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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: B&H Begins Shipping the Canon EOS-1D X
« on: July 20, 2012, 10:12:16 AM »
It's here! UPS delivered at 8.30AM! Only 12 hours ago, it was in B&H's warehouse in NY.
Amazing service...

Can you let us know any improvements in your studio work?  Thanks.

Lenses / Re: Wide Canon L choice: 14L II 2.8 or 16-35 II 2.8
« on: July 20, 2012, 10:08:46 AM »
I can't believe that everyone is so "spec-oriented" on this thread.  You're assuming that the 16-35L II doesn't take good pictures.  For everyday photography, the 16-35L II takes just as good of pictures as the 24 or 17L's.  Gosh this is amazing.  The guy just wants it for landscape shots and you're suggesting super-expensive lenses that he doesn't need.  He either needs the 16-35L or 17-40L and the flexibility over IQ issues that nobody cares about or can notice.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lovin' my 5d Mark III
« on: July 19, 2012, 11:28:43 PM »
No flash allowed!  ISO 12,800 with 5D Mark III and NR set to 50 in Adobe Camera RAW

This is the main reason why my wife is letting pick up the 5dmk3.  To be able to take great pictures of our kids (when they finally come).  Now is just practicing so i can take a great shot like this for when the day comes :D

It'll be worth it.  It's really cool, for that picture that's literall all I did, NR in Camera RAW, save to level 5 jpg.  The 1Ds3 cannot take that shot.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lovin' my 5d Mark III
« on: July 19, 2012, 11:11:25 PM »
No flash allowed!  ISO 12,800 with 5D Mark III and NR set to 50 in Adobe Camera RAW

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lovin' my 5d Mark III
« on: July 19, 2012, 11:07:58 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.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1dx Got it! Got it! Got it!
« on: July 19, 2012, 09:11:45 PM »
Ok ok ok, when I get my 1DX I'll set up a properly exposed image in the mirror, with the 600EX-RT, by popular demand :)

Then people can take my original photo with the 5D3 posted above and compare it to the 1DX photo and point out what crap the 5D3 is :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Sell 5D2 for a 1Ds 3
« on: July 19, 2012, 09:10:20 PM »
I did the same as you - sold the 5D2 and got the 1DS3 instead of a 5DIII - due to the better metering. If has more than met my expectations

Here is one from today - my father's new cat.

1DS3, 70-200 f/2.8 II, 1/50, f/6.3, iso200

I agree that the 1Ds3 is a great camera and I use mine.  But unfortunately it cannot go to high ISO, where the 5D3 can.  I sort of look at the 5D3 as actually replacing the 1Ds3 more than the 1DX.  The 5D3's metering isn't as good, but it can shoot cleanly at ISO 6400.  They are both compromise cameras. 

To support this thread, anytime I'm shooting outdoors, my 1Ds3 is my main camera and the colors and metering are very, very accurate.  Those are probably the best attributes over the 5D3.  5D3's auto ISO in manual mode makes it handy in low-light indoor situations, but in landscape and portrait the color depth is not as great as the 1Ds3.

Lenses / Re: Upgrade 300 F4 IS with 300 f2.8 IS
« on: July 19, 2012, 04:47:07 PM »
It'e here and it's raining  :-\

Looks like I will have to wait until the weekend to give a go. I  tried a few test shots inside, but the 8' minimum focus distance was limiting my success a bit.

Not as big and head as I expected reading about it. The lens feels good in my hand, solid, I like it.

It is heavy, but that problem will be ignored once you test it out.  I use one on a monopod for football and track and love it.  Glad to hear you got it!

The only firmware update so far is the link I posted above.  So far that's it.

Thanks. Here is the quote from this site hinting at a more substantial update:

New 5D Mark III Firmware Before the End of May [CR2]


There is apparently going to be new 5D Mark III firmware before the end of May. It will address a few bugs, as well as adding some “features”. No mention of what the features might be. It was mentioned there is a possibility of a bug fix firmware update before the “feature” update, a two part strategy if you will.

Wick, we're aware of the quote.  We're trying to tell you that it hasn't happened yet.  Canon hasn't said when it will either.  It was a rumor anyways.

EOS Bodies / Re: Gray vs Authorized Resellers
« on: July 19, 2012, 12:34:54 PM »
Im a CPS gold member and I bought my 5Dc used on craigslist ages ago. I logged my Serial number and info into CPS and it was accepted for CPS points. Does that mean used gear bought second-hand still qualifies for CPS benefits or repairs?

Canon will fix a Grey Market camera no matter what.  The question is whether you have to pay full, partial, or no price.  I bought a 1Ds Mark III and sent it to Canon and they cleaned the sensor for free, even though it was not under warranty anymore.  They're pretty good about this stuff.

Lenses / Re: Question...To UV or not to UV...that IS the question!
« on: July 19, 2012, 12:18:44 PM »
this discussion is so old i can´t read about it anymore.   :P
all the same arguments over and over.

i mean honest.... why asking this question.. just google it!!
there are a billion threads about it and everything was said before.

If you don't like the topic, you don't have to click on the thread and read the posts??  That's the beauty of this website.  Someone can start any thread they want and get helpful, meaningful answers.

Does this surprise anyone?  I could have told you there was going to be issues with the first set of batches of cameras.  I'll be getting mine about September/October and hopefully most of the bugs will be gone.

Lenses / Re: Question...To UV or not to UV...that IS the question!
« on: July 19, 2012, 11:50:23 AM »
If you believe that filters protect your lens from impacts, you need to look on Youtube at the videos of people intentionally abusing lenses.  What you'll find is that it takes a LOT of impact to even scratch the outer element of a lens (there is at least one where a guy is hitting it with a hammer with no apparent damage).  Try doing that to the extremely thin piece of glass in your filter and you can expect it to shatter. 

If you're talking about protecting it from dust and dirt, I can see that to a degree, but as others have pointed you should be able to plan and prepare for those scenarios and use them as necessary.

Under ideal shooting conditions, even a cheap filter may not affect IQ much.  It's when you get into less than ideal situations, i.e where there is a potential for lens flare, where filters can really start to affect IQ.  And buying a B+W filter doesn't automatically mean it won't affect IQ.  If you want to use one want to minimize the effect on IQ, you should really use a multi-coated filter (look for "MRC" on B+W filters) but you'll also find that they get expensive quickly.

At the end of the day, you should really always be using a lens hood, both to protect from lens flare and to protect your lens, and if you're doing that in most scenarios a filter isn't going to help much more.  However, if you're NOT using your lens hood and ARE using a filter (especially a cheap one), there's a decent chance that at times IQ will be negatively impacted.

I use all B+W MRC UV filters, ND filters, and CP filters.  I've shot out in the sun routinely and have noticed no lens flare or any IQ problems.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX (possible) Ai Servo Issue
« on: July 18, 2012, 11:58:41 PM »
Wow, that's actually pretty terrible.  You don't even see that with the 1D Mark IV; it locks on in very low contrast in AI Servo.

Lenses / Re: Question...To UV or not to UV...that IS the question!
« on: July 18, 2012, 11:55:53 PM »
My opinion is go ahead and leave them on.  If you wanted you could take it off before you shot, then put it back on.  I've never had a problem with it. 

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