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EOS Bodies / 5D3 and things that could be improved just a little.
« on: April 04, 2012, 02:59:05 PM »

This is a thread about things I’ve noticed about my new 5D3.  It’s not a rant or Canon blew this one kind of thread.  I love my 5D3, and I’ve had almost few weeks and a few thousand images with it.  There are just a few tiny little things I’d change.

First, I shot with my Canon EOS ef-m for years with its 35-80 kit lens, then moved up to AF with an EOS 5.  After that is was a jump to an EOS 50D in October 2008, then, as we know, the 5D3 in March 2012.  I even played with a Sinar 4x5 view camera in that time frame too.

Now, on to the 5D3:

 One thing I don’t like is where your right thumb would be when shooting. The ergonomic on the camera case is too high.  That bump below the af-on/ ae lock/ af point button, you know the one.  After an hour or so of holding the camera it wears on the skin.  I have not used the camera with big gloves on, maybe in the winter when it’s -20c the bump will prove to be useful.

 Let’s say your shooting, you stop for a minute and the camera goes to sleep.  Pressing the shutter to shoot again, I find the wake up time too long.  Maybe I just need to get used to the shutter button, it’s quite different than the 50D’s.

You shoot an image, and the image is still on the preview for the 2 seconds (or more if you’ve changed the setting), you hit zoom to look closer BEFORE the image preview time expires, now you turn the quick control dial to view the previous image, but the camera wont go to the previous image.  You have to “clear” the screen, hit the playback button, then you can browse all of your images zoomed or not.

As usual, the manual is written by someone who has never used the camera.

When you achieve focus and the focus point lights red, I can’t see it light up in bright conditions.  It needs to be brighter or something.

Maybe some this could be addressed with firmware updates, or the next 5D4 @$4500.


EOS Bodies / Used 50D, is it worth it?
« on: April 03, 2012, 05:16:20 PM »
What's a reasonable price to pay for a single owner 50d body with 18k on it, with canon grip, and original battery, charger, and all boxes? 

Is $549 too much? 

EOS Bodies / Best 5d3 custom function AF point selection quick!
« on: April 02, 2012, 02:32:58 PM »
Go to the CF menu, second one, custom controls.  Then, go to the one in the right column, at the bottom, called Multi-Controller AF point direct selection.  Its default is off, hit it and select AF point direct selection.  Now focus the camera and move the Multi controller (joy stick), you can select the AF point with out going in to a menu! 

If this has been covered, great, but I just noticed it from a post to something in another thread.

Note, I only use spot AF and have the other modes turned off.

5D MK III Sample Images / 5D3 with 24Lii @ f1.4
« on: April 02, 2012, 12:39:21 AM »
Got up early to catch the sunrise.  24mmii @ f1.4 5D3

EOS Bodies / 5D3 continuous file numbers
« on: March 28, 2012, 04:44:41 PM »

I have my 5d3 set to continuous file numbering and all is well (or was well).  I was up to file number 900 or so.  I plug my 5d3 in to my mac at work and I noticed that the file numbers reverted back to zero.  As I shoot now the file numbers are continuous.  I formatted the card, removed the battery and it's fine. 

I shot some more images and imported to my mac the same way again, but this time the camera kept the file numbers and did not revert back to zero.

Is it normal for this to happen?  I never affected my 50D.

I had to use image capture to get the files off my 5d3 because the EOS utility at work is not current and won't work with the new 5d3.


EOS Bodies / Any Canon stores in Chicago?
« on: March 07, 2012, 03:48:33 PM »
I'll be in Chicago in April, any great places for used Canon gear in town?  Thanks.

EOS Bodies / 5D3 Shipping March 22nd in Canada
« on: March 06, 2012, 06:05:36 PM »
My dealer confirmed that they'll be shipping my 5d3 March 22nd.  ;D

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