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Posts posted by mike_tee_vee

  1. The lack of touch screen is unforgiveable. 

    For all the people that moan that pros don't need a touch screen in models like the A7 and RX series, seeing Dan Chung's News Shooter touch screen demo clearly illustrates the focus pulling-like capabilities a touch screen offers. 

    What's the point of having state-of-the-art PDAF without having easy access to focus point selection?

  2. I'm not sure why DP Review takes so long to review cameras.  The A7S was announced at the beginning of April 2014.  I don't see this review (11 months later) changing anyone's mind over whether or not to buy an A7S.  Much of the content on their review can be found elsewhere on the web, and was more timely.

    The opinions of bloggers like Andrew carry much more weight in my opinion, as his voice represent the insights of what a filmmaker has access to NOW, as opposed to what's in the queue at a camera review site. 

  3. I'm hesitant to purchase a Nikon DSLR for many of the same reasons that handcuff Canon.  While Nikon has made strides in image quality, it doesn't check enough boxes for me, and the lens mount can be limiting.


    Of the contenders:


    Lens mount adaptability: GH4, A7S, any mirrorless

    EVF: any mirrorless

    Extreme low-light: A7S

    Internal 4k: GH4

    XLR: GH4, A7S

    5 axis IBIS: E-M1


    These are the factors that matter to me, and a DSLR doesn't really cut the mustard anymore.

  4. How does the crop mode work on the Alpha 7 series?  Presumably the cameras crop to a Super 35 size when an APS-C sized E-mount lens is attached.  When a full-frame lens is attached, does the camera give the option to apply the same crop factor similar to the lossless ETC teleconverter option on the GH3?

  5. Does anyone know of a good program that can change frame rates from 30fps 24fps without artifacts or changing speed of film basically converting em1 footage into a 24fps


    I haven't found a satisfactory way to accomplish this.  Most methods introduce a studder, particularly on panning shots.


    Olympus really needs to wake up on the frame rate issue, just as Canon did when the 5D mk II only had 30p.

  6. Is it really 0.01% though?


    Stills photographers are pretty interested in raw I'd say...


    The problem is that Canon wants to make too much money.  The accountants and marketing people want to maximize profits by targeting the masses.  By doing this, you stiffle the creativity of the engineers. 


    One must wonder if the Canon engineers purposely left breadcrumbs in the firmware code in hopes of having the full fruits of their labor discovered.

  7. I've shot stills with both the 5DII and D800, and for my purposes the difference in image quality isn't as obvious as the DxO rankings.  While not class-leading, the still images from Canon cameras are still competent.  Even the original 5D still has a nice "look" to it's images.  Video, on the other hand, is a sick joke.


    It's too bad there aren't any benchmarks for video performance.  A camera like the VG900 would probably score high on DxO's sensor ranking, but it doesn't really tell us about the video quality.

  8. I have a feeling that Canon and the gang are purposefully creating products that are less than ideal in order for us to make repeated subsequent purchases.  The American car industry would factor in "planned obsolecense" in their car designs to force consumers to upgrade their cars.  I have a feeling that EVERY manufacturer is toying with us.  They are like a drug dealer that gives you just a small enough hit to become addicted, and come back begging for more.

  9. For the low-budget film maker, the Pocket Cinema Camera is a "game changer."


    If you're a GH2 user looking for much more DR and detail in the shadows, I can't see the GH3 bringing much new to the table in terms of image quality.  By comparison, the GH3 is looking like Panasonic's 5D mk III: an expensive incremental update that, while competent in its own right, fails to fundamentally change the industry to the same degree as its predecessor.

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