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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 or 200mm f/2?
« on: June 22, 2012, 11:00:51 AM »
I always recommend glass over bodies, but in this case I can't.  Upgrade to the 5D Mk III first, then start saving again and get the 200 f/2L.  Get that lens, because I can tell you, as good as the 135L is, the 200L is even better.  Whether you make money off these purchases or not, I think your photography means enough to you, that I can guarantee you that it will be worth it to you.  5D Mark III about $3500, 200 f/2L about $5999, total purchase value $9500.  That's not that big of a deal if you spread it out and your photography will go where it hasn't yet.  The 200L loses very little resale value anyways, for financial security.

EOS Bodies / Re: F1 Silverstone - advice with the 5D MkIII AF
« on: June 22, 2012, 10:57:04 AM »
Read the 5D Mark III autofocus manual.  There are settings that allow you to do what you want, ignoring objects that move in front of your target, and they work because I've tried them.  I think it's setting 2 in the AI Servo menu, if that's what you want to do.  The manual explains it all.

Lenses / Re: What should I buy next?
« on: June 22, 2012, 12:24:16 AM »
I'll just give you my wedding gear (basic) when I did them, and you can use that info however you want:

5D Mark II
1D Mark III
2 flashes
35 f/1.4L
85L f/1.2L II
24-70 f/2.8L I
70-200L (had I first, then upgraded when II came out)
135L (a fantastic lens!)

When I begin doing weddings again, I'm going to bring my 16-35L II along, 24-70L II instead of I, plus the above lenses.  I may bring my 200 f/2L for the heck of it.  Will I use every lens?  Probably not.  Better safe than sorry though.  It all depends.

Now, what you want to do is decide which focal lengths and flexibility you need.  I needed the flexibility of the 24-70mm range, and saw no reason at all to have a 50 prime considering at f/2.8-4 where I was shooting, was just as good in IQ as any 50 prime.  35L though, that is slightly better and 85L is phenomenally better.

Don't buy all these expensive lenses at once!!

A lot of CF cards.  Big ass gear bag, tripod. 

just sayin :P

I tend to use the same controls on all the bodies so this little differences get ignored

My brain cant cope with the 'which camera am I using today' analysis  ;D ;D ;D
yeah try the image review and zooming on any other camera and then swapping to the 5Dmk3 and back

drives one absolutely nuts i tell ya :P

... and changing iso in flight.

1D4 is set for auto iso, my others aren't

IIRC the 5DIII is different again  ???

No way I could change between 1D4 and 5D3 quickly.  Of course I don't need to, b/c when I can't miss a shot at sports I take the 1D4 :)

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 580 EXII Discontinued
« on: June 21, 2012, 08:12:03 PM »
The 580ex ii is quite a lot cheaper than the 600 ex-rt. The 500ex ii is around £300 whereas the 600 ex-rt is £530. That's a fair bit of change.

From what I have read there are a few distinct advantages to the 600. One is the built-in AF-assist beam that works with the new AF system of the 5D Mark III and the 1DX, the other is the distance of radio controlled wireless transmission and another the fact that the flash do not need line of sight. Plus the backlit buttons are handy. There are more of course but these are some of the main ones. But there are also quite a few negatives too.

Are these improvements worth an extra GBP 230? You could get nearly two 500ex ii for the price of one 600 and that is brand new! As already mentioned they are cheaper used too.

I like it because I can get two, use one as master, one as slave, and two-way radio communication.  Or 14 as slave and 1 master, however many you can afford :)

Landscape / Re: Out and about around Chelsea, London
« on: June 21, 2012, 06:39:32 PM »
The cyclist was using the same lens as you?  ;D 8)

Why does this thread question ask why you DIDN'T buy a 5D Mark III, yet one of the options is that you did buy one?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Hitting Retailers
« on: June 21, 2012, 06:25:54 PM »
If you would already have a 1D body, the batteries are forward/reverse interchangeable.  If I were to sell my 1D4 body down the road and get a 1D X, I'd have 3 batteries.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Looking for a Camera Body upgrade
« on: June 21, 2012, 04:12:34 PM »
If your doing landscapes, a full frame camera is the best. It has more resolving power that smaller sensored camera with Equivalent MP count.

If you have the budget a MK3 is the best.

If you have less to spend a 5d2 is the best.

If your strapped for cash, A 5Dc is a excellent choice and still a stunning camera.

Pick your poison. ;D

+1 on the 5D Mark II FF camera with a budget.  Especially if you don't need the lightning fast autofocus.  As an aside you're right on the 5D!  When I first began photography I had a 5D Mk II and I was practicing with a pro who had a 5D and he was destroying my photos!

Ah - Travel in style
      Travel by pouch

Could fit a 1DX with 800mm in there as travel luggage

Oh good.  I just picked up a 1D X and an 800mm lens at Best Buy with my debit card, was wondering how I'd cart them around  8)

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Canon 600EX-RT review
« on: June 21, 2012, 03:24:55 PM »
What luck!  I had enough amazon.com points so the charger ended up free.   8)

EOS Bodies / Re: Shot wedding with 5DIII, dissapointed in AF
« on: June 21, 2012, 03:23:14 PM »
Same here Sandy.  It appears as though users are getting mixed results though.  I'm not sure the cause of this, but it's interesting that after using the 5D Mk II so much, for me, I noticed the faster AF of the Mk III right away, in lower light.  Interesting.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X - June 20, 2012 in Japan
« on: June 21, 2012, 03:21:00 PM »
My account was debited on 3/16 :((( and still waiting :(((

Ummmmm.  They shouldn't have debited your account until it ships.  That's B&H's and Adorama's policy at least.

Yes, for domestic orders.  For international orders, they charge when the order is placed...

Oh shoot.  I never place international orders so I didn't realize that.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Hitting Retailers
« on: June 21, 2012, 03:19:41 PM »
Looking at the specs vs. the 1D4, I would think this camera will perform better in fast action, low light sports.  I think the important thing here will be the keeper rate will increase over the 1D4.  You might get shots that you otherwise might have missed either due to fps or OOF.  Looks good.  And no, the MP's aren't really a concern when you have to have the shot.  Rather have an in-focus 18mp shot vs. a slightly OOF 22mp shot. 

EOS Bodies / Re: I bought a 5D Mark III and...
« on: June 21, 2012, 02:44:30 PM »
Haven't we had this poll many times?  It gets repetitive after the first dozen or so.

Yeah but that was 2 days ago.  Come on.

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