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Thanks for posting your findings here. It's good to get some feedback from the field.
1. On the 2nd day my camera got locked up after a shot and a "card is writing" light was illuminated. None of the controls seemed to be working except the shutter button. I had to turn the camera off and on to get that fixed. Last 2 shots that I took while experiencing this issue were not on the cards.scary stuff....
Scary indeed. I had that too once with my 5D2 during the beginning of a wedding. Turned out to be the grip that was causing issues.
2. I did not look at RAWs,but jpegs do seem a bit soft...softer than my usual RAWs from 5DIIs.... Everything at every ISO speed seems a bit washed and has that plasticky look. My NR is set to "Standard",in case that matters. I've yet to find a WOW, this is soooo sharp image 5DII raws had many!! I'll have to look at RAWs later to compare.
The 5D3 RAW files I have seen (you can convert them into DNG with Adobe DNG converter 6.7 and open them up in LR) are very similar to 5D2 RAW files. When Canon refers to cleaner high ISO, it is always about JPEG's. In order to get better high ISO performance the JPEG NR turns details into mush. You can try to fiddle with the in-camera JPEG settings to get a sharper output.
4. AF sometimes takes a 1.5 second to nail a focus even during day light for the first shot. That's VERY long. Seems like it doesn't happen often,but it happens. Same issue is also present during evening scenarios with little light. The camera will focus properly once the focus is achieved,but it takes 1.5-2 seconds. For fast paced situation this is extremely long!!
I don't understand this... You press the button for AF and it just hangs still for 1.5 sec? One Shot or AI Servo?
5.AF has hard time focusing on bright white,low contrast subjects with little contrast. It needs some kind of contrast to nail the focus. So, while in wedding situation it may have no problem achieving focus on a wedding dress,since there are shadows and wrinkles that create contrast, camera does have a bit of an issue focusing on white wall the dress is hung on.
It will always need contrast in order to get a lock. No surprise here.
7. HUGE issue!!! HUGE. I am not sure if I have something set wrong,but I can't freakin see the AF point most of the time. I thought VF display illumination set on ON would fix that,but it doesn't. During the day I can't see the AF points and when the focus is nailed. It does show is as a circle at the bottom of the viewfinder screen ,but I WANT and NEED the AF point(center point for example) to be illuminated!!!!
It also isn't illuminated during the night unless the focus is achieved. So can't really see which focus point you...Show more →
Do you mean that the AF isn't illuminated all the time but instead showing as a black square? And that only when you achieve focus it will light up red?