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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the D1-x really be superior to the new 5DIII?
« on: April 06, 2012, 12:12:40 PM »
It depends what you mean by better. I've had the 5DIII for a bit over a week now, and while it's a great camera overall, I can clearly see the potential for the 1Dx to improve upon it. The 1Dx's IQ remains to be seen, so I won't attempt to speculate on it. That said, the 5DIII's build quality, AF acquisition speed, ergonomics, handling, and buffer size still aren't up to 1-series standards.

IMHO, the 1Dx's larger buffer, blazing FPS, and dual UDMA 7 CF card slows will enable it to pull a huge gap in speed between it and the 5DIII. Don't get me wrong. The 5DIII's AF is vastly improved over the MKII, but it's still not as snappy or responsive as even my ancient 1DII. If you don't need the extra speed or build quality of the 1Dx over the 5DIII, then it might not be worth the extra money if it doesn't offer noticeable improvement in IQ. Of course, Canon might surprise everyone with killer IQ improvements in the 1Dx.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800
« on: April 06, 2012, 11:16:55 AM »
While these wanna-be lab rats scurry around pointing at charts and banging their heads against keyboards, there are a bunch of us shooting every day, doing what we love, and never making excuses because of our equipment.

This is a tough point to get across. I think part of the appeal of photography for certain people is the technology behind it. Others purchase new gear begrudgingly, only when they have to. The difference between the two camps is quite staggering. Many pros that I know aren't even aware when a new model comes out, and continue producing exceptional work with old gear. They're just now learning that there's a new 5D on the market. I have two buddies that have been using their 1DsII's professionally for 7 years now. These are extreme examples, but it does happen.

The 5DIII is the first new camera I've purchased since 2005. It's been all used stuff since then. Honestly, part of the reason why is because I don't like spending the money, and secondly, with many of my colleagues creating incredible images with old gear, I don't want to be the guy with superior equipment that comes home with inferior results :) Now that I have the newer equipment, the pressure is on to up my game and justify my purchase :)

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Nice shot, but it's a bit short on the saturation, mate. That pink collar needs to turn red.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800
« on: April 05, 2012, 10:36:55 PM »
What kills me is the Nikon fan boys loved there low megapixel cameras and slammed canons high megapixel cameras and that downsized images didn't really equal there superior low light cameras abilitys

To be fair, both sides have switched ideologies. All of the sudden the Nikon guys are all about the megapixels, and the Canon guys are all about low-light performance.

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Needs moar VIVID.

Thanks for the feedback. How about the image overall? Is the subject, lighting, and composition uninspiring enough?

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Can I ask why all of you keep reading his stuff if you do not agree with him, or find some value in his posts? Seriously this is like a bunch of old women arguing that Nancy dies her hair.

I try not to, but I like Canon Rumors, and people keep posting links to his website. Despite his idiocy, I do find amusement by how he's so convinced that he thinks he knows what he's talking about.

Based on his obsession with taking overly saturated snap shots with expensive equipment, I figured that there must be some entertainment value in it that I'm overlooking. So, I decided to give it a go:



What do you think, guys, did I crank that saturation slider far enough to the right :D?

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"Pros don't use a midrange zoom".

Comments like these are why no one can take him seriously. How the f**k can someone who's clearly a talentless tech head of an amateur feel qualified to speak on behalf of all pros, and make ignorant blanket statements at that? Is it the overly saturated snap shots of a picnic bench taken with "the world's best DSLR" that's supposed to earn him credibility?

In that vid, he says how a 70-200mm zoom is sufficient for motorsports photography because that's what some NASCAR photographer told him. What a dumb@ss. That might apply to NASCAR, where the press can get very close to the action and the cars race in tight packs 10-20 cars deep. However, on a road course (F1 for example) where the cars get strung out, it's not uncommon to need 600mm of reach.

I snapped this at Texas Motor Speedway with a 1DII and 70-300L at 236mm. Taking the crop factor into account nets 307mm, yet the cars still aren't framed that tightly. So much for Ken's theory.


Photography wise, the only thing he's qualified to blog about his love of cranking the saturation slider to the right. Come on Ken, keep cranking on that slider! You can do it! 

If Ken can speak on behalf of all pro photographers, can I return the favor by speaking on behalf of all idiots :)?
 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MKIII vs 1Ds MKIII
« on: April 05, 2012, 06:53:45 PM »
On the 1Ds3:

- the sensor is NOT the same as the one in the 5DII


I stand corrected.

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Use flash in the interior of cars - why not?
Car interiors are a contrast nightmare. Even so, I use flash on interior photos all the time, in just about every shot, actually. It's always a balancing act between ambient light and flash. Personally, I prefer to use flash for fill and accent lighting. Go too crazy with flash and kill the ambient too much, and the images look too moody for my taste. Getting the lighting even with flash in a car interior can get challenging as well, since there tend to be a mix of lots of highly reflective objects (gauge lenses, chrome trim bits), very dark blacks, and uneven surfaces and textures. Get the light soft enough with flash modifiers, and it's easy to get an image that looks too flat.

Of course, some very basic techniques can turn this...


....into this, all with natural light.


This gets you pretty darn close to what you could achieve in a studio with megapower strobes, all while shooting on location.

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Anyone ever seen the videos on youtube where he wonders around B&H like a buffoon, claims that good sports photographers should not need super teles, delcares a EVIL camera has too many buttons and all other sorts of nonsense??

The guy's even more annoying in person. I didn't know that was possible.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MKIII vs 1Ds MKIII
« on: April 05, 2012, 06:03:26 PM »
I agree with the temptation £500 cheaper for the one im looking at, but the 1Ds III is about the same performance noise and IQ wise as a 5DMKII?

I don't have any first-hand experience comparing those two bodies, but considering the 5DII and 1DsIII share the same sensor, I'd imagine that noise and overall IQ would be pretty darn close between them. I believe brainsquibb has experience with both the 1DsIII and 5DIII, so he can probably offer some better insight.

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I would say the only reason I don't get as many shots as I should is by trying to keep the ISO in the lower end of the scale and risking a bit of blur rather than being confident in ISO performance that I can go up higher and not worry.

Been there, done that, and as an old film fart, I can certainly relate :) That said, although I felt I was always pushing the ISO limit of my 5DC, I never found it lacking in that department. The 1DsIII would be far better. As you can relate, car interiors can be like a cave, and this is usually when I push the ISO the hardest. I know many pro car photogs that are far better than I am that have been shooting with the 1DsIII since it was brand new. I don't think you'll feel that it's lacking in terms of ISO or overall IQ.

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At the moment it is the 5D MKIII because of its size and relative usability to be an all round monster. But I always wanted a 1Ds and im sure we've all been there!!

How about purchasing a 5DIII, giving it a go, and if you don't like it, you can always send it back. In the interim, you could always purchase something along the lines of a 1DII just to get the feel for a 1-series body, then sell it without incurring much or any loss of money at all. Of course, if you get spoiled by the 1-series, then it might be a sign to go with a 1DsIII :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Waiting for the 1Dx...
« on: April 05, 2012, 04:10:08 PM »
The specs mentioned above, plus the dual UDMA 7 CF card slots, bigger buffer, faster burst rate, and faster AF are essential features for many shooters. I can get away withouthaving those luxuries, but they are essential features for many photographers :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Waiting for the 1Dx...
« on: April 05, 2012, 03:43:59 PM »
I do a bit of everything... And I mostly don't want to care if I can take a shot or not. Rain, snow, dirt, tight spaces or zip line... If I can go, I want the camera to follow :)

Well waiting for the 1dx, i think the new 5d mkiii has vastly improved weather seeling...

It's improved to about the level of the 7D, from what I've read.  Still short of 1-series build by a significant margin.

I concur. The build quality of the 5DIII is great, but it's still not a 1-series. My ancient 1DII is built like a tank, and still feels snappier and more responsive that the 5DIII. I can't see anyone that really needs a 1Dx going cheap and buying the 5DIII.

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Too bad that Bee completely ruined your flower shot and shame the Canon lost focus on the flower like you intended.

The bee's wings are blurry.  Clearly, the AF system on this camera sucks.   ::)

My guess is that the IS is faulty ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 and things that could be improved just a little.
« on: April 04, 2012, 10:57:55 PM »
I'd like a button that tracks my location via GPS, and sends over the nearest hooker, preferably a blonde. Oh wait, wrong forum....

What forum would that be?  Share!

If I told you, this thread would get locked :)

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Here is a link to the comparison chart in his d800 review that I reference....

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d800.htm


I stopped reading at the first sample pic. Is it just me, or does using the world's best DSLR to take overly saturated images of a picnic table seem like a waste? Ken likey the saturation! I am impressed by how someone who harps on every last tech spec can take such mediocre images.

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