April 21, 2014, 04:05:50 AM

Author Topic: 5d mkiii comes in the mail today... what should be on my to do list...  (Read 5870 times)

jdramirez

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and yes,  take photos is at the top of the list.   But along with starting afma,  attacking the neck strap,   adjust my insurance coverages, and learning how to adjust the settings  intuitively so I don't have to think about it when I'm taking pictures...  what else should be on the list?
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Charge the battery?   ::)
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Taking photos?
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Set your Copyright info and C.fn's.
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Taking photos?

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First thing I do upon getting or upgrading a camera is to take pictures...basically to make sure everything is functioning like it should. Also helps me get comfortable with it so when I need to use it, the "learning curve" has been greatly reduced or eliminated...

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spend some time reading the manual  ::) especially about the AF
I load the manuals as PDF on my phone so that I can read when I have time in between (like on the train)

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Make sure your homeowners policy will cover it should it get stolen.  Ask about a rider to cover damage from anything.

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spend some time reading the manual  ::) especially about the AF
I load the manuals as PDF on my phone so that I can read when I have time in between (like on the train)

Definitely this, the AF has a lot more features on the 5d3 than most any other Canon other than the 1D series or the 7D.
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I check the AFMA of my lenses right away.  That will tell me if there is a serious issue with AF accuracy, or if I just need to tweak the settings to match each lens.
Generally, most lenses ate pretty close, but there are always some that need a significant AFMA. 
 
Don't worry about image sharpness until you do the AFMA.  I did it the same day my Camera arrived.
 
I'd also consider buying a backup battery.  They do die unexpectedly, and just at a critical time.

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Go out and take some pictures and enjoy it ;D

FYI: My first 5D III had a faint vertical line that was visible on solid backgrounds. I first noticed it, in the blue sky, while photographing some birds. I later photographed other solid backgrounds and the line was consistently visible, so I exchanged it for another.

You might also try some high ISO shots on a dark background to see how many bright red or blue pixels you have and see if there are any large clusters. I expect you will find stuck pixels on most cameras, especially at high ISO, but if it looks like your camera has the measles or there are large clusters, then you might want to exchange it.

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Charge the battery?   ::)

I would tell the wife to do it,  but somehow she would mess it up.
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

XS->60D->5d Mkiii:18-55->24-105L:75-300->55-250->70-300->70-200 f4L USM->70-200 f/2.8L USM->70-200 f/2.8L IS Mkii:50 f/1.8->50 f/1.4->100 f/2.8L->85mm f/1.8 USM->135L -> 8mm ->100L

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Set your Copyright info and C.fn's.

I did have all my copy right info on my last camera,  but I didn't put it on until several months.   thanks for the reminder.

I generally don't play with the cfns...  but I really should invest some time to know them better.
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

XS->60D->5d Mkiii:18-55->24-105L:75-300->55-250->70-300->70-200 f4L USM->70-200 f/2.8L USM->70-200 f/2.8L IS Mkii:50 f/1.8->50 f/1.4->100 f/2.8L->85mm f/1.8 USM->135L -> 8mm ->100L

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Make sure your homeowners policy will cover it should it get stolen.  Ask about a rider to cover damage from anything.

I have a separate policy for my gear.   it is reasonably cheap considering three isn't a deductible.
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

XS->60D->5d Mkiii:18-55->24-105L:75-300->55-250->70-300->70-200 f4L USM->70-200 f/2.8L USM->70-200 f/2.8L IS Mkii:50 f/1.8->50 f/1.4->100 f/2.8L->85mm f/1.8 USM->135L -> 8mm ->100L

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I check the AFMA of my lenses right away.  That will tell me if there is a serious issue with AF accuracy, or if I just need to tweak the settings to match each lens.
Generally, most lenses ate pretty close, but there are always some that need a significant AFMA. 
 
Don't worry about image sharpness until you do the AFMA.  I did it the same day my Camera arrived.
 
I'd also consider buying a backup battery.  They do die unexpectedly, and just at a critical time.

 this is my first camera with afma,  so hopefully the process isn't too cumbersome.
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

XS->60D->5d Mkiii:18-55->24-105L:75-300->55-250->70-300->70-200 f4L USM->70-200 f/2.8L USM->70-200 f/2.8L IS Mkii:50 f/1.8->50 f/1.4->100 f/2.8L->85mm f/1.8 USM->135L -> 8mm ->100L

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1: Shoot
2: Enjoy
3: Read parts of the manual
4: Shoot more
5: Have a beer
6: AFMA
7: Shoot
8: Show off pictures from your new camera on FB
9: Read more manual
10: Set C.Fn and other special settings
11: Shoot shoot shoot

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