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Get the Samyang (Rokinon etc) 35mm for wide and 85mm for tele for half your budget, as good sharpness and light gathering, and double the versatility.

For filters, just cheapies are fine for protection. Save your money, you will need it.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: BG-E11 questions
« on: March 16, 2012, 01:59:12 AM »
It's too easy to see them, around the conference table late in the day, asking the question, "Should we weatherproof the 5d3 battery grip?" And some cynical old bastard cuts off discussion affirmatively, "Anyone who wants a weatherproofed gripped body should be using 1 series." And the people around the table being agreeable that it was better to go out for a beer than continue the meeting.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Manual Online
« on: March 15, 2012, 11:40:25 PM »
With the advent of RAW, I fail to understand White Balance Bracketing as a feature. I mean, if you're shooting RAW then just adjust white balance to taste in post. If you are shooting JPEG, one wonders why, since the multiple redundant exposures will take up about as much room on your card, and you will still have to review them all in post...and worse, the scene may have shifted between exposures anyway.

So that is a feature I can't see myself ever using, and as for AEB bracketing, the HDR RAW feature seems to supersede that too and in a more useful/flexible manner.

(Sorry for the slight O/T but this became another preorder thread anyway...)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Manual Online
« on: March 15, 2012, 04:45:16 PM »
I didn't find the manual particularly enlightening. It seems we already knew most of what's in there.

I am wondering why Live View mode for stills offers an Aspect ratio preview but there's no mention of it in movie mode. I am supposing this means the trope of the indie ambitious taping the top and bottom of their viewfinders to simulate the anamorphic look will continue.

And I should say it's a shame too because if you had aspect ratio control in movie mode, you could save a lot of wasted pixels of compressed bitrate in the solid areas.

I also was expecting to see automagic distortion correction mentioned, all I see is the addition of chromatic aberration correction alongside the already delivered peripheral illumination correction.

Lenses / Re: Lens Issue: 10-22 vs 16-35 vs 17-40
« on: March 14, 2012, 10:42:46 AM »
Personally, I sold my 10-22mm (even though I still have my 7D) after getting the 5DII and 16-35mm II.  Overall IQ is better (generally) with FF; however, it's worth noting that the 10-22mm on APS-C has a lot less barrel distortion than the 16-35mm on FF.

Note that the 5D3 can automagically correct for distortion, as well as a host of other lens deficiencies. (*Actually, only chromatic aberration and vignetting appear in-camera, according to the manual. The rest may be included in DPP...?)

I caved and picked up the 16-35 II with my 5d3 preorder even though I love the 10-22. I am figuring I'm going to want that body as primary and there's no sense in holding off on equipping it. The crop bodies are naturally best used for reach, so spending wide on FF is fairly mandatory even though it challenges the lens maker.

Having a 600d with a 10-22 and a Samyang 8mm in the bag for quick establishing shots is a nice compact plus if you can afford to have both.

EOS Bodies / Re: So, what about the T4i?
« on: March 07, 2012, 11:24:38 PM »
Oh yes, a touch screen. This seems like a rebel feature.

I can just imagine the hassle a touch screen would create. You put your eye to the viewfinder, your nose touches the screen before the light sensor switches it of...and .... crap, wrong exposure/wrong white balance/incorrect AF drive mode/etc. You just missed your epic shot.

I'll happily pass on touch-screen DSLR's, thanks! :-P

(The Rebels have proximity sensors above the screens.)

EOS Bodies / Re: So, what about the T4i?
« on: March 07, 2012, 05:01:33 PM »
Since I believe the Rebel will have MORE features than the high end bodies (since the competitor mirrorless cameras do), it makes sense to release the new Rebel after the high end, because people would complain about not having the features the toy model does.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5D M3 focus assist while shooting video
« on: March 07, 2012, 02:01:17 PM »
Sadly no, you cannot use focus assist in realtime while recording on the 5D3. This is mentioned on the Canon USA specs page.

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon 17-40 f/2.8-4L
« on: March 06, 2012, 11:58:54 AM »
How many of Canon's lenses are parfocal as it is? It's a serious pain for video.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 06, 2012, 11:30:22 AM »
Oh terrific the iPad 3 (or is it iPad HD) is clogging up all the planes and boats coming out of China right now.

 >:(  >:(  >:(

(I am guessing this will affect 5D3 shipments as well)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 Manuals/brochures
« on: March 04, 2012, 01:56:12 AM »
If the user opts to set a slower shutter-speed rather than up the iso in low light of course the f/p/s rate will be affected - so you can over-ride the f/p/s rate by your settings - logical ::)

Wouldn't a camera's fps rating be measured *in addition* to shutter-open time?

EOS Bodies / Re: 30 Minute Video Limit: Make it EU-only?
« on: March 04, 2012, 01:04:32 AM »
Consider that it actually hurts Canon's sales quite directly.

The most expensive thing (at least in the developed world) is a human being. Cameras are cheap comparatively. Now if I'm shooting an event (a wedding, a concert, whatever) singlehandedly, or even with a small crew, I am currently more or less limited to one camera per person...someone has to be tending the cameras, because 30 minutes after I press record they are going to shut themselves off to satisfy a few politicians sitting in Brussels. When I'm halfway around the globe.

But if Canon produced an uncrippled version of their cameras, I could buy more cameras, load them with high-capacity memory cards, put each of them on a tripod with a good vantage point, pull a good frame and focus, and set them off recording while I walk around getting different vantage points with another camera on a shoulder rig.

Canon sells more cameras. I have more footage to cut to without having to manage or hire more people. Everyone would be happy...other than the mentioned EU politicians (and some maker of video cameras in the Arri to blame for this?).

If you don't understand the value of this, I wonder if you've shot events. Or interviews. Or weddings. Or anything remotely documentary. Lifting the limit from 12 minutes to 30 minutes was huge in this generation of releases. Why is the whole world forced to crash up on a new, 30 minute ceiling then?

If it is a fear of overheating, fine, but it sounds like the worst ad for Europe possible.

EOS Bodies / 30 Minute Video Limit: Make it EU-only?
« on: March 03, 2012, 11:10:15 PM »
So we are told, repeatedly, that the reason Canon DSLRs are unable to record more than 30 minutes of continuous video is there is a EU-imposed tax on video camera imports that exceed this limit. So Canon has crippled all their products, for the entire world, to conform to this EU-imposed limit.

Do you think this is fair? Would it be cruel for Canon to punish their European customers for the protectionist knee jerks of their politicians? Or is it crueler for Canon to punish the entire world for the protectionism of the EU bureaucrats? We report and you decide...

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 Manuals/brochures
« on: March 03, 2012, 10:35:44 PM »
hmm why would max fps need to be limited based upon light levels? That means the 1DX might go under 6fps in very low lighting then?

Possibly the autofocus/metering system needing more time to figure out what it's seeing?

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