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  1. 3 hours ago, Don Kotlos said:

    From your link...


    There's nothing wrong with a "my first camera" type of DSLR. Dedicated cameras, even as smartphones continue to get better, can still do things that your phone cannot.

    Canon should consider cameras like the 4000D as an opportunity to fill classrooms with affordable and capable cameras that can act as an entry point for young artists and storytellers. The 4000D should cost even less and it should be in the hands of young people in countries where a $500 camera is a luxury that simply cannot be afforded. I would love to see a cheap, easy-to-fix and easy-to-replace camera be at the center of a larger and broader movement toward giving voices to people who have long gone unheard. There are so many stories out there which deserve to be told and making versatile cameras more accessible is a step toward that end.

    Makes sense to me.  I really don't see the problem.  DP Review says it is the lowest launch price they have ever seen for a DSLR.  The actually retail price a few months out during Black Friday will be even lower.  As Mattais indicated buying cameras for full price at launch is a personal choice.  I wait for the inevitable price drop.

    I'm sure I could get a better deal on my groceries.  I see stories all the time of people getting $100 worth of stuff from the grocery store for $5.  They clip coupons and stack them and find out what is on special, etc, etc.  They probably look at you and me like idiots.  For some people they get great deals on cameras.  For me it is clothes.  Some other people it is groceries.  There are not enough hours in the day for everyone to be good at all three.

    Funny story.  I remember when the BMPCC came out at $999.  I said that was too high for my purposes.  I could list for you all the people in this thread who jumped down my throat and said I didn't know what I was talking about.  Well I was very happy to pick up the BMPCC for $499 simply by just waiting patiently.

    I could sit here all day analyzing $150K sports cars and $5 shirts from Walmart.  But you know what?  It would be a complete waste of time because I am not the target market for that stuff and I don't know a thing about it nor do I know a thing about the lives of people who buy that stuff.

    It is totally okay to say, "I don't know," and just move on.  We don't have to comment on everything.  Otherwise there would be a section of the forum dedicated to point and shoots.

  2. 1 hour ago, mkabi said:

    See... That's the thing...

    It's always need over want right? Everyone wants 8K, but then end up renting the C300ii or a lower end Red 5K or 6K, because it's out of their budget or they don't have supporting systems to edit it.

    The guy was talking about getting an Alexa Mini, but for as long as I was part of it - that mini never became part of his portfolio. Funny thing is he had some Canon DSLRs and even some Sony mirrorless cams as well. He talked a big game about getting out of renting these small cams, but in my opinion, he should have these various affordable options available for the dreamers that come in with that 8K dream ?

    That is hilarious.  My jaw hit the floor when I saw 8k.  Unless I was shooting a big budget motion picture I couldn't imagine any use for something like that.  The vast majority of people don't even have 4k displays.

    Okay.  Well that Red stuff is out of the question.  C300II is possible depending on my needs at work.  I'm not a video pro but if I can buy a camera for work I can save some dough outsourcing and also get a tax break.  If I can then also rent it out that makes it a lot more plausible.  The Red cameras are too expensive and I don't have a crew.  I need something easy to work with.  Well the C300II will probably have another multithousand dollar reduction before I'm even in a position to pull the trigger.  The rental thing just takes the edge of the deprecation pain.

  3. 1 hour ago, mercer said:

    I’d love to know how you make a little extra cash? I’ve been thinking of ways to recoup a little of the money I spent over the past couple of years but I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

    It isn't a get rich quick scheme but I use stock agencies for photography and video.  I haven't uploaded in awhile because it is laborious.  I just upload pictures and videos from vacations or whatever.  Although it is kind of random what sells.  Obviously even if you have a pretty good picture of the Eiffel Tower it is doubtful it will sell.  But if you have a decent picture of some random thing that someone needs a picture of it will sell.

    I enjoyed reading your post.  I own(ed) a bunch of those cameras.  I actually sold a couple of video clips from my 50D raw days.  I turned around and sold the 50D for the same price I bought it for after a few months.  I found it too fiddly.  But overall I was net cash positive from the experience.

    I don't make much.  But sporadically I will get a check for $50 or a few hundred dollars depending on what the picture or video is used for.  Very, very rarely four figure situations drop in your lap.  Months go by with no sales.  I only have a small collection.  I really should upload more.

    It is funny though.  I still have sales of images taken with an eight megapixel Canon rebel from my teenage days.  I sell BMPCC 1080p clips as well.  I've been denigrated by many a pixel peeper on this forum for my 1080p camera and taking pictures with a T3i.  Funny thing though is the checks still keep coming in.  I don't really want to contradict anyone but my real world experience is if I go out and get in demand content and shoot it well people will buy T3i pictures for ad campaigns and BMPCC output for their video productions.

    Sure if money was no object I would be rocking a C series camera and a full frame Canon DSLR.

  4. On 2/28/2018 at 9:11 AM, mkabi said:

    I can take back the Raven any time I want, with some little notice, terminate my own contract any time I want... It was decent... I used the Raven for 2 or 3 projects and even at the rental house, it wasn't in that much in demand (everyone wanted 8K).


    What camera do you think one should buy if you want to do decent business renting it out?

  5. 2 hours ago, mercer said:

    Somebody must be buying Canon mirrorless cameras since they are in second place in mirrorless sales. I don’t think there’s a huge market for these entry level cameras but there must be some market.

    It's been that way for years.  Video snobs just can be bothered to even do cursory market analysis.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again I don't know anyone who uses are large sensor camera for video.  Actually I don't know anyone who would use anything more than a smartphone for video.  I also don't know anyone who owns a 4k TV.

    I've sold thousands of dollars of video and photography all via online and I have never purchased a camera that costs more than $500.  I suppose my BMPCC once I bought the speedbooster and camera cage costed more than $1,000.

    What I'm trying to say is there are plenty of hobbyists like me who buy sub $1,000 gear and have a lot of fun with it and some of us even make a little money on the side.  I come from the photography world where bodies are disposable.  I save my money for lenses.  An $800 APSC camera with DPAF and downscaled 4k from the entire sensor in a reasonable codec would be a very natural fit for me.  I would sell plenty of work from my hobby with that.  And frankly it wouldn't stop me from buying a C300 mk II if I needed to do video for my day job.  Maybe Canon fears losing some C100 sales.  But honestly if I had to do this on a schedule for clients on a mission critical project I wouldn't fool around... C series all the way.  Although you do need a good mirroless option for time lapse.

    23 minutes ago, mercer said:

    With the 2.2x crop of the G7 and GX85, I was able to get the Fujinon 12.5mm and the Cosmicar 12.5mm f/1.9 to fully cover the sensor.

    Interesting that you mentioned the G7.  Once I read about the crop of the Canon m50 I immediately thought of the Panasonic G7.  You can pick those up on ebay for less than $500 new.  Why would one purchase this Canon vs the G7?  Canon colors, APSC for photo, already own Canon lenses?

  6. 8 minutes ago, mkabi said:

    If we go by this picture.... then some parts of House of Cards (first season, on Netflix) was probably filmed and/or delivered 8bit 4:2:0. From what I know, I saw banding in the low light (lamp) scenes, even in the first 2 episodes and those 2 episodes were directed by David Fincher (who is a RED guy) and by the looks of it - it may have been shot on a RED cam.

    http://www.red.com/shot-on-red/television  - go into search and start typing "house of cards"

    Those are two very different things.  Other than over the air broadcast television which the government has mandated to be of a certain quality everything else is subject to heavy compression.  Maybe at some point in the future they will come up with better compression algorithms but until then just about anything you see on TV other than over the air broadcast is going to have an unacceptable amount of compression artifacts... and broadcast ain't perfect either.  It's just most of the time it is the best of the worst.

    It is what it is, but there is simply no way you can work backwards from a lossy compressed final output and start commenting on the rest of the pipeline all the way back to the camera and the DP's brain.

    I see banding all the time on Netflix.  That is one of the reasons I find 4k and HDR so baffling.  Can we get at least broadcast quality 1080i first?!

  7. 2 hours ago, Yurolov said:

    But you already have people complaining on here that the m50 will be crippled cause such and such reason and they don't even mention the size limitations, which size was put in place specifically for the vlogging crowd.

    It could be as big as a house and there would be a decent chance it is crippled in some inane way.  Those are two entirely separate issues.  True there could be some legit limitations but the past has shown us there is a decent chance there will also be some illegitimate limitations.

  8. 8 hours ago, Andrew Reid said:

    4K is already a household standard, not much problem there.

    I don't know anyone that owns a 4k television.


    16 percent of U.S. households now own a 4K UHD TV


    There are tons of 4k televisions for sale and it seems to me they are fazing out HD televisions at least for the medium to high end.  I think pretty much all decent TVs that are being sold now are 4k.  The problem is most people buy TVs so rarely.

    18 minutes ago, OliKMIA said:

    The "baking" is not specific to Sony, all companies gather the data in some general business unit. Canon is much worst than Sony as they put their DSLR sales in the "Imaging System" unit which encompasses the following:

    True, but no one questions Canon's camera division profitability.  I can walk into multiple local stores if I need to do a channel check on Canon.  The same due diligence on Panasonic, Fuji, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, etc will make you want to put on a green visor and start digging through Q's and K's to find out what is really going on.

  9. 41 minutes ago, noplz said:

    Current EOS M5 has digital image stabilization, not IBIS. Not sure how well it works. Come to think of it, I don't think any Canon bodies have IBIS... I think the people who actually buy entry level Canikon products don't really cross-shop anything else.

    What decent cameras under $1,000 have IBIS?

  10. 2 hours ago, markr041 said:

    This whole forum is about creating video, not watching Hulu, or Neflix or Vudu (or Voodo). Go to some TV forum, wherever that is, to make your case to stick with your outmoded TV. That forum is for watchers and couch potatoes, not creators. There is plenty of whining there about standards and which service providers supply which flavor of HDR. You can also argue about which HDR mode is better!

    At no point in this thread did I tell you what to do with your money.  Why on earth are you being so abusive?  This is a hobby for me.  Seriously.  WTF?!  Declining, at this time, to purchase a $1,200 TV for a HOBBY is not considered aberrant behavior or in any way worthy of such a tirade.  You need to step back and get some perspective.

    2 hours ago, markr041 said:

    So, you are missing out creatively; and the fact you do not have an HDR viewing device means that you are unable to even make an informed decision as to whether shooting in let alone viewing HDR is worth it. So, your SDR TV means you are missing a lot, unless your only purpose is to watch commercial TV. Too bad. 

    1)  I shoot BMPCC raw so I don't know what your think I am missing out on "creatively".  I am not going to buy an Alexa.

    2)  I do not live in a "shithole country".  Where I live the capitalists are pushing 4k and HDR TVs everywhere.  I do not need to purchase every TV first before I can make an informed decision.  I can just go buy some milk and walk past a wall of your precious HDR TVs.

    Me waiting to buy an HDR TV is not a threat to you.

  11. Quote

    Samsung has unveiled the world’s largest solid state drive — an unassuming-looking bit of kit that boasts a whopping 30.72 terabytes of storage. It’s the most storage ever crammed into the 2.5-inch form factor, and is designed for enterprise customers looking to move away from the mechanical parts of your standard disk-based hard drive.



    The new Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drive offers impressive sequential read and write speeds of up to 2,100MB/s and 1,700 MB/s. That’s about three times as fast as the average SATA SSD you’d find in a consumer desktop or laptop, like Samsung’s own SSD 850 EVO. And the drive is robust too, with Samsung offering a five-year warranty that’s good for one full drive write per day.

    Damn!  That warranty though...



    Get comfortable with 8k kids.  It's coming!  Every excuse that comes up keeps getting eliminated.

  12. 13 hours ago, Axel said:

    Format war? The hurlyburly's done, the battle's lost and won. There are three victors: PQ, Dolby and HLG. Most TVs younger than 10 months accept / support all three.


    Inaccurate things have been posted in this thread...


    Samsung added 4K to its Vudu app, but no HDR (Vudu is still currently Dolby Vision-only, which isn't supported on Samsung).

    Let me be clear.  I am not here to talk anyone out of buying an HDR TV.  It is your money and your choice.  If I HAD to buy a new TV today I would definitely be taking a hard look at the technology.

    13 hours ago, Axel said:

    As long as there is a need for classic broadcasting via cable or satellite, HLG will be the way to beam HDR.

    Considering we just made the unimaginable switch from analog to digital TV broadcast a few years ago I wouldn't bet any tech will ALWAYS be with us.  The whole point of highlighting the HLG comment is there is no HLG content now and no concrete plans for it in the immediate future here in the US.  I can wait for the format stuff to get ironed out and prices to come down.  What is the point of me rushing to buy a HLG TV when there is no HLG content?

    What bothers me is the inaccurate information posted.  Usually a legit point of view speaks for itself.  There is no need to mislead.

    13 hours ago, Axel said:

    These old panels do usually not support all formats, but will make SDR look as good as it gets. This alone is a difference comparable to your first DVD after decades of borrowed VHS cassettes. It really is.

    That is your opinion.  It certainly isn't a fact.  VHS had so many issues other than the image quality.  Those things were bulky clumsy contraptions that were prone to mechanical failure.

    If there is something I am not understanding or I am mistaken about I do appreciate education and clarification.  But I think you guys have really misrepresented where we are with this emerging tech.  I personally don't care but I hate to see people go out and spend their hard earned money and wind up with something different than what they thought.

  13. 5 hours ago, markr041 said:

    I agree that there is worry about standards. But there is at least one standard that I think is here to stay that most everyone has adopted - HLG. It's on most TV's now,  many cell phones will show it, and many of the latest video cameras enable shooting HLG (for free). Editors are ready for it too (Resolve and that Apple one).

    Are you serious?


    Unlike the other HDR formats, no HLG TV shows or movies are available yet, and given the slow pace of broadcast innovations, I'm not holding my breath.


  14. 9 hours ago, Axel said:

    It's time to sum up my findings on the topic so far and invite you to comment.

    First of all, I bought an HDR TV, finally. There is no risk in doing that, and it doesn't have to be about 'adopting new technology'. Everyone here should do this. You will watch content in better quality, any content, including your own.

    I don't know about that.  I'm going to wait until the HDR format war is over.  I'm not into buying a new TV every 3-4 years.

    If someone needs a new TV that's cool, but since my TV is perfectly fine I'm going to wait for this new technology to work out the issues.

  15. 5 minutes ago, joema said:

    What about needing 8K for "professional" work?

    In 2015 the Oscar for best documentary went to CITIZENFOUR by Laura Poitras. It was shot in 1080p on a Sony FS100.

    I think the same thing about construction workers that buy big pick up trucks.  I know a lawyer that makes more money than any construction worker I've ever met and he rides a bike to work.  Ergo no one should get a pick up truck for work.

  16. 1 hour ago, roxics said:

    That said, I'll remain skeptical of this. I'm not sure what RED has to gain here. Keep in mind the market for cinema cameras is not the same as the market for smart phones. Most people aren't shooting video for a living, let alone cinematic movies. Saying you're going to make up for dwindling smart phones sales by making cinema cameras just seems like a strange step to take. But hey if they can give me something like a Weapon for a few grand, I'm all for it. 

    I agree with your logic 100%... But, they are also allegedly planning to expand into large screen production.  So like other display manufactures they may want to get as many high "k" shooting tools out their to drive demand for their displays.

    But yeah.  The average person does not have the home setup to deal with editing 4k... let alone dealing with 8k.

    If they did it at a reasonable price I would be interested.  Down sampling 8k to excellent 4k would be amazing.  We are reaching the limits of resolutions just based on the average size of people's homes.


  17. 14 hours ago, webrunner5 said:

    I am not too sure about that. I didn't work in the TV industry when Digital came out but I still had friends there I knew. I don't know what country you live in but here in the United states the Federal Government Made the TV industry switch to Digital. Yeah Had to make them do it.

    Even third world countries have all digital TV.  Who in their right mind would watch analog TV in 2018?  For the vast majority of consumers out there their clearest, least compressed, most high resolution image available is government mandated digital TV.  The sad thing is most people don't even realize it.  When I cut the cord and put my antenna up I was shocked at how much better the government mandated free option is compared to the oligarchy satellite or cable option.  I've never actually heard anyone complain about digital broadcast TV.  If indeed any business resisted this I am glad if the government put them out of business.


    14 hours ago, webrunner5 said:

     And think about it. They had to Broadcast in Analog until the day they had to switch to Digital!! And they next day rip all the Analog out and throw it away. They had equipment stacked up damn near in in the Restrooms to make it work.

    Lol.  Someone was winding you up.  TV stations happily broadcast digital AND analog simultaneously for YEARS.  It wasn't an overnight thing.


    Television station owners will celebrate a stunning political victory this week when President Clinton is expected to sign a budget measure that lets them keep two TV channels for years to come.



    14 hours ago, webrunner5 said:

    And because of it there is hardly a Independent TV station left in the United States. They all got bought up by 3 or 4 conglomerates that fired some of the old timers, they made the most money, and bought in a bunch of new people that didn't know their ass from a Hole in the ground for hardly any money.

    I doubt that is true.  There is consolidation across the economy and widening pay disparity.  The trends with local TV stations match up perfectly with the trends across the entire economy and in the media sector specifically.  There is this thing called the internet and it is sucking up ad dollars.  Revenue across all traditional media is down.

    And as far as consolidation is concerned welcome to America...


    The stock pickers among you have fewer than half as many stocks to choose from as you did 20 years ago.

    No wonder it’s getting harder to construct a portfolio that does better than a broad-market index fund.

    As you can see from this chart, the peak came in the late 1990s, when there were more than 7,300 of publicly traded U.S. corporations. Today, the number is hovering around just 3,600.

    This dramatic reduction undoubtedly has been caused by a combination of factors, and many of them have been widely discussed. One cause is that startups are waiting longer than ever before to go public. Another is the increased number of mergers and acquisitions.

    But another factor that has received less attention has perhaps the most profound implication for you as a stock picker: We are moving into what Dartmouth College engineering professor Geoffrey Brown calls the “winner take all” economy—an economy that is increasingly dominated by a relatively few large players.

    The investment implication is that if a company isn’t one of the few winners, it may very well not survive.


    It's funny.  This phenomenon was happening right under our noses but most of us couldn't step back and see the big picture.  People come up with explanations they understand given their narrow life experience, but in fact the phenomenon is happening throughout the entire economy.

    14 hours ago, webrunner5 said:

     I just don't see TV stations, Networks doing this HDR, 6k, 8k shit again. It just about Bankrupted them before, they can't keep changing this fast.

    Networks are nowhere near bankrupt.  They are some of the most sought after assets in the stock market.  Hardware producers are a commodity.  Look at the fate of once mighty Cisco.  Content is king.

    And the government's role?  If I were you I would be concerned about the current administration rolling back decades of regulation and allowing unprecedented levels of consolidation and shuttering of local stations...


    In the spring, soon after he lifted a cap on how many stations a single company can own, the Sinclair Broadcast Group announced its intention to buy Tribune Media for $3.9 billion. The merger, which the F.C.C. and the Department of Justice are reviewing, would give Sinclair access to more than 70 percent of all television viewers in the United States. This week, the commission’s Republican majority lifted rules that required television stations owners to operate a main studio in each locality, which Mr. Pai said was unnecessary and costly for TV station owners.


    President Bush signed a law that prevented these types of mergers.  The government was the only thing standing in the way of this mega merger and the shuttering of a bunch of local studios.  But with one election that all got swept away.


  18. 15 minutes ago, Trek of Joy said:

    Canon AF adapters are now out for Fuji. Plus Canon 17mm is not nearly as wide as a 16mm on a Fuji body either since the Fuji has less crop and 16mm is wider than 17mm. And how many high quality APS-c lenses does Canon have outside the excellent 17-55? Remind me which Canon APS-c body has IBIS? Shoots 4k? 120fps? Or even actual 1080p? But there's always DPAF, the 5d4's massive 4k crop and goofy file sizes....

    Not trying to be a dick, but if you're talking APS-c, there's really no comparison. Fuji wins hands down.

    I'm sorry.

  19. 4 minutes ago, Aussie Ash said:

    Not many third party lenses for Fujifilm yet-the Canon/Nikon guys can go even cheaper and lighter  Tamron or Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 US $290

    I got ripped off!

    Lol.  Actually I don't think that was out when I bought the Canon.  Damn.  I wonder what the optical quality is like?  And the image stabilization.  The Canon is supposed to be pretty good.

  20. On 1/19/2018 at 10:12 AM, webrunner5 said:

     I lived in Florida for 12 years, and what women did to try and find some old man to hope to marry, and hope they died in 5 years or less was crazy. In the news nearly every day down there.

    I don't believe you.  Women do not behave that way.


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