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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 06, 2013, 10:03:28 AM »
Just got my GH3 today, fabulous camera! And that's coming from a 5DII, while I was hopefully waiting for a new 7D or better, a 70D (the flip screen and lighter weight, better for my video work), well looks like it ain't happening, and Panasonic just gave us the answer for amazing video, when Canon just isn't doing that...
It's no 7D for sheer speed, but weather sealed, good "new" sensor with all the DR Canon's missing out on, mFT having more DR than a 5D Mark III is just so ridiculous. But my 5DII will stay for photos, and together with the GH3 is starting to look like a dandy combo, just wish Panasonic made a half decent flash that's as good as the 430EX II.

Oh and Sigma lenses getting so much better, if Sigma makes a 24mm 1.4 and 135mm 1.8 as rumored then man, where is the future for Canon

The real joke is that we have a family friend called Bob, who is often called uncle Bob, and he's a photographer who covers events.

Case of the commercial I would instead refer to Uncle Bobs as "the guy with the big camera that wants us to think he's the photographer of the wedding when he isn't" or just a family member that wants to/agreed to take photos because he just has a nice camera.
But LOL, people fight over phones too much :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Where is Canon's Fuji X20
« on: May 03, 2013, 01:18:42 PM »
I do like the G15, only used it briefly and with JPG but it was a great street cam, got some good candids, and that's F/1.8 ~ F/2.8. Though, that wasn't my camera and I'm sticking with my 5DII for everything, and I much prefer the X20 for it's form and function over the G15 too. if I get another strictly stills camera though then my eyes are set on the x100s, or the x100 because they can be had for a lot less now... OR, the next X-pro with improved AF like the S, and if it includes the digital split image focusing ability of the x100s then vintage lenses here we go~
While, if you want an X20, go get an X20, not like there are batteries or lenses that are compatible that need to be Canon anyways.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Interesting contest from Tamron
« on: May 03, 2013, 01:12:00 PM »
Whether I enter or not this hunt sounds fun, thanks for the notice there justawriter.
Although I don't think Tamron can be so sure about their 24-70 VC being the 'only' fast standard zoom with image stabilization, I would certainly count the Panny 12-35 F/2.8 OIS as being in the same league

Agree with the docking station making the new lenses "future proof", I bet it would rather be in Sigma's interest for CaNikon to change up their protocols, as they will sell loads of those docks once that happens :P

EOS Bodies / Re: Bye Canon?
« on: April 26, 2013, 02:59:22 AM »
If you want video AF why are even looking at a DSLR? What's the point of doing video for you?
If you're going for everyday stuff then stop down your lens and set your focus at hyper focal, if you're shooting cinematic shallow dof or whatever then no one uses AF anyways, video will likely be dominantly MF driven for the creative uses of such, and the general unreliability of AF in most video cameras.

With that said, Canon DSLR video has gone absolutely nowhere in comparison to many others, upsetting because it's Canon that started the whole HDLSR trend, so I'll be getting a Panasonic GH3, which has amazing video (and I think good video AF capabilities as well, but I doubt I'll use it). But that will be purely for video, and a backup/second camera for photography. If you came to Canon for video, I did too, and I feel for ya, but go ahead and switch systems, in the end you'll lose out in getting rid of your gear, then maybe even realizing what you switched for wasn't the answer anyways, then you think of switching back... and oh dear... no matter what side, switching should always be a last resort

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS not good for NASA?
« on: April 26, 2013, 02:50:40 AM »
Well anyone hear?
Apparently even Nikon F isn't good enough, NASA might be switching over to GoPro, wide enough lens and weighs nothing in comparison, and takes up barely any space, in space!

EOS Bodies / Re: Why not higher resolution video?
« on: April 26, 2013, 02:48:35 AM »
There's still major stations broadcasting at upscaled 720P, and considering how TVs have gotten massive and a lot more affordable, simultaneously a vast majority have migrated to portable devices that one can't even perceive HD on. Yes Pixel density counts but even 720P I think is overkill for handheld devices. But that doesn't stop the world from wanting 4K, and speaking of broadcast, Japan's NHK is working on 8K cameras!
Though more resolution really begins to make sense when it comes to editing, higher bit rates and better color spaces all help with grading and creating an image you like, but for cropping or any fine edits the higher the resolution the better indeed. Then again, did more MPs in our photographic cameras mean much? At that point where it became more than enough (when we broke 10MP?) it's not like anyone's pictures got that much better, yeah there's more detail and you can print a lot larger, even save a too-far shot by cropping more and more.

For now it's a big boys game where full out production companies can show off their muscle of 4K against the poor indie film shooters who can't go past 1080P when on a budget, like when 3D was all the rage (haha what on earth happened to all that?) it was meant to be a feature that only Hollywood & friends could touch so would protect them, and the marketing gets them back enough anyways, like all the views an incredibly boring video gets just because it has a 4K tag

I do both photography and video (not simultaneously, but back to back sometimes) and as the 5DII is still good for photos it has fallen behind greatly in video as there are so many better options now days. I'm heavily considering a GH3 as the video features of that are fantastic, also it takes good enough photos to be a backup/second body, at least better AF than my 5DII. I plan on using the 12-35 F/2.8, although I'm not too excited for a 24-70 F/5.6 equivalent, I tend to shoot shallow more often than I need to be and a second camera like that which won't have a problem keeping everything in focus for quick group/area shots at an event without stopping down and losing light is worth it.
Also, even though it would be mainly for use with video, it's a lot lighter and fully weather sealed, so for any long trips, hiking or non-photography oriented trips I plan for the GH3 to be a good companion.

I would prefer to have a second body that'll seamlessly take my current lenses, and the 5DIII might have slaughtered moire and aliasing, but with how soft of an image even 1080P produces, and with the lack of 1080P 60FPS, or the flip screen... yeah Canon was never keen on pushing the DSLRs to have great video, even though they started the whole trend, ahh yes we're supposed to be discussing photography... well the GH3 has much more DR too, something that rather baffles me. But alas as purely a backup photo camera I would love to get a hold of the X100s, if not then the older X100 which has gotten a lot cheaper, and even that is certainly good enough to take on the role as secondary or full out backup during an event, as Ryan Brenizer himself utilized the camera for some shoots with great results.

Canon General / Re: Canon Number 1
« on: April 23, 2013, 03:02:29 AM »
Don't confuse biggest company/most sales with "best".  Unless you consider GM the best cars and Budweiser the "best" beer on the planet (it's actually The Chinese beer, Snow).  Interestingly, in almost all markets, the "best" brands are not the mass appeal brands.  Maybe knowing how to sell the most cameras does not mean knowing how to make or sell the best cameras.

The selling’s says how good a product is. My business economics teacher always told us that and he often compared this with Windows and Macintosh :). He also mentioned that the Czechs make the best beer - Don't know if something of the mentioned is true, but I definitely agree with the beer statement :)

kind regards, eL

Exactly! The best most delicious food in the world must be at McDonalds with the best drink being Coca Cola

Canon General / Re: Canon Number 1
« on: April 23, 2013, 12:34:17 AM »
Until we hear about this 70D that's supposedly popping up, like now... it's rather "congratulations to Canon for 4 years of consecutive use of the same amazing sensor first utilized in the 7D, and now featured in the revolutionary EOS-M, never needing a replacement with such overwhelming success of every model sold with the same sensor" :D

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Upgrading...Canon 60D to...GH3
« on: April 22, 2013, 11:49:14 PM »
So I didn't read through what everyone else posted, but hey we're in like the exact same situation!
Only I have the 5DII and am seriously thinking of moving to the GH3.
So, I thought of the 60D for a while, and I considered replacing the OLPF to one that would get rid of moire in video, however this renders Photographs soft, while the lack of AFMA in the 60D is already a downer for what I do photographically.

So, I'm still waiting to see what the 70D will be like, because the flip screen is awesome and I want to use my lenses I already have. I too just just got a glidecam, and with a 5DII and large UWA it is way too heavy for any use beyond a minute for me. I also want to flip the glidecam upside down and the flipscreen will allow good control.

The GH3 is simply superior in video as it's built up from scratch to have good video, think of the high DR, high resolving power producing just about as sharp of an image for any video, without hideous moire. The 60D and 5DII are moire beasts, and the 5D Mark III is so soft 1080P looks like 720P.
Which is the other reasons to look at the GH3, don't need to go 720P for 60FPS, it can do great 1080P 60FPS, and then the list goes on, sharp zoom in for manual focus, proper color space and codecs for advanced grading and editing, the body and a lot of lenses are weather sealed, and another important feature for me is recording times as long as the battery or card can handle. A Gh2 was said to record up to 7 hours with an AC adaptor, being able to keep one camera rolling the whole time in a shoot, like covering an event, is super helpful for multicam edits, or just syncing everything.
And just wait until the GH3 is hacked, when the the GH2 turned into a dream machine, the GH3 is already building off of the GH2 as the bigger and better successor.
Though, essentially my dilemma is I don't want to invest in a whole new system, namely glass, I can adapt my current and some legacy lenses sure, but for wide angles that's not easy, and I still do photo work and I'm not too interested in the GH series to cover a wedding.
And the only real advantage of the 5D series is the larger sensor for better DoF control and the lowlight performance, but video is again one of those things that's "just because you can shoot in the dark doesn't mean you should."
Proper video lighting of the scene/subject and any of these cameras do fine

Portrait / Re: Pretty bad...
« on: April 22, 2013, 06:57:25 AM »
Well see, anyone who gets paid is a professional photographer, I don't see the issue here, did the photographer claim he's "Ryan Brenizer on a budget"? I bet the uncle Bob at the reception took better shots here though. But is this news worthy? Like is there a breaking news article for every restaurant that claims to serve top-notch food that doesn't appeal to any critic? Although it's probably the couple's fault for not looking carefully into the guy's portfolio, there are cases of people just using stock photos or shots from other photogs to promote themselves and get away with it... until they show their work to their clients, and try to still get paid with the way they write up their contract.

Lenses / Re: Lens Choice
« on: April 22, 2013, 03:06:52 AM »
I am pretty happy with my Sigma 70-200 OS, as I don't do action/sports so the not-as-fast AF isn't a big issue, while it's sharp enough wide open it's no complaints @ F4. However the heavy vignetting at the long end has been upsetting, especially in dark conditions where with my 5D2 attempting to fix that results in a noisy circle.
I have other Sigma glass like the marvelous 35mm, but I got the tele purely for the price, after nearly a year of use though I can conclude the 70-200 IS mkII or just the 135L would have been worth it, even though I go 200mm quite often (and speaking of the 135L Sigma may bring out a 135 F/1.8 so I'm now waiting to see what turns out with that).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Just when I was about to buy an M...
« on: April 21, 2013, 10:39:51 PM »
I like the GR series, they just feel good in the hand, small and robust.
I don't have any, but the film ones have gotten me interested, and now that there's an APS-C variant (though lets not forget the larger sensor version of the GXR).

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