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Software & Accessories / Re: Loading MK 5III images into Aperture 3
« on: March 24, 2012, 07:31:57 PM »
I know it's depressing I want to show off my new toy. Just keep collecting shots and ingest later when the next RAW compatibility update ships out. It may be a while...DPP is generating soft output, so even on Canon's end there may be problems. Haven't tried the Adobe converter yet, thanks for that.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d3 Annoyances
« on: March 24, 2012, 03:36:29 PM »
A complaint is a gift, and the camera will not be improved if complaints are not aired and discussed. Which hurts Canon and you. If a courtesy period was observed for complaints, few would remember to post them later, just resigning themselves to "that's the way things are."

Now then, the next annoyance:

The Silent Control feature during movie shooting is a terrific idea, but really only currently makes sense for audio control. The reason is the exposure controls are not graduated in effect: the picture suddenly shifts from one ISO or aperture to another. While I understand shutter speed might be hard to ramp up and down, aperture and sensor gain (ISO) should be able to have smooth ramping functions applied to them. This might get a little tricky with different lenses' implementations of aperture control (I have no idea) but at least sensor gain should be rampable because the non-whole-EV ISO's (e.g. 320 or 640) are non-native pull-up/pull-down implementations as I understand it and therefore Canon ought to be able to create a ramping function in software that ramps up to nearly a whole stop of gain before switching to the native ISO of the next stop up. With a ramp speed parameter (say 10ms-1s).

Not as easy a change as my first two but it would really be a big positive impact in getting around our lack of manual (and declicked) aperture controls on Canon glass. Sure Canon will say "just buy the Cinema lenses" but no one shooting 5d3 has the money for such things. And it's in Canon's financial interest to complete this incomplete feature, to stave off people buying the Samyang declicked/cine lenses.

Lenses / Re: Why are video lenses so fat?
« on: March 24, 2012, 01:14:40 PM »
Another thing cine lenses will have is smooth manual control of aperture, without any clicks. So you can change DOF and overall exposure during a shot without shaking the camera.

It is possible to declick non-cine lenses with manual aperture rings and has become hip to do so to get some of that working.

Cine shoots tend not to care as much about bulk and cost as still shoots and are a smaller market so will have higher prices. Though Samyang is coming out with cine versions of their inexpensive EF lenses which may be cool.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Resolution Review
« on: March 24, 2012, 07:04:36 AM »
Well thanks for contributing your tests, and I thank Andrew as well, imperfect though his articles may be they are useful and often on-point.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5D Mark III - Brick Wall Test
« on: March 24, 2012, 06:13:48 AM »
Probably as good as any delivery format that the people priced out of the C300 will use during this camera's lifetime.

I.e. Youtube and Vimeo etc. will do more damage than the camera for the foreseeable future. So will lesser projectors.

I know lots of ego's in film probably dream their film will be a sleeper hit pulled out of the dustbin and ushered into glory, and therefore want the best possible print for posterity. But I think the three or four cases that pull that off will have a certain swagger that their film was so good it survived the weak and cheap technology it was made with.

Therefore I'm not seeing a problem. The moire and aliasing on the 5D2 was a problem.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Resolution Review
« on: March 24, 2012, 06:03:43 AM »
jcs now I have the 5D3 and doing tests I can confirm you probably want to be using the following picture style (unless you are using a 3rd party one like CineStyle):

EDITED: This was the old Vince Laforet suggested setting, Neutral 0, -4, -2, 0, but now I've decided it's no longer best. Instead, I'm now suggesting another setting in my updated post below.

Reading Andrew's site, he's got factual errors in many of the articles I read. For instance, in his camera comparison as posted now, he dismisses the C300 has having only 4:2:0 color when in fact it has 4:2:2 as can be easily verified on Canon's site. Lazy for someone of that influence...this is why proper journals hire fact checkers.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d3 Annoyances
« on: March 24, 2012, 04:43:44 AM »
It's a relief that at least the SET button can be made into the magnifier. But why can't pressing down on the multi-controller (aka "joystick") be the magnifier/focus assist? All it can be is AF direct point selection in the custom controls settings. If press down on the joystick was magnify, you wouldn't have to reposition your thumb to the joystick to move the magnification around. Really this is obvious and suggests a rush to market (over a 3.5 year period?).

Unbelievable they won't let the old buttons work for focus assist/digital zoom...but I think their rationale is based on getting people away from those buttons because they are going to replace them with a proper video autofocus system. But it's a generation too early to wean people off those buttons. Let the people work the way they want to. Which btw includes focus assist during video recording!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 lens
« on: March 24, 2012, 04:01:14 AM »
For s&g I tested this lens on the 5d3 today, it crops out a circle (with the top and bottom lopped off) in the center of the frame. The coverage is only adequate for APS-C, on FF you will have to crop as if it was APS-C, which is pointless.

I find the zoom to be way too stiff on my copy for zooms during video. It's fine for stills. To zoom during video, you will want a sturdy tripod, though I'm not sure even that and a "follow zoom" will counteract the stiffness and yield no shake.

I think the iPhone 4S is the best camera for family photography. Because everything else is going to either not be with you when your best moments happen, or distract you so much those moments can't get off the ground.

And I fear the day that objective considerations triumph completely over subjective ones.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5d3 Annoyances
« on: March 24, 2012, 12:47:04 AM »
This thread is intended for specific things Canon should be able to fix (easily?) in firmware updates.

I'll kick it off with an obvious one: Why can't HDR shooting be set as C1, C2 or C3 on the mode dial? The most natural thing I would want is to be able to just turn the mode dial to C3 and get an HDR shot...it would give me similar ability to AEB plus a nifty HDR shot ready made to ogle at. But not only will the custom mode not auto-update in HDR mode, it also grays out the whole custom mode menu item. Why? Who knows why? Why force us to menu dive to pull an HDR shot?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Resolution Review
« on: March 23, 2012, 01:46:31 PM »
Some people have claimed Neutral is a completely different processing than the other modes, so i would prioritize that. Many people have been shooting exclusively neutral (myself included) since Vince Laforet originally recommended it and explained why years ago.

To be quite honest with you, what matters is the subjective viewer experience, and to my own eyes the Panasonics including the GH2 look like Camcorder video and the 5D2 and 5D3 look like moving SLR photographs. Which is vastly preferable to my tastes. Pixel peepers get out.

And remember, the whole problem with Camcorder video was it was over sharpened. Sharpness is no always what you want subjectively...and even when you do, what you usually want is a steep gradient of sharpness which a full frame sensor is much more able to provide than a dinky m43 sensor ever could.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 23, 2012, 01:33:43 PM »
...And it's here!  ;D

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Resolution Review
« on: March 23, 2012, 04:00:04 AM »
jcs are you finding IPB is better than ALL-I for tripod shots of nonmoving subjects? I was thinking this would be the case.

And is faithful better than neutral for you? When you say 0 everything, does that mean sliders fully to the left or dead center?

Go into sensor cleaning mode and look what's up.

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