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So after hours of reading, I'm still not sure about the answer to 2 questions about the 5D mkIII, both of which are probably known by anybody who's been shooting a lot of video with one:

1) Are SD cards good enough for video?  There is endless discussion about CF being faster, yada yada, raw burst rates, etc - I don't care, I only shoot video.  Are SD cards (assuming class 10) fast enough for video use in either video codec mode?

2) Has the ALL-I vs IPB thing been resolved?  All the reading I see shows a lot of disagreement as to which codec to use generally; All-I is better on paper but many people are getting same or better results with IPB.  Anybody know?  I generally have to shoot hours of interviews per day and so would rather have a more compact codec if there is no difference in quality.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« on: December 10, 2012, 05:43:09 PM »
Mine now indicates that it has left the UPS station, and shipped from NJ (not FL), so that's a good sign.  Delivery in one week from today.

Which is utterly ridiculous considering the exchange rate.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« on: December 09, 2012, 07:24:35 PM »
I bought one of these yesterday from Big Value - I'll note that they already marked it as shipped (created the shipping label) have sent 2 email updates and marked the delivery as "Signature Required", so they probably have listened to criticisms from previous orders.   

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« on: December 09, 2012, 10:06:36 AM »
Hmmmm, I bought one and it went straight through paypal, no problems.  I even used a new credit card I'd never used before.  It sounds like there might be issues with your paypal account, not with them.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« on: December 08, 2012, 02:55:34 PM »
Despite the fearmongering, yes, this seller has some negative feedback.  They also have more than 50 THOUSAND positive feedback.  There may be somewhat of a slow shipment, but that's just par for the course for a relatively small seller moving a lot of cameras.  All the stuff about the warranty not being honored by Canon is utter and complete horseS___; this has never been an issue in the past and it isn't now. 

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Holy Land doc teaser / stills shot on MKiii
« on: December 06, 2012, 06:39:48 PM »
Awesome!  I like the teaser!  Is the black flashing of the cross inlay right before the transition supposed to be there?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Upgrade from 7D to 6D or MK3?
« on: December 02, 2012, 04:22:07 PM »
I'm just not sure. I do have a budget though..

For video & ef mount, neither the 5d3 or 6d are a smart budget choice if you have a look at the threads...


Lenses / Re: Is this the normal bokeh for an L series lens
« on: November 30, 2012, 10:46:57 PM »
So in one of the recent comparisons between the Canon 24-70, Nikon 24-70 and the new Tamron 24-70 (which is supposed to be really good, even superior to the Canon, there was note that the Tamron tossed off this "onion skin" as well in it's bokeh.  It seems to be something with the construction of the elements - perhaps that is true of this lens as well.

Lenses / Re: Red Ring Broke Off on 24-105 lens
« on: November 25, 2012, 02:47:22 PM »
I think the lens is trying to tell you something. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Recommend me a m42->EF adapter
« on: October 14, 2012, 06:33:53 PM »
I have 2, one with chip and one without.  They were both less than $10 on ebay.  They both work fine.

Also save money for a good tripod - far more important than the camera or lenses.  The tripod I use currently cost more than my camera - and it pays off. 

In general both of these lenses are not suitable for any sort of video shooting other than outside with good light.  They aren't particularly good quality either, though the 18-135 is a fine walk-around lens, particularly for stills.

Remember that because you can't slow your shutter speed down while shooting video, you have to have fast lenses to compensate.  Even if well lit, f3.5 or slower on an aps-c sensor is not particularly shallow dof and you will end up with a look very close to the hf200 you already have. 

You would actually be better off getting the "nifty fifty" 1.8 which is less than $100 as your only lens than any of the choices you've listed, if budget is a concern.  If you must have a zoom lens, you are going to need to lay out quite a bit more money than this for good results.  I'm not a snob, as is so common in the camera community (both still and video) but it just lays out this way with new lenses.  Another great budget choice would be to find some fast vintage primes and get an adapter.  I have a 50mm 1.4 m42 lens that I bought for $12 and I use it constantly on professional shoots - I support myself and my family shooting video for a living.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 50D vs 7D
« on: July 16, 2012, 01:00:04 AM »
As a videographer, I always forget that people buy the 7D to take photos.  I've probably released the shutter 200 times in the 2.5 years I've owned mine, but made around $100k off exclusively the video feature.  It was a good investment.  Now it's getting a bit long in the tooth video wise compared to competitors but I'm sure with the V2 firmware it will excel as a stills camera for as long as it keeps working. 

Video & Movie / Re: Real Estate Listing Video 5D mkIII and 60D
« on: June 04, 2012, 01:21:01 PM »
Thanks!  I guess if you were doing both stills and video and could be quick about it it might work out - depends on the length of the edit, which in my experience can take 10 times longer than the shoot.  Careful client selection seems like an important part of this.

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