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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Price of the 5D Mk III
« on: March 15, 2012, 02:30:28 AM »
interesting shot, have you tried to use any f that software that takes the circular images and makes them rectangles?
looks like an interesting lens but I cant see where I would use it too much

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Price of the 5D Mk III
« on: March 15, 2012, 02:17:03 AM »
Sorry to burst your bubble, but the price of the 5D MK II was $2699 when it was first released in 2008.  I bought one the day of the announcement.  The kit price with a 24-105mm L lens was $800 more.

Ken Rockwell is not a serious source of information.

Look here at the original news release, $2699.

Looks like dear old Ken quoted the price of the kit + 24-105 on the 5DII. The price of my 5DII was £1695 at the beginning of 2010 - I actually bought it new - at the moment the only camera I have bought new and I haven't regretted a moment of it.

My 5DII has gone now after 2 years and about 20 weddings and the like. About 18,000 actuations of fun and good results. Picked up a cheap 7D to do macro duty (for the extra DOF). I loved the 5D2 but after getting the 1Ds3 it is clear that the 5D2 was redundant as it couldn't compete with usefullness of the 1Ds3 as a package.

I can wait for up to a year or so for the results of the tests of the 5DIII and the 1DX before deciding on a ff replacement. The 1D4 will probably stay through 2013 - f/8 is a dealbreaker for my birding/motorsports and I would prefer that on the ff replacement for the 1Ds3 as well

Man you shoot absolutely everything,
Like a somali pirate on a cruise ship :D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Information
« on: March 15, 2012, 02:13:40 AM »

Too bad it can't be turned down to say ISO 5 like some of the old film.  That also would enable creative shooting without resorting to light reducing filters.

I often use iso50 which doesn't seem to be common practise. Subjectively on the 5D2 this seems to enhance the IQ with better colours. Anyone else find this??

All it does is shot ISO 100 one stop over-exposed....

do you mean under exposed?
lower iso = less exposure for same aperture and shutter speed

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DM3 HDR Article
« on: March 15, 2012, 01:54:40 AM »
Is the HDR mode on the 5Diii identical to that in the 1DX, or is the 1DX HDR mode better eg. raw merged image capable?
no it looks like the 1Dx will save raws whereas the 5D3 only saves JPG
might be something to do with processing power

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DM3 HDR Article
« on: March 15, 2012, 01:21:39 AM »
Wow, those samples look terrible, but then again I hate HDR. Hopefully the feature will be of more merit when in practice in the hands of those that take a more tasteful approach to HDR.
The landscape/water picture looked pretty cool to me.  I think I'm one of the rare guys that actually likes HDR.

I'm disappointed that so many of the samples were of a wedding dress near marble columns. All my favorite HDR images involve the landscapes, city scapes, etc.  I bet I'm not alone in thinking, "It would be nice if this camera put those shots in my hands."

Dont get me wrong i absolutly love HDR just not the cookie cutter tonemapped type :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Price Drop Details
« on: March 15, 2012, 01:20:06 AM »
Also, please take time to review the article that I linked above.  The relationship between the yen and the usd is not likely to bring a price drop anytime soon. After the initial verified retail price there might not be much dropping.  :(

with the rate of money printing in both the US and europe the price is more likely to go up if anything
inflation is a coming

EOS Bodies / Re: The Megapixels are Coming [CR1]
« on: March 15, 2012, 12:59:14 AM »
Here is something to think about

A 28MP APS-C sensor of 6480 x 4320 will give you 4x4 pixel binning of 1080P video (Is that correct?)
this would beat sony MP probably make video people happy (correct me if i'm wrong)
on a rebel with a flip screen would probably sell well

extrapolate that to full frame you get over 71MP almost double the D800...

I would guess that the resolving power of the best canon glass is really going to be at its limit if not close to or exceeding it. but fact is megapixels sell cameras.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Using PowerShot SD1400 IS to replace camcorder
« on: March 15, 2012, 12:52:35 AM »
What are the disadvantages of using the point and shoot camera in place of a camcorder?

IMO, the biggest disadvantages to shooting video with a P&S are that during recording, autofocus and optical zoom are both disabled.
the fuji X10 optical zoom works in video mode, and autofocus works although slowly in poor light but in good light its fine, I'm classing it as point and shoot. its video is pretty good from my perspective and I'm giving away my old sanyo exacti HD video cam since the fuji video quality far exceeds it.
biggest downside i see for the fuji for video is the lack of a mic jack for external audio. but for my video use it is more than sufficient which is only about the same as the OP that just for short family clips etc, nothing fancy,

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III is in-stock!!
« on: March 15, 2012, 12:44:21 AM »
with that price better off just ordering from leederville camerahouse at $3599 and get the canon oz warranty

This post triggered another question: what is happening if the lens in the kit has an issue ?
Do you have to send back the entire kit to the store (B&H for example) or just the defecting lens?
just take the lens in

8) 8) 8) This is a feature of the 5diii I'm keen to experiment with :)

 Me too. I have a funny relationship with HDR... I like it, but it doesn't seem to like me very much. The funny thing is that every time I do a series of test shots (say, of my front yard) the HDR works beautifully. Whenever I try to do a serious HDR shot it always turns out terrible. I think photomatix is trolling me.
I've posted this alot
have a look at this guys tutorials his method kills the trash compacting softwarelike photomatix etc
I'll be honest first time you read through its intimidating but he sells his actions for $20 which is nothing really but he also teaches you how to make your own if you dont want to buy them. It takes a few rea throughs to get the concepts of what he is doing but the benfits as I see it are
- you have total control over the blending of exposure at various places of the tonal range and image. so you can leave certain shadow areas if you choose for effect, this makes the image seem less flat and cartoon like
more real.
- its self feathering so you dont have to be super precise with your brush strokes
- its totally clean no loss of image quality and softening of the image giving that fuzzy look, halos,
- no introduced noise (photomatix is appaling for this, take clean iso 100 images and after processing it has more noise than iso 3200 native
- more control over colours tones and contrast. I hate the oversaturation that most cookie cutter software excretes.

hope that helps :)

Lenses / Re: Tilt-Shift Lens vs. Macro Slide Rail
« on: March 14, 2012, 11:57:28 PM »
You want options?  Here is a whole page of options:

I am looking at the same question myself but have not settled on which way to go yet, though both the Zork and Novoflex look about right.

I use novoflex gear, its top shelf quality but expensive as hell

I also have the gigapan epic pro which i dont use nearly as much as i would like to :(

EOS Bodies / Re: The Megapixels are Coming [CR1]
« on: March 14, 2012, 11:20:17 PM »
Agreed jrsta

since the TC are added to the lens the MP remain the same
the change would be the net resolving power of the lens + TC will drop
resulting in a somewhat lower lp/mm value for the combined optic with a tighter AoV

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

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