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  I can replace the CPU or hard drive or motherboard if I need to improve the performance from any of these components, which I also have done.  All for the fraction of the price of a new computer.

With a Mac, you get a complete (and usually refined) all-in-one package.  But if you need more performance from it you'll have to get your credit card out and buy a new one.

The other big difference between Mac and PCs is the operating system.  A Mac comes with OS X (10.7 currently).  PCs usually come with Windows 7.  There are a number of differences between the two systems, but to be honest I don't even notice when I switch between them anymore.  Nor does my wife (who is not interested in computers in the slightest).  They have different strengths and weaknesses, but ultimately achieve the same thing.  One thing to note though, is that there are significantly more programs available for Windows than there are for OS X, and when Apple release new versions of OS X, you often need to purchase new versions of your software to make them compatible.   Microsoft provide far better backward-compatibility with older software (something which almost holds them back).  On the other hand, Aperture is only available for OS X...
My Mac is upgradable and I have. Its a Mac Pro. Its had new GFX card and an SSD boot disk to complement the existing 4 drives internally. How is that not exandable? CPU's can be swapped out for newer compatable ones too.

All intel macs can have memory and hard disks swapped out both which will improve performance.

As for the comment about backward compatability, where did that come from? Apple have only just stopped supplying rosetta to run powerpc only apps and they stopped selling powerpc based macs in 2006. You don't have to buy them (unlike with windows and office which did require a specific version of office for vista) but you won't get all the latest features with the old versions. Worth keeping in mind too that the cost of apps on the mac tends to be less (including OS X itself) and they are easly installed and maintained if available though the app store.
The OP is contemplating an iMac.  If you're telling me he can easily upgrade his motherboard, CPU and graphics card in that computer, I will happily acknowledge an error on my part.

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...and it comes with a free ship!   :P

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EOS Bodies / Re: Brand New 5d3 with 1500 shutter counts.
« on: May 18, 2012, 02:16:49 AM »
Thanks all for the input, i called the manager where i purchased the camera, and i was able to return for another brand new body. This body has 0 shutter count :)
That's an excellent outcome!

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If you want to do basic post processing of your digital photos, Aperture (Mac only) or Lightroom (both platforms) will suffice.

For significantly more advanced editing and drawing, Photoshop is the way to go.

The PC/Mac decision is up to you.  I use both (I've been bi-platform since 2005).  I'm typing this on a Macbook Pro, which I use primarily for web browsing and email, but for post processing I use a Windows 7 desktop PC.  I like my PC for advanced work because it's upgradable.  I can upgrade the graphics card if I need more power in this area (which I recently did).  I can replace the CPU or hard drive or motherboard if I need to improve the performance from any of these components, which I also have done.  All for the fraction of the price of a new computer.

With a Mac, you get a complete (and usually refined) all-in-one package.  But if you need more performance from it you'll have to get your credit card out and buy a new one.

The other big difference between Mac and PCs is the operating system.  A Mac comes with OS X (10.7 currently).  PCs usually come with Windows 7.  There are a number of differences between the two systems, but to be honest I don't even notice when I switch between them anymore.  Nor does my wife (who is not interested in computers in the slightest).  They have different strengths and weaknesses, but ultimately achieve the same thing.  One thing to note though, is that there are significantly more programs available for Windows than there are for OS X, and when Apple release new versions of OS X, you often need to purchase new versions of your software to make them compatible.  Microsoft provide far better backward-compatibility with older software (something which almost holds them back).  On the other hand, Aperture is only available for OS X...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Loss in Resale Value of 5D Mk3
« on: May 17, 2012, 12:17:30 AM »
Before I purchased the 5D Mark III, I considered purchasing a second hand 1D Mark III.  These had an autofocus issue which Canon fixed early on with a mirror adjustment/replacement.  In the second hand market, the question would always be asked "has the AF been fixed".  The answer was usually "yes" and the potential buyers were 100% satisfied.  The 5D Mark III should be no different.

The difference is that the AF problem on the 1D actually had an impact on sports photography - one of the most common uses for this body.  The 'light leak' issue on the 5D requires such unique shooting circumstances that most people wouldn't encounter the issue under 99.9% of situations.

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I have a small cluster of bright red hot pixels just below centre frame.  Will see if there's anything I can do about it, otherwise I'll have to take it up with my dealer.  It's visible even at 25% on my monitor.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 Custom Settings
« on: May 15, 2012, 09:29:22 AM »

Also, I'm considering disabling AF on a half-shutter press and switching to the back AF button, but wanted to hear from others who might have thoughts on that.  What are the advantages/disadvantages of going that direction.  I've only tried it a bit on my 7D, but not enough to get comfortable with it.
I disable AF on the half-shutter press on all of my cameras - it's useful for keeping metering separate from AF - and being able to reshoot something you've already completed the focussing for.  It is also useful if you use the centre AF-point focus and re-compose method for your photographs.  But you don't really need to use that method so much with the 5D3 due to its glorious AF point selection abilities... :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Which body to sell?
« on: May 15, 2012, 09:14:28 AM »
If video is your primary reason for owning a DSLR, and you are satisfied with the overall performance of the 550D in this area, then you should just stick with that.  If you have an interest in stills (especially the sports you mentioned), then the 7D obviously will excel in this area - but of course you can shoot sport with a 550D or 600D - they're just not as well equipped for it.

Personally I'd get rid of the 550D and 600D and buy a second 7D.  But that doesn't help at all does it?  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: My 5diii review..
« on: May 15, 2012, 08:34:02 AM »
I rushed out this afternoon and bought a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lens to go with the 5D3 I bought yesterday... now I feel like I have a great combination for portraits.  My 24-70L goes nicely with it, but it doesn't have as much 'flatness' as an 85mm prime.  I can see why a lot of people say their 85s hardly ever come off their cameras.

The 5D3 is continuing to exceed expectations; the only issues so far have been a 'hot pixel' - nothing much I can do about that - and front-focussing (with all of my lenses).  I'm working through the AF adjustment menus to resolve this.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Brand New 5d3 with 1500 shutter counts.
« on: May 14, 2012, 10:01:41 AM »
After reading these posts, I made sure that I formatted my CF card before inserting it into my new 5D3 today... When I powered up the camera for the first time it asked me to enter the date and time zone, and the first photo showed up with the number '0001'.  There were no fingerprints on the camera body at all either.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 vs D800 sales numbers
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:52:38 AM »
I bought my 5D3 today (in part due to PhilDrinkwater's review, I must admit), and the manager at the camera shop I dealt with said they haven't even *seen* a production D800.  It's almost what we call in the IT industry 'vapourware'.  Something that gets announced, but nobody can physically obtain.

Uh oh! I hope you like it!! I tried to be as fair as possible :)

I heard the same from a retailer here. They can't get hold of d800's. It just annoys people...
So far its low light capabilities are blowing my mind - I can't understand how a camera can have this kind of performance.  I feel like I'm cheating the gods of photography and light somehow.

Your review (and your style of photography) resonated with me, so I thank you.  I just wish I still lived in the UK so I could tag along on one of your shoots!  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Help with Camera decisions
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:49:53 AM »
I just found a good deal at a local store that offers the 5Dii with a 24-70mm 2.8 for just around 2,700€. I can also grab an extra 50mm 1.8, plus other small accessoires which I got planned out and are quite cheap, aka accumulate gear over a period of time.

What do you think about this? And will the 5Dii still serve me good for a long time?
I don't think you can go wrong with this combination.  The 5D2 is a great camera if you don't need the 'sports' features of the 5D3 - similar IQ, but without the framerate and AF.  The 24-70mm is a great lens, so versatile on a FF body.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 vs D800 sales numbers
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:06:07 AM »
I definitely wouldn't trust the amazon rank for this kind of camera in the slightest. Maybe consumer cameras, but not semi-pro/pro. No idea about the US market - presumably B&H or somewhere would do more trade than amazon?
+1

When you see that the 1100D is the top selling Canon camera in the rankings, it's pretty clear what market buys their gear from Amazon.

I bought my 5D3 today (in part due to PhilDrinkwater's review, I must admit), and the manager at the camera shop I dealt with said they haven't even *seen* a production D800.  It's almost what we call in the IT industry 'vapourware'.  Something that gets announced, but nobody can physically obtain.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: A few hours with a 5D3
« on: May 14, 2012, 12:19:22 AM »
I'm unboxing my new 5D3 right this second.  After reading constantly about its shortcomings vs its positives, I decided I could live with it!  I'll know shortly...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Found another review of 5d mark iii
« on: May 13, 2012, 05:50:56 PM »
The review was very positive, although it's hard for me to take a writer seriously when they spell supercedes "superseeds".

  Does the writer have many kids?....   ;D
Hahah!  :D

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