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Lenses / Weekend in Singapore
« on: December 09, 2013, 11:07:01 PM »
Off to singapore for a work conference tonight and will tag on the last weekend for some sight-seeing!

I was thinking of taking 24mm and 40mm. Go wide! Suitable?

Also any advice on places to go/see would be appreciated! :)


I was not convinced by the whole CC shenanigans having already got a LR license...  but in india it is 6 euro/month and even just for PS (which i don't own) I thought it was worth it...  so i jumped in and I can honestly say, i think it is a great service (so far). No regrets! It is the way it is going, you might as well embrace it!

Software & Accessories / Re: Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99/mth
« on: November 28, 2013, 11:03:26 PM »
I have LR4 and no PS. In India the subscription is about 6 euro/month....  this deal is a no brainer to me...  I can have LR4 on my other computer, CC LR5 and Photoshop on my main computer! It costs me less than the LR5 upgrade!?!?! 

Software & Accessories / Re: 5D III - SD card that will write fast?
« on: November 22, 2013, 02:05:28 AM »
I usually format my cards (CF/SD) in camera....  is that better worse? What is the best way to format your cards?

When you format a SD card in camera, you have a option for low level format.  This erases every memory location.  It also takes a very long time.  Once the SD card has been filled, do a low level for fastest speed writing.  It makes no difference for read speed, its write speed that is at issue.

Holycow! My SD card is no longer a snail, merely a lame duck! thanks for the info...  i was starting to question the use of the SD slot at all!

Software & Accessories / Re: India Tripod
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:39:28 AM »
Things you need to remember is that most places do not allow and enforce the NO TRIPOD rule. Also you can not take them on internal flights as hand luggage...   If you want to be cheeky, get a gorila-pod. ;)

I tend to pack small and light when travelling around, and if i want a long exposure, i find a wall, chair, table, rest it on my jacket/bag on the floor etc... as tripods are troublesome and bring A LOT of attention.

Have fun, enjoy it! For the Taj...  go really early and get in there early when it is empty!

ps - I live in south India.

Software & Accessories / Re: 5D III - SD card that will write fast?
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:28:18 AM »
I usually format my cards (CF/SD) in camera....  is that better worse? What is the best way to format your cards?

Landscape / Re: Shooting comet Ison and picking a body
« on: November 19, 2013, 01:28:06 AM »
I spotted the comet this morning, but by the time i grabbed my camera, morning had arrived and it was no longer visible! :(

Tomorrow perhaps! I will be using my 5D mkIII + 70-200II/2xIII combo...  lets see what I can get.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: A really naive person
« on: November 17, 2013, 03:48:20 AM »
Thanks for all the advice, it helps a lot....  At the moment sound is not a priority as I am mainly shooting B-roll, but I would like to get ahead, so all your advice has been great, thanks!

I'll let you know how it all goes! :)

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: A really naive person
« on: November 14, 2013, 10:27:56 AM »
Whenever you use external microphone , headset must use to monitor and listen to the sound it is distorted , noisy , or plug failing. Beware of cheap LED because they light at an angle of 30 degrees , which is very close. If the interviewee move , you need to adjust the direction of the light. Oth problem with cheap LED is the "color rendering index" IRC is pretty poor, mostly missing the wavelength red, and green has in excess. It is very easy to recognize an LED bad : He has hundreds of units , only illuminates in a closed angle and has greenish or bluish . Each LED has a bad individual power of only 0.1 watt. The LED iluminadore good low volume use as each LED unit has up to 5 watts (50 times stronger), then do not use hundreds , only 9 or 12 units, which are good "short" like a drop which rests on a smooth surface, and they use 12 volt battery. See this site , and can find something similar in your country.


Thanks! :)

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: A really naive person
« on: November 14, 2013, 02:16:17 AM »
First, congrats on the gig!


Thanks! It kind of fell in my lap....  not sure i am deserving, but hey....  It is all moving very quickly. I have already set up the next shoot they want, nothing big, B-roll kind of things. I'm not too keen on any large investments yet, and am working on loaning gear off of friends of friends! Luckily i have a lot of contacts.

I'm throwing myself in at the deep end...  lets see how well i swim eh! :)
It was a good point re- editing...  I think i am going to play around with that a bit as it might give me a better understanding of what you can do with straight-from-camera footage.

I'll let you know how i get on and if i have any other pointed questions! :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS SL1 in White Coming Soon
« on: November 14, 2013, 01:53:12 AM »
So sad Canon no release new pancake lens at 20mm~30mm for this camera...


I can't believe that the same thing in a different colour warrants a press release?!?!?!  :?

EOS Bodies - For Video / A really naive person
« on: November 14, 2013, 12:46:59 AM »
 Hi all,

I am an amateur/part time photographer living in Bangalore (it is not my day job). Last night a friend of mine who lives in Delhi who is a documentary film maker asked a favour of me; to film a short interview with a guy near by. It was a situation where this was the only time and place it could happen. Despite having had my 5D MKIII for nearly a year now, I had not shot more than 1 minute of footage before, but since I was his only/last hope, I went out to shoot. It went OK... I had no sound recording equipment, so as you might guess that was not great, but I muddled through everything, and much to my surprise he and his company liked what I came up with (sent them the files the same night). This morning they asked me if I would like to do some more shooting for them... I realise that this is a great opportunity, and I might as well give it a shot. However I am woefully naive about this kind of work... photography fine, but videography is not something I have any experience with.

I'm not even sure I am asking this in the right thread, but has anyone got any advice for me??? Some kind of sound recording shenanigans would be useful, any recommendations (a good price:quality ratio, nothing pro, but good value and simple)? Camera setting suggestions would also be useful... any useful on-line tutorials too! :) Sorry I really am in the dark here, and instead of fumbling around, I was hoping you guys in the know might be able to push me in the right direction! :)

Equipment wise I have the following:
100D (18-55mm STM)
24mm f/1.4L II
24-105mm f/4L IS
40mm STM f/2.8
50mm f/1.8
70-200 f/2.8L IS II
2x Tripods

Well, that is all I can think of right now... ANY advice would be appreciated! :)



Lenses / Re: Same ole, same ole' Filters vs no filters...
« on: November 12, 2013, 01:29:43 AM »
My 2p worth....

I generally have a filter on my lenses, especially my wide angle where i get nice and close to action. I was once shooting near a road and a small stone flicked up from a passing car and hit my lens square on the front...  It made a rather horrid noise, and cracked my filter! Would it have cracked my lens as easily? Probably not, but i was damn relieved i had it on and didn't have to find out!

So now i use them when I am not in ideal conditions (which living in india is pretty much 100% of the time)...  I don't have one on my 70-200 though as i generally use the monster of the lens hood for protection...  :)

If you want to use one, buy a good one.... :) Also remember some lenses (eg 24-105) need the filter to complete the weather sealing... 

I have also had times of animals licking my lenses (a cow in particular surprised me once)...  instead of having to take the time right there and then to clean the lens to continue shooting, i could just take the filter off and carry on (taking an extra step back mind)! :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Sports Line Updates Next? [CR1]
« on: October 30, 2013, 04:31:44 AM »
300mm f/2.8 OS would be very interesting ONLY if it performed well with a TC like the Canon version (II) and not like the 120-300 f/2.8 OS....

On any rate it all depends on price:performance ratio....  More options is always good! :)

Lenses / Beach kit
« on: October 29, 2013, 10:48:15 AM »
Heading to Goa for a week on friday.... What do you guys recommend for the beach?

I'm taking on the trip:
5d mkiii
40 STM
24 1.4
70-200 2.8
2x tc III
Small travel tripod

For days on the beach i was thinking of taking the 450D and 40 STM...  what do you guys think?


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