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


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.



Thanks.


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Is there any way to set the default zoom when reviewing images and zooming in? I'd like for it to start so that the whole image is displayed, then I have to force it to zoom in. Currently it starts at a zoom level that only displays about 60% of the image.

Push the play button instead of the zoom button?

Yes, it's in the menu.  I have mine set at 4x (default is 2x).  I don't have my camera with me atm, but it know you can set it in the menu.



Go to page 252 of the manual, or, under the playback 3 menu you can set the starting magnification and initial position for the magnified view.

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Is there any way to set the default zoom when reviewing images and zooming in? I'd like for it to start so that the whole image is displayed, then I have to force it to zoom in. Currently it starts at a zoom level that only displays about 60% of the image.

Push the play button instead of the zoom button?

Yes, it's in the menu.  I have mine set at 4x (default is 2x).  I don't have my camera with me atm, but it know you can set it in the menu.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Best 5d3 custom function AF point selection quick!
« on: April 04, 2012, 11:45:37 AM »
This is great!  Thanks.  I too missed it in the manual.  I'm coming from the 50D and this feature is new to me.

50D here too, what a jump, eh?

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 II L USM
« on: April 04, 2012, 11:23:43 AM »
My lens nails it all the time, even at this wide of lens, f1.4 can is thin.   I never seem to shoot at infinity now that you ask.  But I have mfa disabled on my 5D3 because I shoot wide open and close, so any error correction is lost do to subject or camera movement.  I find the more I play with mfa the worse my keeper rate is —so disable. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Awesome use of DOF preview button on 5dmk3
« on: April 04, 2012, 09:03:20 AM »
learn to use the M-fn button with your pointer finger and the AF select button with your thumb).



http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=5244.0

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 II L USM
« on: April 04, 2012, 01:31:14 AM »
Also, the 24 vignettes a lot wide open, but I love that feature.  You can see it in my photo above;  I always leave that in and never correct it in DPP, but DPP does a great job of removing it if you want do that.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 II L USM
« on: April 04, 2012, 01:28:42 AM »
Great photos in this thred, and I now qualify to post in it. 



Daniel, I just ordered a 24 II tonight, I hope it blows the doors out for me, been dreamin about it for a few years. This is an expensive month!
I assume that was taken on your new 5dm3? The image is very clean.
What can you tell me about the 24 II from your personal connection with it?



Hi, that photo was taken on my new 5D3 with the 24Lii wide open, 1/200, MLU, tripod, iso 100, converted with DPP, and only minor adjustments in DPP; I orderd the lens with the 5D3, so I've had it a week, yes, expensive month.  Its AF is fast, it's sharp wide open, well built, but that stuff is expected; its best feature is wide angle perspective and shallow dof —it's awesome.

With my 50D I had the 10-22 as my WA, it was a great lens, but the 24L stomps it at every turn.  Add that to the 5D3's AF that is light years ahead of what my 50D provided and I'm very thrilled. 

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Lenses / Re: 35mm f/1.4L II rumors?
« on: April 04, 2012, 01:16:15 AM »
I don't see why the 35mm L gets so much praise on sharpness. I received a CPS evaluation loan and it was never sharp wide open and I was completely underwhelmed by it considering the applause it receives. Heck the cheapo 50mm 1.4 was twice as sharp wide open and half as much.  :o

Now the 24mm 1.4L II really impressed me! Great color and very sharp wide open! I prefer it much over the soft 35mm I received to evaluate and is great on crop cameras & full frame.

That lens was disappointing and hope canon revamps it soon. I might reconsider it then but not likely.

Maybe it was dropped on its head one time too many?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Used 50D, is it worth it?
« on: April 04, 2012, 12:18:45 AM »
I've been trying to sell it for $549 and no go.  I'll keep trying, thanks.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Used 50D, is it worth it?
« on: April 03, 2012, 10:38:49 PM »
Bump.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50/1.4 on 60D
« on: April 03, 2012, 10:36:53 PM »
I have the 1.4.

I'm pushing my luck shooting at 2.2 on the 7D but can shoot at 1.4 with the 5D.

Is that a body focus issue or a sensor size issue?  I always read that the 7D has great AF, as does the 5D3. 

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Lenses / Re: 35mm f/1.4L II rumors?
« on: April 03, 2012, 10:34:52 PM »
Well, as far as corner sharpness, I always fly wide open, so no biggie for me.  Wearher sealing is always a bonus, even just for dust. 

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