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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D X [CR1]
« on: August 21, 2012, 01:40:27 PM »
I hope they make it happen.  Not sure how such a camera could be priced below $4k though...

We are talking about Canon camera not Nikon camera, right?  We all Canon users will pay only premium price for its camera.  I hope the price would be below 5K.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D X [CR1]
« on: August 21, 2012, 01:35:55 PM »
How do you figure that? 4k resolution is 4096 x 2340 (unless you mean QuadHD, then it's 3840x2160) requiring at most 10 megapixels, and UHD 8k is 7680 × 4320 for about 33.2 megapixels. I regularly mix Canon DSLR stills with 4k RED footage, and have to downsize or crop the stills.

You are right.  33MP is for 8K not 4K.  I just got bad memory.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D X [CR1]
« on: August 21, 2012, 12:42:42 PM »
If the price of 3D X is below 5K, I think I will get one.  I take photos for my family, ISO 3200 is good enough for me.  High MP will be great for the future when you play the photos on your TV.  In 5-10 years, UHDTV will be ready, and you need 30MP(for 4K) to 122MP(for 8K) for your UHDTV.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: OUT: DSLR // IN: Micro 4/3
« on: August 20, 2012, 11:59:13 PM »
I'm trying to find a reason NOT to do this:

Sell: 5D2, TS-E 24/3.5L II, 24-105/4L, 40/2.8
Buy: Oly OM-D, Oly 12/2, Pan/Leica 25/1.4, Oly 75/1.8

Size, weight, price and general flexibility seem to outweigh the advantages of an all-out DSLR system. I'm finding you have to dig pretty deep to find significant differences in IQ in practical use. Has anyone made this kind of change?

Qualifier: I'm not a full-time pro. I don't make my living in photography. It's only a small part of my job, but it's a huge part of my life. I shoot for the enjoyment of shooting: typically landscapes, nature, travel and cityscapes.

I have 5D2 and also want to get a M43 camera for my wife.  My wife always complains the 5D2 is too heavy and difficult to use for her.  I think I will just keep my 5D2 and get a good M43 camera for her.  I know the IQ of current M43 cameras are very good.  However, I just don't want to miss my 70-200mm MK2 and coming Tamron 24-70mm.

ML firmware makes me consider not upgrading to 5DIII for now
Yes and no.  I likes a lot of features from ML.  However, it cannot improve the AF system.  Moreover, I believe ML will support 5D3 soon.  I still think I might upgrade my 5D2 later after Canon releases its cheap FF body or after Canon drop 5D3 price to 3K.

Has anyone tried this on a 5dm2? I am a little nervous that it might break my camera but some of the functions would be super useful. Any advice appreciated.

Thank you.
I have used it on my 5D2 for weeks without any problem.  ML doesn't change your firmware, but extended the features from the programs on your CF card.  It's very safe.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 or Canon 35mm f/2?
« on: August 09, 2012, 03:20:12 AM »
If you are not going to upgrade to FF, Sigma 30mm is better.  Otherwise, go with Canon 35mm.  If you decide to buy Sigma 30mm, I will suggest you buy from Amazon because you can return it without shipping charge if the lens has focus problem.  I really wonder how many people has focus issue with Sigma 30mm.  At least my and my friend's Sigma 30mm have no focus issue.
By the way, I sold the lens on CL for 350.  The resell value might be even higher than Canon lens.  There is no worry to try some lenses from Amazon because Amazon has amazing return policy.

I think Canon is too late to have a high MP camera.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Problem with 5D III?
« on: August 04, 2012, 06:20:10 PM »
It's probably the lens, unfortunately.  That particular sigma lens is making it do something it shouldn't.
That should be the 5D3's firmware problem.  If the image is fine on computer, that means the image is really no problem.  However, when 5D3 resized the image to a 3" LCD, it just didn't compute the output right.

sovietdoc, you should let Canon know the issue, so Canon could fix it in the next version of firmware.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Magic Lantern v2.3
« on: July 27, 2012, 12:55:21 PM »
I don't begrudge anyone that doesn't pay or chooses to pay the least amount. I just wanted to put in a word for the ML folks to encourage people to donate and to consider donating more than the minimum.

The more support they get, the more features and support we as a community of Canon users get.

ML folks did a great job for us.  I donated to ML not only because but also I want to show I am thankful.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Price Drop
« on: July 27, 2012, 12:49:46 PM »
some of the cheaper 5d3 on ebay have the serial numbers that are affected by the light leaking issue

perhaps bh was trying to sell all the affected units at lower price?
or because most professional have already bought it for this wedding season so the sale was bad hance the quick sale for ones that wanted buy it but ... damn... dont want to pay that much

5d3 over priced? and who doesnt want it to be cheaper? most wedding and event photographers would rather have better lowlight ability than higher resolution.
the ability to use 12800iso confidently in a professional situation really really open up new possibilities!
Honestly light leaking is not a big issue.  I think that was discussed here before and most people do not care about that.  If I can get a new one for about 3K from authorized dealer, I would like to get one now.  I saw 3K deal for new 5D3 on Craigslist and that was really attractive.  However, I don't know if the warranty can be transferred to me or not.  Any advise?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Magic Lantern v2.3
« on: July 26, 2012, 06:55:20 PM »
For now, v2.3 is only available to supporters who are willing to put up $10 or more, but if you’re willing to wait (and you trust the hype), you’ll be able to download it free on August 13th.

I just cannot wait.  I already supported ML when I saw the new release this noon.  I will try it ASAP after I arrive home later.  So excited!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Price Drop
« on: July 26, 2012, 06:52:04 PM »
I knew I should have waited  >:(
I've even seen it as low as 2800.
A canon authorized dealer were selling them not too long ago on ebay with the battery grip and memory card for 3200 and change SMH.

such a huge price drop in such short time. I really wish I would have waited.
WOW!  5D3 for 2.8K from authorized dealer.
3K is good for me already.  I actually just want to know if the warranty can be transferred if I buy a new 5D3 from CL.  2.8K surely is even better.  How can I find those kind good deals?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Price Drop
« on: July 25, 2012, 02:32:33 PM »
Some people are selling new 5D3 on craigslist in bay area about 3K.  It looks like a deal for me.  Does anyone has experiences buying camera from craigslist?  Any concern and Canon warranty issue?

Not a huge difference, though real world frames seem to say otherwise in some reviews. The main difference I can see here is the moire, where the D800 fails miserably. Personally, losing that bit of sharpness for less moire probably cancels out the difference. That and I don't have to invest in new lenses.
Interesting.  Just wonder how many people really care about the sharpness and the moire for this comparison.  As you mentioned, D800 is sharper and 5D3 is less moire.  However, I prefer D800's output here.

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