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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

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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

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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

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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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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: canon 300f4L IS with keno 1.4x TC
« on: April 06, 2012, 10:33:35 AM »
I loaned mine to a friend who took it on a Safari. Called me from Africa to say the lens was broken and would not zoom.

... which proves that contrary to popular opinion, even L lenses (or metal bodies) are not indestructible and it's a good idea to have some kind of backup available if your safari relies on it - or you can take three Tamron lenses for the same price and weight of one Canon and have one overrun by your truck, the next one eaten by a lion and still go on shooting :-p
LOL i think tex was making a joke about his friend not understanding its a prime. lack of zoom etc ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Short tripod for close to ground shots
« on: April 06, 2012, 02:58:46 AM »
Beanbag.

A Gorillapod may well not be up to the job, depending on the body and lens in use (which it would help to know, of course).
i've used a gorillapod with 1D and 24-105 quite a bit
works well for ground shots
I wouldn't hang that combo on apole sideways though even though its the heavy duty version

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Anyone ever seen the videos on youtube where he wonders around B&H like a buffoon, claims that good sports photographers should not need super teles, delcares a EVIL camera has too many buttons and all other sorts of nonsense??

The guy's even more annoying in person. I didn't know that was possible.

I made it 2 mins into that vid and couldn't take it anymore

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EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone shooting film?
« on: April 06, 2012, 02:34:53 AM »
Another reason to slow down and make every shot great.
too true, in the end getting it right in camera is the fastest way to shoot. its so easy to overshoot with digital

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: 5Dmkiii top LCD malfunction
« on: April 06, 2012, 02:31:57 AM »
insert obligatory must be user error post here :P

I took mine back yesterday, just waiting for a replacement to come in now :(

Same exact problem I take it, ya Wombat?

Nah mine had all sorts of wierd AF issues, it just wasn't working properly, getting 00 errors on top etc
I think its likely there will be a few faulty units come out but generally it looks like the bulk seem to be going well
you looked like yours was going fine until this popped up out of no where. I love the camera just want one that works like my other cameras

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EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone shooting film?
« on: April 06, 2012, 02:29:23 AM »
For you folks who are shooting 35mm film, if you haven't..... you should really be getting into medium format! It's too awesome! 35mm feels too small, Shoot some 6x7 format stuff, oh my god. Amazing.

Here are a few favs from last year, the one black and white in the studio (head shot) is PanF+ ISO 50 film, and the other black and white (is actually a behind the scenes shot) is Tri-X 400.

The color ones are Fuji Pro 160s (Bench shot) and Kodak Portra VC 400 (roof top).
i nearly bought a mamiya a few weeks ago but it went for more than i wanted to pay in ebay :(



www.keh.com is the place to be!!! fair prices and pretty accurate gear assessments/ratings.

I have a 645 and a 6x7, I love both. Next up is a C330f (a 6x6 Mamiya, twin lens reflex camera).
do you do your own developing? In don't really have anywhere to setup a dark room, in the process of building a studio at home though and the labs charge sooo much to develop film

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EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone shooting film?
« on: April 06, 2012, 02:16:45 AM »
For you folks who are shooting 35mm film, if you haven't..... you should really be getting into medium format! It's too awesome! 35mm feels too small, Shoot some 6x7 format stuff, oh my god. Amazing.

Here are a few favs from last year, the one black and white in the studio (head shot) is PanF+ ISO 50 film, and the other black and white (is actually a behind the scenes shot) is Tri-X 400.

The color ones are Fuji Pro 160s (Bench shot) and Kodak Portra VC 400 (roof top).
i nearly bought a mamiya a few weeks ago but it went for more than i wanted to pay in ebay :(

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: 5Dmkiii top LCD malfunction
« on: April 06, 2012, 01:32:24 AM »
insert obligatory must be user error post here :P

I took mine back yesterday, just waiting for a replacement to come in now :(

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EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone shooting film?
« on: April 06, 2012, 01:30:17 AM »
i picked up a canon elan 7 for around $100 it can use all EF lenses has AF and can use the 580 flashes too
its quite cool to keep around usually loaded white some b&w

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Software & Accessories / Re: geotagging DSLR with iPhone
« on: April 05, 2012, 06:12:37 AM »
http://www.dslrbot.com/

this works well too

Does it send the info by IR so the photos are tagged in real time?  Do you know of any iPhone apps that could do this?

Does anyone know if you can connect your iPhone over bluetooth if you plug in a USB-bluetooth adapter into the WFT-4a?
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/542685-REG/Canon_2553B002_BU_30_Bluetooth_Adapter.html

http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Mini-Bluetooth-Laptop-Adapter/dp/B001E96JBK/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1333599137&sr=8-4
no you set the phone and camera time to the same it makes a log file which you use later to generate the geotagging in post

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mk III HDR samples.
« on: April 05, 2012, 06:09:27 AM »
HDR is often overused or used in situations where a single exposure is more than enough to cover the DR in the scene. 
most factual statement made by anyone this week ;)

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