From my Euro sources, the specific VIDEO camera that is supposed to be introduced by Canon is an XC-15 update (XC-20?) with an Interchangeable lens and UHD 4K at 4:2:2 10-bit 60 fps on a one inch sensor at a high bit rate which means the camera will have GREAT video quality! I am also being told that there will be 120 fps 1920x1080p mode but it may not be 10-bit 4:2:2 but rather 8-bit 4:2:0 colour running at 120 fps and 1920x1080p
What my sources are NOT CLEAR about, is whether this is an actual camera introduction or a mere engineering announcement and whether it's form factor is TRULY an XC-15 style or a higher-end VIXIA body-style although they are leaning MORE towards the XC-15-body style. It also seems that Canon MAY DELAY the actual introduction to CES 2019 in January to allow for further BIOS development to get the 120 fps HD up to 4:2:2 10-bit colour!
Lately, my Canon rumour sources from Europe have been getting pretty sparse in terms of NEW information, so I suspect the hatches are being battened down by Canon and secrecy is being ENFORCED...So I suspect that means an EVEN BIGGER ANNOUNCEMENT is coming soon.......WE SHALL SEE !!!!
Interchangeable lenses would theoretically bring the cost down as well, right?
I hope your source is right, because I'll be opting for that over the new EOS R if that's the case.
For me, I'd rather spend more money on LENSES and LIGHTING than cameras which is WHY we have so many Canon L-series, Zeiss Otus, Fujinon Zooms, Leica Summilux-C and Arri/Zeiss Master Primes in our inventory! Fast Sharp Glass and Good Lighting are what make pretty pictures so a good Lens inventory made available to a good Key Gaffer (head of Lighting/Electrician) and a great cinematographer is where the money goes!
So is this the end for the M series? I know they’re coming out with a new lens but I don’t see any up dates to the M5. The rumors dropped off on that months ago. That’s what I really wanted. I have a lot of canning class but I just can’t afford to invest in the so is this the end for the M series? I know they’re coming out with a new lens but I don’t see any dates to the M5. The rumors dropped off on that months ago. That’s what I really wanted. I have a lot of Canon EF-S glass and a couple of older L lenses, but I just can’t afford to invest in the R. I use all high-end Nikon gear at work because that’s what they supply. But I just don’t have that cash for my personal use. I’ve been holding out because I was really hoping Canon would come along with a nice upgrade. It’s starting to seem like Fuji is going to be the only viable option for people wanting APS.
Do you guys think there is any possibility, that next incarnation of M cameras, will switch to R mount? Well, I know - why to call it M anymore, right? And also - what about those who already invested into such lens? But really - non compatibility of M to R and vice versa quite puzzless me ...
As for lightning - what would you suggest for a starters? I was looking into some LED lights with high CRI and maybe fresnel. Rotolight, Sola ENG, Zylight? It easily gets quite pricey. It would be for a mix of a wedding video and (studio) photography. Rotolights are a bit hyped, but they work with our Elinchroms, so
Almost ALL modern lighting kits will work fine but what you need are the accessories which make the entire task of lighting your sets so much easier. The four things you MUST have onset are numerous sheets of colour correction gels such as CTO (Colour Temperature Orange), CTB (Colour Temperature Blue), CTG (Colour Temperature Green) which corrects your lighting to the available lighting or actual current lighting conditions such as 3200 degrees Kelvin (tungsten bulb-based older house lighting), 4200 to 4500 degrees Kelvin which corrects to tubular-based fluorescent lights STILL USED in many offices and industrial sites, and 6500 to 7500 degrees Kelvin which is bright sunlight. Then you need a light meter from Sekonic to allow you to find accurate light levels in Lumens and/or foot/candles and for video and stills, I say the best bang for the buck is the Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D-U for $313 US which works for BOTH still photography and video production.
The reason you WANT a light meter and colour correction gels is to keep the LOOK of your colour and light the SAME across story-connected scenes and in order to do that you need to know how much light is being reflected off of various surfaces such as people's faces into the camera. Then you adjust your camera's iris (i.e. exposure setting) to match all scenes to a specific lighting level in Lumens. The light meter is a fancy portable luminance measurement computer giving you a simple numerical value which you match across all the rest of your related scenes once you set-in-stone your favorite lighting look.
The gels are put in front of the lights to ensure that the light reflected off of your subjects faces MATCHES what is being given off by local natural lighting such as the moon, the sun, candles, office and warehouse lights, street lights, etc. You're looking at about $80 for a good set of heat-resistant gels.
I personally always have THREE sets on me so I can have multiple versions of gels for each light I use in my 3-point light setups. YOU ABSOLUTELY WILL tear and lose some gels on any given shoot so ORDER AT LEAST THREE SETS ($300 US total!) i.e. at least ONE SET per major key, fill and flood light.
For lighting kits, I personally use the Lowel PRO series LED kits such as the following:
These are expensive at $3200 US but they are built TOUGH and have never let me down, and since the come in their own shipping case that works great for me who does a lot of local AC powered filming in warehouses and industrial sites. If you want ALL battery powered lights then the
with their battery accessories is OH SOOO GREAT for video and stills!
Now what I am about to say is a bit of cinematography heresy, but if you can't spend $3200 to $4500 per lighting kit, then these Milwaukee Tool worklights from Home Depot in USA and/or Canada will absolutely work for you IF YOU ALWAYS USE COLOUR CORRECTION GELS! Always check how much HEAT is given off the set lights to ensure your FIRE RESISTANT gels don't overheat, melt and/or catch fire from the worklights! You may have to offset the gels with a few extra centimeters/inches AWAY from the light surface itself to keep the gels cool enough.
$200 US - 3000 Lumens FLOOD light (Remember to get multiple batteries and battery chargers to save your shooting day!):
More spot-like TrueView LED light stand at 2000 Lumens and $250 US:
TWO or THREE of each lighting type and ENOUGH EXTRA MILWAULKEE BRAND BATTERIES and BATTERY CHARGERS that match the lights being used on set to last a full 12-to-16 hour shooting day will work IF you ensure you ALWAYS use the colour correction gels. Usually you use CTB and CTO gels for daylight and interior sets so you will be spending about $1800 total on this lighting gear and batteries which will work wonders for you budget filmmakers!
For BOTH video and still photography, NOW SET THE WHITE BALANCE on your camera with a solid bright white card held against your subject's face to ensure proper skin tones in all sorts of lighting conditions. As a director, I literally want to see the whites of their eyes as being white and not some weird orange or blue colour so MATCH your gels to the available local light. AND as a director I want to see some small amount of shadow on one side of an actor or model's face to give them some extra 3D depth definition so use a three point lighting setup with a Key light on the camera right side (soft or hard spotlight your choice but the light should NOT blast out skin tones to bright white on camera - you should be able to see the actual skin texture no matter the actor or model's skin colour) , a soft fill that is a bit darker on the camera left side of the face to give a 3D effect and some softer back fill lighting on their shoulders to separate them from any background. To soften the light, use some SPUN light filters which DIFFUSE your lights. Use as many as you wish to soften any local harsh looking lights. If you have enough gel and spun sheets, you can also tape some gels AND/OR spun against windows or local built-in lighting sources to balance out or diffuse any overly harsh or super-bright incoming light.
ROSCOlux Soft Spun Filtersat $7 per sheet and get 15 sheets at least for a total of $105 US:
I personally like to use the Lowel Pro cinema lights but since I have 20 sets of them in our inventory, I don't have to worry about availablity BUT for those budget film makers who NEED to save a bit of money I DEFINITELY LIKE the MILWAULKEE TOOL brand worklights for on-set lighting and their AWESOME AND LONG-LASTING BATTERIES !!!!!
The above is of course for VIDEO SETS but if you're doing only stills then buy only four lights total, Two Spot Lights and Two flood fills plus gels, batteries and chargers for about $1200 total in costs!
I hope this helps!
What a great reply, Harry! As for Sekonic, we've already got L-308DC for our studio work, thought we are not using it much lately, as for stills, we already can handle our strobes pretty effectively.
Overal I think I get your messages. Generally speaking, ppl are putting maybe too much emphasis on the camera capabilities, forgetting there are other aspects, as proper lightning, color science, postprocessing, etc., which add up to the result.
From the brands you mentioned - never heard of them We will look into what we can get here on the EU market. Once again - thank you very much for such a deep reply!