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 Friday, May 04, 2012
CPN has posted The Making of the EOS 5D Mark III ‘Radball’ Movie, showing how scenes were captured and talking about the Canon EOS 5D Mark III's video capabilities.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/4/2012 11:30:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 02, 2012
The latest Canon EOS 5D Mark III bodies being shipped have a correction in place to solve the light leak issue.
 
Roger Cicala at LensRentals.com shares the fix.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/2/2012 12:51:33 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 27, 2012
Standard test results (and some product images) have been added Zeiss 25mm f/2.0 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review page.
Post Date: 4/27/2012 10:48:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens is now shipping in the USA. I have a ship notice from B&H.
 
I would like to create a full Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review, but will minimally commit to capturing a full set of standard test results from it.
Post Date: 4/26/2012 9:06:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I have posted the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Review - Part 2.
 
The primary updates to the 5D III review are the image quality comparisons closer to the beginning of the review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/25/2012 12:40:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 19, 2012
To help promote their April 2012 free Pro Speed Belt ($39.75 value) with the purchase of a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro, Think Tank Photo sent me a StreetWalker Pro to review.
 
Not surprisingly (I love most Think Tank Photo gear), I love the case.
 
Here is a quick Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro Review.
Post Date: 4/19/2012 10:06:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 13, 2012
Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Review - Part 1.
 
The 5D III has become my primary DSLR - at least until the 1D X shows up.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/13/2012 11:13:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 05, 2012
Canon has posted a pair of in-demand PDF owner's manuals:
 
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT/600EX Flash: owner's manual
 
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT: owner's manual
 
For future reference, you will be able to find links to these manuals at the top of the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review and Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Review pages. (thanks Niklas)
Canon Japan has announced that an update to their Digital Photo Pro (DPP) software is planned for mid-April. This update will resolve the soft/blurred Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR RAW image problem.
 
Here is my translation of the Google Japanese-to-English translation of this announcement:
 
To customers using Digital Photo Professional version 3.11.10 with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera
 
April 5, 2012
 
We thank you very much for your patronage of Canon products.
 
It has been confirmed that the RAW development process used by Digital Photo Professional version 3.11.10 is not appropriate, generating somewhat blurred images. This is the version of DPP that is included on the CD in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR box.
 
<Canon deeply apologizes>
 
Phenomenon
 
When Canon EOS 5D Mark III RAW images are processed by DPP version 3.11.10, generated images become somewhat blurred.
 
Affected Products
 
Canon Digital Photo Professional RAW Development Software version 3.11.10 included in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III box.
 
This problem will not be observed in other cameras.
 
<Actually, the Canon PowerShot G1 X is also affected.>
 
An update to the Digital Photo Pro software is expected to be published in mid-April.
Post Date: 4/5/2012 10:05:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Canon has posted an EOS 1D X / 5D III AF System Guidebook (PDF - 20 MB).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/3/2012 9:52:12 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, April 01, 2012
Reikan has been working on adding Canon EOS 5D Mark III compatibility to their Focal software and shared some information on their Facebook page on Friday.
 
Especially interesting to me was this paragraph:
 
"The AF consistency on the 5D Mark III is the *best* I have seen on any camera I've tested with (which is quite a few now!). And it's better by quite a long way - only a few % deviation across 20 shots compared to, say, the 1Dmk4 which deviates by 10-15%."
 
I'm still giving AI Servo a good workout, but the 5D III's One Shot AF has been very impressive. (thanks John)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/1/2012 10:24:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 30, 2012
CPN has posted a new article by Syl Arena, talking a closer look at Canon’s New Radio Speedlite Flash System.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/30/2012 7:23:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Are Your Canon PowerShot G1 X RAW images soft? If so, I may know why.
 
G1 X RAW files, when processed by Canon Digital Photo Pro v3.11.10.0 with the "Viewing and savings RAW images" preference to "High quality" (the default), are rendered very soft.
 
This is the same problem I currently have outlined on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review page. The G1 X RAW images are being affected by the same software flaw the 5D III images are affected by.
 
Canon has been notified. The workaround is to set the "Viewing and savings RAW images" preference to "High speed". Or use another RAW converter.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/30/2012 3:11:30 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As I mentioned recently, I used the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens with the Canon EF 2x III Extender as a lightweight, handheld bird photography lens in Florida in early March and found the results to be quite impressive.
 
The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens served as my primary tripod-mounted birding lens for this trip (the perfect full frame choice), but the 300 L II, along with a 1.4x III and a 2x III filled the handheld and wider focal lengths needs. And did so remarkably well.
 
My initial comment stirred many inquiries about the 300 II + 2x III combination. I'm not a big extender user, but the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens is so amazingly sharp that the with-extender results are still remarkable. And I had no problems handholding the with-2x-resulting 600mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens.
 
I have uploaded a sample picture from this combination for your review. The Brown Pelican image was captured near sunset at f/8 (f/5.6 results are not as sharp), 1/250 with a handheld Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III in RAW format using the Neutral Picture Style (lower contrast for better histogram). The JPG sample was processed in DPP using the Standard Picture Style, sharpness set to "2" (low) and saturation set to "1".
 
Here is the sample: JPG (11.0 MB) | RAW (26.4 MB)
 
License granted for personal gear-evaluation purposes only.
 
I will add this full size sample picture to the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Review for more-permanent reference.
 
B&H has the still-elusive Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens (and Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens) in stock at this moment.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/30/2012 9:09:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 29, 2012
Canon USA has issued an official response to the 5D III IS noise issue:
 
“We have acknowledged that when using the camera with specific lenses, there is an abnormal noise during IS operation when the shutter button is pressed halfway (or remains pressed halfway), and we are now considering the countermeasures. We will let you know about the countermeasures as soon as they are finalized”
 
The two affected lenses are the Canon EF 200mm f/2.0 L IS USM Lens and the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens.
 
Note that image quality is not affected by the abnormality. Also note that this noise does not occur during Live View including during video capture.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/29/2012 4:20:09 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Confirmed: The Canon EF 200mm f/2.0 L IS USM Lens' image stabilization system makes a modestly-disturbing churning sound when used on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III in AI Servo AF mode. The same sound is made briefly when the shutter release button is released in One Shot AF mode.
 
I do not know if this is a problem or not. IS appears to be working properly and the images created during the strange sound are quite sharp. I'll let Canon know (others may have already done so).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/29/2012 10:13:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 26, 2012
I am getting a lot of email asking about the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the image softness issue. Let me clarify what I'm seeing:
 
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is Delivering Very Sharp Images
 
There is a softness issue, but it appears to be completely isolated to the Canon Digital Photo Pro software's "High quality" RAW conversion algorithm.
 
You can see the sharp 5D III images in DPP's quick viewer and in the Edit window with preferences set to High speed. The issue appears to be completely in DPP's High quality processing algorithm.
 
Canon has been in touch with me again this morning and appears very eager to resolve the problem. My personal expectation is that the problem resolution will be in the form of a DPP update. The 5D III appears to be fine from my perspective. I have no intentions of returning my camera - I'm having far too much fun with it.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/26/2012 10:22:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, March 24, 2012
I've received lots of emails and have had more communication with Canon about the problem with Digital Photo Professional generating soft images from Canon EOS 5D Mark III RAW files.
 
There are currently two workarounds to this problem.
 
The first workaround involves changing the DPP "Viewing and saving RAW images" preference (in the "General settings" tab of the "Preferences" menu selection) from "High quality (recommended)" to "High speed". In High Speed mode, the noise reduction palette cannot be used and moiré correction is not performed, but 5D III images are rendered sharp. DPP's Quick Viewer (which displays 5D III images properly) displays images at high speed, so that this solution works is not surprising.
 
The second solution is to use a third party RAW converter - namely Adobe Camera Raw 6.7 RC. You can use ACR 6.7 RC to output DNG files for use in Lightroom 4 - which will not support the 5D III natively until a point release.
 
I do not plan to update the color block noise comparison on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review page until Canon corrects the problem because I can see a difference between High Speed and High Quality in my 5D II images. You can too - look for the false color in the "5D II Quick View" example that is not present in the "5D II Edit Window" example currently on the 5D III review page.
 
My case with Canon remains open and has been escalated. I'll let you know when I learn anything new about the 5D III DPP softness problem. Thanks to everyone that contributed to this post.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2012 2:06:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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