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It's is just the camera. I do club photography with  a 7D and 5D3(once in awhile) .  I don't have the issue with the 7d.  I might spend tomorrow in the house messing with  the AF point settings  with my 5d and see what I find out. To the guy that mentioned spot focusing, the 5D3's  manual supposedly mentions that it will be harder to focus with spot metering. That is definitely a tip off to small spots make AF  assisted focusing harder to achieve. AS I mentioned in my  thread,  the 5D3 will actually focus faster with no AF assist in some situations. The 7D is the total opposite for me. I can barely auto focus  a dark club without my flash attached to my 7D.

Check page 77 of the manual. There is a mention of this, I think:

* With Single-Point Spot AF, focusing with the Speedlite's AF-Assist beam may be difficult
* If the camera cannot focus with the EOS-dedicated Speedlite's AF-Assist beam, set the AF area selection mode to Single-Point AF (Manual Selection) and select the center AF point to focus.

This sucks
I never use single point spot but from reading that it seems like the auto focus points might be too small and are missing the assist beam? Is this the problem???

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon Sales Rising
« on: November 07, 2012, 07:59:51 AM »
The only  thing I can see causing this are  extremely high prices and  a lack of innovation.  I don't think the sensor stuff and DR stuff matters to the  majority of DSLR users. I know quite a few pro-photographers and not one of them  ever mentions dynamic range. It sounds like a lot of benchmarking tech  geeks are on the message board. It reminds me of how people  judge graphics cards  by using 3DMark scores  instead of actually using real games to judge their GPU.  Even though I have a 5D3, in 2012 a camera should have built in wifi and usb 3.0 for $3500. I wonder how much these cameras actually cost to  make and how much  profit would they lose by adding little modern conveniences.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best flash for 5Dmk3?
« on: November 05, 2012, 06:33:45 PM »
5D III has some issues with AF-Assist Beam under low light - Speedlite 600. You might want to double check.
It is still an amazing flash. I actually bought 4 and I use them for photoshoots. I started using them for the club months later  and  that was when I found out about the issue. One thing I have never tried was all points auto AF selection. I honestly don't trust that setting especially  when using  a 2.8 aperture  but next time I use it at a club I might try it.

Thanks for the info Ray
2 - 5 seconds!!!! I can manual focus quicker than that. Maybe the tape from the light leak fix is interfering with AF assist  :o :o
For me that's getting on for not fit for purpose. I look forward to seeing if/how this is addressed
I wish I could manually focus in the dark. LOL

I would say a normal af time is less than a second and this  problem makes it last a few seconds. maybe 2-5. Once it gets a focus lock it is  good for the next few shots. The percentage is almost 100% of the time.  I am almost afraid to use that combo at the club.  This shot right here took too long to take then I wanted to do one more shot and the "Luigi" got impatient and left. The images are beautiful from the camera, so i hope they recognize and fix this problem.

I went to  every major Canon forum and  a lot of people are saying that the 5D3 focuses slower with the AF-Assist beam on when using at least a 600ex with the camera in  dim or  dark situations when this topic is brought up. I do club photography and I find it embarrassing  to stand around for  a long time trying to get a focus lock. Sometimes people walk away from the shot or look at me like I am crazy. The only way I know how to focus faster in situations is  to play with the AF-point and move it towards the red light on the subject. Lets make a petition or something because I also own a 7D and it focuses  in an instant with the same flash. It is the camera!

I used my 5d3 combo last night it literally focused in an instant without the flash being turned on ( it was off by mistake) in the dark but when I turned the flash on, it was hunting for a few seconds. It is liek the beam isn't strong enough or  the AF light isn't in sync with the lens. It is almost as if the beam goes away before the lens starts to auto focus.

I have the same problem too. I am at clubs and parties taking pics with the 5dIII and it is embarrassing trying to focus for a long time. people are looking at me like  i suck or my camera sucks. My 7d never has this problem with the af assist.

Canon General / Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« on: September 20, 2012, 05:08:58 AM »
I have been doing good with it. I am a year in. I spent a few Gs on equipment.

Lenses / Re: I bought a 24-70mk1 and it is working perfectly fine now but...
« on: September 04, 2012, 10:50:42 PM »
I can't find any issues with it on my 5d MkIII. I am coming from using a 7D with  a 17-55.  My only problem is getting used to  f2.8 being like f1.4. Anyway how do you tell an image is soft. Every time I take a pic I  keep zooming in on my LCD.

Lenses / I bought a 24-70mk1 and it is working perfectly fine now but...
« on: September 04, 2012, 07:12:44 PM »
I just read that  some of them  mess up over time. Is that common for a large percentage of them? Do they have a short lifespan of sharp images due to usage. I will sell it and get a MKII if am  expecting to have soft photos one day during a project.

Lenses / Re: How do you pack your lens hoods when traveling?
« on: August 10, 2012, 10:05:52 PM »
I just leave the  hood on my  lens with the lens cap on too  except for my 70-200.  It just makes things faster.

I like being faceless

What color backdrop should I use? Should I use  a mostly white or mostly black backdrop. I am also dealing with black people mainly.

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