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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


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


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

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

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

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.

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

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

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:

that looks considerably sharper than what is coming out of mine. Thats it mines going back today

EOS Bodies / Delivered 5Dmk3 Units Awesome vs Has problems
« on: March 26, 2012, 08:02:03 PM »
simple poll to see ratio of good vs dud bodies coming out

tell me about it last time i had mine sent in to clean iron ore out of the focus ring cost me $170 :(
mind you, me, the camera and lens got completely covered in mud so i'm not suprised a little made it through the seals
How did you get iron ore in the lens - what environment were you shooting in to have that happen? A mine?

yep and I can confirm that 1D bodies are extremely resilient in harsh environments :D

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark iii focusing issues
« on: March 26, 2012, 07:25:47 PM »
photomoose this is EXACTLY what is happening with mine too!

Sweet.  Thanks guys.  And sorry, didn't mean to steer this thread away from its original purpose.

I don't think it's been steered away from the topic, which is back-button focus. Once I learned about it, I can't shoot any other way. It's a disease.  :D

Canon didn't make it obvious on how to "enable" back-button focus (by disabling shutter button focus), but they did give much more expanded flexibility with the camera controls vs. the 5D2.

ditto i love back button focus, it drives my wife nuits though when she picks up my cameras because she doesnt set hers up that way. i'll convert her one day though!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So how are your 5DMKIII high-ISO shots?
« on: March 26, 2012, 07:13:17 PM »

I posted this 3200 iso raw somewhere else in here but cant remember where

EOS Bodies / Re: A thought about 5dMK3 "softness"
« on: March 26, 2012, 07:08:13 PM »
i'm very familiar with the micro adjust, however I've noticed if i set it for a particular range, then it goes wildly off in other ranges i found myself changing from between -5 to -13 through out shooting I though i was going crazy, doesnt help that the jpeg files are so mushed you cant properly check sharpness on the screen either. My other cameras I do a calibration of lens and body and thats it focus is great all over.
5D Mk3 has micro adjustment provisions for both the wide- and tele-end for zoom lenses, so be sure you calibrate both, if you haven't already done so.

yep done that (it doesn't have that feature for primes though maybe i got a dud :P)

but sarcasm aside its not the zoom its the distance to subject where the micro adjust is all screwy
you can set it for a close subject and get it sharp (well as sharp as you can tell from the screen which is not reliable as images i thought were sharp on the screen were not when looked at on the computer)
then shoot a subject far away and the focus is way off

yep, and there are a few people who seem over the moon about theirs so there must be bad ones and good ones but its all relative to what you are changing from. I would say without a shadow of a doubt the images from my aging 1Dmk3 are better than what is coming out of the 5Dmk3 so you can imagine how disappointed I am with the 5D2 vs 5D3 comparison.

This is in relation to low iso shooting

However that said high iso on the 5D3 seems to have taken a big step up, as others have said the quality of the noise seems much mcuh more pleasing to the eye, with a more 70's film look to it so much so that in certain shots I probably wouldnt even bother with noise reduction because the filmy grainout of camera adds more to the image. We have to bear in mind that high iso images are never "sharp anyway" so my issue is with the range where i want razor sharp images.

If I was on the fence about getting one now, my advice would be to wait or cancel the preorder and see how it shakes out for those of us on the bleeding edge. I am really hoping its all fixable in software and maybe some firmware updates.

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