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EOS Bodies / Re: Opinion - What EOS Will Look Like by Photokina
« on: September 25, 2011, 03:15:22 PM »
... but I just don't see any compelling argument to buy into the Sony ecosphere ...

Zeiss lenses are a good reason. Some of the old/recycled Minolta lenses are as good as Canon/Nikon lenses.

I'm admittedly biased against the Sony the parent company, and have a smoldering hatred for some of their subsidiaries; but I'll gladly give credit where credit is due.  I'm just not confident they're in it for the long haul.

I've used Sony professional Video Cameras for over 20 years. No complaints. My limited testing of the $600.00 Sony NEX 5n (gorgeous video) makes me think that someday soon Sony will be considered one of the best.

Lenses / Re: *UPDATE* Fujinon for Canon? [CR1]
« on: September 24, 2011, 03:40:56 AM »
Not only does Fuji make high end Broadcast and  Digital Cine lenses (Arri sells Fuji zooms for the Alexa), they make the best lenses for ENG (Electronic News Gathering) and EFP (Electronic Field Production).

It makes sense for serious Canon HDTV shooters to want to use the best video lenses. If Canon is making a REAL video camera with an EF mount than it makes even more sense.

ARRI and FUJINON have joined their extensive expertise to create a completely new family of modern cine zooms. Using the latest in optical design technology and innovative manufacturing techniques, the ARRI/FUJINON Alura Zooms combine the highest optical performance with an amazingly small size, weight and price. [/quote}

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Tempting Fate Being "Mirrored"?
« on: September 12, 2011, 06:09:06 PM »

I would love to see your product shots with the NEX 5n, not that I am saying it cannot take macro product shot photos. My friends used to do product shots as well, their main cameras are usually the 5Dmk2. The trouble for the NEX 5 is that, you do not have the PC lead for flashes, nor any attachments for macro ring flash. I just wonder what type of table top product shots you are taking?

I've used HMI lighting for many years, a lot of product work is done using HMIs. I was shooting some video with the 5n, on Sunday, using HMIs. So far everything is looking good.

I have two ideas for triggering Profoto generators. One is inexpensive, but quick and uses a PC cable. The other is much more expensive, but will allow the use of Pocket Wizards. I'm been custom building what I need for a long time.

I think mirror less cameras are mostly for rich boys who have money to burn. Practically speaking, if I want a compact camera, lots of people would just go for a simple P&S like the Canon S95 (or even a mobile or cell phone).

I've never owned a digital P&S, but I do have (and use) a Yashica T3 (Zeiss 35mm f2.8 lens) film P&S. I use a iPod Touch G4 as my walk around camera.

I'll be using my mirrorless cameras for business.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Tempting Fate Being "Mirrored"?
« on: September 11, 2011, 09:17:25 PM »

The lens selection being small is a different issue to the lens size being far too large compaired to the body, I doubt we'll see a zoom much smaller than the 18-55 kit.

Why would you want a zoom lens??? You don't see Leica s with zoom lenses.

Personally I still feel the real answer to catering for the market of compact users wanting better image quality is pushing sensor size a bit further on bridge cameras. Most users are not IMHO going to be bothered about using speicalist lenses, they just want a decent normal zoom and I think theres a fair bit of zoom for someone like the S95 to have a larger sensor/lens while still being pocketable.

Compact users are leaving the camera market. They will NEVER AGAIN own a Canon or Nikon camera. They are migrating to phones with cameras. Why use a camera when it can't upload your photos/videos to FaceSpace ???

The NEX 7 and the Zeiss 24mm f1.8 will be here soon, at a combined price of about $2,300.00, this camera/lens is not aimed at a step-up market 8-D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Tempting Fate Being "Mirrored"?
« on: September 11, 2011, 01:28:15 AM »

There will always be a minority which will have a particular use with such a camera, but will they be enough to turn it into a successful camera ?

Also, I don't see any advantages with cameras such as the NEX, I would prefer to have a better balanced body, if the lenses are still going to be big. On the other hand the nex will be great with the small primes, but again, such needs will be from a minority of users.   

The NEX 5n Black is number nine (9) on Amazon's Top 100 DSLR sales list. The NEX 7 is number thirteen (13). and the NEX 5n Silver is number twenty (20). All three with 18-55 lens. 

Alter getting my NEX 5n, I have little interest in using my Canon DSLRs. I've ordered an E-mount to Nikon F mount adapter and will be doing my next table top product shots with a 5n and a Nikon 85mm PC-E tilt and shift lens. BTW I've been using a Canon 1DSII with a 90mm TS-E lens in the past for product work.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Tempting Fate Being "Mirrored"?
« on: September 09, 2011, 04:18:58 PM »
Yes the nex 7 is small and light as a PS but only with the smallest lenses. With a 18-55 it is already much bigger and with a 18-200 there is no advantage in size compared to a DSLR

Have you ever seen a Leica with a 18-200??? Cameras like the Leica and NEX 7 work best with short primes.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Tempting Fate Being "Mirrored"?
« on: September 09, 2011, 01:26:17 AM »
I've bought a NEX 5n, and the focus is fast enough for me. If you shoot sports YMMV, but why would anyone use a NEX 5n with a Sony 300 f2.8. BTW Sony has a new A-mount to E-mount adapter that has all the bells-and-whistle so that an A lens works as well on a NEX as it does on a Sony DSLR.

[bI] bought it for the video - 60i, 60p and 24p. It's small and light. It will make a great POV/crash cam, I'll use it like an APS-C GoPro.[/b]

The NEX 5n has an accessory EVF (2,359K), that is the same as the NEX 7.

EOS Bodies / Re: New EF Mount Video Camera in October? [CR1]
« on: September 04, 2011, 03:06:06 AM »
I've given up on Canon, too big, too conservative and too slow for the fast moving modern world. I'll keep my Canon DSLRs, because they still work well, for my advertising stills. But I'm not planning to buy anymore Canon gear.

Today I went down to the Sony store and ordered a 16mp NEX 5n as a "crash camera" for some upcoming motion jobs. It shoots 1080x1920 60p, 60i and 24p and costs $599.00 for a body. One quarter the price of a 5DII. I've been working with Sony video cameras since the late 1980s, and I've never had any real problems.

If the NEX 5n takes good stills, I'll replace my four year old Canon DSLRs with the 24mp NEX 7. I've been waiting way to long for Canon to build cameras I find useful. You snooze, you lose.

EOS Bodies / Re: New EF Mount Video Camaera in October? [CR1]
« on: September 04, 2011, 02:38:36 AM »

Actually the main reason for full frame would be to make better use of L lenses and allow shallower DoF and better low light performance.

Shallow Depth of Field??? Most Hollywood movies are shot at f2.8-4.0. I've work on some that were shot at f5.6. A lot of what I see on the 'net are unwatchable due to "paper-thin-DoF."

EOS Bodies / Re: New EF Mount Video Camaera in October? [CR1]
« on: September 04, 2011, 02:30:35 AM »
Two new video cameras from Canon?

I wonder why they've gone for APS-C and not full frame? Yield? Cost? Performance?

Good to see that they recognise that they need to stay in touch here...

APS-C, also known as Super 35, is what Hollywood uses. Hollywood film cameras were APS-C, Digital Cine cameras like the Arri Alexa, RED and Sony F35 are all APS-C. The last time a 24x36 frame was used was the Paramount VistaVision camera, that format died about 1960.

EOS Bodies / Re: 3D (Again) & 5D Mark III (CR1)
« on: June 15, 2011, 07:45:26 PM »
The Canon 3D is real, but Nikon sells it under the name D700. Full Frame, low mega-pixel,  51 focus points (15 cross-sensors) and good high ISO performance.

EOS Bodies / Re: 3D (Again) & 5D Mark III (CR1)
« on: June 15, 2011, 07:33:14 PM »

Including eye-controlled AF? 

Absolutely, I have always loved the feature. And provided I "reteach" the camera regularly it continues to perform, AF'ing faster and more reliably than any digital upstart I've played with.

I am very aware that it is troublesome for those with "oriental eyes" as for whatever reason it plays up for these ethnic groups, but for us northern european's its fine. As I've said, it did/does need teaching and that takes time and patience which might explain why some decided not to bother.

I'm a French-English-German mix, and I HATE eye-control. I didn't buy an EOS 3, when new, because of eye-control. I didn't buy an Elan 7ne, because of eye-control, instead I got an Elan 7n (no eye-control).

Just because you like something, don't make the mistake that everyone likes it.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: PowerShot Info
« on: June 07, 2011, 03:32:52 PM »
I want a FF G12, and a FF PowerShot

I'm waiting for a PowerShot that will replace my 4x5 view camera. I'm sure that Canon has the technology to make a camera that is smaller than the sensor. :D  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of the 1Ds & 5D Lines [CR2]
« on: June 02, 2011, 02:39:51 PM »

... while they might produce a $65,000 FF video camera like the Red, ...

Forget the RED (Super 35, not full frame). The real competition will come from Sony's $6.000.00 FS-100 (Super 35, E-mount) and Sony's $14,000.00 F3 (Super 35, PL mount).

With these Sony cameras there is no need to spend thousands of $$$ at ZacutoRock to have a useable video camera.

Canon could have done this ... but they didn't - you snooze you lose!

BTW for those who don't know, Super 35 is APS-C size and is what is used in 35mm film motion picture cameras and high-end digital motion picture cameras. Another words, the industry standard.

Canon General / Re: Delays Abound?
« on: May 07, 2011, 12:52:42 AM »

They are in SERIOUS danger of blowing the high quality mini movie camera market to Sony, by milking current line so long and protecting 1 series etc they may protect and milk themselves right out of the market and lose a lot more in the end! That said, at this point they may be stuck because of the earthquake, but that is why they should not have rested in their laurels so much earlier.

Not Canon's fault. Sony has been it the television/video/digital-cinema camera business for years and will take over the low-end, just like they have taken over the high-end.

When was the last time you saw an Ampex broadcast camera, a RCA broadcast camera or a Thomsom broadcast camera ?? All three were common in the US in the 1970s.

The Thomson Film Stream Viper and Dalsa digital-cinema cameras are losing the Digital-Cinema war to Sony.

RED though that they would have the low-end digital-cinema market to themselves, than along came Sony with the FS100 and the F3.

Like it or not, Sony is the 800 lbs Gorilla of video.

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