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Spot AF Around the center of the model or the face.
Standard AF Profile

F. Whatever gives you the right exposure
AI Servo
ISO if you are using a 5d3 or 1dx you should be able to figure this out.
White Balance usually tungsten or daylight
No flash please
Don't put it on high speed please unless you want a million shots of the same thing.

Thank me after


EOS Bodies / Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« on: September 17, 2012, 12:48:26 PM »
When we had film Cameras like the Rebel, there was no "D".  Canon and others added the "D" to help users know it was digital.
Now that almost everything is digital, its really unnecessary, but in 1995, it was a good idea.

Its a business.  Build a business plan, and run it by your accountant (He should be willing to help you and make sure you have enough reserve cash to keep going for the year it takes to get established.
Everyone and his brother is buying a DSLR and hanging out his sign with silly low prices on Craigslist.  If you want to actually succeed, you need to approach it like a business, not a hobby.

Lenses / Re: EF 50mm f/1.4 STM - Date of release ?
« on: September 17, 2012, 12:42:06 PM »
No one has announced such a lens, it might happen, but it might not either.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f1.2 II - issue or am I just overreacting?
« on: September 17, 2012, 12:38:37 PM »
Lightroom 4 will remove CA automatically, but it does not always do a perfect job.
More importantly, it will reduce or eliminate LOCA also called purple fringing.
For Example, here is a before and after of purple fringing from my 85mm f/1.8.  Its a 1:1 crop at high ISO.


EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« on: September 17, 2012, 12:30:03 PM »
What are the chances another price like this will come out for any retailers in the next month or two? Kicking myself I didn't pull the trigger  :'(
Chances are good that we will see more deals.  Its a way of reducing excess inventory without officially lowering the price.  As long as the economy is slow, Canon is going to have surpluses.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The 5D Mark II: Happy 4th Anniversary!
« on: September 17, 2012, 12:21:32 PM »
Mine is still a supurb camera.  Actually, the announcement was 4 years ago, but Canon shipped the first ones in late November 2008.  I got mine the first of December 2008 from Adorama.
I snapped some images Saturday of a friends monster Truck, "The Destroyer" at the local fair.  I have no trouble capturing fast action, but I do use only the center point.
5D Mark II with 70-200mm f/4L IS


Well, i'm definitely more excited about a guy in canada carving hunks of brass in his back shed than I am about a multinational corporation releasing something years in the making (that will still sell in the millions and make more money than Ed could dream of).
More credit to Ed, I've got a few camera accessory ideas that I could sell, it's definitely inspiring me to take them more serisouly (even if in my case, it'd take China a few weeks to copy them before all the fun's over).

I'm almost tempted to buy one even though i don't have any FD lenses to convert (yet). But seeing as i'm definitely staying out of (digital) FF until 5D4 or 6D2, i've got more cash to blow on lenses...

With that in mind my personal recommendation where value meets amazing imaging is

135mm f/2 - about $350, amazingly sharp, great bokeh even though it has a bit more CA than modern L version.
50mm 1.4 - about $100 bucks, great CA control (less at 1.4 than 1.2 non L set at 1.4) tiny, worthy of "reference lens" title.
24mm f/2 - about $300, also very sharp, shockingly compact and widest distortion free you can get
15mm fisheye - about $500 build quality that even exceeds the TS 35mm 2.8 + 4 very cool internal built in filters

All the good EF lenses have disappeared from our local Craigslist.  Mostly just the 50mm f/1.8 now.  I have several FD lenses, but keep looking for one of the better quality ones.
I think its linked to your posts here ;)

Lenses / Re: Manual focus lens on the 5D Mark III, What do I need to know?
« on: September 16, 2012, 11:19:28 PM »
Just joined the forum, so this is my first posting -

I currently have a Canon 24-105 F/4 IS USM L, a 100mm F/2.8 IS USM L Macro and a 70-200 F4 IS USM. I'm now looking for either a 35mm or a 50mm prime. I'm leaning towards a 35mm F2 or F/1.4 Zeiss ZE ir a 35mm F/1.4L. I'm not to keen on the 50mm F/1.4 or 1.8 Canon lens, although the 40mm F/2.8 pancake looks pretty cool. However, with that said, Since my main walkaround lens is an F/4, I would prefer an F/1.4 or an F/2 at minimum (ideally).

Regarding a manual focus lens, I looked through the manual and there really isn't very much on using a true MF lens on the 5D Mark III.

Since the 5D Mark III does not have interchangeable screens, do I just focus until the image on the screen looks clear? What about the focus indicator red/green dot? Does that work?

Any recommendations on one of these lenses? Is there a write-up anywhere on how to focus a manual focus lens properly? If it is just too much of a pain to go that route, perhaps the AF lens is the way to go?


I've tried most of the tricks, split prisms, etc.  For critical focus, I have luck only with liveview and 10X magnification.  The focus lights have too much play in them, I prefer a much finer adjustment than just turning the light on or off.  Same with split prism, not accurate enough for me.
My criteia is that I want manual focus to be as good or better than autofocus, and I have seldom achieved that except using live view and a rock solid tripod.  In bright sun, I use a cloth over my head to be able to see the screen.
Do yourself a favor.  Buy a nice old Nikon 50mm lens and a fotodiox adapter and experiment.  You are going to learn about a lot of things you haven't asked, but need to know.
If you can master it, your ready to spend money on the Zeiss.

EOS Bodies / Re: Describe the 6D in one word...
« on: September 16, 2012, 10:13:24 PM »
I think its a upgrade path from Rebel users and those who want FF at the lowest price point.  Like all products, some will find it fits their needs, and others will prefer something different.
Canon is good at having a wide range of products - something for everyone.
I ordered one of the $2750 5D MK III's, I'd not try to save 500 for the 6D, if it turns out as expected.  However, I'd certainly consider it if I was moving up from a Rebel.

Keep at it, you might be able to work at it full time one day!

Lenses / Re: Gear for shooting Birds of Prey?
« on: September 16, 2012, 08:24:13 PM »
A 500mm L is popular for birds in flight, but not something to carry everywhere.  The 400mm DO can be carried with you and is a good lens, but expensive.
I like my 100-400mmL, but it is not that good for flying birds, just sitting ones.  The 400mm f/5.6 is the low cost BIF body, but in low light, you need a 1D X.
No matter which way you turn, it takes big $$$ to cross the boundry into first class wildlife equipment.
I wonder if the small format mirrorless bodies like the Nikon 1 series coupled with a adapter and a 200mm f/2.8 lens would be a low cost way to capture wildlife in low light.
IQ might not match a 1D X with a 500mm f/4L, but neither does the price.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 F/4 IS repair cost
« on: September 16, 2012, 08:17:00 PM »
What was the warranty period?

Was it the maufacturers / dealers 1 year warranty or an extended warranty?

Is there evidence of dropping or physical abuse to lens?

If you paid with your credit card you may have two years warranty...check the small print.

Even if you don't or didn't, it doesn't sound to me like the lens has lasted a reasonable period given purchase price and specification.  In the EU you have additional consumer rights beyond the warranty, few folk are aggressive enough to pursue them, but they are there if you google.

If you bought grey or dropped it then you may be stuffed.
+1 Good Advice.  (However, if its been dropped, they almost certainly can tell by the nature of the damage.)

For those whose paid full price on 5D III, how do you feel about the 5D III price drop at Adorama Ebay store?


I'm not sure the Adorama Ebay offer is legitimate. Adorama has a perfectly good website. The current price there is $3949. Why would Adorama create an alternate sales channel with a much lower price? I doubt that selling via Ebay lowers Adorama costs to that extent and I certainly don't think that Canon is cutting their price to Adorama when selling via Ebay.

As for how I feel, when I ordered the camera this past Spring, I asked myself how I would feel if it cost $3000 in December. I decided I could live with it.

Update: Correction, $3459
Selling via ebay certainly doesn't lower Adorama's selling costs.  They get a big break off ebay comissions and paypal comissions based on sales volume (I get a measly 20%).  Adorama also sells on Amazon, and that likely costs them more as well.  However, keeping sales at a high volume also generates not only incentives, but you are the first to get new products as they are delivered.
Selling indirectly through ebay is a way for Canon to blow out excess inventory without dropping MSRP or having low prices advertised on websites.  You can see by the comments here that some are not believing the deal, so the impact on Canon is less.  Having bought from Adorama on ebay for years, including when Microsoft Bing was giving 25% cash rebates for Ebay Purchases, I am sure that my purchase is legit.  (I received the tracking number this morning).
I do the same with my web store.  I sell on the web, thru ebay, thru some other web sites, and soon on Amazon.  Keeping volume up is very important and generates more overall profit.

EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« on: September 16, 2012, 07:04:05 PM »

Honestly this has more to do with the Jewish holiday. Adorama probably doesn't sell much between now and Tuesday night anyways they boost sales with this deal and don't offend canon because it's sold through their eBay store.
Since Adorama does not close over the Jewish holidays, how do you figure they make any difference??  B&H closes, but not Adorama.

From the Adorama website:
Holiday Closing Schedule

The Adorama Retail Store will be closed during the following days

Rosh Hashanah Holiday we will close on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 3:00pm and will reopen on Wednesday September 19, at 9:00 am
Yom Kippur Holiday we will close on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 1:00pm and will reopen on Thursday September 27, at 9:00 am
Sukkoth Holiday we will close on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 3:00pm and will reopen on Wednesday October 10, at 9:00 am

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and thank you for your business.
Yes, the retail store closes, but not their online store.  B&H shuts down the online sales too, but not Adorama.  Online is where most of their sales happen.

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