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Lenses / Re: Review: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
« on: February 25, 2015, 08:08:39 PM »
This forum certainly has an over-representation of landscape/nature/hobbyist/don't-want-to-have-heavy-stuff photographers, which often makes it hard to get a true sense of a lens' desirability/utility on the larger market and in other genres of the craft (not that forum comments aren't ever a good measure of that  ::) ). The trend as of late has somehow been that f/2.8 is an unnecessary luxury. For the aforementioned crowd, sure, but it really is further form the truth for a large majority of professionals. There are significantly more wedding/event/concert photographers making a living with their camera than landscape photographers or photographers who want to cut 400g from their bag. They also aren't using filters so the bulbous front element is irrelevant. Most those guys have kept their Canon 16-35 f/2.8 in response to the Canon f/4 IS, but they finally have another option, and Tamron really delivered it with this one. It's just a shame Tamron doesn't have the same reputation as the new Sigma Art line. If this was a Sigma Art 15-30 f/2.8 OS I would bet money it would be THE lens you'd see at every wedding reception.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: In Stock: Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 at B&H Photo
« on: February 17, 2015, 11:18:57 AM »
I got a 50mm ART as soon as it was released, but crazy-enough, when Rokinon announced their own 50mm I considered selling the Art to pick up the rokinon. I do video, and as others have mentioned, manual apertures make adapting glass so much easier. I've had issues with the Metabones adapters in the past (mostly with Sony cameras. The GH4 has worked great so far) and I don't like having to rely on them (not to mention how expensive they are!!!). Regardless, I've kept the 50mm Art and have been extremely happy.

Also, the performance of this guy seems to be pretty good. From what I've seen, definitely better than Canon's 50 1.4. I have Rokinon's 14mm 2.8, 24mm 1.4, 35mm 1.4, and 85 1.4, and I have zero qualms about shooting them all wide open. The only one that has been somewhat disappointing is the 24mm. Though at the time the only other 1.4 option was Canon's, which for the price doesn't justify the slight performance increase (and worse coma). Thinking about selling the Rokinon to get the new Art 24mm now.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art announced..
« on: February 10, 2015, 11:29:08 AM »
So happy it's a 24mm!!!!!!!! I want to pre-order but they're not up yet :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5Ds & EOS 5Ds R Image & Video Samples
« on: February 06, 2015, 12:44:58 AM »

Blam. You're welcome.

Video mode wasn't used once during the making of that photo time-lapse.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5Ds & EOS 5Ds R Image & Video Samples
« on: February 06, 2015, 12:09:58 AM »
"This sample movie was shot in Full HD mode, and has been optimized for viewing on this website."

Canon, why would I want to view a 960x540 video to evaluate the Full HD capability of your recently released camera? Try to be less insufferable, would ya?

Have rebels always been this expensive? I think you'd have to be crazy to get the T6s over a used 70D, 7D, or 5D Mark II.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Price Drops on the Canon Cinema EOS C100
« on: January 26, 2015, 11:53:46 AM »
The battery issue I knew about, but the color clipping is news to me. Can't wait to get my C100 Mark II, even though they pushed it back a couple more weeks, should be worth the wait.

Yup, it ruled the A7s right out for me. It is a shame.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Price Drops on the Canon Cinema EOS C100
« on: January 26, 2015, 11:15:33 AM »
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!

+ one million.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Price Drops on the Canon Cinema EOS C100
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:02:03 AM »
I remember when I use to think the C100 was a joke. I was so young back then.

For anyone interested, someone who just received this lens is welcoming any questions about it on Reddit. He also has a .ZIP file of test shots for download further down the thread:

Some of his first critiques (Note: these are mere first impressions & he admittedly only has a crop sensor to test with at the moment):
  • Fast AF, but may need some AFMA
  • Not as sharp as Nikon 14-24mm @ f/2.8
  • Generally not as good as the Nikon 14-24mm
  • Handheld sharp images down to 1/10 with VC

Thanks for sharing! Ya, with a crop camera I'm still left curious about corner sharpness. I can't imagine it'll be long before we have a more comprehensive review from a better source, though!

I totally understand not wanting a heavy lens, but I've never found weight to be a valid critique of a lens. There are many other options out there that compromise on speed/aperture and IS/VC to achieve a lighter load. This lens doesn't compromise on those aspects, and the trade off is that it weighs more. I know most everybody understands that, so why still bring it up?

Although maybe I'm bias, because I do work out  8)

$1200 is the perfect price for this lens. I'm happy about that, considering I thought it would be a tad more expensive. This is looking like it'll be the best UWA f/2.8 zoom for Canon shooters.

When it comes to microphones there is, in my opinion, for video at least, no beating Sennheiser.

Finest quality.
Tough build.
Simple to operate.

I've owned or used 816's, 416's.  My goto mic for years was the K6/ME66 kit, and the Evolution G2 wireless mics.

Then about 5 years ago I got a rode NTG-2 as I was needing an extra mic for ambient, it was a one off gig and didn't want to spend a fortune, they had picked up not bad reviews so I thought 'why not'.

Here's what the Rode NTG-2 offers:

Robust Mics (as tough as the sennheisers)
Clean sound (output of ME66/K6 is about twice as hot, but with clean pre-amps...)
Simple to operate (not even a power switch. just remove the battery)

The Sennheiser is the better mic.  But it's not twice the mic.  It's not 3 times the mic.  And thats how the cost differs.

If Rode can come anywhere close to the EW110's but keep the prices at half or a third...

Well, that's pretty stunning.

Agreed. I love my G3's, though I'm now in the market for a shotgun. I'm leaning towards the MKE 600. Any experience with it? It's between that and a NTG-3 (or maybe the NTG-4+ now) only because I'm not using the best pre-amps (Zoom H4n, Zoom H5/H6) and having a hotter signal (I've heard MKE 600 isn't the strongest) into my device might be beneficial for me. I'm looking to use it to capture interview dialogue (tired of hiding my G3 lavs). What would you recommend?


I'm confused, what exactly is stunning about the wireless system? There have been such systems available for years from other manufacturers.

4k is NOT coming in the 5D Mark IV. Stop holding your breath, people.

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