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EOS Bodies / Re: got a 5d mark iii offer for 2980, jump in or not?
« on: November 13, 2012, 02:22:25 AM »
Doesn't it come down to what your budget is ?
If money is tight wait a couple years.

Great elephant shot.
Why not shoot at 1/500 f4 instead, or 800 asa for faster shutter speeds ?
Maybe even 1000 at 2.8.

When I shoot from the air I really try to speed up the shutter but I understand the need for DOF if I'm not shooting straight down.

Again, nice shot, very unique.

"Not a big deal" ?
Pretty damn great picture if you ask me.
I've seen it online, now I want to see the cover to check out the high ISO file quality.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Phottix Battery Grip
« on: October 11, 2012, 02:25:34 AM »
The two Pixel grips for the 5D MK lll I've used have good fit and finish and seem fine, especially for the price.
The shutter and AF buttons work well.

The problem is the electronics. When the grips are turned on, the multi- controller on the camera body doesn't work properly. Turn off the Pixel grip and normal function returns to the body.

It's too bad because the price is great. I don't know if the problem has ever been corrected. I've heard of battery drain problems but haven't experienced that.

I'm saving for the Canon grip. I won't return the Pixel grips because the high cost of return shipping and it's not clear the company would return my money.

It's the last time I buy outside of the USA and Canada.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D or 5D2
« on: October 03, 2012, 07:11:14 PM »
The 5D MK ll has a great FF sensor. The 7D has good autofocus, fast motor drive, 1.5 crop factor. The sensor is not impressive but it's ok.

The 5DMK lll has a great FF sensor, 100% viewfinder, state of the art autofocus, silent mode, pretty decent 6 FPS motor drive.

I would save for a 5D MK lll and sign up for low-price alert on a price comparison website. The camera recently went on sale for a day or two at one dealer for a really good price.

If you want to shoot birds get a 7D. If you can do without the birds get a 5D MK ll.  Better yet, save or get a loan and treat yourself to the 5D MK lll.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D 1DX joystick problem with sports
« on: September 19, 2012, 12:25:36 PM »
Yes, I did write about this issue before and Canon did offer some suggestions and none helpful. Still the problem remains, if you press the joystick down with the need to quickly go to the center sensor, as the manual states, it often does not.
For me it creates a big problem shooting sports.
Since the Olympics just ended I can't help but wonder how Canon photographers used the joystick, and I'm looking for comments before I consider taping over the button. I just covered a soccer game and missed many shots, good thing it wasn't the Olympics. When I am able to control AF position it is fast and responsive.

EOS Bodies / 5D 1DX joystick problem with sports
« on: September 19, 2012, 01:50:58 AM »
 5D MK lll autofocus impresses me, and I can get by with a 6 FPS motor drive for action.
What drives me crazy, and is a serious problem when shooting sports, is the function of the joystick and autofocus selection.

On my old 1D MK ll bodies programming a home setting for AF was easy and reliable. Whenever I hit the home button AF would return to the center sensor every time.  The 5D MK lll, and 1 DX I presume, can't do that. Pressing the joystick in switches AF to the home setting ( the center for me ) only every other time. It alternates between "home" and previous AF positions.

When I press the joystick in or bump it by mistake I never know what AF sensor will be selected and it tends to move all over the place and is a disaster for shooting sports. While struggling with the camera while shooting football for my newspaper I couldn't help wondering how photographers successfully covered the Olympics with the 1Dx ( or 5D )

How is everyone dealing with the unreliable joystick performance for critical action photography ?

EOS Bodies / Re: Joystick issue 5d mk iii
« on: July 13, 2012, 04:47:47 PM »
I went to the source and asked one of Canon USA's top two tech guru's, the great Rudy Winston, about the "AF Home setting."   By the way another forum question asked how to get feedback to Canon. Simple, send Canon USA a letter or email. They are interested in what photographers have to say and they pass on the information and requests to HQ in Japan.

Hi Rex,

Wish I was going to the Olympics, but won't be this year!  Have to file that under my "hope to do it in the future" list.

Anyhow, the solution to what you're experiencing isn't intuitive -- but it will work, depending upon how much you want to instantly move to other AF points.  If you've gone into Custom Controls and configured the Multi-controller (joy-stick) to let you immediately move AF points about, by default, it acts as you describe:  use the Multi-controller to move to some outer AF point, stop, and then press the Multi-controller straight in, and it returns you to the center point.  But, if you press again, it reverts to the previously-selected AF point.  Sounds like that's not what you want.

My 1D Mark IV, with "Multi-controller while metering" (C.Fn III-9-1) active, actually behaves the same way the 5D Mark III does, allowing you to use it to move anywhere off-center, and then toggling between the last memorized point and center as you press it straight-in each time.

Two basic options to get around this -- sort of -- on the 5D Mark III:

   1).  ONLY use the Center AF point:  Set the Multi-Controller for direct AF point selection within Custom Functions;  actually use the Multi-controller to navigate to the Center AF point, and tap the shutter button to lock it in.  Now, each press of the Multi-controller (straight-in, not at one of its 8 angles) will simply stay at the center point.  However, I doubt that's what you're asking about... otherwise, there'd be no need to use the Multi-controller in the first place.

   2).  MEMORIZE a frequently-used off-center AF point (you can only memorize one at a time, however) by navigating to it -- you can use the Multi-controller, or press the rear AF point select button, and then turn the top/rear dials to move to some off-center point you expect to use frequently.  Press AND HOLD IN the rear AF point select button, and while you're holding it in, press the top panel illuminator button (small button wiht light bulb icon, on upper-right of top plate) -- you'll see "AF HP" appear briefly, indicating "Home Position" (you've memorized that AF point.

Now, NAVIGATE BACK TO THE CENTER POINT, using either the Multi-controller or combination of AF point select button and top/rear dials.  The memorized point blinks on and off in the finder, letting you know it's there and can be accessed with a push of the right button (more on that in a moment).  Pressing the Multi-controller straight in keeps you at the center AF point, no matter how many times you press it.

To instantly return to the memorized point:  configure either the AF-On button, AE Lock button, depth-of-field preview button, or Lens AF Stop Button (select EF super-tele lenses only) to act as the instant return button for the memorized AF point.  For AF-On or AE Lock buttons, select "Metering/AF" icon, then press the INFO button, and in the new screen that appears, select the "HP" option and press SET.  With the Depth-of-field preview button or Lens AF stop buttons, select the HP option (no need to press INFO first), and press SET.  Now, when the chosen button is pressed, you jump to the memorized, off-center AF point... either let it go, or (with the latter two), you can set it so that another press on that same button reverts you back to where you started from (Center AF point).   

In the meantime, the multi-controller can be used to jump you back to the center point if you've set the DOF or Lens AF Stop buttons to jump you to the memorized point and require another press to return you there.  But if you simply press the Multi-controller straight in, you're back to having it toggle you between the last two visited points (center and memorized ones).  You can defeat that by pressing the AF point select button, using the Multi-controller to move one point off-center and back again, and then pressing it straight-in.   

But aside from this, I don't see any way, on either camera, to use the Multi-controller to freely move off-center, and then press it straight-in to get back to center in one step, without having subsequent presses toggle you back and forth to the outer point you'd previously moved to.

Not sure if this helps, but I hope it does!

-- Rudy Winston
Canon USA

EOS Bodies / Re: Joystick issue 5d mk iii
« on: July 13, 2012, 03:51:28 PM »
I should have been more clear. I've benefitted from the small home button on the 1-D MKll that of course doesn't have a joystick. The great thing is I can hit that button whenever I want without looking and I know AF will always be where I expect it to be.
Often with 5D, I hit the JS and when I put my eye to the viewfinder I have to scramble to reposition AF to where I really want it.
There probably are some people who like the back and forth positioning but it tends to mess up my shooting. I also have to contend with the camera falling asleep and must wake it up with a shutter button tap before activating the JS. ( or exposure compensation )

EOS Bodies / Re: Joystick issue 5d mk iii
« on: July 13, 2012, 01:24:03 PM »
Regarding the Pixel battery grip, I found the feel of the joy stick ok but discovered it didn't move the AF  reliably to all positions.
I contacted the eBay distributer and was told to ship it to Buenos Aires and they would look at it.

Of course shipping is very expensive and the delay at best for any possible repair or replacement is at least a month.
And they might say "seems ok to us" pay to have it shipped back to you.

Note to self: Do not purchase direct from China, only use a US distributer.

EOS Bodies / Re: Joystick issue 5d mk iii
« on: July 13, 2012, 01:11:11 PM »
The problem for me is the way it is currently programmed the AF Home feature works only every other time.
The feature is reliable on my 1-D bodies. Hit the home button and AF goes there, all the time. Simple and predictable.

EOS Bodies / Re: Joystick issue 5d mk iii
« on: July 13, 2012, 11:39:36 AM »
Can I program a simple AF home setting so every time the JS is pressed AF returns to the home position ?
It works that way on my 1-D MK ll

EOS Bodies / Re: Joystick issue 5d mk iii
« on: July 12, 2012, 10:08:54 AM »
My Joystick has not fallen off but I would welcome helpful advice on programming the AF home setting.
Currently when I push down on the joystick, AF returns to the center sensor and a second push switches back to the previous AF sensor which drives me crazy. I want the AF home setting to work every time, not every other time.

Can it be programmed that way ?

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Tips, Tricks & Settings
« on: June 26, 2012, 12:03:27 AM »
I really like being able to program a home setting for auto focus.  With a tap to the joy stick, auto focus on my camera goes to the center sensor. The problem is, it alternates to the previous AF setting with a second tap.
Is there a way to program AF to only go to the home position every time the joy stick is pressed ?

EOS Bodies / Alternative 5D MK lll grip review
« on: June 20, 2012, 10:33:53 PM »
A preliminary review of the alternative 5D grip can be found in "Third Party Manufacturers"

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