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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: IS on when filming on tripod?
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:52:12 PM »
I've shot some long exposure scenes that were absolutely ruined by having IS turned on with my 70-200 2.8L IS II lens :(.  I wouldn't trust it at all, even if it claims to have tripod detection.

The effect must be different with video vs photo. I've filmed a lot on a tripod with that lens, and never saw a problem with the video. I have seen problems on long exposure photos though. And I've seen problems with the 24-105 when IS is on using a tripod. Also the 35 f/2 IS has never given me a problem with IS on.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 40mm stm verses 35mm IS lens?
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:36:23 AM »
I don't know how you would follow focus with the 40mm STM ... there's not much of a focus ring.
I have both of these lenses. I rarely use the 40, but the 35 f/2 IS is a great little lens and I use it a lot.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: IS on when filming on tripod?
« on: October 17, 2014, 10:03:37 PM »
I usually leave my IS on all the time, but that's because the lenses have tripod detection, and the IS shuts off automatically. I do turn the IS off on the 24-105, I don't think it has tripod detection.

I use f/4 to 5.6 (on full frame) for interviews usually, depending on focal length and focal distance. You can get away with f/2.8 if you are framing the whole body sitting in chair. The subject will move around, and their distance to camera will change, so you need a little extra depth of field unless you intend to have the face go in and out of focus a bit. It's extremely difficult to keep a close face in focus at f/2.8, even on crop sensor. I don't like the variable ND filters. I have a 4- stop and a 6 stop ND (B&W), and they give a better result than the variable filters (I have a variable, can't remember the brand). You probably wont need a ND filter indoors unless you are blasting a lot more light than necessary at the subject.

Also ... use shutter speed twice the frame rate, as others mention (24p = 1/50sec, 30p = 1/60 sec). Use two cameras at least if possible, get two angles and two framings. Use a lav mic, this will make more difference than anything else you do. Cheapest good solution :  Zoom H1N recorder with Olympus ME-15 lav mic, total cost $125 for both. Sync the audio in post and everyone will think you've been doing this for 25 years.
Don't forget to custom white balance and shoot with picture profile "marvels advanced." Set the sharpness and contrast down a couple notches, then adjust to taste in post.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 03:26:23 PM »
Doesn't mean a thing. It will all depend on what the package offers.
If the 6DII has everything I want, and the 5D4 is too much$, I'll move up to a 6DII from the 5D3. I don't really care what model number they use.

EOS Bodies / Re: \
« on: October 13, 2014, 04:37:32 PM »
Nice video, but I agree that lack of touchscreen was a missed opportunity for this camera. It bodes well for the 80D, next rebel, or next EOS-M though.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Cinema EOS Camera Will Be..... [CR2]
« on: October 11, 2014, 03:05:42 AM »
I'm just excited to see this rumor. Canon can hit this out of the park.
The C100 is great for one man band and really small teams on a really small budget.
I'm not greedy: gives us 10 bit, 4:2:2, good codecs, 120fps (or better) at 1080p, 4K , 1/2 inch good viewfinder, amazing touch screen LCD, killer low light sensor with full sensor DPAF, face tracking, wifi control, wifi transfer and streaming capability, skip the GPS. Keep the weight and size down too!
Some people dump all over AF, but when you have to interview and operate the camera at the same time it can be a lifesaver, and the DPAF in the 70D is proving to be very good for this. Allows you to film yourself on camera and stay in focus too.
The C100 mkII could be the camera of my dreams.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Cinema EOS Camera Will Be..... [CR2]
« on: October 10, 2014, 04:20:37 PM »
Normally I'd be rather skeptical of Canon releasing a lower end camera that would outperform their current higher end model, but the C300 has been out for a long time and is still in high demand for TV work. A new C100 won't kill the rental market for the C300 or make it instantly obsolete. It might hurt sales, but since it's an established model on the verge of replacement anyway, I could actually see this happening.
A C100 mkII would sell like water in the desert  if it offered the things that prosumer camera nerds think are hot right now, like 4k and higher FPS. It would record internally to some compressed codec that TV and the BBC won't like, but anyone shooting weddings/scenics/webvideos wouldn't care too much about that. The C300 mkII would drop at NAB and record ProRes and do all the things that TV/BBC specs require. The wedding guys will think they still got a great camera for less than a C300 and the TV guys will have to buy the more expensive C300 II anyway. Win-win.
Even if it doesn't do everything that the Sony FS7 does, it will still do what makes Canon so desirable anyway...great skin tones straight out of the camera.

I'm guessing Canon will deliver a lot of goodies with C100 II, including the XF codec. We have just seen Sony come out with 3 really big value items that undermine Canon products: The A7s low light monster, the PXW-X70 small ENG / doc camera that not only destroys the Canon XA20 but beats out the much more expensive XF200 as well, and now the PXW-FS7 that looks implausibly affordable for what it delivers. Sony is demonstrating that they are in it to win it. I am rooting for Canon, but Sony is getting really tempting, so bring on an irresistible C100, or watch the dollars start flowing to Sony!

Canon General / Re: More Canon Lens Mentions [CR2]
« on: October 10, 2014, 04:00:45 PM »
If Canon pulls this off (11-24 f/4L) with outstanding quality, it would be worth quite a lot of $$$.
But it's still a bit of a specialist lens. Nice to know it's available. There are a lot of other things tempting money from my wallet, so this would fall into "nice to have" category for me, especially since there are other more practical and much cheaper ways, to go wide.

Still, I am glad they are NOT going to f/2.8 ... that lens would be a monster with an even bigger price, and difficult to use in cramped quarters. With the ever-increasing quality of high ISO sensors, f/2.8 is becoming less important for low light (f/2.8 is no where near enough for shallow DOF in an ultrawide, even at 24mm).

Canon General / Re: More Canon Lens Mentions [CR2]
« on: October 10, 2014, 11:32:20 AM »
Way too much $$ for me, but I might rent one. Very specialist lens.
I can put a $350 Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 (or 12mm f/2) on my EOS M, and get interesting results in a tiny package carried on a little waist bag. Sure it's not as good as a 11-24 on my 5D3, but it's quickly available while simultaneously using the 5D3 with a 16-35 or 70-200.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Cinema EOS Camera Will Be..... [CR2]
« on: October 10, 2014, 10:29:14 AM »
This is the best news I've heard all year.
I hope it's real and imminent, and I hope they go all in on this, because I've been eyeing that new, soon-to-be released Sony PXW-FS7

EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 08, 2014, 11:30:44 PM »
Multi-layer, 16 bit, super charged bosons, or whatever. They could have jellyfish tentacles inside for all I care. It's a new tech, and when it hits the street we'll see if it redefines "awesome" or not.
What I do like, is that the leapfrog game of competition appears to be on, and Canon, as we all should know, is not sleeping while Sony pumps out new tech.

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: October 06, 2014, 10:01:11 PM »
One of my biggest epiphanies involving gear is that you buy a camera for your lenses, not the other way around.

Agreed. You buy a whole system. Lens selection keeps me away from Sony for now. And lenses like the 35 f/2 IS, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS mkII, and Canon's two 16-35 lenses keeps me in the Canon camp now. The 5DIII with 35 f/2 IS is a great combo, both for video and photos. For video, the IS is so good that the shots sometimes look like they are on a tripod. Can't do that with Sony or Nikon, and f/2 gives great low light performance as well as shallow DOF.

I think Canon will leap frog Sony and Nikon before too long, and I'll have my great lenses. If Sony gets some great lenses for the A7s, maybe I'll go there in version 2. Even the D750 is not tempting me away from the Canon lenses that I love.

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: October 06, 2014, 03:27:38 PM »
Fall, and Winter

Lenses / Re: Shootout: EF 16-35 f/4L IS vs EF 17-40 f/4L
« on: September 27, 2014, 09:21:33 PM »

Should be compared to the 16-35 f/2.8 mkII

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 26, 2014, 05:58:18 PM »
Won't be easy to get on the 70D or 7D Mark II either.

If they eventually get it working on the 7DII, I would be very tempted to trade in the 1D just for dual iso.  That looks pretty amazing.

Does anyone have a link to good dual iso shots? I haven't seen any. The resolution is cut in half, the skin tones look to be badly damaged (and hard to repair because there's only one shot) in the shots I've seen, and you will see moire and aliasing in both shadows and highlights. Since skin tones seem to a problem, this will mostly be "useful" for still shots, but you can't do near as much with the photo in editing as you can with an ordinary HDR shot, which gives you several shots to layer in addition to the HDR composite shot.

Dual ISO is a clever technical achievement, but not useful yet, IMHO. Maybe it will be useful when there's a 45 MP sensor, and a solution for moire, aliasing, and skin tones.

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