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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.

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 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.

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.


Tomorrow morning we begin our partnership.

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.

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.

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 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.

And I've had transcend and lexar fail but never sandisk. Anecdata, no 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.

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.

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)

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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