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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk. III Best Buy Pre-Order
« on: March 28, 2012, 08:53:27 AM »
the site is down at the moment...bummer. I was wanting to order

Maybe the 580 II was completely replaced by the 600 and that is why canon is leaving it out

The 5D mark III is a way better camera in so many areas. When it comes to IQ, you should see better performance being that it uses the new digic V processor but we have to wait for a good raw converter first. Now, real life raw files will probably only see a 1 stop difference in ISO performance, but everything should all around be better. On a separate note, it is a much beefier camera, faster frame rate, better autofocus, better metering, better grip, better controls, super silent shooting, longer batt life, 2nd card slot...tons of new improvements that just make this an overall better camera to use, even if IQ was the same...which it likely will not be.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mk3 - A few complaints
« on: March 26, 2012, 08:49:33 AM »
The 50mm f/1.4 does not use the real USM motor that canon uses on most lenses so it really does not work well in servo mode. It's a bit slow. I would not use servo with that lens. Try the 85mm f/1.8 or 85mm f/1.2 that has a better focusing motor.

Looks like they put it to the test more than the Nikon D800. TONS of pictures at ISO 12,800 to 50,000. They didn't push the Nikon that hard. Results seem excellent up to 12800 and good at 25000. Still holding back judgment till I get some nice looking raw files with no noise reduction posted.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III samples from iso 100 to 102,400!
« on: March 23, 2012, 02:32:32 PM »
They look great. I'm still waiting for some raw files though. Maybe some jpegs with no NR would look similar. I only shoot raw so to get an accurate idea of how much extra room i'm getting, I need to see a comparison with no NR applied or straight raw files.

EOS Bodies / Re: Buy Local or Buy Amazon - Decisions Decisions
« on: March 23, 2012, 02:29:56 PM »
Had this issue with the mark the 5d mark ii. Almost picked it up from bestbuy too with a 10% off coupon I found but it only applied in store and the item was only available online....bummer

EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 60D or Save for 5D?
« on: March 22, 2012, 01:45:00 PM »
Just make sure you buy lenses that look great and work on full frame cameras in case you upgrade later. The 28mm 1.8 is not super sharp unfortunately

EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 60D or Save for 5D?
« on: March 22, 2012, 01:44:12 PM »
It is difficult to argue with the 60D, it is a great camera for the price ( I have one). You can get a used 5D mark II for about the same price as the Canon 7D so i'd skip on the 7D. If you are new to these cameras, the 5D would be a massive learning curve and would probably take some time before you can use it to its full potential. I'd probably go with a 60D given the $2500 price difference. Yes, the 5D will give you headphone out, better manual audio control, better low light, more dynamic range, and several other abilities...but it probably is not worth $2500, especially if you are not a master photographer or videographer

EOS Bodies / Re: Need help to choose! mark 2 or mark 3?
« on: March 22, 2012, 08:24:45 AM »
Don't buy a new Mark II for sure but i'd get the mark III.

If you buy the Mark III, in 3 years your camera will still be worth around $3000 so you would only stand to loose about $500 in lost value based on previous cameras and easy to sell.
If you buy a new Mark II, in 3 years your camera will be worth around $1000 at best ($1000 in lost value) and difficult to sell. Buying a mark II used will limit those losses though and you should never pay a new camera price for an old technology because you will loose alot of value over time.

I find that cameras like these loose more value in the 2nd 3 years of their life than the 1st 3 years. Most people don't consider resale value and how easy it will be to find a buyer when they purchase this equipment.

EOS Bodies / Re: Do 5D Mark III raw files work with Lightroom 4 yet?
« on: March 22, 2012, 08:11:13 AM »
Same thing will be true with the 1Dx, Nikon D4 and D800. Every raw file is unique by the manufacture so adobe has to update their software for support. Too bad they all can't settle on a type of format for RAW files. Also, Adobe will likely NEVER release an update for Lightroom 3 for any of these cameras. Once a new version is out, they require you to upgrade to work with new cameras. Adobe Camera Raw in photoshop will only work with these cameras if you have CS5 as well, and it doesn't work yet. Look out for an upgrade for both photoshop and lightroom in the coming 2-3 weeks.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Information
« on: March 13, 2012, 09:16:53 AM »
To me, up to 12,800 looks usable. Pretty impressive for sure. Considering I currently try never to go above 1600, it looks like I will get 2-3 stops of improved performance coming from a 7D

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next? A General Breakdown
« on: March 07, 2012, 03:36:50 PM »
Any word regarding the 7D replacement??? there will be one??? If yes, when ...Photokina or 2013?
I think fall could be the time. Canon will want to move all their products into the new Digic V sensor as soon as possible

EOS Bodies / Re: Is 5dmkiii a good investment in the long run?
« on: March 02, 2012, 04:11:02 PM »
I like to think of it this way. Any camera you get has an initial $250 drop in value when you open the box because now it's used. After that, these things only loose between an additional $250-500 over the next 3 years. You could resell in 3 years for over $2700 unless Canon decides they over priced this model.

If you got a 3 year old mark II 6 months ago at $2300 (which would have been a good price), you loose the same $250 once you open the box because its used, and in 3 years your camera will loose alot of value. A 6 year old Mark II will be worth less than $1000 most likely contributing to over $1000 in lost value.

If you can in any way afford the initial investment (which you can get back any time you want to sell your body and get out of photography), you will loose less money purchasing a new body every 3-4 years when a new model comes out than purchasing a 3-4 year old model at a discount and upgrading that with another 3-4 year old model 3 years later.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 02, 2012, 04:03:55 PM »
7D owners and frustrated 5D mark II owners will love this. I never wanted to update my 7D cause even though I wanted a full frame, the focusing system was worse and the speed was slow. Now I have an all improved option...the only problem is the price. That's alot of $ to upgrade and the battery grip is WAY too much.

For 5D mark II owners, canon has addressed every complaint...though not every dream. There are still some things I dreamed about like 1080P @60fps, cheaper pricing, better metering...little things but they were only dreams. The Mark III fixes and more than satisfies any problem you ever thought you had with the Mark II with some extras.

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