Saturday, September 20, 2014
A 1080p and 720p video shot with the new Apple iPhone 6 at 30fps and 240fps,respectively. Edited with Apple iMovie for mobile Apple devices with iOS 8 and exported to my Camera Roll for a 128mb H264 upload to Youtube. I used a handheld P&C grip attachment with a RetiCAM smartphone mount for stabilization paired with a Senneheiser MKE400 shotgun microphone mounted on an articulating ball joint arm. I also used for stationary shots a Manfrotto MVH500AH video fluid head with BENRO 3580 tripod legs.
The amazing Apple iPhone 6 featuring time lapse capability, slow motion capture, cinematic image stabilization, 60fps 1080p motion video and so much more...
Apple iMovie for iOS 8 Apple mobile devices enables a complete portable non linear video workflow. Capture, edit and upload your cinematic masterpieces all from one device, your Apple iPhone 6.
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Monday, September 15, 2014
After a long 5 years, the newly announced Canon EOS 7D Mark II replaces the venerable Canon EOS 7D. Considered the semi professional crop sensor workhorse, the original Canon 7D has been in a crowded market place since 2009. Canon finally stepped up the high performance crop sensor segment with the 20 megapixel Dual Digic 6 Canon EOS 7D Mark II with a host of new photo and video features for a MSRP of $1,799 USD.
The major highlights for photographers are AF points and the fast action frames per second. No more 7D 19 AF points, the 7D Mark II has 65 AF points to the likes of sports photographers paired with a fast 10 fps like the Canon 1D Mark IV. All this speed is supported by Dual DIGIC 6 processors to keep up with the faster buffer rate.
Okay, now for the good stuff for all those HD DSLR video fanatics. Headphone jack, uncompressed HDMI out and Dual Pixel CMOS AF during video recording like the Canon EOS 70D briefly touches the amazing video specifications. Full HD video is now with a 60fps frame rate for slow motion applications and with the now commonplace ALL-I and IPB compression rates. I almost forgot, Time Code as well.
Let me mention again, HEADPHONE jack for audio monitoring. Hurray! (Like the more expensive Canon 5D Mark III)
Now for the not so good stuff of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. No swivel touchscreen like the Canon EOS 70D as well as no built in Wi-Fi for remote monitoring and uploading with Canon EOS Remote App. IMHO, quite a strange product marketing move for Canon. The HD DSLR marketplace is very crowded with shrinking sales in a saturated environment nowadays. We will have to wait until a November 2014 product release date to get a hands on review of this long awaited Canon EOS 7D replacement.
In the meantime, the impatient will be appeased by new affordable lenses recently announced as well. The new EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens for $149 will satisfy the compact form factor crowd. We have already seen the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens for full frame but this shorter focal length will be a quick seller at this price point.
The newly announced Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens for $599 USD will gladly replace the aging Canon EF 28-135mm IS kit lens seen with the Canon 5D Mark II and the original Canon EOS 7D. The only kit lens that has impressed me is the current Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM for its price point and lens quality.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The new ultra wide and ultra affordable Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4-5.6 IS STM kit lens enables first time DSLR owners wide angle lens opportunities. Landscapes, large group shots of people and other narrow situations where wide and up close is required.
The built in image stabilization is great for low light shots and even better for stable video capture. For less than half the price of the more expensive Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens, the new EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is a great value for the entry level DSLR owner.
A 1080p video shot with the Canon EOS 70D paired with the new ultra wide Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4-5.6 IS STM kit lens at 29.97fps. Edited with Final Cut Pro 6.0.6. and used Compressor at "Best" quality to export my timeline for a 670mb h264 video file.
A 1080p video shot with the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra wide kit lens paired with the Canon EOS M with EF-M Lens Adapter at 29.97fps. Edited with Final Cut Pro 6.0.6 and used Compressor to export the timeline at "Best" quality for a 1.6gb H264 video file.
The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra wide angle budget lens makes a perfect starter kit for the DSLR and mirrorless novice. Wide angle is needed in theme parks such as the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.
I tried the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster with the tourist friendly Canon EF-S 10-18mm paired with the mirrorless Canon EOS M to evaluate the IS and the field of view from my seat. The results were outstanding considering this ultra wide lens is only $299 and cost less than the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens.
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The Canon EOS 70D with the amazing Dual Pixel CMOS AF for continuous AF servo during video recording hits a homerun for DSLR video capture. My Canon EOS 70D Video Test clearly demonstrates the pin point accuracy of the AF Servo during video recording and the very useful touchscreen controls for critical focus. Other great features include 3x to 10x Digital zoom for 1080p video, choice of ALL-I and IPB video compression, full manual control over video and audio, intuitive touchscreen controls with the articulating LCD screen and the remote features of the built in WiFi control make the Canon EOS 70D truly a winner in the competitive HD DSLR market.
A 1080p video shot with the new Canon EOS 70D at 29.97 fps. Edited with Final Cut Pro 6.0.6 and used the Canon E-1 Movie Plugin 1.5 to transcode to AppleProRes422 from H264. I exported the FCP timeline using Compressor at "Best" quality to yield a 2 GB H264 video file for my Youtube upload.
The Canon EOS 70D was paired with the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5, EF 70-200mm f/4L IS, EF 300mm f/4L IS w/ EF 1.4x and the EF 35mm f/1.4L lenses. For stability, I used the Manfrotto MVH500AH fluid video head with BENRO 3580 tripod legs. For audio capture, I used the Sennheiser MKE400 shotgun microphone with wind muff and the RODE VideoMic GO microphone with RODE wind muff. To control incoming light to shoot wide open aperture, I used the FADER Mark II Variable ND Filter and the GENUS Variable ND Filter as well.
A 1080p video shot with the Canon EOS 70D paired with the Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS lens with Canon EF 1.4x extender at 29.97fps. Edited with Apple iMovie '11 and exported with Quicktime with "Best" quality for a 137mb H264 video file. For support, I used the Manfrotto MVH500AH fluid video head paired with BENRO 3580 tripod legs.
To capture the "Blood Moon" Lunar Eclipse, I used the 3x to 10x Digital 1080p video zoom built in the Canon EOS 70D. This yields almost a 6400mm focal length equivalent with crop factor, extender and digital zoom for a great reach into the heavens.
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