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Street & City / The Rossonian Hotel, Denver
« on: March 30, 2012, 02:18:56 PM »
Decided to take out my 5D3 this morning to try my first "little world" photo.  I used the Rossonian Hotel here in Five Points as my primary subject.  It's hardly perfect, but going through the process will help me improve my future "little world" shots..

EOS Bodies / Canon Prepping a High MP Killer?
« on: March 28, 2012, 10:35:35 PM »
I've been getting into some friendly D800 vs. 5D3 battles with other shooters lately, and at first I really thought Canon dropped the ball with the 5D3.  But with a look at Canon's recent product launches, and rumors of what's to come, I'm now of the mindset that Canon has some insanely high MP body on the very near hoizon.  Hear me out...

  • Canon launches the 7D three years ago at 18MP ... an equivalent pixel density of 47MP on a full frame sensor.
  • Canon debuts their 120MP APS-H sensor in 2010
  • Canon starts releasing Mark II lens updates that clearly outresolve the capabilities of its current sensors (e.g., 70-200 II and 24-70 II)
  • Canon launches a 5D3 at 22MP - intentionally lower than the 36MP Nikon competition

With the pixel density of the 7D, Canon clearly has been working hard on high MP tech.  And with the list above I read between the lines to see Canon saying --- "We're working on something with huge MP... we now have the glass and sensor tech to do it, we just wanted to see what Nikon did first."  As market leader, Canon can afford the luxury of letting Nikon go high MP first.  I mean, why not?  They may lose a little market share, but they know they'll still be on top.  The 5D3 allows them to remain competitive while taking the time to tear down the D800, and develop a quick response ... that's even better.

Maybe I'm crazy, but I see something huge on the horizon.  Maybe 40MP+ and possibly by the end of the year.  Anyone else think this is a viable approach?  Or have I lost my mind?

EOS Bodies / BG-E11 Street Date / Availability?
« on: March 27, 2012, 01:50:39 AM »
Has anyone seen/heard anything regarding the release/shipping date for the BG-E11 battery grip?  It seems all the major e-tailers have them available for "pre-order", but not in stock.  I'm pretty hardcore about shooting with grips - my big paws just aren't comfortable with the stand-alone body.  I'm dying here!


Technical Support / Building a Studio Cyc...
« on: March 25, 2012, 08:38:30 PM »
Looking to put a cyclorama in my studio space... I've got the walls and corners figured out, but am having an issue with the floor.  It seems that most studios use leveler and sealant to get the smooth finish.  Unfortunately, I'm dealing with a wood floor - and I am worried about grain and lines appearing even with numerous coats of paint.

I have space to do some type of framing and custom build up.  Any thoughts/recommendations for surface material to get a smooth floor?

Thanks in advance!

5D MK III Sample Images / 5D3's First Engagement Shoot...
« on: March 22, 2012, 02:12:51 AM »
Picked her up at noon, shot with her at 5:30 (still have lots to learn about the menu-ing system).  However, I can say the ISOs really are amazing, and I can report that she works just fine with PocketWizard FlexTT5s...

(pardon all the post work - trying out some new presets I've been toying with in LR4)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5DIII and LR4
« on: March 21, 2012, 10:34:56 PM »
Just finished a gig with the 5D3, and lo and behold - there is no LR4 support for the 5D3 RAW files.

Any suggestions?

Lenses / Imported vs. USA Lenses?
« on: March 19, 2012, 11:15:34 AM »
Looking at B&H Photo's site, I see they sometimes have two versions of a lens listed; a USA model and an "imported" version that is usually a little cheaper.

What is the difference between the two?

EOS Bodies / Amazon Bestsellers and 5D3
« on: March 12, 2012, 05:17:01 PM »
Saw over on Nikon Rumors that the d800 is 10th on Amazon's Bestsellers list.  At the time of the post, they claimed the 5D3 was 83rd.  But now - I don't even see it in the top 100...

It's also #1 in the separate dSLR category ::

wtf?   :'(

Site Information / Gear Classifieds?
« on: March 10, 2012, 11:35:39 PM »
Site suggestion:  Gear Classifieds, for photographers to buy/sell/trade their used equipment.

Just a thought.

Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon d800 Pre-orders are "Unprecedented"
« on: March 06, 2012, 11:37:09 AM »

Nikon has confirmed that pre-orders for its new semi-pro full-frame DSLR, the Nikon D800, have been better than expected.

Speaking to TechRadar, Jeremy Gilbert, Nikon UK marketing manager, said, "People have been asking for the D800 for the past two years, and the excitement has been building and building."

The D800 was announced in February and is the world's highest resolution full-frame camera, packing 36 million pixels.

According to Nikon, it doesn't replace the D700, but rather sits alongside it in a new category that seems to be pretty squarely aimed at medium format users and portrait photographers.

Gilbert continued, "The feedback has been really good, and the pre-orders are unprecedented."

EOS Bodies / New 5D2 Price - Cheaper!
« on: March 03, 2012, 07:48:47 PM »
Just got back from the camera shop where the dealer told me the confirmed price drop for the 5D2 will be $2,199 starting tomorrow.

This should make those who were waiting to score a 5D2 at a discount fairly happy!


EOS Bodies / 5D3 vs. 5D2 image comparo...
« on: March 03, 2012, 11:10:53 AM »
OK - in full disclosure I was about to write up a post how I was disappointed with some of the noise in the high ISO shots being offered on Canon Europe's website.  Then - in order to be fair I figured I should compare the photos to the 5DMKII.  Wow - what an improvement!  I just downloaded some 6400 full res MKII samples, and the improvement is staggering.

Here is a side by side comparo...

Original 6400 5DMKIII image:
Original 6400 5DMKII image:
Another 6400 5D2 image in more "normal" light conditions:

I'm amazed at the improvement in noise reduction!

EOS Bodies / 5DMKIII Street Date?
« on: March 02, 2012, 05:27:23 PM »
So - I'm seeing a lot of information about a "late March" arrival for the 5D3, but not getting any concrete information in any of the articles I've read.

Does anyone know the a real launch date for the 5D3?  Or is Canon still holding out on announcing a date?

EOS Bodies / Canon CPS Preorders :: Gold vs. Platinum
« on: February 06, 2012, 12:42:17 AM »
I saw in the 1DX Update that Platinum CPS members get priority ordering on the 1DX body.  But, my question is, do Gold members also get an opportunity once the platinum notifications have gone out?  Or are they just like any other member of the general public at that point?

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