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Lenses / Re: Why some lens says "macro"?
« on: March 22, 2013, 06:06:46 PM »
I should think a macro lens should have better IQ at close distances than an ordinary lens, i.e. it should be corrected for macro work. Whether one can focus close enough or one needs extension tubes seems (a bit) less relevant to me. IQ is more important.Kind regards.

If I had left the subject title at "Waiting to Shooting the New Pope", yes it would have been tasteless.
But that is not what I did, the subject title is and always has been "Waiting to Shoot the New Pope with Nikkor 1200-1700mm lens" ...

I get your point, but for me the primary meaning of "shooting" still crops up, perhaps because English is only my second language. Sorry if I misunderstood.

(to Halfrack)

Please do not project your own fantasies on my text, and do not shout.
Why did I say 'Shooting the pope does not solve anything'?
I think the title 'Shooting the Pope with [..]' is unlucky, not to say tasteless.
If you are not too young, you may remember that in 1981 the then Pope, John Paul, was indeed shot in Rome by a Turkish gentleman. This makes 'Shooting the Pope' different from, say, "Shooting the Rocky Mountains' to which I would raise no objection.
We are all human. That impies that we have the ability to think, and to form our own opinions. It is our birthright to do so. We do not have the right to deny others the same rights. This implies that we do not have the right to kill anybody just because he/she is of a different opinion.
I therefore feel in this case 'Photographing' or 'Taking a picture of' would be better than 'Shooting'.
Hope I made myself clear this time.
Kind regards,


Religion has little to do with it. The present Pope is in some respects a conservative, but his conservative views are contested by many a Catholic and cheered by many unbelievers. I do not quite understand why you mentioned your (lack of) religion.
Sorry if  this posting is a bit OT.

Shooting the pope will not solve anything.

Technical Support / Re: Very soft audio w external mike of EOD 5D3
« on: February 08, 2013, 08:29:28 AM »
Well, it is time for  reply.
I had two chances to improve my recording experience. The first was the gladhi resik (dress rehearsal in which the dancers did not yet wear make-up and did not wear their heardgear so one could almost call it an undress rehearsal).
There was no PA either. As the sound assistant here In Java usually knows less than nothing about his job, I was glad about the absence of mikes and amplifiers. I used my Tascam in the simplest possible manner: tied it to a gong stand and made the sound recording with just the built in microphones which are quite good really. I put the tripod with the 5D3 in front of the stage where it would also be the next day and made a video recording just with the rather dreadful built-in mike.
The sound recording was very good if not excellent, the video recording was quite satisfying but the sound of course leaves much to be wished for.

The next day I left the Tascam at home as because of the PA systen the sound would be dreadful anyway. I had the camera in the same position as the night before, in the center of the front of the stage. The sound guy made some bad mistakes: mikes to close to the singers (who were sitting in a row at the front of the gamelan) and a mike  near the drumhead of the kendhang (a drum used to conduct the gamelan). The singers sounded rather metallic and the drum boomed. The singers and drummers were not experienced enough to remove the mikes. Unfortunately I cannot synchronize the sound recording of the dress rehearsal with the video of the public performance. Small differences in speed make this an impossible task.
Nevertheless I am quite happy with the video. I wonder if it would be possible to avoid the problems with amplification of I would bring my own set of mikes and a mixer (supposing I had those) to the scene. I'm afraid that whatever I would do they would also pick up the sound from the loudspeakers.
Before the beginning of the performance I had already asked the sound assistant to turn the basses down a bit, which he did. That helped to avoid feedback. But I failed to mention the placing a the mikes as I could not foresee what he would do.

Kind regards.

Lenses / Re: I can't stop thinking about A MONSTER!
« on: February 08, 2013, 07:58:45 AM »
Would the new EF 200-400 IS (forthcoming) be something for you? It has a built-in 1.4x converter, so you can have a 560mm lens if you wish. Don't know about the price.
You make some very good pics, why not try to sell some? At least you could earn some money back.
I am curious about your cycling. Austria is a mountaineous country, do you avoid high places altogether or do you have 24+ gears or what? I could not imagine myself cycling in Austria but then I am from Holland which is a flat as a pancake (and ideal for cycling in my opinion).
Kind regards,


Technical Support / Re: Very soft audio w external mike of EOD 5D3
« on: January 24, 2013, 08:35:26 AM »
Dear Paul,

Thanks for your sound advice!

I ran into some probems, even apart form those with the Sony mic. I could not find out how to ajust the audio level while making a video. While filming the Menu button does nothing. I can only adjust the sound level beforehand, not while filming. Did I oversee anything?

Moreover I will not sit close to the orchestra (i.e. the gamelan). The gamelan is in the back while I will sit in front of the stage. Unfortunately the gamelan (first and foremost the singers) will be amplified. My experience is that they have a rotten team of audio assistants (sorry guys!) who think "loud=beautiful". Resulting in audio-feedback.

I fully agree with you that positioning the mike close to the sound source is best; I once interviewed someone in an airport and almost literally stuffed the mike in his mouth. The recording came out very clean, almost without any trace of airport noise.

Getting a line from the technics is a good idea, I wil consult them tomorrow as soon as I arrive (or as soon as I can get hold of them).

But if the Tascam is where the sound engineers are sitting it will be very far from the camera. A cable between the Tascam and the camera would be too long I'm afraid, there would be too much loss.

Positioning the Tascam near the gamelan (but without a connection with the 5D3) is probably possible. I know the players very well and can ask one of then to start the Tascam.
The distance gamelan-front of stage is more than 10m, I believe.

I will HAVE to sit in front, as I will be filming the dances.

Thanks again for your very sound advice (pun intended).


Technical Support / Re: Very soft audio w external mike of EOD 5D3
« on: January 21, 2013, 10:05:03 AM »
I don't think so. The DR-100 manual says nothing of the sort. The mike does not work on the DR-100 without a full battery installed. The impedance is 600 Ohm, the EOS 5D3 requires between 200 and 2000 Ohm, therefore the ECM-MS957 is well within that range. I will go back to the electronics shop tomorrow to have the cable checked.

Kind regards,


Technical Support / Re: Very soft audio w external mike of EOD 5D3
« on: January 21, 2013, 02:58:54 AM »
Thanks for your reply.

The battery is brand new, and with the same battery it works well with the Tascam DR-100, which is (unfortunately) NOT a cheap digital recorder, but a rather expensive and very good one. Cheap ones are not good enough for anything, certainly not for recording a gamelan with its very low gong sounds.
But synchronizing the audio and the video recording afterwards will be difficult for me, I have no experience with such things.

What I think MAY be the case, is the cable connecting the mike with the camera: there is a cable Cannon stereo to two Cannon mono, and a newly made cable Cannon mono (double) to miniplug. (The Tascam uses  Cannon plugs so does not need this cable). Maybe something is wrong with the Cannon --> mini cable?

Kind regards,


Technical Support / Very soft audio w external mike of EOD 5D3
« on: January 21, 2013, 12:59:37 AM »
The 26th I will have to record a dance performance with live (gamelan) music and I want to have excellent sound quality.
But when I attatch an external mike to the camera, the sound is very very soft (also when I set the audio recording level to a high position).

Using the internal mike does not have this problem, and using the same external mike (Sony ECM-MS957, impedance 600W, a stereo electret mike) on my Tascam DR-100 the sound recording level is just fine.

What causes the problem and what can I do to correct it?

Kind regards,


Technical Support / Re: 5d3 in coma when in video mode
« on: January 05, 2013, 09:03:30 AM »
I have a Sandisk Ultra CF card, 16 MB, 30MB/s. That is a lot faster than I can write myself, but perhaps very slow for a modern CF card (I far know too little about memory cards).
Can slow CF cards cause problems?

Kind regards,


Technical Support / 5d3 in coma when in video mode
« on: January 04, 2013, 07:26:42 PM »
The 53D in video mode sometimes acts strangely. I presumably had pressed the wrong button when the screen image suddenly froze and could not be resuscitated back to life. There was nothing I could do, the camera was in a deep coma so to say. Even shutting off the camera (with the on-off switch) did not help, all I could to was removing the battery.
After the battery was replaced the camera was back to normal again.
Irritatingly, I could not reproduce the problem, though I tried several times. Therefore I do not know which series of key presses induce a coma-like state like this.
Does anyone recognize this problem?  Any solutions  (where is the WRONG button?)? This has happened twice now; I have had the camera for three month, taken just over 1400 pictures and shot 19 videos.

Thanks for your replies!

Kind regards,


Technical Support / Weird freeze of 5D3 in video mode
« on: January 04, 2013, 08:03:15 AM »
When the camera is in video mode, something weird sometimes happens. I want to make a video, and perhaps push the wrong button and then suddenly a still image* appears on the screen which is totally frozen. The camera hangs and the still will not go away, whatever I do. Even shutting down the camera does not help, the display is still there. It will only disappear when I remove the battery.
Strangely when I tried to reproduce this phenomenon (which has happended twice) I failed, so I do not know which combination of button presses had caused it.
Any idea what causes this phenomenon and what I can do to correct it without removing the battery?

Kind regards,  RobPan.

*) An image, of course,  of something the camera has been 'looking' at.

If you have shaky hands, please take into account that a relatively heavy FF camera is harder to move than a lightweight crop camera. The 6D will be harder to shake, so to say.
BTW the 6D is sold with the excellent 24-100 mm IS as a kit lens. Not a very cheap kit, but worth considering! I have recently bought a 5D3 and I love it for it's high ISO ratings which obviate the use of flash (a fill-in flash could be useful in backlight situations).
IF you would choose the 6D, do not forget also buying - and reading - a good book on the technical aspects, you will need it!

Lenses / Re: Best lenses for canon 5D mark iii or 6D
« on: December 07, 2012, 12:12:23 AM »
Why don't you begin with buying a kit with the excellent EF 24-105 mm? Take say 1000 photographs in different situations, indoors and outdoors, then produce a statistical overview of the focal distances you have used in practice. Did you only twice take a picture at 24mm? Then do not begin with buying a 24 mm or wider lens. Did you on the other hand, take 400 or more pics at 105 mm? Then buy a 100 mm lens AND a 135 mm one.
(Do not steer blind on F-numbers, you will rarely need an F1.2 lens, stick to 1.4 or even 1.8 for a 50 mm and you will be much cheaper of, perhaps enabling you to add an expensive 200-400 mm zoom to your list or a 400mm tele if you are in bird photography for instance. I have a 100mm F2 and a 85mm F1.8 and they're both excellent. And cheap! These 1.2 lenses date from a time when ISO was always low, hardly ever above 800.)
Kind regards, RobPan

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