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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 08, 2013, 09:09:05 PM »
I notice that some are calling $20/month a good deal, so for those who use Photoshop Extended and upgrade every two years, here's the price comparision over 10 years for the old purchase upgrade option vs the new CC option:

Old (List) = $2595; CC = $2400. So, basically, Adobe is making users pay nearly full retail, as compared to the old model over 10 years, for those just needing Photoshop. Adobe is really trying to push customers into the complete package by not offerring a meaningful deal for the single-package option, but they are offering a reasonable deal for the entire package. If one performs the same calculation for, say, 20 years, then Adobe has slightly increased the price of their single-package option, compared to the old model (Old List = $4590; CC = $4800).  Obviously, if you're one who only upgrades every other version, then CC is a big increase in cost.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: April 17, 2013, 01:03:08 PM »
San Diego, CA after sunset a couple of weeks ago.  Taken using a Canon 5D Mark III & 17-40mm f4L lens.   :)

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: January 09, 2013, 11:25:29 PM »
Some pictures taken with a Canon 5D Mark III & the 100mm f2.8L IS macro lens.  :-)

Software & Accessories / Re: Best panorama photo stitching software.
« on: December 16, 2012, 10:01:33 PM »
I use PTGui, which I like much better than Photoshop CS6 for panorama stitching.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post Your Best Hi-ISO/Low Light 5DIII Shots!
« on: November 01, 2012, 01:38:58 PM »
Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens @ 195mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO 12800

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens @ 98mm, f/4.5, 1/80 sec, ISO 10000

Landscape / Re: Autumn Colors Amidst Landscapes
« on: October 26, 2012, 03:32:09 PM »

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 26, 2012, 10:18:15 AM »
Taken along Hwy 78, west of the Salton Sea, CA using a Canon 5D Mark III, with only very slight brightness & contrast adjustments made in Lightroom.

Macro / Re: Some random Macros
« on: October 23, 2012, 12:17:47 AM »
Photo taken using a Canon 5D Mark III & 100mm f/2.8L macro lens, iso 3200, f/11, 1/100 sec

I agree with your comment about the crop factor, Kernuak.  I was photographing the Blue Angels last week and started with my 300mm f4L with & withough the 1.4 teleconverter and found the pictures to actually be a bit better than with the 7D using the 300mm f4L.  I think primarily due to the greater background noise of the 7D.  Plus, there might be some effect of the smaller pixel size of the 7D being more sensitive to camera shake, with respect to image sharpness, as I was shooting handheld.  As for the 1600 vs 12800 iso part, maybe not quite that dramatic overall, but in part, my statement is based upon the observation that the 5D has not only lower noise overall, but it seems to me that Canon did something to reduce the chroma noise, which is quite more ugly.  So, if I'm looking at overall noise, it seems to me that your 2-stop improvement is a fair call, but as the 5D also seems to control chroma noise better, I guess I feel it does a bit better than 2-stops in this regard.  Have you noticed this?  Anyway, I'm very happy with the 5D Mark III.   ;D

Well, I own both a 7D & 5D Mark III, and I've shot the same subjects using the identical lens on both cameras.  I bought the 5D, in part, because it is nearly identical to the 7D ergonomically, but primarily to obtain better low-light performance & full-frame.  So, in my experience, the 5D locks on autofocus faster and more consistently than the 7D.  Noise, even at iso 100 is much better, which is very obvious at 100% viewing of, for example, blue sky areas.  As for low light performance, I'm in complete awe of the 5D, with it's iso 12800 roughly matching my 7D's iso 1600 performance, visually.  As for dynamic range, I use a Sekonic L-758 light meter for some of my work, which can be calibrated to match the dynamic range of each camera.  Using Sekonic's targets & calibration software, the 5D gives me about 1.5 stops more range than the 7D, too.  I'll also say that I LOVE, really LOVE the silent shutter mode on the 5D, which is really nice for candid shots.  So I'm one happy girl, and the 5D is worth every penny I paid, at least to me.  I still have the 7D, and I still like it, but I was really surprised at how much better the 5D is.

Anyway, I doubt you would go wrong either way, but I do VERY much like my 5D & 7D cameras.  :)

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post your vacation wildlife shots!
« on: October 22, 2012, 05:24:58 PM »

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 21, 2012, 08:17:04 PM »

EOS Bodies / Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« on: October 17, 2012, 07:54:32 PM »
Razor2012, I'm sure slide film users would be delighted to hear that!  ::)

EOS Bodies / Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« on: October 17, 2012, 07:00:53 PM »
I must say that all of this “my camera is better than your camera” talk gives me a headache, and I’m not sure I want to get in the middle of this, um, whatever contest.  I have read in detail the DxO results, along with many other test results and feel this debate is “full of sound and fury signifying nothing!”  Bottom line to me is whether or not the camera in question is the best match for my needs.  If you’re priorities are different, you should select a camera accordingly.  DxO has performed a series of tests showing the D800 to have a wider dynamic range than other cameras, provided that you are at iso 800 or below.  Also their results show the 5D Mark III to have maybe 0.5 stops more headroom on the highlights than the D800, but the D800 has well over a stop more headroom in the shadows.  I love the slightly greater headroom in the highlights, as I shoot white wedding dresses and want to ensure I retain detail at that end.  I also see in their charts that the S/N of the 5D Mark III is better than the D800, which is important for low-light photography to me, but clearly the D800 has more resolution.  C’t Digital Photography (Fall Issue, 9, 2012) just did a very quantitative review of the D800, Canon 5D Mark III, Olympus OM-D, Nikon D4, and Pentax K-01, and their results are similar to DxO, but add other interesting comparisons.  The D800 wins for resolution & dynamic range at lower iso, but the Canon 5D Mark III has superior S/N (low noise).  I shoot weddings, which often involve low-light shooting, so for my needs, the 5D is superior.  Would I like greater dynamic range?  Sure, but not at the expense of S/N.  DxO results, in their raw form, just provide another piece of useful information to help camera buyers evaluate equipment against their needs.  Looking at their scoring system, it’s clear to me that they consider resolution and dynamic range to be most important, and therefore, rate these two parameters much higher than others to achieve their ratings.  Yes, I find it amusing that they quote dynamic range in their final model for the D800 (14.4 Evs) wider than the 14-bit converter, which tells me that their models are not quite 100% accurate.  I also find this true in that they rate the Canon 5D Mark III and the Canon 7D as both 11.7 Evs, whereas, when I shoot a Sekonic target using both cameras & the same lens/lighting conditions, camera settings, I get about 1.5 stops more dynamic range with the 5D over my 7D, gaining both in the highlights and shadows over the 7D, using Sekonic’s light meter calibration software.  So I see DxO testing results to be useful, but not the absolute determinate of overall camera performance.

In the end, I don’t see either camera as absolutely the best in all ways, as they each have their strengths and weaknesses.  For me, the Canon 5D Mark III is a wonderful tool, meeting my present needs beautify, and I wouldn’t trade it for the D800 at this time, as the pros do not outweigh the cons for me.  As for others, their needs, interests, concerns might be completely different—LOL, some are obviously drastically different, reading the comments on this blog, but that’s perfectly ok with me, and I hope you’ll share some of your beautiful work, but I will smile if I find the photo acclaimed to be the best was taken with a cell phone!  ;-)

Lenses / Re: Which Prime: 50L or 35L?
« on: October 12, 2012, 10:21:29 AM »
35mm is too wide for portraits, unless maybe you're taking group shots.  85mm is just about perfect on a FF body, and the 85L is highly favored for this purpose.  The 50L gives roughly the same field of view (about 80mm, with a slightly different depth of field) on a crop 1.6x body.  I have both a 5D Mark III & 7D, as well as the 50L, which I really love.  In my case, since I have both body types, I went with the 50L, as I have the 70-200L 2.8 IS, etc., and the 50L filled a nice gap in my lens coverage and provided f1.2.  It really helps my 7D to avoid high ISO when shooting at weddings, etc.  My 5D Mark III handles high ISO with ease, so working with f2.8 or even f4 lenses is no big deal.  Of course, the 85L is a f1.2, too, but the 50L was a better fit for me.   :)

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