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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: April 12, 2013, 11:23:44 AM »
The real test:  Would any current 35L users consider trading for the Sigma 35?


PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon France Teases New Products
« on: December 28, 2012, 10:04:54 AM »
Looking at that woman's grip, Canon appears to be launching a camera that masks out beer bottles to help hide your drinking.  Perfect for social networks.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: October 30, 2012, 03:33:07 PM »
Err, I think canon is losing it. Why not just re-vamp the 24-105L Mk.2?

This lens will be DOA.

This.  Couldn't agree more.  Someone is making absurd lens decisions at Canon.  (24mm IS and 28mm IS?!?)

EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless Update - APS-C? [CR2]
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:53:27 PM »
Retro looks with 3rd party adaptors for vintage lenses would peak my interest.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 HDR photos handheld in NYC
« on: April 27, 2012, 01:45:03 PM »
I played around with the HDR mode myself, and concluded that many of the images were appearing "overprocessed", even on the natural setting.  Also, the camera tries it's hardest to auto-align images, but if any object has physically moved in the frame (eg. a taxi) there's going to be very noticable artifacts.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Magic Lantern on the 5D Mark III
« on: April 27, 2012, 01:19:18 PM »
Having no knowledge of Magic Lantern, what can I except this to offer me for someone who doesn't shoot video?

The Magic Lantern team has been primarily dedicated to video, but this does prove there are programming hooks that other developers could latch code too.  Perhaps an internal intervelometer?  (I could even see Magic Lantern implimenting this for time lapse videos.)

Why did the CHDK never jump ship from Powershots to EOS?

Software & Accessories / Re: Batteries....
« on: April 23, 2012, 12:55:58 PM »
I've been using STK's for my 7D and now my 5D Mark III.  No complaints whatsoever.  They charge in the Canon chargers, and the camera battery capacity indicator appears accurate.

Craigslist batteries are not worth the risk, IMO.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Extensive Firmware for the Canon EOS 7D? [CR1]
« on: April 20, 2012, 01:07:29 PM »
Increasing the record time would be a gimme. 

will never happen. it´s a tax thing.

My 5D Mark III records up to 29 min 59 seconds.  EU tax is incurred for any device recording over 30 minutes.  The 7D's recording time is limited by 4GB file sizes, which the 5DmkIII circumvents by seamlessly creating separate 4GB movies without dropping frames.  It's a software thing.  Easily correctable.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Extensive Firmware for the Canon EOS 7D? [CR1]
« on: April 20, 2012, 12:13:09 PM »
Increasing the record time would be a gimme.  Manual audio levels would be a life saver.

Software & Accessories / Re: NAB 2012: Singular Software PluralEyes
« on: April 17, 2012, 03:17:53 PM »
I'm with Dromemc.  I've had mixed experiences with their software.  This recent test of mixing 90 minutes of video and audio from 3 cameras in 25 seconds doesn't really do much for me.  If they were three 90-minute, un-cut clips, then PluralEyes would only need three syncing operations.  Can we get more info on the complexity of these demo videos? 

I'm also hoping for a firmware update to correct softness in video.    :(

Lenses / Re: Noob first Canon: For first video prime, 85mm 1.8?
« on: March 29, 2012, 05:12:35 PM »
My $0.02?  Keep the kit.  It's my most used lens for journalistic/documentary assignments.  F/4 is a good aperture for focusing, and the new ISO capabilities of the mkIII should allow pretty good images indoors as well. 

As for the prime, I'd suggest the 50 1.4.  The 85mm is a bit long which will require you stabilization to avoid jello.  If you do go 85, invest in a Manfrotto 561BHDV-1 for sure.

I feel the tests DxO runs is heavily biased towards Nikon anyways.  It's hard to believe not a single Canon camera is in the top 10, and the 7D isn't even in the top 50.

Those sensor tests are pretty objective.  I don't see any reason for DxO to misrepresent their findings.

Software & Accessories / Re: Best photog backpack??
« on: March 22, 2012, 08:38:59 AM »
I've found the best value in bags has been the Burton Snowboards series of camera bags.  They offer removable cores, so you can use it for camera gear or anything else. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Videographers happy with 5D Mark III?
« on: March 02, 2012, 09:47:25 AM »
The big upgrade in this 5D iteration is the new auto-focus abilities.  But with video, you take that out of the equation.  If I was satisfied with my current lens and audio set up, I might spring for the mkIII.  But for now, as a current 7D shooter, a 5DmkII plus a 70-200 2.8 IS are sounding pretty attractive right now.

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