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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I feel like a kid again....
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:03:25 AM »
As one grows up, the excitement of Christmas diminishes... you know what your getting (socks) and it's focus drifts away from the presents and more towards spending time with your family and friends...

But this year...  this year....  i can not wait for Christmas morning!!!!!  I feel like a 10 year old kid eagerly anticipating the nintendo shaped box under the tree... Why am i so excited this year?...  well let me tell you! While finding a hiding spot for my wifes present at home (macbook air), i was rummaging at the back of the guest room closet to see if there was space there, i found a 5d mkiii kit!!!! :D soooo....  it is there, 15ft from where i sleep....  and i can't touch it until the morning of the 25th! Hence the excitement... I just hope she charges the battery for me! :)

Anyway, this has no real relevance to anyone, but since i don't have many photo-buddies (recently moved to india) here so i needed to share...  now i need to act all nonchalant so my wife doesn't find out...

I hope you all have a great Christmas season and a happy new year...  :)
When I was ten, there were no Nintendos.

When I was ten there wasn't even Pong.  8)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III - Camera of the year 2012
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:13:01 AM »
From all the reviews I see comparing it with other cameras, the Canon 5d mark III seems to blow everything else away except in dynamic range and shadow noise. The 5D3 does look fairly bad when the shadows are pushed while the Nikon D600 & D800 are clean. This is a huge asset as being able to boost the shadows would bring back a ton of detail in landscape shots. Check out the comparisons:

That's true but depending on what your priorities are, it's also an asset to have great AF and high ISO.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X AF in Low Light action
« on: December 13, 2012, 01:13:26 PM »
The 1D X finally met its match Tuesday night.  I filled in for a reporter for the News Journal at a game in Mansfield, in a terribly lit gym.  I used a 135L with a 1D X at 1/500s, f/2, and ISO 3200 to 6400 depending on location on the court.  The majority of my shots were slightly OOF, and I attribute this to the AF system not being able to lock focus in the dim lighting.  Looking at my photos, it didn't apparently lock on anything in the frame.  In a few burst shots, the first one was in focus (while athlete still on the floor) but the camera lost focus as the player went up for the layup, even with face-recognition on.  Needless to say, as I'm going through my RAW files right now, I'm highly disappointed.  I will admit though, that the 135L is not as good at locking on focus as the 70-200 f/2.8L II IS zoom lens, but I couldn't afford the loss of a whole stop of light in this gym.  I know I've been spoiled with a lot of light lately, but I just wanted to point out that as good as the 1D X is, and it is, it is certainly far from perfect.  My suggestion is that in these cases maybe don't use high burst rates, but wait for a moment and try to lock on, then move the camera with the player, sort of like panning, and then fire a shot, maybe even just one shot.  Bursting did NOT work at all here.  Ok, I'm done venting.

You can't beat real world, in the field testing.  Even with a top-of-the-line camera like the 1DX, nothing is perfect.  The good thing is, you could of been shooting with something else.  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III - Camera of the year 2012
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:57:24 PM »
The 5D3 is the camera of the year, but just not for $3500.  ::)

I look at it another way too...is it half the camera the 1DX is?  I say yes (and then some).   ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III - Camera of the year 2012
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:45:48 AM »
Yes, this was actually a very good article summarizing the advantages/disadvantages of the major releases and explaining their rationale.

A very brief take-away: Canon, Nikon and Sony all released excellent cameras. 5DIII got the edge largely because of the range of improvements, including focus and because its excellent low-light performance was deemed more useful and significant than the high resolution of the D800: "...we felt strongly that the Canon produced the best balance across all imaging factors, with Low or better noise up to ISO 12,800, and still acceptable noise at ISO 25,600."

I found this assessment of the D800 very interesting: "Noise is Low or better only to ISO 800, and Unacceptable at ISO 12,800."

From everything I've read and heard about the 5DIII this sounds like a well-deserved honor.

I have them, after 12800iso the 5dmk3 is little bit better than d800 , same size and raw
at 6400iso d800 shows visible more details and the noise is on par with 5dmk3

why are they not mention the 14 stops DR at base iso?

Could it be that it is not that high in reality as it is in DxO's proprietary formula?

well I have shown the difference many times, even here

Yes you have, many, many times, and no one is arguing that fact.  That is only one aspect of a great camera, and alot of photographers feel there is more than just DR.  That review proved it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III - Camera of the year 2012
« on: December 12, 2012, 01:26:24 PM »
Welcome consolation for the impatient ones (me) that bought the 5diii at full retail + tax.

Yes it' been 9 months but it still hurts...  >:(

Great Cam though and some nice memories I shot with it...   :)

I did also, but a person has to look at it differently.  For me I've gotten to use it the whole time (6 months to a year longer than someone who waited), and those memories and experiences are priceless.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III - Camera of the year 2012
« on: December 12, 2012, 12:44:21 PM »
Agreed, the 5D3 won because it is a better all round camera.  I'm not surprised this thread is fairly quiet.  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III - Camera of the year 2012
« on: December 12, 2012, 12:39:08 PM »
For me the 1D X is the camera of the year 2012.

+1....I'm not a 1D X owner yet, but I did have a chance to hold and shoot with it through a friend. I love EVERYTHING about 1D X - low light shooting, the grip, size, frame rate, AF system, how the camera feel in the hands etc..I can go on for days here. I think the main reason 1D X didn't get to be "camera of the year" is the price tag - this is NOT an ave Joe camera.

Assuming I'll get one tomorrow, am not sure how to justify 1D X purchase to the "boss" at home yet. About "honey, I accidently bought a 1D X instead of 5D III and the camera store will not allow me to return it" ::) ??? ::) ??? ??? ???

Lol good luck with that one.  Let me know if it works and maybe I'll use it.  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Frustrated Focusing problem
« on: December 10, 2012, 11:38:24 AM »
F/4 sounds like the solution to me.

Depending on how close they are and what lens they are using.  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Frustrated Focusing problem
« on: December 10, 2012, 11:03:58 AM »
For some people it might be easier to point the blame on the camera rather than admitting they are new and need help.  Realistically though a person would think that someone with a top-end camera would know a certain amount of technique, but as stated before that's not always the case.  The same goes for the example of a person getting a Ferrari as a first car, it shouldn't be a starter for learning how to drive.  There's no rule that says a person can't have the best or whatever they can afford, but we always don't like to hear the advice so nothing is asked.   ;)

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 F/2.8 IS II vs. Tamron 70-200 F/2.8 VC
« on: November 30, 2012, 02:03:59 PM »
My money is on the 70-200 2.8 II.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: November 30, 2012, 01:44:08 PM »
Yes good review.  Now just waiting for the 14-24 2.8 to show up (then I can trade it for the 16-35).  ;)

IMO if a person really needs the lens they will just go out and buy it.  No one has a crystal ball to predict price drops.  Really, how much of a price drop does it take for someone to buy?  100 dollars, 200 dollars?  For the amount of time waiting you could of been out there taking pictures and enjoying the lens.   So a person waits 6 months or longer to save $200, your time with that lens is worth a hell of a lot more.  Look at the 70-200 2.8 II, it's price still stays fairly high.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Conversion to Nikon
« on: November 15, 2012, 02:37:34 PM »
For one thing the title is very misleading.  If a Nikon P&S is going to make a person give up their 1DX for it then there's something seriously wrong here, lol.  It would be different if the person stated the camera was a bit much for them and decided to go with a P&S.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information
« on: November 15, 2012, 11:25:27 AM »
if Canon wont release the proper firmware, might as well wait for an upgrade from Magic Lantern  :P

I don't think it's a matter of won't, it would be more like can't or isn't possible.  Canon will release it if it can be done.

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