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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX vs 5D3
« on: July 27, 2012, 11:54:15 PM »
scantily clad ... sorry, i couldn't help myself. I don't have any special requests, thanks for doing this.

We can try that as long as it's legal and I'm not cashing in the cameras for bail money.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lovin' my 5d Mark III
« on: July 27, 2012, 11:32:14 PM »
The noise pattern is much better in the 5D3 vs. the 1Ds3. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX vs 5D3
« on: July 27, 2012, 11:31:18 PM »
What do you guys want to see?  Just tell me and I'll spend the next few days doing it.  I have the 1D X, 5D3, and 1D4.  I can shoot whatever.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX vs 5D3
« on: July 27, 2012, 10:57:00 PM »
I'll have a lot, lot more tests tomorrow, but so far I haven't seen any difference in IQ at all, around ISO 100-400.  I didn't crop either, so I have a lot more to examine.  As can be expected, the color rendition is slightly different, as for my tests I'll just leave each cam in Portrait Mode (my favorite on the 1Ds 3).  The tests I'll be doing will be among the 1D X, 1D Mark IV, and 5D Mark III.  I think those are very appropriate comparisons regarding the magnitude of each camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: Sell 5D2 for a 1Ds 3
« on: July 27, 2012, 08:35:56 PM »
Having just picked up a 1Dx, I'm also considering selling my 5D Mark III and picking up a 1Ds III as my backup...  Seems like the bottom has dropped out of the 1Ds III market.  Still on the fence about it.   The main things holding me back are the 5D III's silent shutter and the smaller form factor....

I would strongly advise against that.  You will be very disappointed overall.  The 5D Mark III is a much more powerful tool than the 1Ds 3.  I only use my 1Ds 3 from ISO 50 to 200.  Outside of that, IQ on the 5D3 is superior.  Also, you can shoot in manual mode with auto ISO on the 5D3.  Technology has come a long way since 2007 and overall my 5D Mark III's take better pictures, usually.  I could see trading a 5D2 for a 1Ds3, but doing so with a 5D3 would not be a smart move.  You'll be going backwards.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II vs. 85mm 1.2 II - general opinion
« on: July 27, 2012, 03:02:10 PM »
Curious as to what makes the 85 more magical than any other prime used at lg aperatures?

It has higher IQ than most other primes.  My best photographs that I have ever taken are with the 85L.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX err80
« on: July 27, 2012, 08:59:19 AM »
Quote from: Canon Service
Take two aspirin and don't call us in the morning.


I can say that I mounted the 85L II, left the menu screen open for a while, took a few shots, and reviewed some images, all without an Err80.  Note that what I did not do was to enable the orientation-sensitive AF point function.  I already know that that breaks AFMA, and am starting to suspect it may be involved with this issue as well.

I hope that is not an issue on mine.  I use that feature heavily for sports.  I'll check as much out as I can Saturday.

EOS Bodies / Re: Mark III price dropping
« on: July 27, 2012, 12:40:36 AM »
Ken I was just joking with you.  I know what you mean.  Maybe you should keep saving a bit longer and buy one in a few months so that it is not so stressful.  I am not sure what caused the slight price dip, but just in case save up an extra 150-300 bucks before you buy one.  I am just thrilled with mine.

Lighting / Re: When do you use spot metering?
« on: July 26, 2012, 11:49:27 PM »
Cool.  What film are you all choosing?

Oh I don't know.  We have a crapload of Fuji.  And I mean a lot!  What's good in your opinion?

EOS Bodies / Re: Mark III price dropping
« on: July 26, 2012, 11:40:30 PM »
I was all set to buy the 5DIII from B&H for $3350, but it's back to $3500 now for some reason. Amazon is back to $3500 now too. What gives? I'm definitely not buying it without the warranty. Anybody know another place to get it for around the $3350 mark that is authorized by Canon?

$3350 vs. $3500.  That $150 concern will be dispelled quickly once you begin shooting with your 5D Mark III.  I guarantee it (just like the guy on the Burlington Coat Factory commercial).

Technical Support / Re: DIY sensor cleaning - what to buy.
« on: July 26, 2012, 08:51:43 PM »
If you only have had your camera for a year, Canon will do it for free.  My 1Ds Mark III just went in 2 weeks ago, still for free, for a sensor cleaning.  Doing it yourself with a puffer usually doesn't work very well.
I am sending mine in to have the light leak issue fixed on my 5D3 - it is only four months old - are you saying I could ask for a free sensor cleaning too?

If it's still under warranty yes, the sensor cleaning should be free.  Do ask.

Lighting / Re: When do you use spot metering?
« on: July 26, 2012, 07:09:29 PM »
There are 3 modes to the custom function so please consult the handbook to see what may work for you.

All this talk of EOS 3's might just see me cracking open a cheeky wee roll of XP2 this weekend.

Thanks.  I think now you have a bunch of people going out and shooting film this weekend :)  Time to grab the EOS-3 again...

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II vs. 85mm 1.2 II - general opinion
« on: July 26, 2012, 07:04:36 PM »
I own both.  I've taken shots with the 85L that I could have used a zoom and I've also taken shots at 85mm with the 70-200L zoom.  Both are great.  If I want great shots, I'll shoot with the 70-200L for versatility.  If I want magical shots, I'll put on the 85L.  If you need flexibility and don't need to go below f/2.8, get the 70-200L zoom lens.  If you need below f/2.8 and you don't need flexibility, the 85L is magical, especially on a good body.  For consumers, both are great and at the consumer level, are equal. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX err80
« on: July 26, 2012, 06:48:27 PM »
Alright, I have the 1D X, would it help if I went and shot quite a bit with the 85L?  I have an event this weekend that I can certainly do that at, and I'll see what I get to happen.  Stay tuned.

Lighting / Re: When do you use spot metering?
« on: July 26, 2012, 01:49:20 PM »

Correct.  NEITHER the 1V nor the EOS-3 has AF point-linked spot metering.


I don't know about the 1V, but the EOS-3 does.

Custom function 13.
Focusing Point-Linked Spot Metering.
With Custom Function CF-13, you can limit the manually- and eye-selectable focusing points to only 11 of the 45. This makes focusing point selection faster.

Spot metering (about 2.4% of the viewfinder area) is also linked to the eye-selected or manually-selected focusing point.

The selectable focusing points are limited to 11.
This makes focusing point selection faster and links spot metering to the focusing point you select.
This setting is effective for spotlighted subjects on-stage, etc., when you want to maintain the framing of the subject.

From pages 56 & 119 of EOS 3 manual.

Interesting.  I'm reluctant to shoot film in difficult or harsh conditions where I'd even need spot metering, but I'll have to try it out.  I did not know about this custom function. 

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