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EOS Bodies / Re: Error 80 - 5D Mark III
« on: April 08, 2012, 12:11:50 AM »
The other topic is here...

It's definitely not confined to other batteries.  I've only been using the Canon supplied battery with the camera and I'll see the error every 1 in a hundred shots or so.  It occurs with both the kit lens and my 35L.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III error 80 and failure to release shutter
« on: April 07, 2012, 10:20:45 AM »
My brand new 5D III has twice locked up giving me Error 80, and requiring I pull the battery.  This is within the first 300 pics.

In addition, I have 8-10 times had the camera focus, give me the focus confirmation beep, and then not fire as I held down the shutter button. This has happened in AI-servo mode, as well as straight up green auto everything mode. I've had a 7d for 2 years, and am not unfamiliar with the new focus system.  I even read the manual. But it's not really a focus problem, the camera just refuses release the shutter.

I am traveling now so returning is not really possible for the next week.  Has anyone else encountered these problems?

 I'm also getting an occasional Error 80.  I've had my 5D3 from Adorama for a week on vacation. Error happens with both the kit lens and my 35L and I've only been using the factory battery.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's bad marketing - big mistake
« on: March 29, 2012, 08:13:17 PM »
The ONLY advantage I can think of for 36 MP as a wedding photographer is to satisfy all those brides who think they know as much about photography as you do and demand to know what camera you shoot with. If you tell them you shoot with the 5d3 (Just got mine, LOVE it so far!) at 22 MP and another photographer tells her that they shoot with the D800 at 36MP, the bride might make the misinformed decision to go with the other guy.

Hopefully this won't be a problem, but I just moved to the Portland area, and I've never had so many brides ask what camera I use as I've had in the past few weeks. Its crazy!

And, personally, I find it kind of offensive to judge me by my equipment rather than my ability. (Even though I shoot with some of the best stuff! Go figure!)

Crazy!  But perhaps they're just wanting to make sure you're not going to show up with a Rebel or a Point and shoot.  If they're fussy about what prosumer DSLR you're using, then they're probably more trouble than they're worth!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's bad marketing - big mistake
« on: March 29, 2012, 07:26:34 PM »
Let me put it in another way.  If you're in for a new computer and you buy the latest core i7, nobody finds that strange. Everybody finds it normal that you buy the latest technology.  When you're in for a new camera and you want to buy a 36 Mp one, because that is the latest technology too, everybody on the Canon forums finds that strange.  Why is that ?  It is in the human nature to want the newest products at the latest technology.  Otherwise we would all still be listening to cassettes and LP's.  I might agree that 36 Mp is not for everyone, nor for every day use.  But at least people should have a choice.  Now many people simply don't have that choice because they're stuck with either Canon or Nikon.  As an all time Canon user I too find it very hard to admit, but the detail in (some of) the D800 pics is just off the scale.

It's about balance.  You can't just look at one spec like sensor resolution or CPU speed when you buy a product... it's the system as a whole and how it performs for you that matters.  Just because I can buy a dual CPU 12-Core monster Mac Pro, doesn't mean I can come even close to utilizing that power.

Of course, everyone needs to look at what's holding their photography back and decide who offers the better solution to that bottleneck.  For me, it's keeper rate on focus and the noise in low light that's a problem for me.  Although more MP might help, that's not the best and only answer.

If you've been on the cusp of breaking out as a fashion or landscape photographer that can make good money, but your current 20MP camera is holding you back, then maybe an affordable 36MP body is just what you need. 

At any rate, I don't think it's Canon's marketing that's the problem.  It's just your needs are not in Canon's target market.  But mine happen to be.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's bad marketing - big mistake
« on: March 29, 2012, 07:10:57 PM »
I don't get the fascination with more megapixels... especially amongst amateur photographers that will never ever be able to appreciate that kind of resolution in print or especially on screen.  I'm all for better image quality, but I don't think having a sensor that out resolves most of the lenses I can afford that can only be appreciated on poster sized prints or billboards is the answer to that.  WTF are people doing that needs 36MP?!   

EOS Bodies / Re: Ken Rockwell Updated 5D MK3 Review
« on: March 29, 2012, 12:29:46 AM »

Most amusing for me in the 5D III review was the comment about how it doesn't have wifi, unlike his iPod Touch which has had it for years.  I'm just wondering if he's going to complain that he can't play Angry Birds and listen to his music collection on the 5D as well?  :)

I'm convinced it's all just tongue-in-cheek.

I actually agree with his opinion of the 'rate' button, and thought his comments about the 'zoomed-in histogram' were quite valid.

I'm equally surprised that we can't get some basic tech like wifi, touch screens, full programmable buttons, and a retina display, in a $3500 camera that you can get in a $200 iPod.    Why can't I pinch-to-zoom on my $3500 camera, but I can on my $200 iPod? Instead, to zoom an image on my 5DIII I need to do what exactly?  Is this 1999?  It's just unbelievable to me and it's not wrong to question this kind of thing.

EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Canon 5D mark III noise comparison
« on: March 28, 2012, 02:52:14 PM »
I'm actually a little disappointed from these noise tests with raw files. It beats the D800, 7D, and 5D mark II but not by much. Looks like the Mark 3 is the best by about .5 stop (and only at high ISO), then the mark II, then the D800, then the 7D which is about a stop below the mark 3. The biggest differences seem to be a usable 12,800 iso vs the other cameras that are not...but on the raw files, the difference isn't huge. This is no Nikon D3S but then again it is 22MP which is still very large.

Are we looking at the same images?  Looking at their 100% crop of the coins... 5D3 at 25K looks about the same as the 7D at 3200.  And, the 5D3 at 12.8K looks much better than the 7D at 3200.

In general, I've noticed that looking at 100% crops of the 5D3 reveals obvious noise at high ISOs, but it's of a much more palatable variety and maintains much better contrast and sharpness than any other camera, especially my 7D.

I see myself using ISO 12,800 regularly and 25K in a pinch on the 5D3 where I am not happy with the noise at 3200 on my 7D and try to stick to max of 1600 ISO there.  That's an effective 3 stop improvement for me.

Can anyone who's talked to Adorama in the last couple of days comment on the ETA for shipping out 5D3 kits?

EOS Bodies / Understanding the price increase on the 5DIII
« on: March 05, 2012, 07:52:54 PM »
A lot of people are extremely disappointed, like I am, that the price on the 5DIII increased 30% from the $2700 that was the 5DII's price for much of the first few years.

To better understand why this has happened, it's important to note that...
1.  Canon is a Japanese based company that operates on the Yen. 
2.  The USD has weakened compared to the Yen over the last few years - perhaps not surprisingly... 30%.  A graph of the USD's decline against the Yen is attached.

So back when the 5DII was announced, it was priced at 270,000 Yen ($2700 USD).  Incidentally, the 5DIII is  priced the same, except that 270,000 Yen now translates to $3500 USD.

As much as it sucks, it's the global economy and the weak USD that's the primary culprit here.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 5D Mark III - February 7, 2012 [CR2]
« on: January 29, 2012, 05:01:57 AM »
It's clear to me that even the fools who are trolling these rumors are out of touch with the market.  Let's face it, the market for a 5DII replacement consists primarily of wedding, studio, or landscape/travel photographers and videographers.  These people don't care about fps or Servo AI focus (which requires 50+ AF points)!  No... these folks need ISO, dynamic range, and a few focus points spread out on the rule of thirds that work in low light.  So, either the rumor trolls, Canon, or both, are completely out of touch with the market for a 5DII replacement. I personally hope it's just the rumor trolls that have it all wrong.  :(

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 08:25:30 PM »
Personally, I'm curious about the RATE button.

1) On-the-fly image rating during in-camera review?  I'd think that was silly and something photographers would never use, and so Canon would never waste space with a button like that.  But then I remembered the Direct Print button....

2) Video frame rate.  Despite the mockup of the 1-series-looking Cinema dSLR pictured with the C 300, the 5DII's form factor is likely an advantage for a video production.  Could there be a red C on the front of this unknown body?  (Or simply evidence of a video-oriented 5DIII?)

Given the label on the "Rate" button is in blue text, I'm guessing it's #1.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II [CR2]
« on: January 20, 2012, 09:37:55 PM »
I really don't understand Canon's concern about weight with IS...  it's competing with my tripod, so I think it's an easy win!  FFS Canon!  As long as there's a switch to turn it off, there's no reason not to have it on every lens.  It's not rocket science, it's 1990's technology.

EOS Bodies / Re: what the 1Dx may tell us about the 5Diii
« on: October 30, 2011, 05:33:14 PM »
I think there are four types of pro camera requiremets out there...

News/Sports =>  High speed, Med. print size => 1DX => FF, 12fps, Dense 61 point AF, 52K ISO, 18MP
Studio/Landscape => High quality, large print size => 5DII/III => FF, 5fps, Wide 9-19point AF, 25K ISO, 30+MP
Videographer => Can use the same camera as studio/landscape with video
Wildlife => High speed, Crop => 7D => APS-C, 8-10fps, Dense 19 point AF, 12K ISO, 18MP

Unfortunately, none of these really address my needs which are similar to the studio landscape photographer, but without the need to print at large sizes. I would prefer a low MPix FF sensor (like the 1Dx), a new AF that has points following the rule of thirds, in a body like the 7D.  But that doesn't really align with any major pro market requirements so it's not likely to happen.

Lenses / Re: EF 16-40 f/4L IS [CR1]
« on: May 25, 2011, 03:42:04 AM »
This sounds great, but I'm tired of growing old waiting for new Canon products. It's what?... like a year from rumor to announcement, then another year to production?

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