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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I'm getting impatient for the new 5D 4.
« on: December 19, 2014, 06:06:57 AM »
Wait, there is a MASSIVE difference in image quality between the 5DII and 5DIII?! Since when??

Yes the 5DIII has improvements across all features (mostly the focusing system), but I don't know if image quality is really one that is massively changed. Used right, the 5DII has fantastic image quality.

The difference is absolutely HUUUUUUGE, it's crazy. I used to shoot weddings (just friends and relatives at first) on a 60D which had great image quality, I made a bit of money so bought a 7D for the bigger view in the eyepiece... unfortunately the image quality wasn't as good so I just used it as a back up to the 60D in the end. I then made enough to buy the 5Diii and a few quality lenses but it messed with my head using the same lenses on both a full frame and a crop so I bought a 5Dii as my back up... I went in blind and just used it as I would the 5Diii (a mistake on my part) and the images were an absolute wreck compared to the 5Diii. I guess it could be just like preferring Kodak film to Fuji though. VC to EC... those old choices we had to make back in the day...

I sold the 5Dii straight away and re-bought the 60D & I never want to look at a 7D again...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I'm getting impatient for the new 5D 4.
« on: December 17, 2014, 11:57:34 AM »


If you've only got a powershot and no lenses a 5Diii will be far beyond your wildest expectations. If you can afford that then go for it. You'll need to spend a hell of a lot on lenses though to get the best out of it. sticking with a 28-105 kit lens, although an L lens, will get you nowhere.

There is actually a massive difference in image quality between the 5Dii and 5Diii (as there is between a 7D and a 60D). A couple of years ago Canon seemed to do a tweak that gave the sensor a more film like quality that is apparent on the 5Diii, 6D, 60D, 7Dii (I've not shot with the 550 or above in the xxx range nor the xxxx ranges).

You'll need lenses more than a 5Div ( I can't see them stepping up anything other than MP and maybe some DR but if you expose correctly I don't see why anyone would need more than 8 stops or whatever it is)

Obviously only owning a powershot and not a SLR/DSLR you wont really understand how much control you'll have with lenses, especially primes, with depth of field. The kit lens (24-105mm f4) is kinda ok at landscapes, it's kinda ok at portraits, it's kinda ok at events (depending on your lighting and flash... remember you'll have no onboard S___ty flash so you'll probably need one of those too)

The ISO on a 5Diii is useable to 3200 in a professional capacity (if you're as strict on quality control as I am) but I guess the 5Div might have a stop or so improvements there (but until it's released it's all hearsay and conjecture)

You could go with the 6D (which reputedly has better high ISO performance) but you'll lack the focussing options and be limited in that way) but I find it to be too small and the menu system & buttons aren't too great...

It's actually taken me yeeeaaaaarrrrrsssss to figure out what my favourite and most useful lenses are for my style, it might take you just as long so get started ASAP with the lens collection. An insider tip is the sigma 35mm Art... but shhhhhhhh ;)

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 - Jumped yet?
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:17:26 AM »
Before the subscription service I'd be forever getting knock-offs and constantly having to find new codes when I turned on PS and forgot to turn my internet connection off...

I'm fully with it now! full package. I use LR, PS, Illustrator & InDesign on an almost daily basis and I've learnt to video edit in Premier Pro. It's a brilliant package for the price and it's constantly updating. It's a shame more software doesn't work like this.

That might just be the opinion of a professional though as I'm sure the average ammeter doesn't feel the need for constant updates and is possibly happy with just having Photoshop 5.5 from years ago.

Here in the UK it's £49 a month which some would argue is a little on the expensive side but if you're earning through your output from these programs then there shouldn't really be a problem with the outlay

EOS Bodies - For Video / First video made on 5Diii
« on: June 25, 2014, 11:18:22 AM »
This is my first video effort from the 5Diii. Mostly shot at 24fps / 50th sec... apart from one bit I ballsed up.

I'm the shouty guy with the beard. see if you can spot me... ;)


EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Quick start videoing on 5Diii
« on: May 02, 2014, 04:38:17 AM »
I'll do my post-production in instagram for that film effect

You're joking right? You have to be joking.


Lenses / Re: Lens calibration
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:34:15 AM »
I'm constantly at odds with my FoCal software. Having a 5Diii it doesn't do it 100% automatically and I have to alter the micro adjustment by hand. on longer lenses this must affect the position of the lens even if it's ever so slightly. if I run it more than once the results are all over the place. I have no idea what to trust with these things. I could go totally bonkers with micro adjustment. the ruler method is just as unreliable with just guessing what number you're focussed on vs. what number the auto focus has chosen to focus on in that little square.

Would you do it with a tripod in the same position or by hand and vary the distance slightly between the shots?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Quick start videoing on 5Diii
« on: April 11, 2014, 11:11:00 AM »
I'll do my post-production in instagram for that film effect

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Quick start videoing on 5Diii
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:13:02 AM »
does PAL and NTSC count any more with most things being viewed on an LED TV or computer screen?

Cheers for the help. I'd be going for more of a film effect

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Quick start videoing on 5Diii
« on: April 09, 2014, 01:22:02 PM »
OMGzzzz fps! this is the most complicated thing ever. I don't even know how to work Premier Pro! I assume that I bang it all into there, do my cutting and post-produce in After Effects???

EOS Bodies - For Video / Quick start videoing on 5Diii
« on: April 09, 2014, 10:38:42 AM »
So I want to start shooting video on my 5Diii. I've done it on a friends 5Diii for his band before but he set up all the settings for what he required.

I've been shooting for about 15 years so I'm pretty proficient and understand the delicacies of still photography but I'm not properly down with frame rates vs. shutter speed when filming.

Are there any set rules that I can follow? I don't really want it to be trial and error...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAVURlM7nKU : this is the kind of thing I'll be aiming for, with shots from recording, playing live, some set up against coloured backgrounds and messing about etc, I'll be using 35mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, 100mm 2.8 so nice fast lenses so high ISO's wont be an issue.

what would be the best shutter speed and frame rate to use? does it really matter that much? I'll be editing it all in premiere pro i guess...

you can put a 100mp sensor in a phone and a 10,000x zoom but you're still going to get S___ty images with a S___ty lens with S___ty auto focus with S___ty 1 second delay with S___ty S___ty S___ty S___

Canon General / Re: Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”?
« on: December 24, 2013, 07:55:23 AM »
Artistically speaking, rather than mathmatically

Canon General / Re: Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”?
« on: December 24, 2013, 07:16:25 AM »
It's difficult to know what to charge or what you're worth for weddings if that's not your main source of income. I have a steady job where I run a photography studio and shoot mainly product for advertising in magazines, on the internet and billboards. after being asked to do a wedding for a friend as they couldn't afford a proper wedding photographer I kinda just fell into it. I do maybe 1 a month on average and I'm taking bookings now a year or 2 in advance based on my portfolio, I'm still only charging £400 (I've recently put my prices as £800 on my website but obviously that's up for negotiation with regards to who it is, how I know them and who has referred them). I don't advertise as I probably couldn't handle the workload if I were shooting more than 1 a month (not that I'm arrogant enough to think that people would use me if they didn't know me).

How would one go about assessing their own worth as a photographer?

Lenses / Re: Will a 70-200 f2.8 (not mk2 or is) change my life?
« on: December 24, 2013, 07:05:25 AM »

Lenses / Re: Will a 70-200 f2.8 (not mk2 or is) change my life?
« on: December 24, 2013, 04:13:51 AM »
you lot are the worst salespeople ever! I expected to be told "yeah, amazing lens, it'll improve your photography lens by infinity!". But no, just a bunch of nay-sayers worried about me meeting my mortgage...

Urgh... I'll buy it anyway and tell you about how I've become a better master photographer than before.

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