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Canon General / Re: EOS 5D Mark III w/24-70 f/4L IS Kit Coming Soon
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:17:40 AM »
I love my 24-105L, it's a great walk around lens, and gives me a lot of flexibility.  I'd really hate to be stuck at 70mm on the long side, especially since I bought a 6D.  I haven't used the 24-70, but can't imagine the image upgrade would be enough to make me want to give up 70-105 coverage and have to lug around a second lens.

Agree agree agree

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Canon General / Re: EOS 5D Mark III w/24-70 f/4L IS Kit Coming Soon
« on: June 05, 2013, 04:14:39 PM »
I still don't get the point of the 24-70 f4 lens.  ... do they want to force users to a smaller focal length range so that users spend even more money to add a 70-200 version to make up for it?

Actually, I think you get the point of the 24-70mm f/4L IS lens (in conjunction with discontinuing the 24-105L) just perfectly...   ;)

Sic!

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Certainly. One day in the future.

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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 05, 2013, 06:33:12 AM »
I have mostly had excellent experience at Adorama. Sometimes they get a bit rude, but overall they are great. (I do not remember her name). But Mike Fisher is a nice salesman. Helen is helpful.

I am not sure if I think Adorama was at fault this time: Most establishments cannot accept money without address.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: DSLR Video Questions.
« on: June 04, 2013, 07:51:02 AM »
Thank you all for such SUPER helpful replies. I am soaking it all in. I still have ten days before the shoot and will spend next few days going over all of this again and again.

Appreciate!

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: DSLR Video Questions.
« on: June 03, 2013, 10:53:39 AM »
My questions:
1.   Do I need another monitor besides the LCD on the camera to check focus etc?
Not 100% necessary, but useful. The more you focus pull the more necessary one will be.
You can view at upto 10x for the initial focus.  Eyepiece LCD viewfinders such as Zacuto are available as well

2.   Which is the best slider for price for DSLR?
sorry not my area - try Planet5D or similar websites
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?
External recorder - you can sync then using a slate or software such as pluraleyze. can't comment on the Beachtek
4.   Should I use Magic Lantern software or original Canon RAW? If magic lantern, then which version?
Canopn does not record RAW Video. Regardless of whether you record RAW or not the Magic Lantern is recommended for the 5D3 (not available for the 1DX) for focus peaking etc.
5.   What is the ideal ISO for video? And if not ideal, what is the acceptable range for noise free work.
ISO160 or multiples thereof if required
6.   Is 1/50 the only shutter speed to work at or it does not matter?
You can set the Framerate in the camera - so depending on your output you would set the shutter speed at double that.
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.
Can't answer that - but I suspect it would be a little slow for RAW Video editing

Further - one Card ?? You will need several - or a stack of them if recording RAW Video....

ANY help is appreciated sincerely.

Thank you!


Thank you so so much.
This takes me to few other questions:
Which monitor should I buy which can stick on top of camera?
Which version of Magic Lantern? (I believe the latest is in testing)
I do not understand "set the frame rate in camera"
Yes, I need multiple cards. If I was working 12 hour days and recording 5-6 hours of RAW video, how many 32 GB cards does that translate into?
THANK YOU.

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Canon General / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x in Stock at Adorama
« on: June 03, 2013, 10:48:15 AM »
Hi Helen!
I have lots of respect and admiration for you. You once helped me by letting me pay for gear in advance. :)
However this post says: "Lens is in Stock at Adorama". For me, and the rest of us it means that we can log on to your site and order it. I would even say it's ok if it said "Will ship within few days."
That is not the case is it?
So I was wondering why the post was up. Nothing against CC or Adorama. I admire them both!

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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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Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 03, 2013, 03:37:30 AM »
If you could only have three lenses...

...I'd freak out. Totally.  :o

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

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Canon General / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x in Stock at Adorama
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:39:35 AM »
I wonder why this post is still up as we all know Adorama does not have this lens for shipping.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips for my very first shoot
« on: June 01, 2013, 02:57:40 PM »
Another thing - do not leave too much empty space above the head. This is a common mistake when using the center AF point - I know because I have done it. Read this, for example:

http://www.gieson.com/school/photos/

Another super, practical tip!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips for my very first shoot
« on: June 01, 2013, 02:25:29 PM »
I am not Jesus  :) but I will offer some advice.

If you shoot off hand, keep the shutter speed near 1/125 or faster, if possible (the rule if thumb is 1/85). Choose the lowest ISO which would allow to shoot without noticeable motion blur (check the screen). Keep the camera steady, stop breathing and shoot (then resume breathing). One hand holds the camera, the other supports the lens. Use the center AF on one of the eyes and recompose. Try apertures from wide open, to f/4. All this depends on the background.

If you have a monopod, use it.

Framing is critical. Try half body, shoulders and face, etc. Avoid harsh light but also avoid situations in which the face is too dark compared to the rest. Again, watch the background. Bright (but not too bright) and colorful background, well blurred, works best, IMO. The background is as important as the main subject but since your model would not change, the background is even more important.

Keep the white balance to auto and take a few shots of gray things under the same lighting. You can use them later for WB correction. Shoot RAW, of course.

Brilliant! I would say JPEG though.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Wrong Photography Ethics?
« on: June 01, 2013, 07:15:04 AM »
the problem is actually your original composition... as you say boring sky, so why have so  much in the image

Good point. Perhaps.

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