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Software & Accessories / Sandy Bridge Intel HD 3000 graphics
« on: March 25, 2011, 11:35:11 AM »
Just wondering if anyone has any experience with using the new sandy bridge cpu and its on-die graphics. Im building a new computer and it would be great to use this for video editing rather than getting another graphics card!

Any thoughts? I can only find reviews which compare it to discrete graphics cards for playing games!

EOS Bodies / Canon extend EOS 1D mark IV warranty
« on: March 23, 2011, 08:46:12 AM »
"Canon has announced that it is extending its offer of a free two-year warranty for the EOS-1D Mark IV to include all cameras that are purchased before 30 June 2012." Taken from official europe website.

Does this sound like something they would do to encourage more sales before a new release?

What are your thoughts?

EOS Bodies / Lenses for filming
« on: February 22, 2011, 09:52:59 AM »

Just wondering what everyone favourite lenses are for filming and why?T his can be canon lens or not, anything that makes a good image!  Also could you state if your using FF or crop sensor (just for an idea of focal lengths). Also is there anything that you feel may be rumoured to be around the corner that your waiting for to film with.

Also is there any lenses you have bad experiences and should be avoided for filming with for filming and why?

In low light conditions, do many of you manage to shoot wide open at apertures such as 1.2 or 1.4 or do you find this tough to keep in focus (particularly on full frame). Do you have any tips of tricks when working at this aperture? Do you find a stabilisation rig necessary!

Lastly! Zooms vs Primes? What are your thoughts with regards to benefits for video. For example i want a low light wide angle lens.... So 24mm mkii 1.4 or 35mm 1.4?? And then i have read good things about 16-24mm zoom and 24-70 zoom. These are f2.8... is f2.8 enough for low light video? What is the limit you have reached with f2.8 before thinking you really need a wider aperture?

Thanks for your insights.

EOS Bodies / 5dmkii june '10 firmware update for manual film control
« on: February 18, 2011, 12:15:59 PM »

Sorry this is a really noob question. Can you change the aperture on the 5dmkii whilst filming (to shift the DOF) with a canon L lens? Did the latest firmware update give full manual control to do that? Or do you still need a manual Lens with f stops on the ring to do it? Also if the firmware update allows you to do it, how smooth and accessible is it whilst filming? Anybody got any examples? I cant find any clear information i understand and its frustrating me!

Thanks again!


Lenses / IS in prime lenses.
« on: January 28, 2011, 08:58:11 AM »

Im stills saving for my 5dkmii (or mkiii if its on the horizon when i can afford it) and looking at lenses whilst i save. Im will be shooting a fair amount of video with it so i have a few questions about the IS in the lenses.

For a start how much of a difference does it make?

Also why isn't there IS in the shorter primes such as the 24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.2 and 85 1.2?. These are three lenses on my short list ( i could only afford one to start with), however are they no good for video without IS? Any one with experience shedding light on this for me would be much appreciated.


Lenses / 5D MKii lens
« on: January 11, 2011, 04:46:01 AM »

This is my first post. If it has already been done, sorry and please send a link to the relevant information i need!! thanks!

Ok so i am saving for a 5dMkii which ill get in a couple of months (unless mkiii is on the horizon). I think i will have about £1500 (UK) to spend on lenses. Im hoping this will get a couple of lens is. So the question is what would people here suggest? Only canon L lens? Are there any good second manufacturers thats make good lens for this. I have read the 24-70mm is good? What would compliment this.

Also what are people thoughts on second hand lens? Any good retailers that supply them? Is ebay an option?

Im looking to do low light event photography mainly of bands, and also i am wanting to do photo shoots of bands (mainly outdoors). I am also wanting to do videos of bands. So which lens would start me off on this budget. Im hoping for at least two but i know the good ones are very expensive.



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