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Canon General / Adorama Rocks. Helen double ROCKS.
« on: July 10, 2013, 10:53:58 AM »
ADORAMA is the BEST. No questions, discussions.

Do you know that Helen sleeps in shifts to cater to her world wide clients because of the time difference?

Hats off to her. (Yes, I do wear a hat at times. Check my photo in the publications. LOL.)

http://greypartridgefilms.com/wp-content/pdf/Cottars-Terrascape.pdf

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Lenses / Best bet for 200-400
« on: July 07, 2013, 12:08:06 PM »
I have a trip coming up to Africa SOON and want to buy the 200-400. Which retailer do you guys suspect will have it first? I mean where should I 'pre-order' it from? Any suggestions, guesses? Thx.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / DSLR Video Questions.
« on: June 03, 2013, 07:48:15 AM »
Although I am a professional DOP working on RED, Alexia etc, I now am doing a job for the first time on DSLR and have so many questions and need all the help you all can provide. Please help!

The gear available to me:
5d3, 1dx
Zeiss 14 2.8, Zeiss 35 f1.4, Zeiss 135 f2 (on its way)
Fluid head tripod.
Lexar 1000x 32gb UDMA 7 card
A three year old Imac for editing.

Nature of job and crew:
I will be going to small villages and shoot lifestyles of people as artistically as I can. Mostly decent light, occasionally low light.
I will shoot lots of interviews with audio.
I have a focus puller and lighting assistant.

I want efficient frill free equipment that does the job. However, keeping gear light is not the first requirement, getting professional output is.

The edited videos will be viewed mostly on internet and at times projected on a mid size screen.

My questions:
1.   Do I need another monitor besides the LCD on the camera to check focus etc?
2.   Which is the best slider for price for DSLR?
3.   Which is the best way to record audio? Do I record on camera or external recorder and sync using a slate? I have a BeachTek DXA-SLR available for free. Is it any good?
4.   Should I use Magic Lantern software or original Canon RAW? If magic lantern, then which version?
5.   What is the ideal ISO for video? And if not ideal, what is the acceptable range for noise free work.
6.   Is 1/50 the only shutter speed to work at or it does not matter?
7.   Will my Imac be ok for the edit? I will not buy an Imac now until it is refreshed, but just want to prepare myself on the speed of edit.

ANY help is appreciated sincerely.

Thank you!


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Animal Kingdom / Wrong Photography Ethics?
« on: May 09, 2013, 12:08:04 PM »
I found the sky boring and added clouds to make it more interesting.

Do you think this is cheating? I really want to know.

Am very confused. I have made changes but not altered nature. Have I done something wrong?

Thx

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Canon General / Desired fantasy gear
« on: May 07, 2013, 07:04:20 AM »
Am wondering what gear we all want that is not being manufactured yet but we wish it were.

I start:
A focusing screen (for cameras that accept interchangeable screens eg 1dx and 5d2) with proper split screen focusing aid. This will help me use Zeiss lenses better and focus manually Canon lenses in low light etc.
And, if I could: 24-105 f2.8 IS with good corner sharpness. This will be my ultimate travel lens.

Thank you.

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Canon General / Diglloyd
« on: April 27, 2013, 08:40:53 AM »
Hello.
Anyone subscribe to Diglloyd photography site?
I want to know if it makes sense to pay for this site. Most photography information is available online for free so wondering if this paid site is worth it.
Always trying to learn...
Thx.
Sanjay

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The low noise of 1dx at high ISO plus the 1.2 f stop of the 85mm lens open up options of night street photography which were difficult before for me. 

Am loving it as I love to walk nights where ever I travel and take photos. Many times I am working in day time with my real job and do not get to do any photography.

Am loving it!


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Lenses / Prediction for 200-400
« on: April 10, 2013, 01:17:35 AM »
Hello.
I have a two month African Safari coming up in September/October of this year.

Do you guys predict the 200-400 f4 will be available before that?

Asking because this is a very serious trip and I need to start sorting out my lenses from now.

Thanks.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Exposing to the left?
« on: February 24, 2013, 11:09:25 AM »
Hello all.
I find that both my 1dx and 5d3 expose a bit to the left and not to the right (recommended by many).
Am I mistaken or any of you also noticing this? 1dx does this bit more than 5d3.
I work in aperture priority.
Should I dial in slight over exposure in the compensation menu or leave it as is and boost in PS?
Thank you.
Sanjay
PS-I am spending next ten days in Masai Mara and will go to lengths to find internet to see your helpful comments. So please respond at your earliest! :)

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Lenses / 70-200 2.8 II with 2x (old) vs 100-400
« on: February 01, 2013, 02:13:48 AM »
Experts.
I have an unplanned trip to Masai Mara coming up with I am very excited about. :)
I sold my 600 ver 1 few months ago and have not been able to replace it (waiting for 200-400).

Now I have 300 2.8 ver 1 and 70-200 II for the trip. I am concerned that I might not have the required reach on my full frame cameras (X and 3).

A friend has 100-400 which I can rent for real cheap.

My questions: Will the 70-200 wit 2x be as effective as the 100-400 in regards mainly to IQ. AF speed is important by I think if there is any difference in this regard it would be minimal.

I intend to shoot at the widest f stop in most situations.

Thank you for your help.

Sanjay

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Technical Support / IS to control SUBJECT motion???
« on: January 07, 2013, 03:26:36 AM »
I was reading up on Sony RX1 specs at BH Photo and came across something of super interest to me. It says that they have a technology incorporated which helps reduce BOTH camera and subject motion!

"SteadyShot also helps to eliminate motion blur when your subject or the camera moves during image capture."

Is this some sort of new technology that you all are aware off that I missed? As I thought IS is only for camera shake.

Thx for any thoughts.

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Third Party Manufacturers / BLOWN away.
« on: January 05, 2013, 08:16:15 AM »
http://rx1files.tumblr.com/

This is from a pocket camera!!!

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Lenses / Bokeh confusion.
« on: December 27, 2012, 07:02:39 AM »
Hello learned friends.
I recently did a job for a client who wanted me to take pictures to sell land/second homes in his farmland.
I am attaching two photos: Bath Tub and Glasses.
I like the bokah on the shot with the glasses but somehow do not like the way the sand is going out of focus in the bath tub shot.
Is it me of does anyone else also find it unpleasant?
Tech info (same for both shots!) 70-200 II f2.8 @200mm.
Thx,
Sanjay

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Lenses / Lens checking methods 24-70II
« on: December 15, 2012, 09:00:36 AM »
Hello experts.

I just bought 24-70II and Zeiss 15mm. Both will reach me from USA on 19th. Am excited!

Various reviews mention that they had 'issues' with their 24-70 II. What procedures do you recommend for me to check if the lens is working properly? I have never 'checked' a lens before so all advice is appreciated.

Regards,

Sanjay

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