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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?

Do you store your hood backwards along the lens barrel?   

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Light Optimizer, iso adjustments, etc...
« on: March 27, 2012, 08:24:39 PM »
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.

It's a good idea to determine what settings affect RAW files versus JPGs.   Many settings are applied to the JPG in the camera, whereas RAW files are not affected.  Example is white balance.

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For those of you that have already received your new 5D3, what version of the firmware does it have?  Expecting my 5D3 on 4/2.

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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 :)

Isn't "testing" at a wedding a bit risky?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How do you test your new camera body?
« on: March 27, 2012, 07:15:45 PM »
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?

Before concluding there are dead pixels, be sure the sensor is clean, as a speck of dust can look just like a dead pixel.  A brand new camera shouldn't have dirt/dust on the sensor, but it could happen.  Cleaning up a dirty sensor is relatively easy, whereas dealing with a truly dead pixel is a much more serious issue.

I use LensAlign MkII for AFMA, but it is a tedious process that requires careful setup and patience.  Prime lenses are easier to do than zooms, as most cameras host only one AFMA setting.  The new 1DX and 5D3 have separate W (wide) and T (tele) settings that supposedly improve the overall calibration at intermediate focal lengths.  I'm due to get my 5D3 on 4/2 and will be testing out my new 24-105 as well as my EF 70-300 DO lens.   

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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".

Just got notice on 3/27 from Amazon at 11:30 AM PDT that my order has SHIPPED with expected delivery on 4/2.   Sooner than earlier projected as reported above, so I'm a happy cat!

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i dont know what you mean by "quick release" camera strap. do you mean the camera neck strap? but as someone mentioned above maybe try the black rapid strap, i read heaps of reviews on that and it seemspretty popular. personally i got a crumpler strap.

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.   The Canon stock strap, while very well made, cannot be taken on and off the camera "quickly". 

I know there are many model straps offered that allow for quickly taking the strap on and off the camera.  I was seeking opinion on which ones people had good/bad experiences with and maybe why.

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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".

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With an f/5.6 or f/4 lens, a 1-unit difference is likely not detectable, but with an f/2.8 and faster lens, yes...but I think NOT with the moire pattern.  I find that method to be less precise than a LensAlign (which I used to use) or SpyderLensCal.  Actually, I'm currently using the excellent Reikan FoCal software.

I use the LensAlign MkII with good results.  I find it a tedious process, but you (hopefully) only have to do it once. :)

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Very nice work.

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Nice shot.   What were your camera/lens settings? 

I'm very curious to see some detail under the pier. Any possibility you could try new HDR option of 5D3?  Not necessarily a better choice, just a different one?

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p. 321 of the user's manual covers the focus enable/disable of both the shutter button and back-buttons... :)

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Looking for a quality quick release camera strap that attaches to camera body like the Canon stock strap does.  That is, with a fabric connection to the camera NOT a metal connector that will soon rub the finish off the camera body.   

Thanks for any suggestions?  Please provide brand and model number if possible.

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I ordered the 5D Mark III body only on March 2nd at 7:30 AM MST. After no updates and several hours wasted at forums/blogs, I decided to contact the customer service through the chat option.

My first conversation ended abruptly due to internet issues but the customer rep credited my account with $5 for the agony. My second conversation resulted in better understanding of where the product is and what's causing the delay. My shipment was also expedited to a 1 day shipping at the end, thanks to a great Amazon rep.

Amazon specific:
Currently they have started shipping the body kit lens for 5D Mark III.
They are still waiting on the sales department from Canon to sync up with Amazon and officially release the batch lot for 5D Mark III. I don't think I have come across any blog/post where somebody received the positive shipping update on the body only order from Amazon (Please correct me if I am wrong).

It could be mishap on Amazon's end or Canon (or even both) but I don't think they will try to keep the orders on hold just to annoy the customers  ;)

Believe me, I am as frustrated as anyone else out there as I have a business to run and would like to use this camera for a corporate event that I am shooting next weekend. But I can't let this ruin every day of my life until I get the shipment.

Let's see what happens in another day or two.

The only shipment notifications I have seen from Amazon have been for body only, I have not seen any kit shipping notifications.  I am waiting for a kit from Amazon, so it is what I've been looking for.  The kit seems to be very available at every major retailer EXCEPT Amazon.

I've ordered the kit from Amazon early on 3/2.  I received email that my order with ship on 4/2,  The website currently says the same.   It seem likely there are more body orders than kits.  Bodies are apparently already shipping, but shipping of kits is later, like mine.   

Has anyone received a kit from Amazon, or been notified of an estimated shipping date?

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