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While not open source, if you are willing to use your Mac another option is Pixelmator


While most of my post processing is done with LightRoom and Nik plugins, Pixelmator has a ton of functionality and at $30 is a steal.  You can grap it off the Mac App Store.

Lenses / Re: Tripod collar for 70-300L: Does it really exist?
« on: April 01, 2012, 02:19:29 PM »
That thing has been backordered for ages.  I've tried picking one up off of Ebay, but there is nothing but knock-offs on there as well, making me wonder if they have ever truly been for sale.  At this stage I'm getting tempted to try one of the $40 knock-offs...

Site Information / Re: Canon Rumors Site Information
« on: April 01, 2012, 02:12:57 PM »
Any chance the redesign will also include a mobile version of the site?  A while ago there used to be a mobile version, but it has been missing for some time.

EOS Bodies / Re: Curious about B&H & mkiii shipments
« on: March 28, 2012, 04:27:25 PM »
564XX also shipped!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 22, 2012, 12:28:15 PM »
I am sorry for any dissatisfaction and happy to report we have received our first batch of EOS 5D Mk III bodies and body+kit packages. They should be shipped this afternoon. You will receive an email with a UPS package tracking number. UPS will be able to confirm the tracking number several hours later as we affix the number before the package is handed off from us to UPS. We expect our next batch to be delivered to us next week.

Henry Posner
B&H Photo-Video

Is it safe to assume that if our Order status is still "back ordered" that we won't be part of the first shipment? 

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 18, 2012, 08:19:40 AM »
I just received that exact same email.  Not sure if it means I didn't make the first batch or not.  I ordered about 4 hours after the initial announcement, so I won't be too surprised if I did miss it.

Just received an email from B&H related to my 5DMk3 Body order:

Dear xxxxxxx:

You placed order #xxxxxxxxx on 03/02/12.

One or more items from this purchase are still out of stock as we haven't yet received the merchandise from our supplier. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will keep you posted on a weekly basis.

We appreciate your patience and patronage. Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments about this order.

Thank you.

B&H Photo-Video

Technical Support / Re: Ants in 5D2
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:12:07 AM »
Don't do anything which kills the ants in the camera. Open the camera up as much as possible and set it in a protected area, preferrably open to outdoors, and let the ants leave. There's nothing within he camera which should encourage them to stay there.

Agree with this.  You could try setting it out with the card door open and spray some sugar water or something next to it.  Kill the ants as they come out.  Unfortunately, if you do that, you'll have to watch the whole time though as a food source may make them want to make a home in there.  Maybe that isn't such a good idea after all...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: No Focusing Screens for 5D MIII?
« on: March 09, 2012, 08:08:11 AM »
Why do you say the viewfinder does not go wider than 5.6? I thought until the time of the shutter, the aperture is fully open and so should be at the F level you are trying to use.
Maybe i am mistaken, but can you explain a bit more please.

That statement isn't really correct for the aperture - it's actually f/2.8.  The focusing screens in modern dSLRs are laser microetched to make them brighter, so they work better with slow lenses which are common these days.  One consequence of that is that the viewfinder shows the DoF of an f/2.8 lens even with lenses that are faster than that.  If you have a fast prime, test it yourself - use the DoF preview button as you stop down from wide open, and you'll see that the VF doesn't start getting darker until you hit ~f/2.8 (or f/2.5 with some lenses).  The high-precision Eg-S screen for the 5DII is a 'brighter' screen that shows the true DoF for fast lenses (but f/5.6 lenses are pretty dark, unlike with the stock screen).

I use an Eg-S on the 5DII, and the lack of a similar option for the 5DIII is very disappointing.  It's true that there will likely be 3rd party screens as there are for the 7D, but the focusing screen on the 7D is not considered user-replaceable, and doing yourself is a challenge, so most of the vendors that sell 7D screens also offer a service to swap them out.  Personally, I prefer the flexibility to easily change them out on-the-fly - Eg-S when I'm going to be using a fast prime, Eg-A (the stock screen) when using a slower zoom, like the 28-300L where I might be outdoors or inside.

Per Chucky, the f2.8 isn't accurate either; it's actually f4.0.   8)  Regardless, having used the 7D quite a bit over the past couple years and finding manual focusing with wide apertures to be an exercise in frustration, this is probably a deal breaker for me.

I had completely forgotten about this (even though I started the thread - lol) until this thread got resurrected.  While I've indicated in other threads I was leaning towards getting the MIII over the 1D X simply because of cost, I've decided to cancel my pre-order and wait for the 1D X.  Manual focusing is too critical for me and I'm not interesting in having to pay attention to the aperture I'm using and then adjust metering compensation accordingly.

I haven't had this much indecision in a gear purchase ever.  I'm considering four options right now:

  • Purchase the 1D X
  • Purchase the 5D MIII, as well as the grip and new flash system
  • Purchase the 5D MIII, as well as the grip and a new lens
  • Purchase the 5D MIII and the ID MIV (more pricey in total, but an interesting option none-the-less)

I'm leaning towards on of the 5D MIII options, simply because there are some other things I'd like to get as well as I could use my 1D X fund to fund those purchases.  While I could, I'm not terribly interested in dropping 10K+ right now.  The only things I'd really miss are the flash sync speed and moveable spot metering.  I figure if it drives me nuts, I'll just flip the camera and buy the 1D X after all.

Edit - you'd think an Actuary could count...

Software & Accessories / Re: Before you upgrade to Lightroom 4...
« on: March 07, 2012, 07:40:24 AM »
I have not done the jump myself but there is a thread on FM that mentions some issues with Tone Curves:

A PM was sent to me on another forum stating:
To paraphrase: it seems that LR4 does not import Tone curves properly when upgrading a LR3 catalog to LR4. Photos with Tone Curve adjustments will look different in LR4 even if you don't employ the "2012 process".

This is something you may want to be aware of when upgrading.

Thanks for that link.  I suspected there may be some glitches with the import of LR3 catalogs since we couldn't actually  test the functionality with the beta.  I'm holding off on upgrading until they have that bug free.

EOS Bodies / Re: No f/8.0 autofocus with 5D Mark III
« on: March 05, 2012, 07:40:26 AM »
D800 has AF with f/8.0 lenses. And they charge more for the 5D3.  ;D

To early to say what the street prices will be

Street price will be MSRP for at least 6 months. After which I do not really expect it to lower any further.

Historically the street price usually is 20-30% below msrp - and that is what I expect from the 5DIII

Historically the 5D Mark II's pricing would disagree with that.

Current UK msrp is £2300, street price £1500 which is now over 30% off.

While this is true, the 5D Mark II was released in late 2008 (over three years ago).  If I recall correctly, most companies were selling it as MSRP for the first several months, if not the first year, as it was in high demand and availability was limited.  If would expect the Mark III will be just as difficult to find during the first several months and the price of it to stay pretty firm.  If you want to get it lower than MSRP, you will likely have to wait until late this year or early next year (at the earliest; it could be an even longer wait).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / No Focusing Screens for 5D MIII?
« on: March 02, 2012, 08:16:18 AM »
From the specs it appears that the new 5D essentially shares the same viewfinder as the 7D and that interchangeable focusing screens will no longer be available (they also don't show up on the Canon site as they do with the 1D X). 

This is likely a deal breaker for me as manual focusing through the viewfinder with the standard focusing screen, and the 7D focusing screen, is practically impossible to do accurately with fast aperture lenses.  Specifically, Zeiss lenses will be much more difficult to use.  Anyone who claims otherwise isn't as critical of focus as I am, because when a viewfinder can show a DOF no wider than f5.6, getting critical focus at f1.2 requires trial and error at best.

Yes, you can still use LiveView, but that is only practical when shooting from a tripod (landscapes, for example).  It's too awkward to use LiveView in normal shooting conditions (for me anyway).

I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but I find this to be a bummer.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is the watch party working for you?
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:29:30 PM »

EOS Bodies / Re: What's the big deal with the AF?
« on: March 01, 2012, 08:22:50 PM »
I'm on my 3rd EOS digital body now with virtually the same AF - 30D / 5D / 5D2 and I've NEVER had cause to complain about the AF. It works just fine for me for candid portraits, street, landscape and some amateur wildlife stuff.

I use centre point only and recompose. I use this method solely because I want to be 100% sure that the camera focuses on where I want it to focus. I like shallow depth of field stuff and so the focus point has to be perfect.

I'm interested to know what people will do with more than 60 AF points because aside from sports and some wildlife where you switch to servo I can't fathom the reasoning.

I think you kind of answered you own question.

why do you use the center point only? its because the other points are unreliable isnt it hence center point focus and recompose this method works.

however if you have a good AF system with a broader spread of points and good outer points you get to select the point more appropriate for you composition and compose focus and shoot. If the AF system is up to it this method is both faster and more accurate. I you get to use a 1D and try this method you will understand the massive difference in this regard.

as to the 61 points, the more points the more accurate the AI servo will track and hand over from point to point
number of points is all about focus tracking. the 9 point system is really not very good when it comes to focus tracking.

As neuro has also said the fact that the 1D meters where you have selected the AF point is also great (and essential if you are shooting in aperture priority or shutter priority however if you shoot manual and meter first its not really an issue as long as you under stand where in your frame the camera is metering)

Its all about fully understanding how your particular AF system works and where its limitations are. as soon as you try to exceed any limitation its going to cause frustration. If you know the limits and work within them then everything is fine :)

Your last comment is spot on.  You must understand and work within the capabilities of your AF system.  If you are willing to put the time into understanding how certain 1D AF settings work in certain situations you can really get incredible results.

EOS Bodies / Re: What's the big deal with the AF?
« on: March 01, 2012, 08:20:13 PM »
I shoot with a 5D, mostly landscapes. I do on occasion shoot fast indoor sports with AI focusing and never had any trouble. Those who clamor for multi-point focus points tend to forget that in an action scene the more focus points they have the more likely the camera will focus on the wrong subject.

Just out of curiosity, have you used a 1D series camera in the same situation?  I agree the 5D can handle it, but I think a 1D does better.  To be honest, I find the view finder blackout period and slow frame rate to be more annoying on the 5D than the AF in these situations and would always reach for a 1D series first. 

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