12-14-2012 11:42 AM
The use of 2 targets to "de-focus" or "refocus" or whatever is smart. Perhaps you should test it using 2 targets that are both in dim light, rather than one in dim & one in bright? I'd hate to let Canon off too easy by making the test too easy.
12-14-2012 04:24 PM
Mike? Where did you go? Anyone else from Canon out there? Anyone at all?
Can anyone at Canon give us any information at all on whether this is being looked at? Or what is the nature of the problem? Will it be addressed in the firmware update? Even if the information is that you still don't know anything, but that you are listening?
Any Canon person?
12-16-2012 04:56 PM
I finally had a chance to compare both my bodies (5D3 and T1i) with two flashes (600EX and 430EX II). I used the 40mm f2.8 for both (at first) with center point selected to keep things as consistent as possible. I shot into my walk-in closet, so it was dark enough to trigger the AF Assist light but with the door open so some ambient light would trickle in. I turn the focus confirmation beep back on to have another indicator of when the camera thought it was focused and when it fired. I tried both camera with both flashes. I did not time anything with a watch because if it's close enough not to be able to tell the is a significant difference, I really would not be bother which one is technically faster. That said, here are my observations:
5D3--regardless which flash used, the body had the marked hesitation that I mentioned earlier. This is not just a little shutter lag--this is a full second or two, the moment is gone, I didn't get anything and, if I did, it is not in focus. This is beyond annoying, this is failure when mission critical. There was no perceptibly meaningful difference between the flashes, so this lead me to believe it's the way the body acquires focus. I noted the two or three step confirmation process someone noted earlier. This was the behavior no matter which focus point or AF method was selected (excluding SERVO).
T1i--press, shoot. find another spot, press, shoot. repeat, repeat. All in focus, all virtually instantaneous and at worse considerably better than the best attempts with 5D3. If anything, 600EX performed better than 430 EX II (thank goodness for that) on this body. This is what I was expecting from the 5D3 and it's not even close. (I repeated the test with my 15-85mm zoom and the results were consistent regardless of the focal length and aperture setting).
I'm now even more convinced it's a serious with the 5D3 and not the flash. There is no way my T1i (which I still love) could/should outperform the 5D3 under these circumstances, especially given the type of photography the 5D3 is geared toward.
12-16-2012 10:42 PM
At this point I am also convinced it is the 5D3 not the 600 that is the issue. I also think I have not been duped. Aside from my 5D3 struggling with the AF assist beam it takes very consistant images even using the outside AF points.
12-17-2012 10:13 AM
I agree the camera has its strong points and focuses very well in Good light...but for events in medium and low
light...which is what most wedding photogs experience....it is totally useless. I got along fine with my mark 2 up til
now...I was hoping for more , not less performance.
12-17-2012 12:11 PM
12-17-2012 12:21 PM
I have found that it doesn't make much difference whether you use the AF beam or not. In one shot mode...its just slow...in
ai servo seems faster...but its hard to trust it because you are not seeing where its actually focusing in the frame
12-17-2012 12:33 PM
then we have two issues to deal with
1. low light no-flash - verifying this will require carefully controlled, specific EV valued tests between different cameras, using repeatable targets
1. low (and "no") light with the assist beam. this should be near trivial to reproduce -- just go into a closet and close the door.
12-17-2012 05:32 PM
I actually don't know if this is the 5DM3's problem, because I'm having the same issue with my T3I and 430 EX ii(see my topic in speedlight forum). Please Canon, fix this problem!