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Lenses / Re: Next L Lens From Canon Will be a Prime [CR2]
« on: Today at 02:50:23 AM »
Didn't bother reading the previous items so it's probably already said, but: Canon will have a hard time taking over the Sigma 35 Art.

Canon General / Re: Lost half of my Canon DSLR
« on: February 17, 2015, 07:24:30 PM »
Sounds like the thief knew about photo equipment and took only the good stuff. Sorry to hear this and hope things turn better soon.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens Next? [CR2]
« on: February 17, 2015, 07:12:00 PM »
For me, a Sigma 135 Art would not move my wallet because the Canon 135mm is already excellent AND very cheap. A Sigma 135 would have to be remarkably cheaper AND better optically to take away market share.

A Sigma 85/1.4 would fill the niche that Canon left between its 1.2 and 1.8 versions, and for that reason I would buy it even though I already have the Canon 85/1.8. The 85/1.2 is famously (notoriously?) slow in focus and therefore nearly useless for non-standstill portraits despite its remarkable IQ. If Sigma produces a lens similar to the Canon 85/1.2 with really fast focus, I'm in. I don't mind the 0.2 difference in aperture.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art announced..
« on: February 10, 2015, 08:42:01 PM »
I'm definitely buying one.

Lenses / Re: New Unique Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 08, 2015, 06:36:04 PM »
10x magnification?

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next From Canon, NAB and Beyond
« on: February 06, 2015, 11:11:40 PM »
"We’re also told there’s a chance Canon shows a new style of Cinema EOS camera, which would become the flagship and compete directly with the Arri Alexa."

It's disheartening for me personally that Canon is nearly abandoning the lower video market in favor of Hollywood-level equipment. I know it's much too late to bemoan the fact that they didn't push the video market that they accidentally created with the 5D2, but I still wish they at least maintained some level of respectability. The a7s and GH4 simply blow away the 5D3 in video performance (and the fact that the GH4 is a crop camera adds salt to the wound). I am praying/hoping/pleading that the 5D4 will at least give me "respectable" video performance so that I can use all my Canon L lenses (and a few Sigma Art's). That's the only advantage left for Canon in the lower video market.

EOS Bodies / Re: Where is the EOS 5D Mark IV? [CR2]
« on: January 30, 2015, 05:39:04 PM »
The 4K video is highly intriguing, but if it turns out to be true, please don't botch it up with another blurry, mushy video codec. The 5D3 already does not compare to the a7s and the GH4 in terms of video performance. If it weren't for the great Canon lenses available versus the Sony and Panasonic offerings, the 5D3 would likely disappear on the video scene. Hope the 5D4 gets it right!

EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: January 30, 2015, 05:34:50 PM »
Apart from the megapixel bump, it only looks like a minor improvement over the 5D3 on paper. Gotta have more "paper" stats to draw our attention. The 7D2 also had this problem. If anything it was under-marketed. Its specs were almost laughable for a latest-gen camera, but in practice the majority love it. Hope the same goes for these new 5Ds's.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Price Drops on the Canon Cinema EOS C100
« on: January 26, 2015, 11:35:12 PM »
Here you go, if you're a video professional, try this:

take an a7s, with a 7" Shogun on the wobbly hotshoe, but a cage around the a7s, to mount an XLR input for acceptable sound, then put a third party adapter on the mount, then your lens, which now you have to control and focus manually, no big deal, you're a pro, then get some rails and screw on a mattebox on the front to put your NDs. And yes, remember that the battery of the 7" Shogun runs for 20-30 minutes, and the battery on the a7s runs for an hour or so, so to forget power as you would do on a c100, put a V lock battery on the back of the whole thing to balance it out.

Then go out, shoot, get back to edit the Log files, in which you'll find any bright bluw colour in the images clipped like a cartoon segment, and find highlight edges aliasing, and also find noticeable aliasing on fine detail at 4K. Then scale down to 1080p, deliver to client

Happy shooting, and, good luck!

The situation you described is commonplace for ALL professional shoots, so what's your point? That a $5000~ kit can do what an Arri Alexa can? That's a plus if I read it right. And true pros don't record sound straight to camera, anyway; they have an external audio recorder. Wobbly hotshoe? As you are talking "pros," you should know that pros don't use that "wobbly" hotshoe; they use a cage. And they use full power bricks to power everything, not the tiny battery. You're right: pros manually focus, which explains all those $10,000 focus tracking accessories on the market. Real pros also all use cine lenses for video shoots in the situation you described, so in essence every shoot is using "third party lenses" unless Zeiss puts their own camera on the market. It's unfair to suggest that these are "downsides" to shooting with a rigged a7s kit that can be avoided by choosing a C100, while ignoring the numerous "upside" that the a7s brings.

Reviews / Re: Review: Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm
« on: January 26, 2015, 11:25:00 PM »
At this price, you either have to more money than you know what to do with, or you get paid to shoot at this length. I'm neither so I can only envy.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Price Drops on the Canon Cinema EOS C100
« on: January 24, 2015, 12:21:45 AM »
"A BlackMagic system can knock these out of the water when being used by the right person or team of people."

I've spent some time with a BMCC and absolutely hate the ergonomics (wait, what ergonomics? it's a box with buttons!). Its video performance is excellent, but its physical design is not my cup of tea.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Price Drops on the Canon Cinema EOS C100
« on: January 23, 2015, 08:41:13 AM »
At this price, the old C100 will sit on shelves for a while. I could get a a7s + Shogun for $4500. 4K, FF, ProRes vs. HD, crop, AVCHD.

With the A7S you'd also have to purchase the XLR adaptor, EF Lens adaptor, Variable ND filter(s), and SSDs which will put you closer to $6000.  If your clients are asking for 4K then the A7S with shogun is a good deal and will produce an amazing image.  But when doing Run 'N Gun, weddings, or events the C100 is probably a better bet since many people can use it right out of the box.  Also, the Dual Pixel AF is extremely helpful for any of the situations listed above.  It's really just a matter of what your needs are, what your clients' needs are, and what your budget is.

I disagree on a few things.

1. EF lens adaptor: not so much a disagreement, more like Metabones is very cheap (in this field anyway) so it's not going to upset me budget
2. SSDs have come down in price enough to make them viable, and I hardly ever consider storage device as part of the cost
3. NDs: also extremely cheap and do not remotely affect the total cost
4. XLR adaptor: I don't speak for everyone obviously, but for my work we have an audio guy so on-camera-sound is not part of the equation

So in the end, it's just the SSD pushing the cost higher. $900 for SSDs (if Metabones Canon EF to Sony E = $650)?

C100 battery: $150. a7s battery: $40 for 2. I don't mean to be difficult, but I don't see how a C100 system will save me a lot of money. Especially considering it's the OLD C100 we're talking about here. To me, I could pay a bit more to have 4K AND ProRes AND FF.

A minor note on the run-n-gun thing: I agree that for those hectic moments, the dual pixel AF is handy. But for more documentary or film (staged) work, that function is completely useless. As you said, it depends on what the needs are. For news coverage I can see how the C100 would have an advantage in focus.

Lenses / Re: Purple fringing of 85 1.2ii
« on: January 22, 2015, 08:16:34 PM »
Purple fringing can be avoided by not taking extremely shiny or glowing objects under the sun (white T-shirt, et al). I've never seen purple fringing on a red car. ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: CN-E 35-260mm f/2.8 Soft Focus Lens
« on: January 22, 2015, 08:03:39 PM »
I have never used a soft-focus lens so I may appear daft here, but the example pictures look like they could be mostly achieved in post.

Also, the Flickr page's images look like some were manipulated by smearing the UV filter. And these are just stills for personal tastes (not seeing too many of these on mainstream media).

Most importantly, I still can't see any real-world, practical applications for this lens in the movie scene. It doesn't make sense for anyone to market a (dare I say it) useless lens to the high-end market.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon EOS-1D C Coming Down in Price Again?
« on: January 22, 2015, 08:01:40 PM »
the visual language is different.

Couldn't agree more. One looks to capture the moment while the other conveys a continuous action. I do think, though, that for slower-paced events (catwalks, wedding-in-church) stills from videos can work if there's no manpower to spare for a separate photographer, since there's not much to convey in terms of action anyway.

As for the motion blur thing, it seems like nobody does it if it can be avoided. Too much of a workaround?

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