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Lenses / Nikkor / Zeiss ZF Mount on Canon w/Aperture Ring - Issues?
« on: March 20, 2012, 08:02:47 PM »

Looking at option to use new Zeiss 15mm ZF mount (Nikkor F) on a Canon Body.  It was suggested in the video blog from Stefan Czech.

Apparently the ZF version has an aperture ring that is ideal for video.   And considering a $3K investment for a lens, having dual use on Nikon and Canon bodies (with adaptor) sounds like a deal maker.

I absolutely know this is Manual Focus - the lens is.  No issue.  I am almost always Manual, especially for a wide on landscapes.   The sensor lightup on the Canon side sounds helpful nevertheless.

But what grief will I have for exposure even with an manual aperture ring available?

Not sold on the concept yet.

And this question likely applies to other Nikkor lenses.  I know the 14-24 has no aperture ring so its what - guess?

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 20, 2012, 05:49:47 PM »

Just checked my Adorama Order Status.  It is listed as "Pending".

I cannot recall if it was always that way, or "Backorder" before.

Looking through Adorama's Order Status Key, there is a "BackOrder" status. 

So a change to "Pending" - ready to start the happy dance! Maybe,  I hope... Damn, no music yet.

I am a 12:41 am 03/02 preorder for reference.

** Congrats TexPhoto!   Maybe the clouds are lifting for all of us!

edit - I may be premature on the status change - others have suggested "pending" has been set for a good while.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 20, 2012, 05:13:36 PM »

Just checked my Adorama Order Status.  It is listed as "Pending".

I cannot recall if it was always that way, or "Backorder" before.   So if someone else can confirm their own Adorama status as being changed, that sounds very promising.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 20, 2012, 02:35:09 PM »

I told the B&H guy why I cancelled and he said that there was no way Shutterbug could get me the camera that soon. Somebody is full of crap and I will find out in the next few days just who that is. I would bet on B&H. The Shutterbug CS was very helpful and said he would check with the buyer and call me right back. He did exactly that.

The question I have -

Does BH, Adorama, and other large volume shops have their stock yet?   
Are they ordering container/semi-size volumes and are those trailers still in transit from the west coast (by rail or truck)?
Did they just get undercut by less-than-trailer size shipments (carton size) that may have left the docks by carrier late last week and arriving at smaller shops throughout the US.  Seems so.

Maybe the March 22 date was based on an intermodal shipping calculation.

Seems Adorama made the move to try to keep if not attract orders with the new bundle.

This cant be lost on them, even if the sales room doesnt have the full picture.

EOS Bodies / Re: grip gives fps boost on 5D3 to 6.7-6.9fps????????
« on: March 20, 2012, 01:46:28 PM »
Do such hacks exist for Canon camera's like 7D? Is it the firmware?

Magic Lantern may eventually be available for the 5DmIII.  I am sure they are working on it.  Who knows if they can up it.  If Canon artificially downgraded the max FPS, it may be for reliability or durability.  But maybe the grip gives them enough current to maintain a higher FPS?

For the 7D - its a multi-processor camera and while Magic Lantern tried, my understanding is that it is technically beyond their scope (and I fully understand that challenge).  Info is somewhere on their website.

Lenses / Re: Lens Issue: 10-22 vs 16-35 vs 17-40
« on: March 20, 2012, 12:16:03 PM »
I've been going through this whole EF-only UWA replacement cycle as well (Crop to FF)

After all my reviewing, I am likely to hang on to my 10-22 for my now second-body 7D for the short time and save my pennies for the new Zeiss 15mm prime for the 5DmIII - maybe the the ZF (F-mount) version for the additional aperture ring (saw that on the Stefan video) and the Nikon body option.  I could see keeping the 7D/10-22 as a composing/backup tool should I begin to collect other UWA primes (the 17 TSE or the Zeiss 21)

The 16-35 II and 14 for around $2K just disappoint on the edge  (the 14 just appears flawed when you read the review article).  The 17-40 is interesting - not as  center great but for the price it may be a reasonable EF swap with the EF-S 10-22.   The Nikkor 14-24 with adaptor is an option for this application.

But I cant but feel bummed that Canon needs to come out with a high quality UWA in the 14-16 range - prime or zoom.

Well for one thing deleting files is going to fragment your memory card.   And for another, I cant believe a camera-based embedded memory storage system is going to be robust enough to reliably handle it. 

Especially for the SD Card.  With my experience with them in high volume, I dont trust them.  But as a backup, or as a platform for Eye-Fi - its a nice feature.  Even for event photography where I want to keep the raws but the client wants to post the JPEGs immediately - could be nice.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mk III: ISO 25600...Stunning!!!!!
« on: March 20, 2012, 02:07:11 AM »
The other revelation about the sensor is the ability to truly work in low light. This isn’t some hype; this isn’t a case of setting up a camera and a tripod in a studio under perfect conditions and shooting an image at [ISO] 1600 and saying ‘look how good it is’. That’s just not the ‘real world’ for me. The real world is being able to go into some dark basement in some dark place, covering a difficult issue, and being able to make a picture that I previously could not have made because the sensor capabilities just didn’t make it possible. Previously, if I shot this [type of picture] it would be noisy and there would be all sorts of problems with the file."


You said more than Canon's lost marketing department could say throughout this launch.

To introduce this camera, you do not shoot nicely lit studio stuff and hope to showcase that against the megapixel-hungry competition at 100 ISO.  You show a dark candle-lit scene; or a stormy cloud landscape; or a night sports shot or whatever you do to showcase stuff not possible before.  Yes, some of Canon's Masters have done that (the Formula One stuff for example) - but the launch, the samples, wtf!   

It wasnt for lack of headline.   Marketing had their headline and they just blew it off with poor messaging.   But has that not been the way for the past year - with the lack of any transparency in what is a professional tool?   

Personally I am going to enjoy capturing all those images with the 5DmIII.  And enjoy not looking at a noise circus at the 100% pixel level.  It will be a cool camera with the headroom to be truly creative.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 19, 2012, 10:26:34 PM »
because all the mom and pop shops already have their cameras for sale, I'm guessing BH will be shipping either tomorrow-wednesday to have cameras in peoples hands by the 22nd.

I have to believe BH, Adorama, and other US mail houses are not going to take another day of the whole world - but them - shipping.    So yeah, I expect activity on Tuesday, in the "spirit" of the May 22 release.

Not sure I'd want to be the Canon VP of US Sales right now.  But I may want to be his/her cel phone carrier :) 

edit - on the bright side, since they have not begun shipping, we all can still hope we are all in wave 1.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mk III: ISO 25600...Stunning!!!!!
« on: March 19, 2012, 09:48:29 PM »
I would be more confident of this test if the images lined up properly. 

Comparing the 5DmII versus 5DmIII shots, it looks like the images are at different distances and focuses.  They are just way too different imho for a lab result.

And of course this is a pre-production model.

But I am watching for results.

EOS Bodies / Re: Things to Do while waiting for your new 5DmIII
« on: March 19, 2012, 07:13:31 PM »
I still have my 7D.  They use the same batteries.

I noticed my growing pile of LP-E6 batteries.  With the new cam I'll have four.

X ) Look into multiple battery charger.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III is in-stock!!
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:19:28 PM »

Damn this is going to be a tough week. 

Hurry up Adorama!

And me with three-day ship.

I wonder if they can use the International Dateline as the March 22 date?  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Things to Do while waiting for your new 5DmIII
« on: March 19, 2012, 04:02:51 PM »
15) Contemplate new i7 Extreme Motherboard and multi-TB hard drive array.

(whoops, that was from the "Things to Do While wating for your new D800" list)

(well, probably applies here as well :) )

EOS Bodies / Things to Do while waiting for your new 5DmIII
« on: March 19, 2012, 02:45:08 PM »
As a public service to those who are constantly refreshing and other photo sites while waiting for your new 5DmIII to arrive, here is a list of things to do to stay productive....

1) Clean-up LR folders by removing old shots you'll never use.
2) Work on your Photography website.
3) Visit friends and family; annoy them by turning conversation into one about your new expensive camera.
4) Attempt to get anything done at your office.
5) Watch the Weather Channel for hours.

Your Turn -

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D... not Mk 2, Not anything, Just the 7D
« on: March 19, 2012, 01:53:15 PM »
haqyourlegs -

Congratulations.  The 7D is definitely a fine camera and I have loved using mine for the past year.  It definitely gets you competitive in the photography arena and there is very little it cannot do.   

I am actually missing mine a bit - its coming back from damage repair at Mack as I post - it got wrecked at a narrow guage train shoot last month - so I ended up using a borrowed T2I for that - and I just absolutely missed the continuous shooting feature - had to burst it to avoid "Busy" versus the 7D where I could just keep on shooting.  And a couple weeks ago I was shooting the NASCAR hauler parade in Vegas with my old XTi (all I had left) - and blah! - it looked like snow on the Strip with all the noise (and I am not referring to the Tony Stewart Hauler's Locomotive horns).  My 7D coming back is cause for celebration.

Alas, it returns as second body tho - the 5DmIII should be close behind.

carlc -

Are you cribbing your setup after mine?  Except for the sigma, we have the same list.  How is that new 70-200 II working for you on the 7D.  I think mine is brilliant!

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