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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: August 11, 2012, 06:16:38 PM »
5D Mark III

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: August 11, 2012, 06:06:10 PM »
You guys are killin' me with this stuff.  I may just have to break out the HDR mode on my 5D Mark III just to get used to it.  I'm not ready for the HDR in post stuff yet  :P

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Roger Cicala on Canon Autofocus Reality
« on: August 11, 2012, 06:01:16 PM »
I agree to an extent.  However, obsolete technology or not, how on earth can it be worth to spend $7200 and $11,400 on the new 300mm and 400mm lenses respectively, when you can get BOTH like-new used version I's for $9500 and the IQ and AF is no different at all?  What are you really paying for?  I've shot with both versions of the 300mm and the version 2 had absolutely no higher hit rate, sharpness, or IQ for sports.  Definitely not worth it in my mind.  It is certainly lighter but is it worth $2500 more for weight?

1D X Sample Images / Re: San Francisco Zoo
« on: August 11, 2012, 05:49:41 PM »
Fantastic shots!!

I was NOT so lucky with my hummingbird shot.  I looked out the kitchen window this morning and saw a hummingbird zigging and zagging about.  I had the 1DX and 24-105L lens in my kitchen, but nothing else.  And, it was POURING outside.  So I aimed and fired out the kitchen window, thru the glass, and you have to admit that despite the mediocre image, this was a true verification of the AF system on the 1D X.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Dx desire (A cautious approach)
« on: August 11, 2012, 11:55:56 AM »
For years, I have long held the view that extreme beauty is unattainable and there is often a sting in the tail. Beauty is expensive. Beauty only lasts so long. I took my time getting to know a lesser beauty, in the form of the 5D MkIII. I got to know as much about her as I could, before takinh the plunge, making sure she was the one for me. So far, I haven't been disappointed, she's responsive, without being flighty and loves it when it gets dark, when she really likes to have her button pressed. She's also very quiet when we need to be discreet. A match made in heaven.

Vs. the 5D Mark III I cannot crop as much.  That's the only downside.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 7D Body Package Deal from B&H $1349
« on: August 11, 2012, 10:43:54 AM »
It will certainly come down when the new APS-C camera is released.  Who knows what type of camera that will be, but you can rest assured the 7D price will drop.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 for sports/action?
« on: August 11, 2012, 10:41:17 AM »
I shoot manual with Auto ISO and AI Servo with the focusing area set to center zone. The zone focusing solved a lot of problems associated with center point only focusing, like a rapidly-moving main subject moving off the center point or two main subjects separated by a space in the center, resulting in a perfectly focused background and a fuzzy main subject.

When you refer to zone focusing - which mode exactly are you referring to? There is one called Zone AF and then there are Expand AF Area or Expand AF Area: Surround.

I sometimes will shoot with zone focusing, not the expanded feature.  If basketball players are charging towards me for the basket, and I'm along the wall behind the basket, zone helps because as the player goes up for the layup and defenders are there, I cannot determine which part of that scene is going to be closest to me.  If zone is selected, the camera will automagically pick the correct point on the scene to focus and if aperture is narrow enough, everybody is in focus.  I rarely us expanded point, but that would be useful if you were tracking the basketball and it got slightly away from you.  Zone covers more ground. 

As far as using the 5D Mark III for sports, I have to be able to.  I doubt at tennis and golf matches anyone is going to want to hear the shutter firing on my 1D X :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Some Pictures with the 1D X
« on: August 11, 2012, 10:19:11 AM »
So, got my 1d X in the mail today. And first off, is it worth it over the 5d3? My respons is; LOL!

Second, is it REALLY so that the ONLY button I can assign ISO to, except the one that has ISO written on it is the SET-button?

The reason why I ask is because, man, they placed the ISO-button way to far out on the right, it should have been the EC-button instead! And it's also to small. Why did they do it that way. I almost have to loose the whole grip to adjust ISO... The only bummer so far, the 1d X is frikkin' fantastic! Maaan I missed the 1-series much more than I could remember!

I think it depends on what your shooting.  The option of AF point linked spot metering is good enough for me.  Also for action, if you want the shutter to not go below anything 1/500 or faster is great.  For sports I use this feature.  I've used it on the 1D Mark IV.  You turn on ISO Safety Shift, then set your minimum shutter speed to 1/500.  This way you can turn on auto ISO and STILL shoot with EC.  It is an awesome feature.  The camera is sort of a mesh between the 5D Mark III and 1D Mark IV.  You can also do Multi Expsoure and 12fps just by holding down the shutter button in AI Servo Mode.  Not to mention the ultra-detail in shots that the 1D Mark IV can't do.  I also checked out the multi-point spot metering feature if you don't like Multi Exposure or HDR.  It's a bit different but you can average metering areas into one photo. 

There are features that if you need them, probably does make the camera worth a lot more than the 5D Mark III.  I'm not sure double the price, but certainly more than the 1D Mark IV.  If you purchased the 1D X, my advice is that you begin to expand your photography and begin to use all of these features.  Then it will certainly be worth it.  I'd say minus the resolution, it can do everything the 5D Mark III plus.  It can also do everything the 1D Mark IV can do, plus.

Where can you try these features?  Anywhere.  A good example is landscape photography on a cloudy day.  Even better, sports or action.  Put yourself in situations where you need the advanced features and learn to use them and only then can you really realize what a powerful tool it is.  Good luck.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Real Estate Photography 5D mkIII
« on: August 11, 2012, 12:05:45 AM »
well..that's an interesting theory.  I shoot only RAW cause then if the image is messed up I have a better chance of recovery (say I forgot to change the exposure from the last scene).  Have you ever used the recipe feature in DPP?  Quiet nice as if you have multiple shots from the same scene that all suffer from the same criteria (say under exposure) you can create a single recipe, save it then apply it to to a batch of images all at once, then do a batch process to convert to JPG then delete the RAWs and keep whatever JPG's you like.  I know you mentioned space but not sure if you are concerned about space on the camera or MAC/PC?  I take all my shots on a 32 gig CF card.  If on vacation I then do a "camera copy" to the spare SD card (less costly) then I have the 32 gig free again on the CF.  I found this to be economical without suffering from speed loss (writing to the card).  I rate all my pics and typically only keep the RAWs that are 5 star. So if I've got 8 RAW shots of a hummingbird, I might keep 4 as JPG's but only 1 or 2 RAWs of the best of the 8.  I can already see the 5D Mark III pics chewing away at my disk drive.

Sometimes you don't have a choice.  Especially when you're shooting college sports and the shots go to your laptop where they are then sent to a webmaster, at the game.  You better get the shot right because it's going to jpeg and to a live update website.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Bryan Carnathan's 1D X Review Is Finished
« on: August 10, 2012, 11:57:30 PM »
I am happy with it too, but you know how it is, when you get something new you maybe hope it may do the 1/3 stops of 1/640 and 1/800  8)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How good is the 7D autofocus system?
« on: August 10, 2012, 11:56:24 PM »
The 7D's AF system is really good.  I don't know if it's any worse than the 5D Mark III's in low light, but it is really good.  I don't think it is desirous though, using any camera, to need rapid AF in low light.  The lowest light I go in is in a gym or night football and usually I wouldn't consider that as "low light" regarding AF, considering the 7D and 5D3 will do well in both situations.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Bryan Carnathan's 1D X Review Is Finished
« on: August 10, 2012, 11:38:59 PM »
Looks like the 1D X's faux manual mode is exactly the same as the 1D Mark IV.  There is a minimum shutter speed you can set in the main menu, however, the fastest in that menu is 1/250s.

If ISO Safety Shift, Min shutter speed to 1/500 or 1/1000, with auto ISO and EC set to whatever you wish.  I would have liked if you can set Min shutter to 1/640 or 1/800.  I can't remember if you can on the 1D4 but I don't think you could; I think it jumped from 1/500 to 1/1000 if I remember correctly.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Some Pictures with the 1D X
« on: August 10, 2012, 10:41:59 PM »
Was that giant fire perhaps a giant 7D on fire?   ;D

Thankfully the D800 is here.  None of the photos I ever took the last 10 years made me smile until the D800.  Now photography can begin.

Lenses / Re: EF 20mm f1.8L VS. EF 14-24 f4L
« on: August 09, 2012, 09:18:49 PM »
14-24 f/4 makes no sense whatsoever. 17-40 is perfectly fine for all intents and purposes. A 14-24 would have to be f/2.8 to pique my interest, but only if it had Godlike corner to corner sharpness. Even then, the featherweight 17-40 would probably be my choice, since any subject I'd be shooting wider than 24mm would be static and I'd have a tripod with me. UWA's distort people waaay too much for my taste, and in such an unflattering way. I'm seriously contemplating picking up an 8-15 fishy for UWA purposes instead of a 17-40 or 16-35.

It makes perfect sense for those who want a zoom lens from 14 to 24mm.  If you don't like the 14-24 because of distortion of people, how is an 8-15 going to be better?  Or do you mean you want one or the other?

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