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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

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

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

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...

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

Ummm short answer, No.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III & Lens Combination Issues?
« on: March 29, 2012, 12:45:32 AM »
i've noticed clunking from my 300 f4L IS... oh wait thats normal for that lens :P

But seriously when i was testing the 70-200 f2.8L IS II and 100 f2.8L IS Macro they seemed to behave themselves no issues to report int he funny noise department none of the other lenses i've tested so far have IS other than the 300f4L which we all know is noisey

Lenses / Re: What lens are you patiently waiting for?
« on: March 29, 2012, 12:03:21 AM »
I would like to have a refresh of the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6. Get rid of the push pull zoom and update the glass and I would be happy. I cant afford to get the new 200-400, beyond renting every time I want to use this focal length I'd like to own an affordable big zoom. Something under 3K. Is that doable or am I just better off buying the old 100-400

rumour came out a few months ago the new 100-400 f4-5.6L IS (notice f4)
wont be push pull and will be around $3000

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Prepping a High MP Killer?
« on: March 28, 2012, 11:40:45 PM »
I'm not sure what the image quality will be like though
I'm not a fan of the 18MP APS-C IQ and after 4 years
the 5Dmk3 shows no improvement at ISO 100 over the 5Dmk2
(obviously high iso has stepped up though)
You are right.

A high MP "killer" from Canon, won't kill anything, if they dont give it a brand new and highly improved sensor. Higher IQ, more detail and a 2 - 3 stop improvement in DR should do it! Canon really needs to start competing with Nikon's (Sony's) Exmore sensor.

they should just buy fuji and assimilate their stunning new sensors into the already stellar canon lens arsenal
I think if you extrapolate the X10 sensor to full frame you will get something like 192MP. And its a pretty good lil ol sensor already.
Its fine at 1600 ISO and useable with PP Noise reduction to 3200 ISO also ISO100 is clean and sharp

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Prepping a High MP Killer?
« on: March 28, 2012, 10:42:41 PM »
I'm not sure what the image quality will be like though
I'm not a fan of the 18MP APS-C IQ and after 4 years
the 5Dmk3 shows no improvement at ISO 100 over the 5Dmk2
(obviously high iso has stepped up though)

maybe if they have gotten control of the noise issues with the 18 MP APS-C both low and high ISO
and managed to sharpen it up a bit. Then 47MP might have some potential
but with no earth shattering kaboom improvements in IQ from 21MP to 22MP its hard to see them pulling it off


EOS Bodies / Re: Is DxOMark Delaying publishing the 5DMkIII Results?
« on: March 28, 2012, 10:36:41 PM »
I got mine on the 21st it was a nice suprise getting the call they were in early at leederville

Lenses / Re: Portrait/Medium Tele Lens
« on: March 28, 2012, 10:28:05 PM »
the 100 f2.8L macro is fantastic and really good value for money great IS on it too
also look at the sigma 85 f1.4

both are similar prices

EOS Bodies / Re: AF / AI Servo tips from 7D users
« on: March 28, 2012, 10:25:37 PM »
I use back button focus,
The AF-ON button is what you are referring to for back button focus. On my 40D I had the ability to change the behaviour of the shutter button/AF-ON button via the 'Shutter Button/AF-ON' Custom Function IV.

the options are explained here:

I am trying to find the same menu on my 5D3 and cannot.

Do any of you know where I can find it? Does it still exist? I like to be able, at times, to meter with the shutter button and focus with the AF-ON.

C. Fn 2, Custom Controls, set the first option (shutter button) to either "Metering Start" or "AE Lock".

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Finally Ready? [CR2]
« on: March 28, 2012, 10:11:06 PM »
I'm going to make sure i'm lying down when i see the price they retail for here in australia

I ordered this camera thinking of getting better iso performance and cleaner images but I am not sure now if the money is worth it since I own a Canon 60d and there seems to be a cheaper FF coming later this year. Finally there seems to be a lot of people stating that the 5d2 is just as good and there are not many improvements but I would never buy the 5d2 for just the metering and focus alone. One cannot live on center focus alone with two little ones running around. Someone please help comfort me or suggest I return it before I open it and get hooked in features that may not give me the financial results I am looking for. I know a pro will make it up but an enthusiast will only make it up by joy in his work. I enjoy photography and look forward to this but is it worth paying payments for the next 12 months for the iso and other gains from the 60d? I would also have to live with the kit lens for at least a year. The only good news is I got it for $4,199 out the door but its still expensive.
You have a 60d right, well depending on how much you use it you may not see the benefit of one oer the other but the 5dm3 is a world away from the 5dm1 i own and the 5dmII is only a sensor and a digic processor upgrade. This camera makes me dream of owning several 5dm3's, if i had the money i would lol. Seriously it is amazing. Ok i tested all but my fisheye lens on both the 5d mark 1 and the 5dmark 3 and while the 5d mark1 handles my 24-70 and the 70-200 II decently with focus only the 5dm3 makes my 50 F1.2 mind blowingly accurate at f1.2. It must be the refinement of the 5dm3 that just takes the most difficult and most powerful lenses and tames them to be the most rewarding lenses.
In a word, awesome! Feel better? :D I do!
bosman any chance of posting some raws with the 1.2?
also are you using any focus point or only the center?
you did AFMA yours strait away didnt you? or was it nailing it strait out of the box?

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