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!
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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.
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
OK, I misunderstood, I appologize, bdunbar, I just have been coming across many threads with similar content and now decided to respond, sorry!
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.
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'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...
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.
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
I think I'm going to go for an EOS 3 instead. I will only be shooting indoor portraits, and don't need the fast AF and weatherbuild extras. Shutter durability for the 3 is 100K and the 1V is 200K I believe, but I suppose I won't be taking 100K shots with this
There is one for sale locally that sounds nice, i'd be happy to pay for it and pick it up for you if you work out a deal with the seller. You can then pay me the cost plus shipping.