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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Recording time cornfuzion?!
« on: August 10, 2012, 12:00:06 PM »
It would certainly be worthwhile to run at least 1 DSLR, maybe 2, if you are going to get the C300 and another semi-pro camera.  You can also throw some cheap, older HD Canon camcorders in the bag

(Canon has 45% off on clearence, refurbished consumer camcorders right now. Do a search at, etc. About $150 for small HD cam.)

There is no easy way to get that beautiful large chip, cinematic "look" with a smaller chip camera. That is why the DSLR's sparked such a huge video revolution only 4+- years ago.

You might find more detailed information on a site like

As far as the T4i, a few small things:

a) It will automatically restart a second, third, etc. file as the first file comes up to teh 4GB size

b) It has a two stage heat warning built in.  It will show yellow when it is getting warm, then red before it shoyts down.

c) In good light, the face tracking algorithm, along with the touch screen and Servo Auto focus will do an excellent job of tracking a persons face and keeping that. This will help the T4i reach more into what was, traditionally, "camcorder" territory.  How far depends on your needs and use.

If you want to see some beautiful large chip depth of field, this Nike ad is beautiful (not sure what camera, this is big, big budget stuff too, etc.):

Nike: "Voices"

Good luck!

Thanks for sharing!

I just bought a 5D3 for concert photos. I needed the better quality high ISO over my T4i, so this is very useful for me.

The best camera I have ever owned was my Canon 1DsII.  I am not making much money with photography any more, so I can't justify the 1 series cost any more either. 

But if you could e-mail my wife and tell here that the 1DX is 1 stop better at 12800 ISO, I'm sure that would convinvce her!  I gotsta have it!  8)

Cheers!  Thanks again - have fun!


Lenses / Re: First L Lens... OH MY #^(*^!& GOD
« on: August 09, 2012, 03:20:26 AM »
Quote from: Drizzt321
I'd say it's likely that ISO 6400 is probably as good, or better (in terms of look & feel of the noise) as ISO 1600 on those bodies.

Thanks Aaron!

I spent about 10 years doing medium format & then digital studio and location strobe work. Highest quality, big prints, never never never above ISO 100.

Time to explore some new terrain I guess.  Amazing tools we have today!

I did a lot of blurry, grainy, challenging images when I was a Photograpy undergraduate, and in B&W.  When I went to almost all color in 1998, I kept going to more refined, pure, beautiful color, smooth tonalities, big prints on my 7600 & 9600.

Time to mix the two I guess. 

Dang, I ordered the 5D3 2nd day from adorama and paid $51 to get it here Friday.  A Canon 9500 II printer, with free ground, ordered and shipped the same day is also getting here Friday.  You think they might have said hey, free will get there ....  (Free said 7-10 days.)

Oh well ... Back to our regularly scheduled L glass fest!  :D

Thanks for helping.  And nice web site too, nice images. Have fun!


Lenses / Re: First L Lens... OH MY #^(*^!& GOD
« on: August 09, 2012, 12:58:34 AM »
high iso performance of cameras like the 5D3. 1000iso is the new 200iso!

For truth on the High ISO?

I have a 5D3 coming on Friday. I am shooting a musical group 2x per week. On my T4i I was shooting tonight at 1600 ISO, 1/50 sec. I need 1-2 stops more, to 3200, 6400, or more on the 5D3.  That is the one reson I bought it.

Can you compare to the T3i/7D? Will 6400 on the 5D3 be better than 1600 on T3i/T2i/7D?

On the "L" lenses: I had 7 L's, plus 6 other lenses. I decided to downsize to only 3+- lenses.  It didn't work - I am right back up there, with the 24-70, 70-200 2.8, 70-200 4.0, 24-105, 45 TS-E, 90 TS-E, and need to add some prime L's. 

Once you use good glass, everything else sucks!  The 40mm pancake is right in there though, very nice.

Looking forward to the 24-70 II! If I had to choose 1 lens for life, it would be the 24-70.

But good Canon glass holds it's value very well. As prices go up over 5-8 years, you might even break even on it.

Good luck!

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.


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