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its interesting if it produces a RAW image, most in camera HDR to date have just been jpg only

some sites say Speedlite 600EX-RT has infrared wireless function too. So, can I use it with my 600D?
I would certainly hope so, also so you can mix it up with existing collections of 580 s

I'm looking forward to comparing this flash against the 580 II with on camera flash and 70-200
to see how good the 200 zoom is relative to the 105

I'm new to the world of flashes and transmitters and was thinking about grabbing the 600EX for the 5D Mark III, but mainly for the AF assist light. So I wanted to ask, do 3rd parties ever produce alternate AF assist lights? I've seen a few knock-offs of the ST-E2, but couldn't tell if they had AF assist or not.

I'm assuming the Canon ST-E2 itself is not an option as the 61-point AF is bound to have points at different places from the pattern in that unit.

It's been suggested that creating a matrix of NIR LEDs will do the trick, is this comparable to a patterned beam made for the camera's AF?

I have the Yongnuo ST-E2 copy which is better than the genuine its head can swivel
and the AF assist for it works wonders on the 5Dmk2
it works well for the 580exII i use and has very good range, lower light = better range
only problem is its still  IR and needs line of sight
I think it was about $100 so pretty good value especially if you are starting out
it retains full eTTL control just like the genuine ST-E2

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 same max dynamic range as the 5D2???
« on: March 13, 2012, 06:36:20 PM »
So here is a question

Does anyone actually know what the useable dynamic range of any of these cameras is?
I'm not talking about the infinite naval gazing number crunching analytical sort i'm taking about where the line gets drawn between "yeah that looks good" and "OMG that pattern noise just tore my left eyeball out"

Its prettysubjective isnt it? so the line is going to be different for everyone

and then there is all the third party Noise reduction gear out there which can salvage something that was fairly poor and make it acceptable extending that range of use. I dont think comparing things like this soley based on some numbers is very wise.

EOS Bodies / Re: Are we suckers, or smart business people?
« on: March 13, 2012, 06:28:50 PM »
If you're going to compare, you have to be fair:

* New body with better weather sealing
* New card slot (this is a real biggie for the pro market)
* Brand new nearly 1dx focus system with new tracking system and 5 double cross points! It should be better than the 1div, except in speed of motor drive.
* Nearly 1 stop better ISO (that puts it level with the d3s and virtually at the new d4, so it would seem)
* Slightly larger screen to fit the photo
* Expanded EC options
* 50% more FPS
* Microadjustment at both wide and zoom end of lenses
* New (if not as good as 1dx) metering system from 7d
* More shots per battery
* New battery grip with new buttons (I believe)
* 100% viewfinder
* Faster shutter & faster Xsync
* Electronic level
* Improved HDR / bracketing options
* Improved auto ISO
* Silent shooting
* Better video options including reduced moire (not my area so I don't know much)
* ... and I bet I forgot some

The only thing that **hasn't** changed much is the amount of MP and DR!

I honestly think that if Canon would have put another 4 MP in no one would be complaining but people have it in their heads that more MP is better and that's all they'll pay for. It's honestly crazy...

It's a miles, Miles, MILES better camera than the 5dii. Cameras aren't just about sensors y'know... :)

yeah what he said!
I cant emphasise enought the importance of a good viewfinder thought, I am hoping the mk3 is a step up from the 2 but i dont thinkits going to approach the fantastic viewfinders on the 1 series unfortunately

there is some nut job here trying to sell a 1Dmk3 for $5500 on gumtree  ::)

while not quite as bad as some of you other countries canon australia rape and pillage us too i'm afraid :(


oh yeah the aussie team is really hitting their straps and coming together nicely there is some seriously good talent in the aussie side now and that last test series was wonderfull to watch especially since the ashes debacle as brian so kindly pointed out :P

It is only the winning you remember, I had 30 years of failure to forget :D

yeah but one of your supermodels took our best spinner and turned him into a handbag!
OK you win! :P

I'd like a see a few examples of real world situations where the 1DX's more advanced 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor will provide an advantage over the 5DIII's older iFCL 63-Zone Dual Layer Metering Sensor . Say you are trying to track a bride walking down the aisle in a low light situation. I find it odd that no comparison threads seams to be discussing this and are instead all about FPS and weather proofing. 

I expect we'll see those sorts of examples coming after both cameras are actually in the wild...

Only anecdotal, but didn't the interview of the sports photographer trying out the 1DX on racing cars say he was seeing improvements through the RGB pixel sensor?
If canon gave me the new 1Dx or 2 and the latest superteles I would say anything they wanted me to as well :D

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII Buffer
« on: March 13, 2012, 02:16:54 AM »
Does anyone know what the total Buffer capacity will be on the 5DIII?  I'm basically a landscape or otherwise 'very slow' action photographer and so wondering if a 5-15MB per second transfer will be sufficient in order to facilitate enjoyable RAW shooting. 


do you mean using SD cards of very slow CF?
I know my 10MP 1Dmk3 seems to take FOREVER to write to 30MB/s SD cards vs 90 MB/s CF

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 13, 2012, 02:15:44 AM »
I just got a delivery date from Amazon for the kit.

  "Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens"
   Estimated arrival date: April 03, 2012

Kinda disappointed - plus that's with next day delivery as well.
Don't take that as a solid date, Amazon are known to over estimate the dates on their shipments to cover themselves!

hehe yeah I pre-ordered joe mcnallys book released before christmas sketching light and i got an email saying it was delayed a month and i would get it in january. the next day it arrived. so get out the salt shaker with that one :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Chuck Westfall & the 5D Mark III
« on: March 13, 2012, 01:47:32 AM »
Oh yeah the difference in speed between having it write raw to the CF and to the SD is massive (well this is based on the 1Dmk3 anyway) i only write raw to SD if its an emergency generally i have RAW to CF and jpg to SD to at least have the jpg backup if the CF card takes a dump

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Chuck Westfall & the 5D Mark III
« on: March 13, 2012, 12:42:23 AM »
I have to say, I'm not overly impressed with Westfall's interview.

I found his response to the question about high ISO performance with RAW files more than a bit unsatisfying:
"These figures are not being disclosed, but of course they will be lower than the noise reduction achieved with in-camera JPEGs and EOS Movies."

It sounds like the camera has a great autofocus system and I know that's what most 5D II people wanted, but as a 7D owner hoping for improvements in sensor technology, his comments aren't giving me a lot of confidence.
ditto there is always so much spin and or dodging the real questions people want answered whenever he says anything

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO comparo: 5DIII vs. D800
« on: March 12, 2012, 11:41:23 PM »
V8 Beast - since you already shoot and merge multiple exposures i am interested to hear how you think that the theoretical greater DR of the D800 is going to impact your workflow (I like how you provide specific examples illustrating your arguments)

I can see where the additional MP might benefit you and more likely to a greater extent the Nikkor 14-24 will give you some serious benfits that well outweigh the D800 benefits (I assume you are going for the E version)

I can see where there will be some marginal real world difference in a single exposure with pushed shdows but in this scenario its really subjective and up to the tolerance to noise of the individual. however as soon as you are merging multiple exposures then the theoretical DR of a single exposure goes out the window as rather than struggling pushing shadows you just take the cleaner data from the relevent exposure

I will reference this tutorial again as a way to blend exposures (I am not sure of your method)


i gave you an applaud for having a low tolerance for stupidity :D

I always give you an applaud just because you live in the land of the sun and keep a sense of humour when you lose the ashes :P

LOL thanks! did we lose the last ashes? :P and land of the sun its a heat wave here its been high 30's low 40's the last few days and thats Celcius for all the confused emperial types out there :P

you must be happy to know you guys beat us hands down recently - as if it was like taking a stroll in the park
The country i live in cricket is a religion :)

oh yeah the aussie team is really hitting their straps and coming together nicely there is some seriously good talent in the aussie side now and that last test series was wonderfull to watch especially since the ashes debacle as brian so kindly pointed out :P

take your 1D2 with you, and buy a 5D3 in the phillapines at a significantly lower cost than you will pay in the UK
A friend of mine is there now he just got a 24-70 f2.8 mk1 New for $1000

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