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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 03:04:11 PM »
For what it's worth.... a lot of Danish high end fashion photographers, if they shoot on DSLR instead of Contax or Phase One with a digi back, they shoot Nikon; because of the image quality. And yes... it does look better.

But you will always hear hobbyists and semi-pros rant the Canon fanboi talk, either because they can't start over, or because they simply don't know what they are talking about.

I chose Canon over Nikon, because I was used to the gear, and because now I've invested so heavily in Canon that I can't be bothered to change, not even because of IQ. But if I could (be bothered), I'd go Nikon for stills and something like Sony or Panasonic for video.

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The problem would be:

A. Sony or Panasonic would have better video options

B. Nikon would have better stills option.

Canon has their own goals confused; if you focus solely on making more and more money, your tech will suffer in the long run.
But if you tech up and innovate, then you will automatically see sales increase and therefore also revenue.

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Reviews / Re: Are Gitzo's really overrated?!
« on: December 03, 2014, 07:28:29 AM »
That brands like Gitzo are overrated you often hear from inexperienced and hobby photographers, who are not out shooting 3-4 times a week.

I was like that as well when I started out, constantly looking for that "good bargin" instead of crying once and getting the best.

At our studio we have Gitzo's going back 15 or so years still being used. Sure some of them could use a bit of tuning up, but I will guarantee you that you wont find that kind of reliability in cheap brands.
Also that spare part story with the Benro tripod: pathetic. ANY company with respect for itself and its customers will make damn sure they can support their products, especially if the product is cheap to begin with.

I just broke my safety catch on my Manfrotto video head, and I was a bit bummed out, but then realised that Manfrotto (much like Playmobil :D) have part numbers for EVERY single bit going into a head.
So now I've ordered that one part I need to make it work again, and will be replacing it myself.

That's part of what you are paying for.

In Gitzos case, those newer Traveller and mountaineer tripods will handle weather and bruising a lot better than a Benro.

So... cry once, and get the best. 10 years from now, you'll be happy you did.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5DIV: 36 MP US $ 3799 TBA in March 2015
« on: November 23, 2014, 03:34:45 PM »
It's so funny funny funny how Canon still thinks they can pass of cameras purely based on megapixels....

36 is fine.... but if they don't improve the dynamic range of the sensor AND make it see in the dark, then this is a pointless camera.
They are already approaching being one generation behind. No need to make it worse with these piss poor specs.

<3 Sony.....

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*IF* Sony can deliver that, then where is Canon going to be left standing considering that its sensor is seriously lagging?
*IF* Sony can deliver that...and deliver a nice range of high-quality lenses to match...and deliver a full suite of accessories...and deliver solid long-term product support...and not go bankrupt, THEN Canon may have market-based incentive to improve IQ at low ISO, and that could be good for all of us.

Sony, alas, has a recent history of seriously imperfect product/customer support.  I can see pros and serious amateurs adding this to their kit, but not replacing their Canon or Nikon gear.

If? They can.... and they are. There's no reason their achievements on the video part can't bleed into the photography part. Right now Sony is besting Canon on every level regarding video in terms of ability vs. price.

And quality lenses? Why this fixation that camera body HAS TO follow lens brand? We have multiple adapters available to us now. You can easily adapt Canon or any other lens to a Sony body.

So.... A new DSLR type camera that bests the A7 / A7S will best anything Canon has in that range.... sorry to say.

The only reason I'm hanging on to my 5D3 is because it can do 50fps raw video in 1920 x 872.

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I haven't heard a single good thing from my nearest colleagues since they updated. It's only about how much isn't working anymore and that programs that worked in a nice tempo before suddenly became immensely slow.

Luckily I managed to update to Mavericks just before Yosemite was released, and that however is running perfectly on my early 2011 MBP.

In my opinion, releasing 3 new OS's in a year, is taking a piss on users.... seriously, I consider that a F______ joke.


New OS >> Leads to new software updates >>> obsolete hardware >>> leads to new computer sales.


That's what it's all about. I don't need Yosemite, everything is running fine. So stop evolving software for the sake of evolving -.-

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Most ridiculous camera ever?
« on: October 31, 2014, 03:35:57 PM »
I heard that the camera comes with a label on it that says "Hi I'm with stupid..."

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Go go, take it to Hammen and document when it falls apart.

Hope noone gets hurt :/

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Nice.... Its a great lens, as a hybrid as well.

Will give you a nice almost complete kit when you buy the 24mm Otus next year ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the Cinema EOS C100 Mark II
« on: October 23, 2014, 07:45:55 AM »
I would keep the same team, same production lines, same distribution but revise marketing and product placement.

They have little to no innovation products, and it's 3rd generation now of the same old product lines, THAT'S OVER A DECADE.

What they are doing is relying on returning customer base. And that's good, but EVERY generation has to carry at least one new innovation that attract's customers away from the competition.

5dII was the last camera that did it with video on a full frame, but it's been 7 years now...

VIDEO INNOVATION - higher margins, take the market away from RED

SHARING - WIFi, wireless iOS and Andriod inegration with cameras, file transferst etc, THEY NEED IT NOW

FASHIONABLE PRODUCTS - COLOR COLOR COLOR, they turned out a great white SLR, but ARE NOT SELLING IT RIGHT!!! You sell it as a Dolce Gabbana camera and shoot the spring campaign on it, and then make fabulous bags and sell it in fashion retail stores. It's not hard! General population doesn't care to go to B&H to see a white camera, it needs to be where the fashion is!

Canon is stagnating, and they need to move on!

While RED is pretty amazing and very popular i mainstream productions, I think the real culprit is the Sony F series cameras. Heck even the A7s is better than the C100.
As far as customer return.... with the invention of adapters that do a fine job, you don't need a Canon camera for your Canon lenses. Just adapt them to RED or Sony or whatever and enjoy them.
I'm sticking with my 5D for now, but the next camera won't be a Canon, I can tell you that.
Lenses last a long time if you take care of them, so no return profit there either.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the Cinema EOS C100 Mark II
« on: October 23, 2014, 06:52:06 AM »
This crappy update is a fine example of what happens when you try to cover too many bases.... They can't do this because that will devalue that, and they can't not do this because then that will be better.

Canon has become a joke company in so many ways. I think it stems from old fashioned management and business model. Cut off all the lose weight in the senior management and replace them with people who actually wants Canon to make a difference. (though to be honest wouldn't know who that somebody would be)

Then downsize the product catalogue by 50% and do proper stuff instead of these camera lines that may differ in appearance but in science are more or less Camera A 1.1 A 1.2 A 1.3 and so on.

Get 1-2 high end cameras
Get 1-2 semi pro cameras
Get 2-3 Consumer cameras

Cancel the rest. Then they would be able to offer something that resembles a real update rather than this bullshit.

Hello Sony, how are you doing this fine morning?

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Single hard drive and max 8GB memory is not my dream. Nice display, but all in ones still feel to me like immobile laptops.

That's the minimum config.  You can upgrade to 32Gb memory and a 1Tb SSD drive.  Also has two thunderbolt ports and 4 USB 3 ports.  You would typically add a thunderbolt RAID for your photo storage, leaving the internal for the OS and applications. 

This would be similar to what you would do with  a maxed out MacPro that contains 12 cores, 64Gb, a 1Tb internal drive, 6 thunderbolt ports and 4 USB 3 ports that can handle 3 4K displays or 6 thunderbolt displays.

Ah, I read "up to 8GB."

Regardless, one internal drive with a built in display kills it for me. YMMV

We have 10 iMacs in the studio..... They are completely reliable workhorses and none of us would rather sit at a laptop with an even smaller screen and weaker config.

I'd pay for this if I had the money right now... I wouldnt pay for a Pro unless I had to work on a feature of some kind and needed raw power to shorten render times etc.

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EOS Bodies / Re: \
« on: October 14, 2014, 12:29:52 AM »
Funny how the review brings out the "soft focus transition" because the 7D now has a build in focus pull...... something that Magic Lantern made available quite some time ago. I wonder if Canon bought some of the ideas.....

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 07, 2014, 08:05:53 AM »
Ιn 1 hour we see the impossible!!!
 :D  :D  :D

The website is already up and running.

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:58:12 AM »
Well.... with all the lenses I have and still slightly hanging on to my 5D3, I consider myself a Canon customer.... but that website.... that's just BS with BS on top.

Seriously, I'm not buying gear because ms or mr A and B are using said gear for whatever.

Canon should have ridden that train harder when they had the chance with Bloom and LaForet.
Now, all I care about is what's inside the product and what they can produce.

The idea of romanticising the use of gear belongs before the crisis. Now efficiency and technique is all that matters along with the ability to deliver great footage to go along with the ideas and eye one has for the story at hand.

Instead of trying to boost what they already have Canon should be out there innovating the business still.
Bring out that extreme low light sensor that does 60fps true 4K and has great DR.
Stop micro adjusting cameras every year to give us a little upgrade here and a little upgrade there.

The latter will kill them in the long haul, because people in the end will realise that Canon has been reduced to being a "name" or a brand that signifies nothing, other than profit. No innovation, no guts and glory.

Really too bad.

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