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If you're happy with the 650D and you're happy with the lens solutions for crop bodies (EF-S, etc), then I'd say save your money and return the 5D3.  I own (and love) the 5D3, and was using it on the weekend alongside a family member's 650D and the truth is, in everyday shooting situations you can achieve pretty much the  same results from either camera.

It's when you find yourself in more extreme shooting situations that the difference becomes apparent.  Sports, low light, etc.  Also DOF is more dramatic on a full frame camera compared with crop.

Having said that, if you're planning on going on safari while in Africa, you might appreciate the extra 'reach' you gain from your 70-200mm lens when using it with a crop body like the 650D.  It effectively becomes a 320mm lens.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What to look for when buying a 5d mkiii
« on: January 29, 2013, 09:42:46 PM »
Test for sensor dust, sensor hot pixels.
Best if you can review test shots on a computer monitor but you can get by using the camera's screen.

For dust, aperture preferred or manual, ISO lowest, stop down to the smallest possible, focus at infinity. Shoot a clear sky, 'white' (color is not critical) computer screen, like a blank notepad in full screen, even a clean sheet of paper. Screen or paper shots may meter too slow for hand holding, no matter, shoot anyway. Dust or other foreign material on the sensor will be very apparent when reviewed.

For hot pixels, min ISO, shutter preferred or manual, 1/15th or faster, aperture doesn't matter, I forget but I think you want infinity focus, lens cap on, you are after a black frame. Hot sensor pixels will show as blue specs that move as you scroll.
Hot pixels on the camera's screen will also be blue specs but those won't move as you scroll and won't end up in your photos. Annoying but not critical.
 
For both, use full size and scroll all around if viewing on a computer, maximum zoom and scroll all around if viewing on the camera's screen.
Good advice.  I had to return my first 5D3 due to a cluster of hot pixels.  Fortunately my local camera shop was very understanding and replaced it immediately with a perfect copy.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I love big gear
« on: January 28, 2013, 05:58:11 AM »

I will be traveling to Hong Kong & China this coming friday - guess what camera I'm bringing with me? 5D 3 + 40mm pancake + 16-35 II.

I still want P+S camera size with FF sensor - with some special lenses: 14, 35, 50mm etc...

Hi guys,
I'm currently on my business in Hong Kong & China. My co-workers and I took a walk around the Tsim Sha Tsui and Lady Market yesterday. I was shooting with 5D III and 16-35 II. After 1 hour or so into the walk, I felt the weight of this combo was getting heavier and heavier.

I'm not sure if I'm getting older :-[ or the jetlag, but it wasn't fun carrying that combo around anymore. (yes, I carried with RS-7)

I'm getting ready to go over China and I know for sure the 40mm pancake will be attached on my 5D III from now.

I'm been thinking about the Sony RX1...I might get one after this trip 8)
I carried a Lowepro Mini Trekker AW when I was in China a year or so ago.  Inside was my 40D, 10-22mm, 70-200 f/4L, 24-70L, 50 f/1.8, filters and spare batteries.  Yeah it was heavy after walking around Beijing for hours at a time in the middle of summer, but it was worth it.

I went to Sweden on the same trip, and went with the same approach there too.

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Canon General / Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« on: January 26, 2013, 04:29:20 PM »
My father bought himself (on a whim) an EOS 500 in the mid-1990s, but he never used it.  However, I became very interested in the camera and in 1997 bought myself an EOS 500N (its successor) with two kit lenses.  I burned through hundreds of rolls of film in this camera - I took it everywhere it was not supposed to go, from the Arctic Circle in -27C, to winter mountaineering in New Zealand.

At the time I was not aware of the different camera brands nor their different capabilities.  As far as I could tell, they all looked the same and seemed to do the same things.  Things haven't really changed... ;-)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 25, 2013, 04:42:11 PM »
With lighting, I'd suggest starting with a Yongnuo 568EX speedlite (as suggested above), combined with the Yongnuo 622 trigger (if you can afford the Canon gear at 5x the price, by all means buy it).  Buy a lightweight stand with a cold shoe and an umbrella adapter on top, combine with an umbrella or softbox and BOOM!  Instant mini lighting setup for around US$350.  :)

I have a pair of studio strobes, but I'm mostly using the above speedlite approach at the moment (mostly for baby photography).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I love big gear
« on: January 23, 2013, 02:46:43 PM »
I find Canon SLRs too light for my manly build, so I like to tape concrete slabs to them to make them heavier and bulkier.  Oh, and I've glued broken glass to the hand grip too, because if you're not bleeding, you're not a real photographer.

 ;D

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I think it's good that they left the telephone on the desk behind him.  It implies that it is a working office, not just a decoration.  It's kind of a 'people in their workplaces' type photo.

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I was very surprised that no one commented on the composition/balance of the shot. There doesn't seem to be enough head room. I'm thinking this was probably due to not being able to backup and he had to make a quick decision to either making an unpleasant cut at the bottom of the shot or selling off his head room real estate. If this was the case he probably made the right decision, or maybe the 70-200 would have been a better choice to buy the extra headroom at 70 mm, and still have flattering compression. Who knows
To be honest, I think this composition was intentional - it creates a sense of power and authority.  If the rule of thirds were strictly applied (at eye level) he would seem a lot smaller in the frame.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 20, 2013, 06:43:23 AM »
You might just find that this pocketable Fuji is way superior to your 5D MK3 in most respects except fast tracking AF ;)

I know I prefer my Fuji X cameras (X-Pro1 and XE-1) to my 5D MK3 with any L or Zeiss lens you care to nominate.
I've owned or tried most of them and they are soft and lackluster in comparison...

ET
Fuji cameras are pretty - I have an X10 because it has decent image quality, is reasonably small, has a manual zoom, and looks cool.  Some of my friends have bought X10s too - simply because it looks stylish (they're not interested in taking photos with it - they have iPhones for that).  I've tried getting to the point where I can go out on a serious photo mission with nothing but my Fuji, but I always find myself wishing I had my 5D3 or 1V with me.  I'm just an SLR person really.  I like the responsiveness and the no-nonsense layout of the controls (especially on the 1V).  I've handled the XE-1 at my local camera shop and felt that it was still quite a large camera and I couldn't really see the point in buying one when I already have SLRs.  The XE-1 is well known for its sharpness though - it lacks an AA filter which contributes to this.  (I'm not sure how this affects its moiré aliasing though - probably badly).

Today I had a play with an EOS 6D with the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens attached.  The lens was gorgeous.  The 6D just felt like a x00 series EOS, but full-frame... Sturdy and trustworthy, no doubt, but overpriced for what it is.

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It's not often I see people flaming each other like this on CR.  Quite amusing, but unnecessary I'm sure.

The portrait looks good to me.  If someone paid me to take a photo of a president, I'd be wanting to make sure the darned thing was in focus - so I can understand why he'd be wanting to use f/7.1.  Shoot at f/1.2 and you'd probably only get one eye in focus - how embarrassing... "Mr President?  I need to come back to the White House to take your photo again because it's out of focus."

"You're fired."

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 06, 2013, 07:19:22 AM »
I think what you haven't mentioned, which has a lot of implications, is when you bought all that kit, what did you intend to do with it? What style of photography and where? And why do you feel you are not able to do it? Is it solely the weight?
+1.  This is what I'd like to know too.  Was it just a situation where the OP had a lot of money and just wanted to own a pro camera, or was there a creative objective and the 5D3 was the best tool for the job?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark iii + 50 1.4 ii?
« on: January 03, 2013, 06:23:01 AM »
Like i always say...get cheap m42 lenses with an adapter and manual focus screen for ur 5d mk3 if u really depend on having different focal lengths. 135mm 2.8 m42 lenses arent expensive for example.
Oh but im not sure if they work on FF since i use them on APS-C. Well whatever u have a really nice combo now! I wish i had the 1.4 instead of 1.8, I think it lets double the amount of light in hehe.
Unfortunately the focus screens on the 5D Mark III are not replaceable.  I know how you feel about wishing you had the 1.4 instead of the 1.8 lens... I'm exactly the same.  Although I believe the 1.4 is 2/3rds of a stop brighter than a 1.8, rather than a full stop.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« on: December 29, 2012, 06:12:47 PM »
Nice review!  Just one note though (to help with your writing), the plural of 'lens' is 'lenses'.

I'm only pointing this out because the word is used a lot in your review, for obvious reasons, especially in the first two paragraphs (intro and build quality).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is it hard not to buy 3rd party lenses now?
« on: December 23, 2012, 05:05:29 AM »
The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 does exist for a while now. Aren't those reviews made at the beginning of the release of the Sigma? Later on the production models improved. I own the Sigma bought it in 2010 and it does not have focus problems though granted its IQ is less on my 5D MKIII than on my 7D
Yes that's correct; Sigma have (from what I've read) improved the quality of the 50mm/1.4 lenses since those early reviews.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 vs Canon 35mm f/1.4
« on: December 08, 2012, 05:55:18 PM »
Interesting review.  His focus speed test method was rather flawed though - most people will not be focussing from infinity every time they focus on a subject, so the Canon's faster motor will definitely be appreciated for smaller focus adjustments.

I'll probably pick up a Sigma once they come into New Zealand, although the indicative pricing is high: US$1250.

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