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Lenses / Re: Buy 60D with Pro Lenses or 5D with Kit Lens?
« on: April 04, 2012, 11:10:15 AM »
Buy a new or used 5d II and a 24-105. Then shoot for a good 6 months before your next purchase.

Canon General / Re: Why pay over the odds for 5D mkiii ??
« on: April 02, 2012, 09:33:49 AM »
Pro level cameras and lenses are "consumer electronics" only to a small minority of relatively well off people. The average photographer is not shooting their kids birthday with pro dslrs. To think otherwise put you in a smaller group known as "bananas-in-pajamas", or full on nut balls.

But in the end it comes down to manufacturers make what people buy. The market drives development.  That does not mean they cater to you as an individual, but it does mean they will keep making $3500 cameras if people buy them faster than they can make them.

Lenses / Re: Whats a good walk around lens to put on a new 5d Mk iii
« on: March 31, 2012, 01:40:29 AM »
The 24-105 is such a great choice for this, that should make it a kit.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Going to my first air show - need advice
« on: March 26, 2012, 10:50:56 PM »
Obviously for moving planes, AF servo mode, and a fast shutter speed.  Bump your IO up as needed to get to a shutter speed that is getting you sharp photos.

IMG_0090 by TexPhoto, on Flickr

But don't miss the people.

IMG_1660 by TexPhoto, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / Re: Will the 5d3 be hard to find in a month?
« on: March 26, 2012, 10:53:00 AM »
I think you'll find it, no worries.  Unless you have a 24-105, buy the kit, the 24-105 is a wonderful lens, and the $800 premium is well bellow the price of that lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: I'm Sad but I'm going to hang in there...
« on: March 23, 2012, 07:53:22 PM »
I have to agree with a lot of what you are saying.  I switched from a D300 to a 5DII because it was just a stunning leap in technology and image quality that Nikon could not match.  Well not for less than $8000.  And I'd been a Nikon shooter for 10 years.   Minolta for 15 years before that.

Now my 5DIII is in the mail, and I see the report on DXO that the D800 is the new #1 sensor.  And I read the lackluster reports on the 5DIII.  Hmmm.  I have $20K in Canon lenses sitting on the shelf behind me, and shot 160K photos with my 5DII.  And I am wondering if I am going the right way.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5Diii pink picture problem
« on: March 23, 2012, 04:07:02 PM »
Love the Pink Honda shot.

If your camera is not shooting right straight out of the box, go straight back to the dealer.  Let them see and try it, but if no problem can be found and fixed, ask for a return.  If it did not work from the beginning, they are obligated to take it back, or exchange it.  (Warrantee of merchantability) If they won't, contact your credit card company (hopefully you paid with a credit card) and open a dispute.   

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Advice Needing: Buying 5d Mark II Used
« on: March 23, 2012, 01:42:56 PM »
Physical appearance of the camera.  All control work.  Pop a memory cad it not it and shoot some photos. Examine those photos at 100%.

$1300 is a great price, if it's in good shape.  i sold my 3 year old 160K actuation 5D III for $1650.

24-105mm f4 IS is the best first lens choice.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 23, 2012, 11:04:23 AM »
Mine is on the way, shipped yesterday.  Unfortunately I ordered 2 day shipping so will get it Monday :(.  I am outside CONUS, so overnight was an additional $75. 

B&H is not shipping my pre-order, and people are reporting banding and mush?  My Mellow is getting seriously Harshed.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 21, 2012, 05:45:48 PM »
It is really frustrating to find B&H at least a few days behind neighborhood camera stores.  They still have my pre-order because I live in Puerto Rico, and shipping from the small guys is $$$.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III AEB still limited to 3?
« on: March 21, 2012, 11:42:13 AM »
Does anyone know if you have more flexibility setting the points the AEB are taken at? For example, with 7D you can do -1, 0, +1, or -2, 0 +2.
Will the 5D let you do -2, -1, 0, +1.33 or other combinations?

I hope so.  The 5D II and 5D I let you do that.  :)  The limitation on the 5D II was you could only shoot 3 shots, and those shots could vary only by 2 stops.  So -3,0+3 was not possible.  You could however shoot -1+1,+3, which when added to -2,0+2, gave you a nice 6 photo bracket.

It sounds like the 5DIII now allows 3,5, or 7 shots in AEB, and the 2 stop limitation is also gone.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DMIII vs 7D for birding
« on: March 21, 2012, 08:31:07 AM »
For the past 2 years, I've had a 5DII and a 7D because they are each so great in their area.  The 5DIII definitely makes up some ground, but assuming you have a lot of light,  the 7D is still the better camera for birding because of the higher pixel density, and faster frame rate.

Lenses / Re: Sigma new 105mm macro better than canon 100L macro ?
« on: March 20, 2012, 09:27:16 PM »
I had a Sigma 105mm macro that I bought used for $100 on eBay 10 years ago.  It was one of the sharpest lenses I've ever had.  I'd still have it but it was a Nikon mount...

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