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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 03, 2014, 06:05:12 AM »
Hi guys, I've asked for recommendations/opinions on various gear purchases from fellow users here and have always gotten great real-world advice. Here I am again with a buy question:

My old 1Ds3 is dying after serving me well for many years. I do mostly event coverage (weddings, graduations, conferences... generally "people doing stuff") that do NOT involve high-speed athletes or motor vehicles. All I really need is excellent low-light performance and good-to-great AF. Online research seems to indicate that the 5D3 can produce just as good an image as the flagship 1Dx under the same conditions. I don't need 14fps, I don't need extreme weather sealing, I don't need the 1Dx's extra AF speed. Does that mean the 5D3 is the right choice for me? Can anyone who own or have used both bodies offer a reason why a 1Dx would still be worth twice the $$$?

For the record, money is not an issue. I just don't want to spend twice as much for the 1Dx if I can achieve the same results with a 5D3 (the money saved can go to a new lens!). Thanks guys!

I have both, and use both.   Get the 5d3.  The only significant advantages of the 1dx are FPS, AF of fast action, and weather sealing.  It doesn't sound like you need those. 

Also, the 5d3 has the advantage of silent shooting....which might come in handy for what you shoot.

IQ is a about the same for both cameras for slow or non moving work.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 30, 2014, 02:27:29 AM »
I too am questioning the sharpness on my new 7D II. Today was the first day of shooting with this camera and here a re a few examples.'re joking right?  That eagle's eye look plenty sharp to me.

Where was the focus point?  It does look like the branch and trunk in front of him are sharp too, and his body is not, which suggests the focus point might have caught that tree branch in front of him but the depth of field was great enough to get his eye in focus, but not his body?  Just a guess.

I also did an edit for you....simply food for thought.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: For 1dx owners
« on: November 29, 2014, 07:26:00 AM »
Hey Guys.
Knowing what you all know about the 1DX, and looking into your crystal balls, would you buy one now?  I have a 5D3, and have been waiting to see what would be next for the 1DX.  I am interested in the low light performance, the better focusing and iq.  I think the mps for both the 5D3 and 1DX are fine for me. 

It is just that I am seeing dramatic price drops and am wondering if it may  be time to pull the trigger.  I have the usual trepidation about buying and next month something new and far superior comes out ( though not that likely with Canon, as had been noted).

Thanks to all of you sage 1DX ers.


Scott....if you need speed, then don't hesitate and go get yourself a 1dx.  If you don't need speed, then stick with your 5d3.   

Lenses / Re: I *HATE* UPS.
« on: November 29, 2014, 04:59:21 AM »
A good lesson can be learned here....Leave a politely written note for delivery people if the package is fragile/valuable.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: For 1dx owners
« on: November 27, 2014, 07:53:46 PM »
What would you require in the next 1dx replacement body to make you upgrade? I can't think of much.
I will not upgrade if only:
1. It added 2 fps speed.
2. 4 mp.
3. Slightly larger spread of AF points.
4. 1/4 stop ISO improvement.
5. 4k (But that is because I actually use the 1dc)

I am so content with it that I would need something really special to want to upgrade. You?

2. 4
3. Larger AF point
4. 1/4 stop ISO
5. 4k...hell no.

But...if it had 2fps, 4mp, 1/2 stop ISO improvement and continuous AF tracking in video.....Then YES!

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II by Fro
« on: November 26, 2014, 11:38:29 PM »
I've had the exact same experience with my 1dx...I'll have a tack sharp Image followed by an image where nothing is tack sharp, but in general the image is pretty sharp, just off a smidge as Jared says.   

It's definitely a minor issue with my 1dx that I've just learned to live with.  I'm glad Jared talked about the issue.

Anybody else notice this issue?

I have no advice but I'm looking forward to seeing your photos....such a rugged beauty in that part of the country!

Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:19:18 PM »

Lenses / Re: Really bad GAS
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:18:54 PM »
totally agree....$4500 more for an extra 100mm is just not worth it, especially when you consider the weight and hand hold advantage of the 300mm over the 400.

Software & Accessories / Re: Which SD card for Canon 70d?
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:32:06 AM »
Is there any disadvantage to formatting the card, in camera, (SF or SD) after every shoot?  I guess my question should be worded, "is it possible to format a card too much?"

I tend to format my cards even if I only take a few shots.  I have gotten in the habit of formatting the cards as as soon as I extract the images.

that's why i have a bunch of cards....i don't format or erase the images until they're saved in multiple places(which i often don't do right away)  so leaving the original images on the SD or CF card and using a new/different card is a good practice.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:43:50 AM »
My first soccer match with this lens! A lot of intensity from two, ten-year-old girls!

Nice shot old shooter!

Is that real turf?  It looks so perfect.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:41:31 AM »
So I finally got a half decent panorama.  It's from the balcony of my room at the Trump International Beach Resort in Miami.  It was a business trip and for some unknown reason, they upgraded me to a room with a huge balcony including a hot tub!  Needless to say I didn't ask why...  Shot during golden hour at around 50mm, 9 photos stitched together using my RRS pano kit.

Wow..nice pano and even nicer room/view!

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:19:38 AM »
Winter wonderland at Glenmore Reservoir, Weaselhead area, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:18:32 AM »
Sundown at Istanbul ;-))

Great shot....welcome to CR!

Software & Accessories / Re: Which SD card for Canon 70d?
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:09:10 AM »

Stick with sandisk or lexar, these are the better quality products.

For what you've described, you only need something like this:

Get two cards. (as someone else had wrote) An extra card is always handy just in case one card gets misplaced or damaged.   

Also, I always format my card after I've finished saving my photos in two places. 

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