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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Help for CS6 premiere pro with 5d footage
« on: February 13, 2013, 05:46:31 PM »

I just record 4 more vidoes (3 aprox 10 seconds, and 1 roughly 1 minuite). The 3 videos imported fine and the longest video file did not. Same error (header error or damaged file). I then recorded two more long videos (roughly one minuite) and again i get the fault. I use an external harddrive to store all my files (F drive). I then tried putting these onto my main computer drive and importing them... and it worked! So do I have a corrupt hard drive or does my external drive not like long files for some reason? Or does premiere pro not like importing from my external drive if they are long files?


EOS Bodies - For Video / Help for CS6 premiere pro with 5d footage
« on: February 13, 2013, 03:07:09 PM »
Hi, Im quite new to video editing so please help if you. I am using adobe cs6 on a windoes 7 64bit machiene. I have directly imported my 5dmkii footage into my project before and its been fine. I am trying to do so again, and out of 12 files, only 3 are importing, and the other 3  are giving an error saying 'header error'. I have read this is could be due to an non supported file type, but then why would it allow me to import 3 of them OK? I have transcoded the files or anything as I was under the impression you didnt need to with CS6. Please help :( Im trying to splice some footage together for a wedding montage for myself and im starting to get stressed :(

thanks in advance if you can help!

Lenses / Re: Quick decision help: canon 24 vs zeiss 21
« on: December 07, 2012, 12:11:55 PM »
Argh, if only id had a few more hours to make my choice...Hopefully using it will make me feel better!

Lenses / Re: Quick decision help: canon 24 vs zeiss 21
« on: December 07, 2012, 12:00:40 PM »
Well seeing as I have missed the opportunity to get the zeiss, if you're from the UK have a look at this. Ive contacted him and he seems like a really nice guy.

Lenses / Re: Quick decision help: canon 24 vs zeiss 21
« on: December 07, 2012, 11:26:49 AM »
This may help you choose:

Hey Norman...that comparison on the Digital Picture would appear to prove that the Canon is sharper than the Zeiss at f/2.8 (although the Zeiss sample is underexposed a little so it is tough to compare...but the Canon looks sharper).
That would go against everything I have read LOL!!!  Can we chalk that up to variation in copies????
Sometimes I just don't know what to believe.
I tried to find another good comparison like SLRGear but they have not review or tested the Zeiss.
I will check into DxO...but I am not a fan there....
Thanks for throwing that into the mix!  It should make CJ very happy with his choice!!!!!! I still love my Zeiss, tho.

For what it is worth DxO rates the Canon 24 much higher than the Zeiss 21mm on a 5DIII....
Hmmmmmmmm...... (LOL!)

My eye is definately not trained at this sort of thing, but I thought the zeiss looked sharper. In the centre I can't tell the difference at f2.8, but the corners looked sharper on the zeiss? I am slightly less fussed about the corners as long as the center and middle look good.

Lenses / Re: Quick decision help: canon 24 vs zeiss 21
« on: December 07, 2012, 10:39:37 AM »
Yeah, it does look very sharp in the centre too. Either way both look great, and im lucky enough to be able to afford it at all!

Thanks. I cant wait to get it in the post tomorrow. I need to go somewhere dark and shoot the stars now!

Lenses / Re: Quick decision help: canon 24 vs zeiss 21
« on: December 07, 2012, 08:46:49 AM »
Zeiss is slightly sharper in the corners at 2.8, but the Canon gives you 2 extra stops and AF. You are right, the Canon does have bad coma at wider apertures, but it's okay by 2.8. If you're not sure you need the Zeiss, the Canon is the safer bet.

I think this is what I have done really. I've gone with the safer and more sensible bet. Ill be able to judge better if I want a zeiss once i get my hands on the canon. How much wider is 21mm from 24mm? If i feel the 24mm still wasnt wide enough and I wanted just a bit more, would 21mm be enough or would i need even wider?

Lenses / Re: Quick decision help: canon 24 vs zeiss 21
« on: December 07, 2012, 08:36:34 AM »
Thanks for all your thoughts.

Whilst I was very excited by the zeiss i went with the canon. It was a lens I have wanted for a long time, and I haven't even looked into the zeiss very much because I just always assumed Id never have one. So i went with what i had researched most. Plus i got the guy to know an extra £20 off, chuck in postage. And it has filters, and its weathersealed. So im happy. I think :s lol.

The best thing about both lens' is that they both hold their value so well. So if I practise manual focus on this, if i decide i prefer the colour or the slightly wider feel of the zeiss I can always sell it and buy a zeiss if the opportunity comes up again i guess!

Thanks again. I love that I can always count on this forumn for some input.

Lenses / Quick decision help: canon 24 vs zeiss 21
« on: December 07, 2012, 05:03:28 AM »
I have the opportunity to buy either a zeiss 21mm distagon or canon 24 1.4 mkii. Both used, both £900 ( the canon comes with some filters). I have to choose today really and I dont know what to do. I had always been set on a canon 24L thinking i could never afford the zeiss, i rarely see it second hand!

I want a sharp lens and i would mostly be doing enviornmental portraits. So the subject would be smallish in the frame, and the backround would be hopfully bold and dramatic.

I think I would miss the f1.4, but then i got frustrated at images not being tack sharp pn my 35L 1.4 wide open.

Also I have never used a manual focus lens, but i guess at such a wide focal length it should be too hard?

Ive heard so many conflicting oponions about both in regards to sharpness. Some saying the zeiss is only better in the corners.

I would be interested in landscape and shooting stars in the future. I have seen amazing examples with the canon, then I have also seen people bashing the coma at f1.4?

Im using a 5dmkii, I dont have a preference on focal length as im guessing both will be pretty wide!

Any thoughts?


Lenses / Re: Visualising focal length perception.
« on: November 29, 2012, 07:09:54 AM »
Some more examples here i think
photo with the car infront of building... what focal length would this be?

Lenses / Re: Visualising focal length perception.
« on: November 29, 2012, 07:07:18 AM »
Do you think 24mm is too wide for enviornmental portraits like this? I quite fancy the 24mm prime.

not really the first one, although that is kinda cool how couple dont look too weirdly distored.

Lenses / Re: Visualising focal length perception.
« on: November 29, 2012, 04:38:20 AM »
Thanks everyone, this was exactly the discussion I was hoping for. Im also trying to analyse alot of images, trying to figure out how they were created. This helps alot.

Lenses / Visualising focal length perception.
« on: November 28, 2012, 09:47:47 AM »
I hope the title of this thread isn't misleading. I only use primes, I dont know why, I just like them. Im trying to understand how focal perception effects photos.

For shooting small groups, and if space wasn't an issue, is the best reason to use the widest lens possible before distortion factors show up, because it gives the most sense of depth to the photo?

Imagine the worlds best telephoto lens, that would allow me to photograph a group of 6 people or so from the other end of a football pitch and crop in, still retaining amazing sharpenss. It would still look weird because everything would look so compressed and there would be no depth to the photo right? Or would this scenario infact depend upon how close they were stood to a backround.

Is this a suitable way to visualise this focal length perception or am I missing something? What would you suggest to be the longest focal length to be used for group photos, space permitting?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« on: November 23, 2012, 05:53:04 AM »
There are some signs of onion brokeh which isnt too pleasent.

However im not very knowledgeable about how often situations that create onion brokeh occur. All the other samples seem to have a very nice brokeh. Can anyone enlighten me as to whether this should be something to be concerned about?

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