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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM in Stock
« on: June 15, 2012, 11:42:26 AM »
Would love to see some shots

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: right time to turn pro...?
« on: June 14, 2012, 01:55:18 PM »
Also highly agree with the quoted part in red above.

Frankly, I think this is a horrible time to "go pro".  Especially if you're just starting out and haven't developed a niche.  SO MANY people nowadays come home from Wal Mart with a Rebel and a kit lens, and start watermarking every bad shot they take with "My Name Photography" and call themselves a pro and charge a fraction of what you'd need to actually make a living.

Work hard to carve out a niche.  Build a reputation and become the "go-to-guy" for that niche in your area.  And don't quit the day job until you absolutely have to.  Aside from the security, day jobs can help pay for a lot of very nice gear. 

IMHO, the only way a FF sensor on 7D2 would make sense, would be If they also gave it a crop sensor mode.  Something to allow current APS-C shooters with lots of EF-S lenses continue to use their glass.  This could also lead some of them to buy new EF lenses, to take advantage of the non-cropped full frame and get more out of their new camera, and sell more glass in the process.  Could be a smart move.  But then of course, the lack of a crop mode in other models would cause grumbling.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5D3 switching bw stills/video
« on: June 13, 2012, 11:49:05 AM »
Sure - use one of the C1, C2, C3 settings on the mode dial

How to lose $2400 in 24 seconds

just don't do ^that

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Full Specifications
« on: June 07, 2012, 12:34:50 PM »
it can "jump a CAT scan"?!?!

been waiting for that forever.

Video & Movie / Re: Real Estate Listing Video 5D mkIII and 60D
« on: June 04, 2012, 02:08:22 PM »
Lovely video - very well executed

Yes, I too have looked into the RE side of shooting both video and stills, and boy... most real estate agents are just flat out CHEAP...  Seems to me, if you can get in good with very high-end agents, who deal exclusively in very swanky properties, you might be able to make a go of it.  Otherwise you'll find yourself competing against bargain basement shooters practically giving away their time, or trying to sell your higher-end services to agents who just don't see the value in it.  "My listings have been selling just fine with these crappy shots I take on my camera from Target"

It's too bad, really... because great pictures (and great video) could really help convince a buyer that THAT is the house of their dreams

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5Dm3 Grainy Images?
« on: June 04, 2012, 11:50:28 AM »
No, you're not being too picky - that's not just grain, that's a crap ton of grain, noise and banding - far more than you should be seeing at ISO 200 (unless you've pushed this file beyond it's limits - was the exposure pushed much in post?).  As others have said, you might run the same shot through DPP and see if results are any different. 

You also said that a shot you'd taken 4 weeks ago wasn't this bad.  If you still have that original RAW file, what about running that one through LR again now, and see if you get the same thing (different results from the first processing)

If you're on a tight budget... as far as the night/woods shoot - I've seen some pretty impressive results from simple tungsten or halogen worklights from home depot.  couple that with a car AC adapter and some extension cords, and you're up and running (do some wattage math to make sure the adapter can handle it, depending on how many work lights you're intending to use). 

If you've got a bit more dough to play with, some of the LED panels available now can put out an impressive amount of light... but you'd need several of them to get enough coverage for a whole band.  The advantage of LED panels is portability and easy to power.  But getting enough panels to light up the whole scene can be pricey

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: FS700
« on: May 31, 2012, 12:27:55 PM »
Those are some sexy framerates.  Ooof. 

Not sure I'd want to shoot with it all the time.  Love the compact form factor of DSLR's, along with that hard-to-pinpoint x-factor look of the full frame sensor.  But man, this would be an amazing camera to have in the closet for those times when you want to do full HD extreme slow-mo, but don't feel like shelling out $3k/day to rent a Phantom.   SO, I guess, in a nutshell, I REALLY hope one of my good friends buys this camera so I can play with it every now and then.  haha.  I was a bit shocked to see the 1D-C only goes to 60fps at it's price tag.

Lenses / Re: the look getting dated?
« on: May 31, 2012, 11:54:34 AM »
So, I think you might be right, the average casual point and shoot person has been trained to expect everything to be in focus, and they are uncomfortable to the point of thinking something is defective with a shallow depth of field.

On the flipside of that, that's why many people used to the deep DoF of a P&S think shots from a dSLR and a wide aperture lens are 'professional'.

^this.   Looking back at the history of photos since WWII, yes - you see a LOT of huge DOF photography.  But those were also times where everyone on the planet didn't have a P-n-S camera in their pocket.  People hire a photographer to capture an image in a way that they can't.  (with the exception being photojournalism, where the qualities of a picture are less important than the content)   These days, almost anyone can capture a shot with huge DOF.  And until they figure out a way to get an f/1.4 lens with amazing IQ on an iPhone, I think that shallow DOF, buttery bokeh look is going to be what continues to give our services a perceived sense of value.

Video & Movie / Re: a casual commercial on 5D3
« on: May 25, 2012, 07:02:07 PM »
Congrats! You totally got robbed though. You're video was vastly superior to the winner.

Funny, in the back of my brain, there's a little voice that keeps repeating that same thing. 
The voice in the front of my brain tells it to be quiet and be thankful!   No point in complaining or questioning their decision. 
The voice in the altruistic part of my brain, wherever the heck that is, says I'll bet the guy in the winning video needs the 1st place money more than I do.

Video & Movie / Re: a casual commercial on 5D3
« on: May 25, 2012, 01:47:22 PM »
Just an update - we ended up taking 2nd place ($5K - not too shabby for a day's work!)

Andrew over at EOS HD mentioned he'll be doing a shootout of the D800 soon so stay tuned for his comparison since he posts still images of frame grabs which is the proper way to compare video short of the original mov file.

Meanwhile I would refer anybody curious about the uncompressed HDMI out (which is far more interesting than the resolution) to this video (download the original and not the vimeo embedded video)

Man... Great demonstration of that extra tiny little bit of quality you can get when you're not relying on the internal codec.  Canon definitely screwed up by not giving us clean HDMI out.  I'm SO happy actually, that Nikon did in the D800, because just that could be the impetus for Canon to do the same via a firmware update.

Now I just wish Nikon had added zebra and focus peaking so Canon would also have to follow suit with those as well.  heh

If i'm not mistaken, didn't bloom say the d800 COULDN'T be sharpened without introducing bad artifacts but the 5d3 COULD be sharpened to correct it?  It may have been another video but i got from blooms video was the 5d3 had to be sharpened in post and the D800 needed a 3rd party filter and assuming you corrected for both, they both are great cameras, noise issues aside for the d800.

I think you're remembering the CameraStore video (the 3rd in their series of 3).  They did specifically say that the D800 can't be sharpened without really bringing out the artifacts.  And their example shot certainly backed that up. 

That said, they didn't have a pre-production Mosaic filter like Bloom did.  They also weren't recording to an external, higher bitrate recorder - which was what was done in the example psolberg was referring to.  They just tried sharpening the 24mb/s internally recorded D800 footage

I think it's funny how adamantly people are STILL arguing over who's dad can beat up the other guy's dad.  As Bloom said, these are both GREAT cameras.  Both require a fix - the D800 requires the filter if you don't want moire/aliasing - the MK3 requires sharpening in post to bring out the details.  Noise in low light/high ISO on the D800 isn't fixable, but if you usually shoot in controlled conditions, and don't ever need to shoot above 3200, no worries, the D800 will be great.

The one thing Bloom didn't talk about, which I found very surprising in the CameraStore video, was the weird jumpy laggy picture when you magnify the D800 live view to check focus.  In practical use, this would probably drive me more crazy than all the other gripes combined, because I use that constantly in a shoot.  Then again... I'm sure you could get used to it.

I think Philip is right - they're both great cameras.  If a close friend of mine buys a D800, and another buys a 5D3, I'll tell them both the exact same thing... "CONGRATS!!!  Now shut up and go shoot something"

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