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Videography Technique / Re: Tascam DR-60D ON TOP of Camera
« on: September 07, 2014, 08:21:23 PM »
You always run the risk of busting the hot shoe.  It's a lot easier to do than most people realize.  The best configuration I've seen is to use a bottom plate and mount the device to the side of the camera.

Thanks, East Wind Photography. Plenty of good options now, a bottom plate as you suggest, a lightstand, tethering it to the tripod, a cage and the simple hot shoe adapter. I may just take it all along to a shop and see what works best.

I also tried mounting it to the bottom of the camera and found it would introduce noise into the camera's audio when wanting to use that track to sync the PCM audio.

Have you tried changing the wire to link the camera out on the Tascam and your mic slot in your camera? I have not had any noise issue so far.

It's also difficult to sync the start and stop of both devices at the same time. Still waiting for some smart engineer to develop a release that will start both recording at the same time.

There is a setting on the DR-60D that can automatically make a slate sound at the beginning and end (or just beginning if you want) of the recording. So I selected that option and then turn on the recording on the camera first before starting the Tascam recording. Works perfectly.


Videography Technique / Re: Tascam DR-60D ON TOP of Camera
« on: September 07, 2014, 05:51:35 AM »
I have the Tascam DR-60D and used it under the camera just once...just a touch too wobbly.
It can go onto a shoe on my Lanparte rig, but usually it's on a small lightstand right next to the tripod.


Thanks for the feedback, pwp.

I can imagine that working very well inside, and is something I had not thought about. How stable is that though when you are outdoors?

I use it indoor a lot, but also quite frequently outdoors, even if just under an awning or on a terrace.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How's the RX-100 Miii? Should I?
« on: September 07, 2014, 04:08:51 AM »
Works well as a truly pocketable camera. You might find and older Mark II for less now too??

I think there are quite a few advantages to the Mark III compared to the Mark II, especially the built in EVF.

Definitely the best pocketable camera on the market today.

Videography Technique / Re: Tascam DR-60D ON TOP of Camera
« on: September 07, 2014, 02:06:45 AM »
If it is on top, I expect your image would shake when you push buttons on it.  What about hanging it on a short tether from your tripod?  That would separate it mechanically but still leave it accessible for adjustment.


Interesting idea, Jim. Thanks.

The volume knobs are very easy to control and should not be an issue, but if I needed to press anything (such as changing the gain) then that could cause vibrations and shake the camera image as you mention. Though to be honest most of that should have been worked out and completed before I start recording.

I doubt a hot shoe adapter is expensive so I may try that first, and will also start looking at cages where I sit the camera in the bottom of the cage and the Tascam sits on the top. But this of course means more to carry!


Videography Technique / Tascam DR-60D ON TOP of Camera
« on: September 06, 2014, 09:37:55 PM »
The Tascam DR-60D is designed to sit under the camera, which is how I use it at the moment. However I am unhappy with it like that, as I find when you have a 1DX with 70-200 f/2.8 ii sitting on it, the camera rocks a little if touched even slightly.

Of course you do not touch the camera when doing an interview anyway, but I am not comfortable with the set up as it makes me nervous.

For this reason I am going to buy a hot shoe adapter to fit into the 1DX hot shoe and attach the Tascam DR-60D to that. Has anyone tried that? I do touch the Tascam DR-60D sometimes when doing an interview but normally just to change the different mic volumes slightly which should not cause an issue with the image.

I cannot think of anything else which might be an issue with putting the DR-60D on top of the camera rather than under it, can you?

edited: I always call it the Tascam D60, but its real name is the Tascam DR-60D.

EOS Bodies / Re: Silly Photokina Rumors
« on: September 06, 2014, 08:58:44 PM »
I heard that the mythical 7D Mark II might be announced.  :o  As if... ::)


Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 300-800mm f5.6
« on: September 06, 2014, 08:54:25 PM »
I've had one for 7 years now and love it.  For all of the downfalls you mentioned and with which I concur, the ability to compose through the lens is huge for me.  Also, with the 5DIII, I'm able to use a Kenko 2x converter with Live view and autofocus works quite well.  It is slow, which is certainly not conducive to working with quick subjects, but for shots like these owl images, the results are superb both with and without the converter.  The last 3 shots are with the converter attached using live view autofocus.

I have noticed a huge difference between the quality when attached to my 7D vs my 5DIII.  The noisier sensor on the 7D renders the images soft when compared to those shot with the 5DIII.;topic=21888.0;attach=120258;image

I just wanted to say I absolutely love that third shot of the owl almost hiding! Wow. It made me smile and laugh. Really love it. well done.

Videography Technique / Re: 1D X and Manfrotto MVH502AH
« on: September 05, 2014, 09:19:16 PM »
The knob that hits the body of the camera can actually be pulled outwards, allowing the plastic knob to twist free of the screw shaft, and then slid back in at a different angle to resume tightening.

This new feature is great and blew my mind when I discovered it. It was specifically designed to get past this very obstacle :)

andrewflo, have you tried that with a full size DSLR - preferably a 1DX which is what we are talking about here?

If I understood you correctly you are talking about attaching the camera to the plate, putting it in the MVH502AH and then pulling the knob out (to the right) as far as it will go and turning to tighten the plate in the head? Is that correct?

If so, the knob does not come out far enough. It comes out a fair way, but not nearly enough to be able to tighten the plate to the head properly.

Have I misunderstood something?

My set up is described in the title and first post.

Business of Photography/Videography / 4K, 5K, 6K and Up Video
« on: September 05, 2014, 09:02:26 PM »
I would bet that most of us do not even have a 4K screen at home, or work. I know I do not, and I am not planning on buying one, even though many cameras already take 4K video, which is great.

All those manufacturers will have to sell off their stock, and I am sure a few won't be too pleased that Dell has just confirmed the "world's first" 5K display!!

This makes me wonder. How long do you think it will be before we are seeing cameras with more than 4K shooting ability? What is holding the technology back in terms of how far can it go in just the next few years?

Let's not discuss whether we need 4K, 5K, or 6K and more, or even whether the human eye can distinguish between them, as that cat is well and truly out of the box and there is no heading back, whether you like it or not.

I won't be upgrading my TV until I know I can get a 4K or 5K+ signal on the channels I watch (like Setanta, BBC etc), but I am very happy to buy a new camera for the videos I do (now use the 1DX) if it has more XK.



Sorry forgot the link for the 5K Display news.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 27, 2014, 01:55:24 AM »
Using the Nvidia card does make the laptop run hotter, resulting in the fan kicking in faster and louder  :'(

That is when getting a laptop that is made for such high performance pays off. Here in Asia Pacific I am nearly always working in hot temperatures, and when I render HD videos and do other stuff that pushes the laptop, it never overheats and I hardly ever hear any noise from the fans (and I still have not cleaned the fans out yet, which will make them even quieter - though I wonder if that is even possible!). It is this amazing build quality, that makes me recommend the Dell Precision range - especially the M6XX - as they are built like tanks and are imho, the best available on the market.

The application or game is recognized by the nvidia software/profiles, and switch to the recommended GPU, but it stays on that GPU until you exit your application.

For example: You start up your computer and the Windows GUI is always using your onboard (intel) GPU! When you decided to start an application or game, and that's were it wil switch to the recommende/preferred GPU when the program is recognized (profiles). When you exit the application or game optimus switch automatically (there you have it!) back to your onboard GPU. Try to run WEI (Windows Experiance Index) it would allways run on your onboard GPU.

Photoshop CS6 and CC does benefit from the much stronger nvidia GPU against the onboard intel. True you won't notice it when painting or fill a color, but more and more actions or plugin's use complex maths (OpenGL/OpenCL/Cuda) and that is were the nvidia GPU really shines!

I hope this clears it up for you... It does not change dynamically/automatically between your onboard or dedicated GPU while in your application or game.

Good explanation, MXM. Thanks.

Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS: Took the plunge...
« on: August 26, 2014, 08:49:35 PM »
Congratulations, bdunbar79. You are going to love this lens.

It is my favourite piece of glass and is ideal for most sports. It is also works very well with both extenders. Not as portable as your 300 f/2.8 ii but it is imho the best lens for (most) sports you can buy (though I still have not tried the 200-400 1.4X at an event yet).

Enjoy.  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 23, 2014, 01:06:19 AM »
I am sorry, I do not have the energy to read all 16 pages!!

The specs sound nice and the 61 AF points all cross type gets me very excited if only because it makes me wonder what the future 1D X ii will have.

Does Servo AF for video shooting mean it will track subjects like the 60D or 6D does, where you can easily switch focussing points or maintain face focus even if subject moves?

Good it has a headphone jack.

Will it be APS-C?

Is the 10fps with the mirror locked up or its maximum standard speed?

Nice to be having new rumours but should they not be CR something, like CR1 or CR 2. If you confirm something later then just adjust the CR rating.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 16, 2014, 04:33:29 AM »
Optimus doesn't change/switch automatically between your onboard and nvidia gpu. You have to manually set an dedicated GPU for each application (e.g. Photoshop) in nvidia control panel.

Are you sure about that on all systems? I think that is how it used to work.

I personally believe that depending on what card you have and what system you have it does switch automatically.

I know mine does.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 15, 2014, 09:11:13 AM »
It might be helpful to know that the Dell XPS 15 is the "consumer" version of the Dell Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation from their "business" line. Not sure if that means it will last any longer.

I use Dell Precision, and it is difficult to fault them. Built like tanks and they are among the most powerful laptops you can buy (hence the size). For video editing and high res photo editing I would say go with a Dell Precision. You just need to decide the size, specs and model you want.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Who owns the photo?
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:13:15 AM »
I heard a rumour that when the monkey picked up the camera he changed the settings. It is not clear whether he changed them more than once, nor what the actual settings were before...  ;D

Only that big man in the sky knows whether the monkey did it intentionally, or not.

Quite amazing the stuff some media will cover these days! I am sure the photographer is benefitting from all the exposure anyway.

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