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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Video Tested By Gizmodo
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:19:59 PM »
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-First APS-C Canon without moire and aliasing, and with great low light performance, I really like that. The camera is also very nice in the audio features (headphone jack, ability to silently change levels whilst recording), Dual pixel AF with speed/sensitivity adjustment, 1080 slow motion, lack of distortion when using Canon lenses, Etc
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I agree with this sentiment. Everyone keeps hating on the video features but this is huge. I love my Mark III for its lack of moire and headphone jack, now I can get that in a crop body. I know I know, GH4 this and A7s that, but for me it's about the package. I don't want to dink around with speed boosters, m4/3 lenses, and giving up Canon glass. I think the 5D III and 7D II are and will be killer video machines for a large range of shooters.

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Imagine how many photos you can lose at once with one of these!

Jim

Exactly

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Videography Technique / Re: 1D X and Manfrotto MVH502AH
« on: September 09, 2014, 11:53:08 PM »
You pull the knob out to change the angle of the knob until it will clear the base of the 1D. Yes it works with DSLRs. You might not be able to do this with the camera on the tripod. Once you change the angle, then you push the knob back in, and then tighten it.

Some older Manfrotto heads have this same capability but you remove a small allen screw, then adjust the knob angle, and re-insert the screw. I use it all the time to set up my quick release heads for my DSLR bodies. I just change the angle until the point that it tightens against the plate is angled away from the camera body. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get it just right.

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You're experiencing the limitations of using a DSLR for video work - while great for cinema applications they have big shortcomings in the event scene. Don't get me wrong, I use DSLRs for my event work too but there's not a one size fits all solution that will make your life easier. Especially when the exposure changes rapidly during one scene (like what you are describing, with the cars going in and out of shadow).

If you manually change shutter speed, ISO, or aperture in camera while recording you are going to get hard stops in the final video, no way around it. Some options might be to use a video camera instead such as the XH-A1 you mentioned, try auto exposure on the 5D and see how it handles, or just pick an exposure and stick with it, even as the cars go over and under exposed.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video capturing stops without reason
« on: August 17, 2014, 12:05:07 AM »
Technically your card should work as it is class 10, but realistically the 30Mb/s is a little slow and could be the issue. You may want to try some faster cards and see if the issue persists.

Do you see the little buffer icon on the LCD before it stops? It looks kind of like a battery indicator with 2 or 3 bars that flashes if the card buffer is filling up to quickly.

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I agree - good wide lenses are heavy and hard to find! The person in the youtube video had a Glidecam which I wouldn't consider low-end - it's meant for much heavier setups and would give you the outcome you are looking for with the 24-70. At around $500 it's the same price range as the lenses you mentioned.


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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Advice for New Camera
« on: April 02, 2014, 11:44:13 AM »
The 60D is still an excellent contender and will give you some great advantages over a Rebel. They're so affordable now that I'd lean towards that route. Pick up a $100 nifty fifty and a zoom and you have a great video starting kit.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Upgrading from 1D3 - need filming Camera
« on: April 02, 2014, 11:41:32 AM »
Make sure you splurge for the Videomic pro (the smaller one) - it will be ten times better than the regular videomic for video, mostly due to that +20dB gain setting.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Upgrading from 1D3 - need filming Camera
« on: April 01, 2014, 05:58:30 PM »
... Options are a T3i/T4i, 60D, maybe a 5D2. 6D seems like an option;

All of those cams except for the 5D and 6D  will have same video quality as your old t2i. Most people will tell you to rule out a 5D Mark II because the 6D is better. Honestly I'd rather shoot video on a 60D than a 6D. Reasons being affordability, access to EF-S lenses, the flip out screen, and decent moire handling. But the overall IQ of the 6D will be better than all the other cams you listed.

The 6D would be a good compromise cam if you sold the 1D. If you keep the 1D for stills I'd look into a t4i or 60D for video.

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Canon has done it again - let the cinema-industrial-camera revolution begin. I hope the next version has a headphone jack and focus peaking.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye for Canon $199
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:37:02 AM »
Awesome fisheye on crop. Really sharp. If I recall, it was circular on my 5D but still a cool look, albeit very abstract.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Viewfinder for 6D?
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:33:19 AM »
Yeah that's what I meant, unless I'm misunderstanding. This is a pretty good one:

http://www.amazon.com/Photography-Cinema-Universal-Finder-Bracket/dp/B00D3551NU

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Viewfinder for 6D?
« on: March 18, 2014, 04:19:43 PM »
The ones by Photography & Cinema are universal - specifically the VF-4 which is $160 on amazon.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: DIY Steadycam
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:20:20 PM »
I have tried several DIY rigs, and in my opinion they are NOT worth the trouble. My conclusion after much tinkering: Invest in a real rig made for your camera weight.

+1

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Technical Support / Re: Lightboxes, umbrellas, stands, etc.........
« on: March 07, 2014, 02:01:17 PM »
Strobist is an awesome online resource as well. Read the Lighting 101 section for awesome tips on starting out with flash. I invested about $60 for an umbrella, bracket, stand, and ETTL cable on B&H (lower quality, I guess) but it was perfect for starting out, and you can always move up.

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