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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

Lighting / Re: 580ex II or 600EX-RT
« on: April 01, 2012, 08:45:33 PM »
since the yongnuo 565 dont have high speed sync but have ettl and the odins let you shoot right out to 1/8000 anyway it makes it such a cheap setup
Wombat... One of the features that intrigues me about the Odins is the ability to mix ETTL and non ETTL groups. So, say you want to expose a subject properly and use and adjust ratios for that, but say you want to use another group to blow out a background. You can use two or three Canons to set up the light on the subject but use a couple of cheapies set to full manual to blow out the wall. If you just need a little added extra simple lighting, you can use a $70 dumb flash in conjunction with the rest of your setup. Brilliant.
exactly! just grab a pile of cheap yongnuo flashes for dumb lighting still need odin recievers at $200 a pop though but you can get 3 flashes and recievers for what a 600 costs...

Lenses / Re: Patent: A new 16-35 f/2.8 or Faster Concept?
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:45:16 PM »
I think i would run around like a school girl at a justin beiber concert screaming if they released a constant aperture f2.0 16-35

I would like to see that!


If they make the lens i'll video the reaction and post it on youtube :P

Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: 600mm FD f4.5
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:36:47 PM »
Hand held a 600mm lens without IS?  Ridiculous, and that's not even taking into account that it must have weighed a ton holding that thing. Must have some pretty big guns lol (not talking about lenses)  ;)

its MF only too ;)

the technique I use was set the lens to minimum focus distance, held the lens and camera lookign through the viewfinder, advance slowly then when the image came into focus drop onto one knee kind of in a kneeling rifle shooting position and snapped of a short burst, (only 3 shots, 2 of which were sharp.

definately  not a lens that you can handhold often or for too long since the lens is 4.5kg and the 1D is 1.3kg its quite a beefy combo, much more comfy on a gimbal

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: canon 300f4L IS with keno 1.4x TC
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:32:28 PM »
this guy didn't want his picture taken

Since we're beyond karma and "my gear is better" I hope we can discuss this in cool blood :-) ... so: For this image size, I think the sharpness of the best zone (the hairs) is like than my 70-300L = 480mm without tc. But it's hard to say due to motion blur because 1/500s is the absolute minimum for 420mm, I try to have at least 1/1000 for shots of this kind - for this reason and if I'd have shot this one I'd have scrapped it for bad iq.

Which makes me want to point out again: A very good or even the best tc at lest at decent iso seems to be an aps-c sensor, and even if I ever upgrade to ff I'm likely to keep my crop camera for tele shots.

yeah i hear ya but to clarify a bit
its a crop, not resized.
I didnt scrap it because its still a funny shot
I was shooting mainly with the 600 on a gimbal and the 1D
i just had the 5D2 and the 300+tc on a strap at my side to grab periferal stuff like this
i should have had a higher shutter speed you are absolutely correct

I wish they would release a new version of this lens with the new hybrid 4 stop IS
you can notice the older IS is quite slow and clunky
it's compact size and weight make it awesome and I love the built in lens hood.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MKIII vs 1Ds MKIII
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:23:54 PM »
great shots mate!

I really like the second one, was this set up or a candid street shot?
also the BMW shot looks like a sale brochure promo

nice work :D

but to answer your question
wait a while and keep th money in your pocket until the issues get sorted out
1Ds3 prices are only going to go down
and better off seeing how these 5Dmk3 issues shake out

you can clearly produce great work with what you have so just chill out
grab some pop corn and see how it all shakes out over the next few weeks

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & Possible 1D X Issue With PocketWizards
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:19:24 PM »
Just an update on the odins
I discovered a couple o quirks on the weekend

1) shooting with mixed flashes (ie elinchrom strobes and 580s) with the shutter speed near x-sync (ie 1/250)
all flashes fire but the shot is only lit by the 580s the timing goes a little out
at high shutter speeds its all good still. not really an issue just drop the shutter back down to 1/200 and everything is all happy again

2) sometimes it would not let me go over 1/200th sec which is strange. i need to play a bit more but maybe you have to have HSS enabled on the odin for it to

I did most of the shoots with 1/200th sec using mixed light setups everything worked perfectly even with 580s hidden well out of view. I just played around with shutter speeds to see how it was going. very impressive little wireless beasts these odins :D

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Owners - are you happy?
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:10:07 PM »
I had ticked it's ok
but now i'm revising that to the "Its going back category"

How come? Curious as to your reasons as I'm still debating...

The AF is all out of whack I have extensively tested and claibrated to all my lense (I even posted all the raws up here) and the images were so close to the 5Dmk2 after calibration i was happy. however taking it out and shooting at wider apertures it probably give 95% OOF shots. it was soft out of the box so I began testing checking and calibrating. I have never in my life spent so much time trying to get a camera to work. my others were great from day 1 and only needed the most modest of AFMA tweeks to really make them bang on.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is 5DIII softer than 5DII?
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:06:17 PM »
From the week I have had with the 5Dmk3 I can safely say I feel the sensor is fantastic. At narrow apertures and shooting with strobes the images are razor sharp.

open up that aperture and shoot ambient light on my copy and it all goes to hell. My copy definately has a nutty AF, i am glad many others are reporting joy with theirs so I'll see if I can get another copy and give it a whirl.

I'd rather have the 5Dmk2 AF over the AF on my copy of the 5Dmk3 (at least I can rely on the center point of on that camer!)

I'm a bit disapointed, taking it back today I hope I can get a replacement within a week sinc ei'm going overseas and would like to use the mk3

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