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25 May 2014 19:11
Catuaba
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The quality is amazing, I agree, but I've found it only good for that soft focus bokkeh type effect. For full on video you'll never get the same from a dslr. Maybe with magic lantern but im reluctant to alter and risk the software. Zoom etc will never be the same. At least for me it hasn't worked out anyway.
I fancy going down to a mkii and getting the XA10 from canon as a pro entry level camcorder to learn with. All the vids I've seen seem of very good quality. It's just personal choice I suppose.


25 May 2014 19:14
Catuaba
Photographer


Additionally I don't use the mkiii enough to warrant having all that money sat on a shelf. Photography has changed as the economy has also! I'm not expecting any money from video, but it may be something I get more out of in terms of use and learning. As you can see from my port I've only done one shoot months back!


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26 May 2014 08:02
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Fair enough. Thanks for the reply.

And good luck with the XA10.
Dave


26 May 2014 10:25
Catuaba
Photographer


I've removed the mkiii from sale online as it isn't selling anyway. And I know it will be good for my future photo needs, but in regards to video I think the only thing I can do is try and learn the best way to use it as a video camera. I watched some video comparisons after your post as it got me thinking, and my conclusion is that the mkiii quality is better than that of an expensive video camera, but only if you know how to use it and be creative. Zooming and focus are clearly a problem. But the versatility is there with lens options and add on equipment.
So in conclusion I still really don't know the answer, but for now I shall keep it. Im not an expert on video in anyway, im happy with my photography, it's took some years to get it how I want it. But for video I am new.


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27 May 2014 15:02
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I use the 5DIII and the 6D commercially for video from weddings to pr. I really do find it the best video camera for the money but not on it's own. You really need to use an external monitor with it to help with focussing. Magic Lantern is excellent and won't break it one tiny bit. It sits on the CF card so doesn't really interfere with the firmware. You take it out and you get your original firmware back. I fully admit that its more difficult to use but more challenging. It sods like to me you'd be better off selling and then buying 6D as that then gives you some extra cash just to buy something small with. I can not remember seeing video so crisp as the 5Diii and 6D produce unless you go for a 1DC or a Red which is crazy money.

Good luck with it, don't give up, just learn to shoot differently...



27 May 2014 15:51
Catuaba
Photographer


Thanks, as I mentioned my photography is where I want it to be, im happy with that and I definitely saw an improvement with the mkiii. Not just because its a better camera, photography isn't about that. But lets say you did a tutorial workflow with an image from a 450d and then did the same with an image from a mkiii you'll get two different results. But for video, as were discussing here, it just made plain sense to me to get a video camera and then work from there. But as the mkiii has an awesome sensor and video on it then it would make sense as you say to try get the best from it. From my experience so far which is very little with video, ive found it perfect if you set it up steady on a tripod and have the right lighting and environment, if its an on the move, or on a steadycam type shot I always find camera shake.
As for magic lantern I have been so tempted many many times to have a go but im always warey. And on a camera this price it's kind of always a no unless you are absolutely sure.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkfnuvcHYIo This was kind of interesting.
I think some practice further with the mkiii on video is needed, once I get going i'll throw up some youtube links. But as far as photography is concerned I think the mkiii is a keeper. That's not to say if theres ever a grand or so spare in the future I may not invest in the xa10 also.


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27 May 2014 23:32
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Have you considered the 70d with 40mm STM pancake lens? The 70d does focussing in a way none I the other Canon's do whilst also having 14 cross type sensors, touch screen and wifi. It's a bit of a bargain I think and slightly overlooked still.



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