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The 6D is a better overall camera, you might think you will not use high ISOs, but you never know, you will buy the GH4 for video, that leaves the 70D for video almost useless IMO!! buy the better camera if you have the money, the 6D is far better in High ISO, better built body and full frame, that is just enough reason for me to go for the 6D.


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Hi Man thanks for the samples! I am a huge 60d fan, I have one and I don´t know if I should sell it or not to buy a 70d. This will help me make mi decision, so on high ISO performance, there´s not much difference, that is good to know.


BTW: I follow you on youtube! I like your reviews man! keep it up

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Reviews / Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« on: August 10, 2013, 11:20:44 AM »
You're a student and I'm assuming your budget is $. I'd suggest a used T2i, or T3i, or T4i with kit lens. Then get used nikkor AI or AI-s lenses from ebay e.g 24mm, 35mm, 50mm 85mm with nikon-eos adapters. These are all manual lenses and preferred for filmmaking. You'll need a tripod. Home depot for a couple of worklights or other lights. Audio is half of filmmaking, an ebay AT875 mike, shockmount, painters pole as boompole (google it), a used external recorder (Zoom or Tascam), sync audio in post. Importantly you should be able to sell anything without too much loss in the future. Good luck

Totally agree! Primes are the way to go for film making! and old lenses specially nikkor are pretty good, I would suggest T3i, according to this page snapsort.com it has better higher isos than t4i and t5i, and it is cheaper.

DONT BUY IT WITH THE KIT LENS 18-55 blind as Sh!7 lens, use that money for something better, like old primes.

Another option would be the g6 m 4/3 camera, it has some cool features that no canon has like 60fps for slow motion on 1080p and it is very easily paired with old lenses with adapters bought on ebay.

hope this helps.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 30, 2013, 11:27:34 PM »
I think Sigma has hired a witch.  I think witchcraft is the only explanation for being able to bend light this well.

witches the illuminati and probably some reptilians are behind this.

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Lenses / Re: Canon primes
« on: July 30, 2013, 11:22:54 PM »
Note: This post is part rant, part food for thought. Comment as you see fit, but I have no questions to be answered or advice to be given at this time.

I currently shoot with mostly L's, including the 70-200 f/4 L, 17-40 f/4 L, and the 135 f/2 L.  I also have a 50 f/1.4 in the stable.  I'm considering rounding out my prime collection with a 35, 85, and possibly a wide at some point in the future. The 85L and 35L produce some impressive images, many seen right here in the CRF.  Then, I look at images produced with their non-L counterparts, the 85 f/1.8, and the 35 f/2.  Many stunning images to be had there as well. So with a 2-3x difference in price, what's the difference? Build quality, for one, as well as that extra stop or two of light. Better glass. Better sharpness when shot wide open, not to mention better bokeh quality. There is indeed a difference, and I'm not going to pretend there isn't.

But that's not to say that the non-L 85 and 35 primes are poor lenses. They can help meet your photographic needs without sacrificing image quality on a noticeable scale. If I can't put an 85mm f/1.8 on my 5DmkII and get a really good portrait...it's not the equipment's fault. And if I can't get good images with that lens, moving up to the L isn't going to help me out, either. 

I've scrimped, saved, and made deals along the way to get the setup that I've got right now. I like to joke that I drive an Old Lady's car so that I can shoot with a Big Boy's camera. And there's some truth to it. 

So, I could scrimp, save, and make deals so that I can get an 85L and 35L in that bag in the future. It might take me a few years. And in the end, I would have some incredibly awesome glass.  Or, I could eat beans and rice tonight, and then rice and beans tomorrow night, and afford the non-L lenses in a matter of a few months. That's that much more time I could spend shooting with those lenses. Time I could be getting great images and putting them to work for me. That's worth something.

I know that there are opinions on both sides of the issue. Those are just the things I'm wrestling with right now.

Get out there and shoot something meaningful today.


Hi I own a 85 1.8 because I am not willing to spend 1,500 dollars on a lens, well not a prime! and I can tell you the quality of the lens is brutal, MUCH BETTER than the 50 1.4! faster autofocus sharper image! you can also check reviews i like this page, I will leave you the links for the reviews of both the 1.2 and the 1.8, IMO not worth the 1,000 dollars difference

1.8
http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/419-canon_85_18_5d?start=1

1.2
http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/502-canon_85f12ff?start=2



And honestly the option of using the 1.2 for low light is great, but you have the MKIII you can crank up the iso! and honestly it is (on most cases) better not to have a depth of field that shallow! depends on what you do of course, but it is too much most of the times.

On the other hand, for a 35mm take a look on the new sigma A 35 1.4, cheaper and BETTER than the canon!!!

I hope it helps man and I think L lenses are sometimes to much, like you say on your post!





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Canon General / Re: Canon Press Event on August 21, 2013
« on: July 30, 2013, 11:10:04 PM »
It's a colon. Medical camera you swallow.

the eos-m(micro rectal scan) with dual pixel AF, and of course wifi.


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Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 29, 2013, 10:01:16 PM »
If true and has a competitive price (below $1,500) and has the sharpness and quality of the A series lenses that had been released,  I think it will be a must have.

Whats up with the picture on the site post, that gigantic thing... thats not the lens we´re talking about right???


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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Low light modes and noise reduction setting.
« on: July 29, 2013, 11:15:39 AM »
If you're taking JPEG, NR is relevant.  You might want to set it stronger if you're taking shots at higher ISOs.  If you're taking RAW, NR in-cam is irrelevant.  Just do it in post via LR for example.  I think low noise mode is also for JPEGs.  If you're taking raw, again this is irrelevant.  You can take 4 pictures or more and combine it later in post.

For HDR, I think it's better to do it in post.  Take bracketed raw pictures then just combine them in post.  DPP has an HDR tool.  You can also try ENFUSE though the effect is much nearer to a natural, realistic scene than an artificial HDR scene.  For me I prefer everything to be closer to what my eye can see when doing HDR.  I don't like the comic and/or nuke effect.  I also prefer working with RAW because its kinder to different adjustments.  It's up to you though.  ;)

Thanks man, I do shoot raw most of the time, so theres my answer.





yup! I totally agree it is  very limited a gimmick as you describe it, I would like to be able to use it manually to play around.



Though, it would be nice if the HDR effect had a slider - it's a gimmick, so if you are going to include a gimmick, go all the way.

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EOS-M / EOS-M Low light modes and noise reduction setting.
« on: July 28, 2013, 10:57:10 PM »
Hi! I'm just wondering on the high iso noise reduction option, witch option gives you the best results? it has 3 bars i have it on 2, but I would like to know if you would recommend a different setting.

Also, I find a bit frustrating the HDR mode being automatic and giving you no control whatsoever, Also what are your impressions of the night low noise mode that takes 4 exposures and combines them.

 I think The EOS-M is a very good portable camera and I am very pleased with it (bought it for $350, wouldn't pay more)

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EOS-M / Re: ebay EOS M adapters?
« on: July 28, 2013, 10:51:53 PM »
Enjoying the 640 mm reach with 2x III TC and Viltrox adapter.  AF speed is snappier than I expected with this combo.


EOSD4280 by drjlo1, on Flickr

This is an abuse to the little fella! kidding nice combo!

I ordered a fotodiox adapter ef to efm, getting it on August, will tell you how it works with my 50 1.4 and 85 1.8 for $65, but honestly I kind of regret it knowing that for 30 bucks more I couldve bought the OEM.

also bought an FD to efm (for my powerful 55mm 1.2) and a c-mount to efm... when they arrive will post my impressions






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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D a New Benchmark in ISO Performance?
« on: July 28, 2013, 10:42:21 PM »
I think the tests from the canon site are not a reliable tests, they look pretty good, but if the improvement is not good enough I think they would try to hide that fact, it would not be smart from them to give us reasons to start judging a camera that has not even made it yet to the market.

After taking pictures with my MKIII i went back to my 60d, I felt comfortable enough, obviously I missed the MKIII autofocus system and the high iso performance, so if the 70d has a little improvement on these areas I will happily use an APSC camera more often, specially with the release of the 18-35 1.8 (sharp) and  covers my wide range pretty good, paired with my 50 1.4 on crop I think with this two lenses I will be able to achieve pretty good results on most of my stills and video projects (wedding pictures and videos).

Do you think that the dual pixel cmos will improve the AF system enough? will it be slightly slower than MKIII´s AF system? 

And the AF system on video mode looks cool, you could avoid using a follow focus some times, but I think that in the end we will use the manual focus more than we think, all of my lenses are not STM so...

The dual pixel AF system will only matter in live view mode, or when shooting video. If you continue to use the OVF, then the dedicated AF unit will still be used. For a lot of types of photography, you can only use the OFV, so the dual pixel system won't matter.

It should be noted that Canon's more advanced AF systems, including the 19pt AF from the 7D and the 61pt AF from the 1DX/5DIII use dual line sensors in the dedicated AF unit. That improves precision as well as consistency (apparently, considerably). Tests by LensRentals.com indicate that Canon's 61pt AF system is as accurate as CDAF in Live View, which is as accurate as ideal manual focus.

I would really just consider dual pixel FPPDAF to be just now starting to catch up to where dedicated AF units have been for a couple years at least. I don't know enough about Canon's approach to know if it could ultimately supplant dedicated AF units, thereby making high speed, consistent, usable for sports PDAF in mirrorless cameras a reality...only time will tell.


thank you for your explanation!!! now everything is clearer for me, and it does sound pretty neat!!

So who´s buying the 70d if the ISO performance is the same as 60d´s (or a small improvement)?





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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D a New Benchmark in ISO Performance?
« on: July 27, 2013, 10:28:31 PM »
I think the tests from the canon site are not a reliable tests, they look pretty good, but if the improvement is not good enough I think they would try to hide that fact, it would not be smart from them to give us reasons to start judging a camera that has not even made it yet to the market.

After taking pictures with my MKIII i went back to my 60d, I felt comfortable enough, obviously I missed the MKIII autofocus system and the high iso performance, so if the 70d has a little improvement on these areas I will happily use an APSC camera more often, specially with the release of the 18-35 1.8 (sharp) and  covers my wide range pretty good, paired with my 50 1.4 on crop I think with this two lenses I will be able to achieve pretty good results on most of my stills and video projects (wedding pictures and videos).

Do you think that the dual pixel cmos will improve the AF system enough? will it be slightly slower than MKIII´s AF system? 

And the AF system on video mode looks cool, you could avoid using a follow focus some times, but I think that in the end we will use the manual focus more than we think, all of my lenses are not STM so...



 

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Canon General / Re: Canon Camera Sales Down in Q2, Imaging Revenue Up
« on: July 27, 2013, 09:45:57 PM »
Keep adding no significant upgrades to your cameras and this is what happens canon, the evolution from t4i to t5i is inexistent.

What "significant" upgrades could they add?
 
It seems like they have done quite a bit.  The AF in the 5DIII was a pretty significant upgrade over that of the 5DII.  The new sensor in the 70D is pretty innovative.

let use what it means pictures wise, innovative AF yes  but how accurate, f-2,8 ?

Works fine for me at 2.8 on the lenses I have.  However (as we should ALL know):  1. the DOF is shorter at 2.8 so issues are more pronounced.  2. The AF is a machine which is not necessarily perfect (and probably should not be expected to be so).

And… lastly, my previous experience was the 5DII over which the 5DIII represents a pretty dramatic improvement (in almost all areas).

What I see in the last few years is that the DSLR has become a commodity product at each level with the two main competitors (Nikon / Canon) struggling to differentiate themselves from one another in any way possible and the third one, Sony is struggling to get their foot in the door.  I don’t think that the market share has shifted too much in the last few years.

I´m sorry I don´t know if I read correctly, but the article says the sales went down on lower end models, I have a 5DMKIII, and I am very pleased, waiting for the 70d, I am talking about consumer level cameras, the T3i,4i,t5i level.

And I do believe that all modern companies keep their products a step down so they have good reasons to release the newer version (except maybe for the GH series on panasonic), but this is part of marketing. 


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Canon General / Re: Canon Camera Sales Down in Q2, Imaging Revenue Up
« on: July 27, 2013, 11:58:19 AM »
Keep adding no significant upgrades to your cameras and this is what happens canon, the evolution from t4i to t5i is inexistent.

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I think it looks great, maybe the motion looks strange but honestly most of the clients wont even notice or care, I have a question for you, wich piece of software did you use for color grading? 

very nice video BTW

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