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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Discounts for the 1DX for Christmas?
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:50:40 PM »
Since it was possible to purchase the 1d Mark IV on several online shops, I expect the 1D X will end up there as well. The question is only when.

I expect prices will be more or less the same. Comparing previous 1-series and current 5-series pricing in shops I have seen there is much more variation in 5-series prices as Canon won't be controllng prices so much as with a 1-series body.

Well, the 1D Mark IV hardly, if anything, dropped in price whatsoever.  You can still buy a new one for $5k.  The 1Ds III only dropped $1200 new since 2007.  I don't think you'll see any drop in price of the 1DX for at least 3 years.

EOS Bodies / Re: Cancelled 1dx pre order.
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:48:07 PM »
Good analysis except I'd keep my 5D Mark III in a year, and sell the 1D4 and 7D. 

What you do in this case is get the kit with the 24-105L lens.  This solves all of your problems.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One way to win customers
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:43:02 PM »
What, the 70-200L II IS lens/5D Mark III or the 300 f/2.8L IS/5D Mark III?  8)

EOS Bodies / Re: Cancelled 1dx pre order.
« on: July 12, 2012, 11:06:10 AM »
I believe the AA filter on the 5D Mark III is quite strong as well.

EOS Bodies / Re: Cancelled 1dx pre order.
« on: July 12, 2012, 10:03:08 AM »
Then there is the ISO comparison on a color chart in the same review. The noise level looks SAME to ME at high ISO.

IMO, the difference becomes apparent at ISO 3200, and the 1D X becomes progressively better than the 5DIII at ISO 6400 and beyond.

Yes.  Which is exactly why I'm getting a 1DX and owning two 5D Mark III's.  If the 1DX proves to be much, much better, I'll sell one 5D Mark III, save money, and buy another 1DX or if there is a newer camera out above the 5D Mark III I'll look at getting that.  High ISO is paramount for indoor sports and for what I do it would be quite idiotic to NOT own a 1DX.  Granted I don't shoot above ISO 2000 at weddings because of flash, you don't get the flash advantage in a lot of indoor situations, namely sports.  I can't stress that enough.

I will also add that if you do get a 5D Mark III, the IQ is stunning, resolution is fantastic, and you can auto ISO in manual mode at all ISO values.  I will always have a 5D Mark III in my bag after having used it for a few months.  I've been meaning to post some photos recently because it's so easy to talk on here and wanted to show that yes, I'm actually doing something :)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: 5D Mark II Body Price Drop at B&H
« on: July 11, 2012, 11:42:18 PM »
I'm almost on the same boat.  What other camera has such proved image quality and top notch performance?.

The 5D3 and the D800? Though the 5D3 is only marginally better at best, and the D800 is nigh unhandholdable with its massive resolution... I have a 7D for the times I need to machine gun down my subject, so with a 5D2 I've got all my bases covered for the same price as a 5D3... And I'll have a backup body to boot.

You guys who make these arguments miss the whole point about the 5D Mark III.  In neither of those cameras can you shoot in full Manual mode with auto ISO over the full range, in camera HDR, and 9 shot Multi-Exposure, you can't shoot in Av mode set in ISO safety shift with a minimum shutter speed coupled with auto ISO AND able to set EC.  So really not nearly all of your bases are covered.  You can have everything I listed, plus the 7D features, plus the 5D Mark II features, all in ONE camera.  You could also add in IQ over the 7D.  Make sense?

Not saying the 5D Mark II and the 7D aren't good cameras.  I've owned them both.  But the 5D Mark III, if you know how to use it, is a far more powerful tool than the 5D Mark II and 7D combined.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One way to win customers
« on: July 11, 2012, 09:52:01 PM »
I Finally Bit the bullet and found a mk3 on craigslist barely used for 3150$. I couldn't resist and going to buy it tomarrow. ;D


Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 11, 2012, 01:07:18 PM »
I picked up a 50 f/1.4 for $369.  The color rendition outdoors shooting ISO 50-200 is just magical.

Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.4 or 40mm 2.8?
« on: July 11, 2012, 01:05:26 PM »
Sigma IQ is going to be less than the 40 or 50 Canon lenses in all likelihood.

Maybe, but it would still make sense for a crop sensor if one is trying to mimic the 50mm FOV.  The Canon 40 and 50 might be too long for the OP on his 1000D.  What is the best that Canon has around 30mm that is as fast and as affordable?

That's true.  I guess he never said what focal length he NEEDED. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Anyone send TIF files for printing?
« on: July 11, 2012, 12:32:03 PM »
Hey everyone,

I'm changing my workflow slightly for speed and professionalism due to some clients wanting photos sent out and having a photobook printed professionally.  However, I have to use TIF files right now, converted out of Adobe RAW to TIF, then to DVD, then to printing.  Does anyone else do this and if so, a reputable company?  For weddings I would hire someone to do this and simply gave them my flash cards.  Thanks!!


Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.4 or 40mm 2.8?
« on: July 11, 2012, 12:11:40 PM »
Sigma IQ is going to be less than the 40 or 50 Canon lenses in all likelihood.

Thhe 1DX has so many advantages in terms of ergonomy and reliability i decided amlong time ago i won't use anything else than the 1 series.

All 1D bodies?  Compare your IQ of the 1D Mark IV vs. 5D Mark III.  At ISO 400 and above it's not even close.  The 1DX is likely better, but not all 1D bodies, if that's what you meant. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX new all-time low-light king?
« on: July 11, 2012, 11:47:01 AM »
So who's the winner? I'm interested in a camera for street portrait photography. What would be the best thing to use to get great skin tones in Canon lineup? Does the 1Ds Mk III remain the best thing for this?

The 1Ds3 is superior ISO 50-200.  Above 200 the 5D3 is better.

So I went to DXO to check the difference between 5D III and 1Ds III (yes, I heard lot of negative stuff about this web-site) and here what I saw in the results for low ISO measurements:

Dynamic Range: 5D Mark III loses (~2% difference at ISO 100)
SNR: 5D Mark III wins (~3.6% difference at ISO 100)
Tonal Range: 5D Mark III wins (~0.3% difference at ISO 100)
Color Sensitivity: 5D Mark III loses (~0.4% difference at ISO 100)

Looking at those numbers I don't clearly understand why 1Ds Mark III is so superior. Does it handles uncontrolled light better? Or is it about self-convincing? (i.e. a camera that costs 8 grand makes better images as a matter of fact).

Or am I missing something?

Up to iso200
- total lack of noise
- DR
- strong colours
- no banding in the shadows

+8 million.  You are missing something badly.  You went off website specs instead of actually shooting with both and looking at your photos.  Brian is 100% correct on his assessment here.

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 2.8L MKI to tide me over
« on: July 11, 2012, 11:18:59 AM »
I had the 24-70. I wasn't crazy about it so i sold it. Too much distortion, vignetting, and not quite sharp enough. Oh, and 2.8 is too slow for me. I love my 1.4 lenses!

I agree with you except the 35L.  I had both and at 35mm, the 24-70L was slightly sharper than the 35L prime at f/2.8.

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