It's really bad, been saving my cash for this Fall for the latest and greatest new body, preferably a 7d successor. Looks like I'll have to spend my money elsewhere.
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They are fun to shoot. I've shot hundreds of pics of them this year. Here is a tip for you to catch one in a natural environment. Find a flower that they like such as a basket of petunias and hang it close to the feeder. Then when you get ready to shoot, mix up some of their food and put it in a spray bottle. Lightly spray the inside of several of the flowers on the plant. Trust me they will find the "nectar" that you added to the flowers. It may take some patience but you can get some great shots this way.
Thie pic I attached was with my 5d MkIII, 100-400L lens. Shot at 400mm, 1/640 sec @f/8.0, ISO 400. The picture is cropped to about half of its original size.
I use 9 point on most unless I can get them to hover in one spot for a few seconds. On this particular picture I'm pretty sure that I had it on single point focused right on the eye. One thing that makes them tough to get with the 9 point while they are in the air is that the autofocus sometimes gets confused because of those wings that are moving so fast. It doesn't know what to focus on. I've spent hours and hours shooting them and I have learned different things along the way.
Mine is with a 5D3, 70-200 IS II at 200mm, 1/2000 sec F3.5, ISO1000.. It is cropped at around 1/6 the size (sorta.. it is very cropped)
What kind of autofocus do you use? I was using 9 point zone AF in AI Servo but it was hard most of my shots were out of focus, and the hummingbirds would move so fast...
All point AF was impossible, it was supposed to start with the single center point and start tracking from there.. but it would, just, not, pick up the bird...
I was also using the "case 5" AF.. for erratic subjects moving quickly in any direction.
yeah Im really thinking I want a 100-400
I report the error 80 five month ago but no firmware update came up.
There are futher errors that are not fixed.
That´s the fact.
Canon. You are going to loose customers.
I was going to replace all of my SanDisk Extreme Pro cards with these Pro cards from Lexar but my local camera dealer told me that because their is some behind the scenes conflict between Canon and Lexar that Canon does not support their cards and that they may not work in my cameras. Anyone have any information on this or know if there is any truth to it?
I sold my 7D after I had the 5D mkiii for a month, I simply stopped using it. The reason I bought the 7D was for focus and general shooting speed. I used it every time I thought the focus system of the 5D mkII wouldn't cut it. The 7D is a great camera, but doesn't match the iq of the 5D mkiii at any setting, or the focus system for that matter.
I have had my mark III for about two weeks now and have been shooting a lot of hummingbird and macro shots. My previous camera was a 40d which I thought took excellent pictures.... that is until now! While I still think it takes great pictures, the 5d is just amazing. I was really worried about losing the crop factor for some pics, especially the birds. However, the Mark III more than makes up for this with it's low light capability and the substantial bump in resolution. I have been amazed at how much I can crop some of my full frame pics and they remain excellent. I am getting shots now that I never dreamed of with the 40d, and the 61 point autofocus, don't even get me started on how much I already love that! Anyone with a crop body that has concerns about upgrading and losing the crop factor, don't worry about it if you upgrade to the Mark III. I can't pick up my 40d anymore, it just can't compare. I was going to keep it so I would have two bodies, but I'm starting to think that it may go and I may buy another full frame, possibly a Mark II.
Yeah hah I bet you are loving the AF, soooo much better than the 40D AF! And MFA and video and so on.
And yeah you don't really lose all that much reach since the 5D3 is like 8.7MP APS-C and the 40D is 10MP APS-C so it's not a super huge difference.
You would notice the difference compared to a 7D though:
(7D top, then 5D2, then 5D3 then 7D again)
(click image to see it 100% view)
The 7D does have a real reach advantage.