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Site Information / Re: Disappointed and goodbye
« on: April 10, 2012, 01:14:01 AM »
(2) But, alas, folks like "wickedwombat" just prove my initial point.

sheesh ...its a funny vid c'mon hardly snarky.
Seriously mate you need to take yourself a tad less seriously have a laugh.

Maybe since the vid is aussie it doesn't translate that well

And if you went through most of my posts here you'll find i try to help out people as much as possible
I do like some fun though and I sincerely do appologise if I hurt your feelings no harm intended.

Lenses / Re: Canon 1.4x tele vs 1.4x II tele or Kenko
« on: April 10, 2012, 01:04:05 AM »
yeah me too I have been in email contact with kenko over this and they say they dont have a problem
someone else here reported their extension tube worked fine. It seems pretty hit and miss at the moment :(

I posted over 50 raw files comparing the 5Dmk2 and mk3 after micro adjust calibration on half a dozen lenses
personally I found the 5Dmk2 files marginally sharper however this was pixel peeping at 200%, overall those shots were pretty damn close with the mk3 files displaying lessmoire than the mk 2 files.
comparing out of camera jpg is useless IMO you have to compare raw files

pity after all that adjusting work my camera still could not focus properly, hopefully its replacement will :D

here is the link to those comparisons

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: anyone have a 5Dmk3 and a kenko TC?
« on: April 10, 2012, 12:06:42 AM »
My Kenko 1.4x telplus pro 300 GDX teleconverter does not work with Canon 5D MkIII.  Actually, the only lens that works with Kenko is Canon 70-200 f/2.8 MkII.  Everything else, even Canon 135 f/2 which works with Canon teleconverter, just causes the camera to freeze up after one shutter click, requiring battery swap to unfreeze. 

My Pro-Optic extension tubes do work with 5D MkIII.

its interesting your 70-200 II worked mine didn't none of my lenses worked. all generated the 00 error and locked up the camera. only removing the battery would clear it.

Lenses / Re: Canon 1.4x tele vs 1.4x II tele or Kenko
« on: April 09, 2012, 11:06:58 PM »
oh yeah heres a sample pic with the converter and further down tex posted some samples with the canon 1.4
both using the 300 f4L though.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark iii AF issues
« on: April 09, 2012, 10:39:36 PM »
See which lenses cause the issue. 
Activate the expansion points.  If it has difficulty finding focus, you will see the expansion points briefly flash as it calls on them for help.  Pg 72-73 of our manual. 
The camera will focus on the center point unless it can't find enough contrast, then the expansion points help out.
Some lenses are just plain erratic in focusing, even L lenses.

for mine the problem occured on all lenses, it is a good test to see if its hapening accross all your lenses and not just limited to one not playing nice

something I dont understand and perhaps people that know more can enlighten me

Why the DSLR form factor for a cinema camera? to me it doesnt seem liek its an ideal platform ergonomically and functionally. People flocked to the 5D2 for low budget cinema not because of the form factor but because it offered something unique that could not be had elesewhere.

This ship has well and truely sailed now with many companies jumping on board and canon no longer has the edge here, I fully understand that the range of lenses and cost relative to expensie cinema lenses are part of the canon appeal.

To me this sony looks more like its designed for cinema as are many competitor offerings and cameras like the C300 which offers EF mounts.

so why bother with a cinema dslr form? it would make more sense if it's target is videographers why not make it ergonomically suited to the target audience rather and some outdated hybrid.

Lenses / Re: Any Active Magic Lantern Users?
« on: April 09, 2012, 08:59:54 PM »
is the 5Dmk2 unified out properly yet?
last time i used it it was a few months ago and it was an unstable bomb so i removed it
my 5D2 firmware is still running 2.08 since i hadto downgrade firmware to get it to work
I was mostly interested in the still options bracketing and focus stacking
but it was so hit and miss and not reliable I just canned it

Lenses / Re: Lens advice please?...Would you rather have...
« on: April 09, 2012, 08:56:24 PM »
I have found the sigma 85 f1.4 can effectively replace the 70-200 entireely for  wedding use
I would look at that as an option too and save even more money
seriously have a look at it as an alternative to the canon 85 f1.2II
its 2.5 times cheaper
personally for a wedding I could comfortably shoot everything with 1 FF body 1APS-H body a 16-35f2.8L II and the sigma 85 f1.4 and a canon 50 f1.4
keep the 16-35 on the APS-H and the 85 on the FF swapping to the 50 on the FF for the reception where things get closer and dont have the reach.

I don't miss having the 200 at all, however I love the 70-200 for other times where having the focal range and still the f2.8 is killer so its a tough call I'd struggle to give up my 70-200 f2.8

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III or 1DX? Money no object.
« on: April 09, 2012, 07:58:00 PM »
If money was no object I'd get the IQ180



Personally between the 1Dx and 5d3 I chose 5D3 becasue I am trying to get away from Integrated battery grip cameras I dont need the added bulk.
the 5d size is just right for my uses.
you really need to look at what YOU need and base that decision on those reasons especially if money is no object, that may be true but if size is an object it eliminates 1 series bodies.

Site Information / Re: Disappointed and goodbye
« on: April 09, 2012, 07:45:00 PM »
I am amazed people let internet trolls hurt their feelings
I dont know how many people know of mark "chopper" read (notorious gangland killer)
but here is a funny parody of him that is appropriate for anyone with hurt feelings
Chopper - Harden Up Australia!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark iii AF issues
« on: April 09, 2012, 07:38:12 PM »
I've gone through and tried af fine tuning.  Tried turning it off.  Etc.  Here's my issue with my 5d Mark iii camera that I want so desperately to love.  Maybe I have a dud?  I dunno? I will put the camera on a tripod, point it at a brick wall and focus and shoot, and sometimes it will nail it, and sometimes it will be dreadfully soft.  I'm using the center point.  I've tried all different focusing modes, and I'm shooting a very contrasty (should be easy to focus on) brick wall.  Again, it's about 50/50.  Sometimes it nails it.  Other times it locks on very fast, which is great.  I take the shot, zoom in and see how ugly soft the image is. 

The reason I'm even doing these test is I've taken it on two engagement shoots so far.  And have seen this issue.  There will be times when it will lock SOLID on exactly what I'm trying to focus on, I'll take the shot and it's awfully soft.  Other times it was doing great.  So I was thinking it was user error until I set up these very controlled tests shooting at a brick wall.  I'm shooting with nice L lenses as well.  Any help?  What would you do?  Would you send it in?  Would you return and just get a new one?
Sounds exactly like the problem I had, I took it back and i'm waiting on a replacement
going back to using my 5dmk2 I NEVER ever thought I would say this but ah my nice reliable 5Dmk2 center point
just nails it every time.

Take it back see if you can get a new one. most people dont seem to have this problem (I think JR also had this problem on his too) but overall most people are reporting accurate focusing so I think is likely a bad unit

Lenses / Re: Why is Canon so slow updating (legacy) lenses?
« on: April 09, 2012, 07:10:31 PM »
i just wish they would hurry up and update the 50mm f1.4 already
I love the compact 50

Lenses / Re: Canon 1.4x tele vs 1.4x II tele or Kenko
« on: April 09, 2012, 07:08:28 PM »
the kenko teleplus DGX 1.4 is about equal quality to the canon mk3 tele converters
no weather sealing though. the benefit of the kenko is it will work on any EF lens
I used to love using it on my 28-300 with a 1D since it could AF at f8 it was super handy
also really good on the 100 f2.8L macro
My 5Dmk3 threw a fit when i tried to use the kenko on it but when I emailed kenko they said they had no problems on their test camera
I have now returned that body and waiting for a replacement the kenko stuff still works perfectly on my 5Dmk2s and 1D mk3

I also have the kenko AF chip extension tube set which is also great value and give full exif data and retain AF

Software & Accessories / Re: Benro A-550 EX BH-1 tripod recomendation
« on: April 08, 2012, 09:53:12 PM »
I have a benro CF travel angel I gave the BH-1 head to my parents for use on their rebel since I use a lot of heavy gear it's not strong enough for my needs i use a custom novoflex head setup however just what the head setup cost would probably pay for a 7D however I love the benro Cf legs and its great to be able to take one leg off and convert into a monopod.
I also use a benro GH-2 gimbal head which is really nice

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