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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: January 30, 2015, 09:36:19 AM »
When comparing a new camera to the 5D3, I think it's reasonable to ask for better low-light performance, or higher pixel count, but not both.

This camera has more than twice as many pixels as the 5D3.  If it were built with the same sensor technology, we should expect it to be about 1 stop worse on low-light performance.  That is, a shot at ISO 400 on the 5DS would look like a shot at ISO 800 from the 5D3.

We can hope that advanced sensor technology could cancel out that disadvantage, and bring the 5DS low-light performance back to the level of the 5D3.  But I think it's ridiculous to expect better low-light performance from this new camera.

If low-light performance is the most important thing to you, I suggest you check out the Sony a7S.  It's a full-frame sensor with just 12 megapixels.  Those pixels are HUGE, and this camera can effectively see in the dark.

If you want to stick with Canon, then the 5D4 is your best hope; similar pixel density to the 5D3, but with improved low-light performance.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2015, 09:53:36 AM »
a 5Dc (cinema not 'classic', with 4k and all the other stuff people claim to need but at this point is all but unusable or viewable),
I claim to need this.  I bought a Panasonic GH4 for its 4K recording capabilities, and I claim that I love it. 

I claim that the 4K video allows me to zoom and crop in post-production to get just the shot I want, with much more detail than is available from my 5D Mark III.

And I claim that I can view this 4K video on my 2.5K monitor just fine.

I shot some video yesterday at a friend's photo shoot.

I put my 7D Mark II on a tripod and pointed it at the subjects, with the continuous auto-focus enabled.  It started the day at ISO 800, f/4.0, 1/50th.

I hand-held my brand new Sony A7s.  Towards the end of the day, it was at ISO 3200, f/3.5, 1/50th.

The video from the Sony is gorgeous and detailed, even at ISO 3200.  Beautiful colors, and incredible detail.

The video from the 7D Mark II is terrible, even at ISO 800.  It looks soft, washed out, and altogether bad.

We know from the Magic Lantern experience that these Canon DSLRs can capture outstanding video, but that the image processors ruin it.  So I would assume that the 7D Mark II is capable of wonderful things.

But I'm pretty much done with Canon for video.  I have officially switched to Sony.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Second body for Wedding
« on: December 05, 2014, 08:27:55 AM »
Or rent the second one.

EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 05:19:59 PM »
And even if I went with a Sony body (looking at A7S for video) I'm not ditching Canon glass. No way. God Bless Metabones.
I got an a7s for video (mostly school plays), and had my first chance to use it last week.

It is literally unbelievable how good it is.  I recorded some auditions at ISO 1000, F/4.0, 1/50th, and the image quality is outstanding.  I used the Metabones adapter version IV, the Canon 70-200mm II IS, and the Canon 1.4x extender.

Simultaneously, I had my new 7D2 going at similar settings.  The constant auto-focus is great, but the picture is mushier.

I love the a7s for video.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The C300 killer?
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:03:44 AM »
The reviewer is a news shooter.  The FS7 is designed for that use, while the C300 is designed for filmmaking.

I don't see the two cameras competing that much.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX-1 Review
« on: November 24, 2014, 08:40:57 AM »
If Samsung were the only company producing an affordable, high-quality 4K video camera, they would be the top story in the industry.

But they are not alone in outdoing Canon and Nikon.  They have to compete for oxygen with the Panasonic GH4, the Sony a7s, and even the GoPro Hero 4. 

I doubt Samsung will sell many of these cameras, but they are adding on to the crescendo of high-quality, low-priced cameras that Canon and Nikon need to pay attention to.

Lenses / Re: Did Canon Leak the EF 11-24mm f/4L?
« on: November 11, 2014, 08:04:07 PM »
I am too afraid to buy the 24-70 f/2.8 II because I really feel like an IS version HAS to be coming.
The 24-70mm IS lens was released, but it was f/4.  I don't think there is any chance we will see a 24-70mm f/2.8L IS from Canon.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Shipping October 30, 2014
« on: October 30, 2014, 01:43:50 PM »
I ordered mine from B&H at 9:03a Eastern time on September 15th.  I got a shipping notification from them today.

Lighting / Re: Canon 600EX-RT and Sekonic L-478DR LiteMaster Pro
« on: October 29, 2014, 08:26:44 AM »
The Sekonic light meter cannot trigger the Canon flashes via the Canon wireless technology.

The Sekonic can trigger the Canon flashes if the flashes are connected to a PocketWizard trigger, but that sort of defeats the purpose of the Canon wireless system. 

There is a workaround:  the Sekonic has a measuring mode called "Cordless flash mode"; this is the icon with only a blue lightning bolt.  In this mode, you press the button on the light meter, and it waits up to 30 seconds for a flash.  Then you press the button on the master flash unit to trigger the flash.  The light meter sees the flash, measures it, and reports the results.

I don't know of a light meter that can trigger the Canon flashes directly.

EOS Bodies / Re: 4K Products Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 24, 2014, 08:38:06 AM »
I get a feeling our money will be going to Sony this time around!
I think the A7s was made for wedding videography.  In addition to being a low-light monster, it's very small and light.  If you can pair it with a light lens, it will be very easy to move around with.

I use mine mostly for school plays and musical performances, so I mostly use the Metabones EF adapter and my Canon 24-105mm and 70-200mm lenses, always on a tripod.  The adapter means I have to focus manually, but I was doing that with my 5D Mark III anyway.

EOS Bodies / Re: 4K Products Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:23:20 PM »
Hold off on the A7S just a bit more.
I gave up and bought an A7s ($2,500) and a GH4 ($1,700).  They are both ridiculously fantastic. 

Canon might eventually add 4K to the 5D Mark IV, but I can't shoot with that now.

Lighting / Re: Is this dangerous when using the 600ex rt´s?
« on: October 19, 2014, 06:34:51 PM »
It's no problem leaving HSS as default.
Your flash works much harder during HSS, and produces less light while doing so.

So there are at least two problems:  1) the increased power consumption will wear down your batteries faster, and 2) the increased power consumption will heat up your flashes faster.

Lighting / Re: What 3rd party flash?
« on: October 07, 2014, 08:17:44 AM »
This is where you should start reading:

Videography Technique / Re: Real Time Playback While Recording
« on: October 06, 2014, 04:11:23 PM »
I'm not sure this is as simple as an HDMI cable.

The HDMI connector on most computers is for output only.  It allows you to display the computer's screen on an external TV or monitor.  It sounds like you are trying to use it as an input, to display the video from the camera on the computer.

When I do video, I use a 7-inch field monitor:

This takes the video output from my 5D Mark III's HDMI port and displays it.  The size is about perfect; easy on my old eyes, but not nearly as big and bulky as a laptop.

I have also used the CamRanger to monitor video on my phone, and on my Nexus 7 tablet.

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