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Canon 5dMarkII vs 7D reactions

It has not been 24 hours since the announcement of the Canon 7D and we are already seeing some very strong reactions in the blogosphere. Those who did not purchase a 5D are happy like kids at Christmas while 5D Mark II owners feel betrayed and frustrated to various degrees. First, if you own a 5D Mark II, it is ...

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7D Announced!

Seems like I was wront again or the Canon crew really like to contradict me! Yesterday Canon announced the 7D. Is it better than the 5dMRKII? Well, it does have what everyone missed from the 5d Mark II: variable frame rate (23.976, 24, 29.97, 30, 50 and 59.94), higher burst rate (8fps) and, most important for all for photographer: a ...

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D-Focus follow focus improvements

As you all know from my previous reviews, I am a big fan of the D-focus follow focus system. It is priced cheap enough to make even Indian stuff seem expensive while doing a decent job. While following Dave on Twitter I noticed his tweet about every new D-Focus coming in black with an accessory port to plug a crank ...

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Canon 5D Mark II Audio Exposed: Video Review

Jon Fairhurst made an excellent review of various audio devices you can use with the 5D MrkII. While the video are a few weeks old, I just discovered them (shame on me). Fortunately, the timing is perfect since I am looking at a complementary audio solution to my Sennheiser MKE 400 which I plug directly in the 5DMrkII. Speaking of ...

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What is the best shutter speed for movie mode?

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I have seen this question a few times in various forums so I thought it would be another good fit for the “The Basics” section. Since people rarely explain what they would consider “best”, I assume they are talking about the best shutter speed to achieve a filmic look. This brings us to the question “what makes a film look ...

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Best WordPress video theme (vlog) to show your videos

While Vimeo, YouTube and SmugSmug are great to store and distribute your clips, your control over the way they are presented is minimal. An easy and cheap solution is to use a blog engine, such as WordPress, to create a blog and then publish your clips there. Unfortunately, generic blog themes, while able to display embed clips, are not designed/optimized ...

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Tips: buy camera gear with your credit card

This one might be obvious to many but it just saved me about 100$ so I thought it would be a good idea to share my experience. Two weeks ago, my 50mm f1.4 broke, the camera LCD displayed the dreaded ERR 1 message. I bought the lens about 15 months ago so it was out of Canon warranty (12 months). ...

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Cinevate DSLR rig contest (and cool promo video)

Guys, if you dont know the creative gang from Still+Motion, you have to look at the awesome stuff they are doing. They are the vangards of wedding movies and the way they always push the limits of creativity and gear is a real inspiration for me (and probably a lot of other people too). That being said, they made this ...

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Zacuto Gorilla DSLR kits reviews (part 2.1: Rapid Fire)

In this second part of the review, we are going to look at what are the differences between the various rigs, how they affect their uses and what are their strong points. To save you from reading a long posts, I have spread this part in three articles. Meet the Rapid Fire The main strength of the Rapid Fire is ...

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Magic lantern update (with rack focus!)

I usually don’t cover software updates, but the latest version of Magic lantern is awesome! Here is the executive summary: Custom cropmarks bitmap file Live histogram while recording Time remaining estimate indicator Automated Focus pulls Focus stacking HDR exposure bracketing Lens data (hyperfocal distance, DOF, etc) Cleaner, multi-level menus that timeout automatically Audio monitoring can be turned off during clip ...

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