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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III focus accuracy with fast primes wide open
« on: March 27, 2012, 04:33:38 PM »
So I have a the new 5dmk3 and a 50mm 1.2L.  I have been trying to get the micro adjustment on the lens just right, but but I figured out why it had been a bit confusing up to this point.  If I use the center point (or any AF point within the metering ring) I get spot on tack sharp AF on like 90% of the shots with 0 MFA.  BUT, if I use one of the outer AF spots I get pretty bad back focusing (like +15).  I thought maybe it was the body I had, so I just went back to the camera store and exchanged it for another body hoping that I would at least be able to figure out if that was the variable.  Turns out this body is exactly the same.  This makes me think it is either difficult for the AF to get a good lock due to the aberrations of the glass the closer you get to the edge, or something wrong with the lens itself (it is brand new and date code is uz0909).  I'm also just wondering if this is the price you pay with AF on really fast glass.  That is where you come in.  If you have fast glass (1.2) try checking the AF accuracy on center point and a more lateral point and lets see if we can come to a consensus.  I'm especially interested in 50mm 1.2 as thats what I'm working with.  I tested my 70-200 2.8 and it's pretty spot on with no MFA, on both center and lateral AF points.  I'll post a few test shots of my 50 when I get home later.


My 24L and 35L are great using any focus point wide open, the 50L is a tricky lens. It performs well with the centre point, but may vary with using outer focus points.  With the 50D the 50L as all over the place.  The 5D3 seems to have tamed the 50L some.  I'm much happier with the 50L on the 5D3 vs. my (now on eBay) 50D.

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On a Mac:
Go to View then click AF Point.

Or command J.

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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.

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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. 

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


1/4000
f1.2
ef 50mm f1.2 L
Off centre focus point
Hand-held
iso 200



1/60
f1.4
ef 24mm f1.4 L Mrk 2
focus point right over viewer's right eye
Hand-held
iso 800






1/1000
f1.2
ef 50mm f1.2 L
Outer focus point
Hand-held
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.

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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.


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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.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Does new DPP 3.11.10.0 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. 

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

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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? 

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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.

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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.

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

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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. 

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