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[ (which is possible on the 1D X using the shutter speed range setting, but not on the 5DIII).

1D X ....1D X... your record is broken.

so you have to buy canons top model to get some basic features...
when you think that is fine .. you should check your own neurons!    ;D

Gee, I didn't realize that's why I bought the 1D X. Thanks for clarifying my reasons to me.   ::)

I thought you bought the 1DX cause the neck strap says "1DX" on it.   ;) 

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Canon would say, "Buy a 1D X, and you can set a minimum shutter speed from 30 s to 1/4000 s."
Or, they might point out that you can set shutter speed in Manual along with aperture and let auto ISO take care of the exposure.  Its hardly a big deal.  That way, you get that high shutter speed and just the aperture you want.
The problem then, is, you can't set EC in M mode with auto ISO. If you could, there would be no need for a min shutter speed in Av mode.
Good point, I was thinking same as Mt Spokane when I first read this and have only ever used auto-ISO in manual myself. I suspect in practice it would affect very few users though, I don't have any really long lenses myself but when would it be useful in practice?

Say I was shooting a BIF with a 600mm against on a bright day I can see why I'd use EC in one way, but if lighting was so static I could determine what EC was needed I could use manual.  I'm only an amateur but struggling to see why EC would be important with such a long lens unless the the light filling the lens was consistent.

The camera tries to meter off of what it believes is neutral grey for the scene and as such the camera can get confused as to the proper exposure. I.e you are shooting a moose with a long lens. The moose fills most of the frame. You would need to compensate the exposure to under by 2/3 to a full stop to properly expose the moose. On the other end if you were shooting a polar bear you would need to move the exp composition to be over by 2/3 or more.  Now add partial clouds where there is a constant changing light source or dynamic subjects which fill more and less of the frame, thE ec becomes a quick and easy tool for getting exposure right.

You could shoot in full manual without auto iso, but if you want to use auto iso then these variables render it useless. Spot metering can help in certain scenes but can hurt in others.

Send canon an email if you'd like to see them improve this piece of programming to make it useful.

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For what it's worth, here is the letter I wrote to Canon back in November

Thanks for sharing. This is the letter I finally wrote to canon. Emailed today:

"There is a setting on the camera for minimum shutter speed.  This parameter is very useful when shooting Auto ISO as it allows the minimum shutter speed to be fast enough to stop action with the subject you are shooting.  My 1D Mark IV had this.  The fastest minimum shutter speed you can set on the 5DIII is 1/250 second.  This is way to slow for us action/wildlife photographers.  This prevents me from shooing with Auto ISO entirely.  The minimum fastest shutter speed should be allowed anywhere in the shutter speed range right up to 1/8000 of a second, and the options should be in 1/3 stop increments.  It would be great to see canon respond to this and update the software in the next firmware update.  There are thousands of photographers, myself included who would benefit from this and who have vented frustration on this programming.  (This is a feature that nikon users have enjoyed for years now, specifically that they can adjust minimum fastest shutter speed in 1/3 stop increments.  Even the previous 1D bodies from canon only allowed full stop increments) Thanks for listening and thank you for providing a wonderful product.  The 5DIII is hands down the finest camera I have ever had the pleasure to shoot with!!!"

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Canon would say, "Buy a 1D X, and you can set a minimum shutter speed from 30 s to 1/4000 s."

I think that's a bit cynical.  They added the feature to set a min shutter speed to the 5D, why not make that feature useable? Previous 5D models did not have this feature.  Besides there are many "real" reasons to buy a 1DX over the 5DIII, as I am sure you are aware considering you have one. 

My 1DIV can use the expanded range, but only in 1 Stop increments which handicaps it in the 1D bodies (not sure about the increments in the 1DX)  For example:  If you are shooting eagles that are fishing a min shutter speed of 1/1250 or 1/1600 sec is ideal. The 1DIV settings were in 1 stop increments so you had 1/1000 or 1/2000 sec to work with.  The former being too slow to stop the action, the latter being a compromise in ISO.

If you are going to include a feature, I think it should be usable.  It's not that big of a deal... I just shoot with a manual ISO setting.  Would it be nice to improve this feature? Yes.  Is it a deal breaker? No.  Its not a monumental request, just a little tweak in the firmware.

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Hello everyone.

The 5DIII currently has a minimum shutter speed setting that you can register to prevent your shutter speed from dropping below a specific shutter speed.

Currently that shutter speed maxes out at 1/250th of a second. 

This, in my opinion renders Auto-ISO fairly useless for shooters like myself who shoot frequently with 300mm and 600mm.  This is not nearly a fast enough shutter speed for long lenses nor is it a fast enough shutter speed to freeze any sort of actions (sports, wildlife, birds in flight, planes etc...)

I do believe that canon listens to their customers (as is seen with the latest firmware update on the 1DX allowing for f8 autofucs) so for those of us in the community who have a 5DIII and would like to see this "min fast shutter speed" increased... lets make some noise.

I believe that the minimum fastest shutter speed setting should be much faster.  At least through 1/2000 sec, but why not the entire range through 1/8000.  Also the increments should be in 1/3 stop not just 1 full stop.

I emailed canon about this today as this feature is my only real complaint on this excellent camera.  Canon emailed me back very warmly and the representative suggested that I keep watching for future firmware updates which may address this issue.

So: Write to canon or call, or post here that we would like to see 1/3 stop increments of minimum shutter speed registration all the way though the range that the shutter can handle.

Thanks and happy shooting!  :)

 

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While I will agree that mobile phones are getting better and better cameras.... I take everything that DXO publishes with a grain of salt... And that is probably giving them more credit then they are worth...

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Canon General / Re: Screen Protector 1D IV?
« on: October 12, 2012, 10:39:01 PM »
Someone on here recommended XOSKINS to me.
I gave it a try and love them.  I can't even tell they are there.

http://xoskins.com/

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 6D Need To Change Something..
« on: October 08, 2012, 12:10:47 PM »

My 50'000$ Honda has only 14 cupholders, while the 45'000$ Toyota of my friend has 22 cupholder. I like to talk to the Honda CEO, he needs to do something about that. Why does my Honda have fewer Cupholder than the cheaper Toyota.
I also need to bring my Honda to the dealer for inspection every 20'000km, while the Toyota only needs to go every 25'000km.
Honda will be going down if they continue like this. I will sell it and buy me a Toyota.

Wow... anyone ever stop to think that English may not be the OP's primary language?  Who cares if the grammar isn't up to par.  Many of the members of this forum make far less sense with their posts and English is often their primary Language.  Give the OP a break. If you have something constructive to post then post it... otherwise stop insulting and move on to another thread...
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It seems you didn't get my point (it was not about language).

I made a little fun about people comparing cameras like they would compare cars in a Top Trumps card game. Sure, it is fun to compare cameras, but it does not say all that much about the quality of a camera, and even less about the quality of the pictures you can take with it.
I don't think I'm at the wrong place here; I rather think that all the people in here who are playing Top Trumps with camera specs are wrong in here, but this is only my personal opinion.

You could have just said that.  To us viewers You appeared to be mocking the OP and came across as extremely rude....

It was his/her first post, and the other poster's comment about learning how to use commas and then yours didn't make for a warm welcome.


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Thanks 816 for the tip, I'll keep learning the software, I admit the possibilities seem endless, it's just that coming from the old film world, I find digital is sometimes distracting from photography itself, lots of time spent on learning software, even though I am introduced to digital since I bought my Coolscan 4000, 15 years ago. I'd like to keep it more simple, but it's the way it is, one must follow the progress....

No problem.  The art of Photography has definitely begun to put more and more emphasis on post processing and the software has really allowed us to create images that we never could have made with film.

That said, I enjoy the "taking the photos" more then the "editing the photos" so I embrace software that streamlines my workflow and gets the job done to my satisfaction in a quick and efficient manner.

Good luck with the software and happy shooting.

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Lenses / Re: missing 200-400 and 100-400 announcements?
« on: October 07, 2012, 01:26:38 PM »
I would replace my 70-300L if the IQ of the new 100-400 is better than the 70-300L
What do you think, will it be better?

If and/or when this lens comes out I doubt it will be better then the 70-300mm at 300mm.

The current 100-400 and the 70-300 lenses are both about the same for image quality at 300mm.  The real advantage is the extra 100mm in one lens.

I do hope that the new version of the 100-400 would be slightly better then the old one.  I would love this lens as an all purpose walk around/kayak wildlife lens.

I'd love the 200-400, but the more I think about it the more I am discouraged by the weight to consider it as a walking/kayaking lens.  Thus the 100-400 rumors get me very interested.

Like you... the IQ will be the deciding factor for me.  :)

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I just want to drag a file from let's say a flash card, or an open folder to work quickly in it, and LR forces me to import the whole card or folder to deal with one picture.

I think that like any software Lightroom can take some getting used to.  One of the reasons I like lightroom so much is the database aspect of it.  I can easily find an image within seconds and the general editing features streamline my workflow. 

If I need to do more polishing then lightroom can allow I finish it off in PS CS5.

Also, if you would like to look at one image on a memory card you can easily select only the image or images you want to import.  When you open the import window just click the "uncheck all" all button and then check the boxes on the images you want. 

Lightroom does have its limitations but once you get used to the interface you find that it works for most editing.  I do wish that it had better selection tools and some simple layer masking for selective sharpening etc...

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Sounds like the camera really firing off came late to the party after the leopard took down the impala.  Goes to show that all the fancy specs in the world cant make a good image.  It's whats behind the camera that counts....

Also, could be a Nikon, etc...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 6D Need To Change Something..
« on: October 06, 2012, 10:33:06 PM »

My 50'000$ Honda has only 14 cupholders, while the 45'000$ Toyota of my friend has 22 cupholder. I like to talk to the Honda CEO, he needs to do something about that. Why does my Honda have fewer Cupholder than the cheaper Toyota.
I also need to bring my Honda to the dealer for inspection every 20'000km, while the Toyota only needs to go every 25'000km.
Honda will be going down if they continue like this. I will sell it and buy me a Toyota.

Wow... anyone ever stop to think that English may not be the OP's primary language?  Who cares if the grammar isn't up to par.  Many of the members of this forum make far less sense with their posts and English is often their primary Language.  Give the OP a break. If you have something constructive to post then post it... otherwise stop insulting and move on to another thread...

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Software & Accessories / Re: who uses Focal or similar?
« on: September 30, 2012, 05:54:48 AM »
I have used Focal with great results. It is a program suited for studio and "set up" photographs as the micro adjustment changes with the distance you are away from the subject and such. If you take photographs of subjects that are "always" the same distance away from you and you "always" use the same focal lengeth, then it is perfect! :)

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Thats true, but it has nothing to do with Focal, its a lens property.
Some lenses change their AF point depending on distance to the subject.  FoCal merely shows you what is happening.  Typically, lenses front focus as you get nearer to the subject.

I have found that once I get a lens dialed in it works well at all shooting distances with the same AFMA point.  I realize that as the elements move a little bit when shooting at different distances that it will effect the AFMA point, but it is ever so slight. 

And many lenses (in fact all of mine) do not have a single AFMA point that is optimum but rather a slight plateau of the curve which includes 4-5 AFMA points.  If you calibrate at an average shooting distance and set it for the middle of this curve then you are all set for shooting at distances near and far.

I have seen a couple of curves that have a much steeper curve then I describe leading into the optimal AFMA point, but even here you are quite close to optimum and you would be hard pressed to notice issues in your images. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 46.1mp Canon DSLR Previewed at PhotoPlus 2012? [CR1]
« on: September 29, 2012, 03:19:41 PM »
Actually... I have a degree hanging on my wall in... you guessed it:  "Economics."

In this case you are even more at a disadvantage to understand economics :-> ... at least my favorite sitcom "Yes, Minister" says so. I studied economics for some semesters and one of the thing I remember most vividly is that economists hardly can agree on anything, esp. when it comes to predictions or even advice...

 ;D 

I personally am not super interested in this camera.  My big thing is high ISO noise quality.  I shoot in low light often and need fast shutter speeds and I worry that this many pixels crammed into a sensor would not allow for clean high iso images.   Also, I'm not sure about processing files this large.  I do a lot of panormaas and some HDR and files with the 5DIII make my system bog down when I create images that are over a gig each.  I'm sure that processing power will catch up over the next couple years however.  It will be interesting to see if this camera comes to production as the rumors currently indicate.

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