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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: alternative grip
« on: June 20, 2012, 09:29:41 PM »
I received my Vertax brand 5D MK lll grip distributed by Pixel today. It arrived certified US Mail from Shen Zen China.
Total cost delivered was $90.

The grip looks and feels quite nice. The first thing I noticed was the rubber texture matches the feel of the camera body.

I was concerned about the feel and operation of the joy stick, but it operates well. It has a slightly "softer" feel than the body JS, but seems to work just fine. The buttons including the shutter button work fine during my very limited test.

The one concern I have is the control dial near the vertical shutter button. The movement and "clicks" are softer than the dial on the body and I can see it being a problem getting bumped when shooting or carrying the camera in the horizontal position. My guess is the Canon grip will have a dial with a little stiffer feel but bumping it could also be a common problem.  I may likely tape over the dial and could see my self doing it with the $350 Canon grip too.

Instructions that came with the camera are fine. I like that the grip is probably lighter than the Canon grip but I haven't seen the official model yet.

The small markings near the AF and other buttons are painted on and may wear off in time. Just a guess.

Overall after having the grip for a short time I'd say it's quite nice and a heck of a good deal. I'm glad I bought it and likely will get a second one for my other body.

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Canon's new grip, the BG-E11, looks like a big improvement over the BG-E6 for about $120 more.
I'm not crazy about spending over $700 for my two bodies. I hope the controls on the Chinese version work as well as my $58 Zeikos.

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The main thing I'm going on with my decision is that the $58 Zeikos grip for the MK ll was identical to the Canon grip minus the name printed on it. As long as the controls work smoothly I won't mind if it's made from a lighter material.
All I need is a comfortable way to shoot verticals with the camera. I won't be hammering nails with it.
The price of $90 shipped is not tempting ? I'm thrilled with the option. If the Canon grip turns out to be a Hell of a lot nicer, I sure will consider it for my 2nd body.

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I'm quite surprised the announcement of the Pixel grip beat the delivery of the Canon grip. I knew there'd be a knock off but they didn't waste any time. I just pre-ordered the Pixel brand. The pictures on EBay show what looks to be a well made product. Of course we all want to know how well the buttons function.
I bought a Zeikos grip for my 5D MKll for under $60 and it was perfectly fine. As good as the Pixel looks I would have preferred ordering the Zeikos brand because of personal experience.
I didn't mind paying top dollar for the great 5D MK lll, but I sure wasn't about to spend $350 for the Canon grip.

Mk lll grip for $90, no tax and free shipping, life is good ! Thanks to the OP for the tip !

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon BG-E11 Making its Way to Retailers
« on: May 18, 2012, 11:13:52 PM »
I'm waiting for a less expensive option.
I paid less than $60 for a non-Canon MK ll grip and it was just as good as the Canon version.

$350, no thanks.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon fixed 5DIII light leak with tape
« on: May 02, 2012, 07:11:05 PM »
I was at my local camera repair shop yesterday getting a tripod fixed and the tech mentioned that many digital cameras have tape inside to catch and hold loose dust.

The only thing that might concern me about the 5D tape mod is how it reacts to hot conditions.

I won't send mine in for the "fix", but if it ever goes to CPS for any service I'll let them decide what they want to do .

More exposures are effected by light through the eyepiece than the so-called "light leak". That's why the little rubber cover is attached to the  strap for when you run in front of the tripod to join the family portrait.

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I sure appreciate all the helpful advice. Lightroom sounds great but I hesitate to try to learn it just as I begin an important long-term freelance assignment. Can I open and work on MK lll RAW files in Photoshop now and make DNG conversions ?  I'm a veteran pro but I'm a little uncomfortable now that I'm using a new camera, will be switching to a new computer platform, and will begin shooting RAW.
For years I've used 1-D series bodies while shooting jpeg files toned in Photoshop on a PC.

Thanks for the friendly help and suggestions !

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After years of shooting jpgs I want to shoot RAW with the new 5D MK lll. I'd also like to beging using the Xrite Passport for batch color correction. I believe it requires conversion to DNG files. This is all new to me so I would appreciate advice on the best current way to process RAW from the new camera. I'm also about to switch to Mac after years of using PC computers.

I'm a pro, learning to use a new camera, new file format and new computer all at the same time.

Thanks

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III (body only) in stock at Norman.
« on: April 20, 2012, 01:59:10 PM »
I'm pleased to see Norman Camera, from Michigan, getting a lot of well-deserved attention here.
They are a top-notch company always providing impressive customer service.
Pat, their internet sales Guru, is a really good guy too.

Rex

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Product Advisory
« on: April 14, 2012, 11:08:45 PM »
I've been busy using my camera and didn't know it had a problem until I read it here. The product advisory has given people an opportunity to be mad about many things. A lot of people online are really mad about stuff.
Some believe Canon rushed the new camera, others are pissed they had to wait so long.  Others want a bunch of new features as long as the price stays low.  And why isn't it just like the new Nikon ? Some say they will never purchase Canon cameras again but visit this website every day. 

I want to start using perfect cameras, can someone suggest a model or brand ?

For years I've driven Honda sedans. Great cars. Recently I received a recall notice for an airbag problem. I brought it to the dealer and they corrected it quickly at no charge.  I appreciate the safety notification and the quick, friendly service, but I'm considering being mad. I spent a lot of money for that car and it should be perfect like a Toyota.

Canon may come up with a reasonable solution to this issue, and I may never hear of anyone having a serious problem with the camera, but I just might become mad anyway.  If I send my camera in once in a while to be cleaned or for a new shutter I'll get by, but if there's any kind of recall, I'm switching to Nikon !










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EOS Bodies / Re: Sleeping Joy Stick
« on: April 11, 2012, 02:34:32 PM »
I had hoped Michaelthemaven was on to something but his suggestion had nothing to do with a sleep timer and joystick. The Power Off menu options control overall power and does not solve the very sleepy joy stick.
Unless I am missing something we will have to cross our fingers for a firmware update.

My 1-D MK ll has a AF  back-to center-button that works well and fortunately is happy to stay awake and be ready to serve.

It's ironic how the new camera can have impressive state-of-the technology and come up short on a few helpful little features.  But that's been my experience with every pro camera I've used.

The wake up and shoot two-step makes no sense with a viewfinder full of sensors.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Sleeping Joy Stick
« on: April 11, 2012, 12:47:04 AM »
Thanks, Michael, I appreciate the info.
Now I do have the joystick set to move AF but it falls a sleep. I was a track meet today testing and getting accustomed to the new camera. I shot some action with the sensor on the far side activated. Minutes later as another subject moved into action I wanted to give a quick push on the JS to bring the AF back to center to start shooting.
As I began to shoot I realized AF never returned to center because it was asleep and I was stuck quickly fumbling to wake it up and reset it on the fly as runners sped toward me.

I'll step away from the computer and will examine my camera settings. Nice of you to help, I'll check out your guide.

Rex

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EOS Bodies / Sleeping Joy Stick
« on: April 10, 2012, 11:01:23 PM »
Any way to keep the MKlll joy stick awake ?
When covering action events it's not good to have to continually wake up the JS with a shutter button tap.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Lighting up a selected 5D AF sensor
« on: April 07, 2012, 10:31:03 PM »
What some photographers are trying to do, including myself, is duplicate, in the 5D MK lll, the sensible feature found in the 1-D series, and 5D MK ll.  When using my 1-MKll bodies, I am able to benefit from a nice plain screen, use Servo AF, and in dark conditions see my selected AF sensor briefly light up. A very useful feature.
I don't want a viewfinder filled with dozens of lit up AF sensors to see what I'm focusing on.

The 5D MK 11 has the helpful feature, but I never liked having 9 little boxes always on the focusing screen.
I'll test AI Focus to find out how well it performs for sports and active subjects.






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EOS Bodies / Re: Should I buy a 5D3 or 1D4?
« on: April 07, 2012, 01:20:25 AM »
Compare the specs.
If your work will benefit from a faster motor drive and a more rugged body, use the MK lV.
Both have great AF systems that come with a learning curve.
Also consider weight, flash sync-speed, and quiet shooting modes on the 5D.
Budget your money for quality lenses.

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