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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Third-pary Grip. Safe?
« on: April 29, 2014, 09:17:35 AM »
I have been doing alot of lengthy outdoor video shoots on my 5D lately. Even without ML raw, this can cause quite the power drain, so I am looking at different budget options for extended shooting. So far I am using extra cells and a car charger, but it is still not enough.
Rather than just buying more cells, I am thinking about getting a grip for the option of using normal AA cells in case of emergency. (If you badly need more charge than expected, you can send someone to pick up a load of AA's at a gas-station)
So, my question is if anyone here has any good/bad experience with the really cheap third-party no-name grips from ebay like this one:
I know quality will not be the same as an original grip (possibly worse than the more expensive third-party options) but do you think its safe?
If it's DOA or stops working after a while, that's fine. Ebay buyer protection actually works, and I have always gotten full refunds in those cases. My only concern is if it could cause damage to my camera even though my intuition tells me that this would depend on the cells I use rather than the grip?

Nb. No need to preach about using cheap stuff on paid gigs. I am doing what I can with what I've got (rigging a DSLR for real video production is expensive) and this is meant to be a backup solution rather than something I will rely on regularly.

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: April 29, 2014, 05:07:08 AM »
Few more of the same

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: April 29, 2014, 04:54:53 AM »
Some really great shots here and there, nice work :)
I am still saving for a dedicated macro lens so for now I am experimenting with the poor-mans macro options. I don't really like using tubes (it doesn't feel safe to me in conjunction with the weight/size of my zooms) and the close-up filters really do degrade quality profusely. Either way, here are a few experiments with a <5$ 10dioptre close-up filter from ebay. Got bored while having tea in the garden of my in-laws so its all handheld @70mm - (no stacking obviously).

I personally hate weddings.  I had a bad experience once at one... and yada yada yada... the bride still lives in my house and nags at me on a daily basis.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Refurb 24-105 f/4L IS $639 from Adorama
« on: March 29, 2014, 03:30:59 PM »
After finally getting my 70-200 IS II I realized how much I still love my 24-105.
Granted, I absolutely love the 70-200, but at the price, the 24-104 is hard to beat, I say go for it :D

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Understanding Video Autofocus
« on: March 16, 2014, 07:05:54 AM »
OP is not asking IF he should be using AF in Video, but rather about a specific behavior of the camera.
I use manual focus for video, but I have been wondering about the brightening phenomena as well.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MkIII buffer
« on: March 07, 2014, 06:28:19 PM »
+1 for ML on the SD :)
With the new .mlv module under development, one can further use the SD slot in conjunction with the CF slot for a bit more bandwidth for raw video.
That said, dual CF or a faster SD slot would have been great but as always, we can't have it all :)

Latency is minor, I just plugged in to check, app launches itself about two seconds after connecting, whatever viewing latency is there is beyond my ability to see.
I am using the chainfire app on a nexus 7 and for video, the latency is very noticeable. Not just when moving the camera, but also when pulling manual focus. It is still nice to have and it forces me to move the camera slowly which can be good at times ;)
For framing etc it is great, but it doesn't give the same instant feel as the on-camera LCD or an HDMI monitor IMO. YMMW

Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 25, 2014, 04:38:02 AM »
Granted, at 4 mill it seems overpriced, but then again, so are Iphones and so many other polished turds.. At least no slave labor was utilized (unless it was clone-stamped at foxcon ;) )
This seems to be a trend that has propagated throughout the market driven society and there is hardly anything new about that.. I honestly find it more baffling that people are complaining about a specific "work of art" instead of questioning the capitalistic foundation upon which these phenomena rely...

As for specific works of art (or other things sold at "unfair" prices), the object/idea/piece can seem banal and obvious, especially in retrospect.
As a kid, when presented with an "obvious" invention (eg. the wheel, screw-on lids, the cork screw in lack of better examples) or an abstract work of art - all being of the nature that seemingly required no virtuoso/artisan skill-set, I would usually state: "I could have easily done that", to which my mother would reply: "I am sure that you could have done it, but s/he actually did it"
Sometimes creative brilliance is just this: To somehow create something that, in spite of being obvious and banal, invokes some sense of novelty by the fact that no-one actually thought to do it in this or that way before.
Personally, I think that this is a very interesting and relevant aspect of creative craftsmanship, one that I face everytime I pick up my camera. With the danger of going off topic, I find that these matters touch upon the very temporal nature of the relation between our reflective self-understanding and our somewhat immediate forward momentum. To paraphrase Kierkegaard, "Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards."
This got to be a lenghty reply, perhaps I should just have said something along the lines of "hindsight is 20/20"...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 19, 2014, 07:30:36 AM »
That is what M Mode is for.
Not sure I understand what you mean..
I do dance and acrobatic performances where subjects move quickly and light changes often.
Obviously, I use M and/or TV mode seeing as I need a specific Shutterspeed for freezing action.
I also use auto ISO for the parts where the light changes alot as I would otherwise miss many more shots.
The use of TV is handy because the 5D doesn't support EC in M mode which makes it harder to expose to the right in M mode with auto ISO.
On that note, I just discovered a magic lantern module from Marsu that implements an EC-AutoIso-M mode :D

Nice thread and thanks alot for the nice article Cervantes!
 - as for the Dual backbutton zone technique + thumbcontroller switch, I am mindblown :D
+1 to the prayer for EC in M mode, such a badly needed feature...
I wonder if this kind of setting falls within the Magic lantern realm?

EDIT!!: Turns out that EC-AutoISO-M DOES fall within the ML realm to some extend:)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 18, 2014, 06:57:36 AM »
In regards to Metering, seeing as the 5D owners don't enjoy the benefit of spot-metering linked to AF point, I guess we're better off with evaluative either way (unless of course you only use the center)
I would love to have the option of linking the spot meter to my AF tracking for certain action situations but you can't have it all :)
The action stuff I do is mostly dance and acrobatics, where I often have to deal with a completely black background + very strong light on a single subject. Sometimes when they move around in the frame in an unexpected manner, the meter seems rather unreliable :)

On another matter, I have a hard time finding definitive info on the digitally pushed ISO on the 5Dmk3 (probably just my internet search skills that are lacking) What is the highest non-digitally pushed ISO on the 5Dmk3 ?

In regards to the boot delay, it will feel like an instant after you realize how time-consuming the RAW video post workflow is :D

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 16, 2013, 09:38:14 AM »
My most stupid buy was a cheap ring flash.
Mm, had totally forgotten about that one.. Was planning to do a few heads-shots of some DJ friends for their social media profiles and such and figured that this would be the proper use of the sometime corny "ring-shaped-catch-lights-around the pupil", so I picked one of the few cheap models that claimed compatibility with 77mm filter thread. When it arrived, I realized: (i) that the circuitry gave off a high-frequency noise that was very unpleasant and (ii) whereas the device was physically compatible with 77mm, you could actually see the ring in the frame - even at 105mm :D Wrote a sad mail to the ebay seller and he refunded my 50$ and told me that I could keep the device...
Except that tiny camera attached to the cat, that's both useless and hilarious!

I remember seeing a video somewhere using one of the cat cameras that was absolutely amazing.
I'd get one (and a cat:D)if my wife wasn't allergic ..

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 15, 2013, 01:17:26 PM »
I have a serious "hobby" (read: addiction) concerning cheap ebay gadgets and thus, I own countless small silly items that get little or no use. As an Avid DIY guy however, more often than not, I end up using the item or part of it later for something else.  My Gorillapod knock-off will NOT sustain my 5D3, but it has become my favorite portable microphone stand for my home studio and/or when I perform my electronic singer/songwriter/laptop music:)
I am still undecided on the white balance lens caps I own - they could be really useful for DSLR video when I get around to tweaking the wb bias settings (the caps I have typically result in a cooler wb than I like)
I can only agree on the horribly designed lens caps hoods.. Bought a screw-in version by mistake for my 35mm IS - I barely needed to mount it to realize that it is a waste of good plastic :)
Even though the remote shutter release seems like such a usable item it barely gets any use whatsoever.
Funny thread :D

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