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EOS Bodies / Re: The ultimate video recorder | 2500 USD Price range
« on: October 24, 2013, 10:53:27 AM »
Still the 70D.  Unless you (1) really like the full-frame look for video (2) Need exceptional low light performance there is no need to go above a 70D in price.  You can look at something like the Canon XF100 but it's a small chip video camera and won't do the ISO, depth of field, or sharpness of the 70D.  The 5D Mark III lacks the autofocus functionality of the 70D which is a huge help for video. 

I've used just about every Canon DSLR out there at this point (1D X, 5D III, 6D, 7D, 60D, Rebels, etc) because I own a rental company and I can tell you unless you're ready to spring for a Canon Cinema camera (like the C100 at $5500) your best bet is the 70D.  Unless you really want a traditional camcorder and the features (easier zoom, built-in lenses, longer recording times, etc) you can't go wrong with the 70D.  The downside of a DSLR is to really make it shine for video you need accessories that you don't need with a stand alone camcorder. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D AutoFocus. Any experience?
« on: October 24, 2013, 09:00:12 AM »
I concur with David's review - it really is that good in Liveview. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: The ultimate video recorder | 2500 USD Price range
« on: October 24, 2013, 08:54:13 AM »
With a 2500 budget here's what I would do:

  • Canon EOS 70D w/ 18-135 STM Lens: $1549
  • Lilliput 569 O/P External Monitor: $260
  • Ravelli 67-inch Adjustable Fluid Head Tripod: $90
  • EzFoto Follow Focus/Rails: $279
  • Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cinema Prime: 499

These are all new prices and total 2677 but there you have a complete set up and one you can expand on.  The 70D is an outstanding video DSLR and will make me hard pressed to reach for a traditional video camera again.  Buy a shoulder rig or something and you've got a great set up when paired with the 18-135 lens - smooth autofocus, it's great. 

The next four items are more traditional for video, but very helpful.  The Lilliput 569 is a great external monitor at a great price.  It offers peaking which helps you know whether you're in focus or not and runs on a standard LP-E6 battery (same as the higher-end Canons).  The Ravelli Fluid head is a nice fluid head tripod at a nice price.  The follow focus and rails are an investment for the future, but make shooting video using traditional EF mount lenses a whole lot easier as it adds a gear belt so you can easily adjust focus.  Finally, the Rokinon cinema prime lenses are wonderful for video - you can adjust exposure smoothly (no clicking and noise) and they come pre-geared.  Plus, they're pretty cheap to expand the collection. 

Probably not what you're looking for it's a heck of a setup that is very expandable and versatile. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: What does SnapSort know about the 7D Mark II?
« on: April 13, 2013, 07:05:55 AM »
I don't think they have any more insight than the rest of us because if they did, they'd have a non-disclosure agreement and couldn't post the info.  But why would they post what amounts to rumors? 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM Delayed
« on: March 27, 2013, 10:23:18 AM »
I'm not sure this is much of a disappointment, since as far as I understand the optical design is unchanged from the existing model. And we can be sure the new one will be significantly more expensive. Of course we have to wait and see if this is how it plays out.

I'm more annoyed the street price dropped some 20% since I bought the current version, but have no regrets as it is a good leans already.

Where did you read that it was the same optical formula?  I'm not doubting you - I just hadn't read that and was curious. 

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It'll work.... but trust me, don't do it.  You'll have cloudy, discolored photos that aren't worth a thing.  Keep in mind, that you'll need to stop it down to a minimum of 4.0 to get anything resembling reality, more likely 5.6.  I have the exact pairing and it's just not worth it. 

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Lenses / Re: New lenses for 46mp camera?
« on: December 23, 2012, 10:37:16 PM »
In all honesty, the pixel size and density for a 46 megapixel camera will be the same as they currently use in the 7D, T2i, etc. so any lens that can resolve enough for those sensors would be fine on a megapixel monster. 

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The 5D Mark II is very close to the 7D/60D as they're all Digic4 bodies.  The menu system on the 5D Mark III is a whole different ball game since it's Digic5.  But if you're comfortable with a 40D/60D/7D you'll have no trouble using the Mark II.  When I rent out a Mark III I usually include the manual to help them figure things out. 

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As a disclaimer, I'm not a wedding photographer - but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night (kidding)

Actually, I run a small lens and camera rental company in Pittsburgh and work with a lot of wedding photographers. 

First off, do not under any circumstance by the current Tamron 70-200 lens.  The autofocus is atrociously slow.  If you want to buy a third-party 70-200mm lens buy the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS HSM (and make sure it's one with the Optical stabilization).  While not in the same league as the newest Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS USM Mark II, the Sigma does a very respectable job and I have many satisfied clients who have rented it for wedding use.  It can be found used for less than $1000. 

Second, I wouldn't rent the 7D - get the 5D Mark II instead.  Wedding photography involves low light and as much as I love the 7D (and I do, it's my favorite body to use even though I have the 5D Mark II and Mark III) it doesn't excel in low light. 

As far as lenses, I'd recommend you rent the Tamron 24-70 f2.8 VC USD Lens to go with the Canon 5D Mark II.  The Tamron offers VC (which the Canon 24-70's don't have) which can be very helpful in low light.  It's also quite sharp. 

My normal renters who use zooms usually get this package:
Canon 5D Mark II/Mark III
Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC USD
Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS USM II
Canon Speedlite 580EX

If they've got some extra money, they'll add the Canon 16-35 f/2.8 IS USM. 

You also might want to look into upgrading your 40D to a newer 18MP sensor as they do better in low light than the 40D (T2i, T3i, T4i, 60D, 7D)

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Ditto here - Mac Mini, 7D, 5D Mark III

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Your other option is a 40D - it's even cheaper than the 50D and has the same AF system.  Obviously the 7D is a better all around camera but it's almost three times as much as a 40D.

I'd second the 300 f4L IS USM + 1.4x TC option.  It's a decently fast set up and gives you the wider option of 300 as well as the longer reach of the 420.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 f/2.8L mk 1 or 24-105 f/4L
« on: May 29, 2012, 06:56:35 AM »
As another poster said - it's mainly about IS or f2.8 and whether the 70-105 range is important to you. Both lenses are great - but which one fits your needs.

The other lens to consider is the new Tamron SP 24-70 f2.8 VC USD lens that includes f2.8 and VC. I've used it on my 5D II and 7D and it's quickly becoming my favorite walk around lens (and I own the 24-105)

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Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 II or Sigma's 70-200mm f2.8?
« on: April 23, 2012, 09:29:59 PM »
A few comments

1) Don't use "the-digital-picture.com" comparison tool - they haven't tested the new OS HSM version of this lens and the sample crops they have are from the previous versions.
2) I own this lens and I did extensive microfocus adjustment tests and you know what I had to do?  Nothing - squat nothing.  I have an older Sigma 120-300 f2.8 HSM lens and the improvement in the autofocus system in the newer Sigma lenses is quite apparent
3) I've gotten great shots with this lens, +1.4x TC, and even +2x TC.  I love it and wouldn't consider selling it. 


I would recommend you rent both and compare them - then make a decision.  People can post all the sample photos they want but the only way to know for sure is to rent them and shoot them in identical conditions. 

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Lenses / Re: Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC Available for Preorder
« on: April 05, 2012, 03:24:53 PM »
I own and use lenses from all three vendors (Canon, Sigma, Tamron) and usually turn the wrong way once before I remember that I switched lenses - I guess I don't see it as that big of a deal. 

Personally I cannot wait for this lens - I am so hopeful that the reviews are good because if they are my 24-105 f/4L is going up for sale so I can pick up this lens. 

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