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I would suggest spot metering and ignore the blown backgrounds if that was possible

Else this is time for M mode by taking a few sample shots before the action starts. This will give you opportunity to get the best compromise

So trial and error type thing?  Maybe try something more white than gray let's say?  Then snap a few shots and check the meter and histogram?  Thanks.

Thats about all you can do, cameras do not have enough DR at higher ISO's to properly expose both bright and dark areas.  Even at ISO 100, DR is not able to handle it perfectly, and you are likely to be cranking up the ISO.

Lenses / Re: Canon 35 f/1.4 II?
« on: June 16, 2012, 09:09:48 PM »
Here is the jcowell database, he tracks selling prices.   http://www.jcolwell.ca/photography/lens$db/index.htm

Technical Support / Re: Eos Utility camera not recognized
« on: June 16, 2012, 04:37:32 PM »
I notice that my software disk that came with canon 5d mark 3 is the old version EOS DIGITAL Solution Disk v23.0 >:(
Eos Utility is the and it doesn't even works on my mac with 10.7 because was only for 10.6
I think thats the reason that doesn't work.

Disk 25.0 comes with the 5D MK III, but you can always update to the latest version by downloading it.  I wonder how you got a old disk with the Camera?
Disk 23.0 is bundled with the 60D.  I wonder if the dealer swapped them out.  The 5D MK III is made in its own production line, there whould never be any wrong CD's packed with it.
Was the CD sealed in shrinkwrap??

Technical Support / Re: removing dust from sensor
« on: June 16, 2012, 04:05:57 PM »
I've wet cleaned sensors to remove baked on dust several times.  The big no no is using too much fluid, it might get under the AA filter.  I usually use 5 sensor swabs before it finally comes clean, its not just a simple swipe of a wet swab.
Of course, wet cleaning is a last resort.

Technical Support / Re: Shutter speed for dove release?
« on: June 16, 2012, 04:01:49 PM »
I'd stop down the lens to f/8 and see if you can get 1/1500sec  with out cranking ISO above 800.  It depends on the light.  If the birds are backlit, you might want to use manual aperture and shutter settings.  You will want a fair bit of depth of field, since the focus is not goinng to be perfectly on the eye.

Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.4 rear element broke?
« on: June 16, 2012, 03:57:47 PM »
There is likely a broken plastic piece or at least cracked, I'd have it repaired.  Canon has a flat rate for repairinng them, or have it inspected at a local camera repair shop, if its ok, it will likely just cost $80 for a cleaning and inspection.

EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D Mark III Firmware Before the End of May [CR2]
« on: June 16, 2012, 03:51:18 PM »
I would like to see some optimizations that would extend battey life.  BG-E11 will help.  But the battery life could use some improvement.  There are a lot of bells and whistles to power on this model...and the addition of lighted focus points in servo mode wont help.  Hope that is configurable when it's fixed.

Id also like to see the annoying problem of having the camera switch the default card when a card is removed (EVEN WHEN THE POWER IS OFF!).  Very annoying to have to reset that.  The default card should remain the default card unless it's powered on with one of the cards missing.

Makes me think maybe we have a battery drain issue when powered off if the camera can detect that cards have been removed and re-inserted.

The default card switching is driving me nuts, i would love to see that fixed.

Its not broken, all Canon Pro cameras work that way.

Lenses / Re: Canon 35 f/1.4 II?
« on: June 16, 2012, 03:48:30 PM »
I have the 35mm and am wondering if I should sell it. Also how much should I sell it for? It's been used like twice and I still have the box and packaging! Thanks!

If you do not use the one you have, sell it.  If a replacement comes out in a year or five, you likely will not use it either.
The price varies, I bought one complete with box, etc for $800 on Craigslist last spring.  They sell for $1000-1200 more or less on ebay, but don't expect to get that much locally.  Ebay takes a huge chunk of the selling price, so offer it for $1100 locally, and be prepared to take less.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 New Firmware
« on: June 15, 2012, 08:54:57 PM »
Firmware releases usually fix problems, and seldom add features.  The 5D MK II did have new features added, but that was due to pressure from the pro video industry who wanted a few million dollars worth of cameras, and it ended up selling a lot more than that.
I doubt that the 5D MK III will add new features.

Video & Movie / Re: Real Estate Listing Video 5D mkIII and 60D
« on: June 15, 2012, 08:51:23 PM »
Nice production, but the clip of the beach looked out of focus.  I viewed it a second time, and perhaps it was just a extreme shallow depth of field.  I thought it detracted somewhat from the whole, but overall, a impressive piece.

You can rent very cheaply these days.  Depending on the item, it takes between 20 - 30 rentals before you would have owned the item outright.  For professional purposes, everything you buy should be bringing you additional profit either by doing something you couldn't otherwise or saving you time, etc..

That's certainly true for added lenses like some primes or an ultrawide, but as far as I understand it and what my (now professional) approach would/will be, I have to get the basic gear for myself and use it a lot so I am accustomed to it - and that would include at least the camera body and flash I asked about as well as the basic zoom lens.

You absolutely need two bodies, in a for hire situation. If you only have a single body, a failure could wipe out or severely impact your fledging business.  It could even bring on a lawsuit from a bride who did not get her wedding Photos.  Its better to have two 5D MK II's, for example. than one 5D MK III.  Even a 5D MK II and a 60D or D7 as a backup is still good insurance.  Also have a second photographer if you can, its sometimes a big advantage when multiple things are happening quickly.  The advantage of a 5D MK III is the dual memory cards, but two bodies, each with their own memory card can prevent total disaster.

EOS Bodies / Re: should i wait for 70D? when will it be here by?
« on: June 15, 2012, 08:35:45 PM »
Just a point of curiosity.

Why does anyone think Canon will create a new camera and call it a 70D?

Frankly, I'm bewildered by non-stop talk of a 70D camera. Where did this idea originate? Has there been some credible leak or a well-sourced rumor? Or is it all pure fantasy?

At this point, I leaning toward believing a 1DX may enter the realm of reality. But something called a 70D?

I think it is because of the 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, and the 60D.  A 70D does seem very likely but not absolutely guaranteed occurance.  There is no reason to not expect one, it competes with the Nikon D90, and Canon will not give up on outselling it.  At a slightly lower price, cost concious buyers jump for it.
When a D400 comes out, we will see a 7D MK II about the same time, its all about competition and buyers who want the latest thing.

Technical Support / Re: Eos Utility camera not recognized
« on: June 15, 2012, 08:29:59 PM »
I send an email to canon UK for the problem and they send me How to fix it, http://www.canon.co.uk/Support/Consumer_Products/products/cameras/Digital_SLR/EOS_5D_Mark_III.aspx?faqtcmuri=tcm:14-917248&page=1&type=faq

Didn't work for me I still can't connect my camera to EOS Utility for remote shooting :(

I'd return the camera or exchange it.  The computer can be a problem, but you should be able to connect. 
Sometimes conflicts with other software can be a issue as well.  You can boot with other software drivers temporarily disabled by running msconfig and unchecking unnecessary software that runs automatically at startup.  If that fixes the issue, you can narrow it down to the offending software and remove or update it.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L [CR2]
« on: June 15, 2012, 08:20:37 PM »
The big issue with the 14-24 is flare.  With the lens protruding out so far, it reaches out and grabs flare that you would not normally expect.  This makes it rather specalized, and requires some careful setup and planning.  The results can be worth it, but its not a lens to just walk out and start shooting, you really have to watch out for the flare.  You often will not see it thru the viewfinder, only when you start editing the images and find it where it was not expected.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Refurbs bodies taken off Canon USA site?
« on: June 15, 2012, 08:13:27 PM »
Just called today to buy a 60D through the canon loyalty program...the sales guy said they are doing an annual inventory check that will take a few days.  He said they started yesterday so probably won't be back up until Monday.

That makes sense.   Thanks for posting the info :)

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