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#1 echeng

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 12:16 AM



I shot a bunch of clips of leafcutter ants with my Canon 5D Mark II and strung them together in Final Cut Pro. Used Compressor to output at 720p, H.264 and uploaded it to YouTube.

It was really dark under the rainforest canopy. Most video was shot at 1/40-1/60 sec @ f2.8-3.5, ISO 1600-2500.

Love the video feature on this camera!
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Posted 15 September 2009 - 01:54 AM

The DOF on the 5d means you can get some great shots which look very different from a similarly priced camcorder. I can't wait to get my hands on the 7d that I pre-ordered for Zoe to take photos on! Honestly, the video on it had nothing to do with my purchase decision! :)

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 02:40 AM

Hey Eric, that was cool, watched it full screen on my laptop here. :)
The quality is amazing all right.

Hey Simon, Im getting a 7D too.
I did read Nikon are onto something great as well.
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Posted 15 September 2009 - 02:53 AM

Some of those shots the DOF is so small it nearly looks like a swing tilt lens, what lens were you using Eric?
Does the 7D still record to H264?

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 04:36 AM

Excellent video. I shot some small tree frogs in HD with the 7D and the new macro lens last week. Quality looks fantastic.
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Posted 15 September 2009 - 07:56 AM

Very impressed with DOF you are getting, just beautiful. I'm surprised there were any leaves left in the forest.
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Posted 15 September 2009 - 08:36 AM

Some of those shots the DOF is so small it nearly looks like a swing tilt lens, what lens were you using Eric?
Does the 7D still record to H264?


I used Canon 100mm macro and Canon 24-70/2.8L. Specs on the 7D say that it does use H.264...

Very impressed with DOF you are getting, just beautiful. I'm surprised there were any leaves left in the forest.
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It was a huge forest! :) But I've read that a large colony of leafcutters can de-leaf a tree in 24 hours. Incredible!
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Posted 15 September 2009 - 09:16 AM

Looks pretty cool but i'm still not convinced ... Won't be chucking away the Ex1 just yet ... Its still early days for VidSLR's so I'll wait...

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 09:49 AM

Great footage!!

I love the shallow DOF--makes for wonderful subject emphasis for storytelling.

Thank you for sharing that, Eric!

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 02:16 PM

I used Canon 100mm macro and Canon 24-70/2.8L. Specs on the 7D say that it does use H.264...



Great I've got the 100mm EF lens....erm I mean Zoe's got the 100mm EF lens! :)

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 02:30 PM

Looks pretty cool but i'm still not convinced ... Won't be chucking away the Ex1 just yet ... Its still early days for VidSLR's so I'll wait...

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Mate use my technique and buy it for Jackie - that way you have a guilt free conscience and you get some serious browny points too! Of course I have not worked out a strategy yet for when I'm fighting with Zoe over who's going to use it........ hmmmm think that could be a flaw in my plan? :)

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 08:51 AM

Mate use my technique and buy it for Jackie - that way you have a guilt free conscience and you get some serious browny points too! Of course I have not worked out a strategy yet for when I'm fighting with Zoe over who's going to use it........ hmmmm think that could be a flaw in my plan? :drink:


Mate if i had your money then I would (actually you can buy it for her :uwphotog: ) But we are in a modern relationship so she will buy her own camera and I will use it ... :)

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 08:58 AM

But we are in a modern relationship so she will buy her own camera and I will use it ... :uwphotog:


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Posted 17 September 2009 - 12:14 AM

But we are in a modern relationship so she will buy her own camera and I will use it ... :lol:

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;) :guiness: nice one!

Edited by SimonSpear, 17 September 2009 - 12:15 AM.