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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III vs. 1D Mark IV
« on: May 07, 2012, 11:54:17 AM »
Yes, having the built in grip would be very useful.  Sometimes I'll be wearing a suit when I'm taking photographs, and it's bad to extend my arms over the top of the camera when shooting portrait without a grip.  Suit jackets aren't designed to stretch like that.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III vs. 1D Mark IV
« on: May 07, 2012, 09:30:58 AM »
Dodgy flash performance???? Never heard of that nor experienced - and you are aware that I am flash fanatic  ::) ::) ::)

You left of the selectable AF point metering - VERY usefull for weddings
I thought I had the metering bit covered with "AF point linked metering".  Have I got it wrong?

After re-reading some articles, it seems that the dodgy flash performance is related to using the AF-assist beam from external flashes.  It's very slow to get focus in this mode, compared with the 5D series cameras (of all generations).

Now that I'm really getting into the nitty gritty of what I like and dislike about these cameras, one thing is becoming obvious - I don't like the physical look of the 5D Mark III, nor do I like its top rotary dial.  I can't stand the way the camera looks with the battery grip attached!  And I need a battery grip.  Does this make me shallow?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III vs. 1D Mark IV
« on: May 07, 2012, 09:08:22 AM »
There is one thing that was missed - and to me very important -

- The ability to shoot manual mode with ec which is not possible with the 5DIII
Is ec exposure compensation?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III vs. 1D Mark IV
« on: May 07, 2012, 09:02:10 AM »
Updated my list, adding cons...

5D Mark III:
Pros:
- latest autofocus system
- smaller body size, lighter
- better high ISO performance
- better image quality
- 22 megapixels
- full frame
- better video features
- silent shutter

Cons:
- battery grip costs an extra $400 and looks ugly
- achieves 6fps only when battery is over 40-50% full

1D Mark IV:
Pros:
- built-in battery grip
- weather proofing, build quality
- faster lens drive
- 10 fps, better buffering
- 1.3x crop gets sweet-spot for lenses and extra focal length
- f/8 autofocussing
- AF point linked metering
- a lot cheaper (for a used copy)
- shutter good for 300,000 shots
- amazing battery life

Cons:
- dodgy flash performance
- silent shutter isn't very silent

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III vs. 1D Mark IV
« on: May 06, 2012, 08:50:56 AM »
5 series..  weddings
1 series sport and journalism

apples and oranges really
What do you think it is about these cameras that makes them better for either weddings or journalism?  One of Canon's marketing strategies for the 1D IV was showing how good it was for wedding photography, so I'm just curious.

This is the marketing I was referring to:

http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/news/jeff_ascough_blog.do

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III vs. 1D Mark IV
« on: May 06, 2012, 08:21:01 AM »

Yes it is.

Before I couldn't use Ai on still sitting subjects as the servo would go very small steps back and forth aaall the time, but now, it locks properly and stays on, no matter if the subject is a rubberball been thrown in an elevator or a picture hanging on a wall. Hilariously much better than anything else I have tried.

My dilemma is that I can buy a mint 1D IV for $800 less than a 5D III.  If you were in this position, would you still pick the 5D?  I know it's an awfully loaded question, but I thought I'd stick it out there...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III AI Servo AF Point Annoyance
« on: May 06, 2012, 08:05:57 AM »
What colour are the AF points on the 1D series bodies?  Is the the 5D III the only Canon SLR with black AF points?

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I recommend having a look through http://www.the-digital-picture.com/ . I enjoy his reviews and find them really informative. He does get into the technical nitty gritty, but also gives real world assessments. In his last few paragraphs he'll mention if he recommends it based on what you may already have, cost and over all quality of the product.

+1 to that! All my camera and lens decisions where made much easier by his website. The lens comparison tools, especially the side-by-side sharpness and vignetting ones, are also a huge help.
+2... It's probably the most concise and enjoyable real-world review site to read IMHO.

I got the 60d in spite of the d7000 having better specs because I like the 60d's usability better (and it's cheaper and running magic lantern).
I recently borrowed a friend's D7000 to see how a Nikon SLR camera would 'feel', having used Canon SLRs exclusively since the mid-90s.  My first reaction was 'you must have tiny hands to find the D7000 comfortable to hold'.  I found the handling and ergonomics of the D7000 appalling compared with my EOS 40D, although when it came to image quality (particularly at higher ISOs), it naturally blew my 5-year-old camera out of the water...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III vs. 1D Mark IV
« on: May 06, 2012, 07:52:20 AM »
I have more sharp images from a 13 images burst with the 5d than I had ever with the 1d4. So the keeperrate is higher, and buffer smaller, same difference.

The 1d X will annihilate both of the above.
Thanks Viggo.  Why do you think you get more sharp images from the 5D?  Is its AF system really that much better than the 1D's?

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Some of the photos posted in this thread have been taken using what is still my 'current' digital camera.  It's probably time for me to upgrade...  :-\

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EOS Bodies / Re: Nikon owns Canon - in TV commercials
« on: May 06, 2012, 07:24:41 AM »
can Nikon be as good as this?
Dare I say it, but that video is rather dull, don't you think?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III vs. 1D Mark IV
« on: May 06, 2012, 05:55:17 AM »
I'm building a pros comparison list of 5d III vs 1D IV, since I'm considering which to purchase...

5D Mark III:

- latest autofocus system
- smaller body size, lighter
- better high ISO performance
- better image quality
- 22 megapixels
- full frame
- better video features
- silent shutter

1D Mark IV:

- built-in battery grip
- weather proofing, build quality
- faster lens drive
- 10 fps, better buffering
- 1.3x crop gets sweet-spot for lenses and extra focal length
- f/8 autofocussing
- AF point linked metering
- cheaper (for a used copy)
- shutter good for 300,000 shots

Can anyone think of anything I've missed?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Nikon owns Canon - in TV commercials
« on: May 05, 2012, 07:38:58 PM »
The "I AM" thing feels a bit similar to the work of New Zealand artist Colin McCahon.  He did a bunch of paintings like that...


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EOS Bodies / Re: Weather Sealing: 5D3 vs. 5D2 vs. D800 Diagrams
« on: April 29, 2012, 10:07:18 AM »
What's the difference between the red and the green colourings?  Presumably red=good, because I noticed that the Mark 3 has red around the joystick.  On my 40D, that's the first thing to stop working when it gets wet.

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Canon General / Re: I've switched to the Dark Side (no, Literally).
« on: April 28, 2012, 07:14:18 AM »
@ thepancakeman

Excellent thought. Anyone can develop some film, scan the negatives and fiddle with some sliders in Lightroom. How many people have really solid dark room skills? Probably not many.
I learned darkroom skills a few years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed the full process. While what I do these days - developing and then scanning the negatives - is hardly the same thing, it's still a rewarding feeling to know that what you've done during the development process has directly contributed to the end result.  It also means that I don't need to throw out my 1 series film body, just yet.  It really does outperform my 40d in virtually every way.

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