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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III vs D800/E, is the 5D3 better at anything?
« on: July 10, 2012, 10:54:19 AM »
I was prohibited from using a flash last night and shot several frams at ISO 12,800 on my 5D Mark III and only applied 20% NR and the noise was gone.  I can't complain.

Lenses / Re: dilemma
« on: July 10, 2012, 10:03:25 AM »
Tough call.  I really like the 135L on FF for portraits (I, too, started with an 85/1.8 on APS-C, then the 85L II, then when I got a 5DII, the 135L as well). 

The 70-200/2.8 IS II is a great lens, does wonderfully for portraits, and 135mm f/2.8 on FF will give you the same framing and DoF as 85mm f/1.8 on APS-C. However, it's big and heavy so that may be a factor for routine use (that said, it doesn't bother me to carry it all day on a Blackrapid strap).  But likewise, the 70-200/4 on FF will give you the DoF of f/2.8 on APS-C.

Are you keeping your 7D?  If you'll continue shooting daytime sports, you should - the AF of the 5DII isn't really up to the task.  That means you'll also still have the 17-55 as a general purpose zoom, but not have one for your 5DII.

Having said all of that, the 24-105L is a great walkaround lens for FF (better than the 17-55mm, since the FF-equivalent of that lens is a hypothetical 27-88mm f/4.5).   

My recommendation - get the 5DII+24-105 kit, use the 85/1.8 (move closer) and the 70-200/4 for your portraits, and add the 135L when budget permits.

Fantastic advice.

EOS Bodies / Re: 3D or 2D really possible?
« on: July 10, 2012, 10:00:05 AM »
I would also like to see this.  IMO there is no actual, true successor to the 1Ds Mark III. 

Lenses / Re: Upgrade 300 F4 IS with 300 f2.8 IS
« on: July 10, 2012, 12:33:21 AM »
I just got my 300mm f/2.8L IS version I today and it is simply magical.

EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama Order Fulfillment Tracking
« on: July 09, 2012, 11:56:59 PM »
Actually, I was watching the 5D Mark III very closely.  B&H had them in stock and were selling them a few days before Adorama.  I don't know why this is.  I believe Norman Cameras had them first.  1D X will be completely different.

Lenses / Re: What is you wedding kit?
« on: July 09, 2012, 03:37:29 PM »
5D Mark 2 + 5D Mark 3

35mm f/1.4
45mm TS-E f/2.8
50mm f/1.2
100mm f/2.8 Macro
135mm f/2

I use the 35L and the 50L for the majority of the day, the Macro only gets used for some ring shots, and the 135L only gets used for some occasions during the day. I like to stay close to the people I'm shooting, as I feel it puts you "right there" with them. I do not like removing myself/the viewer from the photos by using longer lenses too often. But the 135L is indeed a magic lens, and it's very nice to have at the wedding.

I like your lens choices.  The only difference I have from yours is I bring my 85L lens (don't really use my 100, only for indoor sports now).  It has worked well for me when the bride comes up the aisle.  The other difference is that back at first, I didn't have lower primes, so I used my 24-70L version I.  I agree, I don't like going beyond my 135L, although just in case I'll throw a 70-200L lens in the bag.  It's neat to read through this thread and see what everybody else is doing.

With the 50L I had to shoot without a flash (none allowed in the nursery) so I opened it up to about f/2 and ISO 2000 right on the baby's body, focusing on the face, and the results were absolutely fantastic.  I am very pleased with that lens.  Outside with low ISO I play it safer with my 1Ds III and 50 f/1.4.  The color saturation seems to be better in low light/indoors for the 50L vs. the 1.4.  Nice lens for sure.

Overall, I think the 24L, 35L, 50L, 85L, 135L, and 200L, if you can afford all of that, would be the world's best set of lenses out of all companies up to 200mm. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Stupid missing feature on 5D2 (auto iso)
« on: July 09, 2012, 02:54:11 PM »
On the 5D Mark III, you can shoot in M mode and set AUTO ISO for the full range.  I tested that feature out last night.  I am not sure why the 5D Mark II is like it is.  Although, I shouldn't complain because the 1Ds III you cannot set ISO to auto at all in M mode.  That's why you do the Av mode trick, so you get shutter, aperture, ISO, and exposure comp, ALL FOUR able to adjust in one mode!!   8)  Not to be in the 5D Mark II though.  But that's ok.  Just manually set your ISO and you're just fine.

EOS Bodies / Re: Should I get 7D now or wait for MKII?
« on: July 09, 2012, 02:51:49 PM »
get the camera/lens that fits your need and budget today and don't worry about a future "what if".  Since you are going to have an APS C go ahead and take advantage of the lower prices on EFS lenses vs L, both the 10-22 and 17-55 2.8 are great choices.  Both will hold their value very well so if you happen to go FF in a few years you can sell them for what essentially amounts to a long term rental fee.  Personally I have held onto my 17-55 because it's just that good and when paired with a t3i it is a great lightweight travel option and full time camera for my better half.

When I had a 7D, that 60mm EF-S lens was SHARP!  Yes I agree, buy now for what you need then sell.  That does not mean buy all cheaper EF-S lenses.  I would personally get the 10-22 and then when I went FF, keep the APS-C camera as backup if you can afford it.  If not, sell the camera and the lens for a good percentage of original price if you take care of it.

I use the 85 f/1.2L II in AI Servo mode on my 1D Mark IV and it works great for action and sports.  The 50 1.2L not so much.
The 85L does a bit better in servo for some reason, still I wouldn't use servo unless i had to. I no longer own the 85L but mine was version 1. I am craving an 85 again but would probably go to the sigma 85 F1.4 making it the first non-canon lens i'd own. Its just a proven lens and you can't deny it rocks, the build quality is no where near the 85L though. Still i wouldn't use it in rain or bad conditions anyway, just portraits and PJ.

I'd be insane to argue with that.  No, the 85L was not my first choice believe me, for sports.  For some reason, when I grabbed my camera bag to go to the bball game, it was already mounted on my camera.  Normally I'd choose the safer 85 f/1.8 for bbal!!  :)

However, the images I got during that game with the 85L were just something extra special than the 85 f/1.8 was giving me as far as IQ.  So I began experimenting and for some reason, if you track in AI Servo mode for a while, maybe give the focus a second or two, it hits everytime.  Again though, I agree, much, much better for still and portrait shots.  For instance I photographed a lady holding her baby for the first time in the hospital yesterday and used the 85L and even then it still took about one full second to focus lock, so in bball season I'll go back to the 85 f/1.8.

Btw, I shot entirely with the 50L and 85L and there is just something magical about the color rendition with those lenses that you do not see indoors with the 50 f/1.4 and 85 f/1.8.  Why 50 and 85?  Boy that room was tight!!

I use the 85 f/1.2L II in AI Servo mode on my 1D Mark IV and it works great for action and sports.  The 50 1.2L not so much.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Availability in North America
« on: July 08, 2012, 12:27:56 PM »
That's me, thought I'd get a good deal on my 1Ds Mark III (which I did) a little before release of the 1D X, being completely oblivious to Canon's 1D announcment/delivery discrepancies...

In August, 2010 there were 5 lenses and 2 TCs announced.  The TCs became available in Dec, 2010. The 8-15mm fisheye in July, 2011.  The 300/400 II lenses in Nov/Dec 2011.  The 500/600 II lenses started shipping in May/June, 2012 - a delay of close to two years.

How's that for a track record?

That's just what I was afraid of.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Availability in North America
« on: July 08, 2012, 11:48:27 AM »

Unless your gear was sold foolishly before you had 1D X in hand, why can't people just shoot as normal until they get it?  I can never understand this.

That's me, thought I'd get a good deal on my 1Ds Mark III (which I did) a little before release of the 1D X, being completely oblivious to Canon's 1D announcment/delivery discrepancies...

Ok, well that's fair enough of a reason to sell then.  I guess what I'm not familair with is Canon's track record for delays.  Suppose they had a long history of delays, that's one thing.  Or, probably the correct answer, is this NEW to the 1DX and 24-70 L II?  Maybe nobody thought it would get delayed so badly because Canon had an excellent track record of on-time delivery on announced release dates?

EOS Bodies / Re: Any actual photographers out there?
« on: July 08, 2012, 11:45:37 AM »
I can't believe people are actually posting to this thread.  The OP is clearly trolling.  It is not designed to provide a rich environment for intellectual stimulation.

EOS Bodies / Re: Stupid missing feature on 5D2 (auto iso)
« on: July 08, 2012, 11:44:26 AM »
The auto iso goes only up to 400 ISO. Both 5D3 and 7D goes higher. Am I over looking something ? 
Very useful when in manual mode.

It goes up to ISO 3200.  See page 58 in your manual.  However, there is no auto ISO when in manual mode, that was added in later to the 5D MK III
Now, is it the camera that is stupid?

Ahhhh thank you!  So did we find yet another upgrade from 5D II to 5D III?  Either way thanks, I just couldn't remember.  I suppose ISO safety shift could keep it 100-400, but that's the only thing I can think of at this point.  At ISO 3200 the 5D II will perform very well. 

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