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Old June 8th, 2011, 09:31 PM   #31
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I'm still getting used to the 5Dm2. It's disappointing to not have a live exposure and focus aids while recording. Unless I'm doing something wrong, both the live histogram and the 5x/10x turn off when record is pressed.
Nope that is normal behavior for the Canon's when recording. You will have to get used to it.

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Old June 16th, 2011, 12:01 AM   #32
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The z-finder is wonderful. It creates a very solid platform for stabilizing handheld shots. Kudos to Olof Eckberg at Westside AV for the tip to use .6 and .9 ND filters along with a polarizer to manage aperture.

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Old June 16th, 2011, 04:51 AM   #33
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Any critical accessory you'd recommend for a minimalist starter kit?
For a "minimalistic" kit I think I would go for Redrock's "Captain Stubling":
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Old June 16th, 2011, 07:15 AM   #34
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Hello Nigel.
Just wondered if you received your GGS LCD viewfinder yet, and, if so, what you think of it? The flip-up looks useful, but I wonder how practical it is to leave the rest on the body for viewing.
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Old June 16th, 2011, 09:33 PM   #35
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Try this GGS LCD Viewfinder Loupes 3X For 7D 5DII 550D 600D ab41 | eBay UK it has diopter adjustments and it's cheap
Hardly minimalist.
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Old June 17th, 2011, 03:55 AM   #36
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That GGS LCD Viewfinder looks worth considering at about one eighth the price of a Zacuto Z-Finder. I have just ordered one from a supplier in the UK for just 42.50 (48/$70) including delivery New LCD viewfinder For Canon 7D 5D Mark II on eBay (end time 13-Jun-11 03:21:25 BST)
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Hardly minimalist.
I think adding a loupe to the 5DII is about as minimal as it gets after an ND filter.
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Old June 17th, 2011, 04:02 AM   #37
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Hello Nigel.
Just wondered if you received your GGS LCD viewfinder yet, and, if so, what you think of it? The flip-up looks useful, but I wonder how practical it is to leave the rest on the body for viewing.
The loupe is great. I used it for the first time at a wedding yesterday & was really impressed. My co-shooter was using a 5D with a Zacuto Z-finder & we swapped cameras a few times. The Zacuto is obviously better built but in use we both agreed that there was minimal difference. The optics are just as clear & sharp & the view of the screen is right to the corners. At one tenth of the price of the Zacuto it's a bargain.

The flip-up is pretty useless as it's just as easy to unclip the body & you do get a better view with the body removed.
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Old June 17th, 2011, 07:58 AM   #38
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Thanks for that review, Nigel. Very informative.
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Old June 17th, 2011, 06:20 PM   #39
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I think adding a loupe to the 5DII is about as minimal as it gets after an ND filter.
Nigel, my mistake. I meant to quote Peer like this:

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For a "minimalistic" kit I think I would go for Redrock's "Captain Stubling":
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Nigel, my mistake. I meant to quote Peer like this:
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For a "minimalistic" kit I think I would go for Redrock's "Captain Stubling":
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Hardly minimalist.

Well, if you were about to shoot a 3 weeks documentary, don't you think the "Captain Stubling" setup is still quite "minimalistic"..?

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Old June 24th, 2011, 03:44 PM   #41
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As a b-camera I don't think the captain stubling rig is minimal...no. Just my opinion tho.
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Old April 6th, 2012, 02:32 PM   #42
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Hey guys,

Would you suggest a monitor with peaking or Magic lantern for pulling focus on the Canon 5D (version 2 and 3).

I am using the 50mm 1.4, 10mm 2.8, 70-200mm 2.8 and 24mm 2.8

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Old April 6th, 2012, 02:52 PM   #43
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Pulling focus using the LCD is difficult. Anything you can do will help. I can't speak for ML but on a 5DM2 the LCD changes to low res when you start recording. I'm not certain but I think the same is true on the HDMI. I find it difficult to see focus accurately on a 50mm and have to use 10x to get initial focus. After that it's a guess. I can't imaging doing it on a 24mm or 10mm unless your subject is really close. YMMV
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Old April 6th, 2012, 05:01 PM   #44
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Great stuff here. The lenses you have are great and should function very well. My setup, Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS, Canon 50mm f/1.4 and a Canon 70-200mm f/4. Backpack, monopod, LED light, Zoom H1 Recorder/Mic, wireless, 10 camera batteries, 8 AAA for mic. I always plan to have enough power for 8-10 hours shoots.

1. Use a viewfinder for critical focus and for use in bright areas. The LCD is workable alone but a viewfinder will enhance what your seeing. Plus it becomes a 3rd point of contact making your handheld shots steady.

2. Focus puller is very optional in my opinion. I can do just as smooth pulls reaching around the lens. Unless your wrist or fingers have bad arthritis its optional.

3. Vari-ND I would recommend this is bright situation to get depth of field controlled and where you want it to be. Often times I here people ramping up the shutter instead. This can lead to ISO/shutter banding.

4. Best and lightest support, a monopod. It you have to keep it simple and compact. My monopod has a simple manfrotto head which I can turn to 45 degrees and then it becomes a simple should rig.
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