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Pricewatch Deals / Best Buy in NYC has "pro" cameras in stock?
« on: August 01, 2012, 02:17:12 PM »
I was in the Best Buy near my office today (6th Ave bet. 23rd & 22nd St.), and noticed they had the 5DIII, 5DII & D800 in stock?! They weren't on display, but I noticed them up on the shelf locked away.

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Hey if we are gonna dream, how about we make that sensor square too?! Then we are really cooking :D

I'll buy that.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mark III price dropping
« on: July 30, 2012, 04:26:25 PM »
I was all set to buy the 5DIII from B&H for $3350, but it's back to $3500 now for some reason. Amazon is back to $3500 now too. What gives? I'm definitely not buying it without the warranty. Anybody know another place to get it for around the $3350 mark that is authorized by Canon?

$3350 vs. $3500.  That $150 concern will be dispelled quickly once you begin shooting with your 5D Mark III.  I guarantee it (just like the guy on the Burlington Coat Factory commercial).

Isn't the commercial you are referring to The Men's Warehouse? "You're gonna like the way you look, I guarantee it!"

I may be wrong.

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Portrait / Re: Heat Wave! 100 Liters of water + model + sunshine....
« on: July 30, 2012, 12:04:27 PM »
I think it's pretty rad. The title is "Heat Wave". To me, it completely captures that feeling even if I didn't see the title. It's almost like looking directly into the sun. I also love the model's non-flinching stance in the middle of all the chaos.

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Portrait / Re: Portraits of my GF, Would like feedback!!
« on: July 30, 2012, 08:21:41 AM »
here is my quick edit on your gf images.  i am not sure whether you like it.  however, i am still searching for a better way in editing it; therefore, any other comments on my editing will be welcomed.

I'm sorry, not offense but these edits are a little harsh. Why is she glowing in the first image? Completely over processed.

thanks for your comment, like i have said "i am still searching for a way to edit images" :) may be i have read/and see too many pictures of brian peterson.  it would be nice as if you would show me a way of editing it by posting fix(es) to my editings, in that way i could learn more.  thanks in advance...

note:  i am learning how to edit image on my own via picking brains; therefore, i need to see lots of comments as well as before and after pictures...

I would focus on taking great exposures/ compositions in camera and just use "post" for correcting lens distortion, contrast, color balance, sharpness, noise reduction, etc...

Be creative in camera first. Once you are comfortable in that, becoming more creative in your post work can come next.

This is obviously just my opinion. I am not a professional photographer (full-time), but I am a professional artist/ graphic designer. I spend every day sitting at a computer working in Adobe CS programs- maybe that is what I love about photography, it gets me away from the computer! :)

Photography and digital image processing are really 2 completely art forms to learn and master.

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Portrait / Re: Portraits of my GF, Would like feedback!!
« on: July 30, 2012, 12:34:47 AM »
here is my quick edit on your gf images.  i am not sure whether you like it.  however, i am still searching for a better way in editing it; therefore, any other comments on my editing will be welcomed.

I'm sorry, not offense but these edits are a little harsh. Why is she glowing in the first image? Completely over processed.

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Thanks for all the advice. It has made my decision easier. I think I will go with a 7D to get the strong features and use the money saved by not going FF to start saving up for a 10-22. I think for my varied landscape, portrait and event photography the 7D will suit my non-pro needs.

No bad choices really, all modern cameras are pretty rad. I actually love using my 7D more than the 5DII, it's an amazing tool. Enjoy!

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These aren't made in Japan?! Must be rubbish.

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I paid less for my 5DII than my 7D- Granted it was because it was years later and during a Canon 20% off refurb deal, regardless, it was a price I couldn't refuse.

I really don't think the "entry" level FF camera will be much (if at all) "better" than the 5DII. If you need/ want a new camera now, why wait on a camer that doesn't even exist?

Also don't consider a FF an upgrade to an APS-C, but an addition to. I love having 2 bodies with different crops.

Don't read too much into the negative comments about the 5DII's focus system. The camera is just a tool. The people that complain about it just need to get better at using their gear.

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Rod & Rail system, follow-focus unit, gears, matte-box, external audio recorder, more support rigs

Don't quite agree.


That's why I said "then to take it to the next level...".

Those item aren't necessary. But again, the OP said they want to "direct short films".

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Lenses / Re: Must-have lenses for Canon 5D Mark III
« on: July 26, 2012, 09:21:07 AM »
The good thing is that lenses hold their value extremely well. Sometimes, they even go up!

My feeling is just buy a lens you are interested in, shoot with it for a few months, if you love it, keep it! If you want something different, trade it/ sell it for a minimal loss and chalk it up to a really cheap long-term rental.

+ you get to keep all the (hopefully) amazing pictures you took with that lens :)

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I'd suggest doing some serious research on shooting video with a DSLR first. The main reason these "stills" cameras have become so popular in the "film" world is because of the sensor size, beautiful image quality & availability of so many lenses. What you don't hear so much about is ALL the workarounds needed to accomplish that feat.

You'll also need to invest in: proper stabilization (to avoid jittery images), fluid tripod-head (to help with rolling shutter), an optical/ electronic viewfinder (you need to focus manually off the LCD screen), tons of memory cards (they fill up REALLY FAST at 1080p), batteries (they die fast while on live view), external mic (so you don't hear every little touch of the camera), ND filters (to get the shutter speed down to the proper setting)...

And that is just the bare essential. Then to take it to the next level:

Rod & Rail system, follow-focus unit, gears, matte-box, external audio recorder, more support rigs, and then all the post production needs...

It gets expensive.

With the exception of a viewfinder ($30 on ebay) and ND filters, all of that stuff is needed for just about any film or video work with any camcorder. Film-making is expensive no matter what cameras you are using - but DSLR's let you get better images for less money.

I think the t3i is a great choice for somebody just starting out in video production, espescially narrative film-making. Add a few decent lenses (50mm f/1.4 is a great starting point) and you can get started producing great images.

My point was that since the OP said, "I don't know sh** about cameras...", that there are a ton more expenses and things to know besides getting a camera and lens to capture beautiful footage for a short film. Its a good start, but the accessories add up quick and it just needs to be budgeted for. Granted you can get going with minimal gear, but if you want to direct a short film, I don't think showing up on a set with just a rebel and one lens do direct a film is a great move.

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I'd suggest doing some serious research on shooting video with a DSLR first. The main reason these "stills" cameras have become so popular in the "film" world is because of the sensor size, beautiful image quality & availability of so many lenses. What you don't hear so much about is ALL the workarounds needed to accomplish that feat.

You'll also need to invest in: proper stabilization (to avoid jittery images), fluid tripod-head (to help with rolling shutter), an optical/ electronic viewfinder (you need to focus manually off the LCD screen), tons of memory cards (they fill up REALLY FAST at 1080p), batteries (they die fast while on live view), external mic (so you don't hear every little touch of the camera), ND filters (to get the shutter speed down to the proper setting)...

And that is just the bare essential. Then to take it to the next level:

Rod & Rail system, follow-focus unit, gears, matte-box, external audio recorder, more support rigs, and then all the post production needs...

It gets expensive.

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Lenses / Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« on: July 25, 2012, 11:52:55 AM »
I bought a 5DII refurb. Came looking/ smelling brand new and never used, still with all the stickers on it. I recently picked up a S95 refurb, while it looked clean, it definitely had been handled/ used/ returned.

Happy overall. Sometimes you'll get a basically brand new product, while other times you may get a return that has then been refurbished.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lovin' my 5d Mark III
« on: July 24, 2012, 04:56:24 PM »
Would you mind sharing the info on how you got this shot? Did you any strobes etc?

Thank you...nothing special just a 60D and a 430EXII flash on a flexible tripod and some CS to get the blues.. it was a pretty dark and stormy day... Of course it's far from perfect but I try to learn from every shot so next time I'll position the light higher :)  The young lady - Alicia - is my fiance, (thank you again) just starting in modeling so we're trying to put together a book for her..

Congrats on the fiance! You don't need an expensive camera. Ha!

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