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At low speed and reasonable ISO, the 5D3 has essentially the same image performance as the 5D2... so why not continue offering a 5D2 at $2k... perhaps migrate to a 60D style body and cut the production cost.... add some arbitrary firmware, a tilt screen and built in flash to make it more attractive.

Maybe in a year you can offer a plastic model using the 5D3's sensor (but that strikes me as improbable.)

The thing is to sell lenses not bodies. It's lenses that keep your customers loyal.

It'll probably end up being more of a 5D Mark II with a DIGIC V.

Lenses / Re: 50mm f/1.8 vs. 50mm f/1.4
« on: July 16, 2012, 10:04:35 PM »
To be quite frank, the 50 f/1.4 is a better lens than the 50 f/1.8 II.  It's background blur is better, slightly sharper stopped down (even sharper than the 1.2L stopped down f/4 and narrower!), and better build quality.  I have both and yes the 1.4 focusing is faster than the 1.8 II.  $369 actually isn't terrible considering this lens should really be a 50mm f/1.4L lens (sans L-series build quality).  You'll love the lens, I just don't know if you'll love spending the money.

Lenses / Re: 20mm f/2.8 vs. 28mm f/1.8
« on: July 16, 2012, 09:57:49 PM »
Free literature:



Take the reviews with a grain of salt:  this is a pro review.  I have heard that the 28 performs better, both perform better on crop vs. FF, but they take pictures that are good enough.  Look around on flickr as they have pages devoted to specific lenses.

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.

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