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Canon General / Printing Images
« on: August 13, 2013, 03:51:34 PM »
Hi all!

I have a Canon 5D Mk 3 that I got from Canon refurbished and the CLP, pretty sweet!  I took a bunch of Raw pictures with my nifty 50 in NYC this past weekend and edited them in LightRoom 4.

I was wondering a few things:

  1. How big can I get them printed without losing much quality
  2. Where do you go online/in person (NY area) to get them printed/framed

I'd like to get anywhere from large to enourmous prints of my photos framed and hung on my wall, etc.

Thanks!!!

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EOS Bodies - For Video / 5d3 Video Example - The Blues Band
« on: June 09, 2013, 07:34:47 PM »
Greetings!

This is of my uncle's excellent blues band on Long Island NY.

The first clip of the female singer is the Rokinon 85mm 1.4 and the second clip/song is the Canon 50mm 1.8 (which has considerably less noise) and these are my only two lenses I need to think about a 24-70, 70-200 or other primes. I believe I used AWB for both.

It is apparent I need to buy a monopod since my handheld was shaky and no IS for either video.

I'm looking for general impressions/feedback. If you have advice on how to improve the quality/sharpness of the video with less noise as well (lens suggestions/settings). Also, any advice on contrast/coloring and what program you use. I used FCPx to do this. I know that AE has a sharpening tool that may have helped and I'm sure it may have a denoiser for that second clip but still new.

Thanks!

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Hi all,

I have been swamped with work and look forward to taking my 5d MK3 out this weekend for some video/photo fun and learning experiences.  There are a few things I need to get (Variable ND and CF card currently using a 16gb Sandisk SD leftover from 60D). 

I see that Dave Dugdale is in the mix of creating/mixing an instructional video for the 5d MK 3 primarily for video.  I also saw that f-Stop academy has one and if you google a few more options come up.

I wanted to get some general and specific feedback.

I'd like to obviously get more proficient at both video and photography and while many will be inclined to say read forums and practice I can't help but think that well produced video tutorials and books/pdfs are already available to speed up the learning curve.  (this includes: capturing AND editing video/photo)

Thanks in advance!

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EOS Bodies - For Video / 5d3 refurb
« on: May 29, 2013, 02:33:28 PM »
So I pulled the trigger on a 5d3.

My Rokinon 85 1.4 and tamron 17-50 for my 60d won't work. Any suggestions for video? Prime vs Zoom? Tamron 24-70 looks like a good deal?

also can I get good audio with rode ntg2 directly into camera? Or should I keep it going into my h4n?

any good mono pods ? Is manfrotto the on,y viable option?

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Software & Accessories / Audio and 5D MKIII
« on: April 24, 2013, 03:24:52 PM »
Is it advisable to use NTG2 into the H4N or just do NTG2 into the 5D MKIII?  Also what options are there for run and gun situations?  Can I find a bracket/mount that will affix both H4N and NTG2 on the camera so I can be as mobile as possible?

Are lavaliers necessary?

Thanks!!


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Lenses / Zoom vs. Prime...or both? - Documentary & Run/Gun Work
« on: April 24, 2013, 03:19:40 PM »
Greetings folks!

Looking to accumulate a slow growing collection of lenses for run/gun work as well as some work in controlled environments for interviews etc. for documentary work.

What do you guys think of the following:

1. 24-70
2. 24-105
3. 70-200

Which is the best/most useful for a starting zoom.  I don't think my Tamron 17-50 cuts it, unless I need to give it a second chance since I'll be upgrading to the 5D MKIII (from 60d)

Also this is what I already have:

A. Canon 50 1.8
B. Tamron 17-50 2.8
C. Samyang 85 1.8

I'm looking to do most of the video/interview run and gun stuff by myself so that should be kept in mind.

Thanks!

JM

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Canon Refurbished
« on: April 19, 2013, 10:04:06 PM »
Do you guys have opinions on buying Canon Refurbished?

$2800 for 5D MK III
$1800 for 5D MK II

Thoughts on better deal between these 2?  Other Companies beat these refurbished prices?

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Upgrading...Canon 60D to...GH3
« on: April 15, 2013, 11:21:13 PM »
Greetings all :)

I have loved the informative and polite feedback offered by everyone on this forum.  You convinced me to go from a camcorder to a DSLR (60D) and now I am thinking of halting my investment into the 60D to do an upgrade.

Currently I have a 60D, Canon 50mm 1.8, Tamron 17-50 2.8, Sigma 85 2.8 lenses

I have made some great progress in filming/editing and need to learn a lot more!  Just finally got my glidecam!!!

I feel though that the 60D is limited in its capability especially since I've always loved the quality of the 5D Mark II and the GH2.  I think the most basic difference to me is that the 5D Mark II is better in low light and the GH2 has better image quality when properly lit, which is most of the time...

I am leaning toward the GH3, and hoping for a future hack.

I wonder what everyone's opinions are?

I am a hobbyist, love shooting adventures into NYC, interviewing/documentary, and making small videos for family etc. "filmic" style

Thanks!

JM

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Technical Support / 60D Not Autofocusing :(
« on: September 18, 2012, 05:32:49 PM »
Greetings!

Recently I took some photographs on a little excursion with some friends.  I noticed that when pressing on the shutter button halfway it does not Autofocus.

I have a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 and a Canon 50mm 1.8

Both had autofocus engaged on the actual lens.  I could not find any settings or buttons that I might have disengaged by accident.

I normally use the video mode, so getting into photography is new and exciting.

Thanks for any advice in advance!

jason

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Lenses / Lens Filters etc.
« on: August 09, 2012, 09:14:10 AM »
Good Morning,

I have the following lenses for my 60D:

Tokinon 17-55 (2.8)
Canon 50 (1.8)
Sigma 85 (1.4)

I was curious on a few things (i've used google but haven't found a centralized easy read on these questions):

1. What is the main purpose of filters etc. for lenses
2. Will adding a filter, etc., help bring clarity/sharpness to my focused images in video mode?
3. How best should they be applied (indoor vs. outdoor)

Best,

Jason

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Video & Movie / Basic Workflow?
« on: August 09, 2012, 09:11:27 AM »
Greetings all,

I am a 60D owner and use a Mac Laptop.

I use Magic Bullet Grinder to turn my files into ProRes LT (with 1080p proxie files) but not sure exactly how to use these files in FCPX.

There are some stunning videos done in post production with the same equipment.

Was curious on a simpler linear (step 1,2,3,4) process from importing video, converting it, using proxies, adding effects/corrections, exporting for both DVD & Vimeo/YouTube.

Thanks in advance (yes i used google but have yet to find a clear coherent and simple linear workflow process)

Best,

Jason

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Canon 60D Video Images look SOFT!
« on: August 09, 2012, 09:08:02 AM »
Later this evening or tomorrow I will post footage showing that my video footage looks soft on my Canon 60D.  Even compared to the same model the video looks soft relative to video clips on Vimeo & YouTube of other users.

I use:

Tokina 17-55 (2.8)
Canon 50 (1.8)
Sigma 85 (1.4)

Regardless of the lens i use my images seem "soft" and not "sharp/clear"  I could try correcting it in post production but doubt that would be the issue.

thoughts/experiences/comments?

Best,

Jason!  ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Video & Audio
« on: June 04, 2012, 06:38:11 AM »
Hello all,

I am using my 60D to record sporting events, documentaries with my students, etc.  I wen to BH Photo yesterday and the very nice sales associate pointed me to the NTG-2 combo.  When I arrived home and set everything up I realized that I may be deficient in what I need.

The level of the recording and the quality is complete rubbish going into the camera.  I've read elsewhere that people plug their Rode Mics into an H1 or H4N, as well as a Tascam product of similar capabilities.

Does anyone have a good link/video that can clearly outline a nice "workflow" for audio when using DSLR.

Best,

jason :P

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Canon 60D Stops Recording Automatically!!!
« on: June 03, 2012, 07:53:32 PM »
Greetings,

I use a Secure Digital 32gb Class 10 card.  My video has been stopping recording after 8 seconds or so and is not 4gb in size.

I searched the form and google and have been unable to find a solution!  Any thoughts/ideas/fixes?

best,

Jason

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Lenses / Videography vs. Photography Lenses
« on: December 31, 2011, 09:03:23 AM »
Greetings all,

I am new to the DSLR world and recently acquired a Canon 60D.

I have a Tamron 17-50 2.8 and a Canon 50 1.8

Low light performance is decent as well as "zoom" capability

I'd like to get a lens, or two, for a modest price that will allow me to capture better low light images and video as well as more zoom capability...

I am not sure if a Tamron or Sigma 17-200mm 2.8 is going to be feasible for video or low light although it will have the zoom and I know that a Rokinon 85mm 1.4 will be much better in low light but may not have the closeness from a  distance that the 70-200 would give...are these both lenses that would solve me video issues?

Thoughts?

Main shooting types:

1. Narrative/Documentary
2. Sports
3. B-Roll (city shots, scenes, etc.)

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