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EOS Bodies / Lighting up a selected 5D AF sensor
« on: April 07, 2012, 01:09:18 AM »
The solution I've found for lighting up a select 5D AF sensor is to use AI Focus, or One-Shot.
Coming from 1-D MK ll bodies that feature helpful light-up options, I've been concerned by the possible lack of it in the MK lll.

It's great the 9 boxes on the 5D MKll screen are gone because I really prefer a plain screen.

I'm accustomed to using Servo AF, so I'll be curious how AI Focus works for my subjects. I'm trying to take my time to really learn the manual and the camera, as well as the new 1-DX AF guide.

I'm curious to hear from others how AI Focus works for movement and action.

EOS Bodies / Re: White Box Mark 3
« on: April 07, 2012, 12:48:20 AM »
I've heard of well known dealers separating kits as a courtesy to customers who need just the body or kit lens when stock of the single item is limited or unavailable. 
If the dealer is reputable, it comes down to how important a picture on the box is to you.
Rather than fearing a sinister plot, consider the very real possibility that the friendly dealer wants to make sure you don't have to wait for a popular piece of equipment with its USA warranty.  The white box is more common with kit lenses than bodies.
Keep in mind that some people, God knows why, are willing to pay more for your used gear if you have the original box and wipe the dust off it.
Is it difficult to find the new 5D in stock right now ?

EOS Bodies / Re: My first real shoot with the 5DIII
« on: April 06, 2012, 10:11:23 PM »
For many of my shots I've dialed down EC a little.

EOS Bodies / Re: Will the D1-x really be superior to the new 5DIII?
« on: April 06, 2012, 01:36:41 PM »
The specs on the 1DX have been released, and Canon says it will be the best they've ever introduced.
Just like you find here and on the Nikon forums, reaction will be all over the place.
Many people will love it and others will come up with a long list of disappointments. And then there are those photographers who will carefully decide it fits their needs and will be too busy making pictures to write about the camera. I ordered one but decided the 5D MKlll fits my needs, is less expensive, and is a lot lighter.

Before spending $7,000 you may want to read critical reviews, and actually try the camera before you purchase  it. One person said their older 1-D MK ll has better auto focus than the 5D MK lll. That has not been my experience. The new 5D bodies I use have better autofocus than my 1-DMK lln and 1-DMK lV. Those cameras do have faster motordrives though, and results will also be effected by lens choice. Some newer camera bodies out perform certain lenses.

Few people will be surprised when top pros who now use the 1-D MK lV upgrade to the DX for the improved speed and AF technology. New sensor technology will be icing on the cake.

I'm impressed with the 5D MK lll and have used many of the Canon 1-D series and pro film cameras with excellent results, but I've never owned a perfect camera.

The smart choice is Norman Camera in Michigan. 
No question.
Ask for Patrick, Online sales manager.
Tell 'em Rex referred you.

They beat out the so-called big dealers every time.

Reliable and fast !

EOS Bodies / Re: any screen protectors for MarkIII?
« on: April 03, 2012, 01:19:23 AM »
I stopped using screen protectors on my 1-D cameras years ago, but when I got a 5D MK ll with its large LCD in December I asked about them online. Many people said the screen is so tough, and cheap and easy to replace, that I haven't bothered with them. From my experience you have to work hard to scratch the screen.  .....and don't be caught dead with a lens cap.

EOS Bodies / Re: Shot wedding with 5DIII, dissapointed in AF
« on: April 02, 2012, 11:50:14 AM »
This was helpful to me, and I will use some of the suggestions.

EOS Bodies / Re: Shot wedding with 5DIII, dissapointed in AF
« on: April 02, 2012, 11:45:30 AM »
Single point without expansion will be fine as long as that point is directed at something with a little texture.
I'm curious to learn, how with the NEW system, expansion choices etc. effect AF speed.

I recall having trouble with my older cameras shooting night football. If the sensor was on a jersery between the number and the waist band, the solid color was a bitch to track. Often I would sacrifice composition to place the sensor on texture and contrast. The new 1-DX will also track color and faces.......for an extra $3500

Good idea to learn the stick-shift before leaving the driveway :-)  ( for me anyway )

EOS Bodies / Re: Shot wedding with 5DIII, dissapointed in AF
« on: April 02, 2012, 11:12:23 AM »
Both of my cameras are impressive, and work very well. I've decided to spent more time with them and learn a lot about the feature options before using them for work. I'm using other cameras for the time being for assignments.
When the 1-DMKlV came out, a lot of people had issues until they learned more about the complex AF.

A friend of mine, an experienced AP photo bureau photo chief in a big city, had issues with his Mark lV until he learned the optimal setup for AF. His results then became consistently excellent.

Rudy Winston, a good guy and tech expert from Canon, has an online series describing the new 5D /  1DX AF system.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is 5DIII softer than 5DII?
« on: April 02, 2012, 02:24:32 AM »
Most of the fear and dread, and complaints are from people who don't have the camera.
The rest of us are busy shooting pictures.

Check out the Nikon forums and you'll find the same complaints.

By the way, the camera features a micro adjustment so you can match your lenses to the body for critical sharpness. Most people won't need to do it. If you actually have the camera, know what you are doing, and have a real problem, reputable dealers will take care of it.

EOS Bodies / Re: My first real shoot with the 5DIII
« on: March 31, 2012, 09:14:14 PM »
I see a lot of chrome and reflections. No surprise EC was needed.
Good thing there are many metering modes to choose from and experiment with.

In the past it has taken me many, many months to get totally comfortable and familiar with new cameras, and that's with daily pro use. I'm not crazy about the endless things I'll have to master with the MK lll, starting with AF.

Nice car shots, great color.

EOS Bodies / Re: Lloyd Chambers Review of 5d3
« on: March 31, 2012, 09:04:24 PM »
When I visit Nikon forums a find a similar mix of high praise, complaining and disappointment.
During  pre Internet days we were never exposed to such a flood of wide-ranging reaction, and I do believe most forums of any kind, by nature, attract more complaining.

I don't remember, did Canon promise two, three, four more stops of speed from the new body ? That wasn't  the most significant improvement I was expecting.

During my long career none of my pro cameras have ever been perfect. Many great features, a few that puzzled me and some things I was always left wishing for. The steady improvement though has had a real impact on my work.  For example, look at the improvement in sports photography, wedding pictures, digital photography in National Geographic, and If you can, visit the White House to see their historic collection of images. The recent ones are extraordinary by comparison.  Large, sharp, beautiful, noise-free images in very low light of our dark-skinned President. 

Canon USA and CPS welcome comments and concerns, and they share them with the people in Japan who make the products.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MK iii focus confirmation grrrrrr.....
« on: March 31, 2012, 04:18:00 PM »
I haven't had a chance to check it out or try it. I'm accustomed to 1-D MK ll's where I programed the little AF box to biefly light up and go out which I like a lot.
Will the feature described above work for servo AF and not just one-shot ?

I sure am glad the 9 permanent focusing screen boxes found in the 5D MK ll are gone.

Canon's Rudy Winston has an overview tutorial on the new MKlll / 1-Dx metering system online.
Looking at the manual, and camera menus for the AF system options makes my head hurt.

I wish the options were more simple, Football, Basketball, Track, Auto Racing.....etc

EOS Bodies / Re: BG-e11 Hand Grip Gripe
« on: March 31, 2012, 04:20:03 AM »
I didn't mind paying extra money for the 5D MK lll, but you won't see me in line for the new, high-priced Canon grip. Nope, not a chance. I'm waiting for the Zeikos version. The one I purchased for my MK ll was under $60, and identical to the expensive Canon grip.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Owners - are you happy?
« on: March 30, 2012, 02:09:57 PM »
If you visit the popular Sports Shooter website you will find similar critical rants about Nikon's new D4 and 800.
The 5D MK lll is simply a remarkable camera. The poll needs a word stronger than "delighted."

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