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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Next Full Frame Camera [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2012, 12:08:46 PM »
And I don't like to read the lamentations about "D600 is better than the new Canon FF" - both do not exist in our hands and we cannot compare them really. And ... I have spent a lot of money in some glass for the Canon EF mount - switching to Nikon is not a matter of saving (hypothetically) 500$/EUR, its to buy a lot of Nikkors ... oh, impossible, I cannot replace all the glass I need because Nikon has not these options ...

I agree, too much spec racing going on and we dont have confirmation yet, the D600 could end up being the same price for all we know.  And the D800 feels so cheap I'd be scared to see what a $1500 D600 felt like, probably all plastic and flimsy as crap.
One of the major differences between the 5d2 and 5d3 is the autofocus. That to me is the reason why the 5d3 costs 1500 more. Although this entry level full frame wont have an AF as good as thre 5d3, it is rumored to be an upgrade from the 5d2. So why isn't it worth the same price as the 5d2 again?  Basically the only difference between the 5d2 and 5d3 is the AF and thats worth $1500 in that case. but this AF UPGRADE isn't worth the same price? Im lost. and this is coming from a 5d3 owner.

get the mrk iii with the latest Tech. You will loose some reach, but iq, fps, and 61pts af are great. One less body to carry around.
Cortection. IQ (sharpness, DR, e.t.c) is exactly the same between the 5D2 and 5D3, unless you are into shooting above ISO 3500.I say skip the 5D3. Improved AF and FPS alone is not worth it.

"Cortection. IQ (sharpness, DR, e.t.c) is exactly the same between the 5D2 and 5D3" ==> Base on what? Let me guess....DP told you ;D

"unless you are into shooting above ISO 3500" ===> So why do you want mrk II AGAIN???

"Cortection. IQ (sharpness, DR, e.t.c) is exactly the same between the 5D2 and 5D3" ==> Base on what? Let me guess....DP told you ;D

"unless you are into shooting above ISO 3500" ===> So why do you want mrk II AGAIN???

Have you try mrk III yet? Better AF, faster frame rate, and better ISO(low light)...pls don't tell me these features are NOT worth it.

Not to mention that it would be an investment(dictated by current market rates). I'd say, make the trade... If you don't like it. Sell it to purchase your old gear again(while gaining a 500 dollar profit)

As far as the camera swap, the 7d can be had for 1,000, the 5d2 can be had for about 1800. So in retrospect, you're paying about 2800 for a 3500 dollar body.

I wonder what the issue is...
Maybe it was the same problem that I had.
I inserted disk in my laptop(running 10.6.8 It tried to read the disk(I suppose) and then ejected.
Tried a few more times and the same thing. Tried inserting in a couple of audio disks that I have, and they worked fine!
The canon disk DID install fine on my iMac(also running 10.6.8).
What I ended up doing was just copying the files from the disk onto my external drive(using my imac) and then installed from the external onto my laptop.

Is everyone with this issue running a Mac Laptop?
Also, does the disk eject itself after the laptop trying to read it?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Good, well priced monitor?
« on: May 26, 2012, 09:52:52 PM »
I like the Zacuto stuff but you've got to be at eye level with the camera at all times.

I was talking about the electronic viewfinder, not the Z-Finder, you can position the EVF any way you want.
just looked. At 1,000 dollars=not too tempting. I do find it funny how these folks have these small monitors at 1,000 dollars when I can get about 40 more inches for the same price and view more than just a camera on them lol...

I'm thinking about maybe the DP4. Just seems like a bit waste of money for less than 1 more inch than the cameras LCD has.

EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview 5D3 review out
« on: May 24, 2012, 07:18:14 PM »
DP review summary score graph (bottom of conclusions page):

Build Quality -Tie
Ergonomics - Tie
Features - 5DmkIII win
Metering/Focus System - Tie
Image Quality (raw) - D800 win
Image Quality (jpg) - D800 win
Low light/high ISO performance - D800 win
Viewfinder/Screen -Tie
Performance - 5DmkIII win
Movie/Video - D800 win
Value - D800 win.

D800 total wins: 5
5DmkIII wins: 2

I personally don't care how many points each camera gets. However, reviews should be fair and honest.

I believe the 5d3 has a much better screen - even Nikon people say that. High ISO is also better on the 5d3. Video (when tested by proper videographers) is a win for 5d3. Most seem to say that the ergonomics (ie. how the body feels in the hand) is better on the 5d3 too. In fact one Nikon guy I know said he'd take his d3x to a wedding next time as it made his hand ache.

I don't have an issue with any of the other points.

In the end, we all know the capabilities of both cameras inside and out now.

for a video review by videographers, go to Phillip Bloom's site.


he fairly exposes the flaws on the 5DIII and why it isn't the best video dslr because of its soft output. Likewises he looks into the D800 and concludes it does a lot of things better but also has a few flaws. Yes the 5DIII is better for low light, but to put a blanket statment that it is better all the time would ignore that the D800 edgest it out on detail and uncompressed footage option.

there is not such thing as a "win" for either camera. it is just a question of what matters to you. If you shoot motion, nature, details, the D800 is the way to go. If you shoot a lot of dark footage, 5DIII will be better suited. As Bloom concludes, neither camera scores a win overall  ;D and yes he is a videographer, and a canon videographer so he should know right  8)

lastly "some say" doesn't mean anything useful. Having actually used a D800, I guess I'll be part of the "some" that say it feels great, as good as the 5DIII. So there, "some recenly switched to nikon guy" just contradicted "some other nikon guy with a D3x"  8) That's the problem with obscure anecdotal evidence of "some guy" who is a "friend of a friend that knows some guy that told him".

Don't put weight on such silly comments. They are best taken as noise.

Yes, Bloom said it was soft in camera. but he also said in more than one place that the footage is EXCELLENT when sharpening in post!

For a video review between the two
Canon 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800 Part 3 with Chad Tweten

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Good, well priced monitor?
« on: May 22, 2012, 10:27:19 AM »
I use a 7" Marshall (was around $1000, $1300 with batteries/charger), a 5" Marshall ($500) and a Zacuto EVF ($740 + $350 for Z-Finder).  Out of those the Zacuto EVF is the only one that has multiple options for frame lines (2:35:1 being one of them).  It really is a useful unit, really makes you feel like you are "one with the camera."

I think the Marshall monitors have different options for markers, and I'm sure with some trial and error and math you could figure out a way to have guides for shooting 2:35:1, but the EVF is the only one that has a quick, clear-cut option for that (that I am aware of).  Then again you could always just buy a monitor, shoot a static scene on a tripod, pull it into your editor and add the 2:35:1 crop marks and then tape over the cropped areas on your monitor.  Sounds tedious but it could save you a lot of money.

wow... $1300 and no markers.
I like the Zacuto stuff but you've got to be at eye level with the camera at all times.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Good, well priced monitor?
« on: May 22, 2012, 08:18:15 AM »
What is a good, well priced(less than $800 the cheaper the better. Just no trash) monitor that I can purchase?
I am using the 5d3 and would like it to have an HDMI input(with 720P playback while recording) as well as the ability to see different crop modes(2.35:1 needed), focus peaking wouldn't hurt also. If possible(not a deal breaker), would like it to be able to be mounted to the hotshoe.
Any ideas? What are you guys using?

Video & Movie / Re: Incident on Marmont Avenue
« on: May 22, 2012, 12:33:55 AM »
This short was shot in two days, with a budget of 10,000 a day(if I remember correctly) yet they made it to show what people on low budgets can do with this camera??? Thats not such a small budget to me

EOS Bodies - For Video / 5d3 2.35:1 crop
« on: May 17, 2012, 03:32:51 AM »
Im looking to create a few videos with the 5d3. My question is, when Im in Adobe Premiere I would like it to have the crop with the black bars on top and bottom(2.35:1 crop) To get this crop, I must export with width=1440 and height=1080. When this is done, part of the video gets chopped off. My question is, is there any way in the 5d3 while recording video to set this standard so I can get the correct shot? I notice that while recording video on the 5d3 there is black bars on the top and bottom. is there a way to show what these black bars would like like with the 2.35:1 crop IN camera instead of just guessing how wide to record?

Lenses / kit 24-105L Price
« on: May 01, 2012, 06:54:05 PM »
Whats a good purchase price for the kit lens that comes with the 5d3?
I see many can be purchased for about $800. What would be a price that everyone here would believe it to be a MUST BUY?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5d3 Picture styles
« on: April 30, 2012, 01:18:39 AM »
Is there anyway to seperate the 5d3 picture styles?
If I were to use neutral with sharpness turned down while shooting video, is it poossible that once I switch back to images that the neutral style can have different settings?

Software & Accessories / Re: Batteries....
« on: April 23, 2012, 12:59:25 PM »
Thx for all of the info folks. Guess I'll pass up on these. They were 45 dollars, so not the biggest deal for the chance I'd be taking.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5d3 questions and help thread
« on: April 23, 2012, 01:33:13 AM »
Ok so I keep getting questions about this new sophisticated camera that I have here. Only thing is, I didn't want to start an entire thread each time. So here's a topic that everyone can ask questions in regards to the usage of this camera and hopefully we can get some help to those in need(like myself)

I'll start... :-)

I upgraded from a T3i so things seem quite different on this cam.

1. When I had the t3i, I'd be able to click the 'q' button(in manual mode) and the menu would pop it. I could then go through the menu items and change and select, then change each individual one. When I click 'q' on this 5d3, the menu pops up, but only allows me to select the "Auto Lighting Optimizer", "card record location", and "record quality". But by clicking the info button theres more settings displayed on the screen, I just cant change them with the joystick. Is there anyway to be able to allow me to select the other options and chamge them(ie AWB, Picture style, AF) Mind you, this is when shooting in live view mode... (I hope my question isn't hard to understand. )

2. On the T3i, video mode had its seperate location on the mode dial. So when I wanted to record video, I'd change the mode dial to video and all of my previously used settings were there. Well here, I would go video mode in manual, but when doing so, it would still have my picture settings. Anyway to set it up so that in manual mode while on pictures it has one set of settings, but when I flip the switch to video, my video settings come into play, or must I change the settings everytime I switch modes?

PS. Im currently still reading the manual. This is the first manual I've ever actually read in my life lol.

Software & Accessories / Re: Batteries....
« on: April 22, 2012, 09:42:41 PM »
So I take it there's no way to verify if these are real or not?

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