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I have the 5dmkii, I honestly want to like the 2012 cameras but I can't. For the price, if canon had given me more pixels (in either body) I could have gotten excited.

I'm never going to switch, married to canon ever since I had an AE-1. I'll probably have to wait another three or four years for my new body. Oh well.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT Flashes now in stock
« on: March 23, 2012, 11:00:44 PM »
Great news, congrats! I've got three and a controller on pre-order, still waiting.

Any idea how they work with a non 5DMKIII?

Lenses / Re: two new lenses vs 5D3 Kit
« on: March 23, 2012, 06:42:08 PM »
I've always gone the lenses route. In 10 years I've only owned two bodies, the first Rebel and the 5DMKii in 2010. During that time I've owned a bunch of lenses (and sold a few too.) This year I'm upgrading my flash system with 3 600EX-RTs and controller, but no new body. I might get a Zeiss lens too, if I'm ready for it.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Kit - IN STOCK at B&H!
« on: March 22, 2012, 04:12:53 PM »
Try as I might I entirely fail to get excited about the 2012 bodies.

Not wanting to be a kill joy, but I just don't get it.

I actually like the idea of two different formats. Means I always know which card I'm removing, and an assistant / second shooter won't screw up so easily.

I guess so, but if I was a pro and it mattered what I would do is put a label on each card such as 1-1, 1-2, ... 2-1, 2-2 with the "1-" cards corresponding to the first/frontmost slot, and the "2-" corresponding to the rearmost slot. Maybe I'd put a sticker key inside the door or on the slots, if there is a spot for it.

The only good reason I heard for storing RAW + JPG is for a pro who has a client that wants to walk away from the shoot with a picture in hand.

For me, dual slots aren't particularly useful (serious non professional), and dual/different format even less. If I was a pro I would do backups of every shot, even though that isn't a panacea either.

I don't understand the post about not deleting in-camera, even though this is DOS filesystem which is dog-stupid and easy. Given that I don't use it unless the frame is totally black, much preferring to edit on the computer. I wish they didn't have a dedicated button for it.

Lenses / Re: Astrophotography Setup
« on: March 19, 2012, 10:39:09 PM »
Actual astrophotography means something different, you probably mean star trails.

Any lens works for star trails. Fisyeyes are popular for some reason.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm 1.4 AF problem?
« on: March 19, 2012, 08:54:10 AM »
Wow, that's interesting to hear. I have a 50 1.4 where the AF got flaky. It started when I took it to the beach and it got a few grains of sand in the lens from a blowing wind.

Strike #1, no weather sealing, very easy to get dust/dirt inside

Eventually I cleared the sand, but holding it face down and shaking and what not. Didn't see the sand exit the body, must have been a few grains. Until then the lens was locked up, the USM wouldn't work. Anyhow with the sand cleared out, the AF started to work again, intermittently.

Strike #2, AF fails after about five minutes of use, every time.

The lens kicks around, I've thought of sending it in, but it wasn't expensive in the first place and didn't seem worth it. Now I have the 24-105L and get much better pictures, colors in particular are better on this lens, plus the weather sealing.

The only thing the 50 has going for it is that it is small. It's fast, but you don't want to use it wide open as DOF is too narrow.

Yeah I read that review when it came out, and stopped when I saw 

"So are there any negatives to owning this camera? Maybe just one. You will lose the ability to blame the camera for any shortcomings in your own photographic ability. "

Excessive fanboyism, unlikely I'd learn anything useful from the review.

Lol you mean you stopped at the end of the review? Because that's where the statement was at.

The guy mentions specifically that it's not a technical review a few times in his post.
And for the poster that mentioned he said good things because he gets to keep one? Do you not know how much this guy makes? I really doubt this reputation is worth a few thousand. And as everyone saw from Laforet's review it's not like Canon holds a gun to these guys heads to make totally positive reviews.

Sure, whatever. It's a low calorie review regardless.

The 5DII remains an excellent camera, with the caveat that its AF system had difficulty tracking moving subjects.

I'm keeping mine for now...until after my 1D X arrives, at which point (probably after some head-to-head testing), the 5DII will be sold on CL.

sigh ... I put in a pre-order for the 1DX for the heck of it, but I really wish it had more pixels. I've been wanting a big body (1D) camera for a long time.

Why did you decide to move up to the 1D?

Lenses / Re: Upgrade strategy with new 100-400mm f/4-5.6L
« on: March 17, 2012, 05:12:06 PM »
There have been upgrade rumors for about 6 or 7 years now.  You should not make buy-sell decisions based on rumors.  You also might be aware that the value of your lens won't drop, because any new one, if it happens, will cost 2X the price of the old model.

True enough. I've been holding off buying the 100-400 for the new one, and it's been years. No problem really, I've plenty to keep me busy with my present lenses, but it would have been a mistake not to buy the old one if I had really needed it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Disappointed in 2012 cameras, looking for suggestions
« on: March 17, 2012, 02:44:57 PM »
More clarity - as I said I'm not obsessive, and I don't feel I need more pixels, but that I would use more pixels. If more pixels were to come along, I'd enjoy the upgrade. I don't go out of ISO100 much, I'll usually flash first and get more control. More frames per second? I barely use one enough. But more pixels means more crop flexibility, more beautiful detail, better landscapes, more to experiment with ... Canon's upgrade path is for the sports crowd (frames, ISO and speed) which isn't something that matters much to me.

I remember watching the whole drama the first time digital broke 1 megapixel. I didn't buy though. I waited until the FIRST rebel, which I bought along with some nice glass at a crazy rebate they had back then (I got a fishy, 24-70 and 50 1.4). Then my next camera was the 5DMKII because I felt that finally the price of full frame came down to the point where mere mortals could afford it.

Now I'm shooting like crazy. Back in the film days I had an AE-1, and the cost of development kept me from shooting very much. Man I hated that ... and the long turn around. But now I have more money, and the technology is getting seriously wonderful, so I am putting more into getting the glass, pixels, and extras.
And because of this I'm taking tens of tens of thousands of shots - most of them bad - but you know this body is getting some serious work. Will it be getting pretty worn out in a few years? If so, I'd rather upgrade rather than send it in to get a new shutter, etc. So I don't lament the upgrade cycle on digital - the day to day cost is so much lower than film, who cares?

Oh, and I should add one more thing, one thing I hate about the 5DMKII is the crummy focusing system. I have a lot of shots that could have been great, if it wasn't focused on the wrong thing. I'm working on improving my technique to get better at this, but I would love a better camera. Sure, the III has the system I want, but it's not enough, for the price, to entice me.

EOS Bodies / Re: Disappointed in 2012 cameras, looking for suggestions
« on: March 17, 2012, 12:18:27 PM »
    Good thoughts folks. I mentioned a few concerning points but should have made them clearer.

    • 600EX-RT
    Exciting new technology. Not all the functionality is available to the 5DMKII, namely group mode, and per manual HSS and you lose a stop of power. According to Syl Arena HSS and all the power is available at all speeds, so it could be a conservative spec. Or it could be flash firmware that hasn't been locked down (he got pre-release flashes). We don't know yet, but we know for sure that group mode isn't available. Will Canon update the 5DMKII? Unknown, up to Canon marketing I expect.
    • Roadmap
    Sure, Canon will update the megapixels ... or will they? Or can they? When will they? I've heard that the Canon engineers are really struggling with handling all those pixels already, and obviously Canon's #1 pro customer are the sports photographers. This is evidenced by their main concerns ... 1) Speed (frames per second 2) Getting the shot (extremely conservative specs, slow feature development roadmap, long beta test, ...) So I think Canon will be slow on the Megapixel race.

So from these two hypothesis I'm wondering if in three years I'll be in a place where there won't be a new pro body coming along for a few years, and the existing camera will becoming pretty aged, as by then it will be five years old which is old in technology and camera body terms. And, at that point, I won't be inclined to buy then (by-then old) 5DMKIII. Maybe better to take the plunge now and get it over with.

Just to be clear, I'm not some obsessive about this, I'd be happy waiting three years if I knew that in three years Canon will release a 30+ MP camera with all the existing features and then some. I'm speculating on my upgrade path, and basically I'm a little skeptical of what Canon marketing is really going to allow.

Yeah I read that review when it came out, and stopped when I saw 

"So are there any negatives to owning this camera? Maybe just one. You will lose the ability to blame the camera for any shortcomings in your own photographic ability. "

Excessive fanboyism, unlikely I'd learn anything useful from the review.

Can I trigger the camera with IR instead of radio? I'm using 600D and not planning to buy ST-E3 (I would rather upgrade my camera in the future than using an on-top accessories, unconvenient).

Don't know about the 600D but I have an IR remote trigger for the 5DMKII. Annoying little thing, it only supports 2S delay shoot mode (AFAIK), and the remote has to be pointed just right to get it to fire. For self shots (group and self portrait) I have to quickly try and trigger and put my arm down.

It does work and is cheap however.

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