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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. 

Technical Support / Re: DIY sensor cleaning - what to buy.
« on: July 26, 2012, 01:44:34 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.

Canon General / Re: "Time for a Change at Canon?" -Barons
« on: July 26, 2012, 12:41:45 PM »
I'm not a chairman of the board of a major Japanese corporation, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last  night. That qualifies me as much as anyone else here to comment on this stuff.

Unless you are a significant stock-holder (like a pension / superannuation fund), or a senior executive of Canon, it would be hard to provide a qualified opinion of what the qualities of individuals in leadership roles of Canon should be.

I have posted before, that if you are unhappy with Canon's offerings, you should not whinge about them, rather, do not buy them.

Vote with you wallet! It's by far the most effective management and strategy tool in the market.

Just what I'm doing, Canon don't have an up to date semi-pro 1.6 crop camera so I'll stick with what I have. 
Canon needs a 7d MK II, not every one wants a full frame jobbie.

Cheers Mike

I agree.  I'd rather see a 7D Mark II.  Hey you know what, I might even buy one!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lovin' my 5d Mark III
« on: July 26, 2012, 12:34:28 PM »
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.  :) :) :) :) :) :)

It's actually great for sports too.  You have to use center AF point, but set it to spot metering, Tv= 1/500 to 1/800, Av= 6.3, ISO = Auto.  It's pretty good in an indoor gym at those settings with decent DOF and sufficient shutter speed to stop action.  A few of my shots went to ISO 12,800 but it didn't matter because I applied NR post processing and it looked fine.
sorry but saying you can only use centre af point for sports is absolute nonsense yes metering is linked to cantre af point but once you work out you exposure in the general area you can shoot sports fine with off centre af points

You can't SPOT METER THROUGH THE ACTIVE AF POINT!  What good would it do to shoot sports in Av mode with Auto ISO if you are not using spot metering?  It wouldn't.  So, to do so, you use the center AF point, because you can't spot meter through any other point.

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