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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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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

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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?

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

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 22, 2012, 12:53:09 PM »
538xx body only shipped FedEx o/n.

WAAAHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOO

Tomorrow morning we begin our partnership.

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And most successful street photography isn't done with an SLR. Tbh I would recommend the iPhone 4S. With enough practice people will think you are texting instead of taking pictures.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 lens
« on: March 22, 2012, 03:02:02 AM »
I bought this lens as a stopgap while I waited for the 5D3. _When_ it shoots nice pictures, it's almost L quality, with great color and sharpness. But it's only now and then that it shoots nice pictures. I get a lot of back focusing, and the manual focus ring has such a fine travel you need remarkable haptic skills to pull good focus in video. But then again the video I shot on it a couple weeks ago just became video of the day on a popular site, so its problems aren't gonna prevent success. The OS is good (and not great) for stills but is not good for video, I far prefer the 24-105L's IS which is more the opposite.

This lens is for crop cameras so its life is limited (it fits on ff but I haven't seen what that does...vignettes madly?). As for lens caps falling off, I have a UV protector on it and have no problem with that.

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There's a different theory of street photography with SLR's, and that is to shoot at standoff distances with a telephoto. The rangefinders that Winogrand used were fairly silent and didn't need focusing much so they were stealth. A prime's wide aperture will serve at cross purposes in that case...you can still use one to be sure, but a zoom is just fine for the smaller apertures required to shoot hyperfocally. But shooting with a tele can get you in unawares, even though it looks even more peeping tom if you're caught.

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And I've had transcend and lexar fail but never sandisk. Anecdata, no question...be sure to baby your cards because they are fragile! I do think Sandisk has earned a bit of a premium...better real performance I think...but I nearly never work in continuous shooting mode, and even the 5d3 ALL-I video apparently doesn't tax an old transcend class 6 SD card.

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Software & Accessories / Re: 5D III LCD Screen Protector - GGS
« on: March 22, 2012, 12:20:36 AM »
I use these to mount the sticky viewfinder attachments on for video. I don't think the screen is particularly vulnerable on its own...the shutter probably dies around the same time the screen does. But I didn't want to gum up my screen with one of those sticky attachments. Turns out though they are safely removable and the residue is easily enough cleaned. the ones I tested.

The whole knockoff ecosystem for the 5D3 needs to ramp up and soon. But I may just get a real BG-11 anyway.

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