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EOS Bodies / Re: What was the last Canon camera without video?
« on: July 23, 2012, 01:30:45 AM »
Since then, every DSLR has video and all are limited to 30 minutes at the most, thanks to the European Union and their tax schemes that heavily penalize any HD Video that is longer.

The Canon T4i will automatically start a new file and continue shooting at the end of the 29:30.  I would assume that, going forward, all Canon cameras will have this feature, so that the 30 minute limit isn't much of an issue.

It also has a sensor heat warning, before it gets so hot that it has to shut down.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Specs
« on: July 23, 2012, 01:22:32 AM »
Anybody going to get one to try out?  It's fairly cheap, $799.


I have a Canon T4i.  This is a perfect second camera, especially for video.

I am in the process of paring my 14+ Canon lenses down to 5 or 6. 

I am going to go with the 22 2.0, 40 2.8, and 85 1.8 for primes.  (From: 24 2.8, 45 TS-E, 50 1.8, 85 1.2, 90 TS-E, Contax 28 mm)

For zooms, I am going with the 18-135 STM for video, along with the 24-70 2.8 II (for absolute highest quality on zoom, I use that lens 80% of teh time), and the 70-200 4.0  (sold the 70-200 2.8 II because it is so heavy.)

I am very happy with the T4i. It has basically the same image that my $8,000 Canon 1DsII had in 2004.

Yes, the Exmor has a bit more DR at lower ISO's.  But if you are posting in sRGB mode you are never going to see it. Even with prints you are compressing the DR beyond what the Canon captures, much less the Sony.

I am perfectly happy with the Canon sensors.  I have been a pro photog for 30+ years, retired now so downsizing to prosumer level.

Great tools we have today! Now we just need a few video firmware tweaks this fall, either from Canon, or Magic Lantern.

Have fun!

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Quick Review
« on: June 25, 2012, 03:10:26 PM »
FWIW, I ordered the 40mm along with the T4i & 18-135 MM STM kit at B&H on day 1 of teh announcement.

My 40mm had not shipped yet. The staus has been "In processing" since last week.

I called them today, they said teh 40mm was waiting on eth body kit tp ship, even though both said "free shipping" when I ordered.

I had them ship the lens now. This kind of sucks, because I really wanted to get that lens as fast as I could for testing.  I ordered just after midnight on June 8, just after the links went live. I think I was near the first to pre-order.

Next time I guess I will place two separate orders ...

Oh well.


Pricewatch Deals / Re: New Canon Product Preorders
« on: June 08, 2012, 01:10:51 AM »
Thanks so much for this!

I preordered the 4Ti with the 18-135 and the 40mm at B&H through your links!  I really apprecaite you stepping up to the plate with the donations.

I actually would have preferred to order through Adorama - they have been helping me lately on an order. I'll get them next time.

I **never** thought I would spend $1,400 on a Rebel!   ;)

I shoot almost all L glass. Something like the 18-135 isn't something I would normally bother with. But if I can use the 4Ti like a camcorder with that zoom, it will save me at least $1,500, as I was getting ready to buy a Canon XH-1A or similar camcorder.

Whether it gets all of the way to camcorder range or not, the auto focus and new sensor look absolutely fantastic for video!  happy with Canon.  The next few releases this year ought to be interesting too.


this looks like a fantastic camera forvideo!  I am at the point, too, where I need a Canon X1-A

EOS Bodies / Re: What to do?
« on: May 18, 2012, 12:22:24 PM »
It's not too late to complain about the 4Ti having only the same 18MP sensor, with the same DR.  And it only has 9 autofocus points, not the 51 that we wanted.    :o

And I am sure it won't have all of the Magic Lantern firmware enhancements. Come on Canon, those are free, they are only firmware! Canon could buy the ML software out of petty cash.

Think we have a w(h)inner!

Have fun!

Thanks for posting!

Folks, the OP is only quoting Shane Hurlbett for the most part. His blog is definitely worth a read.

On teh one hand, he has more high-end experience than ANYONE on this board.

On the other hand, he is the ultimate enthusiast and a Canon Explorer of Light. So you have to take things with a grain of salt.

He is not a techie. He is a creative. And he is raving about the look of the output, and the form factor that allows him to accomplish certain things while shooting to CF cards.

Canon said last November that they were enabling the 4K front end, with back end delivery still on the way.  We are getting closer.

Hopefully the things that are not technically costly to implement, like the Canon Log codec, can easily be added to our lower end tools.  Unfortunately the bandwidth requires the fastest technology and processors, so that part won't come for free.  You can'ty buy an i7 and a high end graphics card for the price of a Celeron and a GT 220. 

But it will trickle down, thanks to Moore's Law.


EOS Bodies / Re: my first video shoot with 5Dmark3 In NYC
« on: April 13, 2012, 10:50:32 AM »
Very Nice - How much time did you invest in post to complete the project?

Based on his comments - and only because he has not been back - I would assume he did minimal post work.

FWIW, I am moving to Premiere Pro in CS 6.0 to avoid transcoding. Looks like a nice architecture.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Upgrade and Discount Offers
« on: April 12, 2012, 12:44:00 PM »

With tax it comes to about the same net price as Amazon with no discount.

I am going to move from Photoshop Extended CS 5.5 Teacher/Student to Production CS 5.5/6.0  Teacher/Student

Having a hard time figuring out how to do it!  I can buy the Production package outright for $429, then get teh free upgrade, which I iwll probably do. 

Then I am left with my PS 5.5  Apparently I can buy a regular upgrade for it to PS CS 6.0, and it becomes a regular version, not Student. then sell that? Will have to see what the upgrade costs. Or just wait and see what the upgrade from PS to Production is?  Confusing, as the Student/Teacher only upgrade to the full versions. 

Arg ... headache ..  :-[ :P


EOS Bodies / Re: my first video shoot with 5Dmark3 In NYC
« on: April 12, 2012, 12:38:56 PM »

What was the ISO for the Times Square night footage?  Especially with the full portrait shots?

Can you get away with a monopod in Timers Square? I saw someone holding up a tripod by hand?   ;D

Thank you for sharing! I know it was fast and mostly unprocessed. Very helpful for us to learn, with all of teh new tools coming out!


EOS Bodies / Re: I am done with B&H
« on: April 12, 2012, 12:19:51 PM »
I have been a B&H customer for 30+ years.

I also got a lot of static (sh*t) when I cancelled my 5D3 preorder.  In my case, I told them truthfully that I had only placed 1 pre-order - at B&H - and that I was not buying the 5D3, but keeping my Nikon D800E preorder that I also had with B&H!

The rep went on and on about how not to buy based only on price, etc.  It really was annoying!   :-[

I am sure they are frustrated that they don't have more cameras too. But that, coupled with the currrent shutdown through April 15, really puts them in a bad position on the 5D3.

I hope they have someone in receiveing and shipping 5D3's this week and last? If not, the pre-order customers are really screwed!

In the past, I ordered some major items with Dodd Camera and Dodd Pro in Chicago. I ordered a Broncolor Para 220 reflector at somewheee around $4,000, and they offered to match the B&H price. I insisted on paying a couple of hundred dollars MORE than the B&H price, as I appreciate the great service they have given me in the past, and I want them to continue to provide that great service!

The same is true of Midwest Prhoto Exchange ( in Coloumbus, Ohio.

No affiliation with either - just a very happy customer who appreciates ther great service! In fact Stu at Midwest gave me his home phone number when he thought I need to pick up an Epson printer on Thanksgiving day, and offered to come in to the shop! In fact, the Friday after Thanksgiving was soon enough, but that really impressed me at the time!  :o ;D


EOS Bodies / Re: is the 40D still a good one for 400$
« on: April 11, 2012, 04:35:07 PM »
Didn't read the whole thread.  Sorry if this is a repeat.

The 40D has been selling for about $375 recently at Fred Miranda.

I just bought a T3i for video. I will be selling a very clean 40D, with about 8,000 shots on it.  Probably "Excellent +" - always had LCD covers on, etc.

I expect to get about the $375 for it, or a bit less.

Not shopping it here - too busy with taxes to sell it this week. Just FYI.

Good luck! Nice camera.


EOS Bodies / Re: T3i Showing up \
« on: April 11, 2012, 04:27:57 PM »

I would advise to not get the kit lens. I got the 450D with kit lens and was fed up by the bad quality after about a month and got a better quality lens. The difference of the lens can't really be underestimated. The body is fairly secondary.

I use all L quality lenses. I did not buy the kit lens to use.

But the usual differential on the T3i with kit lens is $180.  On the refurb, the kit lens was only about $60 net cost. So I figured it would enhance the value of the camera at sale. 

Really nice camera by the way! I am having fun with the video. Beautiful quality for a $600 body!

Have fun all!


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS C100 & C500 Coming? [CR1]
« on: April 11, 2012, 01:03:00 PM »
Quote from: gene_can_sing
As for Apple, they have gone too consumer and it's hurting their Pro Market. I certainly hope they don't discontinue the towers, otherwise, what am I going to use? I need all the power I can get from a computer and can't do my stuff on a laptop or an iMac.

Creative Cow has a workflow article about processing with Premiere Pro CS 5.5 on an HP Windows box.

He is a lifetime Mac guy, but moving to the Adobe metadata workflow with no transcoding.

I am a photographer who has done digital imaging since 1991 on all kinds of boxes - Dec Alpha workstations, Sun, IBM mainframe, Oracle databases, etc. Lots of different types of boxes out there that use the same i7 Intel hardware, but are 33% of the cost of a Mac, spec for spec. You'll do fine!

Good luck.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS C100 & C500 Coming? [CR1]
« on: April 11, 2012, 12:55:07 PM »
I was driving over the weekend and listened to a Canon Cinema talk.

They rushed the C300 and knew it. But their goal was 4K, and they made sure the front end was 4K, along with the lenses. The back end wasn't ready, so they dropped down to 8 bit, etc on the output.

Sounds like with the Raw Codec, they are ready for full 4K?  Maybe they will take the C300 in full trade in a C100 or C500?  Better than crippling the lower end unit to keep a place for the lower end box (C100 or C500?)

Video is moving way too fast for that conservative game! Let's hope.

I had a 5D3 and a D800E on preorder (professional still photog.) Think I'm going to sit back for 3 months & see what shakes out.


EOS Bodies / Re: T3i Showing up \
« on: April 11, 2012, 12:39:11 PM »
Sorry - Correct URL:

$679 refurb kit - T3i with 18-55. But find and use a 15% off coupon code!

I paid $617 total, with $34 tax & $5 shipping, so $558 net for the kit - less than body costs new. The kit is normally $180 more than the body.

Unable to edit my previous post on my phone   


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