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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mk III HDR samples.
« on: April 05, 2012, 02:41:17 AM »
@lex, could you please elaborate on which DR necessitates HDR and where would you NOT use it? I.e. what are your indications for HDR.

@preston: have you looked into the 15/2.8 Zeiss?

If you can capture the brightes part of the image and the darks in the detail you want in a single exposure, then HDR is not needed.  If one or the other blows out in a single shot then HDR can help.  The more extreme the better.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mk III HDR samples.
« on: April 05, 2012, 02:39:47 AM »
...so I bit the bullet and ordered a 14mm 2.8 II L and all I can say is WOW. 

@!ex.   Ive been looking at the 14mm 2.8 II for some time now, and have always been wondering how much I would actually use it!  Ive got enough glass in my bag the way it is.  Give me a full report on that bad boy and let me know if I should pull the trigger!  How useful do you think it would be for wedding photography?

I'm no wedding photog, but I do think that it is useful in indoor settings where you can't just back up to get the whole FOV you want.  I love it because it is the sharpest ultra wide I have ever used, even die open (and I have used a lot).  It also has very low distortions for an UW, and the CA's, which can be a huge problem with UW's, are very very impressive.  All in all I was wondering if I was feel any remorse on the price, and I honestly don't. 

I HIGHLY recommend it, IF you know how to shoot with and UW and need its unique characteristics.  It blows other UW's out of the water.

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I need to get my focus point to always be displayed in red like my 1dm3. Its a pain to have to hit the focus point grid just to see if i have the right focus point on the subject when its dark.

I also want to have custom flash settings for my custom settings, that is not allowed as yet. I have one settings that i want only low light and disable the flash but have my flash assist beam from my flash helping to lock focus.

Also I'd like the ability to save all my custom settings to a card so if i have a second 5dm3 i can just load them in.

Im sure i am forgetting a couple but of all of them the flash settings would prob least likely be done by Canon but i hope i am wrong.

Please contact Canon Support using this link, i think the more input they get about these things the more they will want to make it happen.
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/professional/professional_cameras/eos_digital_slr_cameras/eos_5d_mark_iii/form_display/support_by_email

http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/8/0300007348/01/eos5dmkiii-im-c-en.pdf

Page 102

Just figured out something interesting on this point. If you enable VF display illumination to on instead of auto (last AF menu screen) and then custom set the joystick to direct AF selection (so you don't have to press the AF selection button first to change points) the selection point will flash red every time you touch the joystick, so you can instantly see the AF point even in the dark.  A tiny workaround but pretty useful.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The F%^&ing Nikon D800 vs. Canon 5D mkIII Shootout!
« on: April 05, 2012, 02:04:47 AM »
shitty F______ camera can't do S___, cause my shitty fuckin camera kicks some ass....  great.

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One last mini rant, KR has a whole page dedicated to the "real raw" which he claims is film, and which he also claims is more of a true RAW than digital RAWs.  This is the most asinine thing I can imagine.  Each film type has a color space imbedded in it, is made of tiny silver crystals that are different "pixel sizes" depending on ISO, and are more similar to a jpeg than a raw because the film chemistry imparts image qualities on the final product much like a JPEG's settings.  In fact I would argue that film is much more like JPEG than RAW if anything.  Dude makes no sense and his condescending conversational writing style seems like it might appeal to the same type of person that finds Sarah Palin to be an ideal presidential candidate. 

(as an aside I mostly shoot JPEG, but use RAW when I know I'm going to need a few critical PP adjustments or DR that JPEG can't handle)

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/real-raw.htm

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Here is a link to the comparison chart in his d800 review that I reference....

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d800.htm


I stopped reading at the first sample pic. Is it just me, or does using the world's best DSLR to take overly saturated images of a picnic table seem like a waste? Ken likey the saturation! I am impressed by how someone who harps on every last tech spec can take such mediocre images.

I wish all reviewers were required to show their best pics upfront, because I wouldn't take spelling advice from someone  who couldn't spell...

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2) problem: no one touch ability to switch between commonly used AF modes.  Truth:  Fully customizable.  I set the DOF button to switch to AI servo, so when I'm shooting in single shot mode, if I wanna quick switch to servo without taking my eye off the subject I just hold the DOF button and then it goes AI servo until I let go and then it's right back to single shot. 

Great minds think alike!  Few days ago, I configured the DOF button to assign AI servo for those exact reasons.  Kind of exhilerating to follow a moving object, hold down DOF (AI Servo) and squeeze off High Speed Burst.  That's how I got this shot the other day:


DZ3C0198A by drjlo1, on Flickr

Great capture

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EOS Bodies / Letter to Mr Rockwell in regards to his 5Dmkiii review
« on: April 04, 2012, 06:56:27 PM »
I sent this to him.  This guy seriously bugs me.  How can you write a review on something you don't even read the manual or check all the options on?  Crazy that he gets mentioned so often on forums all over the interwebs.

Here is a link to the comparison chart in his d800 review that I reference....

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d800.htm

Mr. Rockwell,
I have read both your reviews of the 5Dmkiii and the D800.

I just would like to inform you that some of your major concerns with the 5d that you harp on a LOT in the review are not in fact a reality.  These so called problems are echoed with big red no's on the comparison chart that you made at the bottom of the d800 review.

1) problem: AF marks hide subject.  Truth: it is fully customizable, in the 5th AF menu second item down "AF point display during focus", you can have the box on at all times, you can have all the AF boxes on all the time, you can have the AF box disappear once focus is achieved (best case scenario), or you can have it always gone.

2) problem: no one touch ability to switch between commonly used AF modes.  Truth:  Fully customizable.  I set the DOF button to switch to AI servo, so when I'm shooting in single shot mode, if I wanna quick switch to servo without taking my eye off the subject I just hold the DOF button and then it goes AI servo until I let go and then it's right back to single shot.  You can also set other buttons to perform this as well (if you actually use the DOF preview that much), IMHO it's actually much better than a physical toggle like on the older nikons and pentax because I would accidentally hit it and be in servo or vice versus all the time.

3) problem: no ability to select various AF points without multiple button presses.  Truth:  Can easily set this.  Again, under button customization, if you go to the the options for the multi selector (the joystick) the other option beside default is direct AF point selection.  If you set it this way you don't even need to hold the joystick down, just select away, no need to push the AF selector button first then hit the joystick (not that that is really hard, and I imagine they have this as the default so you don't accidentally move you AF point).

Just a thought, might be a good idea to read the manual and or check all the menus before writing a review on the web that tries to act informed, and sway people's purchasing opinions.

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EOS Bodies / Awesome use of DOF preview button on 5dmk3
« on: April 04, 2012, 02:18:30 AM »
Ok, so I don't really use the DOF preview button much, because I am A) shooting wide open, so what you see is what you get, B) stop down a bit and am not too critical of the DOF as in most of these cases I can just recompose if need be.  I just realized that in the custom button function (accessed either through the menu or the quick menu) you can set the DOF button (which is in perfect position for quick access) to engage AI servo when you are in single shot mode.  This make AI servo soooo much more accessible because you can turn it on at any point, if you subject begins moving, or if you have a moving subject on occasion, but you like the focus confirm of single shot most of the time.  you do have to hold it to keep AI servo on, but that is even better because you can dynamically turn it on and off with the tip of your ring finger.

Also, I'm kinda bugged by people complaining about the speed of the AF in low light and missing potential shots.  If you want less AF accuracy and more shutter release speed just change the third AF menu box "one-shot AF release prior." more toward shutter.  The default is to max AF accuracy priority.  Sorry for the rant.  I have seen a TON of complaints about minor things that can be easily changed in the menus (I'm looking at you ken rockwell, "this ugly AF box is always getting in the way of my cat pictures" and "I am too busy fiddling with the AF mode to get a picture of my grandkid", learn to use the M-fn button with your pointer finger and the AF select button with your thumb).

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that's impossible to properly judge from a photography standpoint! It's a cute cute baby Kitty and that's the only think I see!
Nice bokeh!

It was really more a test of the autofocus then anything else. And I am quite pleased! The only thing I REALLY dont like is that the focus point doesn't flash when you start focus like on the 5d2. Makes it tough to focus in the dark. I hope it doesn't prove to be a problem when I shoot my wedding over the weekend.

Quick and easy way to see where the focus point is when you start in the dark is to just tap the AF point change button on the back.  It'll light up for ya.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MK iii focus confirmation grrrrrr.....
« on: March 31, 2012, 05:04:28 PM »
I haven't had a chance to check it out or try it. I'm accustomed to 1-D MK ll's where I programed the little AF box to biefly light up and go out which I like a lot.
Will the feature described above work for servo AF and not just one-shot ?

I sure am glad the 9 permanent focusing screen boxes found in the 5D MK ll are gone.

Canon's Rudy Winston has an overview tutorial on the new MKlll / 1-Dx metering system online.
Looking at the manual, and camera menus for the AF system options makes my head hurt.

I wish the options were more simple, Football, Basketball, Track, Auto Racing.....etc
It's all there in the manual but for the head hurting prob just go to your menu on the 5DM3 and go to the "AF" section. On the first section it has those presets for diff sports or activities for focus tracking. It's there my friend.

Also, if you hold down the INFO button while on one of the AF cases and scroll down it will give you a lot of detailed info and then at the bottom, actual examples, just like you are asking for.  In fact the info button is extremely helpful in all the menus, it basically has the whole manual for on the go access...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mk III HDR samples.
« on: March 30, 2012, 07:19:47 PM »
The in camera HDR is convenient and all, but this camera is a true HDRI monster if you know how to use it.  Best bracketing features in the world (besides the 1D), fast fps, full frame low noise ISO, and crazy amazing L glass.  This here is a test shot I snapped yesterday, 7 shot 14ev handheld.  I originally ordered the siggy 12-24, but the mkiii's sensor highlighted how soft it was, so I bit the bullet and ordered a 14mm 2.8 II L and all I can say is WOW.  If you could see the 100% crops on this you can actually see people in the top levels of the building.  This is just a test shot, so don't mind the comp too much.  I LOVE this camera and lens.

Also, just a little advice, the test images above don't really necessitate HDR as the DR isn't really that far out of single exposure range.  HDR is often overused or used in situations where a single exposure is more than enough to cover the DR in the scene.  Part of the challenge in using HDR is knowing what it's advantages are...


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EOS Bodies / Re: Digital rev review of 5Dmk3
« on: March 30, 2012, 12:14:59 PM »
Did anyone else notice that he doesn't have the eyecup on the optical viewfinder?  I don't know why that bugged me so much...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III focus accuracy with fast primes wide open
« on: March 27, 2012, 01:42:05 PM »
So I have a the new 5dmk3 and a 50mm 1.2L.  I have been trying to get the micro adjustment on the lens just right, but but I figured out why it had been a bit confusing up to this point.  If I use the center point (or any AF point within the metering ring) I get spot on tack sharp AF on like 90% of the shots with 0 MFA.  BUT, if I use one of the outer AF spots I get pretty bad back focusing (like +15).  I thought maybe it was the body I had, so I just went back to the camera store and exchanged it for another body hoping that I would at least be able to figure out if that was the variable.  Turns out this body is exactly the same.  This makes me think it is either difficult for the AF to get a good lock due to the aberrations of the glass the closer you get to the edge, or something wrong with the lens itself (it is brand new and date code is uz0909).  I'm also just wondering if this is the price you pay with AF on really fast glass.  That is where you come in.  If you have fast glass (1.2) try checking the AF accuracy on center point and a more lateral point and lets see if we can come to a consensus.  I'm especially interested in 50mm 1.2 as thats what I'm working with.  I tested my 70-200 2.8 and it's pretty spot on with no MFA, on both center and lateral AF points.  I'll post a few test shots of my 50 when I get home later.

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EOS Bodies / Help me test large aperture Prime AF accuracy
« on: March 27, 2012, 01:40:57 PM »
So I have a the new 5dmk3 and a 50mm 1.2L.  I have been trying to get the micro adjustment on the lens just right, but but I figured out why it had been a bit confusing up to this point.  If I use the center point (or any AF point within the metering ring) I get spot on tack sharp AF on like 90% of the shots with 0 MFA.  BUT, if I use one of the outer AF spots I get pretty bad back focusing (like +15).  I thought maybe it was the body I had, so I just went back to the camera store and exchanged it for another body hoping that I would at least be able to figure out if that was the variable.  Turns out this body is exactly the same.  This makes me think it is either difficult for the AF to get a good lock due to the aberrations of the glass the closer you get to the edge, or something wrong with the lens itself (it is brand new and date code is uz0909).  I'm also just wondering if this is the price you pay with AF on really fast glass.  That is where you come in.  If you have fast glass (1.2) try checking the AF accuracy on center point and a more lateral point and lets see if we can come to a consensus.  I'm especially interested in 50mm 1.2 as thats what I'm working with.  I tested my 70-200 2.8 and it's pretty spot on with no MFA, on both center and lateral AF points.  I'll post a few test shots of my 50 when I get home later.

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