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Brian Brown

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  1. Andrew, you should get your hands on a Canon EF 50mm/f1L They quit making it, but it's of the same vintage as your 85mm/1.2L Mk I. Ken Rockwell recently reviewed it, and it looks fantastic. http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/lenses/50mm-f1.htm I think it would blow these two lenses away.
  2. For archiving tapeless footage, I use BD-R discs AND external HDDs. Single-layer BD-Rs hold 25GB and cost around $2/each. I keep hoping that double-layer 50GB discs will come down in price, as now they are around $10/each. I believe that some backup software can span multiple optical discs, but I don't presently use it. I always verify media written to BD-Rs, and have a bad burn about one in 50 or so.   I don't trust that HDDs will give long-term archival storage, that's why I back-up everything to both optical and HDD. It's "saved my bacon" once when I had to resurrect an old project f
  3. For my needs (doco/ coporate/ industrial films), alias/ moire' reduction was the primary motivator for me to step-up from the 7D to the 5D Mark III. I can always sharpen soft video, but was never very successful at removing the rainbows moire patterns and love that I no longer have to with the 5D3. I'm disappointed that much-newer 70D doesn't have the same reduction improvements. The autofocus looks really killer, but I've learned to focus full-frame (with the Zacuto Z-Finder Pro whilst running-and-gunning or with SmallHD DP6 field monitor when on a tripod) , so I doubt I would need that c
  4. Agreed, great point, Zach. I had forgotten about the 6D. Same with the D600 as a more affordable full-frame body in the Nikon line (compared to the D800).
  5. To aid in DOF, you can also purchase or rent tilt-shift lenses. They give all sorts of other creative looks, as well as practical ones like deep focus. Assuming you haven't bought into a lens system yet, you could also consider Nikon's D800, the full-frame competitor to the 5D3. Either model is a lot more $ than the GH3, of course, and lenses that cover full-frame are typically more expensive for equivalent field-of-view than their crop counterparts.
  6. "Apathy and protectionism" aside, let's not forget that a raw workflow does NOT appeal to vast swaths of the professional marketplace because of its demands on post-production and storage (during the edit, and archiving afterwards). Having a small file, edit-friendly codec come right out of the camera, ready to dump and edit, saves time and money. Not everyone can strive for the additional IQ gains, because they have to quickly turn the edit around into a sell-able product. That's the boat I'm in. I have to make money with my gear, production and post. And sometimes "good enough" simply has to
  7. I'm going to have to take a contrarian view, here. I believe that Mr. Petty would be much better-off if he focused on his own cameras' quality control, firmware, and supply issues and less on bad-mouthing the big players in the camera and lens markets. It makes perfectly logical sense to me that those manufacturers turned-down his camera ideas precisely because they didn't think that they could make money manufacturing them. And I think that they were RIGHT. As passionate as a lot of us here may be with these high-dynamic range, raw workflow bodies that BM is making, the lion's share of pr
  8. I don't spend a lot of time 'pixel-peeping' and 'measure-bating' from one camera make to another. I've made piles of money shooting Canon full-frame video, and it does many things well... namely, headshot interviews, which is where I make most of my money. It's not well-suited for landscapes and deep DOF shots, as Andrew tells us time and time again. Lucky for me, I don't make any money shooting that stuff. There's other makes of cameras for that, though. As to which is 'money better spent' or 'too expensive', just know that less than a half-
  9. Amen, this is my favorite EF prime. Sharp wide-open, contrasty, and insane bokeh. In addition to portraits and indoor sports, this lens excels as a headshot interview lens on my 5D3. It cuts well with my 2nd favorite EF prime, the bargain 85mm/f1.8.
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