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Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
« on: June 07, 2012, 10:26:24 PM »
Dear Board,

I've been lurking around this board for a few months reading the posts and I finally took the plunge and purchased a new 5D Mark iii today.

I purchased it at 1:10 PM here in Las Vegas at Fry's Electronics (just south of the airport) and asked them to please plug the battery in for a few minutes and let it charge a little......I bought a couple of 64g memory cards and within 20 minutes I was out the door and went back to my truck to open the box and get the camera assembled.

I didn't have time to read the manual and I cut it awful close, but I put the setting to AUTO and snapped the first pictures of my new camera......please don't be too critical, because I am so pleased that my first pictures were of this beauty:

Sincerely,
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Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
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Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2012, 02:10:23 AM »
Is that the POTUS on board? Third window from the front?

Good luck with the 5D3. I gather you bought the kit with the 24-105?
With 128Gb of card space I also gather you're a heavy shooter.

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Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2012, 06:02:29 AM »
Congratulations on your purchase. I'm picking up my 5D3 next Friday and I can't wait. Does the President visit for every new purchase of a 5D3? I'll look forward to meeting him.

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Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2012, 12:53:35 PM »
Congratulations.  Don't forget, the camera body is only part of the total cost.  Learn to shoot raw, and use DPP or purchase a raw conversion/editing software program and you can optimize difficult images.

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Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2012, 01:25:55 PM »
Hope you enjoy it.  Is this your first 'serious' camera, or are you upgrading from another DSLR? [I'm not going to criticize anyone's decisions, I'm just curious because of old arguments on the forum before the 5D MkIII was released]

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Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2012, 02:20:28 PM »
PW......

Yes.....POTUS was on board, he had just finished a speech at U.N.L.V.

And, his cabin is right below the cockpit, so ironically he could've been looking out that third window......

I did get the kit, and the only lens I had was the 24-105.....it was a stretch, and I cropped the pic of the plane in LR.
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Ayelike,

Thanks......President Obama seems to do a lot of traveling so it's possible you might get a few pics of him.....good luck on that.

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Mt Spokane Photography,

I bought the kit, and plan on buying a macro, telephoto, wide angle L series lenses (in that order).....so, I do have some things I need to acquire.....I didn't have time to learn the settings for the camera yesterday.....but will play around with it and read the manual this weekend when things are less hectic.....thanks for your input.

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Traveller,

This is an upgrade from a Nikon D90.......I had a full stable of accessories for it.......I will give the whole setup to my daughter as she is a lover of photography........I followed the debates, and in the Mark 3 was the camera for me......so, the argument is over as far as I'm concerned.  : )

Thanks to everyone.
B3

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Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2012, 02:21:24 PM »
Congratulations, you've just purchased one of the most advanced 35mm digital format camera's in the world. It can enable you to take world class photographs with its excellent 22.3 MP sensor hand developed by canon.

Now, Do you have any lenses to go along with you camera? Thats the dilemma...

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Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
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Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2012, 02:40:56 PM »
Congrats! i'm sure you will continue to be happy and impressed with your new gear. =)
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Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2012, 02:53:00 PM »

Great selection ;D

Time to get some L lenses
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Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2012, 02:59:42 PM »
PW......

Yes.....POTUS was on board, he had just finished a speech at U.N.L.V.

And, his cabin is right below the cockpit, so ironically he could've been looking out that third window......

I did get the kit, and the only lens I had was the 24-105.....it was a stretch, and I cropped the pic of the plane in LR.
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Mt Spokane Photography,

I bought the kit, and plan on buying a macro, telephoto, wide angle L series lenses (in that order).....so, I do have some things I need to acquire.....I didn't have time to learn the settings for the camera yesterday.....but will play around with it and read the manual this weekend when things are less hectic.....thanks for your input.


The kit lens is excellent, and you will love it. 
 
Once you get a FF, focal lengths are suddenly more limited, so you might be looking for longer focal lengths soon. 
 
Fortunately, there is a good assortment of older Canon telephoto lenses that perform reasonably well on the 5D MK II, so don't be afraid to pay $100 for a old 70-210mm f/4 zoom, its a old push-pull design, but will fill a gap until you can afford a top of the line lens.  I gave mine to my daughter and she loves it.  Another one, a 100-300mm lens can often be found for $100, and its respectable even though not spectacular.  I have had several of both, that came with old film bodies bought on Craigslist.   

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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2012, 03:48:37 PM »
Very nice... I shot AF1 in northern nevada at the airport...  Dear god almighty security was tight and I had to sneak a peak of the plane running down the runway through a door cracked open only 6 inches at best... and that's with secret service monitoring my every movement.  Good shots. 
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Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2012, 04:24:53 PM »
where’s the green with envy smiley when you need one, enjoy!  ;D

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Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2012, 04:34:08 PM »
The kit lens is excellent, and you will love it. 
 
Once you get a FF, focal lengths are suddenly more limited, so you might be looking for longer focal lengths soon. 
 
Fortunately, there is a good assortment of older Canon telephoto lenses that perform reasonably well on the 5D MK II, so don't be afraid to pay $100 for a old 70-210mm f/4 zoom, its a old push-pull design, but will fill a gap until you can afford a top of the line lens.  I gave mine to my daughter and she loves it.  Another one, a 100-300mm lens can often be found for $100, and its respectable even though not spectacular.  I have had several of both, that came with old film bodies bought on Craigslist.
Are you talking about the 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM?  Or the 100-300mm f/5.6 or 5.6L?  I have the former and find the image quality at 300mm to be quite poor.  The focus speed, build quality and IQ at <200mm are quite decent for the price, but I think the IQ of this lens is the worst of all the Canon xxx-300mm zooms they have made.  I have considered selling it to buy the 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5, 70-210mm f/4, 100-300mm f/5.6, or any of the 75-300mm lenses.

I also just picked up the Tamron 200-400mm f/5.6 for $100, and while the image quality is much better than the 100-300mm USM, the focus speed is nearly unusable, so I might just list it on eBay and make a little profit from the flip (they normally go for $175-250).
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Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
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« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2012, 04:42:39 PM »
I bought one with the same kit lens. I LOVE it  ;D

I also have a 7D and had been building up the L glass. I am going to keep the 7D cos I love that as well and I can see good reasons for both. Just v keen now to get something around the 400mm mark, and regret that I will never ever be able to afford anything more chunky from the Canon range.

I too have watched the debate rage on this forum. I already had some good lenses, I certainly was not about to junk all of that. I have made some kind of commitment to Canon in my mind - albeit when I was a teenager I chose Pentax because of the fantastic ME Super, which was top class at the time. They just lost it and me with some later film bodies. It has been a long journey from a Kodak (who are they?) Instamatic 25 at the age of 5 to a Canon 5DMkiii at the age of 52...
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Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2012, 05:26:03 PM »
Hey, I know exactly where that is in Vegas.  I was less than a mile away at my office off Bermuda. 

Congrats on the purchase.   Its a damn good camera. 
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Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
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