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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 for sports/action?
« on: August 26, 2012, 09:58:23 PM »
I received my 5D3 yesterday evening (hand carry by a friend). The battery was flat so I left it the night over to charge.

Plopped the battery in this morning, played around with the menus and took a couple of shots of the rising sun.
Now I just have to re-adapt to not having a crop camera again. Guess the 70-200 will get more use now.

Damn, this looks like the beginning of a long and good relationship with this camera 8)

Thanks for all your comments, either way.

Awesome!  Have fun with it!  If you get bored go out and play with the multi-exposure and HDR features.  It can be really fun at night!  The color smoothness is really nice with this camera, at ISO's above 6400.

EOS Bodies / Re: Any 5d vs 1dx low iso comparisons?
« on: August 26, 2012, 09:38:51 PM »
Like title says, any low iso comparisons? Like side by side same image with both cameras? I've seen some comparisons in videos, but its hard to really appreciate quality in a youtube vid. I'm trying to decide if I should start lusting after the 1dx, or just be happy with my 5d3. I've always liked the idea of the 1d body style and durability, but i need some more info. Does the 1dx have more DR at iso 100? Is the banding any better?

I'm trying to create an opportunity to do so.  I'm trying to find a bright situation with ISO 100, but with a shadow in the background or off to my side.  Sounds fairly easy to do I suppose.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade from 40D or upgrading lenses
« on: August 26, 2012, 07:27:47 PM »
7D would only be an "upgrade" for your birding.

What I would suggest instead is to upgrade your glass. Pick up a 50 1.8, there's no excuse not to have one. Replace your 150-500 with a Canon 100-400. The Canon is shockingly, amazingly, you-will-poop-your-pantsingly sharper. Ditch your 18-200 and replace it with an 18-55 IS II + 55-250. The IQ is so much better, SO SO MUCH BETTER, than with a single 18-200. So, to recap:

50mm 1.8
18-200 -> 18-55 + 55-250
150-500 -> 100-400

I think with these upgrades you'll see a massive improvement in your IQ, more so than anything else you could do other than go FF or dropping serious bank on some 2.8 zooms or white primes. The 7D would just be writing you checks your glass can't cash.


EOS Bodies / Re: Great nightphotography comparisons: 1Dx, 1DIV, 5D3, 5D2
« on: August 26, 2012, 07:24:49 PM »
Here's a high ISO sample from 1D X: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=8936.0;attach=23632 (made by bdunbar79).

If you look at the OOF building roof on a good-quality monitor you'll be able to see segments of 2 slightly different colors. Interesting if it might be somehow connected to the issue mentioned there. This is ISO 25600 shot, so I won't be surprised if something similar happens at lower ISOs on lower-end cameras (due to hardware limitation, for example; just my assumption).

All I heard till now are only statements, that 1D bodies give better colors and better flexibility in what you can do with those in post. It'll be great if someone smart comes here and shares his experience on different camera bodies as I am not able to investigate this by myself  :-\

You're right about the shadows on that shot for sure.  I however, cannot devote the time unfortunately to see if it can be corrected or not, or if any of that shot can be completely corrected.  I had 75 photos to process quickly and unfortunately all we can do is view the IQ at face value.  If you do have the time, I am more than willing to give you the RAW file.  Just let me know if you'd like it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX IQ
« on: August 26, 2012, 07:16:13 PM »
In my signature file or web icon, I made up a flickr account with all of my photos that I shot at the first 2 soccer games so far.  Feel free to PM me with any criticisms for improvement.  You gotta remember though, like Mark, most of these are in a paper or really small photo on the AU website.  The photography website is coming very soon, but still only about 10-15 photos per game will go there.  The point is, I have a free place now, sort of, to post all of the 1DX, 1D4, and 5D3 sports photos and I'm willing to share all of them with you.  I'd like to post-process a lot more, but turnaround time is fast, but, I can spend extra time because parents and fans often want electronic copies of the photos, so in that case I could spend more time post-processing. 

Ashland's main site is simply ashland.edu, then go to the athletics link.  Thanks everyone.  Looking forward to any discussion/conversations.

I see your point.  It is clear.  I guess I just wasn't thinking that way when I read the original question.  I was thinking about working with a landscape or architecture photographer and me telling him I'm going to shoot at f/2 because that's the sharpest aperture for the lens, and then him taking my camera and lens away from me.  I can agree that at a fixed focal length, and consistent, fixed focal plane, a lens can be sharper at f/2 vs. f/8, or what have you.  I also interpreted as, ok, what aperture will make most of my scene sharpest?  I guess there are several ways to think about and measure sharpness.    I suppose if you picked a finite point in the landscape scene, let's say your focal point you chose, and shot at f/4 and then f/11, sure the whole scene would be in focus at f/11, but perhaps that point you focused on is sharper at f/4, than f/11.

Lenses / Re: All street photographers share your gear here!
« on: August 26, 2012, 04:46:47 PM »
Hi all,

I shoot street photography usually with 5D3 and a 50 1.4 (thinking to upgrade to 1.2) and I have 2 600EX-RT with me, in case the shadows are to big.

Mostly I ask for permission to do portraits. And most of the times I do head shots or from chest up.

I was thinking also to get 1-2 more prime lenses for shorter and longer focal length.

Please write here what gear do you use, and also if you have experience with the primes 24L vs 28, 50L vs 50, 85L vs 85.
Is it wort paying $$$$ more for the L lenses? ( I know that L's are better, but is the difference day n night like at some zoom lenses?)

I do like the 24L and 85L a lot.  I don't like the 50L.  For my uses the 1.4 is better/sharper as I mainly use this focal length narower than f/4.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Speeding up 1DX foc lock... Any tips?
« on: August 26, 2012, 03:20:10 PM »
In real low-light, I agree that it doesn't lock focus any faster than the 5D3 or 1D4.  It's pretty subjectively doing so even in well-lit areas.  I wouldn't personally state that one of the 1D X's major advantages is AF lock speed, because I guess I haven't really realized that yet.  There are other major things I like.

It was pointed out again, and again, and again, and again, and again..........

I just still don't understand what it even means though.  The depth of field changes for each aperture.  How can one aperture be "sharper" than another?  At f/1.4, my background isn't sharp.  What exactly are we talking about anyways?  I can understand a portrait shot, say at f/1.8, vs. f/2.8.  Is that what we mean?  The face is sharper at 2.8?  Shooting at the same focal plane?  On the other hand, at f/11, my whole scene is sharp.  It just doesn't make a whole lot of practical sense to me, unless we're talking a flat surface focal plane, at the same distance. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX IQ
« on: August 26, 2012, 02:50:15 PM »
I have read a review on a well know site and they had images of both the 1dx and 5dm3 at the same settings. The 1dx consistently had -1/3 stop or so. This didn't hurt to help the 1dx appear to render better at high iso's too. As we know it is supposed to but its a little trick from Canon prob.

Agree 100%.  I can emperically verify that Bosman, auto ISO for 1DX gives 5000 and 5D Mark III gives 6400.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX IQ
« on: August 26, 2012, 02:31:24 PM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX IQ
« on: August 26, 2012, 02:06:17 PM »
Ok, I found one I haven't used yet, at ISO 25,600.  This was at f/3.5, 1/1000s, ISO 25,600, with the 300 f/2.8L I IS lens.  Obviously I could have gone f/2.8 and a slower shutter, but why not test it out?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX IQ
« on: August 26, 2012, 01:59:02 PM »
All I did in post for the above photos after I posted them here, was apply NR, sharpen, brighten a tad, and resize if need be.  Above ISO 10000 the 1DX will slightly blow out the highlights, but keep in mind, nothing so bad that you can't just adjust the highlight and whites sliders; the detail comes back instantly.  Overall I was very happy with the noise performance and metering.  Soccer is difficult when one team has white jerseys and the other team has black.  All I could really do was set auto ISO, f/2.8, and as fast of a shutter as I could to keep proper exposure, sometimes even with the 1DX dipping to 1/500.  I've found football actually to be a lot more of a controlled shooting environment.  I'll report back on that this Thursday, the 30th, as there is one at 7pm.  I believe this field has 6 lights, and not 4 like the soccer field has (much darker).

Btw, I chose not to crop the goalie kicker so much for my final photo, as there just wasn't enough resolution for such a steep crop.  After re-cropping, I applied 65 NR, brightened a tad, saturated a tad, then sharpened, and it was done.  Took all of 90 seconds.

Lenses / Re: All street photographers share your gear here!
« on: August 26, 2012, 12:17:58 PM »
To actually contribute to this thread, I view street photography as walking down the street, downtown area, and taking photos of whatever.  For this I typically use a 50 prime, most often my 50 f/1.4.  If I went to shoot something far away and get a compressed look, I take my 135L.  That's as long as I'll go for this type of photography simply for convenience.  I take the grip OFF my 5D3 and use that, because I hate walking around public with 1D bodies when I'm not really shooting anything that would require a 1D body.  I want to find an HDR image I did downtown back in June at night, so I will look for it.

Lenses / Re: All street photographers share your gear here!
« on: August 26, 2012, 11:59:50 AM »
For street photography I use a Canon S5 IS from waist level. Nobody seems to notice it or care about it. If I feel more comfortable in the area I'm shooting, then  I use my Rebel XTi with the Jenna Zeiss 35mm or the 50mm Planar.
I don't want to use anything bigger because people gets defensive, sometimes aggressive and not cooperating at all :D

So you don't carry a 1DX and 1D4, strapped across each shoulder, with a 400mm f/2.8L IS lens on each?  ;D

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