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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 with AF assist
« on: June 22, 2012, 09:20:14 PM »
I am shooting a wedding reception right now and for the fun of it I turned the AF assist off and the camera focuses a whole lot faster. AF assist is only necessary I guess when there is no light. Why doesn't AF assist slow down the AF?  Shouldn't it help it?

Lenses / 28mm 1.8 vs 24mm 1.4 AF
« on: June 18, 2012, 07:50:56 PM »
I have the 28mm 1.8 and I mostly use it at wedding receptions and am pretty happy with it. I think it does well at focusing fast in low light which is a must for me. I am not satisfied with the image quality in comparison to my other L lenses. I am interested in the 24mm 1.4 but I am concerned it won't focus as fast as the 28mm. I ran into that with the 50mm 1.2 not focusing as fast as the 50mm 1.4. Anyone with both lenses?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D2 vs 5D3 low light AF
« on: June 18, 2012, 10:54:14 AM »
I had a 5D2 for years and never really had too many complaints about the AF at dark wedding receptions.  I ended up selling my 5D2 before my 5D3 arrived so I didn't have a chance to do a side by side comparison.  The 5D3 is great and I am happy with the AF but I never really thought it was that much better at low light AF than the 5D2.  Well I shot a wedding with another photographer who has a 5D2 this past weekend and just for the fun of it I took a few shots and compared the cameras side by side and I was amazed at how much faster the 5D3 was.  I could get 5 good shots in the time it took the 5D2 to get focused and take one.  It seemed like night and day to me.  I am sure this isn't news to anyone but I thought I would share just for the fun of it. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 Silent Shutter
« on: June 17, 2012, 06:40:17 PM »
So I have been loving the silent shutter for wedding ceremonies and at other times when I need to be quiet. Yesterday I was using it during an outdoor ceremony and I started to notice that one of my camera's shutter was lagging every third or fourth time. Almost like I was shooting at a very slow shutter speed. I switched back to the normal mode and there were no problems. Also my other 5D3 was acting fine  The only thing I can think was that it was hot and humid but I don't see how that would affect the shutter. Any thoughts?

Lenses / 50mm 1.4 rear element broke?
« on: June 15, 2012, 11:27:25 AM »
I hardly use my 50mm 1.4 because I have the 1.2.  I just keep it as a backup.  My 1 year old daughter managed to pick it up while it was out of my bag and it dropped on the hard wood floor.  When I picked it up I discovered the rear element had popped out.  I pushed it back in and it snapped into place.  After a short test the lens seems to be focusing and working just fine.  Does anyone know if that the rear element is just pressed into place or when it fell did it break something I don't know about?  I hate to rely on it one day and find out it is broken but I also hate to send it in if it is fine.  Anyone know?

Lighting / 600ex-rt overheating?
« on: June 10, 2012, 09:03:43 AM »
I love the 600ex flashes and don't think I will go back to using pocket wizards, however I have one major complaint about them and I was curious if anyone else had the same problem.  I have three of them that I use at wedding receptions.  One on the camera and two slaves on stands.  I always have the slaves set to manual at a low power (usually 1/32 or 1/64).  I started to notice that some of the slaves stopped working and I just figured the batteries were out.  I got battery packs hoping that they would last all reception which they should because my 580exII flashes lasted all reception with no battery packs.  Well even the 600ex flashes with battery packs stopped working at really bad times which is annoying because if you have them all linked and one stops working then they all stop firing.  I hate that so much and I don't know why it works that way.  Last night I noticed the back of the flash that stopped working the whole display was a a reddish orange.  Anyone know what that means?  I turned the flash off and turned it back on and it worked perfectly the rest of the reception.  Then the other slave flash did the same thing and again I turned it off and back on and it worked perfectly the remainder of the time.  I just don't understand what is going on.  I am using them at a very low power level it isn't like I am rapid fire shooting at full power.  These wonderful flashes seem to have a serious problem.   

So I have been shooting weddings for about 3 years now and I have never had a card issue yet but I know it will happen one day.  I only use extreem pro SD or Lexar Professional cards.  I have herd over and over to use small cards and that way if one fails you haven't lost everything.  My thoughts on that is that if a card is in a camera it is also less likely that it will get lost or stolen than 3-5 cards in your bag/wallet.  One time I ejected one of my CF cards a little too hard and it flew out on the ground.  So I don't really like removing cards unless I have to.  So I guess there are pros an cons to both ways.  Since the 5D3 came out I have been putting two large cards (64GB) in the camera and just leaving them in there the whole 12 hour day.  If the camera is backing up to both cards I should be okay for the most part.  I just herd today of a case where a camera produced some kind of charge that killed both cards so now I am nervous again.  Has anyone ever had both cards in there camera fail before and how likely is that to happen?  I will be happy when the technology is good enough that you can instantly transfer your images to your laptop quickly and wirelessly.  I know the technology exists now but I don't think it is fast enough to transfer large volumes of images quickly.     

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Image Review Camera vs Lightroom
« on: May 29, 2012, 09:29:16 PM »
Why is it that my 5D3 can very quickly render a 100% view of my image and Lightroom takes a lot longer?  It isn't like I have a slow computer.  I have an imac with a 3Ghz processor and 16GB of RAM.  I don't even shoot RAW just JPEG.  I am considering connecting my camera to a TV or monitor to rate images before I import them into Lightroom.  Has anyone done that and if so how do you like it?

Lenses / 85mm f/1.2 vs 200mm f/2
« on: May 29, 2012, 07:39:22 PM »
I want both of these lenses badly. I love a very shallow DOF and even use the Brenizer Method to get an even shallower DOF. My question is to those who have used both lenses which lens has better bokeh?  Or are they even comparable? 

Technical Support / Lexar 64GB & 32GB SD cards
« on: May 10, 2012, 02:16:13 PM »
When I got 2 5D3s I bought Sandisk 64GB & 32GB cards and I also bought a Lexar Professional 64GB & 32GB cards.  I have noticed that when I put the Sandisks into my laptop the show up instantly on the desktop.  When I put the Lexar cards in the SD slot on my laptop they often don't show up the first time or take a minute or two.  Anyone else experience this?  I am just a little concerned there is something not right about them.  They seem to be fine in the camera.  Maybe I am overreacting.   

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 Dynamic Range
« on: May 04, 2012, 04:53:01 PM »
I have a quick question about the dynamic range of the 5D3 which from what I have been reading is behind the D800.  I have never owned a nikon and currently own two 5D3s.  I understand what dynamic range is and how it is important for retaining details in the highlights and shadows of an image.  I guess I would like to know from one who has seen the differences in the two cameras is what am I missing out on?  How does a really high DR (better than the 5D3) help unless I am mostly shooting in high contrast lighting situations or am trying to push or pull and image by more than a couple of stops.  I have always been really happy with the DR of my 5D2 and now my 5D3 and being a wedding photographer I shoot in about every lighting condition possible.  I always shoot JPEG with highlight tone priority enabled and do my best to get the exposure and WB spot on.  I also shoot in Faithful picture mode with the contrast turned down one notch.  I end up with pretty flat images out of the camera with plenty of details in the highlights and shadows.  Unless I really mis the exposure I have never been unhappy with the DR.  I almost always end up adding contrast to the picture because there is too much DR and the image looks too flat.  I probably won't own a Nikon so I am just curious from those who have seen the difference hands on how big of a difference is it and in what situations will it really be beneficial.  It seems like low ISO high DR performance has become more important than high ISO low noise performance.  I am not trying to start another debate over the two cameras I just want to know how much better it is and how much of a difference it would really make.   

Lenses / Advice on Telephoto Lens
« on: April 30, 2012, 10:47:54 AM »
I am a wedding photographer and currently my longest lens is the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II.  I used to have a 5D2 and a 7D and during the ceremony I would put the 70-200 on the 7D which gave me about 320mm.  I really never found myself needing much more reach than that.  I recently sold both my cameras and bought two 5D3s.  I love them but I have a feeling there will be several times this wedding season that I will be wishing I had the additional reach.  The big problem I have found as that most telephoto lenses are very expensive being that I won't need it 95% of the time.  I would love to have the new version of the 100-400 but who knows when that is going to come out and what it will cost.  I was thinking about the 300mm f/4L and maybe getting the 1.4 extender just in case I need the extra reach.  Any thoughts on a reasonably prices telephoto with IS that will get me the reach I need?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 one shot AF
« on: April 23, 2012, 12:25:40 AM »
I would like to say first off I love the 5D3 AF and think it is very good.  It is very accurate and has allowed me do do things I couldn't have dreamed about with my 5D2.  However, there is one tiny issue that kind of bugs me and I was curious if anyone else has experienced this.  I have two 5D3s and they both do this.  With one shot AF in dim-dark situations it seems like it will focus quickly at first and then hunt a little before it finally gives me the red light to shoot.  During a reception last night I finally just switched over to AI servo and it was fast as lightning in pretty dim light.  Accuracy was really good as well.  I went into the menu and adjusted the setting that allows the camera to take the picture before "focus" is achieved in one shot mode and I liked it better.  It is like the camera achieves focus almost instantly but the red light has a small delay.  In a brief test I took several shots after focus but before the red light and found that almost all of the time the camera focuses just fine initially and doesn't benefit from the additional hunting before it shows red.  I hope that makes since.  Anyone else have a similar experience.

Lighting / 600ex-rt group mode issue
« on: April 22, 2012, 02:05:37 AM »
I have 3 600ex-rt flashes and for the most part I love them.  I was shooting a wedding reception tonight and during receptions I always have two off camera flashes and one on the camera.  The two off camera flashes are set to 1/32 and the on camera flash is always set to ETTL.  I used to do it with pocket wizards and the batteries on my flashes would always last all night long.  I expected the 600ex flashes to last a while as well.  They didn't last as long but which is okay but when one of my slaves ran out of batteries it caused my on camera flash not to fire as well.  I didn't realize what was going on because they are still fairly new to me so I changed my batteries on the on the master flash.  They lasted a few shots and the master flash stopped working again.  I kind of freaked me out because I was relying on the on camera flash to work.  I didn't expect one of my slaves to cause the master not to fire.  I didn't quite figure out what happened until I was driving home.  Sure enough when I got home I turned on my master flash only and fired off about 20 shots in a row and the flash had plenty of battery power.  Has this ever happened to anyone?  Apparently the red light on the master flash will only come back on when all of the flashes are recharged.  I will know what is going on next time but is there a way to set it up so that the master will still fire if the slave runs out of juice?   

5D MK III Sample Images / 5D3 HRD pretty nice
« on: April 17, 2012, 08:42:50 AM »
I had a chance to test out the HDR mode in my 5D3 and I am pretty happy.  I am sure I could have gotten a lot better image shooting raw and doing it myself but the 5D3 did a pretty good job.  I spent maybe 30 seconds in Lightroom giving it a little clarity, boosting the shadows and adding a little saturation.  Below is a link to the full resolution image.

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