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5D MK III Sample Images / Missions Travel Photography
« on: December 29, 2014, 03:57:37 PM »
For this past year, I've been traveling all over the world with a missionary and documenting everything behind the scenes. I've put a compilation of my favorite images together from the trips, and I hope you enjoy.

95% of the images were taken with a 5Dmk3, and either the 50mm f/1.4, 24-105mm F/4, and 70-200mm F/2.8 IS II.

The other 5% were taken with the Sony A7s and the same combination of lenses.


EOS Bodies - For Video / Can Canon Cinema EOS Keep Up?
« on: September 14, 2014, 04:27:47 PM »
So with Photokina going on this week, I can't help but wonder what Canon has planned for the Cinema EOS line, especially after the announcement at IBC about the Sony FS7. I've mainly been doing documentary work the last few years, and the C300 has been one of the most popular cameras I've seen among other documentary shooters, but I think it's quite clear that spec wise it just doesn't hold its own against the newer gen cameras from other companies.

I had been eye balling the C300/500 for a while, but wound up going with the A7s because of the smaller form factor (pretty important at the time as we ran into some trouble trying to get an HPX-250 through customs in India) and cheap 4k ability available next month. No regrets whatsoever there.

I'm a Canon boy at heart, and I would love to stay with them. I was planning on waiting to see what their next line of cinema bodies would bring as I'm not in a rush to buy anything, but the Sony FS7 really started to change my mind. Personally, I just don't see how Canon can match the specs of that camera at that price point, especially after seeing how much of a lack luster upgrade the 7Dmk2 received. Though that may not be a fair comparison between the 7Dmk2 and the next cinema camera, and I know Canon must have been pretty serious to jump into the cinema world as they did, but I just simply feel like they have not shown anywhere near the amount of innovation in order to keep up with other companies in the cinema world. The C100-500 are amazing cameras for what they are, there's no doubting that, but I just keep feel like they continue to be dwarfed by every single new announcement from other companies.

Who knows, they may announce something this week at Photokina and blow us all away, but I truly feel like if they gave us something that was half of a real upgrade with no 4k but added 1080p @ 60fps, I wouldn't be surprised at all.

EOS Bodies - For Video / What's next for Canon Cinema?
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:37:17 AM »
I'm curious to think what the thoughts about the direction Canon will be taking in the next 2-4 years with the C100-500 line. Will there just be more firmware upgrades for the next few years or new bodies? What's Canon going to do, if anything, about the cheaper yet still very useable 4k cameras like the BMCC, Ursa, GH4, CION, etc?

5D MK III Sample Images / Paidha, Uganda
« on: March 14, 2014, 03:02:56 AM »
I recently had the opportunity to travel to Paidha, Uganda for some photo and video work. Hope y'all enjoy the images. Everything was shot on a 5Dmk3 with the 24-105mm F/4L  and the 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II.

Canon General / C300 Necessities
« on: January 27, 2014, 12:08:55 AM »
Hey everyone, so I've spent the last few weeks doing some research and I've decided the C300 is the best camera for my needs. I'm putting together a little kit at the moment, but I'm curious to see as what some of y'all would suggest as necessities. Understandably accessories will vary depending on work, but I'll be doing everything from traveling through Africa for documentary work, weddings, short features, etc. I've basically just compiled a list of everything from BNH on their accessory section, but I just want to make sure I've got all my bases covered. Thanks in advance.


Third Party Manufacturers / ML RAW Video on 5Dmkiii
« on: April 28, 2013, 12:53:42 PM »
Though it's not useable for video yet (and may never will be if the 5Dmkii can't handle it), this is a pretty awesome direction and is getting me excited.

RAW "Video" on Canon DSLRs with Magic Lantern

Third Party Manufacturers / Trapezist Mini-Jib
« on: April 27, 2013, 04:14:13 PM »
Hey guys, I'm curious to see if any one here has any experience with this jib, or if there's anything comparable around that price range that you have personally used? Thanks.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Overly Hot Hotspots On 5Dmk3
« on: March 24, 2013, 02:56:00 PM »
Hello all! This may have been addressed before so forgive me, but I'm just curious to see if anyone is noticing this on their 5Dmk3's.

I understand the 5Dmk3 doesn't have the best dynamic range, but does anyone else find hotspots to be overly hot? As an example, I was camera op on a short film the other day, and both the DP and I agreed to move to the 5Dmk2 simply because some of the things (i.e. lamps, televisions) were so drastically hot and were overexposed, where on the 5Dmk2 they were near evenly lit.

Also, I was walking around the park with a friend who had a 7D, and after comparing shots the shadows were much, much harsher on the 5Dmk3 at the same exact ISO, aperture, and shutter speed as well the whites being much hotter.

Now don't get me wrong, I love my 5D and have been blown away with it at times when I'm able to control the exposure of the subject, but I'm not really understanding why everything is so blown out at times. Is this a user error, camera error, or not an error at all and just how the camera handles?

Thanks, and I appreciate any responses.

Lenses / Warranty for Lenses
« on: December 20, 2012, 07:50:14 PM »
Hello all! So the other day I purchased a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM from amazon, and I absolutely love it. However, it did not give me the option to add a warranty. Are there any third party options as far as warranties are concerned? I've searched a bit on google, but the majority that I find look slightly sketch, so I'm just wondering if anyone has experience. Thanks!


Lenses / QBM to EOS mount question
« on: October 26, 2012, 08:55:12 PM »
Hey guys! So I was going through my grandpa's camera bag the other day and I found a nifty little Rolleiflex SL35 with a few lenses. I want to put the lenses on my 5dmk3 just to play around with some old glass, but I read some mixed reviews on a few different kinds of adaptors. Does anyone have any experience with this or any advice? Thanks!


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Best flash for 5Dmk3?
« on: September 20, 2012, 07:43:25 PM »
Hey guys, so I've got a question. I just purchased the 5Dmk3 and I must say, I'm absolutely in love with it. Now, I originally only used DSLR's for the video capability, but in the last 6 months or so I've really been delving into photography more so than cinematography. Now, I've never really used a flash because I've always lit my subjects from a constant light source, but I know flash is a bit of a different ball game. I'm looking for something that is good both on and off camera, and was wondering if anyone could share some information? I've researched the majority of all the speedlights and the pro-masters, but I'm just looking for personal opinions. I definitely don't want to just go blow money on the most expensive one, but I'm not opposed to spending a little more for the right flash. Thanks in advance!


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