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EOS Bodies / Re: What's the big deal with the AF?
« on: March 01, 2012, 08:17:15 PM »
I'm on my 3rd EOS digital body now with virtually the same AF - 30D / 5D / 5D2 and I've NEVER had cause to complain about the AF. It works just fine for me for candid portraits, street, landscape and some amateur wildlife stuff.

I use centre point only and recompose. I use this method solely because I want to be 100% sure that the camera focuses on where I want it to focus. I like shallow depth of field stuff and so the focus point has to be perfect.

I'm interested to know what people will do with more than 60 AF points because aside from sports and some wildlife where you switch to servo I can't fathom the reasoning.

I think you kind of answered you own question.

why do you use the center point only? its because the other points are unreliable isnt it hence center point focus and recompose this method works.

however if you have a good AF system with a broader spread of points and good outer points you get to select the point more appropriate for you composition and compose focus and shoot. If the AF system is up to it this method is both faster and more accurate. I you get to use a 1D and try this method you will understand the massive difference in this regard.

as to the 61 points, the more points the more accurate the AI servo will track and hand over from point to point
number of points is all about focus tracking. the 9 point system is really not very good when it comes to focus tracking.

As neuro has also said the fact that the 1D meters where you have selected the AF point is also great (and essential if you are shooting in aperture priority or shutter priority however if you shoot manual and meter first its not really an issue as long as you under stand where in your frame the camera is metering)

Its all about fully understanding how your particular AF system works and where its limitations are. as soon as you try to exceed any limitation its going to cause frustration. If you know the limits and work within them then everything is fine :)

EOS Bodies / Re: So who thinks there will be a 7D Mk. II now?
« on: March 01, 2012, 08:07:01 PM »
whatever it gets called I have no doubt there willl be a king of the crops coming.
I think canon have seen the error of their AF ways and it will get the new 61 point AF
perhaps the existing 19 point AF will make it into the rebels and the old 9 point system can be retired to the canon museum.

I was never going to buy a 1Dx
if i wanted the intergrated bulky grip i'd get a 1D4 (might still)
but a couple of 5Dmk3s will surely find a home :D

I was just wondering how adamant other potential 1D X buyers are and what their rationales are.   :)

the grips are either love or hate i'm in the hate camp a non gripped 1Dx would have been fine but it is looking like the 5D3 is going to fit the bill nicely

as neuro said metering linked to AF point would be nice though

difference between 18MP and 22MP isnt much and not an issue i hope the IQ difference is not huge either
REALLY looking forward to some high res raw samples from both cameras

It looks like canon listened to most concerns regarding the 5D2 with this camera
I want to preoprder but I am worried about being on the bleeding edge if there are problems or issues with early models so might hold off till i can get my hands on one in the flesh and try it out.

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: March 01, 2012, 06:19:45 PM »
i dunno about these new super expensive non L primes that arent really fast
I wonder if the fast L versions are going to get the IS loving too. It's quite strange that all the primes
are getting IS but the 24-70 missed out.

EOS Bodies / Re: Neck Strap Loops Design
« on: March 01, 2012, 06:12:36 PM »
is that just a zip tie? :o

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Full Spec List?
« on: March 01, 2012, 06:10:06 PM »
Does this mean that the posters on this site that have achieved %d Mark II status will automatically be upgarded to Mk. III status tomorrow?  8)
no you need 40% more posts due to the cost increase... :P

I was never going to buy a 1Dx
if i wanted the intergrated bulky grip i'd get a 1D4 (might still)
but a couple of 5Dmk3s will surely find a home :D

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images From Shanghai
« on: March 01, 2012, 07:55:54 AM »
stupid aussie prices looks like a holiday to hong kong will be in order

EOS Bodies / Re: CR99999999!!!!!!!!!5D3 tomorrow!!!!!
« on: March 01, 2012, 06:02:29 AM »
haha ditto that!

EOS Bodies / Re: CR99999999!!!!!!!!!5D3 tomorrow!!!!!
« on: March 01, 2012, 05:44:40 AM »
Here is the picture to the previously posted link.

Yup. I can 100% confirm that this is a camera.

LOL. Nicely played sir. I thought it was a microwave.
no you need the battery grip to get that feature mate :P

EOS Bodies / Re: The (un)official I'm switching to Nikon thread
« on: March 01, 2012, 05:43:04 AM »
Beginning tomorrow night all those who are disappointed because Canon did not create a 5DIII to their personal specifications and offer it at $1,500 can lodge their complaints here, on one handy thread, instead of having to start their own personal complaint thread.
This is just insulting. I choose a camera and lens based upon what best serves my photographic needs and my budget constraints. When the last generation of cameras came out, it was a close call, but I went with Canon.

I have very specific needs met perfectly by the 1Dx + 200-400/f4 1.4. Unfortunately, that combination looks like it's going to cost me... I can't believe I'm saying this, $18,000 after getting a couple of the accessories. Eighteen large!

My needs are also perfectly met by a refurbished 200-400/f4 + D4 +1.4 TC. This combination is $5000 less. That's a lot of money. I can buy a lot of things with $5000, like 80% of a backup D4, or a D800 and a 70-200/2.8 VR II lens. See where I'm going with this?

Add to this that I have an extremely important event to cover in April and another in May. Do I know that the Canon 200-400/f4 will be in my hands by then? Or even the 1DX? No. But I already have the Nikon lens and the D4 is still on track for mid March delivery.

I am going to keep all of my Canon gear just in case the Nikon system doesn't work out. I will lose $0 on the refurbished lens and maybe $1000 tops on the D4. If it doesn't work out, it was cheaper than renting the combination for the summer.

But please don't snottily tell me that I'm being frivolous or crybaby because this has been a very hard decision. People have needs and certain cameras and lenses fulfill those needs better than others. It's as simple as that.

sure you dont want to sell me your 1D4? :D

EOS Bodies / Re: So, what about the T4i?
« on: March 01, 2012, 05:40:30 AM »
I'm waiting for 650D too.

One question about XXXD line. If it is a line for photographers-beginners (or amateurs with little money), then why they should require so many megapixles?
Aren't megapixels for studio (or landscape) photographers, who can shoot REALLY well and make money on this?
What is the profit of 18 mp if a person can't shoot well?

Further more, 18mp require really good AF (if one shoots portraits), very good lenses (calibrated in service-centre), micro AF adjustment (which is missing in XXXd) and good patience when pictures are somewhat out of focus.

Am I the only one who sees that xxxd line is not "well balanced" in terms of feautures and target audience?

Most of the time I shoot in clubs, I need clean high iso, accurate AF, excellent background blur => "sports camera" is for me, however, there is not a single canon camera that is targeted for such audience under 1Dx :(((
5Dmk2 at 3200 iso with a 50mm f1.4 center focus point you will be fine. upcoming price drops for new or cheaper second hand might be more in line with what you need

EOS Bodies / Re: CR99999999!!!!!!!!!5D3 tomorrow!!!!!
« on: March 01, 2012, 05:36:22 AM »
What if the hidden part of the poster actually says "Coming in 2013"..?  ;) ;)
then i keep shooting with 5D2s till the 3s come out :D

EOS Bodies / Re: So, what about the T4i?
« on: March 01, 2012, 04:02:28 AM »
Ah see you are using crazy things like physics! I was only talking from a pure marketing BS perspective that they must beat sony to get the win at best buy.

Anyone tested out what the 18-55 kit lens can resolve?

EOS Bodies / Re: Neck Strap Loops Design
« on: March 01, 2012, 03:54:17 AM »
here is the modified L bracket, the hacked marks are where i used a dremel to make it fit
this can lock into a capture on my belt to stop the body swinging, the rapid strap remains hooked up all the time
to go to a tripod simply unclip the carabina from the rapid

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