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Canon General / Re: Is anyone awake in Canon HQ?
« on: November 13, 2011, 07:49:03 AM »
I'm curious. As a pro, have you relayed your concerns to Canon? You must be on CPS, you must have a contact allocated to you. Did you outline your needs and your impending switch away from Canon? Would be interested in whether they listened / how they responded.

Stu_bert sadly CPS isn't that responsive, caring or communicative! It is however well worth the cost of membership for the fast repair turnaround, and having all the micro calibrations checked every year. In all my years as a working pro I've never had any contact of any kind with a camera manufacturer, and the few times I've tried reaching out to them it has lead to a stone wall.  ::)

AG, the tone in your posts is interestingly arrogant, care to share your website so I can see how that kind of attitude translates in pictures?
Macfly, that's a shame. Listening is not that difficult to do in the age of the internet. You'd have thought that they would at least tap into their Pro membership to get some decent feedback. Sure everyone is different, but given they already have the channel you'd think they would use it. Thanks for responding...

Canon General / Re: Is anyone awake in Canon HQ?
« on: November 12, 2011, 11:46:00 AM »
The title of the thread caught my eye, but the content is a yawn. My NEX7 is on flood-backorder, so I have no comment on the sensor yet, but I am confident it'll blow the G12 into the weeds, and that is all I'm expecting and asking of it.

Re the comment " Is anyone awake in Canon HQ?" I think it'll be interesting to see if all those prosumers who've endlessly brayed for low MP's have managed to get Canon to clip its own feathers. The other pros I've spoken to, like me, are passing on the new EOS. We're all waiting to see what the 36mp Nikon is going to deliver, because those of us who can and do light our pictures want high MP's, and maximum quality at 100-1000 ISO. Much above that doesn't really matter to us, and we're all stunned that Canon has thrown us into Nikon arms, especially after showcasing a 100mp sensor a year or so ago.

I'm curious. As a pro, have you relayed your concerns to Canon? You must be on CPS, you must have a contact allocated to you. Did you outline your needs and your impending switch away from Canon? Would be interested in whether they listened / how they responded.

At the end of the day, no one body will suit everyone. The 1Dx does not work for you. I can't tell if it will until I see the reviews and get to compare it to my current equipment. Would a 30+MP be more attractive to me? Depends. It's fun to guess, but really will many people make a single decision here until all the major announcements of next year are over and the reviews are in? Some will, based on the fact that they have too much investment in glass (not sure I concur with that view) or because the 1Dx does fulfill their needs. I'll wait and see what materialises before I decide who is listening and who is not....

Canon General / Re: Is anyone awake in Canon HQ?
« on: November 12, 2011, 11:37:14 AM »
Tempting but people who get excited about this camera in my estimations are pure number people and not as concerned about quality... Crap in, and crap out... I need my photos to look stunning in print, and if i cant count on it in print, what else is there for me to get excited about?

The principal behind the Luminous Landscape website seems to be fairly excited about the A77 and that's someone that owns and uses an 80MP MF back. Are you saying that someone who shoots professionally with an 80MP MF back is not concerned about IQ?

He's a millionaire and can have any equipment he likes. Photography is a passion he has that also occupies his time. He shoots with everything from a panasonic (forget which one) to a Phase One. But I am not sure how many he sells based on his compact or dSLRs. If you look at his site, he tends to favour disruptive technology over the more evolutionary, and in this respect the EVT of the Sony appeals to him more.

But he is also tired of lugging around copious amounts of equipment, so there are times he favours the Panny or his Leica M9, sometimes he goes dSLR, sometime MF. Wish we all had the money that we could do that.

I think if you asked him why did he get the Sony, it wasn't for 24MP....

Site Information / Re: Images downloadable..?
« on: November 12, 2011, 11:30:12 AM »
Not paranoid at all... protecting your IP is always worth while doing and knowing the risks means you can chose how to balance them. There's no easy answer, it depends on you. Pros and Amateurs are split on how to handle the trade off between presenting something which appeals and wins business, competitions etc, but not too sufficiently good that someone could make money from it. Most stock photos will watermark the stuff on their sites.

My balance of not too high a resolution (max 1024x768), 72 to 100 dpi, jpeg compressed for the web (60%) is what I aim for. I normally add a sig but no watermark. I'm sure there are others on this forum who will give you ideas on what they do, and then you can chose what works for you.

Site Information / Re: Images downloadable..?
« on: November 12, 2011, 06:59:36 AM »
Yup, even on sites which block "Save Image As", the fact that the image is displayed on your browser means it can be "copied", either "brute force" by screen capture, by saving the web page, or looking through your browser cache. Flash, Macromedia and the like make it more difficult but not impossible.

People use various combinations of techniques to protect their IP - lower res images, lower IQ, watermarks, signatures etc.

Lenses / Re: Changing lenses quickly or safely in the field
« on: November 09, 2011, 04:54:29 PM »
I'm curious. How many of you switch off the camera in-between swapping lenses?

EOS Bodies / Re: Cinema EOS Development Opinion
« on: November 05, 2011, 11:37:13 AM »
I cannot see Canon producing something with better specs than the C300 or the 1Dx unless they are priced to match that. Now of course the dSLR version is almost certain to not have the "addons" that make the C300 a complete system, and it is interesting to note that when you add these to Scarlett it brings the price closer to a C300 (specs aside).

I can see the "C3" dSLR having better video features that the 1Dx, but not better quality stills. I also concur with the view that there will be something around the $4-5K mark and then a MK III around the $3.5K mark. I would (happily) be stunned if either of these offer 4K video.

I can also see the C300 as more than just a release of some HW - they are cultivating relationships, building out the underlying support infrastructure which the film & TV studios would require. One assumes that Canon have done their research reasonably well, and the C300 fits the bill. Whether that is $16K or $20K, which if you subtract the "extras" might equate to a $8-10K body only. They will be working on the replacement which may well see alpha testing late 2012/early 2013.

Imagine the reaction if Canon released a better spec body, for half the price less than a year after releasing the C300? Ditto releasing a MK III which has better MP, better ISO and better video than the 1Dx...

Ultimately, frustration aside for all the readers here, one assumes Canon looks at their Video / Cinema line and their dSLR line and wants to keep them both. A dSLR which does better than a Panny GH2 for video, better than the MK II for stills and equal to AF to the 7D would be great as it would allow us all to stop carrying around multiple items and do it all in 1 body. Having played with a 7D mainly for the video (& sold it to a friend) then I would love it in a FF body and same / better features than my 1Ds. Just not sure if the 1Dx will fulfill that or whether I will wait for the C3 / MK III.

Finally, I think that the Canon tech for this generation has now been defined by the C300 / 1Dx. I don't see any "leaps" until 2013, and so my buying decisions will be based around these "limits"....

EOS Bodies / Re: RED - Scarlet.....
« on: November 04, 2011, 08:19:21 PM »
So the difference between Red and Canon is? ???

If canon charges you $20K for a Camera, you're actors won't have to wear special makeup(see post about the hobbit above) to account for sketchy color.

I think the point was more about companies misleading the public and other companies with their announcements, but yes I wrote the reference about The Hobbit...

Point still remains that Mr Jackson considers even this to be outweighed by the benefits of the Epic....

EOS Bodies / Re: RED - Scarlet.....
« on: November 04, 2011, 06:34:37 PM »
RED's folks say their servers got hacked so Jannard had to come out and demo, as the piece said.  Conspiracy theory time!

That is such bullS___.

First of all if you are having a demo in front of an audience, even if you are showing them
a presentation hosted on your website you use a local copy right off a laptop or desktop computer.

Also if you are presenting a camera that is 2k or 4k you don't show internet footage.

The truth is that Red did not know what was coming from Canon so they had to improvise.

Red unfortunately has a reputation of unstable cameras that crash. On top of that it is not very
reassuring that the scarlet X is being built around reject processors from production of the Epic.

Maybe they do, and maybe that's why Peter Jackson needs soooo many for the Hobbit  ;)

Somewhere along the lines however, the positives for the Epic must be outweighing the negatives by a long chalk for him to be using them on a major production....

Does a small company like Red fear the 800lb Gorilla, Canon? Of course they do. And has Canon just released the spec of a camera (1Dx) with a few sample shots and lots of "well crafted" prints of capabilities but won't ship anything till Mar/Apr/May 2012? Yep, sure has... Might that be because Canon worried about Nikon and Sony??? Yup

So the difference between Red and Canon is? ???

EOS Bodies / Re: RED - Scarlet.....
« on: November 04, 2011, 04:22:50 PM »
Yup, Peter Jackson's latest blog on the Hobbit says the same - OTT colours on the scenery in Mirkwood, additional red on the actors faces because the Red Epic doesn't do colour in the same way...

EOS Bodies / Re: November 3, 2011 Announcement
« on: November 03, 2011, 04:52:40 PM »
Engadget has a live blog from the event at 3pm Pacfiic time. Red make their announcement 3 hrs later, allowing them to decide their price point no doubt  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* The \
« on: November 02, 2011, 05:49:01 PM »
Sorry, as per other threads, this is not anything to do with Canon's dSLR I think. It's a step up for Canon, hence why Red is trying to head it off with their own announcement. I think this will be out of most people's league, but still fun to read about... :)

EOS Bodies / Re: November 3, 2011 Announcement
« on: November 02, 2011, 05:43:34 PM »
$15K video camera, stealing market share from Red. Hence why Red are announcing also. Nothing to do (directly) with the 1Dx, MK III or anything else (although clearly there may be some internal tech which is shared).....

Just my 2p...

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx and Ethernet
« on: November 02, 2011, 05:33:52 PM »
Qnap, Synology etc to ftp servers for their NAS and I think they do a 1 bay version. Might even draw less power...

Some of their NAS will take 2.5" drives and thus you can use a SSD not a spinning disk. But a huge SSD will be expensive. So either look to a 2 bay device with 1TB 2.5" drives (mirrored).

It will be less clunky than a notebook/netbook with 2 drives, might even be cheaper...  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Feedback on 1D X from 1-series users?
« on: October 23, 2011, 09:06:29 PM »
So far, we've heard a lot of feedback, mainly complaints, from people who are not currently using 1-series bodies, and don't seriously plan to get one.  Sort of like people who say, "I was going to buy a Ferrari California, but now I'm not since they didn't put a V12 in it," and then just keep on driving their Toyota Camry, or at the most take out a 5-year loan on a newer model of the same car.

Nice elitist attitude.
So I guess Camry owners can't have opinions with regard to how the new Ferrari will effect their next Camry?
This IS an opinion message board, remember?
[ok, lets hear your real snappy comeback...)

Yes you can - there are enough threads on this site to cover that. The OP asked specifically for those who already have one of the Pro bodies. If you check his sig. he does not and is therefore asking from those that do.

Sorry, don't do snappy at 2am  :D

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