the field.

As part of our summer trip, we will be in the market for a zoom lens to capture wildlife. We've also budgeted for a faster prime to walk around and have fun with. After thinking about how I've been using the camera so far, I may be leaning towards a wide angle lens as I have a lot more fun closer towards 24mm than 105mm. However, this isn't a huge rush and I think I'll take some more time to get a feel for the camera.

This photo was from 2003 (I think I was using a Canon point-and-shoot A75 at the time) - pic is of the port of Chania in Crete.


This was last summer using a Canon S95 - pic is of two redwoods in the Lady Bird Johnson Grove in California.



for wild life on a budget, seriously look at the 300 f4L IS its an older design with only a 2 stop IS but you can pick them up second hand for between $800 and $1000 (i got mine off ebay for $800) its a fantastic lens
another benefit of this lens is if you slap a 1.4 teleconverter on it you get 420mm at f5.6 and keep IS and the nice 1.5m MFD. unfortunately it looks like the brilliant kenko teleconvertes dont work on the 5D mk3 so the expensive canon ones might be the only ones that work

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Ummm short answer, No.

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