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Hood already obtained :)

The new one looks like that picture, but the other one didn't at all - it had only the wider contacts which are on the left hand side of that picture, rather than any of the single dot types. Wish I'd taken a picture now to show it, but didn't think too much of it at the time as the of guy was happy to take it back.

If the contacts were wrong it would totally explain why the lens and camera wouldn't talk to each other properly.

Oh and nice badger btw :D
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It's cumface time:

[img]http://cdn.canonrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/5dmarkiii2.jpg[/img]
[img]http://cdn.canonrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/5dmarkiii-431x575.jpg[/img]
[img]http://cdn.canonrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/5d3_1dx-431x575.jpg[/img]
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[quote name='Morrius U' timestamp='1330013856' post='8459492']
Canonrumours are reporting that the specs for the new 5D are locked-in, and confirmed to be:[list]
[*]22mp
[*]61pt AF
[*]100% VF
[*]3.2″ LCD
[*]Dual CF/SD Card Slots
[*]Price: Around $3500 USD
[*]Announcement on February 27 or 28, 2012 (Depending where you are on earth)
[/list]
There's also a new Canon lens coming in, the 590ex, replacing the 580exII.
[/quote]

I won't be able to justify that at all. I literally only use the centre AF point, I've never really had a problem with the viewfinder. And I don't bother with video, which I presume will get all the 7D stuff at least.

How dull.
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Hot on the heels of the 36MP Nikon D800 is a 41MP model from...Nokia.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/02/27/Nokia-808-PureView-with-41MP-sensor
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[quote name='Rev' timestamp='1330370446' post='8466427']
I won't be able to justify that at all. I literally only use the centre AF point, I've never really had a problem with the viewfinder. And I don't bother with video, which I presume will get all the 7D stuff at least.

How dull.
[/quote]

What did you expect from it?!
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Anyway, now-ish might be a good time to keep an eye out for a used 5DMkII if you're in the market, they should start dropping in price soon.

Here you go:

[media]http://youtu.be/9XgAgGoPZo8[/media]

Looks like they built that full-frame 7D I've been hoping for since about three days after I bought my 7D, ha.

Now to wait for the inevitable 40% price drop within a month or two.
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Yeah, it is just a full-frame 7D. I'm entirely sure I made the right decision between the two back then and I've not missed anything it can't do that the 7D can do. The 5D3 is better in every way it seems, but the only things that could make me spend are the (presumed) two stop improvement in ISO performance. Improved weather sealing, twin card slots and so on are nice but they're not going to draw a couple of grand out of me.

Hopefully this will mean I can get another two or three years out of it. That'd put me to a very satisfying half decade of ownership. I didn't expect to get close to that.
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I want it I want it I want it. Don't forget the 5DMKII body was £2300 when it came out.

I get a lot of use out of the 7D focusing stuff (the zoning is really useful with fast subjects), but it sounds like you do your focusing differently and aren't much of a video person. Hence no reason at all to upgrade bar the weather sealing and dual slots.

I hope it makes the MKII go down in price, I'd probably PX my 7D for a MKII.
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Aim centre-point, back button focus, re-compose. When you know the shot you're going for it takes micro-seconds* extra whilst never accidentally focusing on the wrong thing - it's basically automated manual focusing rather than true auto focus. If that makes any sense at all.

I probably could have found the money if they'd done something amazing (I'm not sure what, exactly, they could have done) but I'm quite delighted I don't "have" to spend.


*Add another few micro-seconds if I'm focusing on one thing and taking a light reading somewhere else.
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That's generally how I compose still shots, but I use the zoning and tracking for moving targets. For example if I know I want my subject in the right hand side of the image, but it's moving about a lot and I'm using a narrow DOF (which is most of the time) it comes in really handy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhTXJiTKcTE&feature=related

The zoning I mentioned is the same principle but narrows your available focus points.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBMTx4D_iQs

If you don't shoot moving stuff it's not very useful.
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Looking for a replacement for my 50 1.4. I have read some good stuff about the sigma as an upgrade and can't justify the expense of the 50. 1.2, anyone here had any experience of the Sigma? Or am I better sticking with the canon?
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What's the 1.4 not doing for you at the moment?

The 1.2 is great in my experience (insert nicky or rev bringing up back focus issues) but not worth the massive price hike on the 1.4.

The [url="http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-35mm-f-1.4-L-USM-Lens-Review.aspx"]35mm 1.4 [/url]is really nice too if you want something wider. If you have a cropped body it'll function similarly to using a 50mm on a full frame.
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[quote name='Morrius U' timestamp='1330700701' post='8475179']
If you don't shoot moving stuff it's not very useful.
[/quote]

Unsurprisingly, rarely. Street stuff occasionally, but between manual focus and the normal way I've only dropped two or three shots. I'm not knocking the cleverer stuff at all, I just don't need it.

[quote name='winky' timestamp='1330702877' post='8475271']
Looking for a replacement for my 50 1.4. I have read some good stuff about the sigma as an upgrade and can't justify the expense of the 50. 1.2, anyone here had any experience of the Sigma? Or am I better sticking with the canon?
[/quote]

I've got the Sigma. (Assuming you get a good copy and that isn't the easiest thing) the Sigma is better from f1.4 to about f2.8 but then the Canon 1.4 is miles ahead from that point. So it depends what you're going to be doing. I figured for anything f4 and above I might as well have a zoom on, so went for the Sigma.

I'm happy with it.

I'd also say what Morrius said I would say, but I won't. Just to prove him wrong.
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[quote name='Morrius U' timestamp='1330704552' post='8475341']
What's the 1.4 not doing for you at the moment?

The 1.2 is great in my experience (insert nicky or rev bringing up back focus issues) but not worth the massive price hike on the 1.4.

The [url="http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-35mm-f-1.4-L-USM-Lens-Review.aspx"]35mm 1.4 [/url]is really nice too if you want something wider. If you have a cropped body it'll function similarly to using a 50mm on a full frame.
[/quote]

the only downsides to the 1.2 canon are the flaring of light sources at night, and the not worth it over the 1.4's cost

The benefit of the 1.2 (and 1.4's) was the low light performance. but with the ISO performances of cameras these days, 1.4 is plenty wide enough.

i dont know what canon 1.4's are like by the way. but i fucking bummed my Nikon 50mm 1.4. other than the slow focusing, it was utterly brilliant.
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Thanks guys, my cannon 1.4 was dropped and it buggered the autofocus. Slightly annoying - slightly annoying and I tried to fix it myself but it's not perfect so I thought I would replace it and sell the old one on eBay for a little cash. The build is a bit cheapish although the optics are good once it's stopped down to 1.8.

If the sigma is good wide open then that's what I would want it for. A fast prime is really handy for parties and stuff. I hear the sigma is a solid lens with nice build quality so that is tempting. The only thing I was hesitant about are the issues with calibration.

I have a FF camera so I am not sure if 35mm would be a bit wide, generally I have enough space to compose shots at 50mm.

Thanks for the input :)
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I bought my Sigma second hand after seeing test pics - I think that is probably the best way of doing it. I still had to fiddle with it a bit, but I'm happy with it now. Not utterly perfect if you subject it to pixel peeping but I'm happy I made the right choice. The build quality is great (even if the insides aren't as consistent as try should be), it's nicely weighted. Etc.
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I got my 5D mk II a few months ago but the MK3 is not a huge leap forward; still 50fps at 720p for video. They had to hamstring it really to protect the video market for the C300
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Actually it shoots 720p at 59.94fps :D

[url="http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/5d-mk-iii.htm"]Ken Rockwell has this to say:[/url]

[quote]The 5D Mark III is the world's best Canon DSLR. It's a huge improvement over the [url="http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/5d-mk-ii.htm"]5D Mark II[/url] due to the image improvements from automatic color fringe correction, and the greatly improved power and depth-of-field controls. If you shoot Canon, you deserve one of these.[/quote]

It's coming into the UK at £2999.99, so you can expect it to drop to £2.5k within a few months, £2k after a year and further from there.
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[quote name='Morrius U' timestamp='1330814861' post='8477472']
Actually it shoots 720p at 59.94fps :D

[url="http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/5d-mk-iii.htm"]Ken Rockwell has this to say:[/url]



It's coming into the UK at £2999.99, so you can expect it to drop to £2.5k within a few months, £2k after a year and further from there.
[/quote]

Ken Rockwell's hyperbole is trying at the best of times but in suggesting that revised placements for the power and DOF preview buttons are reason enough to upgrade he may well have outdone himself.
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[quote name='Morrius U' timestamp='1330814861' post='8477472']
Actually it shoots 720p at 59.94fps :D

[url="http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/5d-mk-iii.htm"]Ken Rockwell has this to say:[/url]



It's coming into the UK at £2999.99, so you can expect it to drop to £2.5k within a few months, £2k after a year and further from there.
[/quote]

i still dont think its £600 more of a camera than a D800. to be honest i was expecting a lot more from the mk3. it feels like they've pulled their punches a bit. Have you guys seen the low light high ISO samples from the mk3 yet?
[url="http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/samples/eos5dmk3/downloads/02.jpg"]http://web.canon.jp/...ownloads/02.jpg[/url]
ISO 6400 it isn't particuarly great.

to balance it out a bit -

heres an [u]unofficial [/u]100% crop of a D800 at 6400
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-showvkoeOZ4/T0f6uSB37mI/AAAAAAAAENw/2ThCSeiLBbk/s0/06400.jpg

again not great, but theres a lot being made of the mkIII's low light capability. Whereas the D800 is being pushed more towards the well lit IQ for studio and events. from those low light samples though there's not *too much* difference,

when you run both cameras images through some proper noise reduction (and scale the nikon images down to the same size as the canons) there'll be even less difference.

To me it seems to leave the only plus points about the MK3 being the focus improvements, which as far as i can tell, finally means its caught up to what Nikon have had for the past 3-4 years. I checked out the video's morrius posted earlier RE the focusing system, and it seemed to me, to now do what ive been doing on my D700 and other nikons for a good while. Albeit with a few less focus zones. But really i havent had any issue tracking or focusing with any "red ring" equivalent nikon speed lenses.

echoing some of the other points made by people in here. the best thing about the mk III is the price reductions its meant for the mk II. It means its going to be hard to resist picking up a 2nd hand mkII for video fuckaboutery.
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[quote name='Dapple' timestamp='1330817164' post='8477508']
Ken Rockwell's hyperbole is trying at the best of times but in suggesting that revised placements for the power and DOF preview buttons are reason enough to upgrade he may well have outdone himself.
[/quote]

Equal reasoning to buy a 5D3 is:

[b]1.) Automatic correction of lateral color fringes[/b]

(Ie. What Lightroom Does, In Exactly The Same Way, Using Profiles. Which Ken Won't Use If They're Not Pre-Loaded. Bless.)
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[quote name='Rev' timestamp='1330817973' post='8477527']
Equal reasoning to buy a 5D3 is:

[b]1.) Automatic correction of lateral color fringes[/b]

(Ie. What Lightroom Does, In Exactly The Same Way, Using Profiles. Which Ken Won't Use If They're Not Pre-Loaded. Bless.)
[/quote]

im sure nikons have fixed that automatically for years too. ;)
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