Archive for: 5D Mark III

Canon to Update Firmware for 5D MK III and 1D X AF with Speedlight Assist Lamp

Canon to Update Firmware for 5D MK III and 1D X AF with Speedlight Assist Lamp

New firmware coming
Canon has posted a article in their forum indicating that a firmware fix for the 5D Mark III and the 1dx is being tested to speed up autofocus when using the AF assist liight on a Canon Speedlight.  Many users have noted that focus is slow to be achieved compared with older models.  A quote from their post is given below.

“Canon has confirmed that, depending upon the shooting conditions, it may take slightly longer for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X digital SLR cameras to acquire focus when using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam, compared with that of the EOS 5D Mark II and 1dx digital SLR cameras using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam. We are developing a firmware update to enhance the focusing feature for the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS-1D X. The schedule for release of this firmware update will be announced shortly.”

http://forums.usa.canon.com/t5/EOS/5D3-AF-assist-beam-slower-focus/m-p/13107#M1450

A Small Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro Issue

Issue with the new Sigma Macro
An issue with the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 OS Macro on the 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X has been discovered by LensRentals.com. If this has caused anyone to pull their hair out, the solution is pretty simple, just turn off illumination correction.

Below is an image taken by LensRentals.com showing the phenomenon.

Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro Issue – Click for larger

The Findings

  1. The phenomenon shows up on Canon 5D Mk III and 1Dx cameras only. T4i and 7D bodies with firmware upgrade do NOT do this, nor do any other older cameras we could test.
  2. The Sigma 180 OS and Sigma 150 OS macro lenses both show the effect and it’s identical. No other Sigma lenses that we stock showed the effect, nor did any Tamron or Tokina lenses. Obviously I can’t test what we don’t carry.
  3. If you turn off Illumination Correction in the menu the effect goes away. To repeat, though, Illumination Correction in the 7D and T4i, on or off, doesn’t cause the effect.

The issue probably doesn’t show up on the APS_C cameras because of the image is about the same size as the circular anomaly in the center of the above image.

Read More at LensRentals.com

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5D Mark III Bundle Deal at Adorama

From Adorama
The 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS kit for $4299 and comes with the Canon BG-E11 battery grip for free. That’s a savings of about $309.

5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS & BG-E11 for $4299 at Adorama

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Price Drop in Canada

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Price Drop in Canada

Official Price Drop
The price of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III has dropped in Canada to $3499, that’s a drop of $300.

5D Mark III at Camera Canada $3499

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Another Full Frame Camera? [CR1]

Another Full Frame Camera? [CR1]

From POTN
Over a POTN there is a thread talking about a “1D X Successor”, basically a “slower 1DX”. Judging by the rumored price of $4000 AUD, I wouldn’t think it’s an “EOS-1″ body, perhaps a large megapixel camera above the 5D Mark III.

I believe we’ll only see one new full frame camera in 2012, unless something gets announced at the end of 2012 for availability in 2013.

Discussion at POTN via [NL

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Price Drop

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Price Drop

From B&H
The slide down of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III pricing has begun. B&H Photo currently has the 5D Mark III body only listed at $3349 and the kit with the 24-105 f/4L IS at $4149. That’s a drop of $150 on both ways to buy the 5D3.

Canon 5D Mark III at B&H Body Only $3349 | EF 24-105 f/4L IS Kit $4149

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AF Point Color on the 5D Mark III & 1D X Update [CR2]

AF Point Color on the 5D Mark III & 1D X Update [CR2]

User preference known by Canon
I have been talking to various professionals about what they think about the black AF points on Canon’s new 61 point AF system. I have yet to find one that doesn’t have at least one issue with it.

A lot of people are finding it hard and/or impossible to see which AF point is selected when shooting in dark conditions, like a wedding reception. There are also people telling me they’re having trouble tracking birds in flight with the 1D X and the black AF points.

Solution
I have been told that Canon is aware users aren’t particularly happy with the way the AF points are displayed to the shooter. I’m told there is a “solution coming” that “may not be ideal for everyone”. There is no timetable for any firmware update as of yet.

Most users want the AF system to operate like the previous 1D camera did, always lit red when AF is engaged.

I’m posting this to lend my vote to the growing number of people that want some kind of fix. I had trouble last weekend with the 1D X and tracking birds myself.

More to come.

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5D Mark III Special Kit from Adorama

5D Mark III Special Kit from Adorama

Crazy Kit Deal from Adorama
Adorama has pieced together a crazy 5D Mark III starter kit. All the items are regularly $8450, but can be had for $6699.95 after discounts and rebates. Add it to cart to see all the savings.

  • Canon EOS-5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body
  • Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM AF Lens
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
  • Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
  • Canon Backpack 200EG
  • Mini SoftBox Diffuser
  • 4 AA NiMH Batteries/Charger
  • Tiffen 77mm Filter Kit
  • Canon Pixma Pro9000 MII Printer

5D Mark III Kit at Adorama $6699.95

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The 5D Mark III & SD Memory Cards

The 5D Mark III & SD Memory Cards

From Jeff Cable
Photographer Jeff Cable has posted an article on his blog about some of the speed limititations associated with using SD cards in the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

From Jeff

Well…after some testing I have determined that, if you care at all about high speed shooting or clearing you buffer quickly, YOU DO NOT want to put a card in the SD slot. Why? Because, for some reason unbeknownst to me, Canon decided to build the 5D Mark III with one very fast CF slot which supports the newer UDMA7 protocol and a standard SD card slot which does NOT support the high speed standard (called UHS – for Ultra High Speed).

Read More

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5D Mark III & BG-E11 Stock Update

5D Mark III & BG-E11 Stock Update

Lots of 5D Mark III’s out there
B&H has notified us that they have the 5D Mark III back in stock.

From B&H
5D Mark III Body $3499 | 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $4299 | BG-E11 Battery Grip $349

From Norman Camera
Norman camera has the Canon BG-E11 battery grip for the 5D Mark III in stock, as well as the camera.

5D Mark III Body $3499 | 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $4299 | BG-E11 Battery Grip $349

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