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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?

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.

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

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

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.

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?

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

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

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

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.

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

Lenses / Re: Tripod collar for 70-300L: Does it really exist?
« on: April 01, 2012, 10:59:18 PM »
IMO that lens is too small and ligth to warrant needing a tripod collar, I keep the collar off my 70-200 and 300 f4 all the time and just keep 1 collar in my bag in case i want to put either of those lenses on a tripod. I love that the same collar fits both. but mostly i use those lenses handheld.

Lenses / Re: Buy 60D with Pro Lenses or 5D with Kit Lens?
« on: April 01, 2012, 10:45:17 PM »
the 24-105 on a 5Dmk2 is a pretty damn good combo
while its a kit lens its still L grade and well worth the designation

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Owners - are you happy?
« on: April 01, 2012, 09:48:17 PM »

Has anyone noticed that the standard picture style seems to have changed from past Canon DSLR's like my 60d. Today I shot my son getting easter eggs and when he was at larger DOF's the grass seemed fine but when I grabbed him and the grass was starting to get blown out it was like neon green. Never seen that before. Anyone change or alter their default picture style?

i just turned off jpeg all together after day 1 and turned off all the other lens correction waffle in camera too
don't kill yourself analysing jpg files as it doesnt matter how good in camera processors get they will never match the power and flexability available to doing it in post. out of camera JPG is good for initial proof screening and thats it IMO. I found in camer aJPG mushy at best. So if you are looking at camera performance stick to looking at unedited raws

Software & Accessories / Re: geotagging DSLR with iPhone
« on: April 01, 2012, 08:50:12 PM »

this works well too

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