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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The 5D Mark III & SD Memory Cards
« on: June 26, 2012, 02:03:48 PM »
Ever since it was released, the 5D3 appears to have received more criticism than praise. Canon in this case did make many people feel betrayed by cutting corners on a number of things, the SD card being one of them. This is not the first time they did this (remembering the AF on 5D2) and they will continue doing this. So are many other companies. Unless someone does it differently, by including all the best features on a second of the line product, we will have to accept the reality. I just hope Canon would not quickly abandon the 5D3 within a couple of years or so.

You can't please everyone, there will always be critics.  I don't know if I'd call it betrayed, what were people expecting?  You only can put so many features on a 2nd tier camera, you have to draw the line somewhere.  That's why there's the 1 series and the 5 series.

Betrayed - by putting the twin cards of the top of the range 1D4 in the 5DIII :o :o :o

Some people's expections are so unrealistic

Wait, all the 1DX owners will be betrayed too by the 5DIII stealing the AF system.  :o

Just link metering to the active AF point in the 5D Mark III and now you have a betrayal!

my shots are underexposed with the lens cap on :o
Don't turn the LCD light on when you are taking pictures of your lens cap then  ;D

Just caught this!  +8 million!

EOS Bodies / Re: Good price for a used Canon 1V-HS?
« on: June 26, 2012, 12:39:02 PM »
I've tossed this idea around many times myself.  $635 is not bad at all.  You can still buy them new at $1699, so $1k less is just fine.  Look for a seller who has low useage/low shutter count, and a return policy.  I'd pay $600-$900 for one depending on the condition, personally.  Should the shutter go bad, no big deal b/c Canon will still replace the assembly, although it will cost you.  I'd say go for it.  I probably will in the future myself, just to explore the film-era again.  I used to shoot film in the 90's and used Olympus equipment.  I wish I had bought the Canon EOS-3 in 1999 though. 

DR is less than the D800/D800E. 
Half the MP's as the D800
It's too heavy
The AF system is too cumbersome and complicated
DxO rated it lower than the D800 (future complaint)

Set Safety Shift - Enable, ISO
Av = 6.3
ISO = Auto
Enable Shutter speed range,
Min 500
Max 8000

Worked fantastic.  Wish the 5D III had this feature.  Thanks for the great tip.

The 1D4 is a great camera that has many advanced features that are not obvious from the spec sheet. Until you start shooting with one the gap between a 1 series and the rest is not obvious that difference is very significant.

Other features worth exploring is the constant AF and setting the low speed continuous to 6fps (or whatever suits you). I find I get more keepers this way - but I am shooting slower, more predictable animals.

I have a ton of games I can practice this with, so yes, I plan on getting creative  :)  It's amazing how much detail and color saturation this camera has, even despite the bad press about the APS-H sensor it received (16mp too).  I don't see a difference.  I cropped quite a ways and with a bit of NR, looked just as smooth as the 5D Mk III.

Yeah, the 50L is definitely worth the money if you can afford it, I have no bad feelings about buying this lens, it's definitely the most used lens I have too, among quite a few nice ones. I still hope they release a new version soon that has a slightly different design. But, I must say, shooting with it on the 5D3 is far different (better) than shooting with it on the 5D2. But, I never had too many problems with the 5D2 either. It's a very dreamy lens, that the other Canon 50s cannot compare to really. It's sharp, plenty sharp enough at f/8, but you don't really buy this sort of f/1.2 lens to judge it at f/8, as it is, it's fine enough there. It's still the best at f/1.2 to f/2.2 or so. And that's like where I shoot with this lens about 99% of the time.

Exactly.  You have to buy TWO 50mm primes to get the best sharpness across all apertures, vs. ONE each at 35mm and 85mm.  And why would you shoot at f/1.2 to f/2.2 at a wedding?  Remember, this thread is about weddings.  So judging it at f/8 is more than justified.  If I need a sharp image f/2.8 and narrower, to get the BEST sharpness, I will not choose the 50L.  I use my 50L for indoor close ups and night street shots.  I use my 50 f/1.4 for outside daytime shots or any shot f/2.8 and narrower.

Again, we're talking WEDDINGS.  There is no reason ever, to shoot at f/1.6 at a wedding, unless you want a person's nose in sharp focus and their face blurry.  I've shot weddings and I cannot for the life of me remember when I shot wider than f/2.8.  The ring shot maybe?  Ok, maybe, but I sure as hell didn't use a 50mm lens for the ring shots, I used my 85L.  For weddings it just doesn't make sense.  The 24-70L or 50 f/1.4 is better for weddings.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 1D X - ISO test + RAW files
« on: June 26, 2012, 11:42:39 AM »
likely to generate long threads full of flames, trolls, and endless - and pointless - discussion and churn.

4.  not pertaining to DxO in any matter

Set Safety Shift - Enable, ISO
Av = 6.3
ISO = Auto
Enable Shutter speed range,
Min 500
Max 8000

Worked fantastic.  Wish the 5D III had this feature.  Thanks for the great tip.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X - June 20, 2012 in Japan
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:23:49 PM »
Maybe someone can answer this question.  If Canon has, in fact, distributed this camera to specified folks in preparation for the Olympics, why hasn't someone taken the camera and done some serious work in evaluating it?  DPReview, I would think, would have gotten one to evaluate by now.....just wondering....I ordered mine back in December from Hunts and just pre-paid the entire amount so that I could go on the 'A' list, which has me #10 to receive my camera when they get them....they are not predicting when they will get them but they did say that they think that they will have them soon, like by July.

I'm guessing because people are full of crap.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:22:17 PM »
still though, it would be nice to see a replacement.

Not push/pull?  I could go for that feature.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Get the 60d or wait for the 70d?
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:19:04 PM »
Hi Wilhelm,

It depends.  How SOON do you want to upgrade?  If you wait on the actual availability of a proposed 70D, it could be a long time before it's in your possession.  The 60D is a fine camera for a cheap price, so I can't really see anything wrong with your purchasing decision.  The 60D is probably far superior to the 40D.  I rank the 60D between the 7D and 50D (I know I know, I'm so clever).  Most of the pros I know use the 60D as backup body. 

For your 60D review:

Versus your 40D:

Viggo, you triggered the comparison I wanted to make.  No sane person would argue that the 50L lens is not better in bokeh and color rendition than the 50 f/1.4.  Afterall, I have the 50L and even stopped down, the colors are very good.  Having said that though, let's look at SHARPNESS ONLY.  And let's look at 3 focal lengths.  For the 35L, it is sharper at f/8 than the 35 f/2.  Okay, so the 35L is a better overall lens.  Now, let's look at the 85L.  The 85L is sharper than the 85 f/1.8 at f/8.  Again, the 85L is a better lens overall.  That leaves the 50L.  The 50L is NOT sharper than the 50 f/1.4 at f/8, in fact, the 1.4 is sharper.  See Bryan Carnathan's Tools/Tests if you don't believe me.  This is why the 50L leaves a lot to be desired.  For maximum sharpness across all apertures, I have to have two 50mm prime lenses, in effect, and that is not so for the 35 and 85mm focal lengths.  Would I get rid of my 50L?  No.  I like it wider than f/2.2.  It's a very, very good night lens too for street shots.  I like the saturation too.  But again, my comparison was center sharpness, which does matter too.

If I were shooting weddings, I would NOT purchase this lens just because I was shooting weddings.  Shoot your shots with the 50L, 50 1.4, load 'em onto your computer and compare.  You'll see no difference at all in IQ at f/2.8 and narrower, which is where I spend all of my time even in wedding photography.  So what would be the point in spending $1499 vs. $369?  If you want the awesome bokeh effects for elsewhere outside of weddings, then yes it is worth it.

Go cheap and get the nifty 50 (50 f/1.8 II).  It's so cheap it won't strap you and stopped down it's razor sharp.  The 50 f/1.4 is better, and more expensive, but still cheap ($360ish).  When I first bought my 5D Mark II a few years ago I had the 24-105L kit lens and picked up a quick nifty fifty.  I didn't regret it.  Of course as my photography expanded, my lens selection got significantly more expensive.  But here you have nothing to lose.  Purchasing the 50L you are doing a serious investment.  You can get many other primes that are very sharp stopped down for that price.  If you  need 50mm wider than f/2, the 50L makes sense.  But if you're shooting above f/2.8, any of the primes at 50 f/1.4 or f/1.8, 85 f/1.8, 100 f/2 are great.  My recommendation is to not go expensive first.  Of course, there's always the new 40mm pancake lens.

I plan on testing my 5D Mark III tonight downtown doing night macro shots.  Yes, I know I'm insane, but at least it'll give us concrete shadow perfomance noise and/or cleanup post-processing. 

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