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EOS Bodies - For Video / First video made on 5Diii
« on: June 25, 2014, 11:18:22 AM »
This is my first video effort from the 5Diii. Mostly shot at 24fps / 50th sec... apart from one bit I ballsed up.

I'm the shouty guy with the beard. see if you can spot me... ;)

EOS Bodies - For Video / Quick start videoing on 5Diii
« on: April 09, 2014, 10:38:42 AM »
So I want to start shooting video on my 5Diii. I've done it on a friends 5Diii for his band before but he set up all the settings for what he required.

I've been shooting for about 15 years so I'm pretty proficient and understand the delicacies of still photography but I'm not properly down with frame rates vs. shutter speed when filming.

Are there any set rules that I can follow? I don't really want it to be trial and error... : this is the kind of thing I'll be aiming for, with shots from recording, playing live, some set up against coloured backgrounds and messing about etc, I'll be using 35mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, 100mm 2.8 so nice fast lenses so high ISO's wont be an issue.

what would be the best shutter speed and frame rate to use? does it really matter that much? I'll be editing it all in premiere pro i guess...

Lenses / Will a 70-200 f2.8 (not mk2 or is) change my life?
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:52:06 AM »
Well, will it?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5Diii in camera HDR actually comes in useful...
« on: November 21, 2013, 07:53:43 AM »
So I shot a wedding a few weeks ago where the dress had these netting flourishes... I did my usual thing of hang the dress up somewhere with a far amount of natural light and press the button. Only the way I was doing it was burning out those netted flourishes. I just thought I'd do a few different exposures and put them together in photoshop. THEN I REMEMBERED THE IN CAMERA HDR! It's not the most accurate or the best way to do things, obviously (and it cuts about 5mm off the edges of your pic), but I thought I'd give it a try and the bloody thing worked.

So yeah, anyone else had experiences where "novelty" in camera settings have actually come in useful?

This is pretty much straight from the camera (via lightroom as I shoot RAW)

I have since done a little photoshopping and taken out that bed that was inconveniently placed in the bedroom I was shooting in, bloody inconsiderate people. the finished photoshopped image is on my site if anyone is actually interested (which I doubt anyone is that bored) in seeing it?

This is just a question that I've asked myself and always wondered if there's a technical/marketing reason behind having a crop sensor in the 1D range?

I've never used one but I have used the 1Ds mk3 extensively for the last 4 years. This is a full frame camera but I am lead to believe that the 1D mk3 is a crop sensor? the 1Dx is a full frame but the 1D mk4 is crop and a 1Ds mk4 was never produced.

from what I've read recently the crop is 1.3 whereas the XXD XXXD and XXXXD are 1.6 and many share the same sensor.

does the 1D range accept EF-s lenses? Is there an obvious IQ difference between say a 1Ds mk3 and a 1D mk3?

I use the 1Ds mk3 in the studio I run at a watch design company to shoot mainly adverts/catalogue shots but for my personal work (weddings/fashion/arty stuff) I use a 5D mk3 which I progressed from a 7D/60D.

the 5D mk3 raw files are a lot nicer to work with than the 1Ds mk3 and an obvious step up from the 7D/60D which share the same chip (yet I got more pleasing imagery from the 60D)

My original question of "how come the 1D range is a crop sensor?" then begs the additional question of if you're spending £4000+ on a body, wouldn't you want a full frame and why would you compromise on the IQ of a crop sensor? Where do the 1D mk3 / 1D mk4 files fall within the range of sensor IQ and Digic logic??

So I bought a 5Dii as a back up camera for weddings but I've never shot with it as I don't trust the ISO performance. I'm spoilt with the 5Diii by the fact I trust it to 3200 and not having that much grain or sharpness lost. I used to shoot weddings 90% with a 50mm 1.4 and just swap to the 24-105 when I was doing groups. but now I have a 35mm and I'm comfortable doing 99% of the day with that, just putting the wide on for the biiiig groups but I kinda miss the detail shots I'd be able to do with the 50 a little. I swapped it now and again to make sure I got what I needed last wedding but I wish I had slightly more of people done on the 50. The 35mm is ace for the ceremony BTW, if anyone's reading this far...

Anyway, the crux of the matter is that I want to double cam on my next wedding, 50mm on the 5Dii and 35mm on the 5Diii... I'm not using flash and shooting at 2.2, what ISO can I feasibly get away with shooting at on a 5Dii with out making a mess of everything?

P.S. no crappy "shoot at what you need to to get the shot" answers. just what I can actually trust the camera to deliver professional standard photography to discerning customers.

Canon General / People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 30, 2013, 09:37:09 AM »
...annoy me even more than those that don't shoot in raw.

What is it that folk find so difficult about choosing an appropriate shutter speed, the DOF they desire and then selecting the necessary ISO?

Obviously you then make off's where necessary...

I actually tried Tv & Av once, what a palava. settings all over the place, complete lack of control of anything. I have a friend that only shoots in fully auto (a Nikon user) and to look at his exif data is painful... he is a beginner and his composure nor his focussing is spot on yet but he refuses to learn even the simplest things about taking control of his own photography and not letting a daft camera take control.

The only non-manual thing I'll accept is the EX580's ETTL and that's only because it's a right bastard to operate.

so yeah, sell me the other options I've got to work with...

Lenses / Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« on: July 25, 2013, 07:35:30 PM »
So today I went down to the bank, extended my overdraft and purchased the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens on the interweb for £620 next day delivery. All being well it should be delivered before noon tomorrow (friday)

The reason I bought it is that I want to shoot a wedding on saturday with it :D

obviously I'm going to play with it all friday afternoon and evening (I'm using a 5Diii) but I probably wont work out all the little quirks... anyone that has the lens, is there anything I need to be aware of?

I normally shoot 90% of the day with a 50mm 1.4 set at f2.2ish but I'm guessing the 35mm 1.4 set at 2.2 will be a little more forgiving on the DOF and a little less bokeh?

Has anyone had problems with focussing and needed a little AFMA???

I have the 28mm 1.8 too but that's a little too wide for me on a full frame when doing environmental portraiture. I find I make the odd little mistake with regards to chopping off of the extremities of limbs with the 50mm when it's all action go and I don't really have time to get the legs going for some proper framing.

so yeah, any oddities with this little beast??

EOS Bodies - For Stills / New Canon Hi-pixel Medium format...?
« on: July 19, 2013, 07:36:36 AM »
So with all the rumours about the High megapixel body coming next year, what if canon has something really neat up their sleeves and it turns out to be medium format and square?? Is this a possibility?

Is there a gap in the market for a high-end Canon (low end in comparison to hasselblad) medium format in the £6000 - £8000 range? if you're going to pay more than that for medium format you might as well get a leaf/Phase 1/mamiya combo but a slightly less expensive system from canon could do well especially for product/advertising work which the 1D and 5D series are still very much just about getting away with it...

People are commenting that for a high megapixel full frame there'd be interference on the chip and the current lenses wouldn't be able to keep up with the quality needed so with a medium format camera comes a new line in larger chips and new super-duper lenses?

kinda makes sense. I'd like to shoot medium format again without having to take out a life time mortgage.

Technical Support / Light leak on 1Ds mk3 :(
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:04:43 AM »
Please ignore the actual content of this picture... I just had to shoot the front of our building for a brochure

What concerns me is the light leak at the top. it's not the lens as it happens with multiple lenses on the 1Ds iii body and the lenses are fine on my other bodies. It only happens outside and not in the studio with bowens flash heads. weird. anyone else come across this? is it expensive to put right? I can live without getting it fixed as 99.9999% of the shots done with this camera are on white cut-outs for internet sales.

Portrait / Gig Photography
« on: April 19, 2013, 11:18:50 AM »
I've been on here for a while but I've not seen much about gig photography. I love to shoot gigs but as I'm not a pro on the circuit I find it very difficult to get photo-pit passes. I play in a small punk band so I always shoot the other bands we play with but it's mainly limited to small venues with no stage. anyways, I'm always interested in how people shoot, their techniques and how they handle their cameras in different (often difficult) situations...

sometimes I take photos between the songs...

Here's one from the other night to start the ball rolling:

Band: The Front Bottoms
Venue: Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (small room)
Camera: Canon 5Diii
Lens: 28mm 1.8 / 50mm 1.4
1600 iso

Software & Accessories / Bellows for tilt shift
« on: March 05, 2013, 08:36:41 AM »
Back in the good old days of film and 5x4 photography, on Cambo and Sinar cameras you used to be able to tilt the planes of both the back and lens either side of the bellows extension thus correcting verticals.

I've had a look on amazon but I'm unable as yet to come across a bellows extender that tilts, it's all for macro photography. Does anyone use this method for tilt-shift or has anyone been able to locate such an item?

Technical Support / Dubai Pro Photographic Equipment Suppliers
« on: February 21, 2013, 06:43:30 AM »
I'm tasked with starting a photographic department in Dubai for a sister branch of my firm. Having never been there or knowing what's available, what is the Dubai version of Calumet? Is there a store in the city where I can get hold of Canon/Bowens/Colourama? I need a 1Dx, 3 Bowens Heads/soft boxes & boom stand/arm, etc... so it's pretty high end stuff.

Reliability & customer service is a must

Cheers x

So this is kind of in response to the nay-sayers of that canon interview where the dude is basically saying the future of canon is FF and everyones going off their tits about the future of 7Dii (or 70D if you're that way inclined)

I shot my first wedding with the paring of a 5Diii and a 5Dii (stepping up from last seasons 7D & 60D paring) and I coud not have had a more pleasurable time doing it. It was crazy just how nice it all worked out. I was originally a little bit anxious about it as the only other job for someone else I'd done with the 5Diii was a studio model shoot so I was out in the field without anything to fall back on.

I don't know if I'm slightly trolling here but just from what I've found this weekend, FF is the way forward... if you do own a 7D and you don't need the FPS then sell it and get a second hand 5Dii. The IQ and ability to frame is an amazing step up. I think I shot 90% of it with the 50mm 1.4 and just used the 24-105 for the group shots.

The colours, the image quality, the depth, the sharpness... I could go on

I wont put the pics on here as I've still to show the bride, but I have processed a couple of shots for testers and have them on my blog

I'm not the greatest photog in the world nor was this the most glamourous of weddings but I'm very pleased with the initial results  ;D

I may even flippantly throw in my doubt that photog > equipment even applies any more...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 7D vs 5D mk2 trade off?
« on: January 20, 2013, 08:48:30 AM »
So I've been offered a 5Dii used for £850 which is reasonable.

last month I sold my 60D and got a 5Diii.

Prior to that I'd been shooting weddings with a 7D & 60D and as they're essentially the same camera (crop & very similar iso performance (I am also aware that they are very different cameras)) and it was very comfortable. I'd have my 17-85mm on one and 28mm 1.8 on the other and that pretty much did me. I'd just stick the 10-24 on if I needed anything wider.

2 cameras, 2 lenses. job done.

so now I have this pair: 5Diii and 7D

I still want to shoot in very much the same style but with the increase in sensor size I'm at a loss and it messes with my head with all the focal length changes. I have a 50mm 1.4 which I love on the 5Diii and this would be my replacement for the 60D with the 28mm on.

so 60D with a 28mm is almost the same as 5Diii with a 50mm

but as the ISO performance is far superior on the 5Diii I'd want to use it with the 24-105mm especially on indoor shots where I can get away with using no flash. It's mean either still working with the 7D and a 28mm or having 1 camera (the 5Diii) and continually swapping lenses (pain in the arse)

First world problems... having to swap lenses mid job.

Is there much of a difference in quality between the 7D and the 5D mk2?

I've never shot with a 5D mk2 so I have no idea on how noisy it is at high ISO or what can be acceptable. I'd use it with the 50mm shooting around f2.2 so it wouldn't have to be that high and then use the mk3 for the 24-105mm at higher ISO. I work completely manually (apart from centre autofocus and recompose) as this is a bit of a hangover from the olden film days and I don't trust a camera to guess anything about my exposure.

is it worth selling my 7D for £850 with a grip, 17-85mm & 10-24mm tamron then buying a 5D mk2??? what would be the trade offs with regards to IQ??

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