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Thanks, Tinky and Dustin.

I had looked at the Rode when it was announced and it does seem like a nice system on paper.

Is there not a wireless lav mic system where I can use just one receiver and stick that on top of the Tascam (which sits on my camera) and then get audio from 2, 3 or even perhaps 4 mics to it (though my biggest interviews are 3-way and most are just 2)?

I do not mind spending for a good solution, but I just want to keep it as simple as possible. One receiver that can record simultaneously 2 or 3 (maybe 4 mics max).

Videography Technique / Re: Good Wireless Lavalier Mics and Set Up
« on: January 24, 2015, 07:44:25 AM »
Thanks, Abn0021. I must say the Sennheiser G3 system does look good, and everyone knows the quality you get with Sennheiser so there are no worries there. I did watch a couple of videos about them, and it looks very easy to mount one receiver on top of the camera (or in my case on top of the Tascam DR-60D which is sitting on top of the camera) but how would you mount two receivers on top of each other?

All my vid interviews would require a min of two receivers for the two mics being used. Am I missing, or not understanding something?


Videography Technique / Good Wireless Lavalier Mics and Set Up
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:57:24 PM »
When I shoot video interviews I use my 1D X, Tascam DR-60D mounted on top and a couple of Audio Technica AT-831b Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Mics.

This works fine when I am in a controlled setting, but there are times when I need more flexibility and less wires, which is why I am looking for two good quality wireless mics so that I can move around (an exhibition or other event for example) and set up a quick shoot relatively easily without having to carry the mic cables etc.

Ideally I would like a very small and light receiver (can one pick up sound from both mics?) that can sit on top of the Tascam DR-60D so that I can move around without having to unplug everything etc. If the receiver could work with three mics that would be even better for those times when a three-way interview has to be done.

What do you recommend please?

Thank you.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $4199
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:18:32 AM »

Couldn't resist.

However, Paypal didn't go through. I almost never use paypal, and suddenly $4k+ purchase so it triggered fraud alert and didn't let me complete the deal. Called them few times to fix, but they were not really reassuring to fix it so put it on my cc instead.

What else should I buy now? One extra battery for sure. The charger is already double charger, so that's good. What else?

(Trying not to jump and down here with excitement)


Fast CF cards if you don't have them.  If you use an Arca-compatible tripod set up, the RRS L bracket is a thing of beauty...it's modular, I leave the upright portion off if I'm not bringing a tripod with me.

If you use one of Canon's little IR remotes (RC-#), unfortunately those do not work with 1-series bodies, so you may want to look into a radio trigger solution (I use the hähnel trigger as the transmitter is reasonably small).

I got the fast Lexars already (2 of them), which actually leads me to a question: is there certain way I should use those? Does it automatically continue with second card after first is full (I assume yes), anything else there?

I have cheap-ish tripod, so not Arca.

Is the trigger port same as 5D3? I already have wired intervalometer, plus cheap Chinese wireless trigger (the receiver is wired to the port). If the port is same, I'll keep using those.

Congrats, tpatana!

A second battery as you mentioned can be a good idea, but to be honest it is amazing how long just one lasts for if you are shooting stills (even sports). It is video which drains the battery quite quick. They are pricey, but at least having a full spare handy can be reassuring. I have a second and have used it, especially when shooting a mixture of stills and video. With just shooting stills, one battery really does last an amazing amount of time - incredible technology.

As for your question about the CF cards, yes once the first card is full it automatically switches to the second card. This may depend on your settings, but that is how it works for me. I work with RAW only and it writes to just one card (under my settings). I have two 64GB Lexar 1066X in my 1D X and it is quite hard to fill them both. There are quite a few different settings you could choose as in what is written to where etc.

Have fun.

It feels bad to people who paid big bucks for it. I know it is how it is but feels bit unfair.

I fully understand your pain, going from over US$ 12,000 to 6 or 7,000 is one hell of a drop.

Does make me wonder just how much more Canon would have made globally if they had just sold the 1D C as the 1D X for a thousand or two more than it came out at the time.

Would I have bought the 1D X, with 1D C specs, for a little bit more than I paid for "just" my 1D X without the 4K video? Most probably. But to me the 1D C was never worth 2X 1DXs.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: January 17, 2015, 09:02:40 AM »
To: Lemmy Shoyu

Wow. Love it! And as it was shot on Boxing Day, perhaps we can say it is a knockout shot! ;-)

Great shot, keep up the good work.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon EOS-1D C Coming Down in Price Again?
« on: January 17, 2015, 12:44:09 AM »
You make some good points there, pbd.

I am definitely a committed 1-series user, and doubt I would buy anything else in the future as I like the form, quality, weather proofing, weight etc. For what I do, they really are perfect. But it would be nice to have a camera that can take 4K video and 1D X-quality stills too. My work is mainly stills, but I do an awful lot of videos as well, and the ability to take quality stills from a 4K video would be nice especially with the same menu, layout and system on both cameras.

Will be keeping my eye on the 1D C a bit more closely now.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon EOS-1D C Coming Down in Price Again?
« on: January 16, 2015, 10:24:56 PM »
What exactly is the difference between a 1D C and 1D X? Is it just the firmware, or are there other differences? Has anyone broke them both down to look at the internals?

There is a bigger heat sink inside the 1DC that accounts for the 150g difference in weight between them, the 1DC weighs more, and, apparently, that is matched to 'reworked circuitry and design to dissipate the heat from 4K recording'. Another hardware difference is that the 1DC has a headphone jack.

Thanks, privatebydesign. So there is zero difference between the two in terms of stills performance?

These price cuts do make the 1D C very interesting. Definitely worth watching more closely.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon EOS-1D C Coming Down in Price Again?
« on: January 16, 2015, 07:51:41 AM »
What exactly is the difference between a 1D C and 1D X? Is it just the firmware, or are there other differences? Has anyone broke them both down to look at the internals?

Not that any of that is all that important, but if it falls in price much more I could be very interested in getting a 1D C. And I never thought I would say that!

Why would I consider it now? I find myself more and more taking stills from the video I shoot with the 1D X. Of course, as it is not 4K they have limited use, and it would be great to be able to combine a 1D X with a 1D C to get the best of both worlds.

Have any kind of opinion and a minority of users on 'Other filmmaking forums' will criticise you so that doesn't bother me…
That I can understand. Nobody cares about opinions—they are trivial at best. If I were to like the color green and someone calls me a fool for it, I couldn't care less.

When it comes to blogs looking for an audience it gets trickier. Ken Rockwell. Fake Chuck Westfall. Pretty clean cut cases where people knew what to expect. Well, most people.

But once you venture into… journalism(?), people expect knowledge, maybe some research—and not unimportant: perspective. When you pose as a journalist but write opinionated click bait—that's when you get a reaction.

There's other logic in the mix here unrelated to video - I now need a pro stills camera and this one allows me to sell my 5D3, 5D2 and 7D which makes the upgrade cost to the 1D C a lot easier to bear.

Do you remember our discussion on Twitter at all, after the launch? My pro 1Dc arguments? How the 1Dc brings a lot to the table and if you're complaining about price at least consider a user that needs the whole feature set of the camera? I'm glad you understand that point now. Keep them coming.

My original criticisms of the 1D C still stand. It doesn't deviate enough from the 1D X to justify being double the price
Why do you insist on dragging price into the camera evaluation? It's not part of the equation. It comes at the end. It's useful for 'buying advice', but has nothing to do with the camera itself.

It's an amazing camera—but insanely expensive!—a distasteful item for rich tech snobs.
It's an amazing camera—and cheap!!—shut up and take my money!

Both of the above describes an amazing camera.

1D C though has the most cinematic image of the lot. I never argued otherwise.
Honestly, it would be difficult to argue against it, so I'm sure you didn't. But you also certainly didn't come out and say that the 1Dc was the most cinematic camera with most beautiful image.

I don't know if you include me in the general "shut up, forum nerd" statement, but seeing that I paid the $12.000 I allow myself this short response.

I don't normally wade into this discussions, but I have to agree with what AndreeOnline has said.

I found that Andrew Reid tried to make a diplomatic reply, but then at the end could not resist a little dig.

I think what, AndreeOnline, said:
But once you venture into… journalism(?), people expect knowledge, maybe some research—and not unimportant: perspective. When you pose as a journalist but write opinionated click bait—that's when you get a reaction.

This is a big problem now and growing. Bloggers suddenly trying to become "journalists" writing this and that without any experience in the actual field of journalism or even media. Sad.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1DX maintenance?
« on: December 28, 2014, 04:25:46 AM »
I've been wondering the same with my 5D3. I think I'm around 100k or so.

Problem is that there's never good time to send it out :( There's always something fun to shoot, so I cannot part with my camera...

That's where CPS comes in - though I admit that it is very different from country to country (both in entry and service etc).

I take my DSLR on trips and for work, assignments etc. But when I nip to the shops or walk to the local market  to buy food or just look around, I won't take it along. It is at those times when, if I see something I want to shoot, I have no choice but to use the only camera on me which is my phone.

There have been times though that I wanted the shot so much, that I snapped it with my phone, walked home and grabbed my 1D X and walked back hoping what I wanted to shoot was still there!

Perhaps the Sony RX100 Mark IV will include phone features, or perhaps Canon could produce a 1D X micro that fits in my pocket and ...... ::)

Canon General / Re: Advice on which DSLR to get
« on: December 19, 2014, 12:16:35 AM »

My wife is getting more into photography and I would like to get her a a DSLR. This would be her first DSLR, but I'd like to get her one that she could grow into and not one that will be replaced in a year or two. I have read some very positive reviews for the Rebel T5i. Would this be a good choice? What lens(es) would you recommend? From what I see this camera was last refreshed March of last year, which was quite a while ago. Should I wait for a new version to be released first? Is there one coming out soon?

Any advice/help is greatly appreciated! :)

I think you really need to tell us a little more.

Why do you think a DSLR will benefit her?

What does she have now?

Do you have any Canon lenses, and if so which?

What does she want to take pictures of, and how is her photography going to "grow"?

Is weight an issue?

Unless you tell us more, we really are just plucking cameras out of the dark. Cheers.

Thanks for the heads up.

I tried DPP 4 when it first came out and maybe it is just familiarity, but I greatly prefer 3.14.X and still use the latter for all my images.

I will take another look at 4 later on to see if they have improved it from the initial release.

Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 17, 2014, 02:55:24 AM »
Welcome to the global economy.

Most CF cards are made in China, but they cost 4 times as much to buy in Asia as they do in the US.

Last time I bought CF cards, they were made in China, shipped to the U.S., put on promotion at B&H, sent by UPS from the U.S. to Hong Kong and all for cheaper than I could buy them locally!!

Crazy times we live in.

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