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Canon General / Best place to buy 35mm Film?
« on: August 24, 2012, 01:50:50 AM »
I'm running out of my Ilford HP5 400 film. I don't want to go to my local camera store because their a bit out of the way.

Anyone know a good film website where I can order 35mm film (Black and White/Color) that's cheap/moderately priced?

I hear people have good experience from eBay buying frozen expired film.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5dc, better than T1i?
« on: August 13, 2012, 04:19:36 AM »
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So full frame might just be it for you!  Do you find your kit lens to be wide enough in room shots, just not fast enough?

The kit lens is wide enough for room shots, it's just not fast enough like you stated. If I bought the Canon 5Dc w/ Canon 28-135, I think I'd be fine with that combo for now. I'm a bit worried though, many people complained that on a FF body, the Canon 28-135 is soft in the corners.

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Yup, you nailed it.  You def need a specialized wiiide lens, whether you're using cropped or full frame..  your 18-55mm on the T1i is about the same as 28mm on full frame, so you'd need to go to at least 24mm on full frame to do better.  If you don't mind the wide-itude of 18mm on your T1i, then the 28mm prime, or that Tamron 28-70 I mentioned (but it sounds like you probably should look at a wide prime over a 2.8 zoom) should be OK.  Otherwise, you'll find 28mm lacking, too.

I don't actually have a problem with the 18mm on my T1i, in fact I think it's really wide for my taste. I do like that focal length. So I'll stick with you suggestion of getting the Tamron. :D

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But my main concern is, for the 5Dc, the shutter count.  That camera was like $3K when it came out, so it was probably mostly pros buying it, which means lottssss of shutter actuations.  I've seen listings of 5Dc's that explicitly mention they've had their shutter replaced.  That's a goood thing!  : D  Look for that (or ask..)

I've been looking into all of the Ebay listings, Amazon listings, and Craiglist listings for the shutter count. If the camera was recently serviced, I wouldn't mind paying about 750. If it hasn't been serviced, or has a high shutter count, I'd barter for about $600.
-Side Note: If I replace the shutter on the 5Dc, does that mean I have a new 100,000 shutter life?

Let's not beat the dead horse again, in terms of image quality, 5D will smoke any APS-C camera ever made.

He must be smoking pot. I find 5Dc's ISO performance a lot better than 50D.

... Aren't you guys both praising the 5Dc haha?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5dc, better than T1i?
« on: August 12, 2012, 05:56:17 PM »
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When do you find yourself pushing the ISO, and find it lacking..?

Band concerts are where I find my self pushing the ISO to 1600. Also, I tend to hang out in dark areas with my friends. Like my friends don't like having a lot light in their rooms.

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a)  if you buy a wide-ish walk around zoom like the 24-70mm 2.8 lens, and you're not able to get the full wide angle 24mm's out of it?  -  this is true..  But on the flip side, that 70mm becomes more like 110mm, so you gain on the other end..  To get wide angle on a crop body, you really need a dedicated wide angle EF-S lens, anyway..  (And to get wide angle on a full-frame, you really need something like the Canon 14mm..)
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b)  the EF lenses throw a larger image circle, and you are "throwing some of that image circle away"..?  -  If you ask me, this is something to not think twice about..  I won't argue that the lens is going to be BIGGER, and you could do the same thing with a smaller EF-S lens..  But just because you're throwing away some image circle doesn't mean you're not using it to its full potential..  In fact, you're using the "sweet spot" of the lens, so you're actually getting more lens than you really paid for...  and when you do upgrade from your crop body to full frame, you might be like "what the heck...  now the edges look worse than they used to.."..  And then it'll be lens-upgrade time, and you'll be shelling out 1.5 to 2K for the next-best lens..
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c)  that 1.2 aperture doesn't give you the same bokeh on a crop as on a full frame, when framing someone the same for portaits?  -  yup, you're right, and there's nothing you can do about it.. But you can still buy the EF lens now, and use it to take significantly "better" (aka different) images than you could have without it..  To really blow your mind with bokeh, regardless, you're going to be spending big $$, so it's not really something to fret about for the moment..  (Or just take a person and pull them way away from their background for the shot, I guess..)
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d)  other reason you're thinking?  Those were the only ones I could think of..

A is what I was looking for. I tend to shoot wider than longer. If I were to get a 24-105 or 25-70, I'd feel like i'd be missing more on the wider end on my T1i. I've tried the 24-70 on my T1i when I was with my uncle. Every time there'd be a group photo, I'd constantly find myself stepping back farther than normal. I know that on a crop, the corners ares better than a Full Frame.

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What lenses does she have..?  Can you use/borrow any of them?  Because that's an EF-S camera..  What did she make you think about?  The 5Dc?  (PS I had that camera, too, and it was great..  The T1i (I have one as a "beater" camera..) has better ISO (about 1 stop advantage), and higher resolution..)

She has the 18-55 and a Canon 50 1.8. She told me that even though her camera is an old camera, she gets the most out of it.  She made me think about buying the 5Dc because it's an older body, but it's still a great camera. I don't really need 18mps anyways, I'm not printing any posters or anything like that :D

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Supposedly the Tamron 28-70mm is an excellent and cheap one.  However, I would personally recommend a lens with image stabilization of some kind for your everyday lens

I'd be willing to try the Tamron if I get the 5Dc. Got any good IS EF lens suggestions?

Thanks for being such a great help underjammer :D

I would not pay more than $650 for a good used 5D classic.  Make sure its had the mirror fix.
A good used 28-135 for about $200 -$225 will be a good choice, however, as far as low light goes, you are going to be struggling with a slow lens.
Check your local Craigs list, and negotiate.  Many sellers have no clue, and ask far too much.

Thanks, I'll check do my best to try to negotiate the price of the 5Dc. Thanks for the heads up. :]

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5dc, better than T1i?
« on: August 12, 2012, 03:58:05 PM »
Thanks for all the positive replies guys :D Glad, I'm not the only one who considered actually buying a 7 year old camera. I have another inquiry about the 5d.

I plan to buy the body only for now because it's pretty cheap. Ebay list $750 as the lowest price, haven't check craigslist or the FM forms though.

I know this is kind of really bad idea, but what's a good non-L EF lens that can work well with the Canon 5Dc. I'm asking about lenes like the Canon 28-135, Canon 28-105, or any other EF lenses. I'm not looking for EF Primes just yet, lots of vacations planned for the next 3 months so I'd rather purchase a Zoom lens for convenience. If didn't need to pay for college, I would have no problem with this but I'm stuck in school and I really have no choice :/

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 5dc, better than T1i?
« on: August 12, 2012, 08:56:05 AM »
Just feeling a bit curious about upgrading (or in this case "downgrading") my Canon T1i.

I love my T1i to death, but I grown to dislike the noise at around ISO 800 and with a kit lens, I've found myself constantly having to push that high.

Many people say that I should get a better lens like the Canon 28mm 1.8 or Canon 17-55 2.8 but I do want to go FF some time in my life and I don't want to buy EF-S lenses seeing that will put me further away from purchasing a FF camera. (By that time, Canon would release the Canon 5d Mark IV x) I also don't want to buy EF lenses because I feel like they aren't used to their full potential on a Crop body.

Talking to my girlfriend's mother, who is a photographer, made me think about something. She's had a Canon XTi ever since it was first released. She never upgraded her body, yet she still is able to produce fantastic images from her camera.

I thought, What if I bought a used Canon 5D Classic now and build up my EF lens collection so by the time I can actually upgrade to a modern FF, I'd have a great collection of EF lenses.

I was looking at the specs for a 5Dc and it's really perfect for what I do. I'm not a sports photographer whatsoever. I prefer to do landscapes and portraits. I love the photos that come from a FF body. I like that the usable ISO for the 5Dc is WAY higher than my T1i. I'm not into DSLR filming anymore so I don't need a video mode in my camera. A used 5D is about the same as a T3i. An On-Camera flash isn't needed because I have a Canon 430ex II. I feel more safer having a better build quality.

Do you think my want for a 5Dc is complete sane? or is the 5Dc not a viable option anymore.

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It's a pretty random question but I've been thinking about it ever since the Canon T4i was released.

Canon has been using the same senor as the 7d for 4 cameras now (T2i, T3i, T4i, and 60d).

Is it possible for Canon to create a new sensor for their Rebel line or x0d line? One that don't increase megapixel size, but makes high iso images better, better AF, and higher dynamic range?

I'm not down talking Canon, but it boggles my mind that they've been using the same sensor for 4 cameras. I can't speak for Nikon because I've never handled one myself, but many photographers prefer the dynamic range from Nikon than Canon.

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Lenses / Re: Unboxing of the the Canon EF 24mm f2.8 IS USM
« on: June 27, 2012, 10:20:22 PM »
Do you think that the heavy price tag on this lens makes it worthy?

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Site Information / Re: Web site hacked?
« on: June 27, 2012, 03:56:13 AM »
I noticed too. There's a bunch of gibberish on the main page. I had to get here by adding /forums to the end of the web address. I don't know what's going on either.

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Ultimately you need a converter that takes it from that size down to standard headphone size.

Of course, those would go on the end of the cord coming out of the soundboard...and then into your computer. A program like Audacity would be fine for recording the audio. You could do the same thing going direct to your cameras (same 3.5mm jack), but obviously when you stopped recording you'd lose audio.

If you're going to do this often, I'd just buy an external audio recorder, it will be simpler than using your laptop every time (since your laptop will have to be plugged in, etc)

I actually have a 1/4" to USB cable that I use for my guitars and speakers!

I also use audacity for recording, but is there a better program out there? I heard logic is good.

I still have to talk to the dj to see if he or she does have a 1/4" input that is open for me to record.

Thanks for that suggestion :D

The reason why that I have to use a laptop was because it's the only thing my team has at the moment. We can't fit an external recorder into our budget at the moment.

I use a Zoom recorder. I also have audio from two camera's. You don't have to switch audio when you switch video.  They are separate tracks.  You can continue to use audio from one camera and video from another camera or the Zoom.

Where would you place the zoom? I've seen some zooms h4n that were stationary and on a tripod that was faced towards the dj's speakers.


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In about two weeks, my film group is going to be filming a debut.

(A Debut is kind of like a Quinceanera, but for Filipinos).

We've seen a lot of debut videos, and found that when switching camera angles, the audio also changes to the audio from the specific camera.

We're going the filming with a 60d, T3i, and a T1i.

I don't want to use the audio that comes from the camera itself because, let's face it, in-camera audio is horrendous.

has anyone filmed an event where they had a dedicated audio recording station during the event?

Suggestions would be nice haha.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: T4i continuous Video AF, CDAF or PDAF?
« on: June 07, 2012, 01:55:44 AM »
I believe that the Nikon C-AF in their video mode doesn't work too well.

But you're right, Canon better have a C-AF that works better than the Nikon.

If it doesn't they'd better call it the T3.5i

How well does the focusing system work for the Sony Alpha series?

*off-topic*
I didn't know that the Sony 5n has continuous auto focus for video.

I've actually been looking at the 5n as a secondary camera for traveling. Would you recommend the Sony 5n?

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Lenses / Best Primes on a crop for DSLR video?
« on: June 07, 2012, 12:40:54 AM »
Seeing how powerful Canon DSLRs are at video compared to Nikon, I've decided that I want to take a shot at the highly popular DSLR cinematography.

The only lenses in my armory though...are kit lenses :D (for the win...not really)

I know that Canon offers great primes such as the 28mm f/1.8 and the 50mm f/1.8

but I want to know how well do the third party lenses (Rokinon, Sigma etc) perform for video.

Anyone here use primes as their main lenses for video (and photography as well)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: shutter cycles
« on: June 02, 2012, 10:03:16 AM »
Think of a camera shutter like a door.

Doors open and close, just like a shutter when it lets in light. Eventually the hinges that the doors are on will either break or become loose due to use or abuse.

Shutters that go past the shutter-expectancy do last for a quite a while after said expectancy but all shutters will fail after prolonged use.

Canon does replace the shutter but it does cost quite a lot (I think it cost about $150-$200).

150,000 shots is actually quite a lot. If I'm not mistaken you have a 7d because of that high shutter count.

I've had my T1i for about 3 years. I've shot for many different scenarios from low-light choir shows, to sideline danger zones for high school football games. The shutter life on a T1i is roughly 50,000 but my shutter count is only 29,765. (Magic Lantern said so...)

I wouldn't be worried at all. 150,000 is a very long life expectancy for your shutter. You are a lucky one haha.

Film SLRs do have a shutter life as well but I don't know how long they lasted or how to replace a shutter, even do I am an owner of a film SLR camera :D

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I've recently discovered that my sensor is a tad dirty...

Actually, it's pretty bad.

Can't really say how it happened though, I did a photoshoot with my friends and it was fine. Never changed lenses, kept my 18-55 on the whole time.

Anything shot over f/8 will show dark circles in my picture. There is also a line that appears near the top left of the images. I don't know if that's a scratch or a hair or something else, but there is something on my sensor.

I've tried using the Giottos Rocket Blower, and did manage to blow off some dust but the line that appears in my photos is still there.

Is there any DIY sensor cleaning options that I can use?

Is there a place where I can send my camera for some sensor cleaning? There is a Canon factory near where I live in California that is said to offer cleaning services. How much does that cost?

Here's some samples

http://www.flickr.com/photos/synomis/7318813026/#in/photostream/lightbox/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/synomis/7318823046/#in/photostream/lightbox/

(Random but, is there a way I can paste photos in the forum itself rather than having to link to flickr? Sorry if that's a really dumb question.)

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Lenses / Re: Recommendation for a small budget?
« on: May 28, 2012, 06:07:29 PM »
Because you've got some different focal lengths covered this way:
  • Wide (10-22mm)
  • Medium range (50mm)
  • closer range (100mm)

And they're all reasonably fast, so you should have some glass to use no matter what situation you're in. Unless, of course, you're planning on going to Yellowstone and shooting grizzlies from 500 yard away, but those lenses are a little out of your $1k budget. :-)

Oh, that does sounds like a good combo. I'll test out the 100mm and the 10-22mm,

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