makofoto

Lives in United States South Pasadena, United States
Works as a cinematographer
Joined on Mar 11, 2003

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QuarryCat: best glass Canon ever made:
1. 2.8/300 mm L IS II
2. 4.0/16-35 mm L IS
3. 2.8/400 mm L IS II

worst EF- lenses:
1. 18-200 mm
2. 2.8/20 mm
3. 1.4/50 mm

@QuarryCat my 18/200 was poor compared to my friends. Sent it to Canon and it came back greatly improved! Under warranty.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 12:30 UTC
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Paul B Jones: Easy. 800mm. I photograph wildlife. Reach is the main issue for me in the vast majority of photo situations. 800mm is the most reachy focal length. Therefore, 800mm.

I can accept that others might have a different choice, and that is okay.

Paul, love the 800 person shot. Just needs a bit of the Clarity Slider. :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 15:59 UTC
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Paul B Jones: Easy. 800mm. I photograph wildlife. Reach is the main issue for me in the vast majority of photo situations. 800mm is the most reachy focal length. Therefore, 800mm.

I can accept that others might have a different choice, and that is okay.

Dave, have you ever seen GigaPans?

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 15:58 UTC
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Starflash127: Lumix 12-60 on my G85 - both more weather resistant than I am. (24-120 for you FF folks). If limited to a single prime, my Lumix 42.5mm f1.7. I have been acutely myopic since birth so notice details and prefer close-up composition. My first zoom was a Nikkor 43-86 on a F2 - good for 5x7 prints.

You're right about the 43/86! :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 15:57 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: My favorite lens? 20mm ... 28mm .... 50mmm

Haha, now if you could only Read :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 15:56 UTC
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tkbslc: If you are going to be stuck with one lens, then you've defeated the purpose of owning a camera with a lens mount. Just buy a fixed lens camera.

28 is one of my favorites so I do have a Ricoh GR

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 15:55 UTC
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Arastoo Vaziri: Why on Earth would one be confined to a single lens or focal length? If that were the case, I'd give up photographing, as stated by a reader below.
People shouldn't have a favourite focal length, because different subjects may - and often do - require different focal lengths. It'd make more sense if the question were what the focal length most frequently used is. Limiting oneself to one focal length is a silly idea.
And Sam's lens was a tilt-and-shift somewhere between 17 and 24 mm. No common lens can give that perspective.

Must remember not to invite you to the party! :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 15:54 UTC

Just for you naysayers, we use the Nikon 24/120 for doing product shots on National commercials and spreads, so don't think it's not sharp enough. We have many lenses to chose from, up to a $90K Angenieux 24/290 t2.8 zoom.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 15:53 UTC as 103rd comment

hmmmm ... I like RED ... but will wait for the 8+

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 18:19 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
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FotoFrik: Huawei P10 + is even better :) It has a F1.8 lens

Can it match the iPhone 7+'S Portrait mode for limiting depth of field?

http://images15.fotki.com/v246/file0Kpz/79e2b/4/43793/4909192/IMG_5946.jpg

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 01:04 UTC
On article Huawei P10 scores highly in DxOMark Mobile testing (47 comments in total)

Added Sharpening or ... what? How are their RAW/DNG Output ?

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 00:57 UTC as 11th comment
On article These are the four cameras that won Oscars in 2017 (112 comments in total)
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entoman: Can you imagine carrying these monster cameras up and down mountains? I was very fortunate to be able to work alongside a BBC film crew shooting spectacled bears in Ecuador a month ago, for the next major series of wildlife films. Those guys are absolutely amazing - they are carrying tons of this stuff up mountains at 5am every day for a month at a time, shooting stunning film all day long, and then carrying it all back down again each afternoon. Dedication just doesn't begin to describe it.

Yup, what I've been doing for 38+ years. Here humping our "A" camera Panaflex on SILVERADO.

http://images59.fotki.com/v1640/filejAZB/263a1/4/43793/4909192/IMG_5265.jpg

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 00:02 UTC
On article These are the four cameras that won Oscars in 2017 (112 comments in total)
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KCook: I still don't know what these beasts cost. Just wondering.

Kelly

Panavision cameras can't be purchased. Alexa's are around $50 to $70k. When they first came out they paid for themselves in 7 months. Red Epics were around $20k. But remember that is only the start of a package that can end up costing over $50k with everything else one needs: follow focuses, matte boxes, memory cards, balance plates, rods, raisers, batteries, handles. Next you can spend $100's of K's for lenses! Which is why most people rent for their projects. And for ones projects one needs massive amounts of storage!

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 23:52 UTC
On article These are the four cameras that won Oscars in 2017 (112 comments in total)

Only the Alexa is still being used. And virtually all Oscar nominated movies in the last four years have been shot on Arri Alexa's. We personally use three RED Dragons to shoot our national commercials.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 23:46 UTC as 19th comment

What a deal compared to the last Fujinon :-)

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=840523&gclid=CNubvpbWpNICFU9sfgodY-gNzA&Q=&ap=y&c3api=1876%2C92051678282%2C&is=REG&A=details

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 21:45 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article iPhone 8 front camera rumored to capture 3D images (76 comments in total)

Whatever the price, so worth it to me, as it's turning into my principal camera, since it's always with me. Considering how much I use this device for Facebook, txt'ing, news, schooling/googling besides photography, it's certainly worth it ... when you break it down by time used.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 19:19 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies

Typically we never use GoPros, which are used all the time in TV production, at 4K. We almost always use them a 1080, which offers four different Angles of View. The 4K is always at the very wide setting, which means enlarging and cropping in Post. So better to shoot in 1080 at the tighter field of view one is going to need.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 15:51 UTC as 19th comment
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jadot: fisheye nightmares

? You can DeFish using freesoft ware like GoPro Studio. The GoPro5 has a DeFish option built-in besides four different Angles of View depending on which format/frame rate one is using. Your comment is based on people not knowing how to use their gear.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 15:47 UTC

The only action camera we use for pro work is the GoPro, because it has their ProTune option. As close to RAW as one can can find. It's the only way to tame Contrast, and being a Pro is all about controlling Contrast. We used 12 GoPro4 Blacks here: https://youtu.be/RfmPsSqv8RM

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 15:29 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
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jorg14: Apparently GoPro has been having problems. I've never understood why a camera manufactures would put out a video camera without an LCD built in.
I've had several and it's always trial and error to line it up. I know, they have one as an add on, but I finally went to Sony. Had this one been available then, I might have gotten it. Love the simple interface of the YI.

We use GoPro's by the handfuls in the movie industry. Typically no need for a monitor. One just knows.use it to take stills and you'll really get your framing down.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 15:25 UTC
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