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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any update on 1DX / 5D3 AF point display?
« on: September 25, 2012, 07:30:53 PM »
Just a question... I have a 5D3 and two 1DX's... I back button focus (which really makes no difference other than I'm VERY conscious of focus...)

I've "roughly" followed this "problem" (I had two 7D's prior which had the same set up... so I really don't understand...) and I can kinda see people's concern... I am normally shooting at night, under horrible lighting at baseball and football stadiums (thus why the 1DX's...)... is there a focusing problem that you're experiencing because the focus points are dark or is there something else that I'm missing?  I routinely shoot a school who's colors are black and orange... I use a single focus point that changes if I'm landscape vs. portrait... I know where the spot is, I know I have to get it on the player... I know the spot will grab focus where I need when I have the subject framed how I want... if there's nothing there for the camera to focus on it won't matter if the point is neon pink the camera won't grab focus... if there IS something, my three bodies are grabbing focus (albeit the 1DX's grab it far quicker than the 5D3...)....

Am I missing something? Are you moving the focus point around that much under that poor of lighting conditions that you can't find the point?  If the lighting is that poor, are you getting it to focus?  Or are you concerned if it's focusing?  I'm just not getting it... I've been with the black focus points for two weeks shy of three years... I'm really not quite understanding the problem.  Help?

I agree, I have been using the mkiii for around 5 months and to be honest i have got used to it now and don't find it a problem

I use the SanDisk Extreme Pro 16gb @ 90MB/S I have never had a problem with the buffer on the 5d mkiii. I can say I have used the 60gb and they are fine but at 90 you do notice a difference. If you can afford it spend the extra.

Canon General / Re: Buy canon gear from the States (for Europe)
« on: September 13, 2012, 12:19:33 PM »
Just two things about the prices that are being mentioned and customs.
In the UK the price includes VAT and in the US the price doesn't include sales tax that would be added at the point of sale, this varies by State, in California its 8.75% . You can try and claim it back but good luck with that, its likely you will have died of old age by the time you receive it.
I travel frequently between Los Angeles and Heathrow and can't recall the last time I saw a customs officer in the customs zone   

Lenses / Re: Renting a Wedding Lens
« on: August 30, 2012, 01:59:35 PM »
A 70 - 200L 2.8 is ii is my go to lens and will give you great all round result especially at the set shots

Set your shutter to silent mode. I usually set an upper limit on the ISO dependent upon the light. Have plenty of batteries for the flash and keep the flash on the camera. If the lighting is poor inside the reception see the organizer and see if their is a chance to raise the lighting. Don't be afraid of getting in the way of guests to get the shot as the bride won't thank you later. Absolutely check out the church and reception area and a place for shots of the couple. My last wedding with the help of the hotel we found a garden which was both empty and beautiful which made for some really nice shots of the couple. As its your first do a list of the important events during the wedding and reception and don't be conservative with the number of shots you take, you can always delete it but never retake. Take more than enough high speed memory cards. I hope thats enough to be getting on with.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 1DX vs. EOS 5D MARK III for Weddings,
« on: August 23, 2012, 02:31:02 PM »
Do not underestimate the silent shutter. I recently shot a wedding as second shooter with a 5d mk3, the primary shooter was using a 1d mk3. After the ceremony I was asked by the bride why I hadn't taken any photo's in the church, I explained and showed her some shots on the LCD, she was amazed as she had heard nothing. 

Portrait / Re: Quality of Portraits
« on: August 16, 2012, 02:18:26 PM »
I have found this question being asked often and its always about work done that is not a primary source of income. If you are selling photographs full time or part time you should quote
An hourly/daily rate
Travel expenses
Re-touching by image cost.
Additional expense- printing, books, CD's ect.

Don't forget when you work out your hourly rate to consider - Equipment Depreciation, Insurance in particular. But all or any costs associated with your work.

If you are happy just to do it for fun, thats fine, but if you are going to charge then cost it properly otherwise it could be tears at bedtime if someone drops beer over your camera, "oops sorry" and thats $3,000 lost on a $5 job. 

Lenses / Re: If you can have ONLY 3 lenses, what would they...???
« on: August 14, 2012, 01:01:41 PM »
My choice would be:

The new 24-70 mkii L hopefully with IS
The 70-200 mkii L IS (already have this and wouldn't be without it)
The 200-400 L IS with built in 1x4 converter.

All Canon I know, I have not really tried a lens from another brand as I'm happy with Canon. I picked these as I believe it will give a full range of options from 24mm-560mm, mainly as I can't seem to pick any one special area I just love to photograph anything.   

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX or 85mm 1.2?
« on: August 08, 2012, 11:22:05 PM »
I recently used an 85L1.2 on a 5d mkiii at a wedding where the lighting at the church and reception was awful and I had no problems with the 85. Perhaps others have experienced problems with this lens on a mkii. I as said before would keep the mkiii as a back up and be very pleased with the results the 85 will give you. 

I have the 300 version 1 which is around 300g heavier than version 2. I use it with a 1.4x and its heavy  but not so much that you can't use it handheld. But I agree if I took it out for a day I would use a monopod

Lenses / Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« on: August 02, 2012, 01:53:49 PM »
The 100L is a very good Macro lens, a great Portrait lens. Just put it on the camera and you will use it. I use it often and its a versatile all around star.

Portrait / Re: Heat Wave! 100 Liters of water + model + sunshine....
« on: July 31, 2012, 05:45:45 PM »
Turner a rather well know English painter when he produced a number of paintings studying light was also heavily critisized, they now sell for many millions. A prize is awarded annually in his name, many of the winners especially in recent years have been heavily critisized. Your photographs are what art is supposed to be, something to like or dislike or leave you ambivalent, but always make you think. In light of the responses its clear you have done your work well.     

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d mkiii and no AF at F8
« on: July 31, 2012, 12:56:56 AM »
Thanks for that now its clearer

EOS Bodies / 5d mkiii and no AF at F8
« on: July 30, 2012, 08:36:49 PM »
I have read a review on Photo net of the 5d mk 3. In it it was said that there is "no AF at F8 as was the experience with the 1DX. As the review was dated 25th July, I am somewhat confused, I have a mk 3 and I don't seem to have a problem. Does anyone else know if this is right, just curious. 

EOS Bodies / Re: advice required
« on: July 27, 2012, 04:35:54 PM »
A few months ago I was in the same position as you and I picked up a 5d mkiii but have kept my 50d. It has taken some adjustment and learning the difference between crop and full frame but I can honestly say if you do likewise in particular for Portrait will will not regret it. The 5d iii is a absolute upgrade that I plan to enjoy for many years. I photographed a wedding alongside a friend who is a professional two weeks ago, he was shooting a 1ds mkiii and 5d ii with flash in the church and the reception. I didn't use a flash and at 6400 iso it was very very good and 12800 was just very good and as a consequence the wedding book will contain about 30% of my photo's and its all due to the camera, I would like to take credit but I can't. My advice is, 'go for it'

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