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7D is a great body but just has a horrible sensor. If they improve the sensor to remove more noise, it'd be a great little bit of kit.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The 5D Mark III Fix
« on: May 03, 2012, 03:52:40 AM »
Now I know why they didn't call it the 5DX - it was missing that black-tape X-factor. People should be thankful that they are getting this 5DX upgrade for free!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III Light Leak Resolution (Canon USA)
« on: April 24, 2012, 03:31:47 AM »
I was going to buy a 5D3 straight up, but now I think I'll let it mature a bit with firmware and also for the hardware fix for this issue to flow through as I don't want a “xxxxx1xxxxxx” or “xxxxx2xxxxxx”  serial number body.

I'll keep an eye on the forums for when stocks of newer bodies show up in shops and then order then. I've got a massive month of shooting in August, so will look to buy in mid August. 3 months will hopefully be enough time to flush out these "non-issue light leak" bodies.

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Lenses / Re: Lenses: 35L II & 85L III Next Up? [CR1]
« on: April 24, 2012, 03:27:35 AM »
Canon are pushing to get all their L lenses, with the exception of the L-series TS-E lenses, updated to fully weather sealed specification.

The Tilt shifts will never be weather sealed due to their design.   All the others will be though.

Thus, the current L 35mm and 85mm will be updated again, and include weather sealing.  The 35mm will also get rounded aperture blades, which is another L-series feature that Canon are pushing, and for good reason - it creates smoother bokeh.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Big Megapixel Body in 2013?
« on: April 19, 2012, 05:39:27 AM »
nikon just announced a 24 MP aps-c camera.

nikon and canon have truly switched paradigmas in only 1 year....

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/04/19/Nikon-D3200-with-WiFi-Option


OMG! 24MP in a crop sensor - where will this madness end?! For me personally - the 18MP in the 7D is too much for the amount of noise I like. I prefer my crop bodies in the 12-15MP range. Preferably 12MP like the Nikon D300.  It's ironic that their bottom-of-the-line (excluding D3100) is now 24MP crop sensor, and their top-of-the-line is D4 is 16MP full-frame.

As for the topic at hand - I'd love a 35MP full-frame Canon sometime next year. It could shoot 2 frames a second and I'd be fine with that. As long as it has high DR, high color depth, and low noise at base ISO (100) it would become my go-to body for landscapes. I'd still have at least one 5D3 for weddings, events, sports and travel. It wouldn't want to be any more expensive that a 5D3 or D800 though.







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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delayed Again? [CR2]
« on: March 30, 2012, 07:14:37 PM »
Nooooooooooooooo!  Given I am not a CPS member and that B&H has already charged my card in full (international order) this mean I already paid for the camera and may not even get it before July! (after CPS!)

 :-[ :-[ :-[

What the hell?! Those grubby b@stards! I use Digital Camera Warehouse and love them - they only ever charge my card on shipping.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delayed Again? [CR2]
« on: March 30, 2012, 07:12:13 PM »
Is it just me, or is that pushing perilously close to the Summer Olympics?


Not just you - that's the first thing I thought of. Not much time for sports photogs to get them and test them with their lenses and get familiar with the gear.  Just 118 days to go: http://www.london2012.com/

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: A Nikonian Reviews the Canon 5D Mark III
« on: March 30, 2012, 03:22:19 AM »
Great review. I found the description of "pushed" exposures the most valuable bit. I don't expect perfection from either camera and I still plan on getting the 5DIII!

250k frames per year! whoa, no wonder his photography is at such a level.

Thanks again for sharing.

Yeah it's huge! He must outsource his processing!

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Lenses / Re: Patent: A new 16-35 f/2.8 or Faster Concept?
« on: March 30, 2012, 03:20:14 AM »
16-35 f/2.8 - happy with that. Make it punchy and sharp like the 24-70 f/2.8L II, and keep the 82mm thread.

17-35 f/2.8-4 - God no! No variable aperture please!

16-35 f/2-2.8 - See above although this one is nicer than 17-35 f/2.8-4.

high-ISO abilities of the 5D3 negate the need for this wide apertures somewhat for faster shutter speeds, and I'd rather be stopped down a bit so focus isn't as hard to nail.

This is good news in any case.  Looking forward to the 16-35mm f/2.8L III.   Third time's a charm!

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: March 27, 2012, 04:00:22 AM »
For all those 7D fanboys who got all up in my grill earlier in this thread because I said the 7D noise is horrible compared to the 5DII (and then made themselves feel better by -rep'ing me), I wasn't talking out my backside.

You can clearly see here:
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-DSLR-Camera-Review.aspx

Click on the ISO100's and you'll see the difference. That the 7D has quite a fair bit of noise, even at base ISO100.  Look at all those grey areas - they all look pretty grainy to me. No click on 5DMarkII - much cleaner. That was readily apparent to me in real world tests with the naked eye, well before I saw this link.

Seriously - being objective and telling a 7D owner that their image sensor is inferior to a full frame is like telling a religious zealot in a strange cult that their God doesn't exist. Some people seriously need to get over themselves and realize it's just a camera, and not an extension of their ego.

If there is a 7D mark II, then hopefully they take a leaf out of the D800's book - Nikon managed to do some really good work at high pixel densities, with a lot less noise than that at base ISO.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« on: March 17, 2012, 11:49:12 AM »
It takes screw in filters, but with the built in lens hood it doesn't look like you can use ND grads, etc.

That's what I was thinking. I actually got mildly excited about this lens before I realised the metal hood can't be detached (unlike the plastic hood of the 8-15mm L fisheye).

I'll make do with the 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, until which time that Canon updates their wide-angle offerings sometime in the next 12-18 months.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Manual Online
« on: March 16, 2012, 08:07:24 PM »
It's interesting that my Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM can only use a single double-cross AF point (group B lens), and that my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM can't use *any* double-cross AF points (group C lens). Both of these are fairly recent EOS lenses, and I was led to believe that the five centre double-cross AF points were usable with f/2.8 or wider maximum-aperture lenses.

For the case of the macro - it must be due to the really close focusing distances. Still, it should enable group A functionality from 0.5-infinity, and group C from 0.3-0.5, but I guess it defaults to the lowest common denominator. Since I don't shoot sports or track subjects with this lens, it's a moot point really.

For the case of the 24-70, I wouldn't be surprised if the reverse zoom mechanism has something to do with making it a group B lens and not a group A lens. Unfortunately the 5DIII manual doesn't mention what group the new Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens is in, although I'd be very surprised if it wasn't a group A lens. Since I'll be upgrading to the version II lens, I can live with this. I do use this lens for some sports work (on the second body) so it's important to me.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Megapixels are Coming [CR1]
« on: March 15, 2012, 03:08:35 AM »
A 28MP APS-C sensor?   ewwww.

I'd love their new wide-angle zoom. If it could match the MFT goodness of the new 24-70 then it's going to be one wicked zoom.

I'm going to get two 5D3's (should hopefully have one next week). That'll do me for everything I do including landscapes. Once I've got all the lenses I could possibly want, and then want to blow away some cash on a third body, I'd be mildly tempted by a 36MP full-frame monster, although at that stage I'd probably be more interested in medium-format digital.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next? A General Breakdown
« on: March 08, 2012, 02:25:24 AM »
I fail to see what could be improved on the 35/1.4? It is my absolute favorite lens on crop and FF. But I am obviously missing something since there is a MKII in the pipeline......

For one the current 35/1.4 doesn't have any weatherproofing. I'm sure they'll add it as they did with 24/1.4 II.

I hope it is sealed like the 24/1.4L II released in 2008.  Then again, the 85mm f/1.2L II released in 2006 isn't weather sealed which is a real shame... could go either way.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next? A General Breakdown
« on: March 07, 2012, 04:09:12 PM »
5D Mark III, EF 24-70 f/2.8L II and 600EX-RT - it's like I'm in a jacuzzi with the three hottest women in the world, and they all come for me at the same time.  ;D

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