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EOS Bodies / Re: Why not?
« on: July 01, 2012, 11:36:59 PM »
Cool hypothetic situations, although I find few of them to be realistic :)

Anyways, this is consumer me, wanting the following regardless of what anyone else wants.  Instead of the 70D being theorized as FF (which it will never be), why can't we cross the 7D and 5D line into a 6D for instance?  I also am tired of waiting on a 2, 3, or 4 line.   8)

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Lighting / Re: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT - I'm impressed!
« on: July 01, 2012, 11:28:39 PM »
Well I figured it out.  For some reason the speelight thought I had a color filter on, and had automatic color filter detection set to AUTO, so with an unidentified color filter on, it won't let you flash.

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Lighting / Re: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT - I'm impressed!
« on: July 01, 2012, 09:22:32 PM »
I have two of them, but when I set Master on camera and Slave off camera, I cannot get the Master to also flash, only the Slave.  On a 5D Mark III.

I only have one 600rt with an optical remote 430ex2, but you can switch the master to fire or not fire by pressing a button (in menu2, on the left side next to ratio). Works for me...

Right.  It's not working for me, on either speedlite, when I press it :(  There is an exclamation point next to the icon in the LCD panel and I cannot track down exactly what it means.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: FF advise (mainly stills)
« on: July 01, 2012, 09:19:44 PM »
It has to be a good choice.  I remember in early 2005 that was retailing for $8000 some places!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Daytime Event Shooting
« on: July 01, 2012, 08:48:48 PM »
Oh I love this board.  You guys crack me up.  I'm not upset about the event anymore thanks to that video, oh man was that a good one!  :P

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Lighting / Re: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT - I'm impressed!
« on: July 01, 2012, 08:45:08 PM »
I have two of them, but when I set Master on camera and Slave off camera, I cannot get the Master to also flash, only the Slave.  On a 5D Mark III.

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Lenses / Re: 400 mm f/2.8 L Mk I
« on: July 01, 2012, 08:43:11 PM »
That is what I'm shooting with.... 400 f2.8 w/2x II .... its sharp!

Search flickr .... there is a "group" with really sharp shots there.

Well I'm doing football this fall and I can tell you two things for sure:  1.  I am going to have a 400mm f/2.8L IS lens and 2.  I'm NOT going to pay $11,400 for one.  Those two things are assured.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The 7D for half price
« on: July 01, 2012, 08:40:03 PM »
1ds mk ii has a FireWire port and a very slow usb 1.1

And, Canon no longer provides firewire drivers for it.  You can find older drivers, and if you have firewire on a 32 bit XP machine, then you can access some settings that are only available that way.
 
USB 1.1 is not a problem, use a card reader.

I had Win7 when I got the 1DS2 - so have always used a card reader. Never had a PC with firewire either

I use a card reader as well, and my computer has a built-in reader, so I see no reason NOT to have a 1Ds II if you need it :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Constant AI Servo on 5d3?
« on: July 01, 2012, 08:36:59 PM »
OK, I misunderstood,  I appologize, bdunbar, I just have been coming across many threads with similar content and now decided to respond, sorry!

No need to apologize at all.  It is tricky and people have gotten it wrong.  My 1D Mark IV will do spot metering through the active AF point, my 5D Mark III won't.  That would be exclusive of other metering modes simply by how they work.  How can you do an evaluative or center-weighted average metering through an auto focus point?  You really can't; in that case the whole frame is taken into consideration, whereas the spot metering is a much smaller region (based upon that is), that could change throughout the frame, ie dark shadow vs. highlighted sidewalk. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Constant AI Servo on 5d3?
« on: July 01, 2012, 08:17:01 PM »
I don't understand why people always claim that on the 5D3 the metering does not follow the AF point achieving focus or pre-selected to achieve focus. Of course the camera meters at this AF point as long as you use it in evaluative mode. It's at the bottom of page 171 of the manual and I can confirm that. How comes that people always claim the opposite? Am I missing something? If you use spot metering or the other three then it goes through the center point only but evaluative follows the AF point achieving focus! Only on AF lenses though! And not in MF mode on an AF lens.
So, I use AI-SS switch over the DOF Preview button if I suspect movement. But if I focus and recompose a bit then AI is obviously not practical. On my MF ZE line neither ::) But using AI with my 135/2 or the 85/1.4 S is just a great experience on moving subjects! It is tricky though to select the right AI mode on a 5D3. I'll open a new topic on that soon.
Cheers

Nobody claimed that.  Nobody said in all metering modes, but spot metering. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Price Drop Details
« on: July 01, 2012, 08:12:30 PM »
If it COST Canon solely, only to MAKE the camera, at $2400, you would not be purchasing it for $3499 retail.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Daytime Event Shooting
« on: July 01, 2012, 08:10:37 PM »
pretty much essential to have an assistant with an off camera flash setup maybe 2 or 3 flashes in a ganglight setup through an umbrella. depends on how much power you need really

I agree.  But I only do 2-3 events/year, most of my other stuff is sports and portraits.  So far this year I've covered a parade and then this festival.  Next weekend I'm covering a fireworks event.  And that'll be it until football and volleyball season.  I don't even do weddings anymore, so I have no assistant.  It was tough.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: FF advise (mainly stills)
« on: July 01, 2012, 08:07:06 PM »
I'd choose the 1Ds MkII, even over the 5D MkII, but it all boils down to what you shoot. In fact I did choose the 1Ds MkII, but I rarely go over ISO400, so the worse ISO performance isn't a problem for me.

That said, if you would be satisfied with the 5Dc, the 1Ds MkII is better than it in pretty much all areas.

The issue with going 1-series is that you don't want to go back to "prosumer" cameras anymore...

The problem is, the 1Ds Mark II is going to run about $1500 on ebay give or take.  He can get a refurbished 5D Mark II for $1800ish.  The IQ of the 1Ds Mark II is not better than the 5D Mark II.  I agree it is close in IQ up to ISO 400, but beyond that, the 5D Mark II is better.  Same with 1Ds III vs. 5D Mark II.  The 1Ds III is much better ISO 50-200, but beyond, it's not better, perhaps just as good but not better.

That aside, if you get a 1Ds Mark II, you'll be fine.  But you can get a newer camera.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Daytime Event Shooting
« on: July 01, 2012, 07:36:07 PM »
I missed so many potentially great shots, taken otherwise in proper lighting (morning or evening).

... highlight recovery +100, shadows +100 :-) .. and you can have a couple of assistants swarm around you with flashes and reflectors - I'm always amazed by the big effort if I see film crews setting up the light for daytime shooting.

100's not high enough :)  If only I were good enough to have those assistants following me around. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Constant AI Servo on 5d3?
« on: July 01, 2012, 07:32:21 PM »
With static subjects, I use One Shot. With my 5DII, I almost always use One Shot because of the disappointing results I get with AI Servo, regardless of lens.  On my 7D, if there's movement or expected movement, I use AI Servo.  Shooting with my 85mm f/1.2L II on the 7D in AI Servo, several times with young daughter running diagonally toward me, I got about 8 of 10 shots in crisp, eyelash-counting focus despite the 'ponderous' AF of the 85L.

I haven't used the 5DIII, but given that it bests the 7D on AF, I'd not hesitate to use AI Servo with fast primes wide open - I certainly will be doing a lot of that when my 5DII replacement - a 1D X - arrives.

what focus mode ddo you use? zone? spot? i havent had such great results using spot and trying to maintain tracking of a persons eye walking towards me

On a 5D Mark III, it is a completely different ballgame than on a 1D body, such as the 1D Mark IV.  Since metering is always done through the center point regardless of chosen AF point, I use center-weighted average metering.  I set in Av mode, decide my aperture, which is usually 6.3 for indoor sports, set my shutter speed to 1/500, then set ISO to auto.  I shoot a few shots in real life situation then read the ISO reading.  Switch to Manual and program that ISO setting in.  If I begin missing, I set ISO back to A and maybe do an EC of +1/3 or +2/3 or simply raise or lower my ISO value with the click of button and the thumb-roll of a dial.  On the 1D 4 this isn't necessary, you can set it to Av, min shutter speed, and auto ISO.  5D Mark III takes a bit more work, but it can be done.

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