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If you dont want to use dot tune can you still input Focal calibrated AFMA values into a ML enabled 5D3?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Magic Lantern for 5d3 1.2.3 released
« on: March 17, 2014, 11:18:51 AM »
I shoot still virtually all the time - is Magic Lantern still useful for me?

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Is this the new nightly build for the 5D3 that adds this?

 Latest Build

    Built on: 2014-01-24 00:11:15 +0000
    Changeset: 42c206c28f3a8b33e04ac075f66526dcf55901bc

I am really interested to try this on my 5D3 as I have seen some wonderful shots taken using features such as dual ISO but just concerned, as we all are, of damage to the camera.

I work with a single 5D3 and have heard about boot times being much longer.
Also, how does any settings I have like AFMA and Canon stock settings work along with ML - are they still used?

Sorry for the questions, ML newbie here!  :)

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Lenses / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8 - focusing
« on: December 28, 2013, 07:42:11 AM »
This is a better picture of the locator I am looking for:



Does anyone have one I can borrow, please?


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Lenses / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8 - focusing
« on: December 28, 2013, 07:29:35 AM »
I have just received my chip and the seller hasn't included the mounting template.

Is there anyone, preferably in the UK, that could send me a loan of one so I can mount this on my Samyang 14mm lens please?

Without the little mounting template it is impossible to get it on the correct position on the lens.

It looks like the white thing on the left of this picture:


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Lenses / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8 - focusing
« on: December 26, 2013, 04:57:23 AM »
what are you shooting most often?

For landscape work, focus confirmation isn't really going to add a lot for you; you're going to want to focus on the object you want sharpest, and possible focus blend shots anyway.

For people or things that move, the AF confirmation will help, but, getting comfortable with hyperfocal will help more. You'll learn to eyeball "oh, that's 1m", etc. Cause really, at f/2.8, unless you are at minimum focus distance, you've got a few feet of focus to work with

I probably wont be using it for landscapes, more for shots with foreground subjects so this is why the focusing is more critical to me.
The very long throw of the focus ring also puts me off just now, it's much longer then any of my Canon lenses and it taking a lot of getting used to.
It's my first ultra wide so the concept of shooting with them is still strange to me - the fact that everything is "far away" when you look through the viewfinder.
I have done some test shots at f4 and f8 - f8 seems to be a sweet spot on my lens while still retaining a degree of viewfinder brightness, stop down more and the viewfinder view becomes very dark indeed.
AF confirmation chip on it's way so hopefully that will help.

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Lenses / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8 - focusing
« on: December 24, 2013, 08:42:20 AM »
Until I get the AF chip mounted live view seems the way to do it.

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Lenses / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8 - focusing
« on: December 24, 2013, 04:38:41 AM »
I have heard that at f8 the DOF is massive - it's mainly for focusing on foreground objects I am struggling.

I am hoping the AF chip I have ordered helps, I dont want to have to spend five minutes setting up each shot and checking focus.

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Lenses / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8 - focusing
« on: December 22, 2013, 05:52:07 AM »
I've ordered the self install version - calibration looks a nightmare but worth a shot to get AF with this lens.

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Lenses / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8 - focusing
« on: December 21, 2013, 08:27:40 AM »
Anyone know how to add the focus confirmation chip?

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Lenses / Samyang 14mm f2.8 - focusing
« on: December 21, 2013, 05:02:54 AM »
I bought a Samyang 14mm f2.8 wide angle lens for my 5D3 and it arrived yesterday.

This is the first ultra wide angle lens I have used and as we know it is a manual lens so no AF.

On my first test with this lens I have had real trouble focusing - this seems impossible using the viewfinder and I had to resort to using live view in magnified mode to lock on to a foreground subject.

Any people out there on the forum got this lens and have any tips for focusing with it?

I am really please with the quality but don't want to spend five minutes at every shot getting focus.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.3 Available
« on: October 30, 2013, 09:15:32 AM »
The new 1DX firmware update brings the following - puts the 5D3 one a little to shame....
(I ain't a 1DX hater either!)

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Improved Operability for the EOS-1D X

Developed as the ultimate Canon EOS camera, the EOS-1D X Digital SLR is designed with foresight that enables its performance to be periodically improved with new firmware upgrades, helping to ensure maximum long-term value for owners and users of the camera. These improvements are engineered to support and advance the evolving creative needs and business imperatives of professional photographers and committed high-end amateurs. The features provided by firmware version 2 are designed for more efficient automation that takes the task of changing settings away from the “heat of the moment” and enables photographers to concentrate on creativity and obtaining valuable shots. Firmware version 2 upgrades and operability additions include a total of 10 features that are now new or improved:

AF Performance with Moving Subjects – For greater creative control, additional parameters have been added to AI Servo 2nd Image Priority, enabling users to adjust these settings for more accurate AF performance according to the situation at hand. Photographers can fine-tune the balance between prioritizing focus versus the framing rate for the second and subsequent shots in a burst.

Enhanced AI Servo AF Performance in Low Light Conditions – The AI Servo focusing algorithm has been improved to allow more time for light sampling during AF activation prior to shutter release, enhancing AF performance in low-light situations. Additionally, initial AF control is now based on the new “+2 focus priority” setting of AI Servo 2nd Image Priority, which has higher distance measurement capabilities under low-light conditions. Upon full depression of the shutter button, settings from AI Servo 1st Image Priority take over and then settings from AI Servo 2nd Image Priority are applied on any subsequent images in the burst. This increases the probability that the first image in a burst sequence will be as sharp as possible.

Improved Acceleration/Deceleration Tracking Parameters – To improve tracking performance of fast-moving subjects that fill the frame, additional parameters for acceleration/deceleration tracking in AI Servo AF have been added to provide photographers with more precise control when photographing rapidly moving subjects that accelerate or decelerate quickly or unexpectedly. In response to feedback from professional photographers, these new settings have been added to handle larger differences in speed (i.e., the rate of change in image magnification) compared to the previous firmware.

Selection of Initial AF Point While Shooting in 61-Point Auto Selection AF – This new option in the AF Menu provides more continuity when switching to 61-Point Auto Selection AF from any other AF Point Selection mode. The option maintains the AF point selected from the previous Selection mode as a starting point for 61-Point Auto Selection AF. It also maintains the ability to change to a pre-programmed AF point when changing the Selection mode. This time-saving option is designed to help eliminate the need to stop and think, and helps photographers to customize their individual shooting style.

AF Point Switching According to Camera Orientation – In addition to programming the EOS-1D X camera to automatically switch to a different AF point and area selection mode based on camera orientation, firmware version 2 adds the option of programming only the AF point according to camera orientation (horizontal, grip up and grip down). This new ability to select up to three different AF points according to camera orientation allows for greater customization of the camera to specific shooting styles.

Expanded Minimum Shutter Speed in Auto ISO – In response to user feedback, this improved functionality in Auto ISO enables photographers to select a minimum shutter speed as high as 1/8000th of a second to freeze moving subjects.

Exposure Compensation in Auto ISO with Manual Mode Set – This new function enables photographers to manually set a desired shutter speed and aperture, use Auto ISO to control the exposure, and use Exposure Compensation to adjust the exposure for challenging lighting conditions (e.g., a very dark or very bright background). This new function can be activated through the Quick Control Dial or by using the Main Dial while pressing the SET button.

Toggling Between Alternate Camera Settings – EOS-1D X camera users can now toggle between three groups of camera settings instantly by pressing the shutter button, AE Lock button
  • or the AF-ON button. Selectable settings that can now be assigned to the AE Lock and AF-ON buttons via Custom Controls include:


■Currently selected AF point vs. pre-registered AF point
■AI Servo AF configuration sets (Case 1 through Case 6)
■One-Shot AF vs. AI Servo AF
■Currently selected drive mode vs. 14 fps Super High Speed drive mode
With these new options, photographers can reconfigure their EOS-1D X camera on the fly, while keeping their eye on the viewfinder to maintain concentration on the shot they are trying to get. For example, the camera could be set up for One-Shot AF and single shot drive mode on the shutter button, AI Servo AF in Case 1 with high-speed continuous drive mode on the AE Lock button, and AI Servo AF in Case 4 with super-high-speed 14 fps continuous drive mode on the AF-ON button.

Same Exposure for New Aperture in Manual Mode – This new firmware feature provides users with the ability to maintain consistent exposure levels in Manual mode when the aperture changes, for example when a photographer shoots at maximum aperture with a variable-aperture lens (such as the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM telephoto zoom) or when using a lens equipped with built-in extender (such as the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X). The feature gives users the option to have the camera adjust the shutter speed or the ISO to compensate for the aperture change.

Display Protected Images Only – Users can now page through protected images only via an option on the main dial. This feature already exists with rated images, and is an expansion of that capability.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.3 Available
« on: October 30, 2013, 09:00:13 AM »
The 5D3 gets neglected again with the true potential of the camera left crippled by firmware.

The 1DX gets all the post-development and we 5D3 owners get simple bug fixes.

Dissapointed Canon.

Oh that's right, the 5DIII didn't get f/8 AF and uncompressed HDMI output via firmware update, did it?  Oh wait, it did.  But the 1DX was neglected and did not get uncompressed HDMI output.  I don't suppose that disappoints you….  ::)

You know what I mean - absolutely no need for the sarcasm.

As already stated, a nice wishlist:

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I mean improve the AF, metering, ISO.
For example, and as already mentioned:
* Added auto ISO bias in manual mode
* Improve dynamic range to 15 stops
* Spot metering is now link with all 61 AF points
* Improve light metering algorithm
* Improve battery life

Look at the recent 1DX firmware update and compare it with what the 5D3 has got so far.
No comparison.

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