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EOS Bodies / Re: Is DxOMark Delaying publishing the 5DMkIII Results?
« on: March 31, 2012, 01:26:40 AM »
If I am not mistaken, they carry out the testing with RAW, so maybe the issue with DPP is holding them back...

They don't use RAW converters, that's not an even test. They just look at the RAWs themselves, not converted or touched by anything.

Perhaps, but you can't even look at a RAW without an update.

Yep, I am sure their testing works directly off the RAWs.   

The consumer software I mention does all the NR and other adjustments on the RAW - the beauty of their software.  I use it on images I plan to work on.  Some of the best tools I have used on 7D RAWs.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is DxOMark Delaying publishing the 5DMkIII Results?
« on: March 30, 2012, 10:30:24 PM »

Not only the results, DxO has not updated their DxO Pro Optics 7 software.  And thats something I paid for.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delayed Again? [CR2]
« on: March 30, 2012, 03:08:56 PM »

Nobody remembers the delays if the product is the best.

But if there are issues - everyone will remember.

Best to get it right.

Of course, you presently cannot list a 5D Mark III body on the CPS profile. 
I'm damn close to qualifying for Platinum.

BTW, even at CPS Gold, the Service is awesome and fast - One day for an outer shell and mechanism fix for a 70-200 f/2,8 IS USM II.  And return FedEx included.  Well worth the membership just for that and the discount.

Platinum... ah...  ok, its a bit more pricey. 

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Lenses / Re: What lens are you patiently waiting for?
« on: March 28, 2012, 07:15:43 PM »

Zeiss 15mm f/2.8

(if a 14-24mm appeared that had sharpness, I'd consider it.)

After that, the TC 2.0 III and the 100 f/2.8 Macro.

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Software & Accessories / Re: LR4 update later this week
« on: March 28, 2012, 03:14:31 PM »

Now if only DxO would update the Pro Optics 7 package to work with the 5DmIII CR2 files. 


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EOS Bodies / Re: Ken Rockwell Updated 5D MK3 Review
« on: March 28, 2012, 12:16:07 PM »
It comes from a 5DmII perspective, and of course he's got a bunch of other toys he has played with.  I am surprised by his AF comments given how legendary the crappy AF is on the 5DmII - sounds like learning curve on his part,

But if you are coming from a 7D because you could not see buying a four-year old last generation FF, I am delighted about the new generation 5DmIII.  And the camera feels very familiar control wise.  And my pix are far less noisy - I find it funny that the 7D quality was snorted at for the past few years (and it was deserved) and now D800 folks are using it as a fine example.

Must be the price.  That $499+ has somehow turned the 5DmIII into a Kodak Instamatic for some critics.

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Why is everyone taking pictures In the dark?

Photography is about capturing the light. I think it's nuts that so many "camera testers" care so much about these insane ISO levels. What were you photographing a few years ago when high ISO was terrible? Or when you had 100 Speed film loaded in your camera?

I think it's all a bit out of hand. And I don't want to hear the line "pros need these better tools blah blah blah..."

Pros have been capturing images for generations! It's all marketing now. ALL of these cameras are capable of capturing amazing images. Enjoy the camera you choose, and learn it's strengths and weaknesses.

While I agree with the sentiment, I have to laugh about good enough ISO's a few years ago.

They were terrible.

Now the Canon Rebel XTi is by no means a Pro Camera, but it was pretty good when I purchased it a few years back.  While waiting for the 5DmIII to be announced and delivered, my trusty 7D was in damage repair due to a tripod accident.  So for the NASCAR Hauler Parade in Las Vegas, I had to pull out the XTi.  I knew it was going to be bad, but I needed some shots for friends and their 4-year old.   

Wow - it was a raging blizzard of noise at 1600 ISO - all I could use since slower was a motion blur...

We have come a long way!  :)

(whoops, its an adobeRGB image in sRGB space...  oh well, its 2:45 am and the noise is the point of the image)

(oh, and even if I had the 5DmIII, Tony Stewart's hauler had the equivalent of three train locomotives worth of horns - so it was extremely noisy in a different way.  Good Night!)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D2 vs 5D3 ISO100 around 50 test raws
« on: March 28, 2012, 04:44:34 AM »
Did the same crop on Test 1 of the 100 / 2.8   Again, 5DmII on top, 5DmIII on bottom.

Sharpness looks the same (the 5DmIII shot is slightly wider).

Color - liking the color rendering on the 5DmIII. 

Note, White Balance 5DmII is 4350, 5DmIII is 4600.

Really really close at ISO 100.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII is SHARP!
« on: March 28, 2012, 04:17:06 AM »
so you are able to open the native raw files from the 5dmk3 in cs5?
I've read about people being able to covert them in DPP to DNG files, i tried that and it doesn't give me a DNG option to convert to, only jpegs and tiffs, am i doing something wrong.
i then tried the adobe dng converter and it said files were not supported.
can anyone give me some advice on what to do, i really need to deliver some raw files that they can work with to a client.
thank you.


Try the 6.7 version of Adobe DNG Converter.  It works in batch.  Clean conversion 5DmIII CR2 to DNG.

http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/cameraraw6-7.html


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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D2 vs 5D3 ISO100 around 50 test raws
« on: March 28, 2012, 03:44:21 AM »
Thank-you for the hard work.

I took a look at the 70-200 @ 70 Test 1 shots on a NEC PA241 wide gamut.

I notice that the white balance is different - the 5DmII at 4450 and the 5DmIII at 4600. 

Attached a couple crops from the same images, 5DmII on top, 5DmIII on bottom.   

Sharpness - They are very close, but I do see some artifact/pattern on the 5DmII side - especially in the "10" section.   Its slightly there on the 5DmIII.  Zoom up on the "9" and you'll see definite diagonal banding on the 5DmII.  To be fair, it looks like the shots were not exactly the same size as the 5DmIII looks a bit wider (see the right side lineup).

Color - Also very close, but the very subtle shading - the stain above the "S" and the blue stripes, look fuller / slightly more saturated on the 5DmIII.  The red blocks on the 5DmII look redder - could be the white balance.

Now this is just one sample crop.   Interested in other analysis.

Please note, I used Adobe DNG Converter to clean process the 5DmIII CR2's.  Its a clean convert I understand. 

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Canon General / Re: Canon Service Centers and Lens/Focus Cailbration
« on: March 27, 2012, 04:53:44 PM »

If you can qualify for CPS Canon Professional Services (point system), I have found excellent turnaround on even significant repairs - and at a discount.  They also bring clean/adjust services out to various major events.   Well worth the membership cost.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Women will hate D800 *full size image*
« on: March 27, 2012, 12:46:33 AM »
Kinda furry above the lips too.

No worries.   Its just a new Twilight look.


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EOS Bodies / Re: LensRentals.com RESOLUTION TESTS
« on: March 26, 2012, 06:18:47 PM »
Excellent write-up jrista.  And a good thread.  Really helps explain some of the impact certain lenses have had on my 7D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII and 70-200 2.8 IS II
« on: March 26, 2012, 01:16:46 AM »

Congratulations - 

I got my 70-200 2.8 II last month - perfect on the 7D, and amazing on the 5DmIII. 

The 4 stops of IS on a high ISO camera makes you invincible :)  Or at least gives you room to shoot.

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Site Information / Thank-you CanonRumors!
« on: March 24, 2012, 01:48:32 PM »

Thank-you CanonRumors!  And thank-you all who participate in the forums!

I wanted to use my Post #100 as sincere appreciation for this resource.  I am quite familiar with operating high volume special interest sites - and other than the mild shock on announce day - the site as been available 24/7 and generally clean of spam or conflict.

And while I know its been an interesting rumor year, once the good rumors came out on the new bodies the site was on top of it.  From linking to the first shots of the 5DmIII in Africa to the Announce (and I appreciate the effort for the video feed even though that provider dropped) to the news of arrivals and all the shipping details - CR kept me informed if not a bit obsessed.

While there is more to come, my new 5DmIII has arrived and I am going to go out and play.

Applause.

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