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EOS Bodies / Re: A Surprise Cinema EOS Announcement for Photokina? [CR1]
« on: September 12, 2014, 08:19:59 PM »
I received a vague hint that Canon could be making a surprise Cinema EOS announcement for Photokina. There was no mention of what it could be, or whether or not it was a product announcement or a development announcement.

I receive these sorts of “nudges” every so often and they usually end up being true, but I have zero proof that such a product is coming.

Interesting, thanks. If my memory serves me correctly, there have been rumours of an update to the C100 for a while now. It is a camera that interests me greatly and would love to hear more from Canon about their future plans for the XF200/205 and C100 range (I think the C300 maybe just a little too pricey for me at the moment).

I would not be surprised if they stopped making the 1DC. It is a camera that never made much sense to me, though I know a few people here have one.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Reviews
« on: September 12, 2014, 08:05:36 AM »
Thanks for posting. Of all those listed, the only one I read regularly is The-Digital-Picture.

I think your link needs updating to the above though.

I have never purchased a non-canon lens, but I must admit I am interested in this one. Looking forward to the reviews.

Photography Technique / Re: Rain umbrella holder for tripod?
« on: September 12, 2014, 12:39:28 AM »
A nice idea in theory but I wonder how effective they are in practice? I mean rain does not always fall straight down, and a golf cart is far more of a substantial anchor than your camera will be if it gets too windy!!

You may get a drone without even planning for one!!  ;D

My 4K camera of choice is the Panasonic GH4. It's utterly transformed my video work. With the exception of high iso work, it eats my 5D3 for breakfast. You shoot in 4K and publish in 1080p. For reasons I can't explain, shooting in 4K and downsampling to 1080 in post delivers way superior output to shooting in 1080.

I find that these differences are often only noticeable when you put the two videos together side by side in the same production. Is there a visible difference to the two videos that you produce once both are at 1080p?

I shoot my videos now on the 1DX but am looking for a good new secondary camera that will allow me to put the two together without one being so much visibly better than the other. I have even considered getting the C100, which would also solve a few other issues I have.

Anyway, I am very happy that companies like SanDisk and Lexar are pushing the boundaries of all this storage technology. At the moment I do not need any more in-camera storage than I have and if I do get a camera that takes SD cards then I doubt I would buy the 512 but I could see myself getting one or two 128GB cards.

Videography Technique / Re: 1D X and Manfrotto MVH502AH
« on: September 10, 2014, 07:31:11 PM »
It's really not that difficult. Read the manual if you need more help.

I will explain to you again, more clearly this time

The knob does not pull out far enough to fasten when you sit a DSLR (in this thread we are talking about a 1DX) on the plate.

I have asked you numerous times whether you have actually mounted a DSLR onto the head and you have not replied, so I take it you have not.

I am happy to learn, but as far as I am concerned: The knob does not pull out far enough to fasten when you sit a DSLR (in this thread we are talking about a 1DX) on the plate.

Videography Technique / Re: 1D X and Manfrotto MVH502AH
« on: September 10, 2014, 05:21:04 AM »
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.

You have the first portion of the instructions correct but I think there may be some confusing about pulling out the knob. You are talking about the right knob so everything is good until that step.

You'll want to tighten the knob (just as you would ordinarily) until the knob is blocked by the camera body. At this point, pull the knob outwards to slide it off the screw shaft (not detached, just out about 1/2 cm).

At this point, you can rotate the knob freely without tightening or loosening the screw. So you'll rotate the knob around back to the starting position (where the camera blocks the knob again) and push it back on to secure it back to the shaft.

Now you can do another rotation of the knob to tighten down further.

Repeat if necessary.

I am sorry, but I do not think you have ever tried this and are reading something off another website or just making it up.

If you have done this for real, what camera did you use?

I ask because I have tried and tried again. and the screw does not pull out far enough.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*
« on: September 09, 2014, 07:00:40 AM »
I'll be curious as to the excuses well reasoned arguments that people come up with for why they 'need' this particular lens.

Why do people need a reason or "need" as you put it?

If you are fortunate enough to be able to afford the best, and you want to use what will be widely regarded as the best MF lens on the market, then there will be plenty of people that will buy it. Some people will not see US$ 4,500 as a lot of money, others do. If you can afford it great, if you can't and want it then work towards getting it, if you don't want it then that's ok too. Everyone is happy.

Videography Technique / Re: Tascam DR-60D ON TOP of Camera
« on: September 09, 2014, 06:06:13 AM »
Went to a shop and ended up getting this exact hot shoe adapter (it is not my picture) for US$ 12.5.

They did have a cage but I have to consider all the travelling I do, and I think as long as I am careful this adapter should work fine.

Have already mounted it to the camera and it seems sturdy and I cannot see anything getting in the way or causing problems. I will be testing it in real life interviews next week so will see how it goes then. Will let you know.

Thanks everyone for all your help.

Canon General / Re: How do you cull your photo's?
« on: September 08, 2014, 02:18:56 AM »
I only shoot RAW and use DPP to go through them. I am a really big fan of DPP and find it so easy to use.

Generally speaking I know what my goal is in terms of the number of keepers I need, and I am also quite good at remembering the better shots and where they fall in the day/match etc.

It is actually quite good to get two shots that are both so good you do not know which is better - but which are not identical - because if you do not have too many on the money shots, you could always sell those two to different buyers and still offer exclusivity as they are officially different pictures. Not something I recommend, though.  :D

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.

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