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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III vs D800/E, is the 5D3 better at anything?
« on: April 16, 2012, 09:22:25 AM »
I think it's pretty clear that they're both excellent cameras which have their strengths and ideal uses, but either one would work well in pretty much any situation. Like the guy said in that video interview, there's certainly not a good reason to switch systems on the basis of what differences there are. You can shoot events on a D800 and fashion on a mk iii just fine.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III vs D800/E, is the 5D3 better at anything?
« on: April 16, 2012, 04:31:40 AM »
"I have never found a practical use for RAW files in years of digital photography. In fact, here is the dirty secret of RAW files: it would take an accomplished expert hours of image processing time to match the same precision adjustments that are made to the image by the camera automatically when it exports image data to JPEG. The camera already has access to the full RAW data when it creates the JPEG image, and it optimizes and improves it automatically before creating the JPEG. So when you get the JPEG you are getting the best you can get."

Who is responsible for this great pearl of wisdom? Ken Rockwell?

Ouch. Low blow man! He didn't deserve that!

I was being serious! Sounds like Ken to me.

On a totally unrelated note I would advise all wannabe chefs to STOP BUYING INGREDIENTS. Just stop. Ever heard of ready meals? There are huge food corporations out there who have spent countless hours and invested huge sums in determining exactly what flavours are most appealing to the average consumer and which combinations of additives work best. They also have far greater purchasing power than you or I, meaning they can make a pizza, lasagne or coq au vin with more expertise and at a cheaper cost than you could ever hope to achieve. And here's the dirty little secret about cooking: it would take a top chef many hours of sweat and toil to reproduce a cheap ready-made meal, and even then it would taste like cardboard in comparison to the rich tapestry of flavours contained within a microwavable dinner.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III vs D800/E, is the 5D3 better at anything?
« on: April 16, 2012, 04:13:00 AM »
"I have never found a practical use for RAW files in years of digital photography. In fact, here is the dirty secret of RAW files: it would take an accomplished expert hours of image processing time to match the same precision adjustments that are made to the image by the camera automatically when it exports image data to JPEG. The camera already has access to the full RAW data when it creates the JPEG image, and it optimizes and improves it automatically before creating the JPEG. So when you get the JPEG you are getting the best you can get."

Who is responsible for this great pearl of wisdom? Ken Rockwell?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Should I buy the 5D Mark III Kit?
« on: April 14, 2012, 03:04:42 PM »
Dear members,
Sorry for posting my reply in this thread but I have similar question with some options... ))
I'm going to have some vacation this summer and want to visit Paris. This is my first trip to France and I want you to give me some advices. Sure if it's possible?! 
In 2-3 day I'm getting my new camera, the 5D mk3 and I haven't made my decision yet. What to get: body only or kit version?
The advise I need from you guys is about lenses I should take with me to Paris.
From my bunch of lenses I have: 24-70 f2.8L; 16-35 f2.8L II; 70-200 f2.8L II; 85 f1.2L; 50 f1.4.
I prefer to shoot landscapes and portraits and some all around photography.
So, what lenses I should choose?
And what about the 5d mk3, should I get body only or kit? Or I should buy a new lens to complete my setup?

Body only. Just bring your 24-70, or maybe your 16-35. and maybe your 50 cause its small and light.
Thanks. I was also thinking about getting the 35 f1.4L. What do you think?

The 35 1.4 is awesome, but I would bring the 50 1.4 on holiday because it's cheaper, lighter and arguably more versatile. Something wider like the 16-35 / 24-70 would be good to have too, just be aware of weight and theft / loss risks. Hard to beat the 24-70 as an all-rounder.

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EOS Bodies / Re: any screen protectors for MarkIII?
« on: April 14, 2012, 02:49:46 PM »
XO skins has a protector for the 5DM3. Just got mine a couple days ago. About $11 on their website. http://xoskins.com/canon-5d-mark-iii-screen-protector

So what's the verdict, some people are saying they don't fit properly, is that true or are there different batches out there? I hate the smudginess of plain glass :/

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III error 80 and failure to release shutter
« on: April 13, 2012, 07:30:58 PM »
Is there anyone who has the "Error 80" problem who has never used an Eye-Fi card?

Me. Once. With a 3rd party battery.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Should I buy the 5D Mark III Kit?
« on: April 13, 2012, 04:20:06 PM »
One of the biggest advantages of a FF camera is the DOF control. The 24-105 may be a great walk-around lens, but the 5D3 is more than just a walk-around camera and it really starts to shine at wider apertures. For taking pics of kids around the house, sure, the 24-105 would work, but so would a 60D and a 17-55.

I would personally get the body only and the Sigma 50mm 1.4. You can shoot people all day (and night!) with that and I often take it out as my only lens. Then look at the old-but-good Canon 24-70 L or the new Sigma 70-200 OS (optical stabilisation) depending on what you're shooting.

Just my 2p.

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EOS Bodies / Re: So after my first wedding with my 5d3...
« on: April 11, 2012, 06:20:07 PM »
As for the improved shutter response, I have to get used to that! I think the button is more sensitive. On more than one occasion i've just wanted to lock focus and i accidentally took a photo.

Dude, use the back button for AF and disable AF on the shutter button. Seriously, it makes life so much easier :)

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Site Information / Re: Disappointed and goodbye
« on: April 10, 2012, 10:27:06 AM »
Against my better judgment, I'm back for one last post (promise). I have read the chain of comments and have the following observations, if I may.

(1) Most of you have been very kind and encouraging, and I thank you all. I wish everyone could be that way. (2) But, alas, folks like "wickedwombat" just prove my initial point. What could possibly be a motive for such a snarky comment? "Hurt feelings"? ... I don't think so. I just don't have the time or the inclination for comments such as this, and the rest of you shouldn't either. As I said, "Better things to do."

Ok sorry folks, I know you'll all hate me for this and my post will be removed but...

Nice Shot Steve you posted all of 10 posts, had relatively little interaction with the forum and now you're making this great dramatic exit like some epic chapter of our lives is coming to a close. You can't handle the internet apparently. Wicketwombat's post was good natured and funny, so if you are completely devoid of any sense of humour or perspective then I don't care what you do. This is not the sinking of the Titanic. The forum isn't for you, ok, boo hoo see you.

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Site Information / Re: Disappointed and goodbye
« on: April 09, 2012, 04:12:58 PM »
I don't know the OP or what you've written before, but I'm sorry you're leaving. Good luck finding a widely-read public forum where everyone is always courteous and debates never degenerate into heated arguments. This is the internet. It's an impersonal "140 characters or less" world. A hard hat and a few pinches of salt are required.

I've found CR to be a fun place to hang out and there are plenty of nice, knowledgeable, helpful people.

You don't have to leave town just because it's not Pleasantville.

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Mine came with a screen protector, an upholstered leather presentation box, two tickets to the upcoming UK tour of Starlight Express, and a handwritten note from the CEO of Canon expressing his eternal gratitude for my custom and an assurance that I'll be able to reconfigure all the buttons in a future firmware update.

You mean you didn't get the one with the car keys inside?!?

Damn it, no! That explains the enclosed photo of the Mercedes SL63.

I'm gonna send this POS back.

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EOS Bodies / Re: any screen protectors for MarkIII?
« on: April 05, 2012, 09:00:03 PM »
I don't like how finger prints and nose oil seem to cloud up the LCD screen so easily, so I'm considering a protector. I guess when the screen is actually on you can't see the smudginess, but I still find it irritating! I have a glass GGS protector on my 7D, which is also the frame for the ggs loupe, and it seems to be easier to wipe clean.

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Mine came with a screen protector, an upholstered leather presentation box, two tickets to the upcoming UK tour of Starlight Express, and a handwritten note from the CEO of Canon expressing his eternal gratitude for my custom and an assurance that I'll be able to reconfigure all the buttons in a future firmware update.

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Lenses / Re: How about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HS
« on: April 05, 2012, 08:46:23 AM »
The Canon's bokeh is much sharper.

If this wasn't a typo: For my lenses, I'd like the bokeh to be blurry, not sharp :-p ... but concerning the 50/1.8 you are actually correct: due to the few blades the lens shows sharp "artistic" artifacts in the background.

Not a typo. I chose the Sigma because the bokeh is softer on the edges, it's like a painting. Canon's 1.4 bokeh is nasty - although not as cheap-looking as the 1.8.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III error 80 and failure to release shutter
« on: April 04, 2012, 11:44:37 PM »
Got the same error very soon after I bought the camera  - testing a no name battery. Ever since I've stuck to Canon batteries and have had no problems. Perhaps they've got some anti-cheapass mechanism in there somewhere.

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