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Hi all,

Whew...has been quite awhile since I last posted anything...I gotta get back with it.

Anyway, I was toying with the idea of buying one of the SLR Magic's Anamorphot Anamorphic lens adapters, and was wondering if anyone had any experience with these yet.

Here's some links:
And of the things I'm trying to will this work with ANY of my current EF lenses. It says the taking lens can be no more than 50mm in diameter...lens diameter, not filter diameter.  I'm having problems finding out what lens diameter my lenses are.

That being said, I saw that the Anamorphot has stepper rings of  49mm, 52mm, and 58mm...and the adapter itself is 62mm.

So, looking at my lenses, it seems my L stuff is too large?  I think the 70-200 f/2.8 is 77mm on the filter size, as is the 17-40L and the 24-105L. So, I guess my best glass won't work with this thing, eh?

I do have the 85mm 1.8 at it appears to be filter ring of 58mm, and the 40mm pancake is about 52mm filter size, so guessing since those match the stepper ring sizes these would work.

But can someone confirm this...I need to make sure the lens diameter is 50mm or less.

Anyway, like I said, it appears my good glass might not be compatible. That being said...what canon glass WOULD work with this thing? What with quality would work? Is there a quality zoom that would work with it?

Anyway, I would really love to play with anamorphic for my video work and my initial research on what's out there for this is prohibitively expensive and this lens setup, with the diopters looked like a reasonable way to get into this format.

So, anyone have experience with this? Recommendations for lenses, etc?

Thanks in advance!!

cayenne   8)

Theater, Concert and Event / Re: Concert Shots
« on: November 25, 2014, 10:35:24 AM »
Nice shots all!!

Here's one of mine from a big fest I shot last year...I just loved the moment I caught here...

Very nice shot!  I see what you mean.  Have you tried a mono conversion on it, I suspect done right it could look quite stunning.

Thank you,

I didn't one this one, but other variations of this shot and others in the concert, I did do B&W versions of and some had great results. I'll try to go look for some here in a bit.


Not really a gotcha, but PS 5.1 requires downloading legacy Java support

Anyone know if Photoshop CS6 and the other CS6 tools have problems with Yosemite?

I'm still running CS6 on both my 2008 MacPro and 2013 MacBook Pro and both are running fine. Didn't even require an update. Given Adobes move toward the subscription model, I'll probably be running CS6 for a while.  Lightroom 5.x is fine as well.

LOL..thanks, good to hear!!

I too am still refusing to RENT my software and will stick with my CS6 Production Premium Suite I got...and Lightroom as long as it remains stand alone.

I figure if worst comes to worst if the OSX versions quit working with CS6...I'll make sure to get a copy of the last one that did from Apple on a USB stick (you can buy it for backup)...and run that in a VM if need be which should extend my CS6 usefulness fairly indefinitely.

So far, while Adobe has put some neat things out since going CC...I've not seen anything ground shaking that I can't live without yet....

I'm hoping that they may in the future..offer both stand alone and CC...but will have to see.



Video & Movie / Re: My Dorito's Superbowl Commercial Submission
« on: November 24, 2014, 04:52:03 PM »
I thought this was an excellent effort.  Great quality video and good writing.

Thank you everyone!!

I thought LAST monday, that they were going to announce the semi-finalists..but so far, they haven' I guess at this point, no news is good news, and we're still in the running.

So, if you've not done it yet..please rate us if you like it.

And apparently you can vote once every 24 hours...


Software & Accessories / 20% off Spider Holsters
« on: November 24, 2014, 02:59:13 PM »
I've been watching a Creative Live class and they posted this discount code...thought I'd pass it on:

"Spider Holster   is giving away a one time use per customer, 20% off minimum purchase of $100, good now until 3/31/15. Just use the code: JEFF20"



Not really a gotcha, but PS 5.1 requires downloading legacy Java support

Anyone know if Photoshop CS6 and the other CS6 tools have problems with Yosimite?

I plan on waiting for as long as I can resist. 
As an early adopter I've been burnt on one program or another.

Yep, I never test the waters with BOTH feet at the same time.

I'll let others try it first and also, wait likely for at least a ".1" release.

Last time, even after waiting on Mavericks awhile..once I did, I had to upgrade FCPX...and that then didn't work with Davinci, had to wait till that caught up.

Finally those two are working together for past months...and I'm not anxious to upset that equilibrium.


EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: November 13, 2014, 09:39:11 AM »
Thanks regarding mic input.

Should I worry regarding mic getting loose on its jack, making the shoot go worst that not having an external mic at all.

Honestly this is the thing that I worry the most.

I've not had that problem with my Rode video mic on the camera...however, I will admit after a couple-three years (how long have I owned this rig??)....the plug doesn't seem to snap in with the secure click I used to feel.

But, so far...hasn't been a problem.

I have, however, had to depend on the camera Rode mic....for the occasional times my lav mic plugged into my old iPhone 3gs (as the recorder) has mis fired and didn't record a scene or I forgot to hit the record button on, very nice to have 2x of them, one is always a backup in addition to being a guide to sync the sounds in post.

Video & Movie / Re: My Dorito's Superbowl Commercial Submission
« on: November 13, 2014, 09:36:13 AM »
Indeed, you should get - at least - 10% of that. Good tempo, and there seem to be a bit of the same humour that was typical in your earlier "Cooking videos".

Keep up the good work!

Thank you!!!

I don't actually have a FB I can't even vote on my own entry...but have been trying to gather as many as possible to help with that.

Thanks for the views and the comments....I believe the finalists are announced this Friday.

The grand prize is the $1M, 2x Superbowl tix, and a contract to do something with Universal Pictures.
But I think there are also 10-20 1st place prizes which are pairs of Super Bowl tix alone and I think $50K.

Lots of fun and learning on this one...and I definitely need to work on my green screen skills. We got it hung and lit remarkably well my first time at it...but I need much more practice drawing a key and refining it....


Theater, Concert and Event / Re: Concert Shots
« on: November 13, 2014, 09:32:24 AM »
Nice shots all!!

Here's one of mine from a big fest I shot last year...I just loved the moment I caught here...

Video & Movie / My Dorito's Superbowl Commercial Submission
« on: November 12, 2014, 05:59:34 PM »

Well I did my first collaboration on a video and we've entered it into the Dorito's $1M Superbowl commercial...

Please give it a watch:

If you like it, please rate it high and share with social media and anyone you know!!

It was shot with my Canon 5D3...mostly the 24-105mm f4 and 17-40mm f4 lenses...I also tried my hand at my first green screen.

I used Davinci Resolve to try color....strange that once the Dorito's site uploaded it to my YT really over saturated the colors much more than what I had on my screens when editing...

We did have 3x VERY good looking models, and NONE of them showed up for the our "athlete" called a girl friend of his, and our makeup artist got an immediate new role.

Anyway, my first endeavor trying something like this....renting a place, hauling equipment all around....getting there and being told we had an hour less than supposed to....etc.

Anyway, was fun and a good lesson learned in logistics....please leave thoughts, ideas and again, if you like it, please vote it up on the doritos site!!


EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: November 04, 2014, 04:54:49 PM »
Thanks guys.

From reading, I will go towards these direction:
    . Research and study about Adobe Premiere
    . Use external mic with recorder: I only found this: - Shure VP83F. Is there any cheaper alternative than this.

    . I think camera slide and crane does not suit.. I need to do some testing, if glide really is needed in contrast to hand held only..

what do you think guys? Do I really need glide?

At very least...get a good mike to attach TO the camera, that's what I started with and still use as backup audio and to sync with off camera audio.

The Rode videomic is a shotgun mike that fits nicely on the hotshot of the camera, is directional and works quite well for the price.



Shortest response possible on the matter:
For women, don't shoot straight on, have them turn shoulders toward the camera. For men, broad is good - masculine.  Women have curves, embrace the S - hand on hip, waist pushed. Flattering to shoot slightly elevated for women; sensor angle has slimming effect. For lighting; nose/face toward the light. Women, turn body away from light source.

Yep..and one general rule I try to remember, especially for women...whatever is closes to the lens, looks the biggest, so I have the shift weight back on their hip, fat arms away from camera, etc...

older camera like 1ds2 or 1ds3 are so much better in low iso...5d3 is really bad in iso-100.
I want a new camera with good low-iso, they are already good in high-iso.

I may be wrong, but I"d heard that the 5D3's "native" resolution is 160....that you get better images at 160 than 100?


A few weeks back, I shot the 2nd annual New Orleans Bridal is for charity and involves a bar hop after the initial gathering. Its a fun party.<P>
I was shooting video on my 5D3 as I did last year. This year, I rented both the Sigma Art 50 1.4 and the Canon 50L 1.2.<P>
I shot stills with both...and what I gathered for my experience of the two...if I were buying ONLY for stills, I might lean towards the Sigma. Felt more solid and was sharp.

However, from what I've read and saw in person, the extra special coatings on the Sigma, actually seem to make it a bit slower than 1.4.  It almost seemed that it was about 3/4 of a full stop slower than the Canon.

I'm still wavering, but at this point, I'm leaning towards the 50L 1.2.  I was able to shoot some MIGHTY dark bars with this and no additional lights with the 1.2 wide open.

So for when you need very low this point, I'm leaning towards getting the canon 50L 1.2.



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