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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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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 22, 2012, 12:13:21 AM »
Oy vey...

"B&H will be closed Friday April 6th in observance of Passover and will reopen on Sunday April 15th at 10:00AM EST."

Let us pray the Angel of Delay passes over our orders! I'm putting lamb's blood all over my front door, stat!

(And yes I am tribe enough to joke)

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Digital signal processing is too deep a topic for crowdsourced wisdom. You will have to wait for real experts to analyze the results and shed light on what's going on. If they are willing to.

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If I can have only one, I go 24-105L every day of the week, and twice on Sunday.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: What do you recommend? 7D 60D T3i T4i
« on: March 21, 2012, 10:41:43 PM »
Since nearly no one handholds the body when shooting professional video, the T3i is far superior to the 60D for that purpose. Lightweight and compact with no visual or workflow penalty. (Unless you want the 7D's 720p HDMI live output, which helps with an external monitor.)

Also, the T3i is unique among Canon's line in offering moire-free 3x digital zoom. With a very wide-angle lens, you can get the best picture of any of that era of Canons using that feature.

If you can wait for he T4i announcement (certainly by mid-May at the latest I think) then do so. They might have some of the 5D3 tech in there.

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Since the 7D is dual processor they were able and willing to provide 720p HDMI output. Which means if you're shooting with an external monitor you're much happier on a 7D.

Otherwise, it's a wash...get Rebels if you are going with this sensor, they are lighter for your steadicams and shoulder rigs.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Resolution Review
« on: March 21, 2012, 10:34:25 PM »
If this is the cost of ridding ourselves of aliasing and moire, I'm not crying. Sharpness as a concept is overrated in video: since you can't photoshop the imprefections off the talent, you aren't doing yourself any favors shooting sharp.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Stock Thread 5d Mark III
« on: March 21, 2012, 10:25:34 PM »
Huh...the cameta page shows list price of $5,300, "Our price" as $3,499. "You save $1,801.00". That doesn't fill me with a lot of warm & fuzzies. Granted, the price they're selling it for is 100% accurate, but showing that list price? Really? As far as I know that's a flat out lie!

C'mon, the 5-dot-3-hundred is clearly a wink from the marketing dept. No one pays MSRP to anyone and hasn't for years.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 21, 2012, 11:37:30 AM »
Amazon has a promise date concept which in that case is May 3.  The rep was simply confirming that the expectation is they will meet the promise date. If they are not expecting to meet the promise date they cancel the order for you and let you know.

They aren't always out to getcha.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 430EX II Going Out?
« on: March 21, 2012, 09:28:03 AM »
I suspect they'll have a new one that uses radio control alongside a new Rebel that uses radio control by May.

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