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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 50D to .......?
« on: July 29, 2012, 12:54:40 PM »
When I had my 7D and 5D Mark II, I actually had picked up a 1D Mark IV for sports at the time too.  So I ended up selling both the 7D and 5D Mark II for a new 5D Mark III.  As the price will indicate to you, the 5D Mark III blows both cameras out of the water.  It can do everything both the 7D and 5D2 can do, plus additional tools.  If you have the funds, you won't regret it one bit.  I liked it so much for what I was doing, I purchased another one.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX vs 5D3
« on: July 29, 2012, 12:11:38 PM »
All right, I'm still out shooting, but so far my general observation is if you have the 1D Mark IV, the clear upgrade is the 1D X.  If you already have a 5D Mark III, you would not substitute the 1D X for the 5D Mark III.  So far I'm not seeing anything difference in regards to IQ.  I did a really far crop on one photo out in a field, and the depth of detail stops shorter in the 1D X photo, likely due to the less 4 mp than the 5D Mark III.  Well, now this is interesting.  Like Brian mentioned, the coloring looks different because I'm thinking the 1D X and 1D4 for that matter, you can even throw in the 1Ds3, seem to be metering more accurately and the colors look a bit more accurate.  Sometimes the auto ISO on the 5D3 is slightly off, even though it says the exposure is correct, whereas the 1D X, 1D4, and 1Ds3, are never wrong.  Photos to come.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lovin' my 5d Mark III
« on: July 28, 2012, 12:30:43 AM »
This was Bucyrus, OH.  The Nickel Plate 765 was running between Bellevue and Bucyrus, and then turning on a wye and heading back north.  3 round trips, employees only otherwise I woulda been on this! :)

This particular shot was with a 5D Mark III and 70-200L II IS lens.  I shot at 1/500s, f8 and auto ISO.  I didn't resize properly so you have to actually open the picture to see how it looks  ::)

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...

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