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Site Information / Re: My previous account just disappeared
« on: March 12, 2013, 05:39:42 AM »
I know we periodically purge old accounts as there are tens of thousands that get created during each contest, post once, and then never login again.

We'll also sometimes get a spammer that will create thousands of randomly named, or sequentially named accounts, and then abandon them once they realize they're useless since they can't post links until they've reached a certain post threshold.

Mark 5D Team III (if I'm remembering your old name right) and mreco99 don't show in the user list so they were deleted.

^^^None of those apply to me. My previous account was this:;u=100

What do you mean "don't show in the user list so they were deleted"? Shouldn't that be the other way around? What are your criteria for deleting usernames? I definitely don't fall into the categories "CR Backup Admin" has mentioned. I can still search for my old posts. Yes, I'm the 100th person to register for this forum after the reformat. But I was already very active even before there was even a forum and we all just commented below the actual article. That is why I chose that username, it was an in-joke during those times before there was a forum (old-timers here would know the "joke" ;) ), same with my signature (another in-joke, used by another poster in an article comment thread then :P).

Site Information / My previous account just disappeared
« on: March 05, 2013, 04:57:23 AM »
Hi Craig, I can't seem to login to my old username, I don't know why it got deleted or what. I was never informed if I had committed any violation or anything. I'm keen to recover that account since I'm one of the first 100 to register for this site. Thanks in advance.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III vs D800/E, is the 5D3 better at anything?
« on: March 14, 2012, 05:30:05 AM »
I'm sick of reading inaccurate fanb0i propaganda (BTW, nice cover for a Noink troll, just claim you're a "current" Canon user :P) like "6FPS with grip" since 2007. No, like the D700 & D300 before it, you not only need the battery grip, you also need a new battery to achieve that slight increase in FPS. The stock EN-EL3 that comes in the box won't give you added FPS even if you use the battery grip, you have to buy the D3/D4 battery (EN-EL4). Add those two overpriced items up and that is already ~$500, so now even the price delta between the 5D3 & D800 disappears.  :P

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next? A General Breakdown
« on: March 09, 2012, 07:28:19 AM »
The 5D3 is the first Canon DSLR in a while that didn't appear with a new lens. I expected the 35/1.4L II and/or the 100-400/4-5.6L to be released with it.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 same max dynamic range as the 5D2???
« on: March 09, 2012, 07:14:57 AM »
Came across this on the troll-infested forums of DPR (eewww!):

Pathetic regurgitation of the band-of-brothers mantra
Posted by      David Franklin
Date/Time      5:59:42 PM, Tuesday, March 06, 2012 (GMT)

Look, I am not a defender or "fan" of Canon in general, and certainly not of the 5DIII, which I have never even held, much less shot and tested. But I am a working pro who shoots mostly at base or low ISO, sometimes of very technically difficult subjects with difficult lighting and lots of PP. I have never, ever, in tens of thousands of exposures using a 1DsIII (supposedly very close in quality to the 5DII), had a single issue with "banding." I'm not saying that banding is impossible to show after torturing a file to an extent that is beyond the realm of reasonably expected real-life use, perhaps from shooting a very difficult image very, very badly, with no planning or execution of alternate exposures to fall back on. But, in the history of photography, this has been called failure on the part of the photographer, rather than an issue with which to pillory a camera (or sensor, or film) company. Showing banding is apparently a very nice tech hobby for some, but not a terribly important issue in cases of even decent, much less good, photography.

And, by the way, just for the heck of it, I decided to do a small experiment. Because I don't have access to any raw file or truly perfected raw converter for a Canon 5DIII, I decided to look at that paragon of sensor goodness, the Nikon 800. I picked, pretty much at random, the only D800 file I had on my hard drive, the low ISO "Library" sample, an otherwise very amazing image for its great detail with very limited deep shadows, making it not the best image example to look for banding faults. When I merely applied the 100% shadow lift in PSCS5, and looked at the deepest shadow areas (very very small areas in an image that is otherwise very evenly lit for mid and low tones), and examined it at 200-300%, voila, what appears to me to be cross-hatched shadow banding appears.

So let's wait for some real verifiable testing with real verifiable Canon raw files and consider the extreme nature of the image manipulation before we pronounce some unverifiable and dubiously achieved judgmment on the ultimate quality of 5DIII files.


Were there even any Nikon landscape photographers before when 12MP was considered the "magic number"?

EOS Bodies / Re: A short and subjective review of the 5D Mark III
« on: March 07, 2012, 09:47:09 AM »
Hi, thanks for writing that. How is the viewfinder blackout time and shutter release lag time, I know it has been lowered from the Rebel-class spec of the previous two Marks, but is it really humanly noticeable or is it just another equipment measurbating number? Subjectively, how is the shutter release/re-cocking and reflex mirror movement sound? Noticeably different or same as Mk. II? TIA.

EOS Bodies / Re: New 1D X Sample Images
« on: March 07, 2012, 09:33:19 AM »
Not suprising given Canon's track record with sample images from previous cams.

EOS Bodies / Re: Locking Mode Dial.
« on: March 07, 2012, 06:52:46 AM »
Real men have buttons instead of amateurish dials on the left shoulder of their DSLRs. Just ask the pros who use one of those hyphenated EOSes. ;D

Street & City / Re: Rome
« on: March 07, 2012, 06:46:23 AM »
Nice ones again sir. Are you considering upgrading to the Mark III by any chance?

EOS Bodies / Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« on: March 06, 2012, 12:21:46 AM »
I just checked Amazon and the $3500 5D3 is the #2 best-selling digital camera on their list, the only DSLR in the Top 10  :P. The other DSLRs in the #11-20 range are the Rebels. So $3500 doesn't seem to be an issue for those buying in this category of cameras.

EOS Bodies / Re: Nikon D800 vs Canon 5d3 sample images.
« on: March 06, 2012, 12:09:29 AM »
That Wordpress site looks dodgy, that's the only article on that site, heck, anyone could have put up that article (read: Nikon marketers or fanbois with an agenda) to bash the camera before production-ready units are released.

Wow, awesome, the D800 is leading by a whopping 7 votes!!11elevenoneone

This just reinforces the widespread belief that Nikon is TEH BESTEST! NASA and Ren Kockwell can't be wrong!

In conclusion, the 5D III is a full framed 7D. There was no answer to the price, especially when compared to the D800. I think the reps knew this, but couldn't answer it publicly, I think the look in their eyes said enough. D800 has the edge in all areas, but IQ on the D800 may be just as good, if not slightly better. It is not a low light camera, the same is said for the D800.

Thanks for the laugh.  ;D Even by just reading the specs one can tell you that a lot of your, uh, "first-hand" impressions are rather inaccurate. Even by just reading the previews from some unbiased websites would belie your claims.

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon 17-40 f/2.8-4L
« on: March 05, 2012, 09:55:09 AM »
I'm not too sure how this variable-aperture lens would work with Canon cameras with extra-precision f/2.8-sensitive sensors. You have extra precision at wide angle and then lose it while zooming in, that's a recipe for OOF shots :P. And I doubt this would even be parfocal in any case. There is a reason why the old 28-80 f/2.8-4L zoom lens didn't have a successor with the same variable-max aperture...

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