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ghidorah's Avatar Picture ghidorah – January 07, 2008 11:55PM Reply Quote
his tongue went click click click as his head hit the basket after the guillotine's blade had sliced it cleanly. for a few seconds his eyes blinked and a reddening of the cheeks was noted by the attending physician. the crowd howled in glee...

oh, i'm sorry, wrong topic. click click click is for camera/photo/digital photo discussions which seem to have a place in our hearts.

Originally started by Baha at the old site, I thought it was time we brought it to the new boards

stan adams – April 30, 2009 09:43AM Reply Quote
You can use a fluid head for still work, you generally give up the ability to flop the camera.

You would NOT want to use a three axis or ball head for video. There are also "panning" heads that use for QTVR to make sure everythink "stitches" perfectly:

rino – April 30, 2009 09:46AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Yep ... fluid head provides even resistance and allows for smooth hand pans.

I'll snap a pic of my large fluid head tripod (video guy gave it to me) and post.

I use this head: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/272757-REG/Manfrotto_by_Bogen_Imaging_484RC2_484RC2_Mini_Ballhead_Quick.html

But I don't do much work like that. I also have a very nice, old compact tripod.
Want a gorilla pod for the Flip.

Jeff Cooper – April 30, 2009 02:31PM Reply Quote
Not sure if this fits here or in Sporkers Helping Sporkers, but: any suggestions for an outfit to scan a whole bunch of old negatives? I took ten rolls to a local shop that's supposed to be good (Bill: Roberts), and they did a very disappointing job: lots of loss of detail, inconsistent color, etc. It's sadly likely that some of the problems relate to damage to some of the negatives, but even so, I'd hoped for better than this.

El Jeffe – April 30, 2009 05:12PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
sorry. They are pretty much THE place 'round here, too.
I used to recall some pro place called firehouse?

Alan Lehman – April 30, 2009 11:28PM Reply Quote

You'll like that Canon TC-80N3 after you get it sorted out. It has about a 5 minute learning curve and then it just makes sense. I wish I had more time to work with mine.


I have a Canon auto bellows with a negative duplicator like this one. It's a pretty sweet piece of hardware and it can be attached to an EOS digital if you wish. I haven't had enough time (I'm sensing a trend) to use it plus I bought an MP-e 65mm a while back thus negating much of the utility of the bellows. By all accounts it does an excellent job of duplicating negatives if you happen to have an FD macro lens (ebay) and the FD to EOS converter. (not that you wanted to do it by yourself but sometimes that's what it takes)

El Jeffe – May 05, 2009 10:00AM Reply Quote
What a journey.


SD memory that can GeoTag!

Hmmm. I might have to look into one.

tomierna (Admin) – May 12, 2009 12:41AM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
I went to the Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction concert on the 9th.

Both NiN and JA have a fantastic open-recording and photo policy on this tour. Probably the best in the industry at this point.

Any attendee could bring their SLR, audio recorder, or video device. The only restrictions were on size - the devices had to be less than 20" long, and no camera supports were allowed.

Here are the pictures I took:


...or if you prefer Flickr:


I have video shot on the 5d, and audio recorded with a Zoom X2 and Sennheiser mic, but I still have to edit that.

El Jeffe – May 12, 2009 06:54AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
There are cameras and such GREATER than 20 inches long?

tomierna (Admin) – May 12, 2009 07:49AM Reply Quote
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These plus the body would put a Canon rig over 20".

But, I think they meant that specific prohibition to apply to professional video cameras.

tomierna (Admin) – August 09, 2009 11:04PM Reply Quote
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Just picked up a Canon MR-14EX ring flash today.

I was trolling through our local CompUSA (which, since being re-opened post-bankruptcy by Tiger Direct has become less useless), and there was a 50% off table. They had the MR-14EX marked as 50% off, so I bought it! $220 for a piece that retails for $470 at B&H.

Not sure if it was a fluke, or what. Seems brand new.

I have some downconversion filter rings coming from B&H now so I can attach it to my current lenses.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/10/2009 11:14AM by tomierna.

Alan Lehman – August 10, 2009 12:27AM Reply Quote
You mean the MR-14EX? There's no such thing as the MR-15EX afaik.

Take advantage of the fact that you can use it as a master flash with your other speedlight(s). Also keep in mind that the flashes have to have line of sight with each other to do this.

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Cloudscout – August 10, 2009 12:48AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
It was a misprint. That's why it was 50% off!

tomierna (Admin) – August 10, 2009 11:19AM Reply Quote
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Of COURSE I meant MR-14EX, that's why I wrote it up there!

Thank FSM for admin edit capability :/

tomierna (Admin) – September 11, 2009 01:45PM Reply Quote
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A couple months ago, I shot this timelapse in Chicago for a producer I work with.

Used a 5d mk ii body and the Canon 2.8 14mm rectilinear super wide.

A photoshop action parallelized each frame, and then I used Quicktime Pro to stitch it together.


stan adams – September 11, 2009 03:19PM Reply Quote
I am so jealous. Of you and the cool equipment / skills to assemble that. Of the artist that can actually put pretty things on a white board instead of the crap that make me look worse than my 2nd grader. And of the paint that really seems to erase cleanly. Other than that is was very cool. :)

tomierna (Admin) – September 11, 2009 08:28PM Reply Quote
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Don't be jealous, Stan!

I didn't want to put that many frames (around 30,000!) on my own 5d mkii so I rented. I rented the lens too, not because I didn't want it badly, but because it's $2k.

I rented both from lensrental.com, and it's pretty darn cheap by the week.

Here's a blurb from the production company's PR blitz on the event.

What I'm jealous of is that my business partner Jerry, got to be the one to set up and run the LED video walls behind Hank and Gloria for the MNF open.

Preview here: http://www.espnmediazone.com/mediacenter/20090909_Hank_Williams.html

This is all through the same production company, Habana Avenue.

stan adams – September 11, 2009 11:38PM Reply Quote
Well you've made me green turn a bit paler -- I did rent some gear from Helix in Chicago a few years back when I shot my SIL's wedding and it is a great way to go for for high-end specialized lenses and such (like I'll ever need to have flashgun around the house...)

Still looks awesome!

bahamut – November 10, 2009 09:52AM Reply Quote
Just an update… I've gone micro-four-thirds. I bought an Olympus EP-1 and a Panasonic GF-1 this summer. Frustrated with the autofocus on the first (pretty much missed my daughter being flower girl at a wedding…thanks Oly) and not thrilled with the questionable build quality or Oly glass (the 17mm is a bit of a dog). Love the GF-1, particularly with the 20mm lens wide-open. I highly recommend this for all of the photographers out there looking for something small to carry around on a daily basis. Yes, it's largely replaced the DMC-LX3 (although I'm still amazed by that little camera) due to the image quality, the interchangeable lenses, and the lessened shutter lag. Have to figure out the built-in flash though, it's not right yet.

Oh, and a bonus to micro 4/3 is that you can mount legacy lenses on it (Leica M, but pretty much anything, weird ass cine lenses and so on). In a few days I should be able to mount three of my Contax G series lenses using a Chinese-made adapter bought on eBay. Really thrilled about that.

m4/3 is the hottest thing in dpreview and getdpi these days…

Recommend it to all the photographers out there.

stan adams – January 17, 2010 07:17PM Reply Quote
While I appreciate the concept of many of these "mirrorless SLR" type cameras the thing about any system that I would buy into includes the quality of the sensors, lenses, and accessories. The trade off of going with some firm that is not a historical camera system company is that their priorities will change and the system will die. The odds of this happening with yet another propriety mount seem too big a risk...

If you compare the approach of even Panasonic it seems that they have weathered storms in another arenas quite well -- VHS vs Beta, BluRay vs HD Disc spring to mind.

The thing too that troubles me about "smaller" cameras is that "heritage" of 35mm being a nice field portable human-sized compromise with still a BIG hunk o' glass(as compared to medium format or 4x6 studio cameras) means that there is a smaller "funnel" at work. The trade-offs would seem weigh heavily against the optical physics in favor f the questionable benefits to portability -- I mean seriously theses things are still not pocketable by any stretch of the imagination, add in having another lens or flash to tote around and is their really even that advantage??

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