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Landscape / Re: Seashore, Beaches and Harbours
« on: January 03, 2015, 04:15:14 PM »
Pillar Point Harbor

Landscape / Re: Seashore, Beaches and Harbours
« on: January 03, 2015, 03:57:02 PM »
Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Announces New Cinema EOS C100 & C300 Kits
« on: October 21, 2014, 12:27:41 PM »
Looks like Sony's FS7 has Canon jumping. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: October 03, 2014, 09:13:01 PM »
Early resting her eyes in the afternoon.
5D3, 70-200mm 2.8 is L. iso.100, 153mm, 2.8, 1/640

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Can Canon Cinema EOS Keep Up?
« on: September 22, 2014, 10:30:52 PM »
Absolutely, and  agree with you. But look at this spec list real quick:

-Super 35mm Sensor
-UHD 3840 x 2160 at launch (DCI 4K is planned for early 2015)
-Dynamic Range: 14 Stops
-Base Sensitivity: ISO 2000
-Internal 4K XAVC 10-bit 4:2:2 (Intra/Long GOP) up to 60fps
-1080p up to 180fps
-MPEG HD, 4:2:2, 50 Mbps (HD only)
-Apple ProRes (with future upgrade and XDCA-FS7 extension unit)
-12-bit 4K or 2K RAW recording (with XDCA-FS7 extension unit and external recorder)
-Slow & Quick Motion for over-and under-cranking
-Dual XQD card slots (with dual recording support)
-Supports S-Gamut3Cine/S-Log 3 encoding
-Environmentally sealed electronics
-Built-In ND Filters

That's Sony's new FS7. Just go head and compare that the C300 for a second. Now, the FS7 body costs $8,000.00 vs the newly reduced C300 body for $11,999. Looking at that, why in the world would anyone choose the C300?

I know I'm starting to sound like a Sony fan boy, but I'm not trying to. I have a bag full of L glass and love my 5Dmk3 and 6D to death, but on a spec vs price ratio, it is ever increasingly making less and less sense to stay with Canon for the Cinema line when for the same price as the C300 I can get a body, external recorder for uncompressed 4k, and a lens.

YUP  +1

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon answer Sony's new cinema cameras
« on: September 21, 2014, 08:51:58 PM »
The big trouble for Canon will be the the former ENG shooters - I think we are going to be looking really hard at the Sony PXW-FS7. 
I want the camera on my shoulder, I need a place for a camera light, I need to hang two wireless receivers somewhere- Canon's CX00's have no real estate for that and separate audio is just Blasphemy to an ENG guy. I know I know but man it just unnerves me to have my audio live somewhere else. 
The 10-Bit 4:2:2 50Mbit HD option will allow me to actually deliver this footage to the smaller operations and even some TV clients that have me shoot Special projects or Mini-Docs with that "cinema" look. 
Never mind all the slow-mo options.
Once that add-on back is available, I can do Pro Res 422 internally, I can mount a big battery with a D-Tap.
When they figure out H.265 4K or UHD transmission I'll be 4K ready for that too. 

Canon didn't do the ergonomics right and in this regard Sony ENG cameras have been spot on for years.

I know all you film / cinema guys love all the wires and screw-on modular bits and pieces but you gotta' admit that a RED all ENG'ed- out for hand held looks like a ridiculous mound of spaghetti. I say that with love. 

Us former ENG guys want a grab and go... Run and Gun camera option.... Oh and a Zoom rocker!  Thats everything to me.  All I ever wanted was a big sensor in and ENG body. With the 28-135mm lens I think my dreams have been answered. 

I wonder if NFL films would have bought the Sony FS7 instead of 16 Arri Amiras to replace their film camera's if the FS7 had been available. Even they are on some sort of budget. 

Lenses / Re: Do you keep all your boxes?
« on: September 21, 2014, 02:22:54 PM »
As soon as I get rid of a box, I immediately need it.   :(

Animal Kingdom / Re: Bears in the Wild
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:21:06 PM »
Black Bear in Banff

EOS Bodies / Re: 5diii to 7dii?
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:07:34 PM »
I think you would miss FF quality...  or FF feel... or that FF what ever. That Je ne se Qui (I failed French in HS)

Software & Accessories / Re: Need help finding a backpack
« on: June 06, 2014, 10:38:08 PM »
Check out F-Stop.  I have the "Loak" bag and I can get A 5D3, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, 24-104, batteries, grip, flash and other stuff.  But they have a lot of options. 

Only thing is they take forever to actually send you the bag. But if you can wait you will get a clever. good quality bag.

Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: April 03, 2014, 05:18:06 PM »
Runnin' to Mavericks... Hurry, surfs-up

Photography Technique / Re: California Travel Advice
« on: March 31, 2014, 10:18:23 PM »
""Without knowing more about your preferences I'd suggest something like the following, which is close to other SF-to-Vegas/Vegas-to-SF itineraries I've seen on other sites.   

- Vegas to/from Grand Canyon.  Consider stops at Valley of Fire and maybe Red Rock Canyon on the way to California.

- Death Valley - Will likely be very hot, potentially over 100degF during the day, but still worth considering at least a morning drive through for many.

- Drive up 395 to Mono Lake for the tufas; possibly swing by Bodie ghost town.

- Take Tioga Pass into Yosemite, to Yosemite Valley.  Beautiful drive, many visitors only see the valley but I really recommend Tioga Pass.

- Leave Yosemite via 120.  If you're dead set on Sequoia, head south, but there are stands of sequoias in Yosemite, and near San Francisco.  As I understand it though, the ones in Sequoia are more impressive.  Problem is the distances there are large and speed through the mountains slow and will eat time. 

- Head to bay area.  Probably via 580 if you're just headed to the SF area, but I'd REALLY recommend taking 152 to the Monterey/Carmel, one of my favorite areas for a weekend.  Big Sur & Point Lobos are must-sees in the area.  From there, I'd drive up PCH/Highway 1; lots of nice little towns along the coast as others have mentioned.""

Spot on!   I'll  second Cali_PH on this.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:30:02 PM »
My dog Early, sleeping in the hallway (studio).
5D3 24-70mm 2.8. iso 1600

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon naming policy
« on: January 18, 2014, 02:13:25 PM »
Ok, now my brain hurts! ???

I have the F-Stop Loka with Med Pro insert (ICU) and I love it.  You might look at a large insert even take a look at the F-Stop Tilopa backpack its bigger. Im jamming a 5d3 w/grip, 70-200mm 2.8 is L, 24-70mm L, 24-105mm is L. Extra batteries.  That all fills the insert (Med Pro ICU) to the gills- my flash and extra bits I put elsewhere in the back pack itself.  I guess I'm saying you might look at a bigger bag and/or insert (ICU) if you want to carry some clothes or other travel bits. 

Now - it will take FOREVER for them to get the bag to you.  While they make a great bag, and I really mean that, a GREAT BAG, they haven't got ahold of how to stock and deliver their own products.  Their bags must be made in small batches and seemingly only delivered a couple times a year.  But if you can gather the patience and go about it with some humor and don't mind calling them a lot you'll be very pleased. They do make a top quality product... it's only in the delivery Dept. where they fall down.

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