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Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 11, 2014, 01:34:50 PM »
Real photographers know each and every tool at their disposal and know how and when to use them. Cropping is a tool. Primes are tools, as well as zooms. Full frame and crop are different tools.

I myself am a amateur photographer, but a professional cinematographer. I've used many different cameras for different jobs. Sometimes primes, sometimes zooms, sometimes a lot of gear, sometimes little gear. I use what I need to get the job done, and to get the most out of it.
Sometimes a camera with a small sensor is better for the task at hand, sometimes not. Its all relative to each job.

Phrases like "real photographers do this" stating there is only one way, are crap. There are many ways to get to the same result. The more you know, the better you get at simplifying it.

Took the tripod out for some shots  ;)

MeFoto A2350 legs
Weifeng EI-717AH head
Kamerar 23" slider
Sunwayphoto clamps and plates (can't remember exact models).

I used some 1/4" to 3/8" screw adapters, and some other screws I had to go out and get.

The whole thing fits in a small tripod bag and its very light!

Somehow I never got notifications of new replies... Just for the sake of leaving this thread with a conclusion, I ended up going with Arca Swiss. Arca Swiss plate below the head (one that came with a MeFoto tripod/ballhead), Sunway Photo looooooooong plate running below the whole slider length (this is what made my choice, no other system has plates this long), clamps on the tripod legs, head, and slider. Peak Design Capture Pro v2 plate on the camera (with clamp on the backpack strap).

Happy video camper with universal Arca Swiss QRs ;D

Lenses / Re: What would a 16mm or 18mm F2 FF lens look like?
« on: July 23, 2014, 01:08:56 PM »
Not yet for sale, Schneider has a 18mm Xenon FF Prime T2.4

It is a cine lens, but covers full frame... will cost a bit over $4000

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang Teases Some New Lenses
« on: April 20, 2014, 01:20:05 PM »
Now that Sigma now Samyang, and will be calling the Samyang lenses their "Classic" series, I doubt we'll see any auto-focussing lenses from Samyang, and al their lenses will remain manual focussing.
Why would Sigma want another competitor?

As far as cine lenses go, Sigma don't really make any, so using Samyang as their vehicle to get into cine lenses seems a good idea.

Wasn't that an April Fools?

It was.

And the teaser photo is just a closeup of a lens they announced along the 10mm f2.8, which is the 8mm T3.1 II. If you read carefully Samyang's "announcement" of the teaser, they do not say they are going to announce a new lens. They are going to "release info on 28 April" about lenses that are coming. My guess is they are just building hype out of nothing, they are going to release info of a lens they already announced.

And about AF, they already stated that those were internet rumours and that they are not planning anything like that in the near future.

(I keep a really close eye on them. I've been waiting for the 50mm for years now.)

Well, I for one think that it is a scam to sell something that will brake because of a design flaw and then charge for it's repair.
I vote for releasing this information and have Canon deal with what should have dealt when they realised they had an issue. We shouldn't have to pay for someone else's mistake.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:56:35 PM »
I don't really have a "best friend", but I found an awesome one while on a job in Salta, Argentina. Its a frame from a small video clip I made to see how much digital in-camera sharpen would affect the overall quality (toned it to zero right after).

This guy walked with me all around a forest but had to leave him to get back to the hotel...

Canon 7D + Samyang 24mm f1.4

Actually Samyang Asia's facebook page said it won't be AF. They say its a rumour and fake news, and its not going to happen.

By the picture posted by them, it looks like the front end of a wide angle... probably the 10mm f2.8 they've announced already.

...but I'll keep my hopes up for a 50mm  ;D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony FE 70-200 f/4 G OSS lens
« on: February 15, 2014, 03:46:46 PM »
I don't have any NEX cameras but I'm considering their APSC range... the a6000 seems nice (I'd use it mostly for video).

I haven't made a purchase yet because I'm waiting for a standard f2.8 zoom, and a lens like this 70-200 f4. Now it has come out... but for the price, I may just buy a refurb Canon EF 70-200mm f4 IS and a Metabones SpeedBooster (which supports IS and AF), it would cost almost the same, weigh almost the same, and it would work on both Canon and Sony systems.

For $1500, that lens is a no-no.

Lenses / Re: Gateway lens
« on: October 09, 2013, 04:53:13 PM »
My gateway lens were actually a three lens kit. I started studying photography when I was 15, and my father gave me his old Pentax ES II with a 35mm f2, 50mm f1.4, and 135mm f2.5. I enjoyed it very much but never thought of other possibilities, it was like the whole camera was that. Years later I bought my first digital, the 350D. Came with a 18-55mm, which I never took off my camera. Again, as many young amateurs, I never thought of it as a system with a modular design. The lens came with the camera.
Then I got the 500D. By that time, cheap chinese adapters were starting to pop up everywhere... and I tried it with my old Pentax lenses. My god.

Few years later, I now have manual focus primes covering almost every need and fast AF zooms. I do this for a living now, so I can actually treat myself every now and then... and to think I almost left photography as a hobby to become a pro musician...

EOS-M / Re: Won a EOS-M + 22mm at Golf Tournament
« on: September 07, 2013, 03:13:01 AM »
Congrats on a great story! Too bad you already had that camera... but hey, you can always give it away to someone who really wants it... like people from South America like me ;) haha

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 5 D Mark III and Helios 44-2/44M
« on: August 29, 2013, 12:28:46 AM »
I don't have the link right now but there was a Flickr forum post in which a lot people chimed in on this. A lot of people tried the 44-2 all through 44-6. The conclusion was that the only one that doesn't hit the mirror, was the 44-6. Maybe there was another model also, but I'm not sure. I have the 44-6 and it doesn't hit the mirror on my 5Dc.

(44-2 through 44-6 are different batch runs of the same lens, through different decades)

Why don't you attach the slider directly to the tripod head?

Because I need a video head attached to the top of the slider. If I were to attach the slider to the head, then I'd need another head to be able to do the angles I'd want (or maybe to do pans or tilts on video).

Thanks all!

Thanks for the replies! That is exactly what I was looking for. A bit more expensive than what I was thinking about, but still, a great find. I'm gonna look into that a bit more.


Hi there!

I'm thinking about building a new camera setup for one man band video shooting, and I was thinking about attaching a quick release plate to the tripod legs and the base of the tripod head, as I would often be changing it for a slider in the middle (with QR plate too). But, I think I'd need a QR base with a looong thumbscrew, because the tripod head would be blocking the way of it. Or maybe there is a better solution? What do you guys think?

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