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EOS Bodies / Re: My 5diii review..
« on: May 13, 2012, 05:30:55 PM »
I enjoyed the read, and there were some lovely photos in there.

I'm hoping to pick up a 5D3 tomorrow, but will have to wait a while before I can afford any primes for it.  The first will probably be the Sigma 85mm f/1.4, since I can't afford the Canon f/1.2.

Why don't you get the Canon 85mm f/1.8? It's an awesome lens.
The Sigma is a much better lens than the Canon f/1.8, although it's more expensive (nearly double).  But then the Canon f/1.2 is *more* than double the price of the Sigma.  So it's a nice balance between price and performance.

There is an excellent review on The Digital Picture which compares all the 85mm models (including the Zeiss) which is worth checking out, although since I see you have the f/1.2 you don't need to because you already have the best. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Found another review of 5d mark iii
« on: May 13, 2012, 09:47:37 AM »
The review was very positive, although it's hard for me to take a writer seriously when they spell supercedes "superseeds".

EOS Bodies / Re: My 5diii review..
« on: May 13, 2012, 08:48:07 AM »
I enjoyed the read, and there were some lovely photos in there.

I'm hoping to pick up a 5D3 tomorrow, but will have to wait a while before I can afford any primes for it.  The first will probably be the Sigma 85mm f/1.4, since I can't afford the Canon f/1.2.

EOS Bodies / Re: Brand New 5d3 with 1500 shutter counts.
« on: May 13, 2012, 08:24:25 AM »
It sounds like it could have been a shop floor model.  I suggest you call your dealer to find out what's going on...

There's no stock of D800s in any of the camera shops I've been to.  I don't know if they've even landed in my country yet.  Therefore, despite my best efforts to try out the Nikon, I'll be buying a 5D3.  Tomorrow, probably.  Being able to physically obtain a camera is usually more important than minor specification differences.

And after my 10 megapixel 40D, 22 megapixels will be a considerable upgrade, I suspect.

EOS Bodies / Re: Help with Camera decisions
« on: May 11, 2012, 10:20:44 AM »
So the Mark II over 7D even though I could invest extra lenses with the 7D?

Are there also any differences or whatsoever between US and EU models?

The 7D and 5D II are almost exactly the same, also, if you can't answer which you need the most you're boned. I hate the 7D, so yes. I'd always get the 5D II or a 1D.
Why on earth do you "hate" the 7D?  That's such a strong word to use.

EOS Bodies / Re: It's OK to Rant and Gripe Here but .....
« on: May 10, 2012, 10:11:42 AM »
this may sound retarded but here goes
I have been a long time windows user and changed to mac
Is there anyway to batch rename files in a mac without additional software
in windows its as simple as highlight all the files right click rename and it automatically add a sequential number to the name you give it. I cant seem to see anything on the mac that can do that  :-[
I've used the built-in Automator tool on my Macs to do mass file renaming in the past, but it takes a bit of learning to figure out how it works.  It's a script programming tool.

There's no way I'm giving up my lenses and digital and film bodies to switch to a Nikon.  I feel 'at one' with my Canon bodies, being able to intuitively know where the buttons are located.  So instead of having to fiddle around with strange buttons and dials, I can starting shooting immediately with an EOS.  When I tried a 5D3 at my camera store, it was simple to operate coming from a 40D and 1V.

Anyway, if I had enough money to switch systems entirely, I probably would just buy a completely separate Nikon setup and keep my EOS gear as well.  That way I'd get to enjoy the best of both worlds.  When Sony and Nikon's relationship eventually sours and they start suing each other, there will be a shift in the digital camera ecosystem.  Competitors working together often end up this way.  Like Apple and Microsoft, Apple and Samsung, Apple and....

canon 60d
17-55 2.8
15-85 usm
50 1.8

I think its great and wonder if its sharpness might be better served with a different lens. I was considering the 50 1.4 or 70-200 f4is to add reach. I am keeping it since due to a mistake with my local dealer i only paid $3570 out the door for the kit. Even any upcoming 70d ff option will not beat that deal. I don't have anymore ef mount lenses so i was just curious if anyone else felt the nikon was better if you were no longer invested in glass.
Yes, I'd say that getting a nice prime lens or two will help your sharpness issues.  You also might want to see if microadjusting the focus for your 24-105mm lens would help with softness.

Going from a 60D, (which is purely a consumer-level camera with a basic AF system), to the 5D's pro-level AF system will be a huge learning curve.  Have patience with it and spend some time immersed in the manual.  You'll either find that it's not for you, or you love it.  I'm guessing the latter.

We'll just have to wait and see how the review for the 5D3 turns out, won't we?  :)

IMHO, FPS and AF performance are *big* things - the two things that made me decide to never purchase a 5D2.  They are the difference between getting the shot, and not getting the shot.  36MP is a lot of blurry pixels if your image is out of focus or you've missed that critical moment...

Which cameras have you used before the 5D3, KKCFamilyman?  And which lenses are you using on it?

EOS Bodies / Re: Help with Camera decisions
« on: May 09, 2012, 08:58:46 AM »
If you need uncompressed HDMI output from your camera, you'll need to buy a Nikon.  Otherwise, the 5D Mark III would be a good choice for video from the Canon stables.  It has better moire reduction than the Nikons, if this is important to you.  There's also a wider range of lenses to choose from with the Canon range, including tilt shift lenses which can look great in video work.

EOS Bodies / Re: Up the game
« on: May 09, 2012, 08:47:45 AM »
Ok. I get what you are saying. They sacrificed resolution for speed and iso performance. That doesn't help studio photographers who use 1ds3. I got cha. So what would you consider a good upgrade path? Is resolution the only benchmark you care about for a 1ds3 upgrade?
As someone who has been torn between buying a used 1DS3 and a new 5D3, I'd say the things that made me NOT immediately buy the 1DS3 was the frame rate, LCD resolution and high ISO performance.  These things have been addressed in the 5D3, but it still lacks the 1-series build quality, built in grip and lens drive performance.  So... what I'm saying is if Canon were to update the 1DS3 with some of those nice little features that are in the 5D3, but keep all the good stuff like f/8 AF, etc, then that would be a great upgrade path IMHO.

As it is, I'm now looking at a used 1D4, but I'm not convinced I should go for a crop sensor.  But that's another thread altogether and I don't want to hijack this one.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is this heresy?
« on: May 09, 2012, 08:19:35 AM »
The Fuji is a very nice looking (but large) camera, and would certainly be a cool fashion statement (much like my X10 is).  I was at my local camera specialist the other day, and asked the salesman about them.  He said that the AF is really really slow.

The 7D on the other hand is an almost perfect crop-body camera for its price range.  Solid build, great AF, fast frame rate, video, plenty of pixels...

EOS Bodies / Re: Nikon owns Canon - in TV commercials
« on: May 09, 2012, 08:07:40 AM »
can Nikon be as good as this?
Dare I say it, but that video is rather dull, don't you think?

How so??
Well, six minutes of watching the same buildings in a time-lapse over and over and over again.  Sun goes up, sun goes down.  Sun goes up, sun goes down.  Sun goes up, sun goes down.

Certainly, the photography is lovely.  But entertaining?

Portrait / Re: Portraits of my GF, Would like feedback!!
« on: May 09, 2012, 01:37:06 AM »
I would have liked to see less contrast and brighter complexion on your subject; especially around the eyes.

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