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I have started to read parts off it and will probably read the entire manual bit by bit. I still haven't got my hands on mine yet 6 weeks to go!

I'm also going to watch this http://www.creativelive.com/courses/canon-5d-mark-iii-dslr-fast-start which is free if you watch it live (or the rewatch for the first 24 hours). If I find this useful then I might purchase it so that I can go and refer back to the appropriate sections.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DM3 serial number
« on: May 16, 2012, 06:16:24 PM »
Agree just return it and ask for one which has the problem resolved so that you don't need to send it to Canon.

I brought one here in New Zealand this weekend and it had the serial number xxxxx0xxxxxx.

EOS Bodies / Re: Brand New 5d3 with 1500 shutter counts.
« on: May 14, 2012, 06:56:33 PM »
It's mind boggling to me to read comments to the effect that it's not a big deal to get a used camera with 1500 actuations (sold as though it's brand new), because the total shutter life of the camera is going to be much much more than that.

The law in my state and 2 adjoining states is directly contrary to that proposition, as the law should be.

It would be better for us all if those few who hold this notion just send periodic cash donations to manufacturers to help them with their bottom line. The last thing in the world that I need is for commercial producers of consumer goods to start making the exaggerated claim that "most people" now think a little bit of prior, undisclosed use of "new" products is alright, as long as there's just not "too much" prior use. A more vague, ready-for-abuse criteria for "new" could hardly be imagined. Just as you're either you're pregnant, or you're not, a product sold as brand new is either brand new, or it's not. And if you see other retailers "doing it too," you should be calling them because it's blatantly illegal in the several states whose law I'm familiar with, and probably in yours, too.

I would say 1500 is too much, I wouldn't even expect a demo model to have >200 before being sold. The problem with "new" in electronics is that it needs to be tested before it gets to the retailer. So I would expect that the various modes get tested and that the buffer is recording sufficiently etc.

It's like the chip inside your computer, Intel's manufacturing process actually turns on the chip and then they run the chips through a stress test. Depending on where it failed it becomes a server chip or desktop chip, some might just not function and need to be tossed.

I am assuming they are running the final firmware on the camera during testing which might not be true, they might be running a testing piece of software which runs through the tests automatically and therefore the shutter actuation's aren't even recorded.

I wouldn't expect to pay full price for a demo model of a LCD TV because it would have a large number of running hours which actually affects it's lifespan.

So what is a reasonable shutter count for a new camera, 0.1% of MTF or 1% of MTF?

EOS Bodies / Re: Brand New 5d3 with 1500 shutter counts.
« on: May 14, 2012, 04:24:19 AM »
I'm curious about this as well. I just brought a 5D Mark III from the store, after I brought it and waited for my friend to get his (he had to be put on back order, since the dealer gave me priority as I am not a enthusiast).

I noticed that whatever they had displayed in the 5D Mark III location was now gone. I assume that is what went into my box. I will find out in July as I got it tax free and can only pick it up when flying out of the country which happens to be in July!

I'm not too fussed about the shutter count as long as it is not 5000, which would be on the steep side for something on display.

I'm not sure what you are trying to achieve here. A moon shot or star trails, or both?

Just the moon - I've done it using a 70-200mm @ 200 F8.0 and ISO 100 then just cropped it to get a "big moon".

Star trails - Best when its new moon (no moon). Either using 1 big long exposure or by stacking lots of 30 second exposures.

For getting both in 1 picture - Just stack the moon photo into the star trails.

Hope this helps.

Lenses / Re: Shooting people with a 16-35... Any good ?
« on: May 06, 2012, 07:07:37 PM »
For the OP.

I have the 16-35mm and have used it on a crop body and FF. I mainly shoot events and recently did a entire trip to USA using mostly my 500D and 16-35.

Things you will find when shooting people:
  • Shooting people under 20mm you'll get some wicked distortion of people especially at the wide end.
  • If you frame people at the edges their heads (mainly) will be really wide.
  • Try not shoot people with your camera rotated to portrait/vertical, their heads will usually be elongated and it looks very odd.
  • The closer you are to the subject, you will get interesting effects (don't shoot people like this). See the horse head picture or the babies foot

I prefer shooting horizontal for nearly everything, so I don't shoot vertical unless I want to capture entire body or if the object is just too tall (like a building/tower).

What I recommend is to shoot your wife, actually maybe not your wife since she will want to see the photos. Maybe a square cube, with the lens at different focal lengths and distance from the camera. This will give you a feel for the distortion etc.

This will give you a feel for the camera/lens before you go on your honeymoon and you'll get great pictures of you wife :)

EOS Bodies / Re: My only beef with 5d3 right now...
« on: April 23, 2012, 12:40:46 AM »

Contests / Re: Holga Giveaway
« on: July 19, 2011, 07:00:09 PM »
Great prize, would love playing around with these!

Contests / Re: Blue Crane Digital Giveaway!
« on: May 26, 2011, 08:46:32 PM »
My Entry for "Understanding the Canon Speedlite"

Motorway Light Trails by Bhavik Kumar, on Flickr

Australia / Re: Starting Out
« on: April 23, 2011, 08:37:44 AM »
I own the 16-35 F2.8 II and it is wide even on my 500D, It will be really wide on a full frame. You have you be careful with such wide lenses and shooting people, you will get some wicked distortions of peoples heads.

I've attached a image of the Auckland Museum I took with my 16-35, I'm sure the entire building would of easily fit if it was on a full frame. (Notice how small the people are sitting on the stairs).

I shot this probably from 25-50 meters away. It is handheld shot, 16mm (26 equiv) @ F2.8 and shutter of 1/20s.

I also have 24-105 F4 which is a nice lens, I generally use it as my general purpose lens and never use it when I'm doing jobs. Its a good lens but the 24-70 lets in a stop more light which maybe more useful for you.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
« on: February 25, 2011, 09:31:32 PM »
First: 1/200 @ f/8
Second: 1/2000 @ f1.2

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 2.8L
« on: February 25, 2011, 09:18:16 PM »
Great photos RuneL.

Here are some I've taken with my 16-35 II

First looks a little de-saturated once I posted it (I don't have a calabraited monitor). 35mm, 1/4, f2.8 @ ISO 400
Second: 16mm, 1/10, f2.8 @ ISO 1600
Third: 20mm, 1/8, f2.8 @ ISO 1600

EOS Bodies / Re: New Forum area proposal
« on: February 24, 2011, 04:36:51 PM »
Wow thats a lot of gear. If I was buying that much in one go, I usually go into the physical store. If you get good service then you will probably go back and they will probably remember you.

I like the loyalty/goodwill factor, but it seems people care about this less these days. I tend to buy from the same store.

I've brought from B+H before and had shipped to New Zealand since its difficult to find Gitzo gear here. Wont be doing it again since the government has increased and has got stricter on charging GST/VAT on all imports over $400.

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