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Lenses / Re: Minimum Aperture
« on: October 02, 2012, 01:19:47 PM »
For an iris opening of a certain constant size, the f-stop will be lower for a lens with a longer focal length. This is because f-stop is the ratio of iris size to focal length. Practically, this means that most telephoto lenses will have a smaller minimum f-stop than most wide angle lenses.

Lenses / Re: Why would you get this lens?
« on: September 25, 2012, 07:28:47 PM »
70-200L IS II.

I can use extenders to go longer if needed.

Lenses / Re: What 3 lenses do you dream of and long to own?
« on: September 25, 2012, 09:56:19 AM »
400mm f/2.8L IS II
70-200mm f/2.8L IS II (Currently have the non-IS version)
Canon 24-70 f/2.8L II

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Official Specs
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:47:25 PM »
I'd also like to know if it has a headphone jack and on-screen audio meters. If it does, I'll probably get one. If not, I don't see any reason for me not to keep using my 5dmkII.

Lenses / Re: Lenses for 1DC?
« on: August 29, 2012, 06:37:09 PM »
The Canon cinema primes should cover the  FF, since they appear to be re-housed L-primes.  The zooms however, where designed specificially for cinema use to cover a super-35 cinema sensor, so might not work on FF cameras.

All EF photo lenses (which inlcuded all L-series lenses) can be used on the 1Dc and will cover the full sensor at 4k. EF-S lenses will not work, and I'm guessing they will not even physically be capable of mounting on the 1Dc (same as with the 1Dx/5D).

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: More Analysis of the C100
« on: August 29, 2012, 06:29:13 PM »

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I have to disagree with Vincent here. The only things I added to my kit for DSLR use were a LCD loupe and a Zoom H4n. Everything else (tripod, monopod, etc) I had already, and would need for any camcorder.

With the C100, you still need a shoulder rig if you want to shoot handheld. Such a rig would need to be better balanced (= heavier and more expensive) than for DSLR, due to the greater weight. And thanks to the LCD design you might still need a monitor or EVF also when working with a shoulder mount.

When shooting with larger lenses (such as a 70-200 or bigger) it's also likely you'll need rails and a lens support, becuase both the camera and the lens are too heavy for the lens mount. With DSLR's you can put heavy lenses directly on the tripod and the body can remain unsupported. With the C100, you're going to want that extra support gear.

Regarding the 24-70, I wouldn't necessarily expect a price drop for the old model when the version II comes out. Already I've seen huge price increases locally, which I would expect to continue even after the new model is released, for two likely reasons:

1) People are now willing to pay a higher price than before for the old version, simply because they want to avoid the almost extortionaite prices for the version II. Even though they're paying more, it's still the lesser of two evils.

2) Stock will run out but demand will not, because there will be plenty of people not willing to pay for the new version, so used prices will rise.

If you are happy to use flash when needed then the 24-105 f/4L should serve you well.
If you are seriously thinking about doing weddings eventually, you might want to consider trading your 70-200 f/4 for either the f/4 IS or the for the f/2.8 version. Weddings can be really dark and for many of the things you'll want the 70-200 for, flash will be too far away to help. Having an extra stop (or 2-3 stops, with IS) to play with really can help you get the shot.

And don't forget a 50mm! Even if it's just a 50mm f/1.8, it's great to have one in the kit at all times.

Lenses / Re: What lenses do you own?
« on: August 28, 2012, 08:46:20 AM »
Here's my kit for shooting video with the 5DmkII & 60D:

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 - General use lens for the 60D
Canon 50mm f/1.4 - Because everyone needs a 50mm. Great for interviews (head and shoulders with the 60D or for a pulled back shot with the 5D.
Canon 85mm f/1.8 - Great for interviews on the 60D or 5D, and at wedding receptions for the speeches.
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L - My favorite lens. I use it for everything from interviews (usually as a tighter 2nd angle) to sports, weddings (CU's at the ceremony, detail shots during prep, photoshoot & dances, reaction shots during speeches) and product shots.
Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 OS - For sports. Nice and sharp right through to 500mm, but lacklustre AF. This isn't an issue for video though.

On the way soon:

Canon 100mm f/2.8 Marco
- For the Macro, obviously, and as an extra telephoto lens during wedding ceremonies.
Canon 24-105 f/4L IS - As a general purpose lens for the 5DmkII
Canon 28mm f/1.8 - As a wide lens for wedding receptions.

What I'm currently drooling over:

400mm f/2.8L IS II - For sports
16-35 f/2.8L II - For steadycam work with the 5D - I'd need a new glidecam though, my current one can't handle much more than the 60D with the 17-50mm.
24L, 50L, 85L - Just because of that damn addictive "L" in their name. Realistically though, my current primes are more than adequate.

Lenses / Re: Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS vs 24-105 f/4L IS
« on: August 23, 2012, 05:04:45 PM »
Thanks for the replies everyone.

I have the 24-105 and I've used it on my 60D for video.  It works ok... and yes you should use ISO speeds that are multiples of 160.  I eventually ended getting a 35mm 1.4L.  Much better for video.  I now exclusively use that and the 50mm 1.4 for videos.

Thanks. I've already got the 50 1.4 & 85 1.8, with a 28 1.8 on the way too, which will do most of the low-light stuff with the 5dmkII. However I'll still want a walk-around lens too for weddings.

The 24-105 will be great if a lot of what you shoot is outdoors, but, its going to be unusable indoors on your 60D, and limited on the 5dII. I guess it depends a lot on what you shoot, but generally speaking, you are better off using low-light primes for flexibility with video, and either having a rig or a tripod involved.

The IS is certainly nice to have if you're shooting a lot of run and gun stuff, but, you'll have to decide if it limits you too much.

I've already got some primes and a tripod & proper video monopod, but I don't have any IS lenses, & there's definitely times I feel I need one. I understand the limitations of low light videography, and have used the 17-50 f/2.8 on th 60D in plenty of reception halls so know what to expect from it. If the 24-105 on the 5dmkII will give similar results in terms of noise/ISO performance, then I can live with that (and use the primes when I can't live with it!). Do you think the 5dmkII at f/4 at say, ISO 1250 is comparable to the 60D at f/2.8 & ISO 640, regarding noise?

Lenses / Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS vs 24-105 f/4L IS
« on: August 23, 2012, 10:30:15 AM »
Hi all,

I've just upgraded to the Canon 5DmkII and sold my 550D. I'm still keeping my 60D which will now go from being my A-camera to my B-camera. I've still got some budget to spend on lenses to shoot video, and was originally planning on getting a 17-55 f/2.8 IS to replace my Tamron 17-50 f/2.8. My main reason for upgrading is to get IS. Now I'm leaning towards keeping the 17-50 and adding a Canon 24-105, for the extra reach (espescially on the 60D) and the fact that it can be used on both cameras (and any future Canon cameras). I'm not interested in the 24-70 I or II due to (a) the price; and (b) no IS.

What I'd like to know is what real-life effect it will have on the quality of my videos. Everything I've read suggests the high ISO performance of the mkII gives a 1-stop advantage over the APS-C cameras; does this mean that shooting with the f/4 on the 5dmkII will give similar IQ to shooting with f/2.8 on the 60D, if all else is equal? Can I push the ISO of the 5dmkII further than on the 60D to compentate for the 1-stop aperture loss?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Survival of the fittest/luckiest
« on: August 20, 2012, 04:06:45 AM »
Recently I picked up my fully packed Lowepro backback and swung it onto my back, only to discover the zipper was not done up. The entire contents (2x bodies and 4 lenses) rolled out and bounced all over the place. Thank god I was on a grassed area at the time!

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 1D X Movies and Sound
« on: August 09, 2012, 05:50:15 PM »
They aren't.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Lavalier wireless mic
« on: August 08, 2012, 06:02:29 PM »
Charles, Sennheiser is a great quality brand, but the G3 is at the lower end of the scale in the big scheme of things - it's the best of the entry level options. At this price point your only options are this one or the Sony UWP-V1.

If you really wanna go cheap you can check out some of the VHF (nowhere near as good as the UHF systems) systems from Azden and Audio-Technica but these are not very good. I have a cheap Azden in the kit as a back up for when I need to run two wireless mics at once, but would not recommend it as a primary system. It only has a range of a few meters, and even putting the transmitter in a pocket is enough to introduce interference. These systems are ok for sit down interviews, but anything where the person is moving around will require something like the Sennheiser or Sony.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Lavalier wireless mic
« on: August 07, 2012, 05:20:08 PM »
Check out the Sennheiser G3.

Just make sure you always set the levels manually in the 1dx, otherwise any pause in the talking will result in a large increase of noise.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Your Ultimate Gear (wish)list
« on: August 04, 2012, 09:28:59 PM »
Why only one lens in each category? The whole idea having interchangable lenses is so that you are not limited to one option.

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