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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference in image from APS-C to FF
« on: January 07, 2015, 03:22:51 PM »

For working outside the studio, I prefer looking like an average tourist. Pro bodied cameras with big zoom lenses attract attention from everyone, including the police. For me a crop mirrorless, with a prime lens, would be perfect (Canon are you listening?).

You mean EOS M with a 22mm 2.0? (35/f3.2)

NO, I was thinking of a Pro camera, Something like a Fuji X-Ti (EVF, decent grip size, etc), with a nonexistent 10mm f/1.8 or maybe a nonexistent 17.5 f/1.8.

BTW f/2.0 is ALWAYS f/2.0, if I were to use f/3.2 the exposure would be wrong ???

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference in image from APS-C to FF
« on: January 07, 2015, 03:02:57 PM »
It all depends upon what you are doing. I shoot for magazine output, not large prints. For magazine use the is NO difference between M4/3, Canon APS-C and Full Frame. BTW I shoot FF with a 90mm f/2.8 TS-E in the studio, and xxD with either an EF-S 10-22mm or a EF 85mm F/1.8 for outside or personal work.

Magazines are printed at about 150 DPI. Advertising is submitted as 300 DPI PDF files. Standard magazine size is 8 3⁄8” x 10 7⁄8” scanned at 300 = 2513 x 3263 DPI. A 16 Megapixel M4/3 Olympus E-M1 is 4608 x 3456 pixels. A Canon 70D (5472 x 3648 pixels) would be overkill for what I do, YMMV.

For working outside the studio, I prefer looking like an average tourist. Pro bodied cameras with big zoom lenses attract attention from everyone, including the police. For me a crop mirrorless, with a prime lens, would be perfect (Canon are you listening?).

Lenses / Re: The f/4 Pentacon
« on: January 06, 2015, 04:27:45 PM »
Pentacon was the name of an East German camera/lens manufacturer :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentacon

My first thought was why would a Canon owner want to adapt Pentacon lenses to his Canon camera ???

Never-mind ;)

Lenses / Re: samyang 12mm / 16mm experiences. Ef-m generally.
« on: January 03, 2015, 12:35:32 PM »

On a more general subject (the I'm  may chip in here with something they read or even came up with themselves - it's a more conceptual question, so ill informed hypothesis is as welcome as any other...) do you think it is a waste of time buying ef-m lenses for the long ball game?

I'm a slack-jawed belly rumbler who is also an IATSE retiree. I've worked on everything from Educational/Documentery to MOWs (TV Movies) to Feature Films.

I am very happy to shoot on aps-c and have no issue buying dc dx ef-s etc lenses from canon or anybody else, as I'm not going full frame.

No need for Full Frame -- Hollywood doesn't use Full Frame, so why should you ???

If I get the ef-m mount 12 then I can only ever use it on an m.  Fine just now.  But what about in 2 years when I'm being asked for 4k video?

Will you be asked to shoot 4K in two years (or ever) ???
From News Shooter (dot) com "A big proportion of shooters now own 4K capable cameras but just how many of you are being requested to shoot in 4K for paid jobs? Most of my clients in the documentary and corporate world still ask for HD MPEG files. I would love to shoot in 4k but the reality is no one wants to deal with it. For broadcasters 4K is a long way off." Here's the link  http://www.newsshooter.com/2015/01/03/will-2015-finally-be-the-year-for-4k/  If you are interested in video, News Shooter is the best I've found on the net.

BTW this lens is inexpensive. You could throw-it-away in two years, and still have a good ROI (return on investment).

So I guess the proposition is, getting a more vanilla 16mm that works with everything today and most probably tomorrow (including the duffer x0d bodies I buy cheap for knackering with timelapse) or get the more exciting 12mm which might never be any use for any other camera than one of the m's (or a third I may dedicate to ml timelapse) m's are so cheap just now, but will that be the case in 3 years? will they even be around in 3 years?

Just guessing, but I think the EF-M mount will be around for a long time.

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Optical Viewfinder
« on: January 02, 2015, 04:05:58 PM »
Here's another idea  https://sqminiintheboxgadgets.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/ableto-lsh-a35-led-screen-sun-shade-and-protector-for-canon-_p1779451/  A sun shade for the rear screen. This seems awfully expensive at $48.00, I've found one for may NEX 5n for less than $10.00. You just have to spend some time on Google.

A sun-shade would be better than nothing hand-help, and perfect on a tripod.

More than a few PJs use their phones for news. Check-this-out! A story from Ireland's RTE tv news, filmed entirely on an iPhone 6 Plus. http://vimeo.com/114265059

I'm planning to shoot some tests to see if I can use an iPhone for paid advertising work. For video, meant for the web, iPhone/iPod video is more than good enough. Ads are submitted to a magazine as 300 DPI PDF files, I'll test to see if iPhone quality is good enough for 1/2 page or even 1 page ads.

BTW sometimes I use my Canon EOS Elan 7n film camera, but most of my fun shooting is done with an iDevice. The DSLRs only come out for paid work.


Maybe a few things could help expand the current market.  Simplifying the choices is one (and getting rid of the APS-C and associated specific lenses is part of that).

Most people buy APS-C cameras. Simple as that ;)

Following the Apple model of getting into schools with sponsoring of photography classes is another.

Why would kids that have been using Camera Phones all their life, sign-up for photography classes ??? This is akin to offering licensed automobile driver a course teaching them how to drive a horse-and-buggy rig ;)

Don't worry, the up-coming generations will find other expensive hobbies to waste money :)


The decline in sales has to do with the fact that No-one - Cares. Hobbies come and hobbies go - where are all the Audiophiles and their expensive sound systems ??? They were replaced by relatively inexpensive iPods that were more than good enough for most music listeners. The same is happening with photography. While Very Serious Photography Enthusiasts will cling to their DSLRs the masses will use more than good enough Camera Phones.

At one time there were a lot of Home Built Computer Enthusiasts, now most people just buy commodity computers from Best Buy/Whatever or have replaced their computer with a Smart Phone or Tablet for e-mail or blog reading/social networking. People watch Netflix on their Smart Phones. Time Marches On.

Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: December 25, 2014, 03:43:26 AM »
5D3 with a TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt & Shift. I don't have a camera bag, or a vest ;) When I need to transport a camera or lens I'll wrap it in a sweatshirt and put it in a canvas shopping bag. Thieves are looking for Black Canvas Domke Camera Bags (as used by Henery White ;)) or Pelican cases, so they never even see my low profile green shopping bag :)

BTW my walk-around camera is an iPhone, and I carry it in my pocket.

Lighting / Re: 72" umbrella... what to look for and what to avoid?
« on: December 25, 2014, 03:22:14 AM »
I use the Paul C. Buff 86" Extreme Silver PLM™ (about 74" across the front). They are about $70.00, which make them medium priced  http://paulcbuff.com/plm.php I use my PCB PLMs with Profoto heads and packs.

The Profoto Deep White Umbrella (Extra Large, 65") at $350.00 is the high end  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1013344-REG/profoto_100980_deep_white_umbrella_extra.html

The good thing about umbrellas is that it is hard to take a bad photo. The bad thing about umbrellas is that it is hard to take an outstanding shot with them ;)

There are almost as many ways to use an umbrella as there are people using them :) Next to the camera, 45° from the camera, 75-80° from the camera or maybe even 90°. Low height, straight on, high angle, even straight over-head. They can be aimed at the subject or feathered. Lots of choices :) Have FUN learning :)

BTW there isn't much difference between umbrellas, until you get to the bigger parabolics. The lower the price, the lower the construction quality, is the main difference.

I've used Wimberley Arca-Swiss plates on Canon 100-400 MK1, 400DO (also w/1.4x) and 400 f/2.8 (also w/1.4x and 2x) They make several sizes for the various Big Whites. Here's the chart  http://www.tripodhead.com/products/lens-plates-main.cfm  The chart also covers Nikon, Leica, Minolta, etc, etc.

I've used them with Wimberley II and Acratech heads. These heads work well with RRS L-plates, so I see no reason that the plates wouldn't work with an RRS head (screw clamp, not lever clamp). For really BIG lenses like the 400mm f/2.8, nothing works better than a Wimberley gimbal.

BTW Acratech makes an adjustable Quick Release Locking Lever Clamp  http://www.acratech.net/categories/quick-release-clamps.html  that will work with any Arca-Swiss style plate. I have clamps from RRS, Wimberley and Acratech, and all of them use Screw Clamps.

EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 21, 2014, 01:56:52 PM »
If he didn't shoot cereal boxes in his kitchen, then his tests are not valid ;) ( a reference to an internet expert with a large following) There are too many people who don't shoot, what I shoot, the way I shoot it, trying to tell me what I need. In other words their Real World is not my Real World. Therefore I find "tests" by internet experts to be less than useless -- and I don't waste my time reading them.

The best test, is your own test. Rent a camera, shoot with it for 1-3 days. Is it better than your present camera, then buy it. If you see no/little difference, then don't. Simple as that :)

Your clients like what their customers like. Manipulated photos have an authentic look to the Instagram/Social Media folks. It make no difference if you are selling a product or seeking a donation, it isn't art, it's commerce.

EOS Bodies / Re: More on The Coming 4K Camcorder [CR2]
« on: December 11, 2014, 01:19:03 PM »
This could be interesting, a small go-anywhere amateur looking camera.

The Sony is shown to have a = FF 29-348mm lens. This is way too long for my use. A wide end of 18mm would be much better for guerrilla film making. Think shooting in crowded public spaces like a bus/subway, without calling attention to yourself (NO permit).

I do several things, and none of them are listed in your poll.
1. I use a hand-held incident meter.
2. I use an Expo Disc

Both result in you shooting in m mode, that doesn't mean you need to use the in-camera metering (I admit this was not a poll item open to interpretation). Otherwise further options might include... :->

4. I call upon the holy trinity to send me a divine message what expo to use
5. I shoot only with the lens cap on, defaulting to 1 second at f1.0, then raise the shadows in post

The question was "What metering do you use (and how does it work anyway)?" Not What in-camera-metering-only...

BTW using "P" for Professional is a lot like your #4. "I call upon the holy trinity to send me a divine message what expo to use"

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