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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon, STOP shipping defective products!!!
« on: April 25, 2012, 11:59:04 AM »

Good for you.

The rest of us want cameras that didn’t have to be opened up and repaired to meet specs.

Also those with the light leakage issue are within spec, as I understand it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon, STOP shipping defective products!!!
« on: April 25, 2012, 09:27:43 AM »
I ran an extensive test just now. I have concluded that this is a major issue as you can see:

First shot, LCD light OFF. Exposure time 5sec @ f4, 800 ISO:

Second shot, LCD light ON. The camera incorrectly metered the scene, underexposing dramatically with a metered value of only 4sec @ f4, 800 ISO:

I love the true black on the first, correctly exposed photo! I can't wait until May 10th so I can get my camera fixed!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon, STOP shipping defective products!!!
« on: April 24, 2012, 10:47:41 AM »
I can't help starting this new thread, because I want us loyal early adopters and all customers to be treated fairly by Canon.

First, I'v shooting Canon for 15 years. I have two 5D3’s. Neither of them showed any “noticeable” effect. Both of them are still within 30-day return period. I AM packing them up today and sending them back for full refund.

Canon’s response to this light leak issue is unacceptable. For a $3,500 camera for which many of us have waited and saved, Canon should STOP shipping the defective products immediately. Whether it affects real world shooting or not, it is a product with defect. If Canon wants to earn trust from its loyal and prospective customers, be bold and offer to swap out the defective units unconditionally free of charge.

I know many of us do not want to lose the camera for some short period of time and that's why we have been defending Canon including myself. BUT, forgiving the bad business practice can only encourage abuse of the customers.

Remember iPhone 4? Apple ultimately paid the price by issuing $15 to all its owners. Some lawyer is probably happily laughing right now when they saw Canon's response.

I am writing to Canon today. This is not the solution. And this is not over yet.

I do understand why people may feel a bit unhappy about receiving a non-perfect product. I'm a 5DIII owner myself, and while I would of course prefer if the camera didn't have this issue, I don't think that Canon is handling this poorly. They are offering a fix (I called and verified this with canon china) and not just an "inspection", so for those of you who think this is a big problem, just send in your cameras!

No company would do a recall because of a phenomena of this kind. This time the community happened to stumble over this before Canon did, but there are and will be bigger problems than this with any newly launched products. Most of the time the manufacturer rectifies this in subsequent production batches without the public ever knowing. If a design or manufacturing problem causes product failure or the product to perform out of spec, a recall would be the right thing to do, but this is not the case with the light leakage.

Am I annoyed? I tiny bit perhaps, but as this will not affect me I've decided not to send in my camera. To demand a recall of all shipped units is neither realistic nor called for.

In this case, I'm sure the canon management team were even discussing to issue a statement saying that the product performs according to specifications and no further actions will be taken. Luckily for Canon they didn't choose this route, as it would have been a PR disaster and, good for us, they will fix it if you want. As they should.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Product Advisory
« on: April 15, 2012, 01:36:16 PM »
Have anyone tried setting the DOF button to switch between Ai Servo and One Shot? I aimed at the same spot, but the exposure varied from 1/500s to 1/800s when I switched af-mode. How the hell can that be?

It's not happening 100% of the subjects I shoot at, but 90% and it's 100% consistent at one subject when I push the switch...

I have set the DOF button on my 5DIII in the same way and stumbled across this very issue the other day. However, the exposure only changes when in evaluative metering mode. I have not been able to find the exact answer to why this is, but when googling it, I found that this has also been the case for previous canon models and therefore likely not a problem. It could have something to do with how the camera interprets subject/background differently between the to AF modes when it's set to evaluative metering. I'd appreciate a better explanation as well, but I don't believe it's a problem with our cameras.

EOS Bodies / Re: AIFocus works!
« on: April 08, 2012, 01:14:58 AM »
Ok, so I have been re-educating myself as the jump from the 300D to the 5D3 is bigger than I imagined (silly me!). So after figuring out how to shoot without a fill in flash  :), I decided it was time to check out AIFocus. A dragonfly obliged by dashing back and forth overhead (above the terrace). I had 5 tries and one was decent. I would have had more I guess if I had set it for continuous shooting I would have got more keepers - I typically set it at one shot so this is a learning... Here it is.

Congratulations on your new camera! For some reason I can't see your shot (maybe cos I'm on a mobile), but here's a recommendation: keep your camera in burst mode all the time just in case, and try setting the DOF preview button as a switch between one-shot and AI servo mode. You'll have to keep it pressed in while you're shooting to stay in AI servo mode, but it's a lot easier and faster than having to fiddle around in menus when you could be catching a great shot.

EOS Bodies / Re: Serious Banding at ISO12800 :(
« on: April 08, 2012, 01:04:47 AM »
LR 4 changes my files from how they look on camera with a color cast almost like an overlay. CS5 Bridge doesn't change it at all from the look of the files in camera. I have seen LR in previous versions do this before a lot and i am starting to think bridge may be a better alternatie for true color reproduction...

I haven't played w LR 4 since the public beta but I think you can set which color model it uses to handle your raw files, similar to the ACR front end of Photoshop or LR3 too?..
Either Adobe's version, in at least 2 different year variations (e.g. 2010) or, I think, "Camera Standard," which seems to provide an image much closer to the Canon processed looked.

LR is imitating the Canon camera profiles, such as Standard, Neutral, Faithful, etc. In my opinion Neutral is the one that looks most like the DPP version or the in camera version of this profile. Therefore recommend using Neutral as the starting point for imports in LR, since the "translation" seems closest to the original.

I haven't been that frustrated by the 5DIII's picture review, but your proposed workflow does make sense. I'll sign the petition!

Lenses / Re: 35 1.4 upgrade from 28 1.8 for 7D
« on: March 31, 2012, 07:29:55 AM »
I have been using the 28 1.8 on my 7D for a while as well and been fairly pleased with it. More because of its focal length and speed than the IQ it produces though. I just upgrade to the 5DIII and when I was trying out the cam in the store I had the chance to do that in combination with the 35L, and wow, what a difference! I first thought it was entirely because i was trying it on a better camera, so I tried it with my 7D instead and it's also a great combo! A huge improvement on the 28. Colours, contrast, sharpness, bokeh and build. You name it! think you would be very happy with it. It's my next purchase as well!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Teases Exclusive Screening at NAB 2012
« on: March 11, 2012, 01:11:22 AM »
Canon's screenings at SXSW this week have been billed as "exclusive", but by going to the Imagin8ion room in the Driscoll, you can get a ticket. They're all part of the Ron Howard project filmed on the C300.

I think you are right. The word "screening" says it all, doesn't it? I don't get why so many people here are convinced this is a camera launch. Am I missing something?

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* Here's an Invite for March 2, 2012
« on: March 01, 2012, 07:03:19 AM »
That 19AF points is an old rumour - ignore it.

I think you're right. Especially considering the...

"Availability: Dec 2011"

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* Here's an Invite for March 2, 2012
« on: March 01, 2012, 05:43:00 AM »
Quote from: ramon123
A picture that someone sent...

Def the real deal. Good job!

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* Here's an Invite for March 2, 2012
« on: March 01, 2012, 05:41:21 AM »
Quote from: ramon123
Here's the TRUE invite  ;D

I understand your excitement, but there's no point re-posting mine and simonxu's pics as yours.
Let's not crash the server before the fun starts!   ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* Here's an Invite for March 2, 2012
« on: March 01, 2012, 04:41:14 AM »
At the Shanghai event, by the "EOS booth/corner" are there spots for posters to still go up? Meaning are they holding back placing up posters of the new EOS?

If someone could check it out and get back to all of us here, it would be great.

I just walked by the stage during my lunch break today. I can confirm that there are four separate areas apart from the main stage in the middle; PowerShot, IXUS, Legria and EOS, as mentioned before.

I tried to sneak into a side passage near the EOS booth to have a closer look, but was quickly asked to get out by a guard.

The booth itself is far from ready at this point, with a section in the middle of the booth notably empty of posters or camera names.

What is really interesting is the banner on top of the booth. On the right hand side you will see the EOS-1DX logo. Now, looking at the LEFT hand side, it's very clear that a second logo has been temporarily been covered up by white cloth!

A new, yet to be announced, camera WILL be displayed here. Is it the 650D or 5DIII? Perhaps it's both, but I bet that white cloth is covering the name "EOS 5D Mark III"!

EOS Bodies / Re: Post fun/interesting B/W's
« on: February 04, 2012, 01:49:40 AM »
Stretching. Poster of favorite(?) soccer team taped to the door. Shot on Guangdong Rd, Shanghai.

Site Information / Re: Karma
« on: January 12, 2012, 11:24:08 AM »
I am celebrating getting my first karma feedback as a new member. Very few post so far, none of them rude or even challenging, but still a "smite"!  :-[

Therer there +1   :)


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