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EOS Bodies / 5Dmk3 in camera lens aberration correction samples
« on: March 23, 2012, 11:34:14 PM »
Just a couple of test shots I just did to see the new to canon in camera lens aberration correction.  Shot wide open in almost darkness (JPEG in camera NR off) with my 50mm 1.2.  The nice thing is that there is the option to enable peripheral illumination (which is what I was turning on and off here) as well as a separate toggle for chromatic aberration (no fringing in this sample, so I left it on in both, but I can tell you it makes a really big difference in the daylight, especially with a 1.2 lens).  I actually really like the vignette in the 50 1.2, I think it adds a lot of lens character and uniqueness but I think its pretty damn cool that I can just "turn it off" if I want a non vignetted f1.2 image.  I also really like that I have independent control over CA and vignette, so I can always leave CA on and turn on and off vignette as I like....



EOS Bodies / Re: Question about displaying ISO info in 5dmkiii
« on: March 23, 2012, 09:34:14 AM »
Doubt it. It's the same on the 7D.

It is a bit annoying but there's only so much info that will fit in the small space that you get for info on the first button press.

To be able to customise that would be extra firmware, etc. etc..

The ISO would not really be that much extra space and is an important parameter of shooting.  I would much rather have it than the shot number, who the hell cares about that more than ISO?

EOS Bodies / Question about displaying ISO info in 5dmkiii
« on: March 23, 2012, 12:27:28 AM »
Wondering if there is anyway to get the ISO info in playback mode.  If I hit the INFO button once (while in playback) I get most of the relevant info, such as shutter speed and aperture, but instead of also giving ISO info it tells me the shot number.  If I hit info again I get the whole histogram and all info including ISO, but its annoying to have to go that far and then back out every time I am curious about what ISO was just shot.  Only real complaint of the camera so far, and hopefully I'm just missing something....

Lenses / Re: Looking for advice
« on: March 22, 2012, 02:38:06 AM »
Just picked up my mk3 today.  I shoot ultra wide a lot, so I picked up a siggy 12-24 II.  I used to shoot the 10-20 siggy on my old crop camera, then recently got the 8-16 (which is exactly 12-24 on a crop) and loved the extra width.  every mm at these wide angles gives a 5-10% increase in angle of view, so a few mm makes a big difference.  Anyway first impression with the 12-24 is that it is pretty soft on the edges, similar to the way 10-20 was, but I was hopping that it would be as sharp as the 8-16 (which is much sharper than the 10-20 if you can believe it).  I'm may think of losing the 2mm and going for the 14mm L prime down the road, but for now pretty damned happy.

Here is a random sample shot from a little walk I did this afternoon.  Handheld 7 shot bracket.  It's amazing with the low noise at high ISO the high FPS and the AEB features on the MK3 I was able to handhold this 7 shot bracket and get 14 stops of exposure in this low light sunset shot.  A little steam from the manhole in the lower left...

EOS Bodies / Re: Comparometer! 5D mkiii vs your current camera
« on: March 21, 2012, 02:52:25 AM »
PS, how do you change the camera type under your user name?  I am not shooting with and s100 for damn sure...

EOS Bodies / Re: Comparometer! 5D mkiii vs your current camera
« on: March 21, 2012, 02:43:10 AM »
It was fun reading your rant. It is evident that you are going to have a good time with your new toys! So you have those nice ef lenses and no canon camera yet ? Time is going to be very slow until the 5D iii arrives !

Btw nice photos

Thanks, waiting is over tomorrow morning.  I'll post some initial shots tomorrow night!

EOS Bodies / Re: Comparometer! 5D mkiii vs your current camera
« on: March 21, 2012, 02:41:36 AM »
Another Denverite waiting on the Mark III here as well.

People are going kind of crazy about all that hype. I hope we get our cameras soon, the weather has been phenomenal lately.

Hey, just so you know, I canceled my order with B&H, Mike's camera is getting them in first thing tomorrow morning and has a few left.  I'm picking mine up at 10:30 in the morning at the store on Colorado Blvd! 

EOS Bodies / Re: Comparometer! 5D mkiii vs your current camera
« on: March 21, 2012, 12:07:16 AM »
I've never been shy about expressing my disdain for HDR, but in reviewing your, it's obvious that you're very adept at tastefully executing this technique. I'm all for HDR as long as it's used to create an image that more closely resembles what the human eye would capture. Even if it's pushed a bit beyond that point, that's fine by me as long as it adds to the artistic execution of the image.

The type of HDR I can't stand are images that have no redeeming qualities whatsoever that have been processed to look like cartoons. Ultimately, all that does is create a poorly composed, poorly lit image that looks like a cartoon. It's a gimmick that needs to go away, but it sure does get you a lot of e-high-fives on Flickr from people that know nothing about photography :)
HDR is just like any other tool in photography, when used in the right situation it can make all the difference.  Unfortunately it can also be abused and used in situations where no extra dynamic range beyond what the camera can capture in a single exposure is available.  It is like the force, it must be used wisely.  Thanks for the compliments. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Comparometer! 5D mkiii vs your current camera
« on: March 20, 2012, 01:13:06 PM »
Interesting comparometer, just compared the 550D to 5Dmkiii, that lil ol 550 really doesn’t do to bad up to 800 given sensor size and price difference. I assume pictures are taken with their respective kit lenses? Its making me think more and more about getting a 60D and good bit of glass and sod it all…. oh wait a new rebel is just round the corner…… wait maybe a new 7D…… wait…… bugger

There are places where each seems to resolve more, just depends on where you look.  One the pink piece of fabric, even at low ISO the mkiii seems much better to my eye than the d800, and it just get more pronounced as you increase sensitivity.  mkiii is on the left:

EOS Bodies / Comparometer! 5D mkiii vs your current camera
« on: March 20, 2012, 02:08:25 AM »
I have been lurking for quite a while on this forum and DP.  I will say that the situation in these forums has reminded me of a similar situation brewing in my home town of Denver since the news of us getting Peyton Manning.  Tebow fans have become completely irrational to the point of losing the bigger picture (pun intended) of the how the different player's skills will be utilized for a winning team.  They are so blinded by their disappointment that they fail to see all the benefits of bringing an older, but proven player into town.  Ok, so maybe that analogy is terrible, but I thought I'd throw it out there (again, pun intended).

On to the meat of the post; I have scoured all the different sample images that have been posted and directed on these forums.  I think one that has received the most attention have been the imaging resources sample images, and after looking at all the different permutations that have been posted I don't really know what to think, especially when compared to the D800. 

I was recently emailed this link:

I looked at the comparisons on it and was shocked at how much sharper and less noisy the 5Dmkiii looked when compared to the d800, especially after all the opposite results that I had seen on this and other forums.  I was so surprised especially by the sharpness of the 5d images that I actually figured they might have gotten them backward.  I know that they are jpeg images and RAW, blah, blah but to me JPEG is as important as RAW (I am a pro that shoots more JPEG than RAW). 

The tool they used to compare the cameras was actually built into the imaging resources website, it's called the comparometer, and it is similar to the comparison part of the dpreview website (but not nearly as slick).  Since dp doesn't have either camera added to its comparison tool yet this one is the best we have.  I urge you to try it out, not only can you compare to the mkii and the D800, but you can also compare to your current camera.  In my case I am moving over from pentax, and I have been shooting the K5 for the last year or so.  The K5 has the vaunted exmor Sony sensor (same as the D7000, and a permutation of the d800) that everyone croons about.  It has been a great camera, but using the comparometer I can see how much superior the mkiii is going to be in IQ.  Try it, it's fun.

Finally, I just want to give my 2 cents on why this is my dream camera, and why I have been shooting professionally for 3 years using a non-canikon company.  I shoot a lot of HDRI (I know many of you already hate me) but it has been a lucrative part of my pro and art photography and I find the uniqueness of images I can create using it gives me freedom to move beyond the limitations of a single exposure and into a more realistic approximation of how the human visual system is constantly merging vastly different lighting conditions into a visual representation of the world around us (sorry for the jargon, but I'm studying sensory systems in my PhD work).  It doesn't take a single exposure, and thus when you look at the outside world from inside a building you don't see blown out windows when you see the interior, and vice versus.  You "see" the whole dynamic range.  Anyhow, until now the only camera system that had better AEB (which is very important to me since manually bracketing is not possible when handheld shooting) than pentax has been the 1D.  The 1D could do 7 shot bracket at 3 ev stops per bracket so could get a max of 18 stops of DR, Nikon, in its high end D3x and D4 can do 11 shots (d800 can do 9), but only at 1 ev spacing per shot they only have a max of 10 stops (or 8 for the d800).  My pentax can do 5 at 2 ev so it can get 8 ev in far less shots than nikon which is very important due to speed and lack of movement.  It was never really an option to get into the 1D due to price, but more importantly size (as I travel a lot).  The 5d has finally gotten the AEB of the 1D series and that is amazing for me, on top of that it is full frame (which I have always wanted for low light and DOF reasons), and sinc I have been shooting more and more sports professionally the amazing new autofocus is the cherry on top. 

Sorry for the rant.  I'm preordered from B&H since March 2 and am waiting on pins an needles.  I already bought a 70-200 2.8 IS, a siggy 12-24mm rectilinear, and a 50mm 1.2L, as my starting kit and drool looking at the lenses each day waiting.

If you want to see examples of my work see below.  Also, looking forward to being a canon man...

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