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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 16, 2014, 04:19:06 PM »
I happen to think that any camera manufacturer and any photographer who sticks their head in the sand and pretends that social media is some passing fantasy that is only for the "Hello Kitty" crowd, as you so disparagingly refer to it, is just asking to be put out of business.

I think you meant, "fancy" but the typo is appropriate.

I know a few people that "used to" be active on Facebook, and who now use it very rarely.  I just skipped the intermediate step.

I don't think social media is a fad, but its rapidly evolving to other forms.
Its gone from facebook to twitter/instagram to snapchat.
I honestly can't keep up... is it really socializing though? Or narcissism morphing to new levels?
You want to be popular, you want to show off that you've done this and been there?
In my opinion, its raking in a lot of evil eye :D

But to answer unfocused innate question, may be someday... one day pictures taken from a cell phone will be just as good or better than DSLR/MILC, and when that day comes... no one will hire a photographer at a wedding and people will be able to pick and choose from the multitude of pictures taken from their relative's phones to create an album.

Till that day comes, it doesn't matter if a DSLR/MILC can throw a picture on a social media site. I say this, because... pictures thrown on facebook is for the moment, a present day thing that is easily displaced and forgotten with a hundred other "Whats on your mind" pictures/videos/comments that come to you over the year. Pictures taken by a photographer at a wedding is forever, which if done artfully will be remembered forever especially when made into an album.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D MkII RAW sample images
« on: October 16, 2014, 11:03:13 AM »
Seriously, did anybody really expected the 7D mk2 raw-files to be far better than 70D?

Not far, but at least 1/2 a step better?

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Cinema EOS Camera Will Be..... [CR2]
« on: October 11, 2014, 05:47:44 PM »
7D2 C?

I would get that...
See, I don't see a difference between the 7DII & the 1DX in terms of video...
Sure, the 1DX has better low light performance, but thats a given due to the FF sensor. Its still downsampled to 1080p. The 7DII has 60p... in fact, the only advantage I see the 1D-C having over the 7DII is the 4K and 60p (ALL-I), otherwise the 7DII comes pretty close.

I will wait till NAB 2015...

The GoPro 4 has 4K @ 30p & 2.7K @ 60p... in my opinion, Canon should try to reverse engineer the GoPro, and try to add that tech. into their system.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 theory
« on: October 10, 2014, 10:13:56 AM »
Not everything is a conspiracy.

Denial even strengthens the suspicion that there might be something about it and agents of the system are trying to squash the truth. I'll be watching out for further patterns of people trying to make us believe Canon delivers the best cameras to us asap.

There is a "Glitch" in the system  ;D

And, since Kelby said it twice, its a "Deja vu"  ;D

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: 4K, 5K, 6K and Up Video
« on: October 09, 2014, 07:24:10 PM »
BTW, just to be clear... just cause I call it a gimmick... doesn't mean that I don't want it.
I do want it... I don't need it, but I want it.

Its like a Lamborghini, I don't need it but I want it.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: 4K, 5K, 6K and Up Video
« on: October 09, 2014, 07:01:43 PM »
I can't believe people are saying you can "barely see the difference" between 4K and 1080p. The difference is huge and immediately noticeable, even on a 1080p monitor.

Yeah, the keyword is monitor.
I will say it again...

Retina display is all you would ever need, and even that is not 4K sometimes... forget 5K and above...

Sure, I have no real authority... and you might think I am spouting non-sense.
So here, listen to what Phillip Bloom has to say about 4K & he shoots 4K...

You know I've made it so that it skips the first 52 min. and goes straight to the BIG question about 4K.
You don't even need to watch the entire thing, you can watch 10 min. of it and it will tell you everything you would ever need to know about the 4K gimmick.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: 4K, 5K, 6K and Up Video
« on: October 09, 2014, 02:08:08 PM »
One limit is the resolution of our eyes. If you look at a 42'' Screen from 4 meter, between 720p and 1080p there is no visible difference.

To fully enjoy a 4k Screen i have to be 1.5m in front of a 55'' screen. That's not the normal living room configuration.

4k Needs a 80'' Screen at 3m viewing distance, and it is a aestetical question if y want to have a TV in your living room, which is so domitating optically, otherwise its not giving much benefit.

See, nobody seems to understand that...
Retina display is all you would ever need, and even that is not 4K sometimes... forget 6K and above...

Sure, I have no real authority... and you might think I am spouting non-sense.
So here, listen to what Phillip Bloom has to say about 4K & he shoots 4K...

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 6d for filmmaking?
« on: October 04, 2014, 02:01:30 AM »
cbenc002 - ok, please explain.
What lens were you using?
What was the ISO that you were filming at?
1080-30/24? Shutter speed?

In fact, its supposed to be washed out, in fact... the saturation needs to come down...
In post, are you adding any color correction?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: An introduction and a dilemma
« on: October 04, 2014, 01:51:16 AM »
All the lenses you own are perfect for Full Frame, not crop.
My suggestion, sell the 7D and get yourself the grey market 5DIII (should cost you about $2600; watch for deals on Canon Rumors).

You could also buy a Sony A7s with Canon lens adapter.

Well one of the lenses won't work at all on full frame.  So that would have to go too.  At that point, my widest lens would be the 24-105L.  A comparable EF lens would be fairly pricey and while I'm by no means great with that 10-22mm lens, I've taken a few pictures I couldn't have taken without it.

I do think full frame is the way to go for 90% of what I want to do, though.

Sorry, I skimmed through your list of lenses. Your 10-22mm was hidden in that.
What you have to remember is the crop factor in the 7D. As long as you remember that you have to multiply every number by 1.6... you will know what range you want. So that 10-22 is really 16-35... but this is what most people don't know... you have to multiply 1.6 to the f-stop too. So all your f/4 are really 6.4, kinda light limiting isn't it?

85mm is the fastest lens you have and its f/2.88 on your 7D...
Now, I hear praise for the 135mm, and unless thats what you're aiming for 85mm isn't exactly the same as 85 on a FF.

Anyway - here is that link for a $2600 5D MkIII

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: An introduction and a dilemma
« on: October 03, 2014, 07:45:31 PM »
All the lenses you own are perfect for Full Frame, not crop.
My suggestion, sell the 7D and get yourself the grey market 5DIII (should cost you about $2600; watch for deals on Canon Rumors).

You could also buy a Sony A7s with Canon lens adapter.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: October 02, 2014, 09:50:19 PM »
1. PC
2. I don't have editing software yet. Still looking on the market. I need something that could "cut the film", "piece together" and "multiplex in some music and voice" and could "sync audio"
     - a nice editing software for beginner (not to advance) is a good place to start learning.
3. This kind of video: https://youtu.be/h4xF2qtMuLk
4. Online Quality Viewing? any online site that can play high quality clip. -> does this refer to 1080p usually? some website I know only play HD (not full HD).
Is HD quality good enough to show sharp photos??
What online website can play high quality? then I can refer to as my baseline.

h.264 refers to mp4 format right?
mp4 format is good enough format for my local storage and back up? right?


With PC, you would go with Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas, I hear all the professionals prefer Premier, but don't take my word for it.

Whatever you choose just don't go for beginner and find a cheap video editing software, and then later want to switch to something more advance only to relearn the software. All video editing is relatively the same, its 1 to n video tracks or timelines; you just cut, chop and paste, crop, rotate, zoom, color correct, etc.
Same with audio track, you may want to adjust levels so its mastered - not clipping. Multi-layer the audio tracks so it sounds natural, or isolate so that the audience can focus on a particular sound like foot steps.

There are a bunch of video tutorials on YouTube for newcomers.

As for "Online Quality Video," I prefer Vimeo over YouTube (in terms of quality) but if you want more viewers, then YouTube is the way to go...

h.264 is a codec, and all current models of Canon cameras record with that codec.
But the end file is a MOV file. Pro Res is a friendlier version and its easier to work with compared to h.264, but it too is going to be MOV file. All these are really MAC friendly. For you, download QuickTime so you can view your files. You may want to transform your MOV files that are PC and/or whatever your video editing software finds to be friendly. DnXHD is another format like Pro Res... look up the benefits of one over the other.

I got one good question.

Lets say I want to use external audio recorder.

It is possible to remove audio component of .mov file, is it? (never mind I can google for this)

If YES, wow.. they can actually do that..

This thought just open my imagination, that the .mov is actually a container, with different data inside, and a "timing driver" much like a "director" of a movie coordinates the synchronization of data (audio, video, maybe other things unknown to me, as well).

If YES, are we dealing with different file like .psd file for photoshop to save all these environment data.

The Video editor will always separate video in one timeline and audio in another. Highlight the audio and press delete. Sometimes the audio is attached to the video and if you highlight one, it highlights both video and audio, this is where you need to learn the ins and outs of your editing software. For example, there are a couple of ways to unlinking the video from audio on Final Cut Pro, you can lock the video and press delete and only the audio will delete or there is something like an unlinking button to detach the two.


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

That's pretty decent. It could be better, only problem is that its always motionless or panned video.
Look into a slider and/or crane/jib. Because a Glidecam really needs a lot of practice, every lens has a different weight and you are really changing balance often.

You can also do handheld... the wider the lens the better, IS (Image Stabilization) also helps a lot. Shaky cam gives you a different perspective... but wide lens + IS + video editing can add IS... and it looks pretty decent.

External Mic is only needed if you want clean and clear audio...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 80D????
« on: October 02, 2014, 02:04:26 PM »
The "informed" view that 2016 seems to be Canon's target might want to look at the firesale on the current
70D in todays CR opening.

For $799 its a steal.

For the uninformed follow this link: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=23076.0

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: September 29, 2014, 03:59:48 PM »
I would suggest that you first do a little research of your own on google..etc or even go tru past posts on this forum before starting a new  post..tell me how to edit....
It can come off as a bit lazy.

1, http://lmgtfy.com/?q=canon+6d+how+to+edit+mov
2, Are you serious???      http://lmgtfy.com/?q=how+to+edit+my+first+movie
3, final format depends on the delivery platform   ..web/DVD/Bluray..etc.. so there is no oneoff usual final format.

But... Its possible that eninja can be a total newbie to video.
Nonetheless, here is my response:

1. You can edit what you have without any transformation. But, you will encounter a lot of lag and/or a lot rendering. You probably benifit by transforming into a edit friendly format like Pro Res, but its still going to be .mov

2. Yes, chop, reject, piece together video, add transitions, effects.

3. The final format can remain .mov... Let the DVD/Blu-Ray software transform the video as it records it to DVD.

To the newbie, Im sure none of the above makes any sense either if you are an extreme newbie. Do you think that .mov files are like .cr2 files? Its not... You can play .mov files on QuickTime, .mov files are like Jpeg...
I guess MOV is more friendly on a mac as opposed to a PC.

To best explain number 2, watch a movie or even a music video, watch it carefully for content, then watch it again for how often the scene changes, time the scene change too. Then look at how often the angle changes within a scene... Also look at different transitions and effects. There is also various color grading too. But overall, it should tell you why you need to edit, its really a filmmaking process. Not for your average video about your son/daughter's basketball game.

Lenses / Re: 50mm f/1.4 Canon vs. Sigma
« on: September 28, 2014, 05:48:02 PM »

Example of when I hate this lens:


Focus is off and image is super soft. Not a fan of the bokeh in this either.

Examples of when I love this lens:



Which lens is used in the above pictures? The sigma or canon?
And as everyone else have asked, have you AFMA'd the curent Canon 50mm that you have?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Can Canon Cinema EOS Keep Up?
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:48:47 PM »
I, and many others will not buy a 4K TV as my relatively new 1080p TV is fine for now.

Oh yeah, I'm in the same predicament. I'm planning on waiting for 8K before upgrading my television, and hopefully by then, televisions will be some nano technology, paper thin material that you plaster on the wall.

I don't know what it is with people nowadays... its definitely G.A.S.
But people are going through technology like cell phones, it used to be computers....
In any case, when I buy something, I hope it lasts me 10 years as long as it gets the job done. Cars, television, cameras...

I mean don't get me wrong... if you're a professional and your profession's sustainability involves being with the top of the line tech. then by all means. But if you can do the same job as the next guy with something old and inexpensive... then do it and be proud that you saved that bit of money.

You have to think about retirement...

I will admit, I have G.A.S. too. And, I want a 1D-C... and spec wise the 7DII is only 4 fps short, crop and missing 4K. But are those enough to pay a premium of $8300 more? Hell no. And, I know with the current system I have... it will not support 4K. By the way, I run on 8 Xeon cores running at 3Ghz, 25Gb of RAM and 2 SSDs on a MAC.

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