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Wow are there really people complaining about the 135L and linking comparisons with the 200 f/2!?!?!?  $6k vs $900, I'd hope to god the 200 f/2 was better for costing 5x more. 

I thought the fact that the 135L is one of Canon's sharpest lenses and best values was just common knowledge, never ever seen anyone complain about it.  And test charts can only tell you so much, try real world use and then come back and complain.  I mean for you to say that I can only believe you've never actually used one, or if you did it was a bad copy.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: BMD 4K, EOS C100 or 5D3
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:40:12 AM »
Paulie that's a tough choice, but I'd go with the BMD Production cam.  It's the newest one, has the best specs, and it's the most future proof of the bunch. It has compressed RAW (which some consider a disadvantage, but I welcome it) and global shutter (which is a big advantage).  They haven't released any footage of course, but I think it's worth

If you're doing more run and gun shooting the C100 may be a good option, but it's way more expensive than the others and the image quality is somewhat underwhelming.

The 5D3 is a great camera of course, and if you get one refurb for $2300 it's not a bad deal. It's nice to have the RAW capability, but after playing with that for a few weeks the workflow is just a bit too cumbersome.  I'm sure that will change over time, but as of right now I don't know how useful it is in terms of efficiency.

I have the BMPC preordered and I'm looking forward to playing with it.  I'd go with that one for sure, it's specs are comparable to the $17k Sony F5 (minus the high FPS).

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon wants to make everyone a filmmaker
« on: July 02, 2013, 01:43:34 PM »
1080p at 60fps would have likely made me an instant buyer.  Even 1080p at 48fps would have been a major step towards instant buyer.  Not sure what the hold up to offering these features really is - I don't believe it's only technical...  I do appreciate the ALL-I recording format, like the 5DMk3 offers. That alone is a significant step of an upgrade compared to the Rebel line.

ALL-I is worthless and offers no improvement in image quality whatsoever, what do you like about it so much?  And do you shoot that much slow motion that lack of 60P is enough to keep you from buying an otherwise much-improved camera?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon wants to make everyone a filmmaker
« on: July 02, 2013, 01:41:50 PM »
The camera has improved all around, Canon seems to be trying to satisfy both types of users and I think they've done a good job.  Faster burst rate, better high ISO performance, 19pt AF, and then the AF on the video side of things. 

That being said, I don't see many video professionals taking any interest in this camera.  I have never once wished to have AF while shooting video, the motion picture industry has been using MF since it's inception, people are used to it.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Follow focus advices
« on: June 30, 2013, 12:44:22 PM »
Yes the Edelkrone looks pretty sweet.  Follow focus isn't very complicated, I would think that anything that isn't dirt cheap should be sufficient.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: ALL-I or IPB?
« on: June 30, 2013, 12:39:36 PM »
My apologies for digging up an older thread, but I have noticed one thing when shooting video with my 5D Mark III and then editing on a Mac/FCP.

At work, all of my video editing is done on a Mac and FCP 7. Normally, I use a Sony HXR-NX5U, which FCP logs and transfers just fine. I'm aware that DSLR footage isn't native to FCP7 and as such, must be transcoded to ProRes for efficient editing. If I can't transcode directly via FCP, I use MPEG Streamclip.

With that said, I recently shot some footage on my 5D3 @ 1080p/24fps/ALL-I. I loaded the footage into MPEG Streamclip (latest build)....and the program promptly crashed. I tried again and got to the export screen, but it crashed again. I then loaded up FCP7 and entered the Log/Transfer menu, to transcode the ALL-I footage to ProRes. Same thing happened-- FCP crashed when trying to bring up the ALL-I footage.

So I went out and reshot the clips, this time in IPB. I brought the 5D3 IPB footage back to my Mac, loaded up MPEG Streamclip and voila: Footage was converted to ProRes MOV files without issue or crashing.

Now, I may be completely oblivious to some work around, or I may be having a "Master of the Obvious" moment, but for FCP/Mac users, I would advise shooting IPB to avoid transcoding headaches.

Of course, if you use Adobe Premiere 5.0/higher (as I do at home on my PC), then all this is bypassed, due to Premiere's native DSLR capabilities :).

LOL you don't need to transcode ALL-I, the whole point of shooting ALL-I is that it's more edit-friendly, you should be able to just drop it in and edit.  And seriously get off of FCP7, FCPX is 10x better now that it's had a few years of updates.  And plus you can edit H.264 whether it be IPB or Prores straight off of the card and skip transcoding all together.  Plus it's 64-bit (So you can use much more RAM than the 2.5GB max FCP7 has) and you dont have to waste countless hours waiting on stuff to render.  Seriously, people were turned off by it at first, but only because it looked a lot like iMovie, but it's seriously an awesome NLE now.  I don't care if you're the best FCP7 user on Earth, no way you could finish the same project in FCP7 faster than I could in FCPX.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 6D video settings
« on: June 30, 2013, 12:36:28 PM »
Like they said, keep the shutter at 1/50 for 24fps and 1/60 for 30fps.

•Turn off highlight tone priority and noise reduction
•Use ISO's in multiples of 160, they produce the least noise
•Use a flat picture profile, I'd recommend Neutral with:
Sharpness at 0 (all the way down)
Contrast at -2 to -4
Saturation at -2 to -4

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: June 30, 2013, 12:32:15 PM »
I'm pretty sure the guy in the video is the guy who posted this, since his other posts direct people to his rants on the 7D and 6D.  Under the "what don't you like about the 6D thread" he posted a link to his 6D rant and wrote "this guy has some pretty good points" or something like that, what a tool.

Like they said, use an ND filter.  Since you have to keep the shutter speed fixed at 50 if you stop the lens down all the way and have the ISO is the lowest possible then ND's are your only option. 

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: c100 and Ninja 2 jaggy lines
« on: June 17, 2013, 04:59:16 PM »
Are you shooting for broadcast?  If no then ditch the external recorder, not worth the trouble for minimal gains that you have to really pixel peep to notice.  Most professionals couldn't distinguish the two, let alone your average viewer.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon X-Video Picture Style
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:48:50 PM »
Thanks for asking, my 7d is a bit wobbly and chewing up batteries so off to cps.
The RAW progress looks amazing, just need to try and justify the spend.  What data rates are you getting?  Are you cutting it natively in your NLE?  What are you using?

Data rate seems to be around 100-120mbps, using a Komputerbay 64GB and can run it for 5 minutes straight with 0 skipped frames, so that's pretty sweet.  I've experimented with pretty much all the available software people have made recently (raw2dng, RAWanizer, etc.).  I tried Rawanizer which is supposed to give you Cineform .mov files but have been having trouble with that.  So as of now I've just been doing a workflow similar to the BMCC, convert the .RAW to cinema DNG's, process those using Camera Raw, export to TIFF, bring into FCPX, export as prores, edit that.  I haven't actually gone any further than processing them with Camera Raw, just been experimenting and haven't really shot anything with the intent of editing it. 

I have to say it's insane how much you can do in post, night and day better in terms of flexibility. I had some shots with the sky blown out and as soon as I pulled down that highlight slider I was absolutely floored, the sky came right back and looked outstanding with virtually no degrading of the image!  It's very cool, bit cumbersome at the moment, but I think once they get the kinks worked out it will be a very viable option.

Lenses / Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:41:21 PM »
I have purchased 10-15 used Canon lenses of CL and search on a regular basis, and I've purchased an 85L II of CL, I paid $1750 and thought that was a good deal.  If it's in good condition $1550 is a great deal, go for it, you'll be able to get at least that out of it even in a couple years if you take care of it.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Thoughts on Zeiss Canon 5 lens kit?
« on: June 04, 2013, 07:29:31 PM »
May I ask everyones comments in here about what body they use their Zeiss lenses with and how their manual focusing experience has been?

Any comments on any of that from people with experience?
Thank you!

I'll tell you this, it's much easier to manual focus on a Zeiss lens than a Canon lens.  If you're wide open with a Canon lens if you move the focus ring a fraction of an inch it will throw your subject out of focus, but with the Zeiss glass the focus ring has a nice long throw.  And of course it has hard stops so the focus mark for 3' is always in the exact same spot.  The focus confirmation works well from what I've seen, it takes some of the guessing out of it which is good.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Thoughts on Zeiss Canon 5 lens kit?
« on: June 04, 2013, 07:23:59 PM »
Anyone tried the Sony RX1 here?
Got one arriving tomorrow.

Excited to see the little guy perform.  People rave about the 35mm f/2 Zeiss on there.

I hear it's nothing short of amazing and I've seen some beautiful shots coming out of it. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III RAW Video test in beautiful Big Sur
« on: June 03, 2013, 12:35:25 PM »
Nice, but after "Meet Me in Big Sur" on the BMCC you had a tough act to follow:

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