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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel 750D Spec List [CR1]
« on: January 21, 2015, 03:27:53 PM »
Sheesh.  First, It's a CR1. Don't put a lot of stock into this yet.  Second, why does one automatically assume that a 24MP sensor is "better" than 20.2MP?  Hmmm a 24MP crop or a 20MP FF....hmmmm... lemme think about this one...  Or a 24MP Crop vs a 20MP DPAF crop.... hmmm again....  Let's not regress into the "More MP = Better" mentality.  It MIGHT be in a given case, but it's never automatic.  The 19pt AF system is likely the one from the 7D.

+1
I guess people are forgetting the differences between the 1DX and the 5DIII

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon EOS-1D C Coming Down in Price Again?
« on: January 17, 2015, 02:12:33 AM »
Why? The 5D MkII ($2,500) did to the 1Ds MkIII ($7,999) with both a stills equaling and video beating camera (which wasn't difficult as the $7,999 camera didn't have video).

First, just to clarify that the 5D Mark 2 was not announced with a $2500 price tag.
I don`t know how much it was when announced, but to give you an idea the original 5D (classic) was announced with a price tag of $3299 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS_5D)

Second, I believe that Canon wanted to capitalize on Hollywood using their equipment, hence the cinema line.
I mean, movies like `Captain America: The First Avenger` used the 5D Mark 2 and it grossed $370 Million (worldwide; budget was $140 Million).
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/about_canon?pageKeyCode=pressreldetail&docId=0901e0248035b051

Cannibalize your own brand and/or be Cannibalized by someone else... I think they've done that once and lost out already???

First: When the 5D MkII was released it was $3,499, less than half the list price of a 1Ds MkIII at $7,999. It had, essentially, the same sensor but it could do video, hence my comments.

Second: You might believe that, but your timeline is out of sync. Canon had no idea of the cat that was in their bag when they released the video able 5D MkII, not a clue. That big studios used them as throw away cameras, literally, and that the independents jumped on the bandwagon along with ML that grew it even more, and the fact that adapters are so readily available for the EOS mount and there are a billion good video able manual focus lenses available for next to nothing, was a complete surprise to Canon, there is no way on earth they planned that, it just took on a world of it's own. If any 5 series should be called 'classic' (and none of them should) it should be the 5D MkII.

Exactly.

You asked "Why?" Right?
Thats my reason why they may not cannibalize the 1DC like the way you thought they cannibalized the 1DsIII by introducing the 5DII. BTW, besides the sensor, nothing else is the same... build, metering, AF...
They probably introduced video into 5DII, because they probably thought that they were skimping on video...
I mean your basic camcorder was able to take still pictures (go find yourself an early 2000 handheld camcorder, switch it to camera mode and take a picture), so may be they were worried that their customers were going to ask since a camcorder is able to do both video and stills, why wasn't their expensive DSLRs able to do video? 

Anyway, my point is that planned or not... in this case it is not (planned)...
They lost out to the big studios...

Now, they want to make the big bucks from the studios (who made big bucks off of them).
And, the independents like us are complaining that we can't afford the stuff that is offered to the studios, which is obvious because it is a separate line called the cinema line.

We don't complain that Zeiss CP.2 lenses cost an arm and leg nor do we complain that the ZE lenses are crippled compared to the CP.2. And, yet we complain that the 7DII is crippled, and the 5D4 may not come with 4K.

You would think that they would care for the independents, we probably bought most of their cameras, but then again... they allowed us to hack into their cameras, heaven forbid if they started suing us.

Red cameras, Arri cameras they are all way out of our leagues... but we dont' complain about them.
Many companies, including Canon and Sony are cannibalizing their cameras... how come RED & Arri aren't worried and trying to cannibalize themselves?

BTW, my timeline is not out of sync, let me repost it  - http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/about_canon?pageKeyCode=pressreldetail&docId=0901e0248035b051&WT.mc_id=C126149

Please read it, they mention that parts of Iron Man 2 was also filmed with 5DII.
Iron Man 2 was released in April 30, 2010 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1228705/?ref_=nv_sr_3)
Rhetorical questions: How long does it take to write, cast, build sets, film and edit a movie???
Canon 5DII was announced September 17, 2008 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS_5D_Mark_II)
It was announced in the final quarter of 2008, but it was available??? Late 2008, early 2009, right?
A movie takes about a year to produce no? So a 2010 movie is possible, right?

And, the following year, after Iron Man 2 they released Captain America (2011), it just goes to show that they made at least 2 blockbuster movies with the 5DII. Throw away cameras???
BTW, Iron Man 2 Grossed $623.9 million, more than triple their budget (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Man_2)

Now, where is Canon's share in those high grossing films?

If you screw up once, you can pass it off as an accident.
You screw up twice and you become the village idiot.


You know what the problem is??? We (including myself) are definitely spoiled.
Canon has wet our lips and now we are trying to hog the bottle.


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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon EOS-1D C Coming Down in Price Again?
« on: January 16, 2015, 07:11:22 PM »
Why? The 5D MkII ($2,500) did to the 1Ds MkIII ($7,999) with both a stills equaling and video beating camera (which wasn't difficult as the $7,999 camera didn't have video).

First, just to clarify that the 5D Mark 2 was not announced with a $2500 price tag.
I don`t know how much it was when announced, but to give you an idea the original 5D (classic) was announced with a price tag of $3299 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS_5D)

Second, I believe that Canon wanted to capitalize on Hollywood using their equipment, hence the cinema line.
I mean, movies like `Captain America: The First Avenger` used the 5D Mark 2 and it grossed $370 Million (worldwide; budget was $140 Million).
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/about_canon?pageKeyCode=pressreldetail&docId=0901e0248035b051

Cannibalize your own brand and/or be Cannibalized by someone else... I think they've done that once and lost out already???



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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rokinon Launches 135mm t/2.2 Cine Lens
« on: January 15, 2015, 01:34:41 PM »
So B&H is just going to carry nothing but shameless clone products now?  First Yongnuo and now this.

http://www.canonrumors.com/2015/01/samyang-launches-135mm-f2-lens/

(that was a joke)

Can you explain how the **** is this a clone?

Do you see the yellow words????

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:22:09 PM »
For instance, as opposed to having both a high-megapixel camera and a lower (24) megapixel-camera all under the same 5D branding, why not release one under the 5D family and another under the 3D family? Come to think of it - why not call it the 3"C" to avoid the naming issue and make it slightly more video focused but with excellent stills features as well?

Personally, I would rather have a distinct series of cameras at different levels (ie 1D, 3C, 5D, 6D, 7D, etc) rather than seeing a series of cameras at the same level with slightly different feature sets - I hated when Sony did this with the A7 - it only results in confusion for the consumer - there is no reason why a camera at the proper level can meet all of the requirements for the associated photographers/videographers.

Just my two cents..

I like the idea of a 3C, definitely better than 3D...
And, I've said this in the past, 2D, 3D and 4D are just asking for it... you can think that people are dumb for asking "Oh does it do 3D pictures?" Or people from either Sony or Nikon camps can make fun of us... "they have a 3D camera that doesn't do 3D pictures :P"

But, reality is that it is just plain dumb... in fact, even if Sonikon people don't make fun... I will...
And, its just common sense not to name a camera 2D, 3D or 4D.

Now, if by chance they do introduce a 3C, I think they should just knock out 6D (being one and only of its kind).
You have a bunch of odd numbers and 6D is sticking out like a sore thumb, with it being the only even number on the high-end  FF roster.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2015, 06:49:04 PM »

Indeed and if Sony can put 5 axis IBIS into the A9 like they did the A7II then all of my lenses without IS become IS lenses even with a metabones adapter. What's not to love about that boost of usability in my lens investment?! Sony recognise AF as being a key issue for them to address so it will be interesting to see what they deliver! On top of which I won't have to wait half a century for improvements to be delivered with Sony.

I recommended an A7II to my cousin...
Tried it out last weekend as he brought it to a birthday party, and initial impression is that its user interface... compared to Canon's is terrible. I heard that you can customize it, but navigating and trying various things to gain access to ISO, WB, focus peaking, and to switch to 1080/60p and back to 1080/24p, ... I concluded that there is a huge learning curve behind it. And, that I might have to borrow it for a weekend before I make a decision to buy an a7s.

So my recommendation, rent one out... try it and then make your decision.
Don't just go after specs... specs won't get you the pictures and/or the video you want...

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Canon General / Re: What Canon stuff did you get for Christmas
« on: December 26, 2014, 10:10:15 PM »
My wife is harrassing me to take pictures of the baby every f'ing day with the DSLR, so I got her an SL1 today.

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I use my smartphone for pictures that don't have a real artistic interest

When I have a purpose I of course...

Those are my own reasons too.
Most of the time, for convenience I use my iphone 4.
But if there is a purpose behind it (for example, my friend wants me to be his second for a wedding gig, obviously paid gig), even if there is an artistic reason (most of my video concepts)... I pull out all the stops.
Lights, light stands... props... etc.
That and when I'm vacationing abroad... I figure what the hell, I paid for the plane ticket, might as well borrow my cousins rebel and shoot whatever with it.

There is no inbetween for me... I can't take just normal pictures with a DSLR, no way in hell am I going to pull out a DSLR to take pictures of a cat or a bookshelf inside the house. May be something outside... if I had a cat and I loved it so much that I want to take a day to make a big production out of it... may be...
For all the meh moments... iphone all the way...

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Wouldn't that put the Sony a77 mark II in the same category?

EDITTED TO ADD: Also, just so you know... I was going to order an SL1 for the wifey, and its sold out??? There were 10 units when I checked on Christmas Eve.

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No doubt this may be the future.

But, it still begs the question... is this really adding to the art of photography? Or is it adding to the art of photoshoping?


When light meters were added to cameras, the question was asked.
 
When Autofocus was added, once again, it was asked
 
When Digital Cameras first came out, they were panned as toys.
 
Only time will tell, but I suspect that funds to keep going are getting tight.

Sorry for bringing back an old thread, but after watching the following:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ--S-wG_lk

It reminded me of this thread and what Mt. Spokane said.
But really, I would have loved to be a part of this challenge.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon to Target The GH4 With New DSLR Type? [CR2]
« on: December 19, 2014, 10:03:54 PM »
How do I work out how many minutes of video I can get into 1 GB of SD card space?

Regards

Depends on resolution and/or framerate.
I believe 1080/24p is 12 min (plus/minus a few seconds) for 4Gb.
So about 3 min. per Gb.

Here is a t3i manual (go to page 151): http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/0/0300004720/02/eosrt3i-eos600d-im2-c-en.pdf

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Lenses / Re: $600 burning a hole in your pocket?
« on: December 19, 2014, 06:06:57 PM »
Sell the 18-55 & the 55-250 (in my opinion, 2 of the worst lenses in Canon's arsenal; in fact, anything is better). Reinvest the $100-$200 that you make off of those lenses to buy better lenses.

If you are staying crop (with whatever your wife is getting in 2015), look at sigma 18-35mm 1.8 (used) & Canon 50mm 1.8 (new).

If you upgrading to FF, then buy Canon 24-105 (used) and a Canon 50 mm 1.8 (new).

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon to Target The GH4 With New DSLR Type? [CR2]
« on: December 18, 2014, 09:00:51 AM »
All of those things are coming sooner than later.
If I was starting from scratch I might not go with Canon right now, but I don't see anything tempting enough to make me risk selling my and replacing it with another brand, especially since this is all a game of leapfrog and Canon is not sleeping.

The 5D3 is still the best all around combo video/photo option I think: it does great low light for both video and photo, it has good AF for photos, lots of lenses, built like a tank, great ergonomics, has magic lantern. I am tempted a bit by the Sony A7s (although some say it's a bit fiddly), but I'll wait and see what they do with the mark II. In the meantime Canon may leap ahead. I am actually considering the C100 markII ... the new viewfinder and LCD look great, and that is a really useable camera.

Some people love the GH4, but working alone in a variety of poorly lit environments where I can't control the lighting, it's just not going to do the job. The 5D3 can deliver great video without intruding on anyone or announcing itself with lights, the C100 even more so, and that's really important for documentary and ENG.

I hope Sony updates the A7s with IS and beefier grip like the A7II ... that might be interesting!

+1
I'm not keen on replacing any of my gear either.
But, Sony is making it easy so that we don't have to... just body + adapter right?
It looks like Magic Lantern is already preloaded on it. Yet, I have to agree, current models are kinda "fiddly."
Still... add that 5-axis and it makes every one of my primes into ISed lenses... who wouldn't want that? 
Only other problem is its only UHD and not true 4K, but they can upgrade that in the mark 2.
May be even add 2.5K @ 60p and 1080/240p?

You know whats funny, my cousin was asking about boxing day and the Nikon d610.
I told him that I don't know anything about Nikon, and that I'm a Canon guy myself, and that oddly enough... many people from both camps are looking at Sony a7 cameras and that he should seriously consider that as an option. I also told him that no matter which camera he chooses, on any side, there are going to be flaws that he has to learn to live with...

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon to Target The GH4 With New DSLR Type? [CR2]
« on: December 15, 2014, 08:31:48 PM »
Low light performance is just happens to be the most important video feature, it is the one feature that can get you the shot or miss it. The GH4 is basically useless for video past ISO 1600, and not that great at 1600 either. The 5D3 gives great results up to about ISO 10,000 and with Magic Lantern you get zebras, peaking, magic zoom, and a ton of other goodies, so the GH4 doesn't cut it for me. The Sony A7s will be a great option when they get a good selection of native FF lenses, but Canon will probably have an offering before Sony gets the lenses made.

+1
Also, is there DOF on the Gh4 without the speedbooster? Just curious.

Aaaaand that's why I wait for the Sony a7sII ... likely adding the 3-5 axis sensor stabilization and maybe fix that rolling shutter issue.  I could care less what glass Sony makes for it. Hello metabones and Canon EF glass.

+2

I wasn't too keen with mark 1, but that 5-axis man...
In fact, add 1080/120 and you have gold... pure gold :)

I use to think high ISO was super important, but then I learned how to light things. Now I think anything clean over 3,200 is nice, but not necessary. Maybe if all one has is a kit lens at f/5.6 I can see the importance.

Also, don't forget that a Speedbooster on the GH4 gives you both a Super35 (~APS-C) FOV AND an extra stop of light. When other cameras need ISO 3,200 for a given scene, the GH4 with Speedbooster will give you the same exposure at ISO 1,600. And that combo is still $400 cheaper than the A7s and $1000 cheaper than the Mark III.

And the A7s can mount any type of glass in the world. Not sure why you'd hold out for native Sony glass....

+3

Yeah, but just to add... with regards to lighting... its a drag to lug around a generator all the time (if you are outside). And, if you're talking about battery LEDs... those sony batteries are expensive!

I'm hearing a lot good things about that speedbooster, never thought it can do super 35 FOV...
I have a friend who got the speedbooster with the Sigma 18-35 1.8 (turned it into 1.2 - Have you ever heard a zoom with 1.2???)


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Great Story.

+1 & Great Lesson.
Back out when there are too many changes in contract that you can't understand.
Not worth the hassle. And, if there is a lawyer, have a tape recorder on hand to record every verbal contract.

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