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  1. Typical journalist thinking, it’s always too quick/too late, too cheap/too expensive, too little/too much etc. with many contradictions. The truth is the gear options are at an all time high, and if all brands stop releasing products now, it would still be a photographer’s and filmmakers paradise forever. Only problem right now is that most of the best new mirrorless lenses are priced a bit high, but those are the lenses that are not used, revievew or recommended by EOSHD anyway.
  2. Abruptely unlocking the battery grip door (with two batteries in it) while recording, and then inserting a new CFexpress card after the camera has shut down, unfortunately did not reset my timer. Why did it work in one of those videos? Was it because i didn't record one long clip until the limit? To avoid getting corrupted clips of important material, I intentionally did stop the regular shots shortly before the limit, and then turned off the camera power in a dedicated last recording meant to be corrupted. That did work so far, but didn't solve the timer reset problem.
  3. Got the first of two R5 and I'm really happy. Will not complain that a camera stops after shooting 30.000 35 megapixel images in a row!!! Autofocus and several other things like the lens selection is so much better than Fuji and Panasonic products. Also did order two A7S3. Equipped with R5 and A7S3, one can do everything an S1H and GFX100 can achieve, plus lots more from tight eye AF to 120fps to super low light. Sometimes waiting for the products that have better features pays off. So sorry, until Fuji and Panasonic improve their camera lineups with new models, they are behind from now
  4. Do I see this correctly? My 1DX2 does 4K 60fps with autofocus, and the 1DX3 does not? I gladly keep the old cam.
  5. Spending a second to think about new Canon products is a complete waste of time until they probably release a full frame mirrorless camera in 500-1000 days, which then at least might have a 10% chance of being competitive against Sony products (I say that owning a 1DC, 1DX2, 5D4, the whole Canon lens lineup and much more). Part of the slow innovation even might be forums like CanonRumors, who are full of Canon fanboys defending their brand, so that Canon marketing might think everything is alright. If you just list pure facts how Canon is behind in features at CanonRumors too often, you
  6. This cam is great, but I chose the new GX80 for its size, and similar body stabilization etc capabilities. What I love about the E-M1II is the raw 80MP photos and the 48fps 20MP raw photos you can shoot within a second. That makes it the best MFT choice, until the GH5 comes out. And the Olympus body stabilization seems to be even better than the one in the Panasonics cams, probably because they have more years in experience with that.
  7. At least that's one thing that Canon did better in the 5DsR, 1DX2 and 5D4: You can create your own menus and register anything you like to new own menu pages. Oddly enough, in the Sonys you can nearly assign any function to any external button, while in the Canon they only allow a random selection of functions on a random number of buttons. Let's hope that at least by the year 2020 we all laugh about these stupid middle age times when Toyko engineers still were trapped in their limited 20th century logic, and finally all manufactures do offer unlimited possibilities.
  8. Owning all Sigma Art lenses, the 20/1.4 might be the weakest prime because it's not too sharp wide open in the corners. I made landscape pics and videos where i wished i used the Milvus 21/2.8 instead. By using ISO 12.800 without a problem on selected cameras nowadays, going to f2.8 is also less of a problem even filming at night. My first impressions of the Batis 18mm also have been better. Other than that, I am happy that the 20/1.4 exists. For certain effect shots it's without alternative.
  9. I have the 1DX2 since 10 days now. Used to work with A7R/S2 and GH4, the size and weight and the lack of a tilting screen or peaking is a big minus. Even on the photo side Canon did cut features like internal timelapse or the HDR function of the 5D3, which is very uncool for this price. But by adding a magnet viewfinder like in old 5D2 days, the 1DX2 is still a handable and can be used as one man show, with 2 outstanding advantages: 4K 60fps of course and the excellent video autofocus. If you use it right, there is no need for manual focus or focus peaking, and shooting can be done m
  10. I strongly believe that 4K 60fps will be a video standard for decades, which makes this the first photo camera I might keep forever. Of course being mirrorless would make it better, but it might take years from now on until mirrorless cameras can shoot 170fps raw photos and 4k 60fps because of physical limitations. Canon and Nikon should simply release the same body formats with the same old mounts, but inside without the mirror and an EVF. Of course Canon wants to make as much money as money, which means people should buy as many expensive cameras as possible. This is why i predicted the
  11. Can't agree enough to this article! D5 is a huge disappointment! With 4k 60fps they could have become #1 overnight and they blew it. Releasing 4K feature Demo videos at 720p also clearly shows they don't have no clue what's going on out there.
  12. I don't agree with this blog entry. Canon for example has all the technology to build perfect and modern cameras. The only thing you can criticize is that they limit the specs of their products to make people buy 2-4 different instead of 1 cameras, and try to set the prices as high as possible. This is exactly what Apple is doing!!! It's all capitalism and strategies of big companies with decision makers that are not complete idiots. I don't think camera companies have problems to sell their product because of a lack innovation, more likely it's the competition of smartphones and the cons
  13. When in M and S35 mode, and in PAL at 25fps - the A7S2 says it will not record. In NTSC and 24 or 30fps it will do. Which is obsolete anyway, as indeed the camera does change the crop back to full frame after pressing record. Which is another big joke from Sony, when the kings of greyed out menus, confusing limitations and warning messages do not prohibit this one process and lets you record an angle you didn't want if you don't pay close attention. Using the A7S2 alongside a A7R2 means there is a record number of limitations to be learned. The A7S2 in itself means: no 42MP, no crop mod
  14. Got my A7S2 today and unlike stated before, the camera CAN record 4K internally in crop mode (which would have been a disaster, as this would have meant that the use of a speedbooster would only be possible with an external recorder). The crazy thing is just that the A7S2 can ONLY record 24 and 30fps in 4K internally, but NOT 25fps. 120fps in 1080p mode also only in NTSC, not PAL. Seems like Sony doesn't like Europe.
  15. The A7S2 is max worth half of the A7R2. Compared the A7S2 has lots of disadvantages, for example it's not a usable pro photo camera. And there are no advantages, as for example anything above ISO 25.600 is not usable anyway. Needing super extreme lowlight is as rare as using a Nikon D810a because of it's Astro features. This makes the A7S2 a super specialist camera, with just one focal range. The A7R2 does not only have 2 crop modes, with the internal clear zoom in S35 mode it will have an extended range using 15 to 8MP of the sensor. You literally get a 400/2.8 for free with that camera
  16. I went with 2x A7R2 and the RX100 IV. RX100 II is great for all who don't own a system with interchangable lenses. The RX100 IV does have an internal optical 2x zoom that keeps the 4K quality and brings the camera to app. 140mm - but only in film mode, not in other modes like M that maybe most like Andrew are using. I did order 4 wide angle and 4 tele converters last week, it seems the ones from Soligor work best and in 4K 16:9 video mode you can even get away without vignetting - but that does need more comparison and testing when all are delivered. 52 MAG Filter was a bit too large and
  17. Thanks Andrew for the info - it's really crazy, the camera has so many great and logical aspects, but Sony still finds a way to make things complicated. This limitation means i can either have a proper magnification mode for video and can only shoot 36MP photos, or i have a limited magnification and can shoot the full 42MP photos. Or i have the best photo resolution and the best magnification, but can't frame right before recording a video! To make things more difficult, Sony wants us to buy several functions like the timelapse mode from their playmemories store which right now offers ca.
  18. Andrew, just read your setup guide which is great, did a lot of things the same way. Just one thing drives me crazy: you state that the focus magnifier goes from x5 to x12.5 - but whatever settings i try, i only get x4 and that's it. The manuals don't say anything about how to set it differently and internet tutorial videos on older A7 models do also show x4. So what is your magical setting? It would have been great if Sony would have come up with the same flexible magnifier value solution as on the GH4 anyway. Which brings me to my verdict about the A7R2, after testing all cameras: If y
  19. The point is that if you like a brand in general, you own a lot of accessoires for that brand, and you know that a brand can do much better, it makes you angry if their politics unnecessarily create a lose-lose situation for the consumer and themselves. It's also important to speak out against it in public, so Canon knows they are on a bad path. I personally simply don't like the look, menus, mount, history etc of Sony DSLRs that much to switch for 1-2 years until Canon finally have their game together with swivel screens, focus peaking etc.
  20. My open letter is a bit shorter: I am a customer that owns 100+x expensive Canon products and from day to day I am more ANGRY about Canon, as it seems their marketing department is playing tricks on us and intentionally holds back features and informations. This profit maximization will NOT work on my end and only leading to buying less to no Canon products in the future, as I don't consider myself to be as stupid as Canon seems to think their customers are. Since a week I am testing the new 5DsR, and in a 3700 Euro camera Canon did manage to implement a video mode on 2008 levels that is so ba
  21. in a canon 5ds event a while ago they admitted that most of the canon lens lineup will not be suitable for their new 50 megapixel flagship, and they showed an internal list that only the newer (higher priced) top lenses do really do the resolution justice. they also know that the newer zeiss and sigma primes are great and will work. nevertheless serious MP count for lenses and stickers might be problematic, as there are still too many factors involved in image results. what indeed is very important for filmers who are limited in light and through high iso noise is the transmission, which als
  22. the ideal specs for a drone camera are at least 4k 60fps plus an interchangable lens mount. if low budget drones should carry it, it needs to be a leightweight camera, and if you have a low budget drone, you also probably would like to use a camera that is in a cheaper range like the XC10, not 6000-8000 euros/usd. price range of the ursa mini is okay, but the camera is still too heavy. right now it looks we would need to wait longer for that and live with a 4k 25fps GH4 as probably best option for low weight, low budget drone flights. in general it seems the manufactures seem to go in two d
  23. ​dude, i won't explain all those things for a fourth time. after reading andrews article and all the XC10 canon specs in fact you already had 5 chances to realize that this is not a drone camera. if you think it is, because you only shoot in no windy places and between mid and tele range, then go ahead and buy this item. if this thread didnt make you, but a lot of other potential customers think more critically about canon's product strategies, my only intention to write here has been successful.
  24. i am not sad when people are confused because that seems to mean less competition. it's just sad that canon will continue with their poliitics if too many consumers buy all the bullshit stories and lame products that might be an excuse for a 5D4 not having 4k. the full frame equivalent of the XC10 plus some stabilization and framing means it starts at 50mm. of course you can do great aerials at 50mm and even 100mm, but who can work with a drone camera that can not do wide angle at all? of course an action sports shooter will do some great shots with a 24-70mm zoom, but if he was limited t
  25. ​droidworx obviously has small drones that claim they can carry an epic. if your budget is limited to an even smaller low budget drone, you are obviously not a pro drone shooter or the project budgets don't seem to require pro results. you obviously also didn't use the XC10 yourself on a drone. what obviously can be everyone's conclusion after reading the XC10's specs is, that after stabilization and framing the camera's angle starts at 50mm full frame equivalency. any aerial shooter knows that mid- to tele ranges are difficult to handle. so a drone shooter that says he will NEVER need th
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