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Thanks....I'm fine with it now after reading these replies.

I know little abut the technical and engineering aspects of gear but I knew CR would have many people with that knowledge/experience.

Thanks again!

Ps...I'm surprised nobody wrote in with a "horror story" about leaving their gear in the car on a hot and sunny day when the temps inside your car can reach 200 degrees.

Portrait / Re: Heat Wave! 100 Liters of water + model + sunshine....
« on: July 31, 2012, 06:32:38 AM »
It's exposed how it's supposed to be. I'm not sure I understand the childish way you keep batting this around. If the choice was made before hand, during, and after, then it's a choice, not a mistake, which you are tying to imply. And your total condescending tone of saying that it was a mistake I "learnt" for next time, is just trying to be a total dick. Which, of course, is completely transparent. And hilarious. Better luck next time. It's exposed 100% properly. Haha.

Really...  You get a little criticism and this is how you take it??    :'( :'( :'(

Canon816... I think the OP was referring to murdy's two childish/rude comments.

1308, thank god..funny.

My main worry is the coatings of the lens optics...and of course the 5d3 sounds like i shouldn't worry, but of course i do. 

I forgot that I had left my 5d3 and L lens in my car's trunk for a couple days while the sun was out and the temps were in the 90's.  When I opened the trunk, it felt like hot, but not like "inside the car" hot because obviously the trunk is dark.

I tried to simulate the scenario with a thermometer and it said 110.  I know that one of the days was close to 100 degrees and sunny, so I'm thinking it might have been 120 or 130 at some point. 

I've used the camera since, and the images and performance appear normal.  The manual just says avoid high heat....I'm not sure if 125 qualifies as high heat.  I know when I lived in the desert for a few years that it's sometime 115 degrees and sunny, which might subject your camera/lens to 130 degrees or more.

Has anybody ever done this?  Do I have anything to worry about?
What about the lens, can a lens handle this type of heat?

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: July 29, 2012, 11:46:31 AM »
An ant on a peony bulb.
100 2.8 macro and a little help from a camping lantern I set to the side.
ISO 1250 - 1/100   f7.1

Portrait / Re: Heat Wave! 100 Liters of water + model + sunshine....
« on: July 29, 2012, 06:25:27 AM »
Did two of these last year, this one though, from a few weeks back, was really difficult because of the shifting clouds that kept ruining the sunshine. Just a big ass reflector to the camera right, and 4 people slamming/throwing/blasting water across the frame in MASSIVE buckets. Fun. But stressful!

HEAT WAVE by Sandy Phimester, on Flickr

Love it! 

Lenses / Re: Lenses - All Change!
« on: July 29, 2012, 05:47:26 AM »
I'd aldo suggest get 70-200 2.8II but keep the 50 1.4 for low light use

Agree W/ Vuilang, menace and Dylan..dump the 85 and 70-200 and upgrade to the 70-200 2.8ii,  it's as good or better than the 135. So it comes down to whether or not you need the f2 vs f2.8?

I wouldn't sell the 50 1.4 though, you should keep at least one 1.4 lens in the bag... and you won't get much $ for it anyways...maybe $275, that's not worth not having one...IMO

Canon General / Re: Suggestions on new Canon DSLR -- thinking 60D
« on: July 28, 2012, 07:16:39 AM »
Having used and still use both Nikon and canon, I say forget about the d3200 and don't look back.  The difference in image quality between these cameras is so small, and probably not noticeable...really, just start focusing on your t4 and that fun to use shorty 40.

I recently started using Aperture on my i5 Mac 27". (side note, this high resolution iMac really makes your images look better compared to regular monitors )

Aperture works great for me...I don't do a ton of PP so for $79 I think it's a great value.  Also, I found it easier to learn compared to other programs, this was important for me because I didn't want to spend days weeks months learning how to use the software.  I'm not a pro though, so I guess If I was working as a full time pro I would probably take the time to learn LR because adobe seems to focus more on their product in this area as compared to apple

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Post your custom shooting settings
« on: July 25, 2012, 06:26:35 AM »
Hi all,

Long time lurker recent poster.  Just got my 1DX last week so my trifecta in complete (1DX, 5D3 and 7D) so I thought I would post my custom shooting modes and see what everyone else is using.  I know we all have very different needs based on whether we are professionals or amateurs and what we primarily shoot but I still think this could be a useful thread.

I'll start by saying the custom shooting modes I use are the same across all 3 of my camera bodies so I can pick any one of them up and know exactly what I've got going on.

C1 - Portrait Settings
-Aperture Priority (aperture always starts wide open when I power on or change lenses)
-Spot AF (M.Fn2 on 1DX changes to Auto Select iTR)
-Evaluative Metering
-Auto ISO (up to 25,600 on 1DX/5D3)
-One Shot (depth of field changes to AI Servo)
-Single Shot
-Auto WB
-ALO & D+ off

C2 - Sports
-Manual (shutter 1/2000th, Aperture starts wide open with all lenses when powered on)
-8 point expansion AF (M.Fn2 on 1DX changes to Auto Select, DoF Preview on 5D3 changes to Auto Select)
-Evaluative Metering
-Auto ISO (up to 25,600 on 1DX and 5D3)
-Ai Servo (DoF preview on 1DX changes to One Shot)
-Hi Speed (12fps on 1DX, 6fps on 5D3 and 8fps on 7D)
-Auto WB
-ALO & D+ off

C3 - Full Manual for all my other work
-Manual (Shutter 1/500, Aperture wide open on all lenses when camera powers on)
-Single Point AF (M.Fn2 on 1DX changes to Auto Select)
-Evaluative Metering
-Auto ISO (up to 25,600 on 1DX and 5D3)
-One Shot (DoF Preview changes to Ai Servo)
-Single Shot
-Auto WB
-ALO & D+ off

I know there are many more settings to list but these are the settings that are most important to me for each of my shooting modes.  Let us know what you use.

Sh1n1ng...good post and info.   

You indicate evaluative metering in all three....I'm curious about that, do you only use eval, and if so, why? 

Also, alo and d+ off in each setting....again, your thoughts/reasons?


Sports / Re: 2012 London Olympics
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:48:04 AM »
I'm pretty jealous...I drool at the thought of capturing images from the London Olympics.  Maybe I'll sit in front of the tv and get some shots that way :P

I also have the 5d3 and 70-200ii, I'm looking forward to seeing what you get from that combo...good luck!

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:38:51 AM »
Shot with the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM.

Prehistoric. by ddashti, on Flickr

Initially I thought this was a spider.  It's a great shot, tell us how you did it? 

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:34:47 AM »
We have some Chive plants in our front yard, and with a very late spring, they are just blooming.  Bees love them.  i do not have the patience to make a complex macro setup, I just walk up and shoot away.  The 100mm l is not really any sharper, but its easier for a person like me to get reasonably sharp hand held photos.

All of these are cropped to near 100%.

Scale...I've been debating whether or not to upgrade to the 100L, but I've read over and over again that it isn't any sharper...just like you said.  So the only advantage besides build Q is the IS, but don't you shoot handheld at 1/100 and faster when doing this type of macro?  (the walk up and shoot away kind- which is also my preference)

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post Your 4th of July Photos
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:22:09 AM »
Another one from STL. 5D3+70-200 2.8 In the full res image its possible to see murals inside the dome through the windows and fireworks across the observation deck on the arch, unbelievable. 

more July 4th photos on Flickr

What a great shot param...fantastic.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Thank you 5D Mark III AF System...
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:17:14 AM »
Without manually focusing, even on the 5D2 this would have been extremely difficult. But the 5D3 made it quite easy! She was moving quite fast. It's from a recent wedding we shot the other weekend. The flower girl on the swing set. :)

Flower Girl by Sandy Phimester, on Flickr

What a little cutie...nice shot.  I was reading your comment on holding dof button down to switch from one shot to servo, I do this too but I wish you didn't have to hold it in.  It would be nice if you could just push it once to switch, and push again to switch back....I wonder why they made it that way or am I missing something?

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