« on: April 07, 2012, 02:39:51 PM »
Thanks, I'll read them.
+1 I'm reading the manual, but finding it a bit vague. Hope to learn from these links. Thanks for posting.
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Thanks, I'll read them.
t.linn NICE REPORT!... I have a question? When using AEB...can you have exposures that are longer than 30sec. ...or do you have to put the camera on Bulb for any shutter speeds longer than 30 sec?, (like the 5D Mark II).
I do a LOT of HDR shooting and I have a Promote Unit (which is like hauling around a colostomy bag with my camera with 2 tubes, manual set-up. etc.. ....NOT a fluid way to work to say the least....but the only way I can shoot over 3 AEB shots without touching the camera... even with the Promote Unit I HAVE to touch the camera to get any exposures over 30secs.). The expanded AEB feature alone on the MkIII may get me to sell my II and purchase the upgrade...but being able to go longer than 30sec. in a bracket will be icing on the cake.
I don't understand why this is such a "slow-to-come-about" feature. There is a computer under the hood here...it should be pretty straight-forward to satisfy what I would call a basic photographic need. Timed long shutter releases. Right?
Well, the in-camera HDR is really a gimmick for casual users. It's JPEG only, and the HDR options are limited. For the in-camera HDR, it can only burst 3 exposures +/- 3EV. For normal AEB, it allows up to 7 exposures, also +/- 3EV.
So the HDR function is just a subset of AEB, since it still saves the 3 raw files (if you keep the default options). You could just as easily do a 3 exposure AEB instead of using HDR.
Since you shoot HDR so much, you really shouldn't consider the built-in HDR on the 5D3. I'm sure that you'd be disappointed by it. It's interesting, but not a serious attempt at good, professional HDR. As you suspected, the AEB is really what you need, but since it's limited to +/- 3EV, you'll probably still end up doing manual bracketing, so that you can go well beyond 3EV.
I'm not sure why they limit it, since theoretically the camera should be able to automatically go up and down with the exposure as much as you want.
I have the RS-4, which does have a pocket, but it's a small one (two CF cards at most). The RS-5 seems too bulky to me, as well. The RS-7 looks ok, as does the RS-Sport-2.
Couldn't find the Kirk 1" clamp on the Kirk website. Can you provide link and clamp model number. I'd like to consider this for comparison with another option I'm looking at - described below.
It's the Kirk QRC-1, and here are Kirk and B&H links.Is the Kirk 1" clamp about the same size as the B2-FAB? I want to minimize size and weight of the solution.
The Kirk clamp (on the left in the images below) is smaller than the RRS B2-FAB (on the right), and doesn't have the little nubs on the bottom which you can see in the lower image.
RRS suggested I either file off the nubs to connect the FastenR-3 (which it looks like was done for the photo on the RRS page), or just mash the rubber washer down on them. Instead, I returned the RRS clamp, and kept the Kirk.
I want to use a camera strap when not working on a tripod. When I'm on the tripod I don't want the camera strap to be in the way.
I'm very happy with the Blackrapid system. I use Arca-Swiss type plates on camera and lenses. Although the BR system uses a lug that threads into the tripod socket, I converted that to 'quick release' by connecting that lug to a Kirk 1" clamp (semi-permanently with Loctite Blue 242) - that way, I can connect the strap to the camera plate, a lens plate, or remove it for tripod/monopod use.
I store my gear in Pelican Storm hard cases with a desiccant pack, which protects them from leaks, toddlers, dust, etc. I do keep the lens mounted, and I have a small case (Storm im2075) that just fits the gripped 5DII with 24-105mm mounted, and a 430EX II along side - that's ready to go for shots around the house. My next most-used lenses are kept in a medium-sized case (Storm im2300) - 70-200 II, 100mm L Macro and the 'holy trinity' of primes (35L, 85L II, 135L). All the rest (7D, remaining lenses, accessories) goes in a big Pelican 1600.
Hope that helps...
Thanks for this. The bag I bought isnt big enough to hold a 5DII+battery grip. It is designed to be a small rucksack so its not deep enough. What is the best way to store your battery grip when travelling? It looks quite delicate with the extension. I dont want to snap it.
Also, my bag only bits the lenses without the lens hoods. With the lens hoods on, they are too wide and the bag cant accommodate for them all. Whats a good idea to carry these hood seperately?
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Anything you turn off/on day one of receiving your new 5dmk3? I turned off the light optimizer but noticed a few others i was not familiar with. I think iso related?
I hate how you have a few options, usually low, med, high. I find myself turning them all off, otherwise im obsessed with how it may or may not affect my shots.
Any recommended on or off settings suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
To be honest, the IQ is negligible over my 5D2. Although all I ever really wanted out of my 5D2 was better AF, Slightly faster frame rate, and a dual card slot. So I cant complain. More testing still needs to be done. And a good side by side with the D800. Ill give a more complete review when I put it through the paces at my wedding. Ive found wedding photography to be a good testing ground
There have been a flurry of posts since the Mk3's hit people's hands of either problems or soft images. Until reading these posts I would have never thought of checking a sensor for dead pixels by shooting images with the lens cap on.
So I wanted to ask, in what ways do you test a new camera body for functionality? Any other checks you routinely perform like the dead pixel test above? Do you always do an AFMA with each lens in a closed environment?
Just thought I'd share that I tried to cancel my order and received an email from Amazon stating: "We're contacting you about your cancellation request for order # XXXXXXXX. We weren't able to cancel the following items from your order: Canon EOS 5 D Mark III. When you receive your order, you're welcome to refuse the package. You can also return an unwanted items b visiting amazon.com/returns"
Sounds like it ma be processing fo shipment. BTW ordered at 7:45 AM EST.
Had you received any "shipping soon" messages on your open orders history?
I pre-ordered 5D3 w/24-105 kit on 3/2 at 9:30 AM PST. Today (3/27) the Amazon website says "Shipping Soon" with estimated shipping date 4/2.
I think the number of body-only orders is likely to be much greater than for the kit, and perhaps the supply greater as well. There may be fewer kit orders and maybe also a shorter supply. Who knows? I will start to worry when 4/2 rolls around and I don't get a notice of "Shipped".