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Canon General / Video Tips and hints
« on: February 07, 2011, 06:22:03 PM »
For many of you who are asking about buying a DSLR for video, here are tips and hints from a Pulitzer Prize winning Photojournalist, and in includes the Real Chuck Westphal.

There are a series of 7 covering video plus a few extras.

Canon General / Free Online Photography Training
« on: February 07, 2011, 03:34:44 PM »
Just a reminder that Creative Live provides free online training sessions with all kiinds of photography and video training.

This week, for example, there is a one day quick start  in depth course covering the T2i, including a review of differences in the T3i.  You can watch the courses online live for free, or purchase download rights.  The Canon 60D will be covered on 2/24.  Those with N____ won't be left out, there are courses for them as well.

This is about the only place where you can get free professional level training on almost any aspect of photography.  The courses I've watched were well worth the price of the download.

They make their money by selling downloads of past training.  I have bought downloads for my personal use, it helps them keep supplying the training.

EOS Bodies / Re: 600D/T3i Specs [CR2]
« on: February 07, 2011, 01:12:36 PM »
...if the only Rebel coming soon is the 600D (no 2000D), this will further support the idea that Canon has decided to do away with the xxxxD and rely on the before-last Rebel (550D in a few days) as the their cheapest SLR...

Buzzzz.  Thanks for playing, try again next time.   :P

Seriously, though, Canon knows that the vastly overwhelming majority of their profit comes from the bottom end of the lineup, and they'd be foolish to abandon the cheapest entry-level dSLR (priced comparably to high-end P&S cameras).

Yes, I certainly agree.

Canon needs a low end camera to balance what others are offering.  It also provides a way for stores to advertise the low price model, and then convince would be buyers to step up to the more profitible T3i. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & Other Random Stuff
« on: February 06, 2011, 05:22:01 PM »
Just flew from London Gatwick Airport and was playing with 5d mkii in a branch of Dixons when i noticed a sticker saying "New Model Coming Soon"... here's hoping as i've been putting off getting a mkii for over a year now!!

It would be interesting to see a photo of that.  You imply the sticker was on or related to the 5D MK II, is that correct?

Lenses / Re: Canon 400 f/5.6L IS in April? [CR1]
« on: February 06, 2011, 05:09:12 PM »
I would have preferred a 400 f/4.0L IS it maybe would be a little more bulky, but would make it far more useful with a 1.4 or 2.0 tc

Go buy one, they have been available for many years.  The 400mm f/4 DO is described as a "L" lens by Canon.

Nothing quite compares to the amount of dimension a super telephoto lens can bring to a photograph. All the lenses in the category are part of the L-series, incorporating superior lens construction and USM for quiet, high-speed autofocusing.

EOS Bodies / Re: 60d firmware
« on: February 03, 2011, 04:34:44 PM »
My 60d has fireware 1.0.5 installed, so what is it missing? im about to upgrade, and the available upgrade seems to be 1.0.8, so my question is, apart from the lens/flash phenomenom that fixes what else in 1.0.6, 1.0.7 was added, and secondly do i need to install these also, or are they all added in the latest 1.0.8 update?

perhaps a silly question but nice to be sure :)

When you install a new firmware version, it totally replaces the old firmware with the new.  There is no need to worry about the intermediate updates, you get the latest version.

EOS Bodies / Re: 600D Shows Up at a Korean Agency
« on: February 03, 2011, 01:19:42 PM »
an invitation like this? surely something more worthwhile than a printer and a minor upgrade to the popular rebel/XXXD series?

there has to be something more than just that otherwise you could just send out a press release and be done with it unless of course canon is indeed running out of ideas.

on another note, im pretty sure they've debut a new digic processor on a rebel first?

The Rebels are by far the biggest Canon DSLR sellers, so in terms of profit to Canon, its a big deal.  These are the cameras that will be for sale in the big box stores, Walmart, Best Buy, Costco, etc where they sell in huge quantities.

Sports / Re: A night at the gym
« on: February 03, 2011, 01:16:00 PM »
That shot was using a 16-35 f2.8l on a 7d. Settings were 1/320, f3.2, iso 2500, focal length 16mm

 Our "home" gym's lighting is horrible with all kinds of uneven lighting which makes it tough to find one setting to stick to. I'm constantly adusting depending on where I'm at in the gym. At other schools I'm finding that I can get pretty decent stuff at 1/250 and 1/320 shooting wide open at 2.8 with the iso usually right around the 2000 mark.

I suggest you shoot in the RAW mode.  Then adjust the color in adobe Lightroom or DPP.  You will have much more leeway than trying to do it in camera with jpeg.  The in-camera color adjustments do not affect RAW images, you just get sensor data in the file.

Lenses / Re: Which 50mm prime?
« on: February 02, 2011, 07:26:04 PM »
Some time ago I got Canon EF 50 1.8 II because it was just that cheap and I did not have anything against giving it a try. For this money this lens just shines, however I strived for a serious player and researched the net for what could become my 50mm prime.

I must say I didn't fluctuate long when I saw the Carl Zeiss 50mm Planar ZE 1.4, checked the pictures it makes, read about it in comparison to others etc. I do not tend anyone for this lens - it is just absolutely the best out there for me. Some claim it beats any 50mm prime available out there for Canon (except probably 50mm Distagon by the same Zeiss =) ). The build is rock solid and it's a pleasure to hold it in hands and work with it. It makes a very custom bokeh.

Subjective drawbacks: it's manual focus only so if you're an AF guy, look elsewhere. Focusing on APS-C is sometimes problematic also, you definitely need a FF here (focusing screen will make it even better). In video this lens absolutely shines. The focusing ring is just THAT smooth.

Also, fully open it produces somewhat soft image that I nevertheless like very much.

So give it a try - it is absolutely unique lens in all the aspects. To like it or not - up to you to decide.

Post some of your photos, particularly low light ones, thats one of the areas where f/1.4 comes in handy.

Lenses / Re: New L Primes
« on: February 02, 2011, 11:19:55 AM »
Hello, I have just registered here although have been following this site for quite some time.
About a new L prime, well, I don't know if this helps. I've put an order on 200mm 1:2.8L II since October, the shop said they put the order back in November. But up until I write this post, no news about the lens.

Oh, I live somewhere around SE Asia, in case someone asks.
Thank you, and sorry for my bad English.

Canon  manufacturers lenses like these in Batches.  If the Canon warehouse that serves your area is out of stock, then you will have to wait for a new batch. 

Lenses / Re: 28mm/1.8 USM
« on: January 31, 2011, 11:08:41 AM »
Any rumors whether 28mm/1.8 USM is getting an update? It's pretty old, isn't it? I was looking for a fast prime in the 24-30mm range and the guy in the shop said that the aforementioned lens has very bad availability.

Camera shops tend to claim unavailability for items they don't stock in hopes that you will go for something they do stock, usually at a higher price.  Check out, 8 sellers there have them in stock.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & Other Random Stuff
« on: January 31, 2011, 11:04:01 AM »
From what I heard here lately, it sounds like Canon will release more than one mid-level FF DSLRs.

This is a rumors forum, and there is lots of speculation that has no basis in fact.  Its for fun!  If you believe or make buying decisions based on what you read, you may be very disappointed.

EOS Bodies / Re: “1Dsq” & 3D [CR1]
« on: January 29, 2011, 07:18:01 PM »
From 24 X 36mm to 30X30mm, the "Shortside" onlyincreased by 6mm, ie. 3 mm on each end of the "short side". If you look inside the film slr or FF dslr. You can see that there are easily 3mm space between the edge of the view finder and the insde of the camera body. This space is "reserved for the morror movement. If we think outside of the box and put the mirror hinge at the bottom of the camera. It may be doable.

How would auto focus work?  Where would the sub mirror be located?  The mirror would hit the sensor if it swung down, and block all light if it swung up. Remember, the mirror is diagonal at about 45 degrees, so it grows more than the increase in the sensor height.

Lenses / Re: initial thoughts on the new Canon 2X III
« on: January 29, 2011, 12:19:14 PM »
I have the Canon 24-70 for the wide.

My main reason for going is for landscape photos. I'd just also like to be able to take some good wildlife as well. If it's not in the cards for this trip, then it will just have to wait.

The 24-70 should be wide enough on a FF for most use, on a crop it will be limited to wide vistas.  Many of the areas where you want wide scenes have no space to back off, since you are on a boardwalk 8 feet wide.  if you have a 18-55mm kiit lens, be sure to take it.

This was shot from the boardwalk at 28mm on my 5D MK II, or 17.5mm on a crop camera.  Unfortunately, I had my 24-105mm lens on the 5D and not my 17-40mm lens, so I could not get some of the wide shots I wanted at that location.

I expect we will see some improvement in autofocus while making movies, but its not easy. 

I would like to see something that works and does not have the drawbacks of the Sony system.  Its a step forward in some ways and a step backwards in others.  The built-in IS also creates a heat problem for video makers, overheats are too common, and video is limited to 10 minutes due to overheating.  You will have to wait 30 minutes to let it cool down.  This may not be a issue for staged shooting, but imagine shooting weddings with 20-30 minute segments missing every 10 minutes or less.

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