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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Refurbished Body
« on: May 31, 2013, 04:44:08 PM »
Not that I've heard. Only thing I can think of is contacting Canon with the serial number and asking if it has been refurbished or not. I think the more important questions are A) Is it in good condition, B) How many shutter actuations does it have, and are you willing to live with the shutter life that is left, C) Does it have any warranty left on it.

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I rented a 6d and am 90% sure I will have one of my own in the next week or 2 to be a backup body for my 5d3.    the one thing that kind of disappointed me with the wifi, and kind of potentially ruins one of my plans with it is --  for weddings I had had the idea to set it up in an area I can only access before the ceremony (like behind the altar).  The problem is after like 5-10 minutes of not being in use the camera and phone lose connection and there is no way to reestablish the connection without direct access to the camera.  It can still be done, set up, then just make sure to snap a shot every minute to keep the connection active.

Another valid point.  Have you tried changing the Auto Power Off setting?  You have a lot choices there, including never shutting off.  I haven't tried that, but I suspect it should keep the camera live and thus the connection on during that time. 

BTW, that is a very clever idea and use for the Wi-Fi connection, particularly considering you can you change DOF and lighting on the fly.

I forget the name of the device, but there's a thing floating around that connects via USB and supports a variety of remote control functions. Sounds pretty analogous to the 6D + WiFi + Canon Remote app for anyone who doesn't have a 6D or can't use their phone (non-Android, non-iPhone user here).

I think turning off the auto-power off might do the trick for you. Probably kind of distracting to try and work both that and shooting from the normal angles. How do you manage that? Or is it simply knowing which parts of the ceremony are better captured from the alternate camera and using it then?

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I'm surprised you didn't use the Tamron 24-70 :P

Kidding aside, definitely a good use of the feature, although for me I'm not sure its something that would be useful for me. Glad it was so useful for you! And I very much agree with the mosquito swarms. Yuck!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & RAW Video, A Case Study
« on: May 30, 2013, 07:05:17 PM »
The difference is amazing, especially at high ISO.

What is the H.264 doing to the image to destroy the contrast and brilliance of the color?

It is not so much the h.264 they use since even going HDMI clean out to Ninja 2 it still loses a lot of micro-contrast and color. Something they do in the image processing chain after it gets fed raw to liveview and before it hits the h.264 engine is knocking it down hard.

If you look at what bchernicoff posted on the other page, it looks like they are doing some weird stuff before the LiveView/HDMI buffer. See http://www.eoshd.com/content/10250/canon-5d-2k-raw-feed-update-1920x720-possible-on-1000x-card.

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Newer builds can shoot more than 4gb clips now.
for cards formatted in camera(file size limit of 4gb for those cards), it will automatically split the clip at 4gb
for cards formatted with EXT(probably completely wrong about the format name), it can record a single clip as big as your card

the newest builds of raw2dng can extract both.

Are you referring to exFAT? I didn't realize the 5d3 supported exFAT.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & RAW Video, A Case Study
« on: May 30, 2013, 01:47:01 PM »
Ah, I see, thanks for finding it :)

Yea, sounds like Canon is doing some crazy tricks. It's funny, Canon engineers clearly could have made a better/simpler output pipeline I'm sure with more or less the hardware that's in there, but I'll bet much of it was marketing & feature segmentation decisions to avoid that. Yet ML still has managed to coerce the camera into giving us this crazy high quality output.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & RAW Video, A Case Study
« on: May 30, 2013, 12:59:52 PM »
They're down-rezzing to 720p before upscaling to 1080p for output? Really? Wow.

I'm thinking I might put this on once it's more of a beta/official release. I have a few video friends, and I want to record a bit of something, hand them the file and ask them to see what they think :)

I'm trying to find a more concrete source for my assertion than my memory ;-)

So far, I find this article which I think is the original one I read and then followed the link to their facebook page. Facebook is blocked at my work, so that is as far as I can go to track it down right now: http://www.eoshd.com/content/10221/magic-lantern-discover-2k-raw-dng-function-on-5d-mark-ii-and-iii

Hmm...don't see anything on that article or the front of the FB page. Ah well, I'll take it with a grain of salt then.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & RAW Video, A Case Study
« on: May 30, 2013, 12:23:06 PM »
The difference is amazing, especially at high ISO.

What is the H.264 doing to the image to destroy the contrast and brilliance of the color?

It's not necessarily the compression. Most Canon DSLR sites recommend you turn the in-camera saturation, contrast, and sharpening down all or most of the way then add those grading steps later in your editor. This gives you the ability to tune it to the scene. When you import the DNG video frames using Adobe Camera RAW using the defaults, a contrast curve, and sharpening are applied. When I did the comparison of my fiance, I used something like -51 contrast, -20 saturation, and no sharpening in ACR to try to have a fair comparison.

I would suspect that what we are looking at here is just that...the H.264 was shot with in-camera processing turned down, but the ACR defaults.

I believe when the ML guys were posting their early success of getting RAW frames they mentioned that internally Canon is down-rezing the video to something like 720p before upscaling it to 1080p and converting to H.264. This would explain the lack of detail in Canon's H.264 output. They had to work around this to get real 1080p output. In other words, H.264 itself isn't the problem...the Vimeo video above is likely H.264 compressed. Also so are Bluray movies.

They're down-rezzing to 720p before upscaling to 1080p for output? Really? Wow.

I'm thinking I might put this on once it's more of a beta/official release. I have a few video friends, and I want to record a bit of something, hand them the file and ask them to see what they think :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: what to do
« on: May 29, 2013, 10:33:16 PM »
i shoot only landscapes

Where do you shoot your landscapes? Are you unhappy with your results now?

Some of your ISO woes may be because you have to hand-hold everything at the moment, while if you get a good tripod you don't have to bump it up so high, since you can exposure for a longer time. That won't freeze any action that is occurring unfortunately, but sometimes it's nice to have car light streaks :)



in cities, iso could be better on my camera


what about getting a speed light

Speedlite or strobes are fine for closeish use, but if you are trying to capture city-scapes, they won't realy help you at all. They aren't a sun or a nuke, they just can't put out that much light. If you're talking about people across the street or in front of you it could help, but you're going to be very, very visible.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5d3 refurb
« on: May 29, 2013, 02:50:48 PM »
Actually, the Rokinon/Samyang/Bower 85mm is EF mount, so you can use it on your 5d3. It'll just be 85mm portrait length, rather than the ~136mm equivalent short telephoto you are used to. The Tamron 17-50, doesn't look like you can.

As for what lens(es) you may need, how do you usually shoot? Did you tend to stick at 1 or 2 focal lengths on your 17-50? Or were you all over the place? If you want a short telephoto, the Canon 135L is a great lens. Otherwise, the Tamron 24-70 is a very good lens. Not quite as good optically as the Canon 24-70 v2, but still quite good. And a lot less expensive.

Do you want to be able to zoom in/out during shooting? If so you should look at investing in a true cine lens, as they are parfocal while the vast majority of still photography lenses are not.

Otherwise, what's your preferred poison? Zoom lenses won't be faster than f/2.8, but you'll often be stopped down anyway to get the DoF you need. Especially on a FF 35mm sensor. However, as usual, primes tend to be sharper and have better IQ than zooms for a lesser price.

As for audio, the 5d3 does have an audio-out jack as well as in, however if you want to get into the MagicLantern RAW video, you'll need an external recorder as it won't record any audio at all so you'll need some kind of clapboard or similar to sync up the audio in post.

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Few months ago I was shooting a school building. I was told it'd be empty, but there was some after school basketball tournament no-one told me about. I checked in at the office, they knew I was supposed to be there, and they gave me a visitor badge to wear. And every 5 minutes one of the teacher came to me, asking why I'm taking pictures of the kids. I tried to explain I was hoping the building was empty, as I didn't want people on the pics. Most took the explanation, but one older lady was really pressing me if I was really supposed to be there, and that was I really taking pictures of the building and not the kids.

Wow.
When did it become 'illegal' to take pictures of kids? What gives them special 'rights' the rest of us don't seem to have?

It's the fear that has been propagated by the media that everyone is out to kidnap and abuse your kids, or use them for some other nefarious reason. Especially men, they are teh debil, and obviously just looking for an excuse.

This is very unfortunate, as it could be a great challenge to shoot kids at a playground or something since they're moving all around so fast and always are doing something.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: what to do
« on: May 28, 2013, 06:33:58 PM »
i shoot only landscapes

Where do you shoot your landscapes? Are you unhappy with your results now?

Some of your ISO woes may be because you have to hand-hold everything at the moment, while if you get a good tripod you don't have to bump it up so high, since you can exposure for a longer time. That won't freeze any action that is occurring unfortunately, but sometimes it's nice to have car light streaks :)



in cities, iso could be better on my camera

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Canon General / Re: Pelican Storm Case Question
« on: May 28, 2013, 06:30:34 PM »
Dark and moist are the worst enemy that gear can have - the perfect environment for fungus. I use a series of Pelican 1620 cases to store gear in, but only on occasion do I keep lenses in there. With that said, I still have a ton of studio and lighting gear that gets used indoors and out. Usually, if I'm out with the gear shooting, I'll leave the cases open for a week or so an air-conditioned before closing and putting the gear away. I'm in Indiana, so our climates are fairly similar.

However, I do keep huge bags of molecular sieve in the cases to maintain dryness. I used to use silica gel, but got tired of it not drying the air enough in damp environments. I get the stuff from here for cheaper than usual: http://sorbentsystems.com/desiccant_overview.html I use the 80unit bags and the dry boxes in my mobile gear bags.

I also use the sieve to dry out submerged computers (I'm the IT director for quite a few businesses in our area and deal with bad users more often than I would like). Haven't had one that I couldn't fix yet...

Low humidity tends to be good for equipment, but you might not want it to be completely dry. Don't forget there are lubricants and such in lenses and they do need a certain amount of humidity. I agree on principle with throwing some silica packs, or that sorbent systems stuff you linked, but don't let it get bone dry.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent - New Superzooms
« on: May 28, 2013, 02:21:13 PM »
I didn't even realize Canon had a EF 28-200, I thought the only FF super-zoom was the 28-300L, which while not super amazing was quite solidly decent to good.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Stills photographer Doing some video
« on: May 26, 2013, 04:01:53 AM »
Were you planning on doing the editing? Or were you going to send that out? I'd recommend sending it out, and talking to whoever is going to be doing the editing first to get their recommendation on what settings to use as they may have some preferred picture style (such as Cinestyle).

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