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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays [CR2]
« on: May 31, 2012, 05:16:38 AM »
Maybe we'll have red af points and f8 in the revised version.

My money would be on this too.

This is also one of the reasons I think it's feeling old. People already want new features, and frankly, they should have been there already. But I think it's VERY unlikely that they add something of extreme significance. People, including me, are going to be dissapointed to see the entire list of things we're hope to be added, just wiped away, and we are stuck with what we already know about features. So if canon made it right from the start, and announced and produced and it hit the shelfs in january, this would have been a fantastic camera. Now it will be an anti-climax.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays [CR2]
« on: May 31, 2012, 04:50:44 AM »
Call me crazy, but eventhough it's a new camera, with all this delays and everything, I have the feeling this camera is old!

+1 ! If it's only that much better than the 5d3 like we've seen, with obvious better noisehandling, but not much else, and it essentially is what was announced and all this time was just spent fixing what they promised soon to be a year ago, I agree with you. It feels old, we've know what it suppose to do, but can't do it.

I don't invite people to a stuntshow promising I can jump 60 buses on a dirt-bike while I draw the people watching while I'm doing backflips and when people show up I simply say "Oh, but, uhm, I need to practice first, I have never been on a bike like this..."

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays [CR2]
« on: May 31, 2012, 04:41:17 AM »
At 12 fps you would run through those 400k actuations at the same time it takes the 5d3 to run through the 150k. And that being said, the less strain on the shutter, the longer it lasts (over what canon guarantees) We've seen the thread were people have put 1 million actuations on a 50d. I'm not worried about running out on the 5d3. Plus, that shutter will be way less expensive to replace.

This is of course a stand alone point. If you HAVE TO HAVE 12 fps for your fast action work, the 5d isn't an option. But for me who have always loved and used 1d's, I couldn't be happier that the X was delayed long enough for me to jump on a 5d3. I LOVE that thing.

EOS Bodies / Re: Chinese Alternative BG-E11 for 5D III not as bad
« on: May 29, 2012, 04:40:38 PM »
What matters is the weathersealing...  they're usually good enough quality for me, but if they're not sealed, I can't use it..,

Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.2
« on: May 28, 2012, 04:37:49 PM »
I have the 50 L on the 5d3 very much of the time. BUT only after adjusting it with Reikan FoCal software. It was impossible to do with SpyderLens Cal and other manual tools. I bought a second copy with more STABLE focus, but not adjusted properly. After the software adjustment it is fantastic! I have always loved the lens, the hardest of all Canon lenses to use by far, with all it's faults, sorry, "it's a feature, not a fault", lol. Learn to use it and adjust it properly, and it gives you bokeh, color, contrast and wide open IQ that can't be matched by another 50. And it is very close to my 85 wide open now, which hasn't even been close to before.

Superb lens when adjusted, what will shorten your life dramtically or even kill you with frustration when it's not. Many people buy this lens and trade it off again because it is so hard to control. If you want a wide aperture normal'ish lens, the 85 and 35 will be better alternatives and WAY easier to get great results with, but only the 50 L is the best 50.

Software & Accessories / Re: Reikan FoCal
« on: May 24, 2012, 02:59:59 AM »
Just bought and tried the pro version with the lenses listed in my profile and all my lenses are adjusted to frontfocus.

For example my 24 I had at +16 and where very happy, so I wanted to see what FoCal would do, it adjusted it to +9 and it's way in front.

The 50 L, oh my, that is the reason I will be sent to an early grave. The ACTUALLY told me, directly from mailing with FoCal, that the 50 L is almost too inconsistent to adjust. They say to try to adjust it 7 EV instead of 10. I didn't help.

It was at +6 and Focal said it should be at 0, and now it's way in front as well.

I had my 85 L at +8 and FoCal wanted it to be at -5, and now it's way in front.

The WORST PART of this whole deal is; It's stated that phase AF is very hard to get right. No matter how much you adjust, it's always going to be very much different from shot to shot (IF you defocus completely between each shot).

So what I have learned is that no matter if you own the baddest that is offered by the biggest brand and paid a kid and a kidney, properly focused images are only guranteed at ONE specific distance in ONE specific light.

"Adjust to your most used distance"

Maybe I will go back to the 5d2 and the Eg-S and some good manual lenses, because AF isn't good enough. What's the damn point in having 61 af points when you can only use the center one, go out on the edges and the 50 is waaaaay in front compared to center.

I'm not sure if the FoCal is to blame, maybe it's just the AF of 2012, but it frontfocused all my lenses. I got better results by just trying myself.

That being said, I will try under daylight and not under artificial light today. I'll update this message if the results change dramatically.


So, forget what I said, this software is the greatest thing ever invented. Test invironment is crucial!!!

Here's what NOT TO DO!:

Use artificial light.
Approx distance
Not sturdy setup (tripod)

Here's what TO DO!:

Use daylight bright shadow (10 EV)
Use a very sturdy tripod
Use the correct distance 50x focal.

My god, the 50 L works now, it's the first time I have ever been able to use it for anything. What a lens. The AF isn't the most consistent, but at least now I know if it misses, it's because it misses. Not because of misalignment, and that is A LOT easier to accept.

I had set my 35 to -9 from weeks of testing, I had set my 24 to +16, and FoCal set them to, guess what? -9 and +16.
The 50 I was way off, the 85 L was set in between the value from my first test and my own setting, so I guess that's perfect also.

Buy this software if you have fast lenses, it will save you two heartattacks, 15 years lifeshortening and suicidal moments.

EOS Bodies / Re: Some high ISO 5D3 samples from last weekend
« on: May 22, 2012, 04:23:05 AM »
Thanks for posting and great work, skilled stuff.

Lens of choice here?

EOS Bodies / Re: Best technique for Micro Focus Ajustment
« on: May 21, 2012, 05:18:29 PM »
Anyone experienced "License error" with Reikan Focal Pro?

I use a 5d3 and just bought a license, and I can see the serial in the program, and I can go into the tools, but as soon as I press "Start" on something I just says "license error". Great fun....

EOS Bodies / Re: 5Dmk3 GGS screen protectors
« on: May 21, 2012, 02:08:50 PM »
yay ebay has them now


I have this on my 5DM3. The back LCD fist perfectly, but the top LCD no matter how I install it, I see line of air between the LCD & protector. And it is thick, so whenever your fingers move around you will feel the raised plastic. I am keeping it until I receive a regular protector and will replace the top one only as the back one looks good so far.

Exact same thing here!!

Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.2
« on: May 21, 2012, 04:01:08 AM »
I am on my third copy of the 50 L and as much I love parts of this lens I have SERIOUS AF problems....

If I aim at 30 meters the lens is dead on with midpoints and 10 meters in front on the outer points. I adjust to make the outer work, and then it's waaay behind when I use midpoints.

It was the same with the two others, this one is production code UA03, so it's brand new. It's much better than the two others for stabillity, the two others were all over and damn near impossible to MA, never got them to be consistent at one setting.

But it still is the same issue. try the second to last row to the right/left, which are crosstypes (5d3) and it misses both in Ai and One Shot, with spot, single, expanded by four or 9, I can try 40 times, and just doesn't hit. use points closer to the middle and it's sharper than any of the two others, by far.

Anyone else experiencing this ? As I said, three copies used on three different bodies, 1d4, 5d2 and 5d3.

And for the record, neither copies of my 85 L II and 35 had or have this issue.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 weather sealing...
« on: May 20, 2012, 02:16:36 PM »
The 5DIII's weather sealing is equivalent to that of the 7D - good, but not up to the level of current 1-series bodies.  There are some rubber gaskets, but many of the seals are 'manufacturing tolerances' (finely machined joins with no other underlying seal). 

I've used my 7D in light rain on several occasions with no issues.

Yeah, I see black foam gaskets where my 1d's have proper rubber gaskets. However, I have it insured and I am not going to start to care if my camera gets wet, (even as a hobbyist) if I want to shoot in hard rain and it fails but I got the shots I wanted, I am happy, "hello is this the insurance company? New 5d3 please" and they say "yes, here's the check, buy yourself a new one and have fun"

EOS Bodies / Re: WOW First 5D Mark 3 Video D800 :(
« on: May 20, 2012, 12:00:38 PM »
For real estate shooting with available light is the name of the game...  we can cheat with speed lights for photos but when it comes to video...  The D800 doesn't even compare.  There are so many dark areas in a home, on the D800 noise covers the dark areas...  The 5D Mark III Does a fantastic job.  The above teaser admittedly was shot in day light (shoot time was bumped up) but the low light work that we have done... the D800 doesn't compare.

That said the D800 does have more range, but it seemed as though it was just brightening the dark areas to deal with the noise... problem is that sometime we want deep darks in our video.

Ah, video, of course. That I can totally understand..

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX sample RAW images
« on: May 20, 2012, 05:25:53 AM »
It isn't that I have completely lost interest in the 1d X, but it's so far away, and keeps getting farther away, that I decided not to sit around waiting for it as that would just be selfinduced destruction.

But since I got the 5d3, I must say, other than the need of better tracking, I don't really see what the 1d X offers ME that the 5d3 don't. And I am coming from 1d3 and  1d4 in the past. And never thought it would matter to me, but the smaller size and weight of the 5d is very welcome. And even battery capcity is only off by 200 images, and it used to be 2000 images better than the 5d.

I get by with 6 fps and don't really need 12. I would hate to loose the headphone jack now that I am filming more. And until we see a proper rawconverted comparison with MASSIVELY different results ( I know the 1d X kills for high iso, 51k looks like 10k on the 5d3) but other than that?

EOS Bodies / Re: WOW First 5D Mark 3 Video D800 :(
« on: May 20, 2012, 05:19:18 AM »
Just out of curiosity, real estate, as in shooting advertising for people selling their private homes? In what cases do you need low-light capabillities there for?

A tripod and f11 and iso 100 doesn't work?

I must say, after the 5d3 came out, "most"people think that it must be something wrong with it. Really? What are the serious odds of something malfunctioning to that extent out of the box??

I have been working as a salesperson for 13 years, and I see maybe one or two products a year that doesn't work out of the box, calibration not counted of course. And this goes for pretty much any product we sell. And that includes the supercheap brands. Personally I got at 24 L II that was random at focusing, then a second copy just as bad, but other than that, nothing.

If it doesn't explode in your hands, it's 99,99% likely it's good.

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