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5D MK III Sample Images / Engagement shoot BTS video
« on: April 09, 2013, 11:30:23 AM »
Here is a link to a little "behind the scenes" video of my last engagement shoot in London. I was shooting with the trusty 5D Mk iii. It was a lot of fun putting this together...


Lenses / Canon 24-70mm F2.8 L Mk ii mini review
« on: December 16, 2012, 03:20:01 PM »
This weekend I hired the fantastic 24-70mm F2.8 L Mk ii lens after my trusty 24-105mm F4 lens finally died last week.

Anyway, this evening I got the chance to run a very bried test to compare it against my 70-200mm F2.8 L IS (Mk i) lens and my Sigma 50mm F1.4 lens, with everything shot at F2.8. I only checked centre sharpness in this test, but having used it to shoot a wedding yesterday I am mighty impressed.

Comparison images are on my blog and there is no question the 24-70mm Mk ii wins hands down! Now to find a means to purchase a copy of this lens... although I would happily do with the 135mm F2 first I think!

Link to write-up and comparison pictures:


5D MK III Sample Images / Engagement shoot
« on: November 15, 2012, 05:53:46 PM »
A couple of weekends ago I had the opportunity to do an engagement shoot with in the late afternoon UK sun (yes the sun does shine here). Although I have had the 5D MK iii since March, I still love and really appreciate using it - especially the accuracy of the focussing and the exceptional low light performance, not that I made use of the latter for this shoot. Here is a set of images, which I think are my best engagement shoot images yet, all shot with the 5D Mk iii and a 70-200mm F2.8L IS lens. All with natural light except for the final one:


EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D Mk iii Error 02
« on: August 25, 2012, 04:50:36 AM »
Hi all,

My Mk iii is configured to write large RAW files to the CF card and large JPEG files to the SD card. Yesterday I was happily shooting a wedding when I suddenly got an Error 02 message relative to the SD card (message states "Card cannot be accessed, Reinsert/change card or format card with camera").

I have never experienced this problem before on any of my other cameras, ever. Now two things changes since my last shoot:

1) The SD card is brand new - Sandisk 16GB Extreme 45MB/s, Class 10. It was of course formatted in the camera prior to use.

2) I updated the firmware in the Mk iii from whatever it was when I received the camera back in March (1.0.x) to the latest 1.1.3 version.

Sandisk cards are very reliable in my experience, however I accept that I may possibly have a lemon in this instance.

My other lingering doubt is whether it is the firmware update which may be related to this issue, with this specific card?

Any similar experiences or thoughts would be most welcome. Thanks in advance.

Lighting / Phottix Odin triggers now support 1/3 stops in Manual...
« on: August 23, 2012, 01:22:32 PM »
Very pleased to hear that a new firmware update now allows the Phottix Odin triggers to support one third stops of flash power control in Manual flash mode. Previously only full stops were ossible in Manual mode, so this is fantastic news.  :D

I have written an update to my review (and comparison to Pocket Wizards and Radio Poppers), and also included the test results of the measured flash output, at all possible setting in Manual mode. This was done using my 580exi and 430exii flashguns. Very interesting....


For anyone wanting the link to the firmware update, here it is:

Hi all,

I've just posted a blog of highlights of a recent wedding I shot at the Old Royal Naval College in London. Toward the end of the series are a collection of low light couple portraits all shot (bar the last one) at ISO 12800, some with backlighting and some with just the available light. The very last one is shot at ISO 1600 on a 5D Mk ii.

Here is the link:


I found the focussing to be on the edge for the night time couple shots and although it was fine, my life could have been made a little easier if I had used a torch as a focus assist tool! Anyway, I am chuffed with the results.

EOS Bodies / 5D Mk iii RAW size at high ISO quality comparison
« on: April 26, 2012, 11:59:42 AM »
Well I have been scratching me head lately wondering if there is an advantage shooting at the medium RAW size when going to really high ISOs. I ran a test last night and got time to summarise my findings, with images, today. The full report is here:


I think I'll switch to medium RAW when I go above ISO 12800...

EOS Bodies / First real shoot with 5D MK iii
« on: April 08, 2012, 02:53:27 PM »
A few days back I got the opportunity to take the 5D MK iii out on a real shoot. This made a great change compared to my pixel peeping and wandering about shots trying to assess the performance.

In summary I found the camera absolutely fantastic besides for it not supporting Pocket Wizards. I actually thought it did support them as I did a quick test at home but out in the field discovered that the flash emits the same low power regardless of settings. So hopefully PW come up with a FW update soon.

The focussing of the camera is the biggest bonus in m opinion. Each and every shot is dead on. No more doubt like there is with the 5D Mk ii. Of course the low light performance wasn't tested during this shoot but from other earlier shots I know it is excellent. The dual memory card slots gave me that added bit of peace of mind.

Looking forward to shooting my next wedding with this new machine!

Here are some shots from the shoot:


EOS Bodies / 5D MK iii focus confirmation grrrrrr.....
« on: March 31, 2012, 02:20:56 PM »
I am struggling a little bit to adapt to the lack of the visial focus confirmation on the 5D Mk iii. Okay, it does exist - in the bottom right corner of the viewfinder but it isn;t obvious and requires a very deliberate movement of the eye to look at it. This wasts time and slows things down, IMO.

I pretty much use the centre focus point for 99% of the time. On the Mk i and Mk ii, regardless of the ambient light levels, the focus point always momentarily flashes the instant focus is achieved. Since I shoot wedding I turn the audible focus confirmation off. This little flash of the focus point gives me the confidence to know that focus has been achieved. No more wondering.

But on the Mk iii this only happens in low light. In medium to brighter conditions, unless you waste half to one second to take your eye off your composition and check the tiny focus confirmation icon on the bottom right corner, you do not know that the camera has achieved focus on the subject.

I wish they would make a firmware update to add this to a menu item and make it an optional visual focus confirmation - either as it is (low light only), or to always give the little blip of the focus point.


EOS Bodies / Canon 5D MK iii HDR test
« on: March 31, 2012, 01:31:22 PM »
HI all,

Today myself and a fellow photographer took our 5D MK iii's on a tour of a couple of fantastic (dark) certal London churches. Amongst other things we tried out the HDR meature. I thought I would share my experiences:


Very useful feature in my opinion, and not just for landscapes.

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