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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon wants to make everyone a filmmaker
« on: July 02, 2013, 01:55:39 PM »
1080p at 60fps would have likely made me an instant buyer.  Even 1080p at 48fps would have been a major step towards instant buyer.  Not sure what the hold up to offering these features really is - I don't believe it's only technical...  I do appreciate the ALL-I recording format, like the 5DMk3 offers. That alone is a significant step of an upgrade compared to the Rebel line.

ALL-I is worthless and offers no improvement in image quality whatsoever, what do you like about it so much?  And do you shoot that much slow motion that lack of 60P is enough to keep you from buying an otherwise much-improved camera?

shooting b-roll in 1/2 speed would be great to offer for some clients in a smaller/cheaper/portable camera.  even if it were only a 10-12 second "burst" style mode that would be a great feature to have, when needed.  and no, I don't shoot 1080/60p for everything and have no desire to.  much prefer 1080/30p over 720/60p for that matter as well, and not just because of resolution.  don't do a TON of slow motion work, but that's mainly because it's not offered in the camera bodies I regularly use.  having the option would open some creative, in-budget options for clients - that's all.

I've had clients ask to shoot in ALL-I mode on the 5DMk3 before.  having the option is great to be able to offer on a crop body, when needed.  some stock houses and broadcast ONLY want high bandwidth files, regardless of the visual improvement or difference (and it's not the magical 50Mbps 422 that they really like to see).  if this opens the door to more channels of revenue or opportunity somewhere down the line, then that's great for all who use it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon wants to make everyone a filmmaker
« on: July 02, 2013, 01:40:52 PM »
I do appreciate the ALL-I recording format, like the 5DMk3 offers. That alone is a significant step of an upgrade compared to the Rebel line.

You might consider re-thinking that. All-I, in my experience and that of many others, has not produced a noticeably better image quality, nor has it made my editing app feel any snappier.

If you're serious about capturing better video, you might consider saving yourself almost $1000 and looking into a used 50D:


Well aware of the Magic Lantern developments... but if I'm going that route, I'd go with the 5DMk3 - seems to have the greatest set of features on that camera so far, almost making it into a Blackmagic style camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon wants to make everyone a filmmaker
« on: July 02, 2013, 01:09:02 PM »
I'm sure it'll sell well, but this is not going to revolutionize the way Canon cameras are used in filmmaking, nor does it necessarily reflect Canon's commitment to video (Still no 1080p 60fps? Still painfully soft h.264 encoding. Still no headphone output.).

1080p at 60fps would have likely made me an instant buyer.  Even 1080p at 48fps would have been a major step towards instant buyer.  Not sure what the hold up to offering these features really is - I don't believe it's only technical...  I do appreciate the ALL-I recording format, like the 5DMk3 offers. That alone is a significant step of an upgrade compared to the Rebel line.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D Video Features?
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:54:10 PM »
I'm semi-shocked that it looks like the higher quality ALL-I recording format has trickled down to the 70D without any hackery.  That is a welcome update and significant step up from the Rebel line, more in line with the 5DMk3 in that respect.  If it has a clean HDMI out, then this would likely be the camera I'm choosing moving forward.

I'm fine without the audio monitoring, but don't get the rational behind it.  For any significant audio, I'm recording externally anyway and synching in post.  Throw a compact Rode-style shotgun on there for better reference track if you desire.  Still doesn't make sense though...

EOS Bodies / EOS 70D Video Features?
« on: July 01, 2013, 12:34:14 PM »
Are there any rumors about the offered specs of the video features being included with the 70D?  Any chance for 1080/60p with the standard firmware?

Hoping for some improvements, updates, or features that make this worth looking at.  Shooting video with a T4i is often easier than a 7D/5D these days, especially with the rotational touchscreen and STM lens support (although QUITE limited selection).  This feature does seem to be moving to the 70D, but hoping there's more improvements aside from that...

PowerShot Cameras / Re: NAB 2013: Canon USA, All About 4K
« on: April 09, 2013, 10:41:12 AM »
As a post-production professional, the zoom, reposition, crop capability of 4K is what I like most... but the biggest issue is making sure it's in focus initially.  That's the one thing that really can't be "fixed" in post with fantastic results.  The sad reality is that there's STILL a great number of "DP's" that don't realize this and everything they shoot is either a bit soft or focus is off due to constant zooming and not adjusting focus with EF lenses.  Part of this is the tools aren't exactly the best ones for the style of work they're doing, but the other part is total operator error and ignorance.  I'm terrified of the massive cluster of 4K garbage that's going to be shot in the coming months.

The new Blackmagic cameras look to be fantastic on paper.  We'll see when they actually do come to market if the results are just as good.  Either way, Canon (and even RED and Sony) need to face reality and adjust their prices accordingly, or they're going to loose a major piece of the market.  Simply put, the overall market isn't going to continue to support their high prices.  Budgets have been slashed to a fraction of what they once were and post-production in the USA is disappearing at an alarming rate.  Everyone is looking for the most bang for their buck, and the owners/operators/purchasers of equipment are following that lead now too.

a few months have passed since retina first came..
adobe is so lazy! shame there is no proper competitors for them. google should start into the business!

Actually, maybe Apple should have given them the full head's up?  It's that fine line Apple walks down with their new products.  Adobe had to rebuild the ENTIRE UI of Photoshop for HDPI compliance.  And lazy?  Hardly the case considering all of the improvements they've made to their entire product line over the past few years, especially after the FCP-X debacle. 

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 08:22:35 AM »
I'd love to win!

(Would really help me out as I begin a new chapter in my life.)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« on: November 28, 2012, 08:38:41 PM »
wonder how this will stack up against the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM (enough abbreviations?!) - looks like it's $250 more expensive than the Sigma

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Adobe Lightroom 4 for $99
« on: November 23, 2012, 09:37:52 AM »
Newegg deal is for retail boxed version for Mac and Windows - excellent offer for those without student discounts that want full version.

Amazon has a lightning deal at 11am eastern for an Adobe photo product - probably PS elements, but maybe not?

I tend to only get used gear from places like B&H Photo or Adorama.  They offer a guarantee and can return if you're not happy, are authorized brand resellers, and generally are reputable.  You'll pay a little more, but for this price/investment, I'd prefer a little piece of mind.

May want to look at the refurbs - I know they're not in stock from Canon directly, but other places do sell refurbs as well.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Black friday - Canon rebates?
« on: November 17, 2012, 09:25:40 AM »
with new the new minimum advertised pricing (MAP), I would venture to guess that it's not happening - at least not at substantial discounts more than the current $400 rebate that expires 12/1.  you may see some places that offer a "package" deal where they throw in extras.  B&H tends to do a software discount bundle.  none of them are going to be a huge price drop.

you may want to check for the IMPORT version and save $100 or so.

also keep an eye on some of the Black Friday and deal websites if you want to (BlackFriday.com, bfads.net, and slickdeals.net are some popular ones).

EOS Bodies / Re: New Cinema EOS Above the C300?
« on: April 10, 2012, 09:14:21 AM »
IF that is the release price, it better have features that blow away the RED ONE ($25k) and RED EPIC ($34-40k) in many areas, or else it's not going to be received well.  Yes, it will sell units just because it's a Canon release, but new releases like the Sony FS700 ($8k) look amazing.  Even the currently available Sony FS100 ($5k) is stealing some of the market and the results look VERY good.

The C300 is priced competitively with RED SCARLET ($16k) and the feature set comparison is something to really think about if purchasing, especially if you are just looking at 1080p delivery.  I'd expect this "Cinema EOS" release to be something that needs to directly compete with the RED ONE/RED EPIC if the $35k price is true.  Even competing against the Sony CineAlta and Panasonic Varicam market - both of which could be due for updated releases at NAB, though their prices are traditionally in the $60k-90k range.

Overall, production budgets have been getting slashed heavily over the past 2-3 years across the board.  Even the major cinema releases have started to cut back a little bit to increase their profits.  Producers (and their clients) are more price conscious than ever.  I'm not suggesting to make it cheap just to satisfy the market, but they either want to sell to a niche market with a high(er) price, or dominate the market with a lower price - and it looks like they've made their decision already.

If only someone would make a really good EF/EF-S lens mount for the FS700/FS100...

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5D Mark III Timecode Question
« on: March 06, 2012, 08:29:36 AM »
I have not personally used this product for a shoot/post, but I know several people who have and really loved the results.  It basically records timecode to one of your audio channels, then can be converted to a signal with processing software.  It works with basically any DSLR.  Something like this, for people who need frame-accurate sync controls, is still a great option.  And if that is the case, there's a good chance you're doing dual-system sound anyways...


Software & Accessories / Re: Audio Recording Device
« on: February 12, 2012, 10:31:35 AM »
I have the H4n and love it. It's versatile, has XLR inputs, and has been very reliable.

+1 for the H4n for:

- better quality onboard mic's help right off the bat
- the XLR inputs allow for 4 channel audio recording - so you can mic things as needed
- monitor port so you can hear if things are loud enough, and bypass the auto gain issues
- as you advance, the H4n will be there with you

Keep in mind you have to sync the audio in during post production.

Make that +2 for the Zoom H4n.  Use it regularly and it's fantastic.  Update the firmware if buying from B&H and it makes a world of difference in recording abilities. 

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