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C. Fn 2, Custom Controls, set the first option (shutter button) to either "Metering Start" or "AE Lock".

This was among the very first things I did to the 5D3 when it arrived. The whole point of back-button focus is to separate the focusing from the shutter activation. The AE Lock (on shutter half-press) is handy when shooting Av/Tv because you can focus on one point, meter on another, recompose, and activate the shutter independently. Total control.

Edit:  I just saw how Canon chose to abbreviate the setting name.. "Shutter Butt. half-press". Really, Canon? There's no other way to abbreviate "button"?

I own one of each (Spider holster pro and the RS-4). The Spider holster is infinitely more useful to me at weddings and events, but I would probably rather go hiking or traveling with the R-strap.

My main complaint with the R-strap for weddings is that unless you put extra slack in the strap, it's difficult to shoot vertically without the strap pulling on you. I don't like slack in my R-strap, so I tried the Spider holster and it's much better. When I tried shooting with the R-strap, I ended up taking the camera off the strap for long stretches, which makes the strap ineffective.

The main thing I like about the Spider holster is that it takes the camera weight off my shoulders, since I shoot with a sizable lens bag. It also holds securely to the belt bracket, it detaches completely, and the mount on the camera doesn't interfere much with vertical shooting..

Hiking or traveling, I'm probably wearing a lighter backpack, so the R-strap isn't much extra weight. As long as you keep the latch protector down, there's no way the camera can fall off or flop around, especially if you use the BRAD attachment.

It's because the original press release said the price on the grip was $490. That quickly changed as soon as B&H started pre-orders (around 3/6, I think? That's when I pre-ordered).

Software & Accessories / Re: Advice for first graphics tablet
« on: March 25, 2012, 08:16:32 AM »
One word: Wacom. (Edit: Just affirming what you already know.)

They are simply the best when it comes to graphics tablets. You don't have to get a monster Intuos 5 or Cintiq monitor right away, because the older Intuos 3 & 4 are equally good for pen input. The newer, more expensive models are improved in other options (wireless, macro buttons, etc.) but the pen input has not changed much since Intuos 3.

In fact, a Bamboo tablet is probably excellent to get started without breaking a budget. They are still the most accurate and sensitive pen technology out there, but their Intuos tablets will last a very long time. I still have my old 4x6 Intuos3 tablet, and I can even still buy replacement parts for it from Wacom.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT Flashes now in stock
« on: March 24, 2012, 09:32:08 PM »
Do third party items like the PW mini even work on the 5D MK III?  It would not be a suprise if users had to hope for a firmware upgrade.  I hope they do, just wondering, since the originally did not work with 5D MK II.

"Third party items".. You may not have ever shot with PocketWizard TT1/TT5's, but they have nothing to do with the camera. As far as the camera knows, it's connected directly to an E-TTL flash. The radio then intercepts the information the flash uses to send its pre-flash/optical signal to slave flashes and converts it to a radio signal, which the radio receivers then receive and send to their attached E-TTL flashes. None of the "first party" equipment knows the difference.

(EDIT: That's the ideal case, anyways. There may be some firmware updates in the PocketWizards to detect the different modes properly with a 5D3.)

I'm pretty sure Radio Poppers work the same way.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hand strap recommendation
« on: March 24, 2012, 12:47:50 PM »
The E1 is what I've used on all of my gripped bodies. However, can has apparently discontinued it, so it is a bit harder to find (and is out of stock at B&H and Aorama).

Makes me sad, but looking at the pictures of the E2, it appears that the tripod mount can be removed and the strap can be put through the same slot on the battery grip as the E1. I'll investigate the E2 when the BG-E11 finally arrives.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d3 Annoyances
« on: March 24, 2012, 12:46:14 PM »
I do wish that they would have moved the BULB mode past C1-C3. I use it sometimes, but not as often as I would C1, and the chance that I miss and leave it in BULB is too great.

Not that I have a 5DIII, but I really like that C3 is the end of the dial on my 7D and 5DII.  My C3 setting is sort of 'OMG I've got to capture that' setting (birds in flight, etc.), and being able to just spin the dial until it stops.  I'll miss that on my 1D X.

That's a good point. You can put your "go to" settings in C3 and turn the mode dial all the way clock-wise without looking. I guess I was thinking going one notch from M to C1 and back.

My thought is that if you're shooting BULB, you're definitely on a tripod and it's probably an elaborately set-up shot, so why does the camera mode have to be right next to M? Put it in the menus, or the other direction past the "green square" mode. I like BULB when I use it, but I don't need it to be that accessible.

Still, Canon did really well in my book if this is the only thing that remotely annoys me.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera camouflage?
« on: March 24, 2012, 12:42:02 PM »
Don't know about this article, but I personally do it to keep "Uncle Bob's" from interrogating me at weddings.

"So, whatcha shootin' with?" Nothing, while you're here bugging me...  :)

Seriously, I'll be polite and say a few words to them, but I'm not being paid to give photography advice and equipment reviews. I'll probably tape the "Mark III" on my 5D3 at the next wedding since it's especially new.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d3 Annoyances
« on: March 24, 2012, 11:35:08 AM »
Right now, my only annoyance is that they didn't release the BG-E11 at the same time as the 5D3. All of my other SLR's have had the grip, and it just feels wrong without it.

I tried it, and you're right. Canon deliberately went out of their way to prevent the custom settings from retaining the HDR setting. It's okay for me, because the delay when it processes the HDR means I can't be in a hurry anyways. At least AEB can be stored in C1-C3.

I do wish that they would have moved the BULB mode past C1-C3. I use it sometimes, but not as often as I would C1, and the chance that I miss and leave it in BULB is too great. I'm still getting used to the locking mode wheel, but I can't count the number of times I've accidentally changed the mode on my 5D2, so it's a welcomed addition.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hand strap recommendation
« on: March 24, 2012, 11:09:22 AM »
I've only ever used the Canon E1 strap. I haven't seen the newer E2 hand strap, so I don't know if it interferes with the tripod mount that a Black Rapid would use. The E1 takes some practice and the proper instructions (which are strangely not included with the E1), but it gets pretty easy to install/remove fairly quickly. It has to be a solid mount in order for me to trust it, so I wouldn't go with anything with a quick-release.

I personally would never remove the hand strap. I leave mine on all the time, even when attaching a neck strap. I might hold the camera over the hand strap sometimes, but it's become a normal part of my camera.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT Flashes now in stock
« on: March 24, 2012, 10:16:14 AM »
Awesome! My experience with the TT5's (I actually have two TT5's instead of a TT1) is that they can work at decent distances, but the radio spectrum that PocketWizard chose for them can very easily be interfered, and they are very dependent on antenna orientation. As you say, within the prescribed range your camera orientation and direction weren't affecting your flash performance. I would say this is an improvement over the PocketWizards.

I'll admit, I was skeptical about them when they were announced. I thought I read an article that said their advertised range was 35 ft, but I'm glad that was wrong. 100 ft is much more reasonable. I doubt these strobes would be very effective beyond that range, lighting-wise, unless you were using a super-telephoto lens.

The downside is obviously that you have to buy new flashes, but in a couple years that won't matter, since I'm sure they'll release some kind of 430EX3-RT or maybe a hotshoe receiver for older Canon flashes. For now, if you need remote TTL flash, and if you're starting out and/or can afford them, it's hard to advise against the 600EX-RT's.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT Flashes now in stock
« on: March 23, 2012, 12:48:24 AM »
Holy strobe light, Batman..

We might complain about the price being so high, but I ran a rough comparison.

3x 600EX-RT = $1,887

3x 580EX II
2x PocketWizard FlexTT5
1x PocketWizard MiniTT1
= $2,064.00

Cheaper than what I would consider a good TTL radio flash setup. All that is left is performance, so I'd be interested in the reliability and range of the Canon radio vs PocketWizard's. (Are RadioPoppers better or worse? I've never used them, only the PocketWizard TTL radios.) As far as an all-in-one package, it seems hard to beat, as long as you rely on E-TTL. Obviously, manual flash users won't be in a hurry to get the 600EX-RT's.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 22, 2012, 10:25:41 AM »
Just called B&H and they said they weren't receiving stock until Friday.  The CSR wasn't sure what time the shipment would arrive, so he couldn't tell me if the order would ship out Friday or not.

Great. Thank you for the update.

I bet some of the B&H fan boys on this forum will now say "just be patient, with my multi years of million dollar experience with B&H, they won't fail me!"

Personally I believe how they handle this pre-order situation, resembles a total failure. My friends in Hong Kong have already been shooting with a 5D3 for several days. lol.

Kingw, what exactly are you expecting from them (B&H)? In what way have they made this a "total failure"? Do you honestly think that they have them but are deliberately not shipping them? No, they clearly don't have them, and they can't pull them out of a magic hat. They are completely at Canon's mercy (or the drivers of the trucks). They can't communicate any more than they have been because they can't afford to give false estimates. No estimates or over-estimates are better.

If anything is a total failure, it's Canon's distribution processes in the US. They can't afford a cargo plane or two for the east coast? They can't have legal agreements with retailers saying they can't sell or ship them until a specific date, so that everyone in the country gets them at the same time? (That's how Apple does it.) I blame Canon more than B&H, because the only way B&H could mess this up is to 1.) get the cameras from Canon and not ship them immediately, or 2.) Give customers every rumor they hear from the distribution companies and miss those estimates. I don't think they have done either.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 21, 2012, 11:56:58 PM »
I didn't notice that before, but it's also on the BG-E11 grip but that's certainly not an eminent release, so it's probably not related..

Unless Canon moved up the BG-E11 shipping date, which would be fantastic.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 21, 2012, 11:31:43 PM »
Still "Backordered"... (pre-order 3/1 11:36pm CT)

Switched my shipping to Next Day, just in case they meet the rumored 22nd date.

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