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Lighting / Re: 580ex II or 600EX-RT
« on: March 27, 2012, 02:15:33 AM »
i have 4 580 exii and dont have any problems with them
i have heard they have an issue with the pocket wizard or the hotshoe becoming loose or something? i cant remember exactly, i know there's a DYI fix for that but i am not particularly handy with fixing/altering electronics, especially expensive ones

I use odins
2 odin transmitters and 4 recievers
piles of eneloops
4 yongnuo external battery packs (these are brilliant for $40 /each hold 8 extra batteries and your flashes go all day with faster recycle times)
580 ex ii are only $450 from digital rev

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Lighting / Re: 580ex II or 600EX-RT
« on: March 27, 2012, 02:08:50 AM »
does anyone here own/used the 600ex speedlite yet? i know obviously if you live in the US its not out yet. however its currentlyu available in my country for almost $800. that is such a rip off IMO. i have considered buying the 580EXii but have heard numerous bad things about it.

i dont own a speedlite so my knowledge is pretty limited in this area

i have 4 580 exii and dont have any problems with them

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III focus accuracy with fast primes wide open
« on: March 27, 2012, 12:37:39 AM »
Thanks guys, yeah i'm not getting anything remotely that sharp :'(

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 lens
« on: March 27, 2012, 12:18:58 AM »
if you buy a sigma buy it from a bricks and mortar store you can take it back to and let them send it in to have it recalibrated if it needs it, i love my 85mm now it's all sorted out

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EOS Bodies / Re: Women will hate D800 *full size image*
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:32:12 PM »
Seems to me to have been over sharpened

That, or the detail is simply overpowering. Probably a combination of both rendering a disgusting photo of a beautiful woman.

A few more pictures like that showing the D800 capabilities and the 5DIII will be the best seller :)

May be that will be 5D3's marketing line: we render soft images, so your models' faces will appear silky smooth!

yeah i think mine came with portrait professional built in... :( :'(

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EOS Bodies / Re: Women will hate D800 *full size image*
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:10:58 PM »
Look at her lower lips area at 100%  :o  :'( This camera is not meant for taking portraits of women.  :-X

http://www.bezergheanu.com/Other/Test-Nikon-D800/i-BN6QTnD/0/O/LAN1776.jpg

ROFL that is sharp!

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EOS Bodies / Re: A thought about 5dMK3 "softness"
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:04:09 PM »
An interesting development tonight.  I have been working at +6 all day on  my 50 1.2 and been pretty happy, thought I might see a bit of front focus this evening, set back to 0 and everything is totally spot on.  Will check tomorrow once the sun comes up if it is the lighting or if it just needed a bit of working in as the lens and body are brand new (makes no sense, I know).
yes its wierd but this is my feeling that the AF is all over the place i had some lenses at -15 to plus 10 and back to 0
on my other cameras i performa astandard MF adjust once and thats it its bang on all the time

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III focus accuracy with fast primes wide open
« on: March 26, 2012, 10:59:08 PM »
I've been rocking a 5DC since launch, and have never been happy about having to manually focus on anything outside of the center cross AF point with pretty much any of my fast primes wide open (e.g. 50L, 85L II, 135L). 

The high precision, MF screen helps and is a life saver, but it's become a crutch as I've come rely on that to validate all focussing.  That said, the new 5D III does not have user replaceable screens allowing for proper DOF previews for lenses faster than 2.8

For folks shooting primarily fast primes with their 5D III, how are you coping with this?  Is the AF capable enough so that focus points on the edges are accurate down to f1.2?

Focus and recompose is not an option for me.  The focal plane is in the millimeters at f1.2 for tighter portraits

I FEEL YOUR PAIN!

My 5Dc with the EG-S Screen is my Bread and Butter Portrait money maker!!! The New 5D3 doesnt have changeable focus screen's! I may just get a 5D2 because of that reason.

I Love my primes and wouldn't change it for just a new body.

the 5Dmk3 viewfinder standard is WAY better than the 5Dmk2 with an EG-S screen for MF it really is super big and bright with fast glass on it

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http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Benro-C-2691TB1-Carbon-Fiber-Travel-Angel-Tripod-B-1-/330538387722?pt=AU_TripodsMonopods&hash=item4cf59f890a

a good carbon fibre tripod is the way to go for your uses, this one will be fine for the uses you describe, I definately would not trust the expensive gear on a 10 buck cheapy

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EOS Bodies / Re: Those not getting sharp images from the 5D III...
« on: March 26, 2012, 10:11:18 PM »
Looks great. What lens are you using?
exif data says 16-35 f2.8 II

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III focus accuracy with fast primes wide open
« on: March 26, 2012, 10:07:07 PM »
My 24L mk2, 35L, 85 1.8, and 200/2 are all spot on, my 50 1.2L is performing well too, albeit not quite as well as my other primes, but the 50 1.2L is never perfect.  I'm coming from a 50D to add some perspective.

*shooting all wide open of course.

any chance of posting some samples? raws if possible too

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EOS Bodies / Re: Those not getting sharp images from the 5D III...
« on: March 26, 2012, 10:03:12 PM »
Hot damn, that's tack sharp. Maybe there's hope I'll get a good copy :)

yep and if i open it in acr 6.7 its sharp, i'll try this calibration method tonight and if i get no joy still then I'll take mine back,

these shots are COMPLETELY different to what i'm getting regardless of changing the manual AF adjust on my lenses. I'm still amazed that jpg came out of camera. not at all like the mush i'm getting.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Those not getting sharp images from the 5D III...
« on: March 26, 2012, 09:41:51 PM »
Yes, those JPEGS are straight out of camera.

Here's the link shared by Bosman: http://arihazeghiphotography.com/MA-web/
ok cool can i ask what your camera settings were relating to picture profile NR etc
there is no way on earth my camera can produce anything that sharp

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EOS Bodies / Re: Those not getting sharp images from the 5D III...
« on: March 26, 2012, 09:11:53 PM »
is that jpeg the out of camera jpg?
these results look considerably better than what i'm getting

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5d Mk3 Looks sharp to me!
« on: March 26, 2012, 08:08:06 PM »
I know there is an issue with a DPP setting that causes images to lose detail...there is an easy workaround...Regardless, i've noticed several people still complaining about sharpness even when using ACR6.7, converted to DNG and imported to LR4...but I just don't see it, maybe I have low standards? :)

DNG Converter to LR4,
5d Mk3
EF24-105L f/4.0, 1/250, ISO 100, handheld on a very fidgety subject, %100 crop:

http://bit.ly/GRrnT5
that looks considerably sharper than what is coming out of mine. Thats it mines going back today

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