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Lenses / Re: Waiting for the 35 1.4L II
« on: June 01, 2014, 04:23:25 PM »
+1 for the 35mm f2 IS - only downside for me is that the focus ring isn't as nice for video as on my L glas

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Third-pary Grip. Safe?
« on: May 08, 2014, 06:41:37 AM »
Thanks for the advice :)

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Third-pary Grip. Safe?
« on: May 06, 2014, 09:02:52 AM »
The one you link isn't available for shipping to my current location.
Will probably just go for the one in my OP and see how it works out :)

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: http://www.ebay.com/itm/331137824745?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
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 ?

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