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Canon General / Re: Remote Shutter Release for Canon 5D3
« on: December 09, 2012, 08:31:30 PM »
I use the Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release http://www.amazon.com/Vello-FreeWave-Wireless-Shutter-Release/dp/B006BGVRZE/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1355102607&sr=1-3&keywords=Vello+FreeWave+Wireless and it works great . You can change connector cables for different cameras. It has radio 2.4GHz frequency and has the ability to use auto-focus wirelessly. The button on the remote acts like the shutter release button on camera.

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In order from "Most likely to buy' to 'Least likely to buy'.

Canon 14-24mm f/2.8L (rumored)
Canon 135mm f/2.0L
Canon 14mm f/2.8L II
Zeiss Distagon 21mm f/2.8
Canon 300mm f/2.8L

And ofcourse, any new version of the lenses that I already own  :)

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Canon General / Re: How do you store your gear?
« on: November 27, 2012, 01:31:58 AM »
How do YOU peoples store all your hard earned gear :P
Here's me ;)

Sort of like you, but I use the pick n pluck foam.


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EOS Bodies / Re: My 5d seems to have better video then stills
« on: November 23, 2012, 01:19:07 AM »
I can think of a few reasons why this may be happening.

1- You may need to do AFMA on your camera to fix any front or back focusing.
2- You may need to use a higher shutter speed to reduce blur from camera shake.
3- You maybe need to use a narrower aperture to have enough depth of field.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Surveys for 5D Mark III
« on: November 08, 2012, 03:10:14 PM »
I guess it's Canon sussing out the perception of the competition, but it might give some idea as to the future of the 5D. Make of it what you will.
My sense is that people always want more of everything.  More features, better quality, greater durability, better sealing, faster speeds, etc.  Improving anything requires greater investment by a manufacturer — in employees, research, development, materials, testing, manufacturing, quality controls, etc. — and of course charging accordingly.  But when a manufacturer introduces the improvements that people said they wanted, there is inevitably much complaining — even outrage — about the price.  "How dare they raise the price!?"  It's as if we forget that all of the extra things we ask for actually cost money.

The 5DIII is the perfect example of this.  Canon improved and upgraded just about every detail of the 5DII, as per many photographers' requests.  Then there was no end to complaints about the price.

Don't completely agree with this. Technology improvements are expected from one revision of a product to another, but it doesn't mean it should increase the price everytime an improvement is made. Look at other manufacturers, like Apple that introduces an ipad almost every year with improvements while keeping the price the same. A more relative example would be the Nikon D700, which had an introduction price of $2999 which is the same as the D800, while Canon increased their price of the 5D3 from the 5D2 about $700!

You're right, not every improvement needs to increase the price.  But many do.  It just depends on the improvement and how much it adds to production costs.  Apple products have much greater sales volume than cameras like the 5D3, so they can take advantage of greater economies of scale.  And I'm guessing production is very different and labor costs are lower than for high end cameras.


Well apple is just an example. What I mean is Electronics in general will have improvements while keeping the price relatively steady or even declining.  I'm talking about time in relation to technology. If the 5D2 and 5D3 were released in the same time periord, I would totally understand the price difference. But we're talking about 4 years of techology advancements! If this trend continues, we are looking at the 5D4 for over $4k and the 5D5 for about $5K!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Surveys for 5D Mark III
« on: November 08, 2012, 01:36:58 PM »
I guess it's Canon sussing out the perception of the competition, but it might give some idea as to the future of the 5D. Make of it what you will.
My sense is that people always want more of everything.  More features, better quality, greater durability, better sealing, faster speeds, etc.  Improving anything requires greater investment by a manufacturer — in employees, research, development, materials, testing, manufacturing, quality controls, etc. — and of course charging accordingly.  But when a manufacturer introduces the improvements that people said they wanted, there is inevitably much complaining — even outrage — about the price.  "How dare they raise the price!?"  It's as if we forget that all of the extra things we ask for actually cost money.

The 5DIII is the perfect example of this.  Canon improved and upgraded just about every detail of the 5DII, as per many photographers' requests.  Then there was no end to complaints about the price.

Don't completely agree with this. Technology improvements are expected from one revision of a product to another, but it doesn't mean it should increase the price everytime an improvement is made. Look at other manufacturers, like Apple that introduces an ipad almost every year with improvements while keeping the price the same. A more relative example would be the Nikon D700, which had an introduction price of $2999 which is the same as the D800, while Canon increased their price of the 5D3 from the 5D2 about $700!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Red Squirrels and other Scottish Wildlife
« on: October 28, 2012, 08:08:48 AM »
Awesome shots! Thanks for sharing.

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Lighting / Re: Best on location lighting
« on: October 27, 2012, 07:59:24 AM »
Profoto's are great, but they only just introduced a version (B4) with Lithium battery, and you'll pay a S___ ton of money for it. My personal favorite at the moment are the Hensel 1200L Porty's. They're small, light as hell, have quite a bit of control over your A & B channels, and are super well made products. Price point is right, and the cases and pouches that come with their products are really good quality and handy too.

Right now though, I'm really excited about the new Broncolor Move battery pack that was announced at Photokina. I have lots of experience with their Scoro packs, and it'll be amazing to have the same features available in a battery pack.

If you really aren't finding you have enough power at 1200 W/S, then it may come down to a bi-tube and pair of packs. You did say money was no issue after all...
After 15 years with Profotos, both 600 Compact Monos and Godzilla-strength floorpacks and a shirtload of modifiers, accessories, and associated bits, I've offloaded the whole lot in favour of Paul C Buff Einsteins. OMG this is great gear. http://www.paulcbuff.com

I now have six Einsteins which cost around the same as a 600EX-RT and a boatload of modifiers etc. In the context of the OP, the Paul C Buff Mini-Lithium batteries http://www.paulcbuff.com/vagabond.php represent extraordinary value. All the PCB stuff has passed the "tough-test" with a couple of years of continuous location work and robust travel in between. A little research will reveal that PCB service & support is unrivalled and I can endorse this. They even replaced an item that I broke...amazing.

Read up.

-PW

+1 for the Einsteins. Also recommend the cyber commander and their soft silver PLMs.

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Lenses / Re: Should I sell my 70-200L vii for the 85mm 1.2?
« on: October 19, 2012, 02:45:25 PM »
I have both and find myself using the 85 a lot more. Not only because its smaller and lighter, but the bokeh at 1.2 is amazing. Its very sharp wide open, unlike, say... the 50mm 1.2. If I were to keep one, I would definitely keep the 85mm. Now if you are a working professional who needs the versatility and range of a zoom then I would choose the 70-200mm.

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Lenses / Re: What lenses do you own?
« on: October 07, 2012, 07:30:56 AM »
I've started with my first DSLR, the Canon 5D Mark II and a 50mm f/1.8 lens 2 years ago. This is my collection of gear so far.

Body: 2x Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II:  (The least sharpest of the lens I own. Haven't used it much. Plan on using it more for video with merlin steadicam)

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II: (Just received and lovin' it! Can't wait to go out and shoot with it!)

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II: (Big and Heavy, but outstanting lens. Haven't been using it much since getting the 85mm 1.2)

Canon 24mm f/1.4L II: (Just ordered this lens. Will receive it next week  ;D)

Canon 35mm f/1.4L: (Love the focal length and colors. This is my most used lens.)

Canon 50mm f/1.2L: (Not exactly the sharpest lens wide open, but has a magical, 3D look to images when shot wide open. Got some great shots with it)

Canon 85mm f/1.2L II: (Just an amazing portrait lens. Sharp as a tack wide open. Just love the seperation and creamy bokeh it produces.)

Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS: (I'm not really a macro shooter. Just have this in case I need to take detail shots. Lens is super sharp!)

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Thanks for that. Just ordered it. I'll probably just keep the lens and sell everything else.

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Software & Accessories / Re: problems after installing magic lantern
« on: October 03, 2012, 01:59:34 PM »
It should be pretty easy to test, just remove it and see if the problem still exists.
BTW, some of the third party grips have been noted to cause similar issues.

Just uninstalled ML. Lets see if that takes care of the problem.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Decent deal on new Canon 24-70 II
« on: October 03, 2012, 11:17:27 AM »
Yay, my order just shipped  ;D! I was tempted to order it from kenmore camera when they had it in stock last week. Glad I waited. Has yours shipped yet?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Help!!!
« on: October 03, 2012, 08:36:53 AM »
Did you try removing and reinserting the battery and memory card?

Yes, with a fresh memory card.  The camera is bricked.  When I turn it on the red LED that indicates indicates it's reading the CF does not even illuminate.

That sounds bad. I recently experienced problems with my camera after installing magic lantern 2.3 on my 5D II. (Link here:  http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=9904.0). Maybe someone with more experience with ML can help us.

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