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Studio Shooting: Difference between 5D3 and 5D2 ?

 
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Mar 04, 2014 12:55 |  #1

I have been using my 5D3 exclusively as my studio camera, but I was wondering if, for studio shooting, are they any advantages of the 5D3 over the 5D2? I am racking up the shot count on my 5D3 while the 5D2 lays unused.

I have two 5D3 and a 5D2. I shoot with 2 cameras, so I am thinking of selling one of the 5D3 and keep the 5D2 as the second studio camera. Is there any quality difference between them for studio usage?


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Mar 04, 2014 13:00 |  #2

I would imagine shooting at low ISO on static subjects you wouldnt see any significant differences. The benefits of the 5DIII are the focusing system and the iso performance. Neither of which come into play in the studio.




  
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Mar 04, 2014 13:04 |  #3

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I would imagine shooting at low ISO on static subjects you wouldnt see any significant differences. The benefits of the 5DIII are the focusing system and the iso performance. Neither of which come into play in the studio.

And unless you need to print really large, even a 5D does really nicely in a controlled environment like a studio. Lighting is far more important than the camera.




  
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Mar 04, 2014 13:05 |  #4

gonzogolf wrote in post #16734078 (external link)
I would imagine shooting at low ISO on static subjects you wouldnt see any significant differences. The benefits of the 5DIII are the focusing system and the iso performance. Neither of which come into play in the studio.

That's what I was thinking too. I am shooting at ISO 50, f/8 and 1/160.


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Mar 04, 2014 13:09 |  #5

Why ISO 50? Can't turn your lights down?




  
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Mar 04, 2014 13:16 |  #6

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Why ISO 50? Can't turn your lights down?

I've had the studio setup for 2 months now. I found some settings that worked, and stick with it. lol. I should turn them down so that I can explore better settings. I would like to shoot at wider apertures too.


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Mar 04, 2014 13:28 |  #7

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I have been using my 5D3 exclusively as my studio camera, but I was wondering if, for studio shooting, are they any advantages of the 5D3 over the 5D2? I am racking up the shot count on my 5D3 while the 5D2 lays unused.

I have two 5D3 and a 5D2. I shoot with 2 cameras, so I am thinking of selling one of the 5D3 and keep the 5D2 as the second studio camera. Is there any quality difference between them for studio usage?

A controlled studio setting really shrinks the differences between any body, including crop. The differences are more in uncontrolled situations. The 5D2 should be fine.


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Mar 04, 2014 13:29 |  #8

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I've had the studio setup for 2 months now. I found some settings that worked, and stick with it. lol. I should turn them down so that I can explore better settings. I would like to shoot at wider apertures too.

I would think lighting would always be different if you are doing modeling or portrait shots. Light, or light voids, creates mood. Are you doing specialized shoots where mood doesn't vary?


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Mar 04, 2014 13:45 |  #9

professorman wrote in post #16734091 (external link)
That's what I was thinking too. I am shooting at ISO 50, f/8 and 1/160.

You would be better off using an ND filter than going to 50. You lose some dynamic range when you go to ISO 50.




  
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Mar 04, 2014 14:03 |  #10

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I would think lighting would always be different if you are doing modeling or portrait shots. Light, or light voids, creates mood. Are you doing specialized shoots where mood doesn't vary?

I have only had the studio 2 months, so I have not maximized its capabilities as yet. I have been shooting white background. I have black background and realized that it was challenging to light. I am going to explore some creativity with black, and I am going to color gels as my next step.

I am still tweaking the studio and figuring out my lighting setup. I want to move my backdrop lights to wall mounted lights, but I need to be certain of their positions before I mount them permanently.

The studio is still pretty new, so I do not want to start jumping around before I become an expert at the basic white background setup.

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You would be better off using an ND filter than going to 50. You lose some dynamic range when you go to ISO 50.

After I said that, I realized that ISO 50 is limiting the camera, because it is a 'virtual' push of the exposure to get ISO 50. I will play with my light settings to get somewhere around ISO 200 or so.

Haha, more to purchase :(. I know the Lee filter kit is highly recommended, its on my long term to-buy list.


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Mar 04, 2014 14:10 |  #11

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I have only had the studio 2 months, so I have not maximized its capabilities as yet. I have been shooting white background. I have black background and realized that it was challenging to light. I am going to explore some creativity with black, and I am going to color gels as my next step.

I am still tweaking the studio and figuring out my lighting setup. I want to move my backdrop lights to wall mounted lights, but I need to be certain of their positions before I mount them permanently.

The studio is still pretty new, so I do not want to start jumping around before I become an expert at the basic white background setup.


After I said that, I realized that ISO 50 is limiting the camera, because it is a 'virtual' push of the exposure to get ISO 50. I will play with my light settings to get somewhere around ISO 200 or so.

Haha, more to purchase :(. I know the Lee filter kit is highly recommended, its on my long term to-buy list.

No reason to go to 200, 100 is just fine. You dont need a lee filter kit, just a decent 3 stop ND filter from a decent maker of your choice.




  
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Mar 04, 2014 14:12 |  #12

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No reason to go to 200, 100 is just fine. You dont need a lee filter kit, just a decent 3 stop ND filter from a decent maker of your choice.

Oh yes, the lee filter kit is mainly for gradated outside shooting. I could do that. All my lenses are 77mm.


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Mar 04, 2014 14:13 |  #13

I pretty much only shoot at ISO 100 in the studio, although I'll bump it up to 200 for faster recycle times if I need it. You can also get ND gels for your studio lights if you can't turn down the power on them any further.

The only big advantage I could think of between the 2 bodies for studio shooting would be the larger spread of AF points on the 5Dmk3. Shots taken from my 6D and my partner's 5Dmk2 pretty much look identical when using the same lighting and camera settings.


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The only big advantage I could think of between the 2 bodies for studio shooting would be the larger spread of AF points on the 5Dmk3.

Ha, that IS true. I have gotten to like the AF points on the 5D3, using changing focus points, rather than focus and recompose. :D

I will bump one of my 5D3 though. Its a overkill.


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Mar 04, 2014 14:26 |  #15

As patrick said, rosco makes an ND filter gel that you can use to lower the power of your lights if you just cant get any lower. Its like $8 a sheet from any theatrical supply store.




  
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