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EOS Bodies - For Video / C100 and Zeiss glass are now old friends!
« on: July 15, 2013, 06:51:28 AM »
My new short film shot on the C100 with Zeiss glass. I really love the combination of the two. It looks really cinematic to me. Give it a look and tell me your thoughts!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III RAW Video test in beautiful Big Sur
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:21:55 AM »

Here is a test video I shot last weekend in Big Sur (May 22nd Nightly build). The post-production was done through Lightroom.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & RAW Video, A Case Study
« on: June 01, 2013, 04:47:36 PM »
Here's my test video filmed in Big Sur on the beach. Not as scientific but beaches > than candles to look at. :)

EOS Bodies / 5D Mk III RAW Video test in beautiful Big Sur
« on: June 01, 2013, 04:46:08 PM »

My brother and I spent last weekend camping in Big Sur as well as testing out the Magic Lantern hack on my 5D. Give it a look!

Video & Movie / Canon C100 w/ Zeiss ZE's - Narrative 48 Film Project
« on: April 22, 2013, 02:16:19 PM »

I wanted to share my first film shot on the Canon C100 Cinema Cam. I shot this whole thing in one weekend for a 48 Hour Film Festival using only 3 Zeiss ZE lenses: 15mm 2.8, 35mm 1.4, and 85mm 1.4. 90% of it ended up on the 35mm.

Hope you enjoy it!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Save $1000 on the Canon EOS C100
« on: April 10, 2013, 08:19:20 PM »
FYI, I bought a C100 on March 18th and was able to call Adorama today and get them to give me $1000 in store credit.

I am in your same boat right now as I am opening a video production company this month in Sacramento, CA and I am going with a C100. I also have a 5d Mkiii that I have been using which impacts my decision.

These are my main reasons.

1. Lens choice.
I would need a whole different set of lenses for a BMCC than my 5D because the difference in crop is crazy between the two. Switching between FF and a 2.3 Crop is crazy. I also LOVE Zeiss lenses and although the 15mm Zeiss is nice, it costs 3k and still would only give me a 35mm FOV on a BMCC. The 1.6 crop of a C100 is really a good balance with a full frame B Cam.

2. Form Factor
The BMCC requires a lot rigging. I don't like rigging. It's intimidating to the clients and talent in front of it and therefore you get worse performances and interviews. I also do a lot of run and gun event videography and rigging slows you down and limits your creativity. The form factor of the C100 is awesome. Just a little bigger than my 5D but smaller than the C300.

3. Reliability
The BMCC is not terribly stable. From what I have read and been told, it's not a great professional Camera because you can't trust it with being your A Cam on a paid production. If its a creative piece, its great. You can redo a shot if some setting is off or defect happens. On a processional gig that will cause a lot of problems. I need to trust the tools I use. I make my living off them.

Hope this helps!

EOS Bodies / Re: Announcements on March 22, 2013? [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 07:38:04 PM »
I have rarely followed the release of a new canon camera that closely before but am considering buying a 70D when it comes as a back up to my 5D MK III. If it was announced on March 21st (or 22nd) what is the soonest that it could be delivered? Does this process usually take more than a month or two? Sorry for my lack or knowledge of these things.

I ask because up till last week I was going to purchase a 60D but now that seems like a waste of money if the new one is coming out.

Video & Movie / Spring is here. (A 5D mk iii with Zeiss ZE primes)
« on: March 04, 2013, 05:11:11 AM »
Filmed in Santa Cruz County with a 5D mkiii and a 60D with Zeiss ZE 35mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, and 85mm 1.4

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 ZE Planar
« on: March 02, 2013, 04:13:43 AM »
I can kind of answer those questions. Three things first that make my situation different.

I come from a video background but do photography on the side but not professionally (yet). I just got the Zeiss 85 1.4 ZE this week so my impressions are fairly new. Lastly, I'm using a 5D mk iii with the standard focusing screen.

Now my answer. 
1) I find the zeiss 85 to be a little harder to manual focus (especially at 1.4) than my other zeisses (35 and 50) but overall it is still easily doable. You just have to pay attention more closely. This is most likely due to the smaller focusing plane on the longer lens. I think...
2) I have used in the past the 85 1.2L and in most cases I think they are on the same level. For portraits they give off the same overwhelmingly soft bokeh while still keeping your focus sharp on your subjects face and eyes (at 1.4). A feat not many lens can do. The 1.2 vs 1.4 to me is almost gimmicky and useless. Another fact, the size of the L is larger but the front elements are actually the same on both. The L just has plastic casing around it concealing the autofocus.
Lastly if you do video, the L is useless when you try to manual focus with it. The focus ring is nearly impossible to dial in right as it spins too fast and loose.

Hope that gives something!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Thoughts on Zeiss Canon 5 lens kit?
« on: March 02, 2013, 03:52:33 AM »
I am in the process of starting up a video production company this month and while the idea of the 5 lens kits sounded appealing I chose to go with 4 individual lenses. All zeiss ZE

21 2.8
35 1.4 (a lot shaper and better bokeh IMO)
50 2 macro (same as above^^)
85 1.4

I'll be using them with my 5D mk iii and C100. Already got in the 35 and 85 this week and loving them to death. I debated on whether to go with the 100 over the 85 but I like the 135 focal distance a lot on my 5D and the 85 on the C100 = 135 with the crop. A telephoto and manageable length for video. I'll be making a short demo reel this weekend in Santa Cruz that I can post later. Cheers

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps Now Shipping
« on: March 02, 2013, 03:37:19 AM »
I forked out the change and bought 2 Canon Lens Cap E-77 II from Amazon this week. Just got them, and well, I think they are worth every penny. The center pinch is easy to grab (even with a lens hood on) but the surprising thing that I love is the super tight hold they have on the camera. Feels really solid and impossible to knock off unlike the originals which just require a small bump.

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