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Lenses / Re: 40mm Pancake Killed the 50mm??
« on: July 16, 2012, 09:12:07 PM »
Nope. I will always prefer a fast 50mm but the 40mm is a nice body cap. ;D

Nobody will ever take my 50L, 50 f/1.4, and nifty fifty away from me  >:(

EOS Bodies / Re: Sell 5D2 for a 1Ds 3
« on: July 16, 2012, 09:10:27 PM »
You can also do sports with the 1Ds 3 due to its advanced AF system.  However, you need a lot of light.  Daytime sports works great.  You won't be doing indoor basketball or night football with it though.  It is a great portrait lens, again, because of sufficient light and low ISO.  The color rendition and saturation of a portrait shot with a 1Ds3 and 135 f/2L lens will be magical compared to that of the 5D Mark II with the same lens.  If you do buy one, just make sure the sensor is clean and try to get as mint condition and low shutter count of one as possible.

There's probably a funding strategy here for you to sell your 5D2 to purchase the 1Ds3, so I imagine I cannot talk you into also keeping your 5D2?  ;D

Edit:  Regarding your last post, you'll melt when you see how deep your color rendition and saturation go into your landscape shots. 

After I receieve the 1D X, I won't buy another camera from Canon until the actual, true replacement to the 1Ds Mark III arrives.  IMO, the 5D Mark III isn't it (obviously) nor is the 1D X.  However, I agree most photographers sadly didn't want a 1Ds Mark III back when it was retailing, as the domination of the sales of the 5D Mark II over that camera proved.  However, maybe it was just a cost thing (ie the 1Ds 3 was so far more expensive than the 5D2 and the 5D2 was very good?).  Either way, my selfish thoughts are for a DIGIC V processor 1Ds Mark III.  What could we call it?  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Sell 5D2 for a 1Ds 3
« on: July 16, 2012, 08:45:25 PM »
bdunbar79 does not having better AF and build / focus points, out weigh Iso issues? Im find my AF to be the hardest thing to deal with?


Please don't underestimate the power of the camera.  I was just pointing out the negatives before you purchased this camera because no matter how good of a deal you have found, it is going to cost some money.  The advantages of the 1Ds Mark III are that it has much better AF, better build, active-AF spot metering (very useful), and brilliant colors from ISO 50-200.  The colors are something extra special and I can share some photos with you if you'd like.  The saturated colors go very deep into the photo even in landscape shots, something you won't see with the 5D Mark II.  Great camera.

The negatives I already touched on.  In manual mode there is no auto ISO of course, it does not do well at higher ISO's (max 3200), and it has the DIGIC III processor. 

The negatives may not be an issue for you.  It does indeed depend on what you need the camera for.  More lighting, yes get the 1Ds 3.  If you're going to shoot weddings, don't get it.  You'll have to make that decision. I too owned the 5D Mark II before the Mark III, so I know exactly what you are talking about.

EOS Bodies / Re: Sell 5D2 for a 1Ds 3
« on: July 16, 2012, 07:38:39 PM »
Thank you guys, do you know of any BIG known problems with the 1Ds 3 I am not familar with the camera, I have held it once and love the style, and feel, but I dont know of any complaints, Ive tried searching the forum, but too many other threads appear, thanks again

I own the 1Ds Mark III.  I cannot recommend selling your 5D Mark II over purchasing this camera.  From ISO 50-200 it is absolutely brilliant and will destroy your 5D Mark II images.  However, above 400 and higher the camera does not perform nearly as well.  The 1Ds Mark III is not a low-light camera.  I have it in supplement to my 5D Mark III cameras.  If you need high ISO, this is not the camera to get.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Next Full Frame Camera [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2012, 01:17:33 PM »
I apologize for my post. 


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Next Full Frame Camera [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2012, 10:33:45 AM »
I find that a lot of users do not understand the upgrades over the 5D Mark II:

Autofocus system:  beat to death

More important:

Auto ISO over the full range in manual mode,
In-camera HDR and in-camera ME, 9 shots max each
ISO safety shift in Av mode with a min shutter speed and auto ISO over full range

That is why it is $1400 over the 5D Mark II.

Yeah, his HDR work is pretty good.  That got me thinking and I've been doing a lot of HDR and ME in my 5D Mark III and the images are pretty cool.  Of course since I'm not an HDR or ME expert, I'm having fun experimenting and getting better at it.  Adds spice to photography sometimes.

Lenses / Re: New lens choice 28mm 2.8 is or 40mm STM?
« on: July 15, 2012, 08:06:04 PM »
Thanks I'll go with that advice.

To ease your mind, I consistently shoot with the 24-105L at 24 and 35mm and it's IQ is just fine :)


this would be the perfect color cuz there arent so many situations where u get a color similar to it :D
...which is why I use this as my grid colour in Photoshop. Not sure about this colour as a focus point though.
Red is perfectly fine, proven and not as visually jarring like the bright aqua blue.


But birght aqua blue is much more fun PW

Lighting / Re: The 600EX-RT Wireless Sync with the 5D MKIII?
« on: July 15, 2012, 04:51:38 PM »
Thanks so much for that. I've had a 350D since its early days so I'm jumping into vast new territory with all this. Cheers for the great answer.

EDIT: Man, so I just checked out the ST-E3-RT Transmitter..... No autofocus assist beam!? What good is it then, I see myself doing Wedding Photography & the like in the near future, so this would be practically essential... I'm starting to think I'm better off just picking up another 600EX, Which is probably what Canon really wants... I call Shenanigans Canon!!!

I picked up a second 600EX-RT simply for the fact that my master control can also flash.  Why not?  If you have the ST-E3-RT Transmitter, sure it'll do the job, but it can't flash.  With wedding photography it's nice to have an on-camera flash and an off-camera flash somewhere else.  This way you have it all, because if you don't want the on-camera to flash, just tell it not to.


For the majority of my photography, I am using center point AF only.  Only time I use outter points is during sports and usually I am not using any of the lenses I listed.

EOS Bodies / Re: Cancelled 1dx pre order.
« on: July 15, 2012, 04:09:09 PM »
That's a good answer.  The 5D Mark III actually did open opportunities for me, really a lot for wedding photography and low-light photography.  In these situations, I really need the auto ISO in manual mode and in some cases it's nice to have in-camera HDR and ME.  I've been using those features quite a bit lately.  I was a 5D Mark II user, so yes, the Mark III improved my photographic opportunities quite a bit.

The 1Ds III, while brilliant, doesn't do well at high ISO's compared to the 5D Mark III.  However, it does much better at low ISO's than the 5D Mark III.  Both cameras are high resolution, so that pair teams up really well for me.

The 1D Mark IV I love because of faux M mode, and the fps, along with build and active AF spot-metering.  It's a great camera for action and sports.  I also very much enjoy the 1.3x crop factor.

And last but not least, when I get the 1D X, again, it makes sense for me.  Higher ISO capabilities vs. the 1D Mark IV at sports and indoor action, will be a giant upgrade.  The two pair very well together, as with the 1D Mark IV I can reach farther and with the 1D X I can shoot at higher shutter speeds in lower light. 

All bases and opportunities covered.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 50D vs 7D
« on: July 15, 2012, 03:42:41 PM »
This really doesn't weigh in the argument here, but I thought I'd share for some perspective.  While the 7D is a great APS-C camera, actually if you look at all cameras available right now, at comparable pricing, the 1Ds Mark II actually has greater IQ than the 7D.  I owned the 7D but sold it when I got the 5D Mark III, but I noticed that on ebay the 1Ds Mark II, in pretty good shape, was selling for the same price as that of a new 7D.  The IQ is superior and at least in my experience, color rendition and saturation is similar to the 1Ds Mark III.  However, I think it should be.  It was once a flagship model retailing for $7999 in 2005.  My point is that many reviews and myself seeing this, would attest to the fact that regarding IQ, the 50D to 7D upgrade is a pretty soft upgrade and not likely necessary.  However, if I had the 30D or 40D, I'd upgrade in a hearbeat. 

Going to FF from a 50D would be an individual matter.  Now you loose the 1.6x crop factor reach.  Consider this review:



EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 50D vs 7D
« on: July 15, 2012, 01:31:08 AM »
I think a 40D to a 7D upgrade would be easy to justify.  I just can't in my mind, say that about the 50D to 7D upgrade.  I'm liking a few of the other posts on here that are in agreement.  Probably best to keep the 50D and buy a new lens.  Good luck!

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