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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
« on: August 06, 2013, 01:42:34 AM »
I recently found one of these in a closet on a Rebel 2000.
Well had to clean the focus ring as the rubber had become all molten, and it works fine, but I agree with others here, not quite the keeper lens, although I can't complain for it being free  :P

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Tokina 16-28mm F2.8
« on: August 06, 2013, 01:37:49 AM »
I like the lens a lot stopped down, wide open it's fine but no such thing as resolution in the corners, and there's some CA/purple flaring with highlights. Otherwise it is great, but wish I could apply NDs for long daylight exposures

Maybe he deserves to be roasted for wearing a pirate shirt?
(Assuming no one on CR actually supports a group of cash hungry good for nothing pirate wannabes?)

Lenses / Re: Bokeh: better f/2.8 wide open than f/1.4 stopped down?
« on: July 16, 2013, 08:45:47 AM »
Might as well use a zoom if you shoot 2.8 or slower often, I agree, that's why I shoot F2 or faster quite often, your zoom can't match my 1.4!

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: BMD 4K, EOS C100 or 5D3
« on: July 07, 2013, 11:10:13 PM »
5D if you really want the RAW and low light capability, but I bet you won't shoot RAW nearly enough to justify it's use even in the long run. If you're work requires heavy post production editing, grading and the flexibility to adjust exposure and maintain the highlights/shadows better then maybe. But for event coverage and what not you'd be out of space in no time unless you've got infinite to spare for those super fast and massive CF cards.
Also you won't be taking stills and you don't have the lenses, so the answer should be pretty clear.
The BMD 4K is certainly interesting for the price especially, if you're using rigs and tripods a lot, then with you're available lenses it should work very well with the codecs and compression options.
But still a dedicated video camera in the C100 or FS range are better for all around, you'll need those built in NDs and controls, and their form factors are just built for the job.
4K, if you're convinced you need it, it'd be worth it with the 4K projectors and lot but if 1080P really looks fine then I would go for a versatile system that prioritizes on image quality rather than just resolution.
Though personally I would like the 5D3 as I work with photos a lot and have the lenses, not the fast cards yet though

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: July 04, 2013, 08:13:18 AM »
I haven't seen much on it, but another photog I met using the lens says the focus is faster on his 5D3.
Is this true to anyone else here? I thought this was only the case with the 1DX and certain lenses

PowerShot / Re: Canon France Denies Large Sensor Compacts
« on: June 28, 2013, 12:36:42 PM »
One more thing…

Heh. I bet it's Canon USA and their lawyers.
Not happy that CanonRumors basically pre-announced the 70D.
CanonRumors is doing free PR for Canon, basically, but I guess pre-announcements are not cool - although it makes us, readers, happy.
Great job on the flyer yesterday! Congrats.

CR isn't the only one with the "leak", if Canon's upset at something like that then it's them that need to work on preventing information from getting out. Which, obviously is impossible in this day and age, so in the end, need to realize one can't press charges against the reality of the modern world...

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D Next to Be Announced
« on: June 28, 2013, 08:54:42 AM »

I was looking forward to something that would keep me from buying a Nikon D7100.

This is not it.


HAHA, if you're looking for something else to go against the decision of purchasing the D7100 then obviously you don't really want the D7100 to begin with, you're looking forward to a "better" camera but with the intention of settling with one you don't quite want? The D7100 looks like a pretty fine camera, it even has decent video (matters to me) while over here the flip screen is a big plus, just need to see if Canon was woken up with Magic Lantern's recent RAW video discovery and the 70D actually has something neat from the start. Or not... depends on how the sensor is now

Canon General / Re: Question about editing for online consumption
« on: June 19, 2013, 09:18:23 AM »
Just thinking over this (again, the never ending battle) today with a new monitor.
Calibrate, and edit to taste, if it doesn't look good on so-and-so's display than too bad, if they're not into calibrating then they don't know color fidelity, and in most cases don't understand what good color and contrast looks like anyways. Of course there are times when the photo on a non calibrated screen looks absolutely rubbish and could make you look bad too.... at least, a lot of people see images via smartphones though and most images look good on those. Especially since the iPhone is so prevalent and I do post quite a bit on FB, which gets plenty of mobile access, I don't sweat over what other people see.

I see a lot of people who take pictures with their hoods reversed. I've been tempted to ask them what that's all about but I've resisted and just went about my business with my lens hood the right way on hoping they'll take the hint.

I get asked the basic small talk like "what kind of camera is that?" Etc. I think I'm going to start making up bullS___ to see if they clock on.

Question I like answering are ones about technique or specific to what I'm doing. Then it feels like I'm helping them rather then them just filling an awkward silence.

I see that all the time too and bugs me, sure keeping the hood like that can protect the lens in transport, but otherwise most of those kind of users appear have no clue what they're for, or what they are at all.
I have a hood on and get the question "what's that" or "why do you keep your hood on indoors??".

Speaking of gear talk and what not, and little different, but last wedding I was using my 5DII and in the crowd is a guy with a 5DIII, a 70-200LII, an 85L and a 24L, all untouchable gear to me, my Sigma gear can match pretty close (70-200 OS, 35mm 1.4) but man am I jealous... I was renting a 100mm macro, could have rented that stuff too though.
We later hooked up and chat a bit, neat guy, says photography is just a hobby, and true that when something's an interest you can spend all you want but when it's something you aim to make something off of then suddenly it's a lot more "unaffordable". Whenever someone asks how much my gear costs I tend to continue the conversation down another path or say "well, with enough work I can afford this", I start to feel ridiculous when I tell someone how much I've spent... haha

Well the 120-300 is nothing new, just a cosmetic update from before but it is good, their 85mm F/1.4 is still fantastic, and I used to have a 10-20mm F/3.5 and that was almost perfect except for the field curvature on the wide end. Now I've got the 35mm F/1.4 and man of man I am complete with it~
Just recently I dropped it on some concrete though... and the thing still works, perfect AF accuracy and no optical problems, just won't mount of the camera as smoothly. So yes, why not consider Sigma? Well, the only reason to still not consider Sigma is if you really need weather sealing, if you're camera's sealed and you want equally sealed lenses then Canon has them, and Tamron has started to offer dust/moisture resistant models but I don't know how well they're sealed.

And being a fanboi of anything is amateurish, what's good is good whoever makes it, Canon themselves have made and proudly sold poor lenses themselves (and still do, or at least "ok" lenses at extreme prices), so really, if you don't want Sigma just because they're not Canon, or are afraid that other people will judge you with your gear then get over it, go make art and have fun knowing that the brand doesn't matter so long as it gets the job done and achieves the results you like~

Software & Accessories / Re: Mac Pro Humor
« on: June 13, 2013, 03:17:27 AM »
Nothing better than an arm flailing tube man on your workstation. :|

And should actually work as that's where the air flows out ~

ISO 160 (I only use multiples of 160, or "native ISOs", but that is a different topic)

Do you have a source for this? I've seen people arguing for and against "native ISOs" aka "multiples of 160". It would seem really weird that ISO noise would be consistent across different sensors. I can believe that this might be true for some cameras... but for ALL digital cameras?   :o

With the 5DII people were advising to shoot at multiple of 160 for the best in noise performance, as 125 is digitally gained from 100 while 160 is brought down from 200 in-camera. So (theoretically) multiples of 160 are cleaner for when higher ISO is needed. I assume the 60D will be similar, as the sensor isn't any better in performance.

The above summarizes it pretty well, but also:

Heavy moire and aliasing with patterns and sharp detail (especially with 60D)

No built in ND filters (can get away with screw on filters, but pain for broadcast and fast changing light)

Recording time is also limited because the sensor/chip overheats and a lot more than dedicated video camera.

The 60D doesn't allow for external recording (at least not clean HDMI out)

The Black Magic is special because of it's outputs, quality sensor and high dynamic range for the price.
It can shoot video in very usable compressions/codecs for better editing and can even shoot RAW.
The higher dynamic range means it's closer to a cinematic look, and allows for greater flexibility in exposing and editing.

The "Jello Effect" is called Rolling Shutter and is a common problem with cameras using CMOS sensors.
As when the image is read from top to bottom of the sensor, fast action will not be recorded all at once uniformly across the sensor so movement of the camera and subjects are all affected.
No it doesn't take a genius to fix this, just some cameras handle this better, but there's no way to get rid of it.
Software can help with fixing but generally doesn't look good.

The Black Magic Production camera that's supposed to come out in July has a global shutter, which rids the rolling shutter effect completely.

Focusing is done manually for greater control, as AF in video will often not focus to where you want it to.
And for greater creative use it's better to follow focus when there's shallow depth of field.

An advantage that the 60D and other DSLR styled cameras have though is the size and weight.
The flip screen especially helps with shooting from odd angles, and it can be mounted on various rigs.
I use a GH3 which has a similar form factor, and it's miles ahead in every aspect for video, all the 60D has
is a larger sensor, but it's not that much bigger anyways. Also, the GH3 has no mirror, so virtually any lens can be
adapted to it, which can be useful.

And in other news, the Magic Lantern team that unlocked RAW video in certain cameras, especially the 5D Mark III is exciting many people, and if image quality is all that matters, then that camera with the eventual release of the firmware hack (and a boat load of expensive 1000X cards) is what to get for just about the best in video quality.

Canon General / Re: EOS 5D Mark III w/24-70 f/4L IS Kit Coming Soon
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:06:57 PM »
The 6D with 24-70 F4L IS is sold here in Japan as a kit for a quite a while already, side by side with the 24-105 kit.

There is no 5D MkIII with 24-70 kit at the moment though, only with 24-105.

Yeah and Yodobashi is filled with both the 24-70 and 24-105 for trying out, the 24-105 is shown on a 1DX as well. It seems logical to discontinue that lens but it doesn't look like it's going anywhere yet

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