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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Upgrading...Canon 60D to...GH3
« on: April 21, 2013, 08:44:15 PM »
Thanks for the replies all!

I've been slowly gathering evidence, reading, watching videos, and man is there a lot to know! I'll be a bit regimented in this post for those that will graciously read/comment in order to make it more accessible.


- Record footage and conduct interviews (in public as well as controlled environments)
- Create mini-documentaries on a range of topics that will force me to travel (once again, in public as well as controlled environments)


-Very near to pulling the trigger on a Refurb. Canon 5D Mark III (Currently have a 60D which I am looking to sell hopefully get 500-600)
*Tamron 17-50
*Sigma 85
*Nifty 50 1.8
-SD 16GB extreme class 10 card (2)
-Standard photo tripod
-Glidecam 2000
-MacBook Pro (2011)
-FCX and Premiere 5.5

Equipment I think I need:

-ND Filter recommendations (Variable vs. Fixed? How many stops? Brand? etc.)
-Lenses (Canon vs. Tamron/Rokinon ... prime vs. zoom ... regular vs. cine ... vintage/nikon/etc)
-Slider (not familiar with these..i've seen some mounted on tripod and others that are on the floor?)
-Creating a "Rig":
- A way to affix h4n and ntg2 (extra shoe mounts etc?)
- do i need a follow/pull focus? or can it be done by hand
-Inexpenseive ViewFinder (zacuto seems expensive)
-Do I need a monopod? Shoulder rig?
-Can I get buy with h4n & ntg2? Do I need wireless mics? Beachtek? (i'm not that familiar with audio)

Keeping in mind that I am a school teacher who is doing this as a highly interested hobbyist and not doing this for commercial work, what would you recommend? I am not looking to spend thousands upon thousands (maybe over years) but i'm also not trying to by garbage, highly sub-par equipment either (I am springing for a 5D MK III).

Video is going to be the overwhelming majority use, with secondary pictures (more important for lens recommendations)

What advice would you give?


1. Equipment recommendations
2. Rig set-up (light/portable/effective)
3. Workflow (editing/recording/etc)
4. Anything else I'm forgetting

Thank you SO much in advance!!!

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon Refurbished
« on: April 20, 2013, 07:40:42 AM »
Thanks great info all!

1. How often do sales occur with Canon? Right now I can get a MK III for 2800 (body only) do you think that will go down in the next month or so?  worth waiting or just buy now and be happy?

2. I've read a little on CLP but there wasn't a great single post/article I could find as I do not understrand it.  I do not have a P&S I just have the 60D (seems like I could get 500-650 for it which would be better than the CLP unless I misunderstand)

3. I agree FF > APS-C regardless of Lens

4. Any good articles/videos on creating a low-budget setup for doing run-gun etc. documentary work... I already have:


for audio... do I need wireless mic? lavaliere?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon Refurbished
« on: April 19, 2013, 11:41:18 PM »
Thanks guys...I may pull the trigger on a 5d mk III but I'l have to wait to buy decent lenses....

Or I could get a great lens off the bat and a mk II


How do you guys generally go about selling older cameras...i put my 60D on Craigslist 2 days ago and not a single email.

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?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Upgrading...Canon 60D to...GH3
« on: April 19, 2013, 09:32:36 PM »
Ok thanks for the input I greatly appreciate it....reading your points it looks like I have 4 options:

1. Keep 60D - buy fast Zeiss/Canon L primes
2. Sell 60D buy Canon 5D MK II - buy fast Zeiss/Canon L primes
3. Sell 60D Buy GH3 - buy Voigtlander and other quality lenses (as used by Philip Bloom in some videos)
4. Sell 60D Buy BMPCC


EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Upgrading...Canon 60D to...GH3
« on: April 19, 2013, 01:50:17 PM »
Thanks for the info.  I just feel the 60d is very soft, bad in low light and higher ISO than 600, don't get me wrong I'm not a pro nor do I use it daily. I'd like to make small documentaries for my students and myself. I'd consider a 5d mkii but its crap audio is a downer. The 5dmkiii is 3k before purchasing serious glass!  The gh3 and bmpcc are around the same and would allow me to buy serious glass.

I could also buy L primes but why invest 1000 in glass for a mediocre body?  It seems like getting a gh3 and the voigtlander .o95 used by Philip bloom will give superior footage and low light performance than a fast canon prime on 60d???


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



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

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!


EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 60D Video Images look SOFT!
« on: August 10, 2012, 08:54:22 PM »
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Not sure if that will work, but I posted the video on Facebook.  If it doesn't work maybe someone can PM me and I can show you the video.

Thanks for advice/comments, I probably was out of Focus (user error).

Let me know,


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)



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)



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.



Jason!  ;D

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video & Audio
« on: June 04, 2012, 07:13:13 PM »
As much as I was tempted by the beachtek option i went with a Tascam  DR40...budget and availability.  I am doing interviews tomorrow and will have my students use the NGT-2 as if it were a regular microphone for interviews.

If you have any suggestions on how best to set up my rig for this please advise :)


Canon 60D
Lenses (tamron 17-50; canon 50; sigma 85)
Tascam DR40
Livewire XLR 25ft (ngt-2 to tascam DR40)

I was going to be about 5-10 feet away from interviewer and interviewee; have the tascam near me, interviewer holds the ngt-2 during interview.



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.


jason :P

Thanks all.  I will first try to order another card maybe two 16gb or just one 32gb class 10 extreme from SanDisk.

Also, I will search for a tutorial on how to change VBR in ML.



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