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I'll revise my suggestion and agree with the two after me that alternating clip lengths would work better.

I would still like at least some longer clips of the property, and not just of a talking head.

b&

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Lenses / Re: Another help me pick a lens yay...35L or 24-105L
« on: August 04, 2012, 07:58:29 PM »
As much as I love the 35, I don't think that lens would be the best bang for your buck right now.

And I don't know that the 24-105 should be on your short list, either. It's slow and it's long, especially on APS-C.

I think what you really want is the 17-55 f/2.8 IS. It'll be your perfect walkaround lens, it's stabilized, it's just as fast as the 16-35, and it's a much more useful range on APS-C than the 24-105. From everything I've heard about it, the only reason it doesn't have a red ring is because it's an EF-S lens.

You might also consider the Shorty McForty as an alternative to the 35L. It's a bit slower, yes, but it's an optically gorgeous lens, and it's cheap and small and lightweight (everything the 35 isn't).

I'm not trying to dissuade you from L glass, but merely suggesting that there are non-L alternatives that may actually be better for your circumstances. L lenses absolutely have their place, but that place generally doesn't include first / primary positions in small APS-C kits.

Cheers,

b&

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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixels Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: August 04, 2012, 07:27:07 PM »
I must admit, this really doesn't excite me all that much.

There's more resolution to be had in the 135 format, yes. Probably even up into the 80 megapickle range.

But we're well past the 80/20 rule and firmly into the realm of diminishing returns.

Even theoretically, if you never print bigger than 24" x 36", even if you crop heavily, today's top-end full-frame cameras are more than enough. And, in the real world, those same cameras are just fine up to as wide as you can print on an iPF8100. Yes, a side-by-side comparison with such a print between a 5DIII and a D800 might maybe possibly reveal a bit more sharpness perhaps in the print from the D800...but only if you stand so close to the print that you can't even see the whole thing even if you turn your head.

...which is where the larger formats come into play. If a 5DIII or even a 1DX ain't gonna cut the mustard, then, really, neither is the D800 nor anything else in the 135 format. You'll need at least 645 format, if not all the way to large format, for the kinds of prints where the 5DIII is inadequate.

And let's not forget the cost, in terms of both performance and storage capacity. The new camera sure as Hell won't be 12 FPS, and it ain't gonna be 6 FPS, either. And you better plan on getting bigger and faster cards as well as a new RAID array to support it.

All for...what? 40" x 60" prints that look as sharp as today's 36" x 54" prints? Is that really worth it?

I'm sure, assuming the trend continues, that I'll eventually wind up owning a camera with more megapickles than my 5DIII. But, in all honesty, I don't see that happening until said camera has the non-sensor camera specs of the 1DX. Because, when it comes right down to it, it's not the sensor that's the weak link in today's cameras -- not by a long shot, and it hasn't been for quite some time.

Indeed, it's been that way ever since digital surpassed film, for that matter...which was somewhere around the dawn of the modern DSLR era, as I recall....

Cheers,

b&

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The pace of the editing feels frenzied. Even before I've had a chance to figure out what it is that I'm looking at, the scene changes...and then I'm trying to remember what it was that I just saw, with the current scene changing again before I've even had a chance to realize that...oops, there goes another scene change....

I'd suggest at least doubling, if not tripling, the duration of each scene. I think I saw some gorgeous footage in there...let the viewer luxuriate in it the same way the buyer would presumably want to luxuriate in the home itself. Indeed, this would seem to be a great opportunity for some high-speed slow-motion shooting in some of the panning interior shots.

Cheers,

b&

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Oh, bother. I'd really rather not have to deal with shipping that beast...methinks I'll wait until I sign up for CPS.

b&

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Lenses / Re: Long Range L Choices
« on: August 02, 2012, 03:48:44 PM »
I wouldn't worry about image quality. It doesn't get better than a Big White. Is a bare 600 better than a 400 + 1.4? Yes. Is the difference discernible in anything other than pixel peeping or side-by-side comparisons of door-sized prints with your nose a few inches from the paper? No.

Make your decision based on practical requirements, especially focal length.

If you mostly shoot at 400, get the 400. If you need f/2.8, get the 400. If the teleconverter would wind up permanently mounted to the 400, get the 600. If you'll mostly be shooting shorter than 400 but need the option to go longer, get the 200-400. If you need to quickly go from one extreme of the range to the other and don't mind hauling around a section of a telephone pole, get the Sigmonster. If you need something you can hand-hold all day, get the 200-400, maybe the 400 if you're buff.

Cheers,

b&

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Technical Support / Re: EOS Utility
« on: August 02, 2012, 03:05:51 PM »
So a production machine needs to be just that - and not a test bed.

...which is why I won't be upgrading until everything I need has been updated to work.

And that's the point of my post. It would be in Apple's best interests to shorten the lag time between when they publicly release new OS versions and when the third-party stuff is good to go.

Yes, I know -- they provide lots of lead time in the form of developer releases. Clearly, that's not enough to actually get said developers up to speed. All I'm suggesting is that Apple should actively help move things along, both by paying attention to who the laggards are and helping them out.

It really wouldn't take much more than an intern or three to run a bunch of third-party code, see what breaks, and send the breakage to a senior developer to poke around in. The developer can then give a quick call to the head of R&D at the third-party company and point them in the right direction.

b&

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Technical Support / Re: 1D X and Mountain Lion
« on: August 02, 2012, 09:00:55 AM »
As I just wrote in another similar thread, I really wish that Apple would lend engineering support to companies like Canon to make sure that their products work with the latest-and-greatest.

I'd love to upgrade to Mountain Lion today, but I won't until I can shoot tethered. And, if you think about it even a little bit, those who shoot tethered are the "creative" ones who spend lots of money on tech stuff, presumably Apple's most-coveted market.

b&

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Technical Support / Re: EOS Utility
« on: August 02, 2012, 08:57:13 AM »
It would be in Apple's best interests to lend engineering support to major vendors to help them get their products compatible with the latest-and-greatest.

I'd love to upgrade to Mountain Lion, but I won't until I can shoot tethered. I'm sure I'm far from the only one. And those who shoot tethered are "creative" types who spend lots of money on tech stuff...one would think they'd be the ones Apple would count on the most to be early evangelists....

b&

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X ISO Shots
« on: July 30, 2012, 11:08:07 PM »
There are quite a number of other differences between the 1DX and the 5DIII, but none of them are any more significant to real-world shooting than the noise difference we see here.

Depends on your definition - if you're talking only IQ, fine.  But...better sealing and 250K more shutter actuations seem like they benefit real world shooting, not to mention the improved metering.

The 5DIII already has plenty of sealing, more than enough for most camera owners. Not many people will find themselves in situations where the 1DX is adequately sealed but the 5DIII isn't. Some, but not many.

And not many people will wear out a 5DIII shutter. Those few who will are going to be CPS members and aren't going to notice the $250 or whatever fee to repair the camera plus the day or two it takes to get a loaner while the one is in for repair. They're not going to notice, of course, because it's one of many backup cameras they already have for exactly that sort of contingency.

If the metering on the 5DIII were problematic, you'd have a point...but, again, the 1DX is better while the 5DIII is just fine.

Just to reiterate: I'm not trying to claim that there's no difference between the 5DIII and the 1DX. Quite the contrary. My point is that, except for the fact that the 1DX is an unbelievable speed demon monster and the 5DIII is merely not pokey, the differences are fairly minor, especially in the real world.

And, to continue the theme: most people don't need an unbelievable speed demon monster and so don't need to spend the significantly extra money on the 1DX. That's especially since, in the film days, the 5DIII's 6 FPS would have been considered reasonably fast, and even (barely) adequate for pro sports. But you'd probably lose your job if you tried to cover the Olympics for SI with a 5DIII instead of a 1DX, and rightly so, and those're exactly the sorts of people who should be snapping up the 1DX as fast as their credit cards clear the bank.

Cheers,

b&

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(Using RRS brackets...Not yet available)

Huh? I've had my RSS L-bracket for the 5DIII + BG-E11 for weeks, now, maybe over a month, and I had one for the un-gripped 5DIII for at least a few weeks before I got the one plus grip (couldn't wait).

You'll be glad to know that the BG-E11 version is awesome, fits like a glove, and actually makes the vertical grip a bit more comfortable than without. The non-gripped version is decidedly "meh."

Cheers,

b&

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X ISO Shots
« on: July 30, 2012, 07:33:55 PM »
I would say there is marginally less noise in the 1D X, but nothing to really use as a reason for going with the 1D X and only visible side by side. However, to me, the colour reproduction is better in the 1D X, as the MkIII has a slight yellow tinge. Again though, that would be easy to correct and could be done with a preset to save time. Most probably wouldn't benefit from the 1D X, but those that need the features (e.g. weather sealing, speed etc.) would happily pay the extra. AF accuracy may be similar, but the reported increased AF/tracking speed of the 1D X could be the difference in getting the shot, which alone would be worth the extra to pros that have to rely on it to get the shot.

Basically, the 1DX is a speed demon. 12 FPS and unsurpassed autofocus performance.

There are quite a number of other differences between the 1DX and the 5DIII, but none of them are any more significant to real-world shooting than the noise difference we see here.

Unless the 6 FPS of the 5DIII isn't fast enough for what you're doing, there's no reason to spend thousands more on the 1DX. But there are those for whom 6 FPS is painfully, unusably slow, and their biggest problem right now is wiping the drool off the back of their sniny new 1DXs.

I'm just wondering when we'll see the 1DXXX with its 24 FPS framerate and buffer limited only by card space...imagine what the cinematographers will do with that!

Cheers,

b&

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X ISO Shots
« on: July 30, 2012, 04:50:48 PM »
I'd say that the differences are negligible in the real world, and that noise performance shouldn't be a consideration when picking between these two cameras.

There's lots to set the one apart from the other, but noise isn't one of those factors.

Cheers,

b&

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Lenses / Re: New Tilt-Shifts in 2013? [CR1]
« on: July 29, 2012, 05:52:33 PM »
After falling in love with the 24, I find myself wishing for movements on every lens. My only fear is that Canon will, indeed, release new lenses with movements, and that I will find myself unable to refrain from dropping a few more kilobucks on them....

Cheers,

b&

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Filter Setup
« on: July 27, 2012, 09:22:18 PM »
Never mind the filter -- what's that mount you've got on the 24? I assume to do shift panoramas? And, most importantly, where does one get on?


Hi, see this thread: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,3055.msg65288.html


Thanks. His Web site is unresponsive, alas. I might need to improvise something on that theme, though....

Cheers,

b&

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