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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 Mirror Lock up use and reccomendations
« on: March 27, 2012, 11:35:16 AM »
I find the fact that every topic has "5D3" in its title very funny (and confusing).

Yeah, it's just crazy.  I think all but 3 threads on the fist page have 5D3 in its title.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III focus accuracy with fast primes wide open
« on: March 27, 2012, 10:52:08 AM »
Thanks guys, yeah i'm not getting anything remotely that sharp :'(

I'm a little confused that you can make that assessment from a 640x427 jpeg.. If you really can tell from an image that small, you're doing something wrong or your camera or lens is incredibly broken.

True, but if their 640*427 jpegs are soft vs. mine, then there is an issue. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III focus accuracy with fast primes wide open
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:57:23 PM »

ef 50mm f1.2 L
Off centre focus point
iso 200

ef 24mm f1.4 L Mrk 2
focus point right over viewer's right eye
iso 800

ef 50mm f1.2 L
Outer focus point
iso 100

All converted with DPP. Slight adjustments to WB, tiny cropping, a little sharpness.  I don't pixel peep much.  I know they might not be super photos, but I like them.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III focus accuracy with fast primes wide open
« on: March 26, 2012, 10:05:03 PM »
My 24L mk2, 35L, 85 1.8, and 200/2 are all spot on, my 50 1.2L is performing well too, albeit not quite as well as my other primes, but the 50 1.2L is never perfect.  I'm coming from a 50D to add some perspective.

*shooting all wide open of course.

Like you, I came from APS-C, a 50D.  The 5D3's iso obviously is leaps over my 50D.  I really like the thinner DoF I achieve with my fast primes.  I can't compare to the 5D2, never owing one.  The 5D3 vs. the 50D is a really welcomed step up.  The 5D3 images are smoother, sharper, and have a better over all colour and contrast.  The 50D was poor with the colour red; the 5d3 is better with reds.  The AF in the 5D3 is a vast improvement over the 50D's.   My keeper rate with the 50/1.2L is much improved on the 5D3.

It's hard to describe what I'm seeing in my images vs. the 50D, but to sum it up:  the 5D3 images look natural to the 50D's mechanical images.

EOS Bodies / Re: Does new DPP have a bug?
« on: March 25, 2012, 10:41:49 PM »
Yes, it's come up on a few sites over the last few days. 

Yes, I forgot how wide a 24mm lens was too after suffering 4 years with a xxD camera. 

Coming from a 50D the AF on the 5D3 is a HUGE leap.  I'm loving the silent mode of the 5D3, and did I mention the AF? 

Software & Accessories / Re: Software (Mark III) and Mac OS
« on: March 24, 2012, 11:55:58 AM »
The DPP that came with my 5d3 installed fine and works.  I have not tried remote, as I never use that.  I'm on Lion and current as of yesterday.

EOS Bodies / Re: Just got my 5D MKIII
« on: March 23, 2012, 01:28:06 PM »
Definition of frustration: My camera got delivered today. To my friends house, 3500 miles away.

I have to wait a week and a half to pick it up. YUCK.

Have your friend FedEx it overnight to you.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 23, 2012, 11:23:27 AM »
UPS just delivered right —NOW. ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 60D or Save for 5D?
« on: March 22, 2012, 04:32:23 PM »
Go for the 5d, or like me, buy a crop only to go full frame later and sell the crop for half of what I paid for it. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 22, 2012, 04:22:12 PM »

Just a heads up MasterCard, Visa, and AMEX from the major Cdn banks all charge 2.5% to the best of my knowledge.

Because of that and not wanting to give 2.5% to the credit card companies for nothing when I travel to the U.S. and more importantly when I spend fair amounts of money at B&H, I got a U.S. Dollar Bank of Montreal MasterCard.

It costs $25/year, however, when you spend over $1000/yr on it, they waive the fee, as in it's free. 

Since last summer I've placed all of my B&H orders using the card and I don't pay any credit card fees on the USD transactions.  All I have to do is pay off my U.S. Dollar MasterCard when the bill comes with U.S. funds.  I don't have an account with BMO so I withdraw the U.S. funds from my U.S. account at my bank in the form of a draft and pay then my M/C with it.

I have a BMO U$D card too and U$D account but it still costs money to change money unless you trade in the millions. 2.5-2.9% is pretty standard.

On a CDN 5D3 note, I just went on lunch and picked one up in a kit, I bought the extended 4yr warranty 'cause he knocked $80 off of it and I had him throw in an extra battery. I was not sure if I was going to jump in yet but I did. It might be a slight upgrade from my 40D ;)

Enjoy!  An extra battery is a good idea.  As my first DSLR that does video, I can only assume the video is a battery drainer.

EOS Bodies / Re: (CAN) Henry's extended warranty of 5D3
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:48:08 AM »
Unless you shoot 10k+ images a month and you're hard on gear, that's a hefty insurance premium.  For my use I would not buy the insurance.  I've only once had an issue with Canon gear, I had the AF die on a 200/2.8L I once owned, it was fixed under Canon's warranty.   

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