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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Which cheap telezoom for video?
« on: August 03, 2012, 01:48:25 AM »
After thinking it over for a few days, I'm now strongly leaning towards buying a Panasonic FZ200 for my gf to shoot with instead. It'll make things a whole world easier for her having a 24x zoom and AF. 120fps would be a bonus too; I can think of a few nice shots that I could use it for. It'll be nice to have as a multi-purpose camera that I carry with us all the time, taking the total to 3 cameras for the trip (not counting the GoPro's)

I'll wait for the reviews to appear and for some video samples to come out, but I think this option is going to be easiest overall.

Strange that a camcorder has never entered the equation as an option... it's kinda odd that the consumer camcorder world is mostly still trudging around with 1/4" chips, interlaced video, auto-everything, etc, while still cameras (both DSLR and compact/bridge) seem to be making all the advances with large chips, 120fps slow motion, more creative control, better colours, etc.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Which cheap telezoom for video?
« on: August 01, 2012, 07:31:18 AM »
THis is true the IS was not designed for video, but I owned my 17-70 sigma first which is so smooth in video I got spoiled and thought it to be the norm haha.

I'm actually impressed by most IS systems when handholding, considering video is not their main focus - I've seen good results from both Canon and Sigma in video mode. On a tripod though, it's a different story and most lenses need to have IS turned off. The tripod panning mode is becoming more and more common though, and is very helpful when using a tripod in strong winds or on timber floors.

Lenses / Re: New 50mm f/1.2 L ?
« on: August 01, 2012, 07:09:43 AM »
No new 50mm f/1.2L, though there is a 50mm T1.3L cinema lens on the way!

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Which cheap telezoom for video?
« on: July 30, 2012, 08:02:32 PM »
I own a tamron 70-300 VC which is a nice price point and nice quality and has a ring type USM, However the vibration compensation(IS) is jerky when panning by hand. I dont have a nice fluid head but I would assume it does the same thing, which dissapoints me a lot. I wish the IS had a panning mode. Just a bit of info on this lens. I have a feeling a lot of the cheaper lenses have this issue.

Thanks Ryan. I figured the IS on the cheaper lenses might not have a decent panning mode. It might be best If I go for one without IS seeing as this lens will only ever be used on a tripod and is pretty much gonna be disposable anyway.

Would renting a 100-400 and using that and putting the 150-500 with your wife be an option?

I wouldn't rule out renting if someone can point me towards an easy-to-deal-with rental house on Oahu. Local rental prices for me are ridiculous (about $200/day per for the cheaper L lenses) so renting here and taking it with me is not an option.

Regardless of rent or buy though, I wouldn't want the 100-400 - If I was wanting another lens that size I'd be better off getting a 2nd 150-500 which would be cheaper and would match up perfectly.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Does the T4i Overheat?
« on: July 25, 2012, 09:18:15 PM »
My 60D has never experienced overheating, even shooting in direct sunlight in 35 degree celcius weather.

The 60D is only a few dollars more than the T4i at the moment so is most likely still within your budget. The T3i also has much less overheating issues than the T2i, though I cannot personally vouch for it, only going off what I've been told or read.

I would suggest you get either the 60D or T3i over the T4i; it does not add any really useful features for video - the continuous AF is pretty useless, and even the touch focus feature is not acceptable for use while recording.

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.

Lenses / Re: A New EF 50 f/1.8 IS? [CR1]
« on: July 25, 2012, 08:51:47 PM »
I'd love to have IS for video in this lens.

At the moment I'm about to upgrade to FF with a 5dmkII, one of the main reasons being that my 50mm 1.4 will be easier to handhold, which is sometimes a necessity at weddings when shooting the cake cutting or dancing at the end of the reception. I'll also be adding a 28mm 1.8 for even easier handholding in lowlight.

EOS Bodies / Re: Another Spec List for the Entry Level Full Frame EOS
« on: July 25, 2012, 08:25:40 PM »
I think I started the $2500 thing - here is my thinking.  It would seem unlikely that Canon would sell a 'better' camera than the 5dMKII for less money.  We haven't seen any direct successors coming out cheaper than their replacements in quite a while. 

Well, this camera would not be the direct successor to the 5dmkII, so it is entirely feasible that it would come out at a lower price.

The one thing I think would be missing on a cheap FF at this price point is build quality - it would still be good, but not at the same level as the 7D. After all, not even the 5dmkII has the same weather sealing as the 7D.

I'd be perfectly happy with a 1Dx sensor in a body with 60D build quality, if it came in under $2000.

Lenses / Re: Best lense for bird shots
« on: July 24, 2012, 09:06:50 AM »
When it comes to telephoto lenses, budget is often the deciding factor. Do you have $1200 or $12,000 to spend?

The 400mm 5.6L is a good starting point for telephoto primes - relatively cheap and very sharp. For 10x the price you can add 2 stops (400mm f/2.8 ) or double the focal length (800mm f/5.6). 

Lenses / Re: New 17-55 coming soon?
« on: July 23, 2012, 08:10:00 PM »
Thanks Adam!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Packing list for trip of a lifetime
« on: July 23, 2012, 08:07:13 PM »
Being that you are going to be flying on small planes, riding on zodiacs and generally around a bunch of other tourists, you don't want to be the prick with the massive rolling Pelican case. 

In my experience, fellow travellers have loved the fact that I always carry the portable chair/workbench/cricket-stumps/cubby house/dining table/go cart/toboggan/bomb shelter/life raft/ladder/shield/security locker/wheelbarrow/hospital bed that is my Pelican 1650 Case.

Of course, if you don't need the bomb shelter or cubby house options, they do make a range of briefcase-sized cases that are perfect for a camera body and a few lenses.  :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrading 40d
« on: July 23, 2012, 07:26:09 PM »
You can crop in post, but you'll lose a lot of your resolution.

You can crop APS-C photos in post as well, for even tighter framing, so regardless of post-cropping the APS-C sensor still has major advantages for telephoto shots.

Perhaps the one exception is the Nikon D800 with 36mp. Assuming you're using good glass, you can crop 36mp a long way, to the point where it is equivelant to an ~18mp APS-C sensor.

EOS Bodies / Re: New, cheaper, Canon FF DSLR... 70D?
« on: July 23, 2012, 07:09:24 PM »
But, what about the 7D user who has nothing but his EF-S 18-135 kit lens, and wants to upgrade to the 6D and can't use it.
That will be so confusing a complete marketing disaster!

If a 7D user is upgrading to a 6D (assuming the theoretical 6D is a budget FF camera) he is going to be doing it solely for the FF sensor, as the other features such as fps and weather sealing will likely be a downgrade from the 7D (so not many people who bought the 7D on the basis of marketing hype or a pushy salesman will likely make the upgrade, as they'll look at those specs and think that their 7D is superior!). So, assuming the average 7D>6D upgrader is aware of the FF difference, he most likely also knows about the EF-S lenses and limitations. In any case, it is no different to a user who is upgrading from a 7D to a 5DmkII or 5DmkIII.

On the  other hand, even a well educated 7D or 60D user could be thrown by a FF 7DmkII or 70D, as these are the direct replacments in the current line, rather than a parallel line of cameras.

EOS Bodies / Re: New, cheaper, Canon FF DSLR... 70D?
« on: July 23, 2012, 06:57:17 PM »
I tend to agree with everything you say excepts for this:

XXD is used only by one camera. There is no XXD "series" it's just a single camera

There are 6 cameras in this series last I checked! Even considering the fact that the 60D was somewhat of a repositioning of the line, the xxD series is and always has been the next tier up from the rebel series.

Either way I don't think the XXD series will ever become FF.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: How should I spend my cash?
« on: July 23, 2012, 11:11:23 AM »
Hi Thundermonkey.

I've never shot speeches on anything as wide as a 24-70, normally I use my 80-200 and that is perfect. The way I like to work is to have one camera on the speaker on a tripod, while I roam around getting CU's and reaction shots of the crowd with a monopod. I go back to the main camera between each speech to re-frame (for height differences) and to wait and see if they are going to be a 'roamer'. Once I'm moving around I still keep an eye on the speaker and if they look like they're going to move, I'll quickly run back to adjust the main camera. Sometimes (depending on if I have an extra shooter/more than 2 cameras with me) I'll also have a static medium shot of the bride & groom at their table which makes for a perfect back-up angle.

I think I'll probably get the 28mm & 85mm new as there don't seem to be many used ones floating around in Australia. The 70-200 and 17-55 I will probably buy used, but if I get good prices on the stuff I'm selling I might get those brand new as well.

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