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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's bad marketing - big mistake
« on: March 30, 2012, 04:13:38 AM »
I just finished visiting the very popular Sports Shooter website, and you might be interested to read all the posts from pros complaining and warning about the new Nikon D4 and D800.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon smarter than we think
« on: March 29, 2012, 09:57:01 PM »
So much complaining about the 5D MKlll price. Well, it's not a MK ll so why should it be priced the same.
And what about value and features ? I have a 300 F4 lens and a 300 f2.8 lens. I spent over $3,000 more for the faster lens to gain on thing, one f stop in speed and that's all. In fact the f4 has IS and the 2.8 doesn't.
For those who think the price of the new camera is too high for what they get, the MK ll is still available and at reduced prices.  Everyone gets a choice and both of them are good.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's bad marketing - big mistake
« on: March 29, 2012, 09:36:58 PM »
If Canon's marketing is so bad why has the release of their newest camera been so extraordinary ? I've never seen anything like it and I've been a pro for 36 years.
It seems that many people are convinced Canon will never introduce any other cameras other than the coming 1-DX.

For people who demand extremely high-megapixel cameras they are available to purchase today.  And if the new Nikon is what your demanding work requires you're in luck ! No need to complain, you can purchase them, or large format cameras.  How have these people survived up until now.

For years I wished the 5D MKll had a faster motordrive, better AF, and a more robust body. Since it didn't have those features, I used other cameras for my work and survived quite well.

For years I've seen huge, wonderful photographs on the walls inside galleries and even bigger ones on walls outside buildings.  What's the problem, really ?

Now wait a minute, the second motor-drive video sounds slow. Was it in fact, silent mode ?
It sure doesn't sound like 6 FPS.

While listening to high-speed continuous I'm wondering what shutter speed was selected.

EOS Bodies / Re: Having Shot with a 7D ...
« on: March 18, 2012, 12:39:25 AM »
I suggest you size up your priorities, and budget. How critical is equipment to your photographic needs. ? Is your current gear limiting what you can do ? Are you willing to switch brands and all your cameras and lenses every time new technology is released ?  What are the key features you require ?
I know photgraphers who use very high-end gear and shoot crappy pictures. Others use modest gear with extraordinary results.
The anticipation and  release of the 5 D MKlll has been very interesting especially with comparisons to the new Nikon. It reminds me of the guy who makes a lot of money at work and is really happy until he finds out a co-worker earns a little more.
I ordered 2 5D MK lll bodies, and I believe the up-grades from the MK ll and added features are worth the money. 
If anything sucks it's that I have to wait a few more days to get them.

After a while it starts sounding a little anal here and not very visual. We all know photographers who shoot crap with the best gear and others who are amazing at making pictures and processing files with lesser gear.
It reminds me of people who have the best stereo equipment money can buy but don't own much of a music collection.
I like my Canon gear a lot, and if my co-workers have better Nikon gear, all the better for them.
Like someone said, for all the praise for Nikon, the sidelines are crowded with Canon shooters.

For all the complaints about the Canon 5D MK ll, it has been hugely popular around the world for years, and the buzz surrounding the MK lll release is extraordinary.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DM3 HDR Article
« on: March 15, 2012, 01:12:51 AM »
Maybe I'm the only one, but the HDR feature looks pretty cool to me and I'm already thinking of ways it can help me with my work.
There are many cameras on the market, pick one you that does what you need.
I don't mind paying the price increase for the added features of the MK lll.  Improved AF,  frames per second, and silent mode, are by themselves enough to satisfy me. The others are icing on the cake including the new viewfinder.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Chuck Westfall & the 5D Mark III
« on: March 14, 2012, 04:25:29 AM »
I enjoyed reading Chuck's interview and I was very pleased to learn about significant improvements to 5D auto focus. It's important to me to be able to use the new camera to shoot action. Six frames a second with high-end auto focus sounds really good to me. I had planned to buy one DX, but damn, it's nearly $7000, and it's pretty darn heavy.
Instead I'm getting 2 5D MK lll's in a few days and I really look forward to many of it's features.
Chuck Westfall is a great guy and he supports photographers. For years, nearly every time I called him, he picked up the phone and helped answer my technical questions and offered advice. He was always friendly, and patient.

Chuck will never discuss future Canon technology or products,  but he and fellow tech expert, Rudy Winston, always pass on photographer's suggestions, wishes (and complaints) to Canon Japan.

Chuck, Rudy, and other Canon USA techs don't always agree with decisions made in Japan but from what I can tell they are loyal to their company while always supporting and speaking up for photographers.

During my 36 years as a pro using Canon there have always been a few things with their products that drive me crazy and I question, but I use Canon for their innovation, leadership, and all the things they do well.

For some reason, if you go to the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, the White House, Iraq, Fashion Week in New York or Milan, the Olympics, you will see a lot of white lenses.

Use the gear that works best for your needs and budget, but don't knock Chuck Westfall, he supports photographers.



EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MK lll arriving a little early ?
« on: March 12, 2012, 08:22:46 PM »
I don't like joke posts, and I hope my dealer or others won't get in any trouble for shipping in advance of the 22nd date, if in fact they do. I really don't think they would break any manufacturer guidelines.
I contacted them the day before the camera was released and asked to be put on the pre-order list. They told me there was no list but they would start one and put me on it.
The email was sent this morning to make sure payment was in order so there'd be no delays in shipping.

Again, they wrote " Canon is shipping these out in the next day or two to us. I should be able to get the cameras out this week to you."

EOS Bodies / 5D MK lll arriving a little early ?
« on: March 12, 2012, 02:54:06 PM »
My dealer informed me this morning that Canon is shipping their 5D order "in a day or two" and they'll ship my order this week.

I'm more interested in first-hand accounts of the Intelligent Viewfinder, and focusing screen quality.

The tolerance issue is somewhat interesting though because Canon could say Approximately for a variety of their camera specs.  Approx 6 frames per sec., etc. etc.

With all the hands-on reviews of the MK lll, how about some comments on the Intelligent Viewfinder and focusing screen.
After using 1-D bodies for years I'm not crazy about having AF boxes on the screen of my MK ll, so I welcome the change in the new camera.
Can it be set up like 1-D so the selected AF lights up only briefly ?

How bright is the focusing screen and how well does it perform for manual focus ?

The best screen I ever had was the crisp and sharp, glass, all-matte K screen in my old F-1n film cameras. The gold standard for manual focusing.

Also, isn't odd that the viewfinder is described as APPROX 100%. It's either 100% or not, right ?

EOS Bodies / 5D MK lll Auto Focus for action
« on: March 08, 2012, 02:08:46 AM »
The one thing lacking from all the 5D MK lll previews is auto focus performance for action photography.
It's an important question.
Six frames-per-second is plenty fast, but how will the 5D track action subjects ?  How will it compare to the older-but-popular 1-D MK lln, the 1-D Mk lV,  7D, or others ? 
If you purchase a 5D, will you need another camera for action photos ?

Since the 5D will be shipping soon, it's time to talk about auto-focus performance for sports and fast-moving subjects.

EOS Bodies / Re: New BG-E11 comes in at $350 not $499!!!
« on: March 06, 2012, 12:43:34 AM »
The grip at $350 is still way to expensive for me. I'm willing to pay top dollar for MK lll bodies during the first release, but not for the new grip. That's where I'm determined to save money.
After I purchased the MK ll on sale last December for under $2000  I bought a Zeikos grip for under $60 and it works fine and looks just like the Canon model.  $60 !!

Does anyone remember how long it took for quality, non-Canon grips, to hit the market last time around ?

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