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The 5D mark II only became popular for video once people realized that they could create movies that looked amazing with a $2500 camera and $500 lens. Before, they had previously been relying on expensive systems which kept many people out of the business. We decided it was worth it to deal with the cumbersome body types, impractical focusing, crappy formats that made editing difficult and grading worse, lack of ND filters and XLR audio inputs, horrible rolling shutter, and other stuff IF we could make great movies with $750 - $5000 budgets. Canon has it ALL WRONG. We don't want DSLR video cameras. They suck for video. We want great video quality for DSLR prices and with the 5D mark II, it became mostly possible. Sony, Panasonic, and RED are doing it right and trying to bring 35mm or APS-C chip dedicated video cameras  (with real video features) into DSLR prices. I was kind of hoping that since Canon's $800 60d with 3 year old tech can take some pretty amazing video, for $3000, they should be able to make that breathtaking. Guess not.

Canon does not have a great history of resolving resolution on video modes. 1080P on the 5D mark III even using the better compression still yielded only 800 lines I read. Somehow I just don't trust Canon at 4k on a 1D-c. Why do I believe that 4k on the 1D-c may look similar to what 1080p SHOULD look like and does look like on most other non DSLR video cameras.

EOS Bodies / Re: my first video shoot with 5Dmark3 In NYC
« on: April 12, 2012, 11:32:28 AM »
What slider did you use. Motion looks good

I think Canon forgot about the competition in this market. RED, Sony, and Panasonic have cameras for less are about equal if not better (except the Panasonic) and will be released sooner. How many thousands of dollars could they have saved if they pulled the 61point af, complex metering system, and some other photo features. I could buy a 5D mark III & a Sony FS700 or a RED system for $15,000

One more delay and they will miss the Olympics! This is scary. The dream camera for sports shooters may not be ready (and if ready, i'm sure there will be plenty of orders not yet filled) for the most extreme sporting event in the world.

EOS Bodies / Re: Should I buy the 5D Mark III Kit?
« on: April 12, 2012, 09:14:20 AM »
I'd go with the Kit and then pick up a Canon 85mm f/1.8 for when you need extreme dof or low light shots. Giving up IS and and the longer focal length for 1 stop better aperture with the 24-70mm is not worth it to me. Those lenses are almost equal for sharpness anyway but the 85mm will outperform both the 24-70 & 24-105.

Then save up for the 35mm f/1.4 or another wide angle and the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II for a complete setup.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX & Mark III focusing with 3rd party lenses
« on: April 05, 2012, 02:17:50 PM »
That's why if I am having a really hard time justifying the extra $ for an L lens, I buy used. It usually brings the prices into more comparable territory, and I always feel like the an L is a better long term investment than a 3rd party lens. Just my 2 cents, though.
The Canon lenses are almost always a better long term investment and resale is normally better. However, given that Canon does not and likely will not have a full frame 24-70 f/2.8 IS or anything close to it, this will probably be a popular Tamron lens given that it performs well.

EOS Bodies / 1DX & Mark III focusing with 3rd party lenses
« on: April 05, 2012, 10:13:46 AM »
After reading some of the details of the new focus systems, it is apparent that the sensitive dual cross type center focus point only works with most f/2.8 and faster lenses. Canon specifies which Canon lenses this will apply to but I wonder if it will also support 3rd party lenses. I typically get all Canon lenses but I have been considering the future Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD since Canon does not have a stabilized 24-70mm f/2.8. I really want the IS for use with video mostly and it would be nice to shoot indoor at slower shutter speeds. I was wishing the new Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II was stabilized but given the fact that it is not and the outrageous price for a non IS lens, I doubt we will ever see one. Cropped bodies have a stabilized f/2.8 wide zoom and it sucks that Canon has nothing given the use of video. Just wondering if going to a 3rd party f/2.8 lens is going to render the awesome new sensitive dual cross center focus point useless.

EOS Bodies / Re: Awesome use of DOF preview button on 5dmk3
« on: April 04, 2012, 07:47:12 AM »
Good point. The MK3 also has 3 custom modes to easily set each one for different focusing priority. That is a 1 button switch too. With 3 custom modes and 3 easily changed buttons (mfn, dof preview, set) and tons of custom settings, i'm sure you can adjust it to your liking.
I was a bit concerned at first with some people stating slow autofocus...then they posted their settings: 12,800 ISO 1/60 @f/1.4. Seriously, the fact that the camera will focus at all with those settings is AMAZING. If you are getting slow focus lock shooting under low-normal indoor lighting (3200 ISO 1/60 f/2.8), then i'll be a bit more worried. Still don't own one yet but i'll probably pull the trigger shortly.

EOS Bodies / Re: Lloyd Chambers Review of 5d3
« on: March 31, 2012, 03:18:34 PM »
Even if the D800 can produce a better picture, which my guess is that it will, It would probably only produce a better photo with a top quality lens running at f/4-f/8 at iso 400 and less and will require faster shutter speeds. For the rest of us who often shoot wide open or at iso ranges from 400+, I doubt there will be a large difference. Unfortunately large sensors have obvious downfalls from huge file sizes, slow shooting speeds and slightly reduced low light performance. I love the Mark III because it is an all around solid performer. While the D800 might best the Mark III for some purposes, namely landscapes & some studio, there is no other camera i'd prefer to tackle the variety of situations I find myself photographing.

EOS Bodies / Re: Huge gap in Canon pro-sumer products
« on: March 30, 2012, 02:46:19 PM »
Many are guessing the new 7D will edge into the $2000 territory and a 70D will edge into that $1300 range. Other reports are that a cheaper full frame is coming down the pike. We will see what canon does in 3 weeks with a video DSLR which may be both still/video.

I did a bunch of shooting with the 50 1.4 and after applying the lens correction in lightroom the images would get significantly brighter.
Probably mostly around the edges. There is alot of lens vignette on those lenses. If you are coming from a cropped sensor camera, you probably never noticed much vignette because you were only using the center of the lens. With a full frame, the edges of your photos will be less sharp and have more lens vignette than before. 

EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Canon 5D mark III noise comparison
« on: March 28, 2012, 11:10:13 AM »
I'm actually a little disappointed from these noise tests with raw files. It beats the D800, 7D, and 5D mark II but not by much. Looks like the Mark 3 is the best by about .5 stop (and only at high ISO), then the mark II, then the D800, then the 7D which is about a stop below the mark 3. The biggest differences seem to be a usable 12,800 iso vs the other cameras that are not...but on the raw files, the difference isn't huge. This is no Nikon D3S but then again it is 22MP which is still very large.

EOS Bodies / DPReview Canon 5D mark III noise comparison
« on: March 28, 2012, 10:23:13 AM »

compared to the 5D mark II and D800, the D800 raw files suffer noise even more than the 5D mark II! The mark III seems to be about .5-1 stop better as far as raw files go from the Mark II. Everything seems sharp.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk. III Best Buy Pre-Order
« on: March 28, 2012, 09:55:36 AM »
you can still call best buy over  the phone  :)
hahaha. Thanks for the laugh

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