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List of weather sealed lenses

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This question has been asked to me so many times that I decided to make an ‘official’ list that I can refer people to the next time the question pops up in a forum. Before going to the list, you have to know that the weather sealing of the Canon 5DMrkII is marginal. Unfortunately, it is not as good as ...

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3D vs 5DMrkII exposure (explanation)

I knew when I made the previous post that I had done something stupid. I double checked everything, made sure every setting was as I expected, etc… Still, there was something at the back of my head telling me that I should not made this public because it would hit me back straight in the face Well, 15 minutes after ...

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5DMrkII vs D3 exposure differences?

Edit: I was stupid! Explanation here. Last week I went shooting with my friend Christopher who is a D3 owner. It was more of a scouting trip, to find nice locations in downtown Montreal ,for future shoot than anything else. To make a long story short, we ended up doing some tests/comparison between our two cameras. Frustratingly enough, Chris managed ...

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The DroboPro and you (and me)

If any of you are following Scott Bourne you are probably aware of his love affair with the Drobos. He has so many of these that I think he is secretly aiming to be in the Guinness book of record for the person with the most Drobos. Scott is not afraid to share the love too! Follow him on Twitter ...

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Canon new Rebel does HD!

Canon announced a new Rebel yesterday. Capable of shooting in HD (720p), it is a serious alternative to the 5D. It is not 1080p but lets be honest, 720p is excellent, I resample everything to this size or smaller anyways so this isn’t a problem for msot people. In fact, the first thing that came to my mind after seeing ...

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iPhone and your 5D Mark II

Stu at Prolost was faster than me to react to the possibilities offered by the upcoming iPhone OS. While his ideas are not really possible because of their CPU requirements, mine is more realistic: basically, I would like to be able to do remote shooting, with live preview, via my iPhone. That is all. Of course all of Stu ideas ...

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How meta tagging could be improved in Aperture 3

I dont know if you tag, but I do. I try to do it a lot and sometimes it makes me think that the guys at Apple dont use the tagging interface at all… First, as I said in the past, when you open the Keyword HUD, the cursor should be in the search field. And the current content should ...

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Should you get a manual focusing lens?

You must have noticed by now that a lot of cinephotographers are using old Nikon or Zeiss lenses with their 5DMrkII. These lenses allow their owner to set the aperture directly on the lens, removing one of the variable of the automatic exposure control in video mode. I must admit that I was about to get one of these. They ...

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Burned pixel update and Mac Pro on steroids

I think I talked too fast the other day when I said that the software update did not fix the stuck pixel problem. After testing it again, it seems like the issue is now resolved with v1.07! I will do more testing tomorrow night, but right now I am reformating-reinstalling everything on my Mac Pro. The new setup is: 2x74gig ...

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Hot Pixels in video mode!!!

The issue At first, I thought it was dust. Dust on the sensor or on the lens. Then, after watching every single video I shot since I got the camera, I saw something worst than the black dot problem: hot pixels! And to make things worst, there are 2 of them! I did not notice them at first because most ...

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Mission impossible: Canon 5DMrkII to the rescue!

You mission, if you accept it, is to make a video clip of an artist friend that could be sent to a major television channel so they could do a segment about his album release. Oh by the way, it must be done (as in put on DVD) tonight! That was the challenge my friend Jon Davis proposed me last ...

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How to have 2 external screen with a macbook!

My friend Carl Mercier has managed to put have his macbook run with two external monitors! Unfortunately, I do not have the required gear to test how well it works. It seems very convenient if you already have an external monitor and want to keep an eye on an active process, rss feeds, watching a tutorial, etc…  Not directly 5D related ...

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