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General Chat / Re: Nobody using the T7i?
July 02, 2017, 12:36:20 AM
Quote from: Walter Schulz on May 29, 2017, 07:23:43 AM
Search string "EOS 800D" used on youtube: About 117000 results.

I am referring to videos that aren't just some blogger setting up the camera on a table / tripod to film themselves. I'm interested in seeing if and how people are using this camera to shoot weddings, birthdays and other such things. I started with a T3i, and there were plenty of people shooting such events with a T3i; I'm just wondering if the T7i / 800D can be relevant for that sort of work today.
General Chat / Nobody using the T7i?
May 29, 2017, 04:16:54 AM
I've been thinking about getting a new camera, and buy a T7i but I really can't find all that many videos of how it performs, did the camera flop?
General Chat / Tracking shots...
December 16, 2016, 03:55:03 AM
Hello folks,

I want to start a discussion among the filmmakers around here who use tracking shots (not to be confused with pans or tilts). I am interested in knowing how you achieve these shots and make them as fluid / stable as possible.

In my case, I use a slider (e-photo 1.20m, do not recommend, it wobbles) or hand held. In either case, I have limits and setup times to take into account. I am trying to use a Laing P-4S but once balanced it seems to wobble side to side when I move with it (maybe I don't know how to use it? I am practicing and it seems to be improving).

Share you tracking shots techniques and gear!
Seeing as the GH5 (to be released middle of next year) will have 4k 10 bit 4:2:2 video, I wonder if this will have an industry wide ripple and force Canon, Nikon and others to include this in there 1k to 2k DSLRs?
The T3i cannot record full HD raw, or anything close to it. The only canon camera that can record full HD raw, as of this moment, is the 5D mk III. I would not recommend the T3i as a B camera these days, it's so out of date and behind most normal DSLR's today, that it's not worth the investment.
Quote from: HappyBlack on February 18, 2016, 01:38:16 PM
Canon, Canon.. Where are you going?


High Definition
1920 x 1080p / 29.97 fps (90 Mbps) / 23.98 fps (90 Mbps)

High Definition
1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (60 Mbps) / 29.97 fps (30 Mbps) / 29.97 fps (12 Mbps)
/ 23.98 fps (30 Mbps)
1280 x 720p / 59.94 fps (26 Mbps) / 29.97 fps (4 Mbps)

Official samples site:

Video samples in stunning 960x540 resolution.

Should we laugh or cry?

Well... it certainly is stunning...  :o
Quote from: Avenger 2.0 on February 16, 2016, 10:17:45 AM
Canon 80D specs leaked, but no 4K, only 1080p 60fps  :-[

We will have to wait until July to see if the rumors about a new 4k mirrorless Canon camera are true or not. To be honest though, the sony a6300 seems to have stolen the year. I really doubt Canon or Nikon will top it this year.
Sorry to bump my own thread, but wow, what a time.

Nikon and Sony now have 4k APS-C cameras coming this year. Your move Canon. In fact, it's been your move for quite some time, but you keep passing.
General Chat / Where to find decent backgrounds?
January 27, 2016, 07:47:03 AM

I was wondering if someone can tell me where I can buy some decent quality (non translucent) muslin or other material backgrounds for video and  photography. I'd like a 10'x12' chroma green (and if money permits, a black and white one as well).

On amazon, I see a lot of very cheap ones, and lots of 1 star reviews warning against them being to thin to do the job that they are advertised to do. I don't want to mess this up because I only got one shot at buying this.

Appreciate the help, and as many options as possible. Have a nice day.
General Chat / How would you shoot...?
January 12, 2016, 06:55:27 PM
Hello folks! I have a question regarding photography. I cover a lot of weddings, baptisms, quinceañeras, etc, almost all are catholic, but I usually cover the video aspect. It seems like I will have some photography work cut out for me however, and I have noticed that the most photographers do their work as quickly (you don't get more than a few minutes at the end of the ceremony, anyways) as possible with very little tinkering in the camera. My questions are: what mode do they shoot in? And can anyone post examples of pictures you take at the church?
General Chat / Re: 5D mk III 4K video recording
January 12, 2016, 06:49:55 PM
Quote from: Sphynx on January 11, 2016, 03:06:04 PM

I would like to finally get clear about this. There is multiple people around the web who is claiming that they can record 4K using 5D makr III with installed ML on it.
I have fast CF card 160MBs and only what i can see is 1080pRAW as maximum possible resolution not 4K

Is that internal 4K recording with 5d mark III hoax or im doing something wrong?

I really don't think any honest people are claiming this. Maybe they mean 4k timelapses but that is not what you are looking for.
I found another thread with this question, but no one answered. I shoot video on a 600D, and I would like to be able to change the ISO with the dial wheel in the same way you change the shutter speed, without having to open other menus and be able to have access to the mid point ISOs (i.e. 160, 320, 640, etc)... is this possible? Note: shutter speed would be locked at 1/50 or 1/60.

Quote from: Walter Schulz on January 07, 2016, 09:38:14 AM
H.265: Look up the royalty mess. Latest act was performed December 18. License fees on content was on the table once.

EDIT: And you cannot tell how much processing performance is needed for encoding by looking at a decoder.

I thought they lowered their licensing fees recently.

In any case. The response from Canon should be interesting (if they even bother to address this). I wonder if this means that their smaller cameras will also get 4k video? I recently purchased a D3300, perhaps a new, D3500 with 4k video will come out later this year? If Nikon did that, then suddenly every Canon DSLR would be outclassed by Nikon. Also, the response from Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung should be very interesting.
So... anyone watching CES this year just noticed that Nikon announced the D5 (full frame) and the D500 (APS-C)... both with 4K UHD. Only complaint? Prices are still too high. I guess Canon will soon follow up with their own competing cameras (for 50 - 100 USD less), and by soon I mean maybe next year, but I'm hoping they will do it towards last quarter of the year.
General Chat / Calibrate the screen on your camera?...
December 14, 2015, 11:21:02 AM
Hello, I've been wanting to ask about how to improve live view on a 600D. Whenever I shoot video or take photos from liveview, live view is always brighter than the finished product. My histogram is telling me everything is properly exposed, but liveview looks overexposed. I am not overriding any settings with ML, and I have brightness at 6, but I can see an enormous difference when reviewing my shots on the camera.

Any good fixes?
General Chat / Do you ever break the 180º rule?
December 11, 2015, 08:12:41 AM
I'm curious, and since I don't have a lot of people around here to discuss things with, I want to know: Do you ever break the 180º rule when shooting video on a DSLR? Are there cases when you choose a lower or higher shutter speed than twice the FPS (other than shooting stuff for twixtor)? If yes, what are they?

Maybe I'm not up to date on cameras, but are you saying there is a better alternative for really low budget film making in the $1,500.00 USD price range than a DSLR or Mirrorless camera?
It seems like it's been ages since camera manufacturers started releasing 4k capable mirror-less cameras and camcorders. So far, neither Canon nor Nikon have released a single consumer APS-C DSLR or Mirrorless camera capable of 4k@24p or 4k@30p, and according to camera rumors on the internet, 2016 is shaping up to be no different.

I find this amazingly discouraging, as I really want to get into 4k video, but I don't want to buy Sony or Panasonic cameras. Surely Canon must be aware of how many videographers use their DSLR's as their camera of choice, with or without ML. My question is why are they not improving video capabilities? Even if we didn't get 4k video (so as to not compete with the cinema line), there are plenty of ways of improving current DSLR's video capabilities, such as improved dynamic range, better bit depth, reduced sensor noise, 120 FPS, better bit-rates, etc.

I just find it so odd that Canon (and Nikon) seem to have given up entirely on the video front of their products. Are they waiting for one or the other to make the first move (people have suggested Nikon is interested in bring 4k video to all their DSLR's) or are they trying to force people who want to do professional video to only use their cinema line (which would bankrupt people like me if I tried)?

General Chat / Stock footage ideas?
May 15, 2015, 12:29:16 AM
I'm interested in making a little money on the side, and perhaps stock footage is the way to go. I own a T3i and I can do some decent shooting on it, but I don't know exactly what to film and where to sell it. I'm guessing static random crowd, traffic, park, wildlife (maybe bugs?) shots is what I should be aiming for, and since I have freetime on the weekends, I'm guessing that I could pull it off. I will be receiving a camera stabilizer next week, which I wonder if I should also include those kind of shots.

Suggestions and experience are welcome.
General Chat / Re: Should I get a 6D?
May 01, 2015, 12:18:15 AM
Is anyone here selling a used 6D by any chance?
General Chat / Re: Should I get a 6D?
April 28, 2015, 04:34:58 PM
Quote from: sgofferj on April 28, 2015, 10:04:41 AM
Yeah, maybe, but for the money that a 6D+VAF cost, you can buy a Blackmagic Cinema Camera or even a Production Camera 4k, which IMHO would be the better choice if you wanna do only video.

It should also be noted that the 6D's max resolution for continuous recording at 24fps MLV raw is 1472x626 if you do 2.35:1. Less if you record 16:9... And the h.264 output isn't that great to work with in post. It fairly quickly falls apart.

I've looked at Black Magic Cinema Camera, but I really don't like their sensor size (lighting is not always an option where I go), or their fixed battery. Meh, I'll just pick some glass this time around, might as well get some better glass for whatever becomes my next camera.
General Chat / Re: Should I get a 6D?
April 27, 2015, 05:38:13 PM
Quote from: sgofferj on April 25, 2015, 04:52:50 PM
I have to say that I'm VERY disappointed by my 6D and video-wise, I would go so far and say that only ML makes it somewhat usable. The aliasing and moiré is extremely bad. I have had situations where I had to throw away whole cards full of material because it was shot inside in a room with fairly normal structured wallpaper. Yes, low light is pretty ok but that aliasing and moiré is insane. Until I have the money together to buy a better camera, I help myself in really critical situations with using ML 3x crop mode and a wide angle lens which helps a lot.

But... Here's an example for low light. Shot in h.264 with 24-105L f/4. It was pretty much night and the weather wasn't great.

In the Finnish version you can see the moiré and aliasing problems in the background of the interviewed girl. That's not ISO noise, that's moiré and aliasing because of the structured wallpaper...

You should buy the VAF filter to fix the aliasing problem. My  only problem with this camera, is the aliasing, and the fact that I would not be able to buy a VAF filter for a couple of months until I recover from the investment.
General Chat / Re: Should I get a 6D?
April 25, 2015, 12:12:18 AM
Quote from: Levas on April 24, 2015, 11:44:03 PM
The low light performance is amazing. But if you're only buying it for video purposes...then there are probably better cameras out there for the budget.
The 6d uses lineskipping for video so aliasing is visible. And the standard build in canon movie mode is quite soft.

If for video, you can take a look at the blackmagic camera's like the blackmagic pocket.
Downsides: eats batteries and micro 4/3 sensor, so not a low light wonder. But is capable of recording in raw dng's right out of the box. So you fix/control many things in post processing

Or the panasonic gh3/gh4, just like the blackmagic, micro 4/3 sensor. Downside at micro 4/3 are the expensive lenses. All lenses are relatively new, so expensive...

But like I said before, if you're used to working with a canon certainly can work with a 6d.
Lowlight performance is probably only beaten by the sony a7s

Pretty much what I had thought. I do work with a lot of low light, so thats pretty much why I can't use a 4/3 camera, I am wondering how bad the aliasing is on the 6D, is it worse or equivalent as on the T3i?

It just seems like that there isn't a better option at the moment.
General Chat / Re: Should I get a 6D?
April 24, 2015, 11:02:39 PM
Quote from: Levas on April 24, 2015, 08:42:09 PM
If you want to stay with Canon, then the 6d is the cheapest Full-frame option.
The noise performance is brilliant on this camera.

If you can handle the video work you're doing now with a 600d, then you sure can handle it with the 6d.

I have noticed the amazing low light performance of the camera (noise at iso 12,800 equiv to iso 1600 on t3i?), which seems to only be bested by Sony's A7s (which is out of my budget). But, is this the wisest investment I can make? Is there another camera I might be missing from another brand that would be a better investment? I was looking into getting a Samsung NX1, but after seeing it's noise, limited selection of lens, I'm not sure it would be a better option.

Could it be possible for us to skype?
General Chat / Should I get a 6D?
April 24, 2015, 08:35:25 PM
So... I'm still working with my T3i, I've had my eye on getting a 5D mk iii for some time now, but I just can't seem to save up enough to purchase it (seeral expenses have set me back). I've noticed that 6D are now back instock at b&h and are much closer to my price range (will still need to buy a lens for it).

Now I do a lot of different type of work with my T3i. I do greenscreen (got a small studio with proper lighting, I pull decent keys for what it is), work in lots of low light (lighting is generally poor indoors and outdoors where I live), and I sometimes I can do proper commercial work. I've seen the amazing difference in noise reduction of the 6D vs 70D, and the 70D vs the T3i, I can imagine that with ALL-I (correct term?) and say a 50mm 1.8, I should be able to do decent low light with my small 160LED lamp, and even better greenscreen in my small studio.

If your budget limit was 1500.00, would this be the best camera you could afford for the above tasks when upgrading from the T3i/600D?