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Software & Accessories / Eye-Fi Card Reliability
« on: February 10, 2014, 02:38:10 AM »
I've been using an eye-fi card for about a year and a half now, and generally, it's been ok. Here's what I do:
With my 5d3, I shoot full-size RAW to my CF card and Medium JPG to my eye-fi 8gb card in the SD slot. I don't (usually) shoot professionally, but I do shoot photos related to my job as a school principal. (Events, etc) For most of my personal photos, I want and use the RAW photos. For most of the school photos, I just take the jpgs as they are and use those (even Medium JPG are plenty big enough for photo album size photos, and web).

Bringing it back to the eye-fi card, when I am shooting events where I'm sitting down and watching, I love to have the eye-fi card sending to shutter snitch. My wife and I can view the images as I'm shooting them, and she can even share them on facebook/blog post straight from the event while I'm shooting. These events aren't in places with wi-fi, so I rely on the eye-fi card's ad-hoc network.

And now my question: Though the reliability is generally good, I notice that the eye-fi card and the ipad seem to fairly often lose connection. I can fix the problem by opening up the ipad settings and reselecting the eye-fi network, but I wondered if there was a way to boost the reliability of the setup. Would adding a wireless router into the mix (Eye-fi -> Wireless Router -> Shuttersnitch) make things more reliable? Or would adding in another device actually complicate matters? Also, would there be any affect on the speed of the file transfers? I know that the base components are still the same, but I wondered if the eye-fi card having to create its own ad-hoc network slowed the speed compared to just connected to a wireless network.

Does anyone use a portable wireless router with an eye-fi card + ipad with any success? The only thing I could find on the forum was a post (with no replies) saying that every option was unreliable. While I haven't found that to be the case, I wondered what other people in similar situations were doing.


EOS Bodies - For Video / Stills photographer Doing some video
« on: May 26, 2013, 03:31:13 AM »
Hi All,
I've done still photography almost exclusively and have a 60D and a 5D3. Soon, I'm going to need to do a little bit of video for a website that I'm working on. The job will be for a ballet studio. I don't have any questions about the photography, as I'm confident there, it's more about video. Here's the type of work I'll be doing:

One (or maybe a few) short 30-45 second clips showing the dance studio, and some classrooms, and what it's like.
Two "dancer profiles" featuring interviews, some shots of them warming up and performing, etc. Maybe 1-2 minutes each.

Just to help out, I'll list my equipment, leaving out stuff like extenders/flash etc:
5D3, 60D
70-200 2.8 IS II, 85 1.2 II, 24-105 f4, 24 1.4 II, 8-15 f4, 10-22.
I also have a gopro 3 (which may or may not be useful for this job)
I also have a variable ND filter, as well as a cheapy set of drop-in Cokin filters.

For audio, I have a Zoom H4n, an RE20 mic, a Shure SM93 Lavalier mic, and a set of paired Rode NT5 condensers. I also have a pre-73 MK2 pre-amp.

I have a somewhat cheapy LED video light as well.

Now, I want the video to look good, but I don't know a lot about it. I'm willing to invest a bit of money (because this job is paying well overall, and it's a tax write-off), but video isn't going to be my full-time job anytime soon. Basically, I don't want to buy crappy stuff i'll need to replace the next time I do a project, but I also can't afford to drop $10k on video stuff. I think a budget of $1500 would be about the max I should spend.

Here are some of the things that I was looking at/thinking about getting. My main question is, what, if any of things things are necessary/would help my video look more professional? Is there anything else that's important that I forgot? Is there anything on this list you wouldn't recommend, or would recommend something else?


A rhino slider: My thought was that a slider would be a cheap-ish way to provide nice looking moves that would take care of a lot of the kind of shots I'd need.

I've also been interested in doing some time-lapse though, and have had my eye on the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero bundle ( Since my uses are primarly photography, would you recommend getting the Stage Zero and trying to make it work as a normal slider as well as for time-lapse, or should I get the Rhino slider (or some competitor) and worry about time-lapse later?

2) Proaim 6 Camera Cage with Tripod Mount

My thought was that this would make it easier to get low angle shots while (let's be honest) making it look more professional, and match my clients expectations of what "video work" looks like. Also, I have a follow focus that I got a great deal on a while back, but I don't have a rail system, so in order to use that follow focus, I need rails anyway.

3) A cheapy matte box maybe something like that? It's only $35. Is the matte box really something worth spending a bunch of money on? I know many of them take drop-in ND filters, but the ones that do are a lot more expensive, plus I doubt the filters I have would fit.

4) Tripod Head
I have a Benro tripod, and it's pretty sturdy. I'm not sure if it'd be good enough for video (this is based on the fact that I don't often see video people using photography tripods, rather than on any knowledge)
I was thinking about this one:
Manfrotto MVH502AH

5) Atomos Ninja 2

If I understand correctly, this records straight from the HDMI out, and records to an attached HD. This seems like a big advantage, but is it overkill for this kind of job I'm looking at now? (especially with no other jobs on the horizon necessarily) Should I wait until later on when I get a few more jobs like this, or is the quality increase worth it from day 1, even over certain other things?

6) Kessler KC-Lite 8.0 Camera Crane
Seems useful for both photography and video, looks like, and it's relatively inexpensive at $400.

7) Zacuto Z-Finder / DP4 / ?
EVF? Non-EVF? Necessary at this stage?

8 ) External Video Monitor

Other thoughts:
Other than the small LED light I have, I only have speedlites (oh, and a Fenix TK45 flashlight, which is actually pretty bright)

Any other important things i'm missing? Any questions that I'm too inexperienced to know to ask? Any other things I should know?

Thanks so much!

Lenses / Dust Donut - Add Weather Sealing to Any Lens
« on: January 17, 2013, 10:05:08 PM »

I just backed this project. Apologies if everyone else knew about it, but adding weather sealing to all my lenses is a big "yes"!

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