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Canon General / Re:
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:51:49 AM »
too disappointing! I like engineers better!

Canon General / Re:
« on: October 06, 2014, 10:08:51 AM »
The box has 3 pieces. Would it be collaboration between 3 companies? Canon, Sony & ??.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 10:45:29 AM »
When I hanged my 5D2 on the end of a 20-foot pole for a bird's eye shot, I loved to hv wifi to compose the pic
on my cell phone! My feet often ended up in the shot LOL!

Software & Accessories / Re: How do you carry your tripod around?
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:47:17 PM »
I put it on a small foldable trolly to wheel on parks. If u have stairs to climb, I have no idea :)

EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:45:17 PM »
-increased iso100 dynamic range
-wifi to perform remote monitoring and shooting. also tethered shooting
-articulating screen to ease low/high-angle shooting
-lower noise in high ISO
-high native flash sync speed like 1/500 or 1/1000 to overpower the sun :)
-real HDR jpg output like an iphone
-face detection AF in viewfinder. Exposure/Ettl based on face alone
-touch screen LCD and dual pixel sensor for easy focus racking from one subject to the next.
-built-in sensor IS (don't think canon marketing guys would allow this!)

EOS Bodies / Re: How excited are you about the new 7D II?
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:26:43 PM »
Not excited at all for video, as the dual pixel sensor AF will be seriously crippled by the lack of
touch screen to perform focus racking from one subject to another in live view.
In this regard, 70D is much better.

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:40:05 AM »
Downsizing the pic is a known technique for noise reduction and therefore I wouldn't read too much
into the downsized sample pics for 7D2's noise performance.
It would be a ground breaking sensor achievement if Canon
can deliver a mere 1 stop of ISO improvement over 7D on raw pics.
Yet you don't see any new sensor technology mentioned in the announcement other than
the already known dual pixel technology which has very little, if any, to do with high ISO noise performance.

I am guessing the real ISO improvement, if any, would be anything less then 0.75 stop.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:52:57 PM »
The dual pixel sensor is the only biggie. Full AF for video.
What, no touch screen LCD? This will seriously cripple AF in video recording.

Just found out EOS M actually comes with a 22mm f2.0 kit lens and 22*1.6=35.2mm, which
is a good focal length for steadycam work :)        This looks vy promising for my application!

I assume you are invested in Canon lenses, therefore switching to a GH4, A7s, or Sony NEX would be way more expensive than your target budget (SL1 range). Yes the best video cameras on the market are the A7s and GH4, but these are in the 5D price range not the SL1, especially since you'll re-invest in a new lens system. If you have the budget and serious about filmmaking, certainly go for it.

However back to the original question, a light cheap video camera to use on a steadicam to match the 5D II,

I suggest you look into the Canon EOS M. The camera may not be popular with photographers due to the slow AF, but it's quite good for video. If you don't need the AF and Optical VF of the SL1, the eos m gives you the exact same video quality (which matches the 5D II very well) in a smaller, and far cheaper package. The price is ridicuously low now. It's going for around 200-300 dollars new. And you can use your existing Canon lenses of course. The perfect camera for steadycam work.

The Eos m will give similar video quality to the 5D II therefore if you're fine with the 5D you'll be pleased with it.

But if you're bothered by the moire and aliasing on the 5D II (& eos m) and want a slightly sharper image than the 5D, take a look at Sony A5100 and A6000. Both go for around 600$. But again another lens system and nore expenses, but yes better image quality - no aliasing and slightly more detailed.
If you find the 5D mk II image quality adequate for your needs, I think pairing it with a small eos m as a B cam is the best option. Both make very powerfull video tools.

PS- tip: install Magic Lantern on both cameras. It's a must for video shooters. It takes these cameras to a whole new level adding professional video tools like focus peaking, zebras, waveform monitor, audio meters, intervalometer, and tens of other priceless features. It's extremely safe and stable that I trust using it on paid work.

Another tip: in the picture style controls, choose Neutral and turn the contrast and sharpness all the way down. This is the first thing to do before using a Canon DSLR for video, it gives a much more pleasing image with higher dynamic range. Not doing this and leaving it to Canon's standard settings gives a horriblybover-sharpened and over-contrasty digital-looking image.

Tks Ebrahim Saadawi for recommending EOS M!  Your suggestions are vy enlightening & relevant!
Thanks for all the good tips!

Indeed, all I have are EF lenses... and I am thinking about using a 18-55 set to 20mm on the SL1 and
use fixed manual focus only. On steadycam use outdoors, an aperature of f5.6 should be sufficient to keep
the subject sharp, if I keep the shooting distance roughly the same.

The fact that EOS M video quality can match up to 5D2 is good to know. What is the highest ISO have you shot on EOS M to match 5D2 quality?

I think I will need to get the EOS M to EF adaptor too...  Also need to check how mature Magic Lantern is for EOS M.  Might be a bit further on SL1 too... not sure...     

For stills, Canon rules, but videographers are leaving Canon in alarming numbers. Some are picking up the low-light king, the Sony A7s which requires an external recorder to record in 4K, and lots more, myself included have gone to the game-changing Panasonic GH4 which records 4K internally. You don't actually need 4K, but if you record in 4K and downsample to 1080p in post, and publish in 1080p, it's orders of magnitude better than shooting 1080p straight up.

Having shot video with 5D2, 5D3 and SL1, the GH4 leaves them gasping for respectability. The only caveat is that the 5D3 will outperform the GH4 at high iso's, but not by as much as you'd expect, especially if you're recording in 4K. It's no exaggeration to describe the GH4 as a game changer. Metabones has just released the Speedbooster MFT adapter for Canon, so you can use your Canon glass on the GH4 if you choose. Personally I went for the Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8 and the 35-100 f/2.8

Vy informative info about GH4 pwp! Thanks a lot! This name comes up more than often lately
and I should definitely spend more time researching it. 

The Sl1 would be great and I've heard this is a pretty decent steady cam

Tks Cgdillan for the link but by the look of this steadycam, it is probably too heavy for me.  :(

around the $ range of SL1  for the camera :)
around $200 for the light glidecam. Tks!

Software & Accessories / Re: Stand alone version of EOS Movie Plugin?
« on: September 08, 2014, 10:34:24 PM »
I have finally found the answer!  :)

On a PC, use FFms2 source in avisynth to decode .mov file and use Lagarith lossless codec in virtualdub to encode it for video editing.

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