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Before you take the plunge, let me give you a tip.
Spend a few bucks on a 6ft Vello Flash cord
If you don't have a flash, get one (you would need it for the 5DIII anyways, no pop up)
You don't need the latest and greatest flash, any ETTL will do.
Use the flash OFF CAMERA with your left hand....keep shutter speed slow (play with it...maybe 1/20 or 1/30)
The OFF CAMERA FLASH will freeze your subject and the slow shutter speed will expose the background.

What most people don't understand....natural light isn't what makes a picture look better, it's having a light source that is anywhere but ON CAMERA.

Thanks I have a 430ex ii. I will try that.

Welcome....then you are one step ahead....your flash is better than mine  :)

Just curious what were your settings for that shot?

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Before you take the plunge, let me give you a tip.
Spend a few bucks on a 6ft Vello Flash cord
If you don't have a flash, get one (you would need it for the 5DIII anyways, no pop up)
You don't need the latest and greatest flash, any ETTL will do.
Use the flash OFF CAMERA with your left hand....keep shutter speed slow (play with it...maybe 1/20 or 1/30)
The OFF CAMERA FLASH will freeze your subject and the slow shutter speed will expose the background.

What most people don't understand....natural light isn't what makes a picture look better, it's having a light source that is anywhere but ON CAMERA.

Thanks I have a 430ex ii. I will try that.

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Would probably help if you told us:
1. How often you use it
2. What subjects you most often shoot
3. The conditions you shoot in
4. What focal length(s) you most often shoot

Gladly.
Shoot at least 3-4 times of month for experience and exploring my creativity. Also about 20-30 times of normal family events like birthdays, easter, christmas, vacations etc.

My wife and 4yr old twins 95% of the time the rest nature and landscape

based on my crop lengths 17-55 mostly. I definetly could see getting closer to the kids and the cats if I had a zoom like something 55-200 (crop lengths) since I do a fair amount of cropping.

I shoot outdoors fine but haloween, christmas, disney night time parades and indoors both day and night prove to require iso above 800 in order to get my family in natural light with a low shutter speed.

Finally the awb is terrible indoors. I am constantly adjusting in post but that's another topic altogether.

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I have placed a few posts talking about which lenses I wanted to get with my new Canon 5d mk iii. I just found out that in order to get it I would have to sell my current Canon 60d with 17-55 2.8, 15-85mm variable aperature. I would also have to put in $500 more out of pocket than I can afford right now. I have had it for three weeks with a 30 day return option and I love it. It is the kit. I am just not sure if its worth the extra $500 beyond the already sizeable investment. I have an upcoming trip to San Diego, CA and I really wanted to learn this camera so I could be comfortable with it buy August.

My first question is should I just go for it with the added expense?

Keep my setup and sell the 15-85 and buy the 70-200 f4IS & maybe the 50mm 1.4?

Or a third suggestion?

I am just trying not to make an emotional decision since I love the 5d3. I know a lot of you suggested invest in glass so now is the time I am seriously considering that over the full frame option.

My main gripe is the iso performance above 800 on the 60d which is why I was looking at it.

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Lenses / Re: Your Most Used Lens!
« on: April 05, 2012, 11:48:50 PM »
Ef-s17-55
Its fast and tack sharp. I love the low light performance on my 60d. I do wish they made a 55-150 to pair with it at 2.8 aswell.

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Technical Support / Digital Media Backup
« on: April 05, 2012, 11:12:00 PM »
I current use an on site server and SOS online backup but I find my collection growing to large for what they want to charge for the next tier. What are you using out there to backup your digital collection of stills and video?

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Technical Support / Where do you print your picture's?
« on: April 05, 2012, 11:10:37 PM »
I have for the longest time used 6 ink Canon printers on good glossy stock or used walgreens but the pictures look like they where taken with a $100 p&s. I was curious what you guys are using for printing? Who has the best high resolution prints?

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Yeah thats sound advice. I think i will get that book. Nice pic of the dog. I just don't like the colors being overblown with a speedlite. I also don't have the house for setting up multiple speedlite's because my kids would move or destroy them and it would just feel like a photo shoot. I just was thinking if the 5d3 was worth the extra $2100 for me or to just get another zoom like 70-200 f4is and a prime and work more on technique. I just love the extra edge the 5d has and it just feels so much better built. The af system is easier for my to hone in on a little face than te 60d. But thats not reason enough to spend $2100.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5d3 settings
« on: April 01, 2012, 09:45:45 PM »
Thanks. I think I will leave it at defaults until I get comfortable with it the see. I did disable nr but I will turn it on since it will not affect my raw output.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Owners - are you happy?
« on: April 01, 2012, 09:42:33 PM »
Yes.

Has anyone noticed that the standard picture style seems to have changed from past Canon DSLR's like my 60d. Today I shot my son getting easter eggs and when he was at larger DOF's the grass seemed fine but when I grabbed him and the grass was starting to get blown out it was like neon green. Never seen that before. Anyone change or alter their default picture style?

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It truly depends on what you want or need to do with your camera. If you need quality photos shot in low light with motion, get the 5d. Otherwise, keep the 60d and upgrade your glass. The 5d2 I mentioned in an earlier post belongs to my boyfriend, so I get to shoot with it if he isn't using it. I decided I couldn't afford the 5d2 plus appropriate high quality glass, so I purchased the 7d and 17-55 f2.8. It is doing a superb job for weddings, portrait, boudoir, fashion or anything else I point it at :-) I kept the Rebel as a backup. Quite frankly, my clients can't tell the difference. A mother of the bride that booked me last weekend mistook a photo that I shot in a Wal-mart restroom with an Olympus E-PM1 (budget mirrorless if you're not familiar with it) as being a wedding floral shot taken with one of my dslrs. Photography is not all about the gear. If your 60d meets your current needs, get some great l glass which will hold its value and be there when you do need to upgrade.

Ok now I just shot low light in my front room of my family. The canon 60d was hard to get a good focus point on the eye with two active twins moving around and also I was shooting with the 17-55 in av at f5 since there was three people in the shot I wanted them all in focus. I feel 2.8 is too shallow. Anyway I was able to grab them with the 5d3 with more focus point options and the af expansion helps also. finally I can boost the iso comfortably and reduce the noise in lightroom and get shots  that the 60d physically is incapable of unless I bring in more light like a speedlite which I try to avoid. I like natural light photo's. I feel the 5d3 gives a lot more to bring back and has a more accurate white balance in low light vs the 60d. I found myself doing a lot less adjustments but if adding glass is the consensus then I will. Everyone just kept saying I was wasting $4200 but actually I will be able to get rid of the 60d and just pay $2,100 and with the lower light needs I was wondering if now was a good time since the 24-105 is turning out to be an ok lens and and it will fill a immediate need for lower noise higher iso performance. Either way I know that even shooting at 25,600 does not mean I don't need a flash but I could shoot at say 6400 with a lot less fill flash than 1600 on my 60d.

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I want to just clarify something. I either sell my 60d and 2 lenses for $2,100 which i have a buyer then pay the additional 2100 to upgrade or just spend $2100 on l glass and have my current gear continue to depreciate when i want to end up with ff anyway. Does that sway anyone's advice? Would u upgrade for the $2100?

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I am having a hard time comparing photos at various iso's between the two in real life around the house shots any suggestions that anyone has would be great on how to test this during my return period. So far it has better color saturation and lower noise but it's still there. Maybe it's the kit lens but if so that's all I can afford right now. Ohh yeah and I do like the auto shutter speed you can set. Those who said it does not work just don't realize if the camera cannot shoot at your max set iso it will lower the shutter speed. That is a good thing. It's like people would want it not to work. Either way any good testing suggestions would be great. Also it seems like the 24-105 is really not that far of a zoom. I think if I keep it I will have to invest in a zoom before a prime.


What "Auto Shutter" are you referring to? Are you talking about "Av (Shutter Priority) Mode" because that's on your 60D as well every other modern DSLR that Canon makes. Or did I miss something new?

I was referring to being able to set the min shutter speed in av, tv and p modes because in av for example on the 60d it always jumps to 1/60 which is frustrating so I like the 1/125 and 1/250 option.

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If you're going to take photos of static objects, I recommend ditching the 5D III and put the 60D on a sturdy Gitzo or RRS tripod.  And get a flash with a diffuser...Gary LightSphere or something.

No those where just examples to show the forum. I am taking them of my kids but my wife would rather I not post pics of my children online and as they move each one would be different. What are you processing your raws with and are you doing any post to them?

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60d iso 6400

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