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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 10:44:31 AM »
Please be medium format, please be medium format pleas...

That would be awesome, but would also mean a whole new lens mount and line of glass. I would give Canon a giant pass for their stagnation these days (seriously, no stabilized 24-70 f/2.8 yet to compete with Tamron?!) if its because they're going all in on the MF market.

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:52:09 PM »
The US warranty is only valid for a single year. People keep cameras for multiple years and problems generally don't develop in the first year of ownership.

If Canon wants to encourage more people to "buy Canon USA" then maybe Canon USA should offer a 2 or even 3 year warranty.

Then there would actually be incentive to "buy local."

If Canon USA wants to address the Gray Market then maybe Canon USA should come up with an offering or product enhancement that people will see actual value in. Thus far, Canon USA has failed to do that and this "reminder" about Gray Market cameras is an excellent example of how Canon USA is failing to provide added value.

+1. Canon's value proposition is waning and they don't like the fact that people are getting brand new Mark III's for $2,400.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon to Target The GH4 With New DSLR Type? [CR2]
« on: December 15, 2014, 11:18:48 PM »
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???)

I know it's really quite amazing. That combo right there is a very large incentive to get the GH4. And the best part is (in my opinion) that while you get the f/1.2 exposure, you're not having to deal with a FF f/1.2 DOF equivalence. It's more akin to f/2 on FF, which helps keep things in focus.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon to Target The GH4 With New DSLR Type? [CR2]
« on: December 15, 2014, 06:47:33 PM »
Exactly. It appears that Canon is trying to sneak into good standing with budget filmmakers by associating itself with Panasonic and the GH4. However, it's exceedingly easy for Canon to compete with the GH4 - all they need to do is make the 1Dc $2,000...but they won't.

I'm a stills guy, but videographers keep telling me that there's far more to a video rig than if 4K is / isn't included.  Surely Canon's stubbornness to not offer 4K at lower price points comes with other features/codecs/options that the GH4 doesn't have, right?  (And, no: a high price is not a feature   :P)

I recognize Canon's being foolish here, but is it a 'reasonable market segmentation' foolishness or a flat out Rome-is-burning / 'The Emperor is wearing no clothes' sort of foolishness?  Is this like Mercedes deciding to never sell an affordable car but at least what they sell is really well built, or has Honda (Panasonic) simply made a comprehensively better car (GH4) for less money?

I appreciate how disruptive the GH4 is, but is it truly better than its higher price point competition?

- A

The GH4 certainly has its limitations (mainly low-light), but the video hype is largely justified (and more than just about 4k). If one only compared video performance with the 1Dc, it would be a close call. The GH4 has all the features that are glaringly absent from non-Cinema line Canons: Peaking, Zebras, in-camera slo-mo, 1080p 60fps, 1080p 96fps, Synchro Scan, uncompressed 10 bit 4:2:2 out, XLR inputs with the YAGH interface unit...the list goes on and on. That's why the comparison is made to the 1dC and not the 5d Mark III, which is still more than twice its price. It's hard to justify paying $8,500 more than the GH4 for the 1Dc. However, I'm sure a full frame sensor, better low-light performance, and a native EF mount is worth it to some people. If I could have either camera for free, I would pick the 1Dc for those reasons. But right now it's just so overpriced to be competitive.

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.

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....

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon to Target The GH4 With New DSLR Type? [CR2]
« on: December 15, 2014, 01:12:16 PM »
Exactly. It appears that Canon is trying to sneak into good standing with budget filmmakers by associating itself with Panasonic and the GH4. However, it's exceedingly easy for Canon to compete with the GH4 - all they need to do is make the 1Dc $2,000...but they won't.

I'm a stills guy, but videographers keep telling me that there's far more to a video rig than if 4K is / isn't included.  Surely Canon's stubbornness to not offer 4K at lower price points comes with other features/codecs/options that the GH4 doesn't have, right?  (And, no: a high price is not a feature   :P)

I recognize Canon's being foolish here, but is it a 'reasonable market segmentation' foolishness or a flat out Rome-is-burning / 'The Emperor is wearing no clothes' sort of foolishness?  Is this like Mercedes deciding to never sell an affordable car but at least what they sell is really well built, or has Honda (Panasonic) simply made a comprehensively better car (GH4) for less money?

I appreciate how disruptive the GH4 is, but is it truly better than its higher price point competition?

- A

The GH4 certainly has its limitations (mainly low-light), but the video hype is largely justified (and more than just about 4k). If one only compared video performance with the 1Dc, it would be a close call. The GH4 has all the features that are glaringly absent from non-Cinema line Canons: Peaking, Zebras, in-camera slo-mo, 1080p 60fps, 1080p 96fps, Synchro Scan, uncompressed 10 bit 4:2:2 out, XLR inputs with the YAGH interface unit...the list goes on and on. That's why the comparison is made to the 1dC and not the 5d Mark III, which is still more than twice its price. It's hard to justify paying $8,500 more than the GH4 for the 1Dc. However, I'm sure a full frame sensor, better low-light performance, and a native EF mount is worth it to some people. If I could have either camera for free, I would pick the 1Dc for those reasons. But right now it's just so overpriced to be competitive.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon to Target The GH4 With New DSLR Type? [CR2]
« on: December 15, 2014, 12:28:12 PM »
If it has a 1" senor and no interchangable lenses, then it isn't a competitor to the GH4.

Exactly. It appears that Canon is trying to sneak into good standing with budget filmmakers by associating itself with Panasonic and the GH4. However, it's exceedingly easy for Canon to compete with the GH4 - all they need to do is make the 1Dc $2,000...but they won't.

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Lenses / Re: Advice about the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
« on: December 11, 2014, 05:23:54 PM »
I've never had any problems shooting mine wide open, throughout the range. I've been very, very happy.

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As a video guy, this makes me really hopeful that they'll give the same treatment/update to the A7s. However, I will hand it to Canon that their cameras are consistently bug free and reliable. The A7s acts weird sometimes, and instead of focusing on firmware updates to improve such issues, Sony seems more driven to replace their cameras altogether (which is probably the best strategy if they're trying to expand their user base).

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EOS Bodies / Re: 4K Products Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 24, 2014, 01:51:56 AM »
Just like this was the year of the lens? I'm no conspiracy theorist, but maybe spreading rumors is official Canon policy right now for trying to stop video guys from jumping ship.

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T8.9 is too slow for the brightest stadium in the world. Why buy a lens that's limited to day-time shooting lol.

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United States / Re: Is this the norm or outrageous?
« on: October 19, 2014, 09:13:43 PM »
It's depressing how much good framing costs :(  So much of my photography is confined to my computer screen because of it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces CN20x50 Cine-Servo Ultra Zoom Lens
« on: October 16, 2014, 08:37:10 PM »
And the aperture?!?!?! How do you leave this info out of a lens announcement.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Cinema EOS Camera Will Be..... [CR2]
« on: October 09, 2014, 06:43:22 PM »
To be competitive I think a C100 4k replacement needs to come at or under $4,500 (cheaper than what the current C100 list price is). I'm not sure if that's something Canon is willing to do.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Woe and Pathos in the Sigma 50 Art?
« on: October 06, 2014, 12:44:53 PM »
I think is the perfect example of why the Sigma AF issues are so bloated and exaggerated. Those shots are absolutely fine and usable. It's posts like these (though usually without sample photos) that infect others with paranoia, causing them to be hypersensitive to their Sigma AF. Then they go out and do all these repeated, silly tests looking and looking to find that issue and what do you know - they find one. Hmm, think their drive and determination to find a problem might have resulted in a false-positive? Every lens has AF that varies a bit, but the problem is most don't scrutinize their other glass to the same degree, leading them to the erroneous conclusion that it's a uniquely Sigma or third-party lens issue, when in reality most of their glass would perform similarly under the same inspection. While of course there are very valid issues with the occasional lens, the Sigma "AF epidemic" is hardly what online camera communities make it out to be.

Did I mention those sample shots are fine and usable? Maybe a lil AFMA and you're good. Seriously.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:17:37 PM »
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The idea that an EVF is better is laughable. Even the most precisely calibrated monitor won't retain the color gamut, resolution, and contrast of real light. If you find yourself preferring EVFs, either learn to shoot or consult your eye doctor. :)
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Right and because of color gamut issues (amongst others), you'll never see on your monitor at home or on paper what it is that you saw through the viewfinder that was glass and mirrors. In which case, what value does the optical view finder have if the colors that you see will not be the colors that are captured and displayed later?

+1

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