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Old February 6th, 2009, 07:21 PM   #61
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I'd also agree with Jim's recommendations although I might be tempted to substitute an 85mm f2 and a cheap 135mm f2.8 for the 105mm f2.5. The 135mm is a much underrated lens and can be found dirt cheap, KEH has some 85's and 135's right now. The 135mm + 85mm pair vs 105mm debate has been going on for as long as there have been SLR cameras but personally I like the f2 advantage of the 85mm.

If you can slightly over budget then consider the much overlooked Nikon 20-35mm f2.8 which is 95% as good as the current 17-35 f2.8 but a fraction the cost, around $600-800 if you can find one.

If you did decide to go for a 105mm then I might consider looking at a Voigtlander NOKTON 58mm f1.4 instead of the Nikon 50mm's, can be got for around $350 brand new and has a lovely look and focus action.

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Old February 6th, 2009, 07:35 PM   #62
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I knew if I asked here, I'd get a wealth of great information. Thanks guys! I've got me some lens shopping to do.

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Old February 6th, 2009, 09:39 PM   #63
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I should have

OK, Just to close my portion and please no need to expound... I should have said something about ...if you are like me.... then ... you will be sorry. Because you will be. Get something else if you are a run and gun, one man band. I wanted the killer bokeh without a ground glass unit.

I would have liked to have read some posts by people like me before I gave into impulse and bought the cam. I couldn't possibly be alone on this. So heres one owner with a no buy vote.....

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Old February 6th, 2009, 09:57 PM   #64
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Mike,

If you do events where there is only one chance to get the shot, then I agree, it's absolutely the wrong cam. Same thing if it's a situation where you need to keep rolling and rolling just in case the big moment comes. (It's certain to come when you're changing cards.)

Where it works are...
1) When you can do multiple takes,
2) When you can ask the talent to wait a minute...
3) When you have multiple people and multiple cameras (and they can operate it well, including pulling focus.)
4) When you want to capture a general impression of a place or situation, rather than a specific moment.

And in all the situations above, you have to be able to use alternate audio or operate and sync a separate recorder.

Also, you have to be aware that you won't always nail the focus. You've got to be willing to live with the focus problem, or live with the shot as is.

When it fits your needs, it gives great results at a great price. Where it doesn't work, it would be an exercise in frustration, if not futility.

It's anything but a one-size-fits-all camera.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 09:21 AM   #65
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Keith Cooper's 5D MkII page has a tantalizing report that suggests that Canon might be looking at doing a firmware update to support 25fps (though I think it's dangerous to take reports even from local Canon reps at face value)

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"Canon is aware of this as suggestions have been made to be able to set this manually and we are working on a functionality upgrade."
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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:18 PM   #66
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If they add a frame rate selection menu, it would be nice to get not just 25 fps, but 29.97, 24.00, and 23.98 as well...

However, from Canon's point of view, 25p is the most important. Having only 30p is a real dis at the European market.

That said, I'd like 23.98p and/or 24p for artistic reasons, and 29.97 to make the camera actually comply with American (the hemisphere, not just the country) standards.

Give me those framerates and manual control, and I'll be smiling from ear to ear. :)
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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:23 PM   #67
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Okay, assume all we have is 25P.. how difficult would it to convert 25P to 23.97?
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Old February 10th, 2009, 01:55 PM   #68
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Okay, assume all we have is 25P.. how difficult would it to convert 25P to 23.97?

I can tell you that in general, it works okay with either Adobe After Effects or Cineform HDLink. Here's Andrew Kramer's AE tutorial:

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