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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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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 II L USM
« on: July 24, 2012, 10:13:40 AM »
Oh this lens is fun

Shell by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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This thread shows exactly how little there is to talk about on CR now that: the Mirrorless has been announced, the 5DIII shooting-the-back-of-the-cap-light-leak-disaster has subsided, the 1Dx is shipping, the new Rebel is out...


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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Gallery
« on: July 23, 2012, 09:45:56 AM »
Good walk around lens:

Super Cool by Philip DiResta, on Flickr


Walking With Mommy by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS M System Announced
« on: July 23, 2012, 09:34:39 AM »
My opinion is that this is a "good start" for their new system. This is for Best Buy and should beat up on the Nikon-1. I'll wait for the 3rd gen of the EOS-M. Not in a rush.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Hands-on Video of the Canon EOS M (Italy)
« on: July 22, 2012, 10:29:23 PM »
What no pink?! +1 for Nikon

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Lighting / Re: When do you use spot metering?
« on: July 22, 2012, 02:04:56 PM »
I'd like to expand on the question:

How does one use spot metering in AI Servo mode when your focus point isn't center or linked to the meter.

I think my EOS-3 can meter at the focus point, but Canon took this feature away from most digital cameras for some reason...

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EOS Bodies / Re: New, cheaper, Canon FF DSLR... 70D?
« on: July 21, 2012, 03:07:18 PM »
I agree with others about sensor size having nothing to do with what makes a "pro" camera.

I have an EOS Rebel G film camera (all plastic, even the mount), and it is "full frame"! I can mount a 70-200L on that toy if I want to :)

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Lenses / Re: sigma 30mm f1.4... anyone used?
« on: July 21, 2012, 10:28:52 AM »
Since you already have the 50mm f/1.8, why not look at the 35mm f/2?


I'd choose that over the Sigma 30mm.. It's cheaper, Canon, no focus issues, compatible with FF and has great IQ. Especially on a crop where the corners won't even be seen!

The 50 1.4 isn't much better than the 1.8, actually, I got rid of the 1.4 and replaced it with the 50mm 1.8 mkI.

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Lenses / Re: 40mm Pancake Malfunctioning?
« on: July 21, 2012, 10:13:39 AM »
Happene to my 40mm once too. Just wouldn't focus. I took it off and remounted, and haven't had the problem since.

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I'll buy the 5D3 when it's price is around 2K, and my 5D2 is dead.

IE: After the 5D4 is out, and people are complaining about it's price, and how it isn't worth the upgrade...

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