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Lenses / Re: Battle of the 50mm's (1.2L , ZE 1.4, ZE 2.0)
« on: June 19, 2012, 01:45:49 AM »
Haha it doesn't because I already decided and bought one :) But thank you for your detailed suggestion!

You're right Rich! FCPX can edit 5D footage natively, it was previous versions of Final Cut you really needed to go through the whole transcode process, but it could still help, I'm not sure, I haven't tried X yet!

Download Quicktime Player 7 for free, Open your Footage in it, and press Apple+E for Export, and Export is as a Quicktime Movie using the Pro Res Codec (I usually use Pro Res 422 HQ), then you're ready to edit :)

Like so:

Lenses / Re: Battle of the 50mm's (1.2L , ZE 1.4, ZE 2.0)
« on: June 18, 2012, 09:47:32 PM »
Hey Guys!
Got my 50mm last night! Haven't had a chance to play with it too much yet, but absolutely loving what I've seen it so far, had no trouble manual focusing wide open yet, and the results are astounding! Thanks to everyone who helped me with my decision :)

Lenses / Re: Battle of the 50mm's (1.2L , ZE 1.4, ZE 2.0)
« on: June 14, 2012, 04:15:03 PM »
Hey Guys!
Just wanted to give you all an update, I just ordered the Canon 50L :) I'll let you know when I get it and my initial thoughts! Should be some time next week *fingers crossed*
Thanks again,

... and as such, the Laptops have actually surpassed / matched the desktops in specs.. so it makes the decision a lot harder.

You havent a clue about how wrong you are and this will probably never happen. I build powerful workstation and gaming machines - and the distance between desktops and notebooks havent changed over the years. Have you seen a desktop with 4 quad core xeons or opterons with over 100 GB ram. Or a gaming i7 with nitrogen cooling or  fan the size of a bowling ball, running at 4.5 GHz, or 4 full sized video cards. With a 1200W power supply?? The main parts - the CPU and the graphics card they use are not the same even though they are named similarly. Laptops carry lite versions of almost all its hardware. Comparing notebooks with desktops is like comparing your pretty 4x4 'monster' pickup with an 18 wheeler carrying a 50 ton load.
Yes I have actually, I work on a $10,000 12 core Mac Pro at work, but I'm not a fan because for most tasks my 15" MBP is faster. You missed my point, maybe you should re-read my initial post which you (mis)quoted, I was never talking about PC's, I was speaking about Apple's lineup exclusively, and in particular, the Macbook Pro and the iMac (as stated in my initial post), as they are my two choices, as such, while some of the specs haven't exactly surpassed it (processors are still better in the iMac) you can get a bigger SSD in the new MBP, and the RAM in the new MBP is much better as the iMacs haven't been updated in a while now. Also, in case you didn't know, the iMac in fact uses Laptop components, so your argument is false.

Edit: Thank you bchernicoff, exactly what I'm talking about.

It also hasn't been mentioned yet that they have killed the option for a non-glossy / matte screen, which I can imagine a lot of pros being very upset about, since it's still offered on the regular pro's for a premium (used to be the standard)

In regard to resolution, when I bought my Macbook Pro (15", 2009, Core i7) I opted for the Higher Resolution Anti-Glare screen, and boy am I glad I did, the extra resolution is definitely welcome, it means I can have an internet page and word document open at the same time, work in final cut with greater ease, and also work with photos in photoshop easier. The Retina display will be much better again! I was worried about the writing / screens being way too small to be readable, but it was never an issue :)

Also, I'm now in a similar situation as I was when I ordered my last laptop... I need to upgrade, and I've been wanting to upgrade to desktop (iMac) however they haven't upgraded them (similar situation last time) and as such, the Laptops have actually surpassed / matched the desktops in specs.. so it makes the decision a lot harder.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Kitty
« on: May 29, 2012, 02:22:35 AM »
Here's a few photos of my cats:

and a slightly animated Gif :)

From what I understood of it, their problems with the in-camera Jpeg processing were to do with the default settings for noise reduction and sharpening which could be turned off? Personally I shoot just RAWs, but I don't have any special reason for doing so, except that it's easier in post to alter stuff if I messed up when shooting.

The 5D will record video with IS enabled if it is switched on the lens :) You should be able to hear it going :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon BG-E11 Making its Way to Retailers
« on: May 19, 2012, 10:42:21 PM »
Silly question, but what's chimping?

I hope these don't have any leaking issues light or otherwise ;)

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM
« on: May 03, 2012, 01:55:58 AM »
7D, 1/200 @ f5.6
Great shots Leon! How do you get such a nice gradient-esque background? Is that done in studio or in post?

Lenses / Re: Battle of the 50mm's (1.2L , ZE 1.4, ZE 2.0)
« on: May 02, 2012, 07:59:43 PM »
Thank you so much Neuro! That post is gold, and I'm sure a lot of people will benefit from it :) I'll let you know how I go when I get my fast prime! :)

Lenses / Re: Battle of the 50mm's (1.2L , ZE 1.4, ZE 2.0)
« on: May 02, 2012, 09:29:45 AM »

You thought the first reply was 'massive'?  :o  Read on....
Haha! Thanks for your time Neuro, I really appreciate your help, and sorry for my ignorance too! :) That all makes a lot of sense :) I'm going to refer back to your post when I get the lens, and use the techniques if needed, I'm also guessing that using Live View would negate all of these problems? However that's not really an ideal solution.

Also thanks for the info regarding AFMA, it's something that's been in the back of my mind, and I know I'll have to go through the hoops with that one too. There's so much to learn! haha! :D

I'm definitely willing to work to get the results I want, so the 50L doesn't scare me... yet ;) haha!

Perhaps you could go back, check your sources and see if they were manually focusing at large apertures (f2 or less)

As Neuro pointed out, there is a trade off. A standard focusing screen is brighter and easier to use with slow glass (slower than f/2.8). For example, the EG-S would be less usable than a standard screen if you were using a long prime with a teleconverter.
With f/2.8 glass, it should be a tie more or less.

With a fast prime, however, you will only get f/2.8 depth of field. Manually focusing at f/1.2 when you have f/2.8 dof in the viewfinder is next to impossible, regardless of how bright the viewfinder is. If you never shoot faster than f/2.8, you will be fine. If you shoot at wider apertures often, the standard focusing screen will be inadequate.

I don't understand why you're so sure. The stock focusing screen is optimized for f/2.8 and slower lenses -- it works very nicely for all their zooms, for example.

They didn't make it impossible to change the focusing screen, and there aren't that many users who want to swap their focusing screens in and out. I have the EG-S with a 5D Mark II, but I never have need to put the standard one back in.
Good point! Haha pure ignorance likely :p It seems stupid to me though to put out a product that doesn't work well with the products it's meant to out of the box, without some tampering that may / may not be covered by warranty.

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