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Landscape / Re: Winter Milky Way Time Lapse - (Canon 5D MK II)
« on: January 18, 2012, 02:28:08 PM »
I shoot Manual, @ f2.8 , in Raw.

Also to add: 30 second exposures, ISO 3200, White Balance 3400K. I don't think I mentioned those settings on here.

Harles99 - I was blown away by your video - truly well done.

One question though...  if you're taking 30 second exposures, how have you not got star trails?

Inspired by your pictures, I tried taking some images of the stars a few nights ago and found that above 15 seconds the stars start to trail   :-\

It depends on the focal length, the wider you're shooting the longer exposure you can use.  What lens were you using?

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Lenses / Re: 35mm L vs. 135mm L. IQ?
« on: January 18, 2012, 10:59:07 AM »
This is kind of like comparing a Mercedes S600 with a Ferrari 458 Italia, they are both bad ass cars but serve different purposes.  35L and 135L are both AWESOME lenses and both have amazing IQ, but I just don't see the sense in comparing the two, seeing as the focal lengths are so far apart.

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Lenses / Re: Need advice from filmmakers concerning my lens collection
« on: January 18, 2012, 10:57:12 AM »
So far I have the 24L ii, 35L, 50L, and 70-200 2.8.  Someone has offered to trader their 24-70mm 2.8 for my 50L.  I find myself a little bit frustrated changing my primes when I'm recording unplanned and unpredictable material.  Do you think i should just get a cheap Sigma/Tamron zoom and just get the nice L primes?

I wouldn't do it, I've thought of giving up my 50 before but just can't do it.  If anything maybe ADD a 24-70 to your collection, you can find them for $900 used and if you could swing that it would probably be your best option.  It is a great walk around lens, but not worth sacrificing any of those primes for. 

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Landscape / Re: Time Lapse
« on: January 18, 2012, 10:55:15 AM »
You know you can use Quicktime 7 to do this without scripts....go to "create new image sequence" and you select the folder with all of the pics in it and select a framerate and you're good to go. 

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Landscape / Re: Winter Milky Way Time Lapse - (Canon 5D MK II)
« on: January 18, 2012, 10:53:53 AM »
Great work, really enjoyed it.

Two questions:
1/ which mode did you shoot in (P, Av, Tv, M) ?
2/ What was the aperture?
3/ did you shoot in Raw or Jpeg ?

Best regards,
Thomas


I would always do manual for these types of things, and you usually want to shoot pretty close to wide open.  If you're in a place with very little light pollution you can get away with much shorter exposures.  I've gotten some amazing results shooting at f/2, ISO 1600 for 5 seconds. 

I saw the OP didn't like the DP dolly, but I LOVE it.  It's super easy to set up and the intervalometer is built in to the controller.  You can set it up to move anywhere from .12 inches per minute to 30 inches per minute, or you can put it in SMS (shoot, move, shoot) mode and that will give you the smoothest motion possible. 

You can also mount it upside down and get some really cool shots (since the track is no longer visible).  This is an example of that :
Small | Large


Sure it's kinda pricey for the money, but it's not that bad carrying it around in a ski bag.  I'm just going to ship the rail to the west coast when I fly out there. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Still waiting for 5d mkiii but should I be?
« on: January 17, 2012, 08:11:02 PM »
The only cost to waiting is an intangible "oppertunity" cost. 

I agree with everything you said, but it's "opportunity"  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Still waiting for 5d mkiii but should I be?
« on: January 17, 2012, 08:08:20 PM »
I am nikon crop sensor user for past 3 years, then i decided too jump to fullframe 5d markii, i choose canon because i found most "L" lens is cheaper to "N" lens.. I personally did not take the kit, i choose the 24-70mm f2.8L. but if you are the person who like take video, the 24-105mm is great choice. for still image, f2.8 is better..

I think you've got it backwards, f/2.8 is crucial for video, f/4 is just begging for more noise in low-light situations.  The 24-105IS is great for stills because the IS allows you to shoot with a slower shutter speed, which allows you to shoot at a lower ISO. 

With video, sure the IS may stabilize it a bit, but it does absolutely nothing in terms of allowing you to shoot at a lower ISO. 

It's personal preference,  I like the 24-105 as a walk around lens for stills, but for video I'd take the 24-70 over it any day.

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Lenses / Re: Fair price for 85mm F1.2 Mark I
« on: January 16, 2012, 11:28:43 PM »
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No I don't, I use them for video mostly so I'm using MF 90% of the time.  I'd like to set up the micro adjustment but it seems time consuming and somewhat complicated.



You can give this program a try:

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,2477.msg60057/topicseen.html#new
http://www.reikan.co.uk/focal/index.html

 I am still in the process of reworking my adjustments but so far is seems spot on with my findings. And all it takes is a press of a button basically.


Thanks!

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Lenses / Re: Do you go through stages of loving primes or zooms?
« on: January 16, 2012, 11:27:21 PM »
I bought my 5D Mark II in Nov 2011, and the madness began:
(in order)
50mm f/1.4 (first one I grabbed)
35L & 50L - paid $2400 for the pair from a wedding photographer that had switched to Nikon
85mm f/1.8
16-35mm f/2.8L II
24-70mm f/2.8L
70-200 f/2.8L IS - Traded the 35L and 85 1.8 for this one for some reason
100L
135L
35L (2nd copy)
14L II

I sold all the zooms except the 16-35 (which I'm about to sell), but I'm not gonna lie there are times I really wish I had a 24-70 to walk around with, switching lenses can be a bitch.

When I was reading you got the 35L and 50L for $2400 I was well impressed, then when I read you traded the 35L I was momentarily shocked until I saw you got a second copy  ::) You certainly have did a lot of shopping, nice one.

Yeah at the time I still had the 24-70, and with the 16-35 I just felt like I didn't need a dedicated 35mm lens, so I traded it and the 85 1.8 for the 70-200 f/2.8 IS.

The guy at the local camera shop told me if I ever wanted to sell it he would take it off my hands, and one day a few months later he called telling me he had gotten a 35 1.4 and 85L II from an estate of a photographer that had died.  They were both never taken out of the studio, so I went to the shop, he gave me $1600 for the 70-200 and I paid another $1200 and got the 85L II and 35L.  They were both so mint, the 35L was from 2001 and looked so much better than the first copy I had from 2006.  I mean it looked brand new, as did the 85L.

I never realized I had traded a 35 and 85 (1.8) for the 70-200 and ended up trading it back for another 85 and 35L haha

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: January 16, 2012, 04:12:16 PM »

Rosette Nebula by Crestie Crazy, on Flickr
About 2 hours total exposure. Astro-Modified 450D with 135mm f/2 at f/2. Astronomik CLS and H-alpha filters used separately. This is cropped.


Dude holy crap, that is AWESOME.  What part of the country are you in? 

I've been trying to find a telescope that I can use in conjunction with my DSLR, but all the sites get pretty overwhelming...so many choices and I can't figure out what's what.  I've looked at the Meade, Nextar and Celestron I think, do you have any recommendations?

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Lenses / Re: Fair price for 85mm F1.2 Mark I
« on: January 16, 2012, 04:09:13 PM »
The original version (aka MkI) is optically similar to the MkII, the 'improvements' were a slight reduction in flare, circular aperture blades (better bokeh), and faster AF speed (faster is quite a relative term in this context, as the MkII is anything but 'fast').

I see the MkI listed for $1350-1375 on FM, although you never know the actual selling price.  I usually pay less for items I buy on CL than the going rate on FM.  I'd be tempted to offer $1200-1250...

All of the ones I found were $1800-$1900

Timing is everything.  I paid $1870 for a new one from B&H in June, 2010.

The 85L II is the sharpest lens I own, even more sharp than the 135L.

It shouldn't be...  Do you have both of them AF microadjusted for your camera?

No I don't, I use them for video mostly so I'm using MF 90% of the time.  I'd like to set up the micro adjustment but it seems time consuming and somewhat complicated.

I think I made it sound like the 85 was significantly sharper than the 135L, they are very close but my 85 is ridiculous for some reason.  The 85L II's I rented before I owned it were sharp, but not as sharp as the one I ended up buying.  I don't know if it's a freak or something, but it's ridiculous. 
My 135L is damn sharp too though, but the 85 seems slightly sharper.  This isn't based on any credible tests or anything, just from what I've seen in the video I've shot. 

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http://www.eoshd.com/content/6817/samsung-in-cmos-break-through-pulls-4k-video-off-sensor-in-400-compact-camera

I've had a few people on the forum suggest that the CDSLR will cost MORE than the C300 simply because it's 4k.  I wondered what they could possibly add to a standard DSLR body that would justify it costing $14,000 more than Canon's top of the line camera (1DX). 

This article is somewhat reassuring.... if they can get that out of a $400 camera, I'm sure that they can make the Cinema DSLR a relatively reasonable price.  8)

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Lenses / Re: Fair price for 85mm F1.2 Mark I
« on: January 16, 2012, 03:53:17 PM »
I think that's a fair price...I hunted for the 85L II for months and they kept slipping through my fingers, I think I ended up paying $1800 for it (but in outstanding condition with box and everything).  All of the ones I found were $1800-$1900, and the cheapest I've seen one was $1600 (after I had found one of course).  But $1500 is definitely a great deal and you probably won't find one that cheap very often. 

I would say $1350 for the 85L I is a pretty fair deal, I don't know if I'd call it "great," but definitely not bad.  I'm sure he'll take $1300 if it's listed for $1350, but if you could talk him down more, even better. 

I think I've read some reviews that suggested the IQ was better on the V1, they are definitely similar and both beautiful.  The 85L II is the sharpest lens I own, even more sharp than the 135L.

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Lenses / Re: Do you go through stages of loving primes or zooms?
« on: January 16, 2012, 10:50:20 AM »
I bought my 5D Mark II in Nov 2011, and the madness began:
(in order)
50mm f/1.4 (first one I grabbed)
35L & 50L - paid $2400 for the pair from a wedding photographer that had switched to Nikon
85mm f/1.8
16-35mm f/2.8L II
24-70mm f/2.8L
70-200 f/2.8L IS - Traded the 35L and 85 1.8 for this one for some reason
100L
135L
35L (2nd copy)
14L II

I sold all the zooms except the 16-35 (which I'm about to sell), but I'm not gonna lie there are times I really wish I had a 24-70 to walk around with, switching lenses can be a bitch.

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DO NOT USE SIMPLY ELECTRONICS

Best place for price in the UK that I know is www.procamerashop.co.uk
Then it's HDEW cameras.

For anything other than cameras and lenses then Dale Photographic or Warehouse Express.

Has anyone else used procamerashop? Their prices look a little on the cheap side across the board, which always sets off alarm bells for me.  I don't mean to slander them if they are genuine, but £899 for a 7D body? Most places sell them second hand for more than that!

Edit: I've looked at hdew cameras as well and they seem to be the same prices.  Neither of these sites appear on Camera Price Buster; I don't know if this comparison site takes commission (which might explain this), but it seems a bit strange...

It's $1375 US from B&H Photo Video, which is about the same as 899gbp, so I don't think it sounds too unrealistic.  I was actually talking with a guy from England yesterday at a local shop and he was like a kid in a candy store about the prices.  I see 7D's used (but like new condition) for $1000-$1200 all the time here. 

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