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I'll join in haha

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Canon General / Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« on: January 06, 2013, 11:51:30 AM »
Another vote here for the 70-200 IS USM II

I just bought one the other day to accompany my mkiii after much debate between the Tamron and this, and believe me when I tell you, this lens is amazing. I had been shooting with the 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM, (great lens) but my pictures took a crazy jump in every single aspect. I was definitely worried at first about the price vs performance part, but let me tell you, I am no longer worried and am glad to have invested my money in such a great lens. To quote a friend of mine, "If you don't have this lens, don't buy any other lens until you get it."

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: New to video...advice needed
« on: December 21, 2012, 09:23:05 AM »
+1 to everyone that mentioned Philip Bloom. Anything you can so many useful techniques from him.

For beginners though, I am a huge advocate for not turning down contrast, saturation, or sharpness. Unless you have the correct software for color correcting, you're really taking a risk of hurting your footage. DSLR footage holds up terribly if you push it too far in color correction, and unless you're dealing with RED or some other uncompressed footage you absolutely MUST make sure it's exposed properly as well as everything else.

A lot of people discredit youtube, but there are some phenomenal tutorial videos on there. Once you have the rule of thirds down (which I'm sure you do as a wedding photographer), get a basic understanding of the 180 and how to work around it.

And just to reiterate, keep your shutter speed half of your frame rate: 1/50 for 24fps, etc. Also, if you can get your hands on cinema tools or some other frame rate conforming software, play around with 60fps. Even if you're not a fan of slow motion, it can still be pretty fun to play around with.

And definitely make sure to have either a preset WB or custom WB setting, simply because Auto WB will adjust itself automatically during shooting if you're light source changes.

Hope this helps!

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Lenses / Warranty for Lenses
« on: December 20, 2012, 07:50:14 PM »
Hello all! So the other day I purchased a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM from amazon, and I absolutely love it. However, it did not give me the option to add a warranty. Are there any third party options as far as warranties are concerned? I've searched a bit on google, but the majority that I find look slightly sketch, so I'm just wondering if anyone has experience. Thanks!

-Daniel

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Portrait / Re: First model shoot...input pls!
« on: December 15, 2012, 04:00:55 PM »
I'm basically agreeing with every one that has commented thus far. However, if it were me, I would try to make the eyes stand out more. Maybe give them 1/3 stop more light in photoshop just in the eyes. Right now it's a great image and lit wonderfully, but it may make the close ups a bit more dynamic.

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I have a couple 64GB Sandisk Ultra 30mbps cards and a 16gb Sandisk Extreme 45mbps card, both cards cannot handle 1080p All-I or IPB. I have to knock it down to 720p if I want to record long videos on the SD cards. I can record up to 5 minutes tops before it automatically stops recording on those SD cards.


I have had quite the opposite experience. I have quite a few Sandisk Ultra and Extreme 8gb cards and they work flawlessly shooting 1080p at 24p, 30p, 50p, and 60p with IPB. As a matter of fact, I did three quick time lapse videos the other day and had my mkiii record at 1080p 24p with IPB for 27 minutes each onto different Sandisk Extreme 8gb 30mb/s cards, and not once did it give me a problem.

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This may help.

90% of this footage was shot on my 5dmk3, IPB, and a few Sandisk Extreme 8gb SD cards.

Matthew and Marielle Small | Large


I've tested out All-I and I haven't seen any problems with it, but with all the errors everyone else is saying they're having I wouldn't chance it. I'm more than happy with the quality of IPB and SD cards. And besides, you have no pens to worry about getting bent as you do with the CF cards.


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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: December 10, 2012, 02:55:47 AM »
Lafreniere Park, New Orleans


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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: December 10, 2012, 12:12:22 AM »
Saint Louis Cathedral, New Orleans

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 04:04:57 AM »
 I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you give me the camera gear now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.


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Lenses / Re: QBM to EOS mount question
« on: October 29, 2012, 01:01:08 AM »
Thanks a ton!

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Lenses / QBM to EOS mount question
« on: October 26, 2012, 08:55:12 PM »
Hey guys! So I was going through my grandpa's camera bag the other day and I found a nifty little Rolleiflex SL35 with a few lenses. I want to put the lenses on my 5dmk3 just to play around with some old glass, but I read some mixed reviews on a few different kinds of adaptors. Does anyone have any experience with this or any advice? Thanks!

-Daniel

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EOS Bodies / Re: 60D or t4i for video?
« on: October 22, 2012, 02:21:21 AM »
Definitely 60D. You'll get it for cheaper, and the ability to shoot in 1/3 stop ISO is the deal maker for video. Also, unless you invest in the STM lenses, the continual autofocus on the t4i is absolutely useless. I shot a wedding today with a guy who had one, and it was literally some of the worst footage I have ever seen with all the hunting and pecking.

Also, get yourself a nice lens with IS. I'd say the 24-105mm. I debated for a while between the 24-70 and the 24-105, and after using both the IS is going to be your best friend for video and is much more helpful than the extra stop of light.

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Lot's of helpful advice thus far, but I'll add a little something extra.

As far as your memory cards go, I would be wary of using cards upwards of 8gb, unless you're using them in the second slot of the mk3. I shot a wedding this past weekend with my mk3 all in RAW and you'll average 270ish pictures per card. Now, that's not a lot, but say you get a 16gb card, take 540 shots, and then something happens and the card breaks (God forbid)? Not that it is very common, but random things happen to cards sometimes and they just don't work. I wouldn't want to risk it.

Here's my suggestion. I shoot with four 8gb SD cards, and have them attached to my belt in a small holding case. Before a card fills up, I can simply swap it out in 10 seconds or so. Now, those ten seconds may be crucial, so you really need to judge how many shots you have left. Wouldn't want to be caught with fifteen pictures left at the kiss haha.

And as far as the cards, I'm using the Sandisk Ultra and Extreme, both 30mb/s, and unless you plan on taking more than 14 or so RAW pictures on continuous shooting, they will definitely be fast enough to record what ever pictures you're taking. Just got two more from Best Buy the other day for $12.99 a piece. That sounds cheap, but I've been using two of the Extremes for over two years now and have never had a problem.

Also, take a flash. It doesn't matter how well lit the venue is, it is always helpful to have one just in case. I see a lot of people saying it's great to shoot at 6,400 ISO on the mk3, but from personal experience with mine, I wouldn't push it that high at a wedding unless I absolutely needed to. The less grain you can keep out of the picture, the less work you have to put in in post.

Hope that helps.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: First Canon EOS C100 Short Hits the Web
« on: October 02, 2012, 06:11:32 PM »
@Policar

I think you missed the part where I said "I" prefer the FS700. For people like me who shoot the majority of their work for display in the cinema, what would be the point of purchasing of a lesser camera for the same price? I will say 4k is definitely pointless if we're shooting for youtube/vimeo etc, and ads hours upon hours into the work flow, but this is being marketed as a pro-sumer camera for all I can see. I just don't see a point in giving that much money to canon if there are better options available for the people who actually use the camera for displaying their footage in the cinema and/or film festivals.

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