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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MKIII vs 1Ds MKIII
« on: April 17, 2012, 10:48:08 AM »
People really underestimate how good the 40D is. Just getting long in the tooth now.

EOS Bodies / Re: Should I buy a 5D3 or 1D4?
« on: April 12, 2012, 06:41:42 AM »
briansquibb your passion is admirable but also silly. Im really happy the 1D VI is great for you, but do you have to keep iterating points in every thread...?

The 1D VI is great but you cant argue that the 5D MKIII is a great camera also at a much smaller price point (talking new) and is pretty much a big kick in the balls to the 1 series world. For an all out do everything camera its beats the 1D VI, cheaper, lighter, quick enough, great IQ, great AF, AP-H is awkward for ordinary lengths and wide angle has to be given a miss. You are in the minority of shooter that need every single feature. For 75% of the photographer the 5D MKIII is the perfect all round camera we have all been waiting for.

Lenses / Re: Used 400mm f2.8L IS lenses - good value now?
« on: April 11, 2012, 09:07:38 AM »
That lens has been there for a long time tho. At least 6-8 months, guessing its LCE on strand your meaning. Went in 3 weeks ago to have a look around. I wasn't going specifically to look at that lens but it did look quite beat on the outside like it had been well used but didn't look at the elements as I don't have need for one.

If it was a good one im sure it would have been snapped up by now.

**Edit** Sorry the one at LCE is a 400mm DO

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D3 vs 7D for birding thoughts
« on: April 10, 2012, 07:22:17 AM »
briansquibb is a bit sensitive when it comes to the 1D VI  :P

Kidding and jokes aside.

I would have to try both, but think the 5D MKIII would get my vote its just a great all rounder and is FF. Only prob is that you need some longer glass which is when things start getting pricey. The 7D is a really great camera its just that noisy sensor at lower ISO that I dont like. May not be significant, but coming from an older camera and getting worse ISO quality in the business end of the ISO range seems a bit silly to me.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MKIII vs 1Ds MKIII
« on: April 10, 2012, 06:56:59 AM »
Well I did think about going down that route and the risk wasn't really worth it for me although I did buy my 40D from digital rev back in the day and didn't pay any import tax, got it for a complete steal less that £700 when it had just come out I seem to remember.

5 years later most 40Ds seem to be going for £350-400 so it owes me nothing. Although it was a Jap spec camera and came with no English instructions or english plug but easily resolved at minimal cost.

But seen as tho im in NYC might as well.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: best autofocusing bodies and lenses
« on: April 10, 2012, 06:54:14 AM »
Having moved to my 5DII from a 40D, I can assure you that the AF on the 5DII is much faster and more accurate than the 40D.
BTW I use the old versions of the 500mm f/4 IS and 300mm f/2.8 IS lenses for bird photography, which is possibly the most demanding application for AF systems.  I occasionally use a 1.4x TC on the 300mm but, other than that, I don't use TCs because of their impact on image quality.
My old 300mm f/4 IS was slow to focus and very slow if a 1.4x was added.
For flight shots, my keeper rate would probably improve with a 5DIII, 1DIV or 7D, but my 5DII does well enough and I love its image quality.

Like you very similar but I couldn't disagree with you more. I rented one to see if it would fulfil my requirements and it doesnt. The 40D is quicker and more accurate I used both in the field for comparison. As described in a previous post the 40D has a newer AF system to the 5D MKII, the 40D is not good, but you can combat its shortcomings. The 5D MKII is known well for poor AF.

Compared to the 5D MKIII I would completely agree thats where im headed a 1D is too much camera for what I need.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MKIII vs 1Ds MKIII
« on: April 10, 2012, 06:01:47 AM »
Cheers for all the advice. After all the comments on here and also a lot of digging around else where I feel that the 5D MKIII is far superior to the 1Ds for the way I shoot. So will be making a purchase soon. Shame that in the UK the 5D MKIII with lens kit is £3650 in america the same kit works out at £2550. Going to NYC soon so may just drop in for one  :P The saving will pay for a pretty sweet week in NYC! haha

EOS Bodies / Re: Should I buy a 5D3 or 1D4?
« on: April 07, 2012, 07:17:28 AM »
The APH format is awkward for normal shooting tho. If you are used to shooting on standard lenses then they won't be as wide won't be able to go extra wide like a FF camera or even if you are using a 10-22mm on the 40D the FF equivalent won't seem wide. But I suppose you could get used to it. Although good for extra length which is what it was designed for it is not the overall camera I was looking for especially for wedding photography when your in those tight spaces, also the 5D MKIII ISO range is useable from 1600-6400 a wedding photographers dream! FF all the way, be nice to use one of these as a second camera. Albeit an expensive one.

5D MKIII All the way its what I'm getting :)))!

Ive been looking at this too but on another recent thread 5D MKIII VS 1Ds MKIII

EOS Bodies / Re: is the 40D still a good one for 400$
« on: April 05, 2012, 09:20:42 AM »
The 40D still holds its own today! Like i previously said I still use mine although I am looking to upgrade it as I have reached it limitations after 5 years of shooting and its getting tired.

But have a look at this


A noise test of 9 cameras from 100-400 the 40D exceeds even the newest cameras (7D etc)

The 40D even up to 800, but over 800 it struggles. Banding is more of a problem at 3200, 1600 can be used with some NR. It has obvious limitations but there is no way I will ever sell mine!

The 7D has awful characteristics at 100-400 look at the banding! Everything about that camera is good apart from the sensor it should have been a max of 15 then I might have bought one.

The 40D was the pinical of the XXD range IMHO until the new 70D comes out then im sure that will be the new king.

For $400 dollars it is a bargain, thats like £250 here they are selling between £350 and £450.

Interesting to see how well the 40D does, up to 400ISO is seems better than any of the newer APC Canon cameras.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mk III HDR samples.
« on: April 05, 2012, 06:29:14 AM »
Couple of in-camera HDR from this morning.

Nice images, but they do look a little flat, bit of PP would sort them out.

Lenses / Re: Prime VS Zooms.
« on: April 05, 2012, 06:14:09 AM »
weddings, fashion, beauty, portraits, lifestyle, documentary...

14L, 35L, 50L, 45TS-E, 85L, 135L


YES! Awesome combination.

But TBH I think there is room for both all the time! I love using both, sometimes when im feeling lazy I will just stick a zoom on, sometimes I feel more creative so instantly go towards primes. I think its more of my mood and also the subject. But I like using both! I cant believe the views toward the 70-200mm I think it is my fav lens! Think its quick, very useable, great results and not that cumbersome, im guessing my opinion is quite universal which is why they are so popular.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MKIII vs 1Ds MKIII
« on: April 05, 2012, 05:49:06 AM »
You guys have some interesting opinions about the 5D Mark III. It was one of the most anticipated camera upgrades ever and now that it's out, people seem to shun it. I've heard people talk about "issues with it". I'm interested to know what issues everyone is talking about because so far (with the exception of native RAW support for Aperture or LR), I haven't had any. Personally I took the plunge and sold my 1D4 to pay for it as I also have (2) 1DXes on order to cover my action photography. I couldn't be happier with the IQ. I was so tired of looking at nasty noise in the shadows of images off my 1D4. That noise is all but gone on my 5DIII images. And the focus is just spot on! About the only things I miss from my 1D4 is the incredible battery life, simplicity with less button clutter and fast fps.

BTW Tom, I love your shots that you posted. Very nice indeed.

Thanks DarkKnightNine, your opinion is very welcome and thanks for the kind words on the images.

I dont think there any problems with the 5D MKIII in terms of specification if anything it is pretty much the perfect camera for me a supercharged 40D. But I will wait until the niggles are ironed out before a purchase. Then I saw the 1DsIII I have found one locally to me with less than 20k actuations for £2500 which is a steal IMO. So thats why I started the thread. Again the 1D4 would be nice but is currently £500 more than the 5D MKIII with the kit lens secondhand and most are pretty used! As I described I dont like the 1.3 crop. I dont really have need for the 10fps 6 is fine for what I do.

I'm about to plagiarize myself from another post, but here goes.

The 5DIII vs. 1DsIII debate is a tough one. I think I'm committed to the 5DIII at this point, but the 1DsIII is awfully tempting for roughly the same money. I shoot cars, and the highest I pushed the ISO was 3,200 on my last shoot, and most of the time ISO was 400 or less, with the occasional tick up to 800-1,600. That's another way of saying that if the biggest advantage of the 5DIII over the 1DsIII is ISO performance, I didn't push it hard enough on this last shoot to benefit from it. That said, I do have some ideas on how to really push the ISO for creative effect in the future, so perhaps that will change my opinion once I fully utilize the 5DIII's potential.

IQ aside, the 5DIII does handle very well. I still prefer the handling of my 1DII, but the 5DIII's ergonomics and responsiveness are very good. Most the second-hand 1D bodies I've seen for sale are beat to hell, probably since many are used by sports photogs and journalists that are on the go. However, I've seen many 1DsIII's on ebay that are in outstanding condition. Perhaps they've lived a more coddled life inside a studio :)   

I also shoot cars so understand the problems. I agree with the temptation £500 cheaper for the one im looking at, but the 1Ds III is about the same performance noise and IQ wise as a 5DMKII? Which would also be a huge upgrade in IQ to my 40D. I do or would like to go up higher in the ISO range but my 40D doesn't really allow me to do this and if I do Noise ninja is my first port of call and it does a pretty good job tbh!

I would say the only reason I don't get as many shots as I should is by trying to keep the ISO in the lower end of the scale and risking a bit of blur rather than being confident in ISO performance that I can go up higher and not worry.

Its not that I will push it hard enough in the high ISO range but to know its there is what is attractive. Like everyone i prefer to shoot in the lower rnage for IQ. I do shoot in a vast amount of situations and generally my shoots are not comparable in terms of light, which is the problem for most of us as photographers so having confidence that the camera will be able to deal with anything I throw at it is the main benefit for me.

Going back a few years the 40D was a game changer and did everything I wanted but now I am much more demanding and so are the clients so either cameras would be great! The 1Ds or the 5D MKIII just deciding which!!!  :-\

At the moment it is the 5D MKIII because of its size and relative usability to be an all round monster. But I always wanted a 1Ds and im sure we've all been there!!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MKIII vs 1Ds MKIII
« on: April 04, 2012, 07:09:45 AM »
Im used the the XXds so should feel quite at home with it. Probably a learning curve with the 1Ds MKIII.

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