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Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds with attitude
« on: June 26, 2012, 02:29:40 PM »
Here's Fluffy, this time looking for a fight!

in this case I want to be in the shot

Seems to me that the simplest answer is to just let the camera run. So you've got a few extra seconds of you walking from behind the camera to the set -- so what? Just edit out that part.


Yep, tried that, and many times it would work for me. But sometimes I have to wait a long
time before I start to film. OK, a bigger CF card would maybe help there.
Guess I was hoping there would be a simple solution that I couldn't see.


Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds with attitude
« on: June 26, 2012, 12:01:23 PM »
Sat in the garden recovering from pneumonia, trying to master my new 5D.
The coughing seems to be too much for the IS, maybe I should complain?

Here's Fluffy, he's got an attitude, not sure what kind though.......

ISO1000, F4.0, 1/1500 Canon 24-105 at 105mm (cropped a lot).

I did some more testing, the Camera is not taking stills, it seems to be just flipping the mirror down to
focus or whatever. I have actually been able to start recordings, in normal one-shot mode, just that the
transmit button must be pressed down the whole way (Just the same as the shutter release on the camera),
but cant find a way to stop the recording.

Better than nothing, as I can go over and stop it if required.


Hi Paul,

in this case I want to be in the shot, so using a laptop will not work. The RC transmitter is smaller than a mobile
phone and as such ideal as it can be kept in the pocket. I know there are other solutions, I was hoping to get
this one to work

BTW this is a Haehnel Device the Giga T Pro.

Cheers Brian

Hi, I got the following answer from the maker:
>>Most DSLR’s have a second button to start/stop the video recording.  With the Giga T Pro II we control the main camera
>>shutter release button remotely.  With most cameras we can therefore only take still pictures (activated by the shutter
>>release button) which is a restriction of the camera.
>>However with some cameras the video start/stop is activated by the same shutter release button (example Canon
>>G10/G11/G12) and with this type of camera you can capture video and still photos.

I had already tried this by using the Camera function of making the shutter release button also stop/start recording
but I couldn't get that to work either.


Hi, bought a Haehnel Giga T Pro RC unit which works well taking stills, but I haven't been able to
find a way to use it to control the Camera when taking movies. AllI want to do is remotely start and stop
the recording.

Would anyone happen to know how to do this?

The RC unit allows me to do single shot, continuous shooting and Bulb. If I switch to video mode,
and press "single shot" then the Camera will take a still, which is kind off logical.

Cheers Brian

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.1.3
« on: June 19, 2012, 02:17:32 PM »
So what is the general recommendation if shooting RAW. Do vignetting and chromatic aberration correction with the built-in
functions of the 5D3? or do everything in post processing? What about sharpening too?

Cheers Brian

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DMKIII Autofocus help required
« on: June 18, 2012, 02:54:30 PM »
  I think the 5D Mark III can do spot metering everywhere (all 61 points) in single shot mode can't it?  I can't remember.  AI Servo is different.
I was wondering about this. Sure it has the 61 point AF, and I can select any of those points, but is the one I select
also used for metering? In the book it says something about a central area about 1.5% of the total area for spot.
So who knows this for certain?
Cheers Brian

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DMKIII Autofocus help required
« on: June 18, 2012, 01:19:05 PM »
No not picky, those are the things I still need to learn. Thanks.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DMKIII Autofocus help required
« on: June 18, 2012, 12:40:36 PM »
F14, 1/160th, ISO 2000, 200mm at 1.2 Meter distance (according to EXIF). Which according to a DOF calculator gives me a DOF of around 2-3cm. Is it maybe because I am right at the closest possible focusing distance for this lens and therefore have
no DOF to the front of the focus plane like I should have?

Maybe I do really just need to keep away from the "Near" limit of the lens anyway.

Thanks for all the comments. I dont mind sifting through the .RAW files, as long as I do find something
worth keeping in there.

Here's the full picture, not that much of a crop.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DMKIII Autofocus help required
« on: June 17, 2012, 12:18:26 PM »
I use AF on my 5D Mark III.  In the manual you'll see that you can choose ONE of any of the 61-AF points if you like.  I still use only one point, but I move it around the viewfinder.  Sometimes I'll use 4 point expansion (top, left, right, bottom) but mainly I move the AF point around where I know or want my subject to be in the frame.  I actually haven't had a photo yet where I missed focus.  Like the poster above said too, watch your DOF.  If you need to use higher ISO with a narrower aperture, do it!  The camera will handle it nicely.
Thanks. OK I saw that and had tried it, allows me to frame the subject where I want it.
Here's another example. Taken F14 1/160th 200mm 1.2meters from the subject. The face of the bird is pretty
sharp now I guess. Is that about the correct quality that I should get from this combination?

Bad hair day?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DMKIII Autofocus help required
« on: June 16, 2012, 08:06:46 AM »
thanks for the reply.
Obviously I can do a lot with the situation in our garden, and will get to that but I was more concentrating
on getting it right with the camera first. I guessI was thinking more along the lines that AF was concentrating
more on the horizontal and vertical lines and not the fact that the front edge of that feeder will in a lot of
cases be closer to me than the subject.

Cheers Brian

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5DMKIII Autofocus help required
« on: June 16, 2012, 05:39:32 AM »
I finally got my new 5D, moved up from a 400D, and I am "ashamed" to say I have been doing a lot
of reading in the camera manual  :o
I've been playing with the autofocus settings while trying to take shots of some of the birds in our garden.
Attached an example that is causing me problems. The display will show me the "fields" being used for AF,
and they will all be lined up on the bird feeder. I havent been able to find a way to persuade the camera
to focus on the bird in such a situation. This is in automatic mode. If I go to spot with the 4 adjacent fields
then it seems to work better. But I want the automatic mode so I can use a tripod and set the camera up
as close as possible to the birds. Using AI Focus mode usually.
I am using the 70-200 F4 IS lens, at 200mm and pretty close to the subjects. Do I maybe want to move
further back so that I have more DOF therefore making the exact focus less important.
Generally I haven't been so happy with the results yet, but thats probably more me than the equiment.
Cheers BRian


Animal Kingdom / Re: Colin with 70-200 f/4 IS
« on: June 06, 2012, 12:31:03 PM »
After downloading one, I guess its the site.

I have had the IS version of the Lens a few weeks and just got my 5DIII so it will be getting a thorough workout in the next few days.

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