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March 31, 2012
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EOS 5D Mark III hacked: Anti-aliasing filter removed, more sharpness

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This is a hardware hack performed on the EOS 5D Mark III. It voids guaranty and should absolutely be avoided without the necessary technical knowledge.

James Miller teared down his brand new EOS 5D Mark III and removed the Optical Low-Pass Filter (aka Anti-Aliasing filter) that’s put on the sensor. It seems that the filter is really blurring the image, since the pics shot without the filter are much more detailed. Judge for yourself – first pic shot with the OLPF and the second without:

EOS 5D Mark III with anti-aliasing filter

EOS 5D Mark III with removed anti-aliasing filter

NOTE: pictures shot at different days, using same camera settings. Original pics can be downloaded:

As you can see the pic shot without the OLPF has more detail and more sharpness in general. Brick walls and roofs reveal details not seen on the crop from the pic shot with the mounted OLPF. Moreover, the filter is responsible for reducing moire and aliasing, but looking at the crops you can see some aliasing but no moire. Two more crops, left one with, right one without OLPF – look at the clock and at the roof above the clock:

        
OLPF mounted                                                         OLPF removed

The is a big difference regarding image details with details appearing in the pic shot without the OLPF that are barely if even visible in the crop from the pic shot with the OLPF mounted.

Miller also shot a video with the modded 5D Mark III:

Given the strong increase in details, it looks like if Canon has put on the EOS 5D Mark III an OLPF that’s too strong, and that’s sensibly reducing the native capabilities of the sensor. Reducing moire is important, but I question if it has to come with such a considerable loss in detail (not just for video mode, also for stills). However, the absence of moire in the crops from the frame grabs does not mean that in other circumstances there would not be more moire. James Miller is now using his 5D Mark III without the filter, so more news will come. Stay tuned.

Here are some pics of the tear down:

James Miller on Twitter

For the latest 5D Mark III pics uploaded to Flickr and our eBay live-ticker for possible 5D Mark III deals click here.

The following shops have the EOS 5D Mark III in stock and ready to ship:

  • Amazon: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 – click here
  • Canon store: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 – click here
  • B&H: 5D Mark III body $3,499 – click here
  • J&R: 5D Mark III body $3,499 – click here
  • J&R: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 – click here (NOTE: shows up as out of stock, should be in stock in a few hours)
  • Adorama: 5D Mark III body + free photo-book $3,499 – click here
  • Adorama: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 -click here
  • DigitalRev: 5D Mark III body – location-based price, different kit options, ships in 24h – click here
  • DigitalRev: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L – location-based price, different kit options, ships in 24h – click here
[via EOSHD]

 

March 30, 2012
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Last hours for B&H double rebate deals (ending tomorrow, March 31)

B&H has the EOS 5D Mark III with 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens in stock now for $4,299.00, ships for free in the US (click here).

Just a quick reminder that the double rebate deals offered by B&H are ending in a few hours.

There are a two good deals that expire March 31 (and will not be extended).

First, the instant double rebates on Canon lenses and speedlites (click here). The deal is offered for EOS 60D, 7D and 5D Mark II bodies with a lens of your choice. You choose a body, you associate a lens, and when you check out you get the double savings. Check the various kit combinations clicking here or on the image below.

Next deal…

B&H is offering Canon a Rebel, 60D, 7D + Tele-Zoom/Dslr lens bundle rebate (click here). You choose a lens, then a body, and then you check out saving money. Check the various kit combinations clicking here or on the image below.

The offerings are a real money-saver, but they all expire in a few days (March 31) and will not be extended.

More information about the cameras cited in this post:

EOS 7D sample pics & information: click here
EOS 5D Mark II sample pics & information: click here
EOS 5D Mark III sample pics & information: click here

Have nice day or night….

:-)

March 30, 2012
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Image Detail Comparison: EOS 5D Mark III matches RED Scarlet-X at 2K

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Canon’s new full-frame camera vs. RED’s resolution champion – that’s something for movie makers. A comparison concerning image details between the EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS 7D and the Scarlet-X done at cinema5d DSLR film forum by user  Sebastian, which has also some interesting thoughts about the EOS 5D Mark III (from a film-maker’s point of view).

That means a full-frame sensor (5D3) vs an APS-C sensor (7D) vs a smaller than APS-C sensor (Scarlet-X), using a  Canon zoom 24-105mm f/4.0 L (5D3), a Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 (7D) and a Contax Zeiss 28mm (Scarlet-X) – this was done to match the shots (but filmed sections are not 100% identical, not a real problem in my opinion).

The footage of the Scarlet-X was recorded @2k and scaled down to HD. Not only the 5D Mark III matches the Scarlet-X concerning image details, but there is also less noise.

Read the cinema5d forum post clicking here. The original files used for the comparison can be downloaded:

EOS 5D Mark III file 1
EOS 5D Mark III file 2
EOS 7D file 1
EOS 7D file 2
RED Scarlet-X files (zipped)

Latest pics uploaded to flickr and eBay live-ticker for EOS 5D Mark III click here, and for EOS 7D click here.

EOS 5D Mark III price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
EOS 7D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

 

March 29, 2012
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EOS 5D Mark III in stock & ready for shipping news round-up and DPreview test-lab samples

1) This shops all have the 5D Mark III in stock and ready for shipping, some offer various kit combinations:

    • Amazon: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 – click here
    • Canon store: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 – click here
    • B&H: 5D Mark III body $3,499 – click here
    • J&R: 5D Mark III body $3,499 – click here
    • J&R: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 – click here (NOTE: shows up as out of stock, should be in stock in a few hours)
    • Adorama: 5D Mark III body + free photo-book $3,499 – click here
    • Adorama: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 -click here
    • DigitalRev: 5D Mark III body – location-based price, different kit options, ships in 24h – click here
    • DigitalRev: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L – location-based price, different kit options, ships in 24h – click here
2) DPreview published a new set of professional samples images shot in test-lab setting, JPG and RAW, comparison widget (Nikon D800, 5D Mark II, Sony A900 on crops) – click here.
World-wide EOS 5D Mark III check:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Digitalrev, eBay.au
Austria: PixMania AT, DigitalRev, Wex Photographie, eBay.at
Belgium: PixMania BE, DigitalRev, eBay.be
Canada: Amazon.ca, newegg, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H, eBay.ca
China: Amazon.cn, Digitalrev, eBay
Denmark: DigitalRev, eBay
Finland: DigitalRev, eBay
France: PixMania FR, DigitalRev, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon DE, Wex Photographie, DigitalRev, eBay.de, PixMania DE
Hong Kong: Amazon, Adorama, Digitalrev, B&H, eBay
Ireland: Amazon.uk, DigitalRev, eBay.ie
Italy: DigitalRev, PixMania IT, eBay.it
Japan: Amazon.jp, Rakuten, DigitalRev, eBay
Netherlands: PixMania NL, DigitalRev, eBay.nl
Norway: DigitalRev, eBay
Poland: DigitalRev, Redcoon.pl, eBay
Singapore: B&H, Adorama, Digitalrev, eBay
Spain: PixMania ES, DigitalRev, Redcoon.es, eBay.es
Suisse: DigitalRev, Wex Photographie, eBay.ch
Sweden: DigitalRev, eBay
Thailand: Amazon, DigitalRev, B&H, Adorama, eBay
United Kingdom: Amazon UK, PixMania UK, Warehouseexpress, DigitalRev, eBay.uk
USA: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

March 29, 2012
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EOS 5D Mark III with 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM in stock at Amazon

Finally, also Amazon has the EOS 5D Mark III (bundled with the EF 24-105mm f/4L) in stock (click here).

Check my dedicated EOS 5D Mark III page (click here) for more information and oder options.

For EOS 5D Mark III sample pictures (on Flickr) and eBay live-ticker for deals, click here.

March 28, 2012
Posted in Deals

B&H double rebates ending in 3 days, Powershot G1 X in stock

Just a reminder that the rebates B&H is offering on various body and lens combinations is ending March 31. Click here to see the offered rebates and how to access them. Savings go from $100 to $350, depending by the chosen kit combination.

Also, B&H now has the Powershot G1 X in stock (click here).

Finally, take note that B&H will close for passover from April 6 to April 15. If you want your order shipped before the holidays be sure to place it before 4:00 pm EDT April 15.

Powershot G1 X sample pics and information (click here)

 

March 28, 2012
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Rolling shutter jello comparison: 5D Mark III vs Sony Nex 7

Photographer Mike Kobal did an interesting test using a EOS 5D Mark III and Sony’s NEX 7 to demonstrate the rolling shutter effect. Mike’s premise:

Keep in mind this is an extreme test to demonstrate the rolling shutter effect, no one in their right mind would pan like this. However, there are plenty of real life situations when the jello effect suddenly becomes a problem, a fast train or car passing will have leaning windows and elliptical wheels, or watching a chase scene with moving camera and subjects will make you dizzy. Until we get global shutters, the jello effect is CMOS sensor’s biggest Achilles Heel.

If you never heard about the rolling shutter effect, the short video that follows will give you an idea. Otherwise jump over and read on.

You may wonder why two cameras not in the same league are compared. It makes sense, since theoretically the Nex 7 should perform better because of its smaller APSC sensor (the rolling shutter effect increases with sensor size).  The EOS 5D Mark III was set to 1080/24P, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 1/50th, F/8, white balance 5600K, Picture Style Neutral. The NEX 7 to  1080/24P, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 1/50, F/8, Picture style Portrait. Sharpening, contrast, saturation have been turned down to zero on both cameras.

Let us first have a look at Mike’s video:

The weird thing is that the EOS 5D Mark III performs better that the Sony NEX 7, which is surprising to some degree. Mike writes:

Surprise, the 5D3 kicks Nex 7′s gluteus maximus, I sure didn’t expect that from the FF sensor, either the Canon is very good or the Sony just terrible, your pick :) !

If you have a look at the crops below you can clearly see that the NEX 7 produces more moire than the EOS 5D Mark III

Credits: Mike Kobal

Yeah, what shall I say? Maybe that the EOS 5D Mark III is a great great camera? :-)

There are much more test pictures and crops you can analyze in Mike’s post (which is absolutely worth to be read: click here).

BTW, Mike has also a post about his brand new EOS 5D Mark III (click here) and provided us a nice unpacking video:

For EOS 5D Mark III sample pics and information click here.
For order and pre-order option, and lot more about the EOS 5D Mark III click here.
EOS 5D Mark III price check (click on the shop name): Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Have a nice day (or night)… :-)

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