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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Filming newbie
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:58:32 AM »
I do believe Magic Lantern has an option to disable photos in Live View mode, as well as possibly taking a still without losing your recording.  Not so sure on photo taking part, but I know I saw the disable shutter in Live View in the menu somewhere...

Lenses / Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« on: July 22, 2013, 02:43:30 PM »
I have the older 80-200 2.8 all metal "drainpipe" from 1989 (which I just found out recently is perfect for IR photography!), and the old 28-70 2.8 ~1993 all metal as well.   The AF switch just broke on the 28-70 so I might be taking it apart or getting it fixed locally soon, but the 80-200 was fixed last year after I bought it and is a great lens!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Just Dropped my 17-40L...
« on: June 22, 2013, 10:26:30 PM »
dropped my 28-70L yesterday 6ft from a platform on a boat to the fiberglass bottom...all metal baby!

Canon General / Re: improving IQ in landscape
« on: June 20, 2013, 12:09:57 AM »
I've never heard of hugin software, I'll have to check it out.  I use autopano giga for all of my stitching, and shoot plenty of landscape and lifestyle pictures with on average of 15-40 shots per image anywhere from 28-300mm.

Things to keep in mind
1.  How much is it worth, is it an amazing shot and taking the time to collect all these 300mm shots is worth it, or...

2. Always over shoot the outer frame of your panoramas.  I can't stress this enough.  Ill have a vision of what I want hanging on my wall, and then when I get back and stitch them together there isn't enough edge room for the composition I had in mind.

3. Content-Aware fill cannot fix everything :D

4.main basics - Set whitebalance to something other than auto, avoid lens flare at all cost, always overshoot, use a tripod if you can, check your focus before you start shooting and switch to MF to avoid accidents, keep close objects at equal distances away from you in wide panoramas (two support pillars in a 360 garage panorama, make sure you are an equal distance between them, etc)

I'd list more but I'm on a shoot this week and need some sleep.  my flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawnroach/ contains plenty of good examples.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 for video
« on: May 12, 2013, 09:19:23 PM »

The older canon push pull zooms (70-210 f4, 80-200 f2.8L) do hold focus through the zoom, af can be very slow, but for video and on an adapted gh, thats hardly an issue.

AFAIK the only 80-200 push pull was for nikon.  I have a "Magic Drainpipe" canon 80-200 2.8L and it is not push pull, although it does hold focus from 100-200 if you're more than 5m away.  It has great colors, slightly warm and a little "glowy"

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II - Light stain on a body!
« on: March 28, 2013, 05:26:58 PM »

can't even see what you're trying to point out

try cleaning off puke from your 5dmkII from an early aviation expedition gone wrong :D 

I like the composition of the shots, and the colors are great!  How many days did you spend shooting? 

Some of the shots look a little blown out, but I chalk that up to the varying light through the clouds. 

The only thing that bothered me was the resolution.  I feel like whatever technique you used to create the "tilt-shift" effect sacrificed a lot of your lens' resolving power. 

Lenses / Re: 40mm f/2.8 Wow what a lens
« on: March 19, 2013, 08:46:15 PM »
What a sweet little girl  :)

That last shot really sells it to me with the 100% crop - holy cow!  My boss bought one of these for shooting on a telescoping pole above crowds and that is all I've really used it for.  I'm going to have to grab it for some portraits! Is that really f9 in all the shots? whoops didn't read everything :D

Lenses / Re: What's the best deal you've ever gotten on a lens?
« on: March 04, 2013, 07:58:57 PM »
Bought my 5DII with 3yr warranty in 2010 for $2200, and a 28-70 2.8L for $300 from the same guy.

Lighting / Re: Pixel Knight TR-332TX issues on the 5D Mark III
« on: February 08, 2013, 03:25:22 PM »
Don't mean to bump an old thread here - it seemed to be the only one where pixel knight users were gathered  :D

I have the TR-332TX and rx, but there isn't any 5d mode when I go into the settings.  Are they on the wrong firmware?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: The Three Best Lenses for Filmmaking?
« on: September 08, 2012, 09:53:39 PM »
I've read that there are new samyang lenses coming out specifically for video...I'll find ya a link


Cracow, 9th August 2012 – Samyang Optics gladly informs, that Samyang Family has been enlarged by three new lenses dedicated for digital cinema purpose.

Lenses with focal 35mm, 24 mm and 14mm will be available on sales in sequence next week, at the end of August and in September.

The construction of the new lenses has been based on previous types dedicated for photography. Their main feature are racks co-operating with follow – focus system, and a ring rotated continously. Thanks to these alterations it is possible to precisely and silently operate focus and depth of field. Another facility is putting aperture and focus scale parallel to the axis of the lens and aperture marked with number of transmission T. Lenses are compatible with Nikon and Canon cameras.

Prices will be announced soon.


I use the older 28-70mm 2.8L for filming, as well as an 80-200mm 2.8L.   I also own the 50mm 1.4 and 100mm 2.8 macro, but haven't used these as much.  The primes may render better colors and detail (the 100 more so than the 50), but having the flexibility of a zoom is critical for framing your shots. 

Remember, that's my experience filming mostly freerunning and parkour, which is spontaneous, high paced, and not necessarily a great subject to film with a dslr  ::)   

What I never understand is why OP would ask for "the best lenses for filming" and expect a worthwhile response.  Get specific, man!

Software & Accessories / Re: Good Camera Backpack for 5D Mark 2 &...
« on: August 21, 2012, 09:34:45 PM »
Loka or Satori from f-stop.  I own the Loka

Software & Accessories / Re: Gitzo tripod/head recomendation for travel
« on: August 21, 2012, 09:14:41 PM »
Yo dude.  I have the Feisol 3441T sticks and the q3t head.  One of the best combos on the market with RAL (anti-rotation) legs & CF.  The head is well spoken of and is great as long as you aren't shooting straight up.  The combo is so light, it feels (and probably is) lighter than my 28-70L.


good luck

Alright guys,

Got the lens, it's optically in great condition, a lil' bit of internal dust but nothing to worry about. 

Things to worry about:
- Put two rubber bands on over the loose grip and it seems to be fine...but weather sealing is @ -1
- The part of the lens that houses the rear lens element moves slightly...and moves the rear element by about a millimeter.  This I took to be a huge problem, as if that moves while shooting my focus will change. (yes?)
- Did some real quick afmf adjustments...and +20 looks the best. (5dmkII) 

Optically it's still a beast, and I don't think I'll be returning it...but is there any way to improve on it's faults?  Please share any experiences you may have had!

Thanks guys!

I just got it with the early bird special, and I don't have a tripod or fluid head for using it.  My current tripod has a Markins Q3t on it, and I don't think that would be appropriate for a crane.  So time to get a new head and tripod.

link - http://lightcraftworkshop.com/trapezist.html?ref=Cheesycam

I need to keep this under $200, and I'm pretty much set on the 717AH for a fluid head http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HNS6S0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=A3JD14OD11FZKR.

So what should I get for sticks?  Gotta be somewhat light and portable, and the only thing I know of that comes close under $200 are some of the Samson / Quickset tripods.

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