Troy wrote:Some nice images here Paul, especially the reflections.
Now how does the MKIII compare to the II? I always found the MKII an absolute chore to use, so would be interesting to see how useable the MKIII is in comparison.
It's all the more interesting for me as I have been using the Pentax most of the time. The menu system is very different from the mkII. I don't like the fact that when I remove the SD card that I have to go back in to the menu to reselect it if I have a compact flash card in the slot. It would be good if I could record RAW on one and JPG on the other like I can with the Pentax which I used to check focus on an ipad. This could be particularly useful with the eyepad wifi SD cards. I'm sure this could be solved on a future firmware update as it seems like a lost opportunity. The biggest bugbear is that Lightroom can't read the new RAW files and the DPP software is missing the .pkg files that are required to install the canon software to a mac. I have the ACR 6.7 beta which allows me to view and select individual or multiple images and process them in CS5, and I was misled by Adobe's live chat saying that LR 4 would be able to read the files. I bought the upgrade and nothing changed.
One thing that does annoy me about Adobe is what they do with VAT when you choose to download the software. With VAT rates of 20% in the UK, Adobe charge 23% VAT. They have been charging between 3% and 7% more than the then current rate for VAT on my purchases of LR 2,3, 4 and CS4, 5 and Creative suite. When VAT was at 15% they charged 22%. On postal transactions they charge the correct amount. I have emailed them 10 times with no answer, which is frustrating.
Off the soapbox, Paul! Overall I like the mkIII. I've realised how much I miss live view for focussing, and part of my reason for buying the camera was that I wanted to go wider than the 27mm equivalent I have with the Pentax. There is a 25mm (19mm 35 mm equiv) out next month which is highly thought of, but this will be close to £4k, and for less than 3K I have really good 1st back up camera and I still have all my Canon lenses that are weathersealed. The low light performance is the best I've seen from a Canon (on flickr I have a set of shots taken with ISO at 3200, 6400, 8000, 10,000 and 12800 without any noise reduction and with sensible amounts of noise reduction using LR, Dfine or other plug ins these will be very useable) and it handles well.
This is the 12800:5D3-at-12800
, on Flickr
The inbuilt HDR is also pretty handy and easy to use:cardiff-tollhouse
, on Flickrwales-Millenium-Centre
, on Flickr