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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Quality Manual Lenses
« on: March 28, 2013, 06:28:20 PM »
You can pick Canon FD lenses very cheaply but they are pretty soft, and the last adapter I tried for them wouldn't lock properly so the lens was pretty loose in the mount.

But another great option is manual Nikons specifically the AI/AIS line. I have a five lens set that I love to use for video work, very sharp and great color.

I've bought a few of the manual Nikon lenses from the B&H Used Dept and

This site explains the differences between Non-AI, AI and AIS:

This video is a great overview of using Nikon lenses on Canon cameras:

Pricewatch Deals / Re: 5D Mark 2 Refurbished from Canon - $1,495 !
« on: March 20, 2013, 10:10:30 AM »
What was your experience with the Canon Direct store?

I just saw the same deal and want to make sure that I don't get one with an obscenely high shutter count. What is the rebate, if there is one? I couldn't find anything on-line.

Landscape / The old red barn
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:27:32 PM »
Took this shot of the old red barn the other day as the sun was setting. Did a bit of post processing in Lightroom 4, but not much, I'm a fan of using as much of the in camera image as I can.

What other adjustments would you make? Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Regardless of how you feel about Conan, and his hair, this video sums up many editors experiences with FCPX.

Conan O'Brien Editors: Apple Final Cut Pro X Is Easy To Use

As somebody who recently jumped shipped from FCP 7 to the CS6 Adobe suite I would say don't buy a PC just to use FCP. Apple took a huge dive with FCPX and released iMovie with a few more features.

If you're looking for a desktop, go PC for sure. A everybody else has said you will absolutely get more bang for your buck. I have a mid 2011 MacBook Pro that I use for all of my personal work and a custom built PC desktop that I use at work. The MacBook is great when I want to be mobile and take my work with me, but when that isn't necessary the PC desktop is great. Use the money that you'll save and buy another monitor.

Lenses / Re: I'd love a little adivce...
« on: March 11, 2013, 04:54:14 PM »
I have a Nikon 35mm f/2.8, all manual, that I picked up to use for video work and its awesome. Tons of character and looks great. Picked up a Fotodiox adapter off of Amazon and have had no problems with it on my 7D

I like the color version as well, not usually a fan of reducing saturation but in this case I'm really digging it

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 05, 2013, 11:26:56 PM »
Picked up a 24-105L f/4 as an every day carry today based off everybody's recommendations here, been building up a set of primes recently for video work and on my latest event shoot ran into a lot of trouble

Realized I can't manual focus as fast as I thought I could  :-\

Haven't tried it myself but somebody told me that they loaded an image with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio on a card, popped it in the camera, played it back and taped the LCD based on that

Should give you lines that fit your screen instead of having to do a lot of complicated measuring

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: March 05, 2013, 11:20:35 PM »
Picked up one used today from a local camera shop, test shots have been great so far, gonna get a better feel after I take it on vacation next week

Wanted it as a general purpose everyday lens when my manual primes aren't a good fit

Lenses / Re: IS or no IS?
« on: February 07, 2013, 10:26:45 PM »
The good majority of my video work is done from a tripod or another stabilization system. This lens would probably rarely be used for video but I just wanted opinions because I see little point in spending so much on a lens that I can only use for a few situations.

I started this thread seeing if anybody could give me a good excuse to go ahead and jump on a 70-200 f/2.8, but after reading everybody's responses it seems that waiting a bit longer to go with the IS is the way to go.

Thanks for your help!  :)

Lenses / IS or no IS?
« on: February 07, 2013, 04:58:34 PM »
I'm looking into Tamron's 70-200 f/2.8 and my current debate is whether or not to go with the IS version or non IS version.

For a bit of context, I do mostly video work, narrative shorts and the like. I'm looking into getting into more photo work like weddings and similar events. My main body is a 7D and I'm looking to a full frame body to that somewhere along the line.

What are everybody's experiences with IS, especially pertaining to video?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: New to video...advice needed
« on: December 23, 2012, 05:50:36 PM »
Also check out Shane Hurlbut at

A lot of his stuff is geared toward much higher budgets, but there is definitely some good info that you can pick out.

Third Party Manufacturers / Third Party 70-200mm
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:56:48 PM »
Hi all,

I'm currently in the process of building up my collection of lenses and am need of some advice.

I'm look for something in the telephoto zoom range, most likely a 70-200, and I've been looking at the offerings from both Tamron and Sigma. Does anybody have any experiences with either of the lenses? What about the comparison between them and their Canon counterparts?

Any opinions/advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks  :D

Lenses / Re: 50mm
« on: November 09, 2012, 02:01:14 AM »
The Nikon AI series primes are definitely worth a look. You can pick them up pretty cheap, but they require an adapter and are all manual.

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