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EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D MK2 Owner
« on: January 09, 2012, 02:02:10 PM »
Ron, first off: Congratulations on your new body! As you know I'm in the same boat as you - picked mine up last week. I too am amazed at what this camera is capable of, but then again I've come from a 400D, so it's been a long time overdue! I've just come home from shooting a music gig, and being able to use iso3200 without worrying too much about noise is a true blessing.

Advice and suggestions? I second the points raised here about af micro adjustment, mine weren't too bad, but all ended up being adjusted by about -/+ 4... give or take. Also, as mentioned before: shoot, shoot, shoot. And then shoot some more! I'm hoping to get my dust 'chunk' issue sorted soon and then will be in 5DII heaven just as yourself! Again, congrats.

Cheers,
Steve
Thanks Steve, I hope you get your issue worked out.....
When you were shooting your music gig, did the camera hunt alot? 
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Thanks! Yeah, all sorted now - they swapped the body for me yesterday, awesome service from the retailer.
Did my 5Dii hunt for focus during the gig? To be honest, I didn't notice anything I couldn't live with... But then again, I've come from a 400D and was shooting with a 50mm prime at f/1.8 - f2.8 most of the time. Also, I was using centre focus point exclusively with the AF point expansion enabled in the custom menu. So not sure if my standards are simply lower than others due to not having shot on a 1-series body or 7D.

Cheers and hope yours is giving you as much joy as mine for me!
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Awesome!  That's the way it should be with an expensive body like that.....
When you say you enabled AF expansion in custom settings, how did set that up? 

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EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D MK2 Owner
« on: January 08, 2012, 11:17:43 AM »
I've been playing around with the camera today and I would like to know if any of you can help or direct me to a tutorial or information with the following.

1) How to set-up Custom Functions?
2) Where is the copyright info on the camera?

The custom function feature is different than the previous two body's I own, so any assistance would be so much appreciated.  Also, fon my T2i has a function to add my copyright info in the camera, I cant seem to locate it on the 5D.

Thanks Guys
Ron

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EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D MK2 Owner
« on: January 07, 2012, 08:47:42 PM »
YAY!!! Just picked up my new camera and I'm very excited  :)
Is there anything you guys can recommend I should do first, I know I have a huge learning curve with this camera so anything you guys can tell me I should and should not do would be very helpful. 
Thanks guys!!
Ron

Boring as it is, I read the manual and aquaint my self with all the settings.  There are good articles on the Canon website as well.

I would also take some careful shots of flat targets while the camera is mounted on a tripod.  Good light is helpful.  Make sure that the autofocus is accurate with the widest aperture on each lens.  If focus is off, you will want to micro adjust.  I just started using the FoCal autofocus micro adjust software, and find it better then doing it with a target.  The autofocus system has a lot of variabiliity, so it keeps taking shots until there are enough to clearly determine the best AFMA setting.  There is nothing more frustrating than a lens which is not accurately autofocusing.  Fortunately, it is mostly a issue with wide aperture lenses, AF errors are hidden in the depth of field for lenses with smaller apertures and is not a issue.
Thanks for the info, is it really worth the price? 

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EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D MK2 Owner
« on: January 07, 2012, 08:40:23 PM »
YAY!!! Just picked up my new camera and I'm very excited  :)
Is there anything you guys can recommend I should do first, I know I have a huge learning curve with this camera so anything you guys can tell me I should and should not do would be very helpful. 
Thanks guys!!
Ron

Ron, first off: Congratulations on your new body! As you know I'm in the same boat as you - picked mine up last week. I too am amazed at what this camera is capable of, but then again I've come from a 400D, so it's been a long time overdue! I've just come home from shooting a music gig, and being able to use iso3200 without worrying too much about noise is a true blessing.

Advice and suggestions? I second the points raised here about af micro adjustment, mine weren't too bad, but all ended up being adjusted by about -/+ 4... give or take. Also, as mentioned before: shoot, shoot, shoot. And then shoot some more! I'm hoping to get my dust 'chunk' issue sorted soon and then will be in 5DII heaven just as yourself! Again, congrats.

Cheers,
Steve
Thanks Steve, I hope you get your issue worked out.....
When you were shooting your music gig, did the camera hunt alot? 

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EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D MK2 Owner
« on: January 07, 2012, 08:37:53 PM »
Congrats Ron! :)
I hate reading manuals...but i did find some good info on YouTube.
I would go there first. I would try to stick with Primes but you have a nice
24-70 and decent 50. Adjusting from the AF and system on the T2i to 5D takes getting used to but i don't
have a prob with it. Just takes a little time and practice. Even the heavier weight of the body.
Thanks!  Starting to realize what other photographers were saying on this site regarding the poor AF function in low light now....

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EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D MK2 Owner
« on: January 07, 2012, 08:36:14 PM »
Setup the 3 Custom Modes for things you shoot frequently, so that you can, for instance, go from shooting landscapes in AV mode at ISO 50 to action in TV at ISO 800 with just a quick turn of the dial.

If you shoot in a particular location frequently (your living room, for instance), configure a Custom White Balance for that lighting, that way it looks "right" in camera and so you don't have to constantly fix it later.
Thanks, that will be tomorrow's job!! 
So, I just took the camera outside and it's starting to get dark outside.  I noticed that the camera "hunts" alot in low light, I'm assuming that's normal for this camera body?  I took my T2i out at the same time and I found it locked on focus alot faster than the 5D2.  Something to get used to I guess!!

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EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D MK2 Owner
« on: January 07, 2012, 08:33:24 PM »
YAY!!! Just picked up my new camera and I'm very excited  :)
Is there anything you guys can recommend I should do first, I know I have a huge learning curve with this camera so anything you guys can tell me I should and should not do would be very helpful. 
Thanks guys!!
Ron

Based on your gear list -- all sharp glass -- I'd recommend the EG-S screen.
Just saw this on the B&H site, does it sit inside the fiewfinder? 

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EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D MK2 Owner
« on: January 07, 2012, 06:01:37 PM »
WOW!!!! HOLY YOU KNOW WHAT..........
I have to say, night and day from both my 30D and T2i  :)
I took a few shots around my home and here is the first shot taken, this is a RAW file processed in Lightroom.  I shot it with the 24-70 lens.  I'm impressed so far!!  Took about 30 shots and I have not experienced any AF issues, the camera adjusted the lens correction automatically.....
I need to put this camera to the test........ all I can keep saying is wow, wow, and wow!!!!  My clients will be much happier now, more business means more money  :)  :)

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EOS Bodies / New 5D MK2 Owner
« on: January 07, 2012, 03:29:58 PM »
YAY!!! Just picked up my new camera and I'm very excited  :)
Is there anything you guys can recommend I should do first, I know I have a huge learning curve with this camera so anything you guys can tell me I should and should not do would be very helpful. 
Thanks guys!!
Ron

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EOS Bodies / Re: dust 'chunk' in new 5dII - Help!?
« on: January 07, 2012, 02:53:31 PM »
Hi guys,

Right, so I finally got my dream camera - a 5dII, which I picked up from Jessops (UK) last week (29th Dec 2011) as the kit with the 24-105L. It's an amazing camera and I'm very happy with my purchase. I didn't have much chance to test it properly until today, where i took it on it's first outing for some landscape work. While pointing at the sky I noticed a large bit of dust (very visible as a black spot) in the viewfinder. I thought 'rats' but oh well, easily fixed no doubt. Got home and had a good ol go at the mirror and AF screen with the rocket blower, but wasn't going away. I've just inspected both mirror and af screen under good light and there is nothing to be seen - so I've concluded that I've got a dust 'chunk' (it's the size of a small bit of pepper...) trapped inbetween the af screen and the viewfinder.
Naturally it doesn't show up on images, and AF performance is not compromised, but it's bloody annoying and distracting when looking through the viewfinder!

What should I do? Take it back to Jessops (the retailer)? Can I get in there myself to clean it off? (I'd rather not risk it...) Send it off to Canon?

I've only had the camera for 10 days, and this never happened in my old 400d even after 5 years of extensive use - or am i just being pedantic? Do other 5dII owners have chunks in their viewfinders and simply live with it?

Aargh! ... and thanks in advance.
Congrats on the camera, I just picked mine up too, can't wait to shoot.  The same issue happened to me with my T2i just 1 week ago, Lucky for me the Canon Factory Service Center is 1 block away from my work.  Took it in and they told me that it was on the mirror and to not attempt any cleaning at home..... I would take it to your closest service center first....

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MK2 - Price
« on: January 06, 2012, 03:47:47 PM »
i bought the 5d2+24105 lens kit for 2800, then sold the lens for 850 on craigslist;

can't complain.
Hey Lunar, knowing my luck I'll get stuck with a lens I'll never use and can't sell either.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MK2 - Price
« on: January 06, 2012, 03:46:17 PM »
Yup, went to Canonpricewatch.com and Adorama has the $2,099 price with extras!  Have any of you purchased a body from Best Buy?  They have the body only for $2,174.99......

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United States / Re: Printing photos in Los Angeles area
« on: January 06, 2012, 03:42:58 PM »
HI so i will be having my photos shown in my first gallery. I need help looking for a good place in Los Angeles area for printing while being reasonable priced.  and any Advise on different papers i should use like canvas, semi gloss, and glossy.

Thanks in Advance.
Mr. Ranger, this might be a drive for you from the LA area but I print all my photos at PRO PHOTO in Irvine (Orange County).  They are reasonably priced and do great work!  Almost all the photographers I know use them exclusively.  I would suggest a possibly Matte finish, it will look great.
http://stores.prophotoirvine.com/StoreFront.bok
http://prophotoconnection.lifepics.com/net/Default.aspx

The first link is to their store front and the second link is to their printing lab.

Check them out, and good luck!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MK2 - Price
« on: January 05, 2012, 06:55:32 PM »
I believe that B&H posts links to deals on twitter to followers, perhaps facebook as well. I haven't heard of any, but, if Adorama has a 2100 dollar deal, thats very good.  I buy from Both companies.

Canon was likely trying to boost sales for 2011, since their bottom line was sufferering due to the earthquake.  Prices will go up a bit now that the year has ended, but sellers may still be giving good deals because they stocked up at the low prices Canon offered.  After February 4th, they will likely rise again.
I checked Adorama and the price on the web-site is $2399, regular price $2499.  Is there a link or something? 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D MK2 - Price
« on: January 05, 2012, 10:33:22 AM »
Hey everyone,
So I missed out on the B&H & Adorama deal with the 5D II.  I know sometimes when reading thru this site that someone has a special offer code they throw out when purchasing a new body.  I'm only looking for a new body, no lens. 
If anyone out there would be so kind as to throw one out, I would really appreciate it  :)  I would like to purchase thru B&H if possible and keep the price around $2000 or below.

Regards
Ron

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