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Portrait / Re: What did I do wrong?
« on: July 17, 2012, 11:22:56 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions.

I was trying to get a really nice bokeh, thats i had the lens wide open. Will stopping down to 2.8 or f4 still give me a nice bokeh?


Portrait / What did I do wrong?
« on: July 17, 2012, 08:58:33 AM »
I was taking shots of some friends and seem to mess up a few like this. The focus on the guy is completely missed.

I was using 5D3 - 50mm 1.4
Av - 1.4
AF Point Expansion with Center point selected.

I took about 4-5 shots and they were all same with the focus missed on the guy. Is it because my DOF was to shallow? Or Do I need to use a different AF selection mode?

Please advise.

Site Information / Re: In Sympathy for CR Guy
« on: July 17, 2012, 08:51:21 AM »
Our deepest sympathy at this difficult time..

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Where do you start for videos?
« on: July 12, 2012, 09:31:40 AM »
Thank You all for the great suggestions...

What are your thoughts on the CineStyle from Technicolor?

I was also considering purchasing a Rode VideoMic Pro for the offcamera sound...thoughts??

EOS Bodies - For Video / Where do you start for videos?
« on: July 11, 2012, 03:04:18 PM »
Hello, So i just received my 5D3 and haven't yet played with the video feature yet. I've seen some amazing videos out the 5D2 and 5D3's. So questions for a beginner like myself:

Where do you start? I know the movies use the 24fps
What Lens to use? I own the 50 1.4, 135L f.2, 24-105L
What about the Aperture and Shutter speed values?
What Mode? Manual, Av, TV
Focusing tips/techniques?

Please point me in the right direction.

Thank  You!

Software & Accessories / Re: RSS L-plate for 5DIII w/ BG-E11 grip
« on: July 09, 2012, 11:47:56 AM »
TrumpetPower - Can you post a pic of your 5D3 with the L-plate? Perhaps with and without a tripod..please


Lenses / Re: How do I know I have a bad lens?
« on: July 08, 2012, 09:34:38 PM »
So, i was just playing around in LR and found the Lens correction settings in the Develop module. All I did was check the option and it was able to identify the lens. That seems to clear up all the vignetting and any CA that were there.

Should you use this as part of workflow for every image imported?

Lenses / Re: How do I know I have a bad lens?
« on: July 08, 2012, 09:28:10 PM »
So I validated that the PIC setting is enabled. Here is a test shot I took of a wall where the vignetting is really visible. Please advise.

Lenses / Re: How do I know I have a bad lens?
« on: July 06, 2012, 11:59:08 PM »
Thanks for such prompt replies.

All wide aperture lenses viginette at larger apertures, its just part of the package.  DPP, Adobe, and most other editing software (even in camera jpegs) can be set to lighten the corners to reduce it.

How can I set this in LR?

Did you by chance disable Peripheral Illumination Correction?  I believe it's enabled by default; see page 147 in the manual for instructions on checking it.  Are you using any filters or a third-party hood?

DJL329 - how does this setting affect the vignetting and what would be the disadvantage of disabling the PIC?

Thank you

Lenses / How do I know I have a bad lens?
« on: July 06, 2012, 11:24:19 PM »
Hello All,
I just received my 5D3 a couple of weeks ago and with that I purchased the kit lens, 135L, and the 50 1.4. I just opened the 50 1.4 today and tried to take some test shots. I noticed that there was a significant vignette on the corners. How do i know that the lens is bad? I took a picture of a plain wall and the vignette was even more visible.

Should i just get it exchanged? Or should i do some more tests? Please advise.


Mark Wallace from AdoramaTV has great video for shooting fireworks. He recommends the following:

Use Tripod
Use Cable Release
Manual or Bulb Mode
Aperture - f10 (start from there and play with it).
Manual Focus (Just shy of Infinity)
ISO 100

I have used these before and got great results. Good Luck.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D3 Settings Questions..
« on: June 26, 2012, 02:56:10 PM »
ONe more question: Do you use any of the different cases defined in the AutoFocus menu?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D3 Settings Questions..
« on: June 26, 2012, 02:52:51 PM »
Thanks JerryKnight! those were some helpful tips.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 5D3 Settings Questions..
« on: June 26, 2012, 10:30:54 AM »
Hello, I just received my 5D3 last week and i'm super excited about it however, had a few questions since this is a significant upgrade coming from a 40D.

AF Drive: What AF Drive setting would you recommend for shooting kids (mostly indoors). Right now i haven't ventured out of the One Shot but was wondering if AI Focus will serve better?

AF Area: What do you typically use for AF area for day to day shooting? Is using the 61-point Automatic selection recommended? As it tends to focus on the nearest subject.

Usable AF Points: So i'm having a bit of hard time understanding this concept. If i typically use the 24-105 f/4 Kit lens according to the manual belongs in Group C. How does this limit me in using the Autofocus?

AEB/HDR/Multiple Exposures: In what scenarios you want to use these? On my 40D i would typically use AEB to take 3-5 shots and then use an external editor to combine the images to create an HDR. And now the 5D3 combines the images for an HDR image within the camera.

So what are some good scenarios you want to use AEB?
What is the use for Multiple Exposures and when would you want to use it?

I apologize if these are beginner questions, but I want to learn the full capabilities of the camera so that I can become a better photographer. Thank you for your help.

Thanks to all for the suggestions. I received my 5D3 last week with the 24-105 kit lens, 50 1.4, and the 135L. I have to admit, I've been a little intimidated by the camera's AutoFocus system especially coming from the 40D. I've been reading the manual and hopefully get better by practicing. 

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