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EOS Bodies / Re: 5dMKII vs. 60D
« on: November 27, 2011, 07:56:47 AM »
Ok ima  video shooter and i have used both,

If you are just starting out then yeah the 60D will serve you well for a long time. It will get you into the understanding of DOF and how to pull focus on a DSLR etc etc.

But where the 60D has those bonuses it also lacks a fair bit. Those being low light and other details that you can only really get from a FF sensor.

On the other hand the 5D is a fantastic camera but not really a camera for a beginner. The learning curve is steep and you may be better off sticking with the 60D is you are not 100% dedicated to what you are wanting to do.

As for lenses, The 60D with the Tokina and a 50mm f1.8 (around 80mm on FF) will cover most shots you will need for basic video, maybe even chuck in a cheap 55-250 lens in there too for those shots you need the reach.
On the 5D the 24-105 will be more than capable for most video because you don't use the zoom when filming you fix a focal length and then use the focus ring only. This way you can cover the use of multiple primes with a stock lens, at least until you can upgrade it to primes that are in the lengths that suit your style of shooting....or you can afford a set of EF Zeiss Cine Primes.

The only other thing that i would suggest is skip the single 32GB card and buy 2x16GB cards, That way if anything goes wrong during a shoot then  you only loose 1 card and you can always offload during a shoot by rotating them instead of having to stop filming to do so.

Either way let us know what you decide to go with.

I don't see why the 5D has anymore of a learning curve than the 60D? Could you explain that one to me? And a 50mm is 50mm on FF. So I assume you meant to say 80mm on a cropped sensor.
I wouldn't say either are 'beginner' cameras. I'd probably get the 1100D for that.

I agree with the memory card situation. Get more smaller cards as it is possible they can corrupt. I have 4gb and 8gb's cards and about 6 of them.

Low light and depth of field are the big bonuses with full frame.
I'm guessing that he is referring to the fact that the 5D MKII only has a creative zone vs the 60D which has the more conventional presets found in point & shoot cameras. 

United States / Re: Telephoto Zoom or Prime?
« on: November 14, 2011, 09:44:40 PM »
Sometimes people think that they need a long lens, but animals are large.

Here is a image taken up in the stands with a 35mm lens on my 1D MK

III and cropped.

That is the funniest looking horse I've ever seen . . . okay, well not the FUNNIEST, but certainly odd looking ;)

Seriously though . . . on a crop body, I recently had these two on my list: F/2.8 200mm L & F/4 300mm IS L . . . the latter got swapped out (wish list, again) for the 100-400 -> then the recent rumor intervened in my fantasy/advertising campaign to my wife . . .

Renting is a good idea, I don't think you can go wrong with the f2.8 200mm . . . as soon as I can get past a month where a relative doesn't need heating fuel or tires, I'm going to have one. 

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS "Soonish" [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2011, 07:57:02 AM »
The 70-300L is a great lens. Hopefully the new 100-400 will follow along that path. It will be interesting to see if it will take an extender.

Agree. 100-400 on a 7 D mk II eventually. That will with a 1,4 converter give me a in reality 224 - 896 mm zoom. Could i ask for more in landscape photos ;)
You could ask that they don't hamstring the AF with an "upgrade" :(

Lenses / Re: Gear Acquisition Syndrome: please help!!!
« on: November 11, 2011, 11:48:28 AM »

You have a moderate case of Accessoritis.  It's not a big deal, but as Chris Rock said "they don't cure anything anymore" -- you can learn to live with it.

Suppression is the key.  Go down to your local registry office, chapel or other house of worship "meet a nice girl" and get married.

You'll be forced to make due from thereon out.


Rentals are probably the way to go for a bit.  I have a feeling you'll love the 85mm 1.8 you mentioned; I'm dying to get a FF body and put mine on it . . .

Do you still have the 40D around? If so and you can juggle 2 bodies, try your 24-105mm on it, the change in range could be enough to spur your imagination a bit.

Whatever you go with (f/2.8 and under isn't cheap in a lot of cases) get something with a constant aperture across the range.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: PowerShot S100 reviewed and compared to the S95
« on: November 09, 2011, 04:22:57 PM »
I'd be interested in hearing what happens with the GPS left on and battery drain.  That was a problem with the pannys.

Can you give us an idea after a week or so of intermittent/little use?

EOS Bodies / Re: Make Your 5D Mark II Infrared
« on: November 08, 2011, 10:57:04 AM »
When I moved from the 5D to the 5DMkII I had the 5D converted to IR at a local shop for about $350. I've been happy with the results even though some Canon glass produces hotspots.

That seems to be the most reasonable idea.  I was considering picking up an old XSi and having it done . . . but couldn't rationalize spending the money on anything other than more glass.

EOS Bodies / Re: Make Your 5D Mark II Infrared
« on: November 08, 2011, 09:40:40 AM »
I looked into IR conversions (specifically was going down the heat camera line of thought) but that's a hefty chunk of dough (the cost of modding a 5DmkII) to go IR.

Canon General / Re: New APS-C Camera in February?
« on: November 07, 2011, 11:04:00 PM »
My vote:
A new 7D/60D . . . figure a 7D with articulating screen and Digic V  . . . seriously, what else do you need?  Oh yeah, and a metal internal body with plastic external so it's superior, yet people can complain :) -- before smiting, at least post and admit that's why you're doing it :P

EOS Bodies / Re: November 3, 2011 Announcement
« on: November 03, 2011, 03:00:22 PM »
Now its soon 8 PM here in Norway. Will there be an announcement soon. Or is this just a wish

Document says Hollywood, CA -- it's Noon there now . . . movie execs are just gettin' outa bed :)

Lenses / Re: New Lenses Imminent? [CR1]
« on: November 03, 2011, 07:48:00 AM »
Are there (valid) complaints about the 85 f/1.8? Mine is one of my best lenses I own. I can't imagine improvements and it staying in the same price range/class.

x2 -- nothing wrong with the 85mm. 

What would the point of improving the 50mm f1.8 be?  Don't get me wrong, there's room for improvement, but improving build quality/speed would make it basically exactly the same thing as the 50mm f/1.4 except for gaining the (think???) 2/3 of a stop?  There would be no motivation to buy the f/1.4.  "I'm gonna have to go ahead and disagree with you there."

Maybe we're back to bored tipsters making crap up again . . . we'll know soon enough if more 'official 5DmkIII specs come in  ;)

Canon General / Re: Filters: Cokin P Series "Equivalent" quandary
« on: November 02, 2011, 02:00:37 PM »
But, replying to this post (thanks for the question!!) spurred me to have another look, and sometime very recently, Schneider released an 82mm 10-stop ND filter!  Happy happy joy joy.  I'm off to order one...

It's posts like this that gratify my Igor-esque "IT MUST BE MINE!" purchasing habits.  ;D

Lenses / Re: Lens Announcement [CR1]
« on: October 26, 2011, 09:36:25 AM »
Howabout 24-105 f2.8.

Would you like that announced at the annual faeries and unicorns convention? :) (I kid, but it'll not happen)

I say 24-70 f/2.8L II.  Big money! No WHammies! C'mon 24-70 f/2.8L II!  ;D

Lenses / Re: The price 300mm 2.8 IS--is just greed--maybe?
« on: October 25, 2011, 09:38:22 AM »
1) Anyone who buys this stuff new should be able to afford it since it's their livelihood. 

2) You can rent for a reasonable price, and save up for one of your own.

3) Why buy new if money means that much to you?

4) How many "canon is screwing us" Spartacus threads do we really need?

If money is your problem, the F/4 is priced exceptionally well.  If principal is your issue (since under $5k is what you call reasonable) then get a MK1 which can be had for $5500, less if you find a deal used.

Canon General / Re: Canon USA - New Lens Rebates
« on: October 25, 2011, 07:37:34 AM »
Hello retailer price increases . . . jump on this as soon as they hit if you want one; about a year ago US retailers caught wise to the rebate thing and started bumping the prices of bodies when the rebates come in . . . sad.  I never thought I'd be happier with a mail-in rebate :/

This one is just plain silly:
EF 50mm f/1.8 II $115 ($10)

Lenses / Re: Want to buy a portrait lens
« on: October 23, 2011, 08:19:46 PM »
You have a 5D MK II . . . so the 85mm f/1.8, hands down, all day, every day is going to be the best prime (not just portrait) for your money.

Better primes exist, but on FF, that is just a fabulous lens.

I use my 50mm f/1.4 on my 60D, but I have to say, if I had a FF, I'd use my 85mm more.

Good luck :)

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