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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D High ISO Noise Tests
« on: December 04, 2012, 11:09:45 PM »
Hey Everyone- To answer your questions:

1. These are all SOOC. To really appreciate what you are seeing you really need to see the full size images on the blog. I own a 5Diii, the 6D's high ISO noise is cleaner. Ill be doing some side by side tests tomorrow.

Did some head-to-head high ISO portrait tests vs the D600, and the 6D wins, but I did notice something: The higher the ISO, the softer the image appears. Will be posting samples probably tomorrow on the blog: http://www.michaelthemaven.com

2. The Wifi feature is really awesome, I will go as far to say a game changer. There are a lot of creative things you can do with this, street shooting for example, wear your 6D around your neck, play with your iphone, and no one would know you are taking pictures. Self Portraits? Family pics? No problem. Tethering and most remotes are officially obsolete. One thing I dont like is there is no timer! Im sure it is coming.

The lag is about maybe a half second or so, pretty quick. The EOS Remote App that operates it seems a little bare, but you can preview exposure as well as change you Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, and even touch focus from your iphone. Very nice.

More to come


EOS Bodies / Canon 6D High ISO Noise Tests
« on: December 04, 2012, 04:59:11 AM »
Got my Canon 6D today (from Profeel.com, I think they still have them in stock). Ran it down to the beach to do some test shots, just messing around. As it got darker I started bumping up the ISO, and even got a few in the 25600 Range. I am more than a little impressed. Will do some head to head tests against the D600 soon.

the pictures are posted here http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=2573&canon-6d-high-iso-noise-tests-impressive

Ill be testing out the Wifi Features tomorrow (from what I saw tonight...they are impressive. Say goodbye to tethered shooting!)


This boat was about 2+ miles away, I was shooting it handheld with the 100-400 zoom on the 6D.

Not at all pretty, and I am sure there is some motion blur between my holding it and the waves...but as far as the noise itself goes...wow

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX in Stock and Shipping at Profeel.com
« on: July 26, 2012, 03:33:44 PM »
Just wanted to give all you guys a heads up that www.profeel.com has the Canon 1Dx in stock and is shipping immediately. I got my 5D3 from them before any other store even had them in stock, so I know they are legit. Tell them "Michael" sent you.

here is the direct link: http://www.profeel.com/cameras/pc/Canon-EOS-1D-X-Digital-SLR-Camera-5253B002-3p693.htm


EOS Bodies - For Stills / T4i Touch Screen Review
« on: June 27, 2012, 08:31:08 PM »
Hey Everyone- Just posted my review on the Canon T4i's Touch Screen Monitor. Its just a quick run through of all the neat things you can do with it. I would be willing to bet we will be seeing the touchscreen on most of Canon's DSLRs in the future, its a really, REALLY nice addition.

When the 5Diii came out, I was a little irked that the zoom button was moved. I don't even look for the zoom button now, I want to play with that monitor.



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If you really want to save yourself a lot of time and trouble, I would definitely recommend the Canon 5Diii Crash Course Training Video: http://www.canontrainingvideo.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=41. As far as I know it is the one of the only training videos available for the 5Diii, and it will take you through everything from very basic stuff, to advanced topics, including video shooting. It should save you about 2-3 years if you were to try to learn everything on your own, especially as a new photographer.

Best wishes


Hey guys, I thought I would throw this out there because many of you are so knowledgeable. I've been doing some tests on the ISO Noise reduction and am noticing something strange between ISOs 500-640, the file size gets smaller. (Significantly). This only happens with ISO noise reduction on, doesn't happen in RAW or video.

First of all- Are you guys able to reproduce this?
Second of all- If it isnt compression, what the heck could it be? (As far as I know and as discussed on an earlier thread, file size should get larger with more ISO noise, not get smaller).

I posted some of my results and thoughts on my bloghttp://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=2287&why-canon-5diii-owners-should-save-jpegs-if-shooting-with-isos-over-500 but thought I would throw this out here.

Thanks for the help!


EOS Bodies / Re: I am done with B&H
« on: April 12, 2012, 05:07:19 PM »
BH is very busy, and like many of you who have already mentioned, the newer, hotter items are hard to get through BH, simply because that is where everyone else is looking. I also agree that smaller stores are often better to deal with when ordering something like the 5Diii. Ive had mine for nearly 3 weeks now.

That said, BHphoto is still a GREAT store, its one of the few places you can buy a lens, test it out for 2 weeks and return it for a full refund no questions asked. I was invited on a tour of their NY Store and they also asked I not take pictures inside, so I dont think they were trying to be mean, it's just their policy.


EOS Bodies / Re: Sleeping Joy Stick
« on: April 11, 2012, 12:23:18 AM »
Its a good question for 5Diii users who haven't already done so. Go into your button customization screen, select the last option (The joystick) and turn it to AF Active Direct Selection. Im not sure why this isn't on as default.

BTW- For those interested, my Crash Course DVD on the Canon 5Diii is now available here:

http://www.canontrainingvideo.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=41. It covers pretty much everything, including the menus and focusing systems. It is available for immediate download.

Best wishes!


5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5Diii ISO and Portrait Tests
« on: March 31, 2012, 04:42:12 AM »
@ TCapp- Its there, you just have to turn it on:

--Magenta Tab, 5th (last) sub menu- under "VF Display Illumination"

Best wishes


5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5Diii ISO and Portrait Tests
« on: March 27, 2012, 03:39:07 PM »
Thanks for the comments.

Yes the wide ap DOF test is correct, that is the 5Dii on the left and the 5Diii on the right....crazy huh?

Something I am noticing on the 5Diii vs the 5Dii - The 5Dii seems to like reds and magentas a little more, the 5Diii seems to, I hate to say this...like "greens" a little more. Take that with a grain of salt because I am shooting JPEG with AWB, but yes, in the portrait test, High ISO test, and wide aperture test, there is clearly something different going on with either the white balance or color sampling. I still think the 5Dii looks really, really good.

Something else I have noticed several times (and I didnt mention this in my reviews because I cant be certain of it) - In ISOs between 100-400, it seems as if the overall exposure of the 5Dii is brighter than the 5Diii by about a 1/2 stop. There were several times on the shoot, I literally switched lenses onto either camera body, same exact settings and shooting conditions, and the 5Dii looked brighter.

Over an ISO of 500 however, this is not the case, and when shooting JPEG, some really crazy stuff (good stuff) starts happening on the 5Diii- Ill be posting another review on this soon. Suffice it to say that between 500 and 640 ISO a different algorithm kicks in if you are using ISO noise reduction, and the noise between 640-1250 on the 5Diii is very comparable to much lower ISOs on the 5Diii.

I did another shoot with the model (Annie) yesterday for the review video and Ill be posting on my blog soon. (www.michaelthemaven.com She wanted me to tell everyone hi and thank you for the nice comments.

In the mean time, you guys might be interested in the youtube review I did- Just kind of a quick run through on what I like, dont like etc.
Canon 5Diii Review - Is it worth the extra cost? 5Diii vs 5Dii vs 7D Small | Large


PS- I have and use the 24 and 35 Primes, they are both wonderful and I use them both equally, but if I had to choose, I would go with the 24mm 1.4

EOS Bodies / Re: Profeel.com has "plenty" of 5Diii's in stock
« on: March 27, 2012, 03:25:13 PM »
Just a heads up guys- Profeel.com just got 4 Canon 5Diii's in stock - Give them a call if you are ready to get yours now. (this is where I got mine and they delivered as promised) David Profeel - 845-425-2070 x 180


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d3 Annoyances
« on: March 25, 2012, 03:38:54 AM »
Im loving the 5Diii. Something I am really struggling with though are the zooming features, having moved from the thumb buttons to the left side of the camera. Even knowing this, Im still trying to press those thumb buttons.


5D MK III Sample Images / 5Diii ISO and Portrait Tests
« on: March 25, 2012, 03:36:30 AM »
Got my camera on friday, and have already done a series of tests;

ISO Test - Compares 5Diii, 5Dii, and 7D: http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=2262&canon-5diii-vs-5dii-vs-7d-high-iso-noise-tests

Portrait Tests - Samples and Direct Comparison with 5Dii:http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=2264&canon-5diii-portrait-tests-5diii-vs-5dii



EOS Bodies / Re: Profeel.com has "plenty" of 5Diii's in stock
« on: March 21, 2012, 07:54:28 PM »
Hey Guys-

 Just a heads up....Profeel.com emailed me to say thanks as well as:

I just re-checked, we have lots of cameras still available.
Please continue to spread the word. We need at least a days lead time as it is VERY busy with 5d IIIs

Sounded like they cannot ship anymore out today (store hours) but yes, they still have them.

My recommendation would be to just call them directly: 800.776.3335

Good luck!


EOS Bodies / Re: Profeel.com has "plenty" of 5Diii's in stock
« on: March 21, 2012, 05:17:00 PM »
Wow...Thanks for the heads up. I bet they are wondering what the heck happened! :o I have several buddies that just bought from them, and I hope many of you were able to get them as well.


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