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Well this is pretty much all I needed to see. Apparently I'm about to become a Nikon-shooter.

The only thing I will really miss is my 70-200 2.8 IS II, but I have heard that Nikon's version is equal in IQ.

yeah I wouldnt worry about that, also check out the 50mm f1.4G its a great value for money lens it was my nikon favourite

Lenses / Re: Lens Recommendations - Crop (7D) to Full Frame (5dMk3)?
« on: March 14, 2012, 11:12:05 PM »
I'll probably come across as a heretic to all the 16-35 owners... but I have the 17-40 f/4 L and I highly recommend it.  I don't think a superwide really suits portraits that well; longer focal lengths seem to do that better, particularly between 50 and 100mm. You seem to have those lengths covered pretty well. The superwide is really better geared towards landscapes, in which case you're almost always stopped down to f/8 or lower so you'd rarely if ever need the 2.8 for landscape shooting. Just my two cents.
all valid points
that is why i prefer to use the 16-35 II on APS-H giving 21-49mm which is a really nice range for events and as a walk around, I prefer this approach to using 24-70 since it gives me near enough to 50mm on the long end and 21mm is Just that bit better than 24 on the wide end, also croping the corners means its sharp all over at f2.8 for events etc, colour and contrast is also stunning on this lens. I originally got it for landscapes but soon discovered it can do sooo much more than just that.
another massive benefit is its all internally zooming unlike the 24-70

EOS Bodies / Re: 1d mk iv or 5d mkiii?
« on: March 14, 2012, 10:25:03 PM »
Yeah i'm leaning more towards holding onto my 5D II and 1D II and just purchasing a 1D III and i think i will be a happy camper for a year or two.  $1500 would be very do-able!

this one looks in top condition
I still use my mk 3 it complements the 5D2 nicely
I catually use the 16-35 f2.8 on the APS-H more than the FF becasue it gives me 21-49mm effective which for events at f2.8 is very nice, also wide open any corner softness is cropped off, then with either 70-200 f2.8 on the 5D2 or 85mm f1.4 on the 5D2 it gives great coverage for events across the 2 bodies
I cant wait for 1Dmk4 prices to come down more but at the moment they are still over double the mk3 prices

17 coming in this month, this will clear most backorders, remaining stock will come Mid April, maybe earlier, we are taking orders again at $3599 with $500 deposits.

awesome I think I am in the 17 well I hope so since i go overseas mid april  :-\

EOS Bodies / Re: The Megapixels are Coming [CR1]
« on: March 14, 2012, 10:07:01 PM »
I wonder what life would be like if Steve Jobs was involved with DLSR's?
then we wouldn't be able to save photos, only view them on the icloud at $1 per view

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DM3 HDR Article
« on: March 14, 2012, 10:04:40 PM »
JPEG images only
For technical reasons, the EOS 5D Mark III's in-camera HDR Mode requires JPEG processing, and can only be done with bracketed JPEG shots. If they camera has been set to any of its RAW image settings, it will take the three bracketed "source" images as RAW files – but the finished, processed HDR image that results will be a Large (full-resolution) JPEG file. It's not possible for the final HDR image to be a .CR2 RAW file.

As expected its JPEG ONLY - so unfortunately gets relegated to gimmick category for me

Price is back to $3599inc gst, there was an initial error, however with all the orders we put in with Canon Australia, we were able to keep the price as it was.
Awesome work!
any idea what date the pre-orders are going to be coming in?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D cameras for walk-around and traveling
« on: March 14, 2012, 07:55:42 PM »
The main difference between the 1Dx and the 5d3 is crazy fps and metering, and weather sealing.

Plus ... AF point-linked spot metering...

5DIII has point linked metering

Really?  Care to provide a reference for that?  Because the Canon USA 5D Mark III specs page states:

Metering Modes
Max. aperture TTL metering with 63-zone SPC with the following selectable modes:
(1)   Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2)   Partial metering (center, approx. 7.2% of viewfinder)
(3)   Spot metering (center, approx. 1.5% of viewfinder)
·AF point-linked spot metering not provided.

damn got my hopes up that it might have spot metering AF linked

oh well

Lenses / Re: Tilt-Shift Lens vs. Macro Slide Rail
« on: March 14, 2012, 07:40:23 PM »
Didn't take long for someone to hit the smite button did it?

I gave you an applaud to counteract it  :-*

EOS Bodies / Re: 1d mk iv or 5d mkiii?
« on: March 14, 2012, 07:30:07 PM »
you should be able to get good used 1Dmk3 for around $1500 if you look around

Lenses / Re: Tilt-Shift Lens vs. Macro Slide Rail
« on: March 14, 2012, 07:16:11 PM »
It always raises a wry smile when people discuss pano heads, because I know that sooner or later someone will mention the 'Nodal Point' without a clue what it is.

In fact the Nodal point is the point on a lens element where the light bends, here is what Wikipedia has to say:

"The nodal points are widely misunderstood in photography, where it is commonly asserted that the light rays "intersect" at "the nodal point", that the iris diaphragm of the lens is located there, and that this is the correct pivot point for panoramic photography, so as to avoid parallax error. These claims generally arise from confusion about the optics of camera lenses, as well as confusion between the nodal points and the other cardinal points of the system. (A better choice of the point about which to pivot a camera for panoramic photography can be shown to be the centre of the system's entrance pupil. On the other hand, swing-lens cameras with fixed film position rotate the lens about the rear nodal point to stabilize the image on the film."

No doubt there'll be plenty of the usual smites for putting people right - yet another good reason for getting rid of it.
I've been wondering how to find the nodal points on canon lenses, some nikon lenses have it marked on the barrel. Do you know where the nodal points are for canon lenses?
so you are saying set the front element is a better point to rotate about? interesting since i use the gigapan its easy to fix the point at the start of the panorama but as you say there is so much conjecture around about which point is best.

EOS Bodies / Re: First DSLR: Canon 5d MkIII or Nikon D800...
« on: March 14, 2012, 07:05:37 PM »
I disagree about the 550, If he has the money to go all in why not get the best?

I didnt see the ziess mention before so you are fully aware of what the right glass is going to cost i am sure
all my previous comments about trying it all out still stand though
(It will be interesting to see how the ziess glass resolves the D800 res in real terms though)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 or 1DX for Ultimate Image Quality...
« on: March 14, 2012, 06:41:14 PM »
BUT the 5D3 has just been said to have 'UNSURPASSED IQ'

thats why they are releasing the 5D3 before the 1Dx so they are telling the truth they just dont also mention the until we release the 1Dx part after that :P

EOS Bodies / Re: First DSLR: Canon 5d MkIII or Nikon D800...
« on: March 14, 2012, 06:39:18 PM »
I would wait a month and see some real world examples hit the streets and then get to physically test both out and see what I think.

for what you describe you shoot then the D800 certainly will fit the bill
lenses to look at would be the 14-24, the 50mm f1.4G the 70-200 f2.8 or the 85 f1.4G also the 105 f2.8 Micro is a stunning lens and makes a great portrait lens

All up to get the glass to do justice to that camera you are going to be dropping around $10k if you are starting from scratch. Thats quite a bit of coin for a first DSLR

its a similar story with the canon

but you have many more lenses to decide on and choose between
16-35 f2.8 II 50mm f1.4 or f1.2 if you'r feeling rich, 85mm f1.2 if you are feeling rich again and can handle the focus speed but as for quality of portraits its pretty tough to beat (I went for the sigma as i couldnt hanlde the focus speed of the 1.2 and of course the 70-200 f2.8 IS II

So its a tough choice really. my advice get yourself a couple of good CF cards now and when they come out take those card into the stores and give it all a good workout, take the cards home and check the files yourself
when spending that kind of money i certainly dont go with the populist vote on the internet!

EOS Bodies / Re: The Megapixels are Coming [CR1]
« on: March 14, 2012, 06:23:36 PM »
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I just did some quick calculations and it looks like:
7D sensor at 18 mp = 46 mp full frame
50D sensor at 15 mp = 38 mp full frame
1D IV sensor at 16 mp = 27 mp full frame.

So, it seems to me that if Canon decided they really need to bring a higher megapixel camera to market quickly, they don't have to reinvent the wheel. Could they just upsize one of their current sensors?

The only one of those sensors that i would be happy with the IQ from if it were upsized with no technological advancement is the 1D1V at 27MP

if however they got ontop of the 7D low iso noise, high iso noise and general softness (this is relative softness mind you i'm not saying its marshmallow soft for all the crop lovers out there) fact is the 7D IQ needs improving and I think perhaps a touch of the new sensor tech can give it that lift it needs but of course the crops are going to need a MP jump to beat sony.
I've said I think they will try and 1 up sony with 27MP (just a guess) now if you make that Full Frame you get 69 Dude!

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