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About 90% of the equation is the photographer.
If you are happy with your camera, then its right for you.  However, that does not apply to others, each has their own list of wishes..
A perfect camera body will never happen, so make the best use of what you have.  You can work around most features, but for some uses like low light with no flash and rapidly moving subjects, once you get the fastest glass, there is no good work around.  Then do you really need to consider the options.  That might only apply to a small overall percentage of photographers.
 However, those who have the additional capabilities sometimes discover that they have been missing something and never knew it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5dmark3 custom function setting for 61ptAF
« on: October 05, 2012, 03:38:54 PM »
Try pg 325 of your manual.

Canon General / Re: Shutter Assembly Replacement
« on: October 04, 2012, 09:31:09 PM »
Sorry, I misread what you were asking.
Its difficult to give a cost for a shutter.  If it dies at a ripe old age, its likely that the mirror box and some other wirk will need to be done, while a new camera with a bad shutter might get fixed for $500.  with your discount, $300 allowance for the shutter sounds reasonable.  I sold my 1D MK IV for $4200 recently with a very low shutter count, under 2,000.

Lenses / Re: Canon 16-35mm II + Reikan FocCal Pro --- Tips
« on: October 04, 2012, 08:40:27 PM »


I just ran my 5d III with 24-70 II through FoCal. This is the test results FoCal gave me on my 24-70 II @ 24mm. (-5 seem to be the best)

Looks good.  Its a nice bell curve.  I must run the program with different options, I always have many tests near the predicted point.  That usually changes the results by a point or two as it gets more precise from more shots.

Canon General / Re: Shutter Assembly Replacement
« on: October 04, 2012, 08:36:29 PM »
A old 1D X? 
I'd ask Canon, not too many have worn out their shutters yet.  The camera should go much longer than 270K actuations.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Finnish wearing on my 5D Mark III
« on: October 04, 2012, 08:31:42 PM »
I have not had a problem, but I did read one complaint about the finish wearing rapidly. 

Technical Support / Re: Heliopan Circular Polarizers
« on: October 04, 2012, 06:12:54 PM »
I just re-visited that pdf. I see no comparison of the various polarizing filters that I specified. Do you?
The coatings are the difference.  Read about the various coatings, or none.

Lenses / Re: Canon 16-35mm II + Reikan FocCal Pro --- Tips
« on: October 04, 2012, 06:06:14 PM »
I don't think it matters to FoCal what type of lens, as long as it has AF.
Use it with any AF lens. 
Here is my Tokina 17mm f/3.5 Prime

If you do want to do video, with the 5D MK III, plan on it eating up a lot of flash memory.  It sounds like you might run short.  You can throw the 32gb SD card into action rather than a backup, but having backups is good.

Best advice:
Be sure to have money to buy one after return it  ;)

Hahaha.  I'm afraid you are right.  There is no way I could afford a 5D mk. anything at this time, but someday!!!  :)

Is that 750 full-sized RAW files?

Thanks for the tips!  I think I'm going to use a bunch of 4, 8, and 16GB cards since I like to crack off a LOT of shots (so as not to miss the moment), and I don't like having all of my eggs in [a couple of baskets].  I think my wife and I shot over 2300 pictures at the last wedding we did. :)
2300 raw images at ~ 30MB/image = 69GB!  Thats a lot.
Don't forget, the 5D MK III takes 2 cards, so you can put in a 64GB CF and a 64GB SDXC to have a backup copy.  Or, just buy/rent a 64GB SDXC and use it for backups from your CF Cards.
 Never trust a new camera / lens combination test it out!! You should do a AFMA on the lenses/body.  Never trust a new camera / lens combination test it out!!

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.2 update
« on: October 04, 2012, 04:35:50 PM »
So last night I upgraded to LR4.2 and as before the issue is in the develop module, everytime I attempt to use a brush, the lagging is driving me nuts.  It's gotten worse with the upgrade, not sure if I'm missing something... But I'm tempted to go back to 4.0!
That is strange, 4.2 is much faster for me, and lagging of the brush for 5D MK II or three was not a issue.  It was for D800, but is now better.
I have my catalog on a SSD, and my files on a separate internal HDD.  Its a huge catalog, and I only optimize occasionally due to the long time it takes.

Lenses / Re: Canon 16-35mm II + Reikan FocCal Pro --- Tips
« on: October 04, 2012, 04:28:16 PM »

Hi Mt Spokane Photography,

How do you run full automatic on 5D III? thanks
Right now, for PC's its a semi automatic process, the software prompts you to set the AFMA to different values.  From what I understand, the Mac Beta is fully automatic, so I'm hoping they can get to that point with the 5D Mark III on PC's.
However, its not horribly time consuming to do it semi automatically, it tales me 15 minutes to do a prime and about 25 minutes or less for a zoom.  Once they are done, thats it until I get a new body or lens.

Lenses / Re: Canon Rumors Reviews
« on: October 04, 2012, 04:18:22 PM »
I always like to read opinions of lenses from competent testers and photographers. 
There can be a lot of variation between copies of lenses, and testers usually only have one or two to test, so by reading multiple reviews, I get a broader perspective and if one tester has a bad experience (or exceptionally good one), it becomes obvious that he might just fall into one of those categories.
I hope the reviewer is hard nosed, there are lots of opinionated experts based on their experience of 1 lens.  I might even be one :)

Technical Support / Re: Heliopan Circular Polarizers
« on: October 04, 2012, 04:11:51 PM »

Software & Accessories / Re: Video card advice, please!
« on: October 04, 2012, 04:07:31 PM »
Video cards are tough to recommend.  There are many interfaces, power requirements, etc.  All of those need to be known in order to recommend a card.
Many of the newer mid level cards want a 500 watt power supply, for example, and if your computer has a 350 watt supply, it might overload it and cause other strange problems.
I tend to stick with the type of card supplied with my PC, and upgrade the whole pc as a unit.  Then everything plays well together.  I've built a lot of computers and had a lot of high end power supply failures, learning the hard way.

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