September 17, 2014, 04:03:06 AM

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Have you read the 5DIII manual?

Yes, the majority of it
40 (56.3%)
Yes, parts of it
16 (22.5%)
No
7 (9.9%)
Heck no, why should I do that when I can just be a lazy ass and get all these CR people to answer my questions?
8 (11.3%)

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Recently there have been a flood of posts with people asking incredibly basic questions that are easily answered by reading the manual.  I'm not saying people shouldn't ask questions, but could you at least google your question, use the search, or check the manual first?  I just feel like it's incredibly lazy to jump on Canon Rumors and expect everyone to be your human-powered google for camera questions. 
The worst part is a lot of the time you'll see the person post "never mind, I found it" before there is even a chance for someone to answer, making the thread a total waste of space.   

Not trying to be rude or anything, just a suggestion/observation.
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I've read the majority of it, and I don't even own a 5DIII.  I consider it a preview of the 1D X manual, in some ways (e.g. AF system).
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I have.  I went to the dungeons of the National Cathedral and liking what I am getting out of the 5D3.  :)  The AF is a little bit slow (I have the 24-70 f/2.8L and it was dark).  When AF is locked on, you have a keeper!   :D

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I have to admit it didn't all sync in and I keep going back for reference but I read everything but the video stuff.  Since I do video I gave that a miss.

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I have.  I went to the dungeons of the National Cathedral and liking what I am getting out of the 5D3.  :)  The AF is a little bit slow (I have the 24-70 f/2.8L and it was dark).

...and I guess since you've read the manual, you can confidently say that you didn't use Spot AF?

Just saying, since that would make focusing significantly slower. But it's in the manual, so...

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I have.  I went to the dungeons of the National Cathedral and liking what I am getting out of the 5D3.  :)  The AF is a little bit slow (I have the 24-70 f/2.8L and it was dark).

...and I guess since you've read the manual, you can confidently say that you didn't use Spot AF?

Just saying, since that would make focusing significantly slower. But it's in the manual, so...

I was using AF Quick mode.  In the catacombs, where the 'path' is not well lighted, you can discern a 2 sec delay where the camera 'evaluates' the point of focus, then suddenly the lens 'snaps' and you see the focus confirmation light.

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you forgot the option for multiple times and have it on my phone for easy reference :D
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you forgot the option for multiple times and have it on my phone for easy reference :D

Lame. I got the manual memorized. Whenever I need help on how to install the battery, insert the memory card, or attach the neck strap, I just refer to my photographic memory ;D

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trouble with modern cameras, turn them on and they do it all for you....  you don't need to.. unless u wanna be a photographer of course

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you forgot the option for multiple times and have it on my phone for easy reference :D

Lame. I got the manual memorized. Whenever I need help on how to install the battery, insert the memory card, or attach the neck strap, I just refer to my photographic memory ;D

when i was trying to work out what was wrong with that first mk3 body i read that damn manual soooo many times :'( now the replacement i havent even bothered with micro adjust yet. its that good out of the box with any lens. and being able to program the dof preview button to engage ai servo is just the best idea ever
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The manual would be a daunting read for a complete beginner. When I got the 5D3 I flicked through it and paused to absorb the chapters on the new 61 point AF system. Otherwise the 5D3 is a pretty intuitive transition for anyone who has shot Canon for any length of time. 7d users will have the quickest transition.

But still, the manual will probably sit on my desk for a few more weeks before it goes off to the bookshelf alongside all the other dusty old Canon manuals & user guides! I know some people who put a PDF version of the manual for new equipment on their iPhone. Clever idea.

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The manual would be a daunting read for a complete beginner. When I got the 5D3 I flicked through it and paused to absorb the chapters on the new 61 point AF system. Otherwise the 5D3 is a pretty intuitive transition for anyone who has shot Canon for any length of time. 7d users will have the quickest transition.

But still, the manual will probably sit on my desk for a few more weeks before it goes off to the bookshelf alongside all the other dusty old Canon manuals & user guides! I know some people who put a PDF version of the manual for new equipment on their iPhone. Clever idea.

Paul Wright

yeah I use goodreader and put all the manuals for all my cameras and flashes and gear in pdf on the phone
that way if i need it its right there with me. i've actually also got the manuals for some of my friends and relatives cameras on there for when they ask me a silly question and i can quickly look it up instead of wading through menus looking for it
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It just looks so nice sealed up in the plastic wrap it comes in  ;)
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I read most of the manual before I bought my 5D3. That's why I bought it. The PDF of the manual is on the hard drive of the laptop that I (sometimes) take with me on photo assignments.

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I have started to read parts off it and will probably read the entire manual bit by bit. I still haven't got my hands on mine yet 6 weeks to go!

I'm also going to watch this http://www.creativelive.com/courses/canon-5d-mark-iii-dslr-fast-start which is free if you watch it live (or the rewatch for the first 24 hours). If I find this useful then I might purchase it so that I can go and refer back to the appropriate sections.
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