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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: September 30, 2014, 10:23:43 AM »
Paid professional video, and like all of you guys, I'm a one man team.
We don't want the final video to be choppy or the voice like too close or too far from someone's mouth.

Ok, so a lot of this is fairly basic editing. 90% of that finished product is dependent on how well they shot their footage. They are doing fairly simple cut edits, their video isnt choppy because they shot it smoothly.

Glidecam is a must???!
External mic is a must???!

I got a 6D and will have 70D soon. I may set 70D, due to easy control via touch screen.
I am looking for a Lens: 24mm equivalent, got IS, and good at still at the same time. Couldn't find at the moment. and Less barrel distortion at 24mm.
Yes on external mic (Rode makes a good $100ish one), Glidecam will depend on your shooting style. Something to stabilize off your shoulder is probably worth it. Also looks like they do a decent amount of tripod based shooting.

As for your lenses, IS will be required. I wouldnt consider any lens that doesnt have it, as that is a run-and-gun style of shooting, and you dont want to spend time stabilizing in post.

Lots of IS lens options from Canon (24, 28, 35, etc), and there are 3rd party options that would be good as well. Something like the new 16-35L IS would be a good lens for both cameras; it'd be a good walk-around lens on the 70D for that style of shooting, and a nice wide angle for your 6D. Combo'd with a prime or two for closeups and you'd be off to a good start.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: September 30, 2014, 10:16:28 AM »
Thanks. I don't know how to ask the correct question. So I started this thread.
A lot of thanks..
Alright, so lets go through some basic questions.

1. Mac or PC
2. Do you already have editing software? If so, what is it?
3. What type of video are you shooting (of your travels? of events? of your kids? of sports?)
4. Where would you be putting the video? (DVD? Youtube or Vimeo? Just on your computer?)

Once we have that info, we can walk you through a workflow. It will be heavily dependent on the editing software you have (some you need to convert, some you dont), and where you are putting that final video.

For example, for work, I edit on Macs with Final Cut. I convert all my footage to ProRes, edit, and export usually to Youtube or Vimeo. Both have standard settings (h.264, 5000kpbs, etc) and I tend to export at 720p. For stuff outside work, especially if I just use a GoPro, I might just edit in GoPro Studio with the original files. Simpler workflow because it doesnt need to be complex. So, it depends on what you have.

Photography Technique / Re: Why 3:2 aspect ratio?
« on: September 26, 2014, 10:15:13 AM »
I'd say for 80% of my shots I dont really crop, especially not my landscape and astro shots. But, for my action stuff where I cant always get the perfect composition on the fly, as a video/film person, I often find myself cropping to ratios of 16:9 in my landscape shots. Just feels more natural. And yeah, the portrait 3:2 really throws me off, so I tend to crop more 1:1 for those shots.

I generally let the rule of thirds determine my crop, if I centered someone in 3:2, and they hit the thirds in a 1:1 crop, Id rather go 1:1 than follow the tradition

Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:28:38 PM »
The full frame version of this already exists.  It is the 40mm f/2.8 STM.  And a full frame 24/2.8 also exists, but is not a pancake.  Likely it could not be built as a pancake, at least not with an f/2.8 max. aperture.  At f/4 they could probably make a 24mm pancake.
Yeah, the only real full-frame pancake that exists for Canon is the Voigtlander 20mm, and that's f/3.5. And pretty crappy at f/3.5, so, it really becomes f/4 or f/5.6...which limits it largely to a portable landscape lens.


Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: September 15, 2014, 01:52:03 PM »
But clearly I am in a minority as these ad companies would not invest in such technology unless they got back a good return.  So some people (probably many people) are using these pop up type ads to order stuff.
I think you'd be surprised. The guy that invented pop-up ads wrote an article a month back...the effectiveness of pop-up ads is laughably minor. Click through rates in the hundredths of a percent, etc


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:04:17 PM »
Finally including the intervalometer makes me laugh. ML has had that one solved for years...good thing they finally figured it out themselves

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Guessing Game- Canon or Nikon?
« on: September 05, 2014, 06:23:58 PM »
Here's another one:  Nikon or Canon??
My guess is Nikon on this one. Partly cloudy day, yet you've got a lot of detail in the lifted shadows. The color on the trees also doesnt feel like the green from my Canons, though that could be processing.

If it's Canon, then I'd bet you blended exposures

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: And what does Canon do?
« on: September 04, 2014, 11:14:51 PM »
Well, the Scarlet Dragon is what, $20k, and that's assuming you are only doing studio shoots with lots of free time to use one battery and one RedMag. By the time you get the batteries, the storage, the processing power, and the rig, you are easily over $30k for those features you mention.

And then of course, you're relying on manual focus if you really want accuracy...which kind of negates the advantage that 100fps gains you (do you really want to manual focus your sports/wildlife shoots?).

I'm more impressed with Blackmagic, who can give you 30fps (more than enough) at 8MP for 1/10th the price.

LOL. I find it interesting that you automatically think it would be crap. I don't necessarily think the Sony CAMERA that included this sensor would be great...and I do think that Sony has thrown out too many products lately for all of them to stick. However, on the sensor front...I think a 50mp FF sensor with high DR would be awesome.
Not to mention, if Sony had the hackers Canon does with Magic Lantern, a 50MP sensor with their DR means you could have a video camera that is nearly capable of the resolution and DR of the Red Dragon sensor. Hell, even managing to hack 4K out of that camera would be a big step forward

As I said on the first page, Sony introducing a new camera wouldnt surprise me. They've released as many cameras as lenses in the last 4 years for E-Mount. I'd be more surprised if they said they were releasing 5 lenses instead.

Proof, please.

D800 is capable, with the very best lenses, of bringing more resolution to an image. But, it is only with the best (1050+ lines average) lenses that it makes the difference between a 36MP and 22MP.

And that is of course working off a tripod in lab perfect conditions. In more practical conditions (especially handheld), you'd see even less gain with anything but the best lenses. Basically, if you want the most of the D810/D800E, you want the Zeiss lenses.

Of course, this isnt a knock against a 36MP sensor. Its capable of more in some circumstances, and in every other one, its on par with a smaller sensor. But, if you're considering a 50MP sensor (and the hassles that come with that), its good to know what you are actually gaining

Doesn't Sony introduce a new camera every day?
18 e-mount cameras since 2010 (not counting video cameras)....23 e-mount lenses (of which at least 2 were refreshes of existing ones).

Imagine how much better off they'd be if they had just made the NEX5 or NEX7 and build a lens system around it.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Rundown of Canon at Photokina
« on: September 03, 2014, 10:56:07 PM »
Basically the new 7DII/X not so attractive, just a "turbo" version of 70D...
Think i should get ready for FF like 6D or 5DIII if when 7DII/X announced, hope the FF will drop...
That's all the original 7D was, just a "turbo" version of the 60D (or rather, the 60D was a toned down 7D). Both those cameras sold incredibly well.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Rundown of Canon at Photokina
« on: September 03, 2014, 11:05:04 AM »
EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
I'm guessing this means the 24-105L is at the end of the line? Or will they have 3 lenses, this (replacing the 28-135), the 24-105L, and the 24-70f/4L?

I wonder if the anti-flicker thing is a video or stills technology.  If it's video then, meh.  If it's meant for stills to help handle low frequency florescents then that's a bit of a game changer for indoor sports.
I'd bet its a video feature. The 7D gets used a lot in sports production, so the 60fps and flicker removal would make a lot of sense.
A bit confused by the 24mm f/2.8 EF-S pancake prime. I use the 24mm f/2.8 IS on my SL1 and it is tiny.
I think its partially size, but also price: http://camerasize.com/compact/#448.345,448.288,ha,t

Size isnt a big difference, but I cant see the pancake costing more than $250, and I'd bet it retails the same as the 40mm pancake.  I could buy both pancakes AND a 50mm f/1,8 and still have money leftover instead of buying the 28mm IS.

Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: September 02, 2014, 06:57:42 PM »
A few my buddy actually took of me that I liked

Lenses / Re: Canon Price Drops on L Lenses
« on: September 02, 2014, 02:15:16 PM »
As for your CIPA comparison of 1H14 to 1H13 – keep in mind that the major players in mirrorless have all released new models this year, whereas the #1 dSLR maker has not released a new consumer model so far 2014.  I think you're making too much of a short-term trend.
Yep, no new xxxD, xxD, or xD camera from Canon would certainly affect short term sales, probably in the same way the T5i, 70D, and 6D (actually being available closer to Dec 2012) coming out in 2013 boosted that years sales for Canon. What were the ratios in 2012 and 2011? Not to mention, ratios that are 3:1, 4:1, etc are still pretty massive...you're talking several years at your presumed shrinking pace til they'd be 1:1

edit: Yeah, so, the 3 year trend line pretty much shows mirrorless as a steady niche, and DSLR sales heavily dependent on new cameras coming out (notice the sharp drop after Photokina announced cameras have been sold a few months). When Canon and Nikon both release entire new lines of cameras (2012 and 2013), sales are seasonal but steady. When they dont, they slump.

Id also say there is a clearly slight decline in DSLR sales as a total trend, but its hard to attribute that to mirror less. Could be the lack of big improvements in DSLRs...could be world economies...could be distribution delays carrying over from 2012

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