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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 21, 2012, 01:48:37 PM »
Wow, it must be really hard for some people to accept the possibility that they might not know for sure. Canon might not be telling them exactly how many they're getting when, so B&H can't possibly give their pre-order customers individual estimates.

This is still speculation. It's also possible you're all right and B&H really doesn't care about a few frustrated pre-order customers, but to me it seems more likely that they don't want to give false estimates.

As far as general updates, watch their two Twitter accounts (@BandHPhoto and @BHPhotoVideo). They are communicating about it some. Not as much as you'd like, but it's not 100% silence.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 20, 2012, 05:12:29 PM »
Guys, B&H has a very limited PR outlet via Twitter (@bandhphoto and @bhphotovideo). See their tweet here:

https://twitter.com/#!/bandhphoto/status/182149483298177024

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"I believe they come in from the west coast & are sent to retailers by truck. if so, the east coast is farthest. They're coming"

It's just geography. They probably all got off the boat on the west coast at the same time, but it's taking an extra day to get to the east coast. All the camera shops in between can't (and shouldn't) wait to get them off their shelves so they can get dibs on the next round from Canon.

It's clear the B&H Twitter accounts aren't authorized to give out hard estimates, but they are communicating a little. The effort it would take for them to individually update their pre-order customers just is not worth it to them. Does it frustrate us? Definitely, but it won't hurt their sales in the least.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Biased auto ISO
« on: March 12, 2012, 03:10:36 PM »
What I would like to see is auto ISO in Manual mode. ie. Set aperture and exposure, and have the camera choose the proper ISO to make the exposure correct. Might be a little dangerous if you forget to update your settings, but that's already something Manual shooters have to stay on top of. Maybe it could have a "High Auto ISO" warning indicator somewhere. EDIT: Maybe this has been done already. I haven't investigated it thoroughly yet.

Not the high ISO warning part, but newer cameras have a functional auto ISO in M mode (not the 5DII, but the 7D, 1D IV, 60D, and some of the newer Rebel/xxxD bodies, and the later ones of those (60D and on) let you specify an upper limit for the Auto ISO that's more restrictive than what is normally the max (ISO 3200 on those cameras).  I'd love to be able to have Auto ISO stop at 1250 or so on my 7D...

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That is a great feature, and one that i have wanted for a long time.  You can sort of get the same thing with a Canon camera, its just not as simple.

The Canon 5D MK III finally brings auto ISO to the manual mode,  Set shutter speed and aperture, and it will raise or lower ISO for you to get the right exposure.

The 5D will also let you set a upper limit to ISO, which keeps it from jumping up higher than you want.

With the 5D MK III you also have three saved settings, so you can have a preset for landscape, low light, and fast moving subjects, or whatever you would like.

The Rebels have settings for the type of shot(landscale, low light, fast subject, etc, and bias shutter speeds and or apertures and thus ISO accordingly.   It may not be obvious to some exactly what is going on.

Personally, I like Nikon's idea.  However, I do not expect different companies to make identical cameras with identical features, we have a choice to get what we value most, but we don't get everything in one body.

This is good news. I've been shooting with the 5D2 so long, I've gotten behind on the complete features of the other bodies.

I like the custom registered settings (C1-C3) but I wish it were easier to register the settings on the go. In my shooting, I often line up a shot beforehand, and I'd like to be able to quickly register it and continue shooting other things and switch to the C1-C3 setting when needed. The current menu navigation is too cumbersome for me.

I agree that we shouldn't expect all features to act the same across brands or even the major model lines (Rebel, 60D, 5D, 1D) but I really, really, really like seeing as many options as possible. Even if some options are obscured in custom functions and I never use anything but the default setting, I like seeing the ability to change it. More options the better. That's how I got into back-button-focus before getting a camera with a dedicated AF-On button.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Biased auto ISO
« on: March 12, 2012, 10:53:42 AM »
I agree that the past implementations of auto ISO have been fairly useless without more customization, and this probably contributes to the fact that most photojournalist photographers (and photojournalist-style wedding photographers) use Manual mode. If you let the camera guess, then you can get burned when it guesses wrong, and a lot of times, you don't have time for a second attempt. I've used Av maybe once at a shoot, but if I could rely on it more, I might use it more often. I would think most portrait photographers would use Manual as well, but more for consistency.

What I would like to see is auto ISO in Manual mode. ie. Set aperture and exposure, and have the camera choose the proper ISO to make the exposure correct. Might be a little dangerous if you forget to update your settings, but that's already something Manual shooters have to stay on top of. Maybe it could have a "High Auto ISO" warning indicator somewhere. EDIT: Maybe this has been done already. I haven't investigated it thoroughly yet.

I would also like to have way that I could take one picture on Av and then have the camera transfer the exposure settings (including auto ISO?) to the Manual mode. Then I could adjust everything manually, but not have to hunt so much for the starting point.

But honestly, I think Manual photographers feel more comfortable having full control over every setting. It will take time for them (and me) to trust a camera's judgement.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 09, 2012, 02:27:12 PM »

Be careful with BillMeLater.  I have been much happier with PayPal or a credit card.  I has an issue with damaged goods received off of eBay that I had used BillMeLater on.  Now with eBay or PayPal, on similar issues I have had, no problems, not only did I get refunded, but they even sent me a pre-paid return label?

BillMeLater?  Hard to find the form, then had to print out, fill out, fax, wait wait and wait... Long and short, cumbersome process and what would have be protected with eBay or PayPal WAS NOT with BillMeLater. 

Your Mileage may vary, but I will NEVER use this again.  As much as I hate PayPal, they have always been fairly decent with buyer protection, and Amex has been excellent in terms or covering damage or purchase issues.

BillMeLater should be renamed to "GrabYourAnkles"

You may save 6 month of interest... But best of luck if you run into issues with your purchase.  Thankfully I only lost $385 on my purchase... Risk $3500 for the process I went through??? No eFffing way!

Your impression is far different than mine. As I said, I've used them before. In fact, I've used them many times before. I only use them with B&H, and on things that I definitely would not want a refund on (camera bodies, etc.), and I would never use it on eBay. I don't think I'll ever need buyer protection with companies like B&H, which is why I primarily shop with them.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 09, 2012, 12:38:44 PM »
I pre-ordered from B&H around that time as well, but I used the BillMeLater option. I've used it before, and it's a handy way to pay for things across 6 months with no interest. Just be 100% sure to pay it off before then, because otherwise you get charged the interest on the entire amount over the whole 6 months, with normal credit card rates (~20%?, not sure).

EDIT: Looked it up, 11:36PM (Central), so I should also be in that first group! I would have expected so, having jumped on it so quickly.

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