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Lenses / Re: EOS - trip in the desert: dust
« on: July 08, 2013, 06:06:39 AM »
At the start of the year I took a brand new 24-105 into the Negev dessert for 2 days. No storms, no spills, I was very careful, I didn't change lenses, I used a Filter, and STILL, sand got into the focusing ring which now grinds so much that in-camera audio on a video shot is unthinkable. Sand/Dust+Wind=it WILL get in there eventually :)

I am still holding my breath, waiting for a breakthrough in terms of in-camera conversion to 10 or 12 bit.
The hope is that one of the developers stumble on an undocumented feature in the DIGIC or that a canon engineer decides to show some love :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Releases Lightroom 5
« on: June 12, 2013, 05:50:30 AM »
Performance does indeed seem a little snappier, but it's hard to quatify.
I am however experiencing some weird library problems, eg. sometimes when I use "b" to add a picture to quick-collection (while in full-screen mode) a number of pictures are added and not just the desired one.
Was doing my first testing while in transit, will look deeper into it when my jetlag lifts :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Releases Lightroom 5
« on: June 10, 2013, 11:39:42 AM »
If its faster than LR4, thats all I need.

When you say that you want to separate conversion and editing, by editing, are you also referring to color management?

Yes. The optimal workflow for most is to do all non-conversion adjustments in an NLE, such as Premiere, After Effects, Final Cut, along with other programs that maintain a "non-destructive" workflow (e.g., Resolve).

Currently, the ACR/LR workflow outputs a Prores 422 file, into which many people are "baking" the white balance and other adjustments. The reason for making the adjustments prior to converting to Prores 422 is that you get to work on the uncompressed file and get a lot better results (especially with tonal adjustments). But the baking-in of these adjustments violates the non-destructive editing flow. In a non-destructive workflow, adjustments can be made at any point in the process, without the penalty of having to re-bake adjustments (in this case, in ACR or LR).

So the new workflows (similar to basically all other video workflows), will convert the RAW file to a format (e.g., Cinema DNG and CineForm) that maintains the ability to make adjustments at any point in the process, and doesn't require going back and forth between programs to adjust simple stuff like white balance and highlight recovery.

That said, ACR/LR do have some amazing features and I'm sure there will be people who will still use an ACR/LR flow (e.g., for extreme highlight recovery, or specific plugins such as SilverEfex). But personally, I want to take the footage straight into the NLE and/or Resolve, without having to worry about whether I "converted" the files properly.
I understand, and I share many of your thoughts.
I do however really like the results I get from ACR, and I never really got comfortable with color management in NLE.
It seem to me that the best way to go would be a workflow involving proxies and re-linking although that also has its clear dis-advantages.
Too bad ADL isn't useful here (and that I don't have endless storage space) :)

Video & Movie / Re: Underwater Macro Video - Canon 5d Mark II
« on: June 03, 2013, 03:04:16 PM »
Amazing video.. makes me want to get down there asap, but I think it will have to wait for my financial situation to improve a bit :)
What kind of setup are you using?
What depths was this film shot at?
Anyways, congratulations and keep up the good work!

Thanks for sharing your experiences!
When you say that you want to separate conversion and editing, by editing, are you also referring to color management?

Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 03, 2013, 06:03:57 AM »
Being on a very tight budget, right now I am very happy with my 24-105 + 50mm 1.4 and I do feel that once I get my 70-200 2.8 IS, I will be set for a while.
From there I'll change the 24-105 to a 24-70 2.8 IS/VC and after that, possibly change the 50mm 1.4 to get IS or better AF performance.
Alternatively, I'd buy a car and always bring as many lenses as my bank would allow me to accumulate :D

...working with the DNGs in Lightroom is still really useful though. I find it much easier to tweak and do cool stuff....
I also like using Lightroom better, but some people have reported that using Lightroom with 2012 calibration can cause flicker as it appears to apply some tweaks on an individual image basis.
Please keep us updated with your findings/thoughts on the color management/workflow! Thanks :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & RAW Video, A Case Study
« on: June 01, 2013, 05:13:21 AM »
Haters gonna hate :)
Slightly off-topic: Even if you think raw video on 5D is a dud, you gotta admit that the prospects of turning the old 50D into a cinema camera (albeit not FHD) is wicked awesome. Granted, it does not give you the FF advantage, but apparently the 15MP sensor has its advantages too:)
Personally, I am quite exited about the prospects of doing in-camera slides and such, not just the raw capabilities.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & RAW Video, A Case Study
« on: May 31, 2013, 07:35:45 AM »
If you prefer sticking with in-camera H264, by all means, enjoy your time-tested workflow. For me however, Raw will give me a competitive advantage  and will help me gain access to a more lucrative market segment.
It could have to do with me coming from stills photography and thus being used to dealing with raw, but personally, I find it MUCH less time consuming to grade Raw rather than the stock H264. I don't really care about the time spend on converting files as I just work on something else meanwhile (eg. titles, sound etc.)
Either way, being skeptic at this point of development seems just outright silly... Great attention is currently being devoted to multiple different developments (in-camera bit shifting to 12/10bit, easy generation of proxy clips, automated/scripted workflows etc. etc)
As to canons design choices, besides from their corporate structure, could have to do with memory card speeds as well?
Anyways, I am stoked but I guess YMMV and so on...

Why are you disguising the camera? Why not just get a simple black t-shirt with "POLICE" written on it in the language of the country? (unless people there like to shoot police)

Gonna get a Kenko set as soon as my budget allows it. At the moment, the piggy-bank is going towards a new set of CF after the recent development with ML and RAW video :)

I don't know much about Windows Phone 8, but I'd imagine your app choices would be more limited due to there being less developers.
This was my main concern I guess.
I really like the Nokia Lumia, both for its design and the legendary durability of some Nokia models.
I WILL however choose the device based almost solely on the availability of apps as the latter (for me) constitutes the only reason to upgrade.
I find the ability to use a smartphone for tethered shooting (eg. star timelapse from inside my tent & awkward angles) , video monitor (albeit a small one, eg. the "missing" articulating LCD on my 5D) and so on.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III with Continuous RAW Video Recording
« on: May 15, 2013, 07:00:30 AM »
Look at how awful the false color artifacts (rainbow colors) are on the BMCC sensor vs. the 5D3 RAW rendering the pebbles on the path up the middle:

Hmm is this a general issue with Black Magic sensors? Or is it a contrived example?

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