« on: December 25, 2012, 04:22:56 AM »
"This is the future". Sure. But with the 1DC? I don't think so.
Motion blur is a big problem. Since this shoots at 24fps, you're basically talking 1/24 shutter speed. Right? Well even relatively slow studio shooting is done at 1/160. Right? To guarantee you don't get any motion blur. The technological leap to go from 1/24 - 1/160 is quite huge. I mean, you can probably drop that down to 1/60 but your subjects will have to be moving pretty slow or very still. Maybe for studio work.
And let's talk about lighting.
There's another reason why we have 1/8000 shutter. Right? For those bright outdoors... And you can get a picture by using one or two flashes... To re-create in video, you'd have to use much more and/or possibly different tools. More expensive tools. To get a certain brightness from a still is relatively cheap and easy compared to video.
At this point, I think the 1DC MAY lessen the chance of missing a particular pic, but it doesn't guarantee it. Also a possible 2 - 4 fold increase in price not just for the camera, but all supporting gear. Do you want to go through 256GB of footage to find even 50 great stills? Okay, there will be software that will search through your footage for frames that show minimal blur. If you must shoot in 4K for stills with minimal blur, you really need at least a Cinema C500 video cam. That's a $25k investment. I was talking to a Canon Cinema Rep a few weeks ago and he was really pushing the Cinema video cam for high volume imaging. Like catalog work.
While 4k is the future, how often is it used? I have a Producer/Director friend whose shot several short films on his rigged Canon 60D and it looked FABULOUS! I was blown away how great it looked. You can get totally professional results on much less expensive gear. Again, it's all about the operator. Not the gear.
I think the 1DC is still two more generations from being what Canon is trying to sell it as. If you want to shoot great stills and 4k video, the 1DC is definitely on the table. But to get great stills from the video, it needs some work. You're getting the 1DX and much of the Cinema C100. I would say that it's future-proofed since it shoots 4k. But the camera would need to be upgradeable via firmware to shoot RAW AND a shutter speed increase. Doubts that's going to happen with a software upgrade. The 1DC is $12k. That's almost the price of the 1DX and a C100 separately. WHEN the C100 get's upgraded, you only need to spend the money to replace that cam versus a 1DC Mark II. The upgrade cost is half the price with a dedicated video cam.
The 1DX is a perfectly fine camera that will be more than enough to give excellent stills performance for at least 5 years. But if you want to shoot 4k video, more versatility, less compromises and a less expensive long-term investment, get a dedicated video cam.