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    Ed_David got a reaction from Ty Harper in Litepanels announce extended repair program for Astra series...   
    yup got $600 back!  and a free repair! consumer advocacy works!!!! I reached out to their sales rep about the matter  - I'm not taking full credit, but I reached out and we should all do this about any product if we are not happy with it.
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    Ed_David got a reaction from EthanAlexander in Jinni.Tech vs. RED Part 4 (1hr long)   
    But why would Apple spend all this money on a lawsuit if the patent is not stopping them from doing something?  
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    Ed_David reacted to buggz in Now phones can shoot creamy bokeh videos   
    This absolutely kills me.
    No one is willing to calm down and setup shots properly, etc.
    "oh, it'll be good enough."
    I really hate this line of misthinking.
    I tell people who say that, "okay for you, NEVER for me, you will NEVER be no more than good enough, or even less than."
    All my family says this when I bring out my gear and want to perform a proper shoot.
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    Ed_David reacted to Kisaha in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    Yes, but there are quite a few of those niches, and a whole planet crazy about image and video right now. Youtube/fb/insta are running the planet (and I am not on any of those!).
    Also, camera phones IS a camera market, it is a phone that has dedicated sensors, lenses, photo and video pipeline, special imaging software, e.t.c like a dedicated camera does.
    Imagine Canon powered Xiaomi phones with 20-40% rights for Canon, offering AF, color science, their logo, maybe even a new fab for sensors - strengthen and modernize their own ancient fab labs. Back in profit instantly!
    Samsung left cameras because Samsung do not do niche anymore. They left most of their niche companies (military also, I think) but they still innovate and produce and gain in sensors, memory, ssd, phones, where they can mass produce.
    Other companies find their niche and thrive (BM, Fuji, e.t.c).
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    Ed_David got a reaction from cameraeye in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    At the end of the day, in terms of image improvements, we have seen CCD vs CMOS chips, and the supporting microchips and image processing that goes with it that has given us a blackmagic pocket 4k and the soon to come out, zcam 2 full frame camera that can do raw 4k - which is quite amazing.  We've seen low light kings with canon and sony as well.  And we have seen skintone kings with blackmagic and Arri.
    So we kind of have reached the peak of what it is possible, for now, in terms of low-light, size, and capability.
    What remains, of course, is a beautiful image.  A beautiful colorful rich image..  Well for people like me that still think there is magic shooting on celluloid.  How celluloid  reacts to light  and overexposure, and motion, and tungsten lighting, and all color.  For me I don't think one camera does that yet.  And I would love to see camera makers continue to move this way forward.
    There's still room to be done, and there's still hope for a way to capture data that's better than CMOS.
    But for now, I don't really see many cameras making that much progress now.  I don't believe in the 4k vs 8k resolution wars. I'm pretty happy with what we have for video
    But for still photography, I really don't see too much more progress that can happen to be justified to the average semi-pro and consumer photographer that makes it worth it, as an investment in glass, and having to carry a camera around, vs just using an iphone.  Especially to those to upgrade their existing cameras as Kisha said.
    Is the next nikon z7 or z6 going to be that much better than the z6 for stills?  Sure the dream is the ultimate hybrid stills/video camera - and maybe someone will get there so it does 4k raw and pro res and also beautiful raw still images - but yea, where was I going?  I don't remember.  This post of mine was pointless.
    Mattius wins again!  I need to allow people to win arguments and move on with my life.  there is more to life than arguing or debating on a message board.    LEICA RULES! CANON DROOLS!
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    Ed_David reacted to Otago in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    I think camera's may be coming to a cross roads, they won't be tools anymore, there won't be a noticeable difference in the output of a cheaper DSLR and a high end phone in most situations and for most people's uses. This has happened in lots of industries; computers are one, my 5 year old MacBook Pro still does everything that 90% of computer users need it for but Apple still sell plenty of new ones, cars are another because the current Golf R is far quicker than a Porsche from 10 years ago and the difference isn't that great to even a modern Porsche. 
    There will still be a market for people buying cameras like the Leica M, the Fuji's and esoteric products like the ALPA because using them is a different, and better for some, experience to using a phone or a conventional wheels and screens DSLR. Much like the Porsche and Golf example above.
    The issue for me will be whether they end up dead industries because of a lack of return on investment and reliability, can companies fund a new camera that we can afford when they know they will only sell a few 10's of thousands of them ? Companies still make film, but how many truly new emulsions have come out since the peak of film ? Companies still make turntables and hifi speakers but there's very little real innovation, because they are cottage industries. 
    Perhaps a lack of reliability will be their saving grace, will my GH3 last me as long as my Hasselblad ? I'm yet to actually have a digital camera fail me when I haven't done something egregious to it so perhaps ? 
     
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    Ed_David reacted to webrunner5 in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    Nah I think you are wrong a some of your points. Right now I don't even Have a camera at all, because my stuff got stolen. But you know what even if I had insurance for it, or even won the Lotto not sure I would even buy a real camera now. It was just so much of a hassle to try to take something compared to just reaching in my pocket and bamm, it done. Is it as good, no, but for the average person it is More than good enough. And the average person is who your going to show the footage to to boot, even if you own an Arri who really is going to see it? Heck maybe 4 people on here even post footage at times.
    Here in the States there is just about Zero camera stores left. Wal Mart, Best Buy have nothing but cheap, useless P&S cameras. Even the average person know their phone is just as good except for the silly 400x lens on the P&S. 10 years from now you might not be able to give away a real camera. I don't have a clue how camera manufactures are going to even be in business down the road. Sure a few super high end Cine cameras dedicated to Blockbuster Movies might be left, but that is like a 100 cameras a year to sell If you are lucky. 10 years from now there probably won't even be real Actors. So you might not even need ANY cameras for movies or even Soap Operas. All done in computer.
    Nah if I was Canon right now I would pick up my marbles and just go home. I really don't think there is a future for what you call real cameras down the road. Why bother fighting the inevitable. There is no money in it anymore. Phones have just flat killed cameras like it or not.
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    Ed_David got a reaction from PolarStarArts in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    portrait mode gets rid of the need for most people to have telephoto glass.  they do have different aputure settings in the pro app programs.  smartphones have a one button click to go into photo mode.  it's really not any slower, for most people.
    and I've been fooled by the iphone portrait mode so many times now on instagram.  And I work in this business  .  Cinema and semi pro photography will continue, but will be more and more niche.  just as film still hangs on.
    You are right.  I am theorizing about leica.  If Mattias you are able to make a prediction, do you think the new-gen leica will offer something more to casual rich people that gets them to want to chuck out their current phone, now that the iphone portrait mode is getting to be "good enough" for most people, and it's one less thing to bring around?
    Also aren't you a big Leica enthusiast?  I have no skin in the game.  But I do wish Leica survives, as I do with canon.  I think their glass is really amazing.  I haven't ever used one of their cameras, but I am sure they are quite amazing as well.
     
    the rich are getting richer for sure.  And watches is a status symbol for many rich people.  High end cameras are not.  I think the iphone x is a status symbol moreso.  Shooting with a camera is dorky, and will always be dorky.  Never sexy.  Unless it's a film camera then rich hipsters drool over that.  But I don't think rich kids notice whether another kid is shooting with a leica or a sony.  And without the #leica hashtag on a instagram post, no one is probably going to notice the difference between that and most other high end cameras like sony, nikon, canon, and iphone portrait mode.
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    Ed_David reacted to webrunner5 in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    I think you are living in a dream world thinking the young are going to embrace Leica, MF cameras. Smartphones are what they grew up with. It fits their needs. Social media, YouTube is what they know. They don't need Cine cameras. They have what they need in their purse or pocket. They will get better and better, and Cine cameras will be less and less desirable.
    A Smartphone IS the ultimate Hybrid. For the masses it already has been. We are already Dinosaurs on here. Stick a fork in us, we are done.
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    Ed_David reacted to Andrew Reid in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    True but Leica were at death's door in 2004. In 2005 Dr Andreas Kaufmann put them on the path to digital, and that got Leica back on their feet. Cooperation with Panasonic helped too.
    The luxury goods market is almost as fickle as the consumer one, just more robust in an economic downturn.
    If normal people, whether rich or poor start leaving their cameras at home, eventually they forget they need one and they'll be out of sight, out of mind, a big cultural and fashion shift away... I know people who just "aren't in that game anymore" when it comes to desktop PCs for instance, and once these people leave, it's very hard to get them back.
    Japan needs to face the growing crisis head on.
    The enthusiast market alone is just not enough to sustain the level of investment necessary.
    Hate to be a doomsayer, a gloomster, but it's the truth.
    I only hope the next generation who start on smartphones, graduate to something a bit more exciting later. The young are our only hope.
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    Ed_David got a reaction from Andrew Reid in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    I'm not expert at any of this, but would assume all semi-professional camera makers are taking a hit.  What is the performance with Sony, Leica, Panasonic, etc etc in their camera divisions?
    As the iphone portrait mode gets better and better, this is most likely taking away people from canon rebels and the likes.
    Next 10 years, god knows what happens with the dslr/mirrorless world.  That iphone portrait mode is probably good enough for 85% of people I would imagine, especially when the end result of photos these days aren't to be blown up.  Not even onto computer, but a 2 in instagram picture on a 720p cell phone that's no larger than 6 inches long.
    and full disclosure, even I have been fooled by the iphone portrait mode.  
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    Ed_David got a reaction from Emanuel in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    well with iphone sales slowing, and slow adoption of the more expensive brand items and a global recession/depression on the horizon, especially with the us/china trade war, brexit, and the collapse of the environment, and Moore's law, Leica sales may also be tapering off a bit, especially if rich little johnny finds his current leica is just fine and doesn't need to upgrade, especially when the end product is instagram.
    I know andrew isn't a fan of canon's lack of innovation, but they did do dual pixel AF in the c300 which started the amazing autofocus for video game and their lens ISS technology is pretty unbelievable in that 70-200 II and III lens and they do value good skintones, so I hope they don't leave the camera game. 
    So let's not dance on their grave  . And full disclaimer, I now own a c300 ii and a c700, nikon d600 (selling) also a sony a7 iii and blackmagic pocket (selling) and aaton xtr plus.
     
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    Ed_David got a reaction from webrunner5 in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    I'm not expert at any of this, but would assume all semi-professional camera makers are taking a hit.  What is the performance with Sony, Leica, Panasonic, etc etc in their camera divisions?
    As the iphone portrait mode gets better and better, this is most likely taking away people from canon rebels and the likes.
    Next 10 years, god knows what happens with the dslr/mirrorless world.  That iphone portrait mode is probably good enough for 85% of people I would imagine, especially when the end result of photos these days aren't to be blown up.  Not even onto computer, but a 2 in instagram picture on a 720p cell phone that's no larger than 6 inches long.
    and full disclosure, even I have been fooled by the iphone portrait mode.  
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    Ed_David got a reaction from IronFilm in Class Action Lawsuit Against Red   
    I don't know if I agree.  There was a succesful class action lawsuit against Western Digital in 2006 because of mislabeling drives as their total value, not as their usable disk space value.
    Seems that there would need to be a disclaimer on the cards about this to prevent them from the same thing happening.
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    Ed_David got a reaction from andrgl in RED Mini-Mag Exposed   
    A class action lawsuit is an easy win. Nvidia i just read had to pay up when their 4gb ram video cards turned out to only be 3.5gb. Someone get a lawyer in california asap. 
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    Ed_David got a reaction from sanveer in Class Action Lawsuit Against Red   
    Looking for red mini mag 512 gb customers to start a dance company/support group.
    We need to join hands and sing out our troubles.
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    Ed_David reacted to IronFilm in Class Action Lawsuit Against Red   
    On which point, I recommend people pop on over into the RED group and give Ed at bit of support in the comments as at the moment he is getting a lot of hate from the RED fanboy gang:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/35666868707/permalink/10157567243643708/

    Exactly! The Nvidia case makes a class action easier, not harder. 
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    Ed_David reacted to IronFilm in Class Action Lawsuit Against Red   
    I saw your post on the RED facebook group, I unfortunately give you a 50/50 chance of getting booted out! 😞

    I've been banned from RED facebook groups for lesser "crimes"....

    But I wish you the best of luck!
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    Ed_David got a reaction from IronFilm in Class Action Lawsuit Against Red   
    Looking for red mini mag 512 gb customers to start a dance company/support group.
    We need to join hands and sing out our troubles.
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    Ed_David got a reaction from ntblowz in RED Mini-Mag Exposed   
    A class action lawsuit is an easy win. Nvidia i just read had to pay up when their 4gb ram video cards turned out to only be 3.5gb. Someone get a lawyer in california asap. 
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    Ed_David got a reaction from IronFilm in RED Mini-Mag Exposed   
    A class action lawsuit is an easy win. Nvidia i just read had to pay up when their 4gb ram video cards turned out to only be 3.5gb. Someone get a lawyer in california asap. 
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    Ed_David got a reaction from webrunner5 in RED Mini-Mag Exposed   
    A class action lawsuit is an easy win. Nvidia i just read had to pay up when their 4gb ram video cards turned out to only be 3.5gb. Someone get a lawyer in california asap. 
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    Ed_David got a reaction from harry henry in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    from my quick usage of BRAW - I also didn't notice banding on 12:1 footage on ursa mini pro G1
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    Ed_David reacted to IronFilm in You can now get an Arri Alexa for £4900   
    We had a similar discussion back in 2017 when it was noticed just how cheap as chips an ARRI ALEXA Classic is getting:
     
    So they've been "affordable" for a while now. 
     
    I work on lots of shoots using ARRI cameras (I'm the sound recordist for a series right now which is being shot on an AMIRA, with a BMPCC4K for some occasional specialist B cam shots). And yeah, you really need to have at least a small crew behind you if you want to shoot on an ARRI. 
    Lots more Minis for sale in recent weeks compared to last year, now that ARRI has confirmed a Mini S35 4K will be coming in 2020. 
    Folks need to get rid of their Mini before then! 😉

    Depends entirely on a persons connections as to what kind of network they have of people who'd hire it from them directly vs via a full service rental house. 

    As the owner of a popular site like EOSHD you could probably do better at getting rentals than most, however on the flip side people would need to be local to rent from you, which is a much smaller part of your total audience. (unfortunately a contributor like myself from way out in New Zealand will never be renting an ARRI to get it shipped from the UK to NZ and then back again!)

    I'd like to see a 2019 review of the GH1 as well!
     
    Skip the C100, the C300 is only a little extra cost and offers much more!
     

    Yes, in terms of a more "practical" camera then EVA1 / FS7 / UMP / RED DSMC1 / Kinefinity Terra / etc will all be much much more usable in that general price range. 

    Just because they're lighter / faster / power efficient. 
    (relatively speaking)

    And over the course of a long day of shooting then the more "practical" camera can give you better looking results than one you have to constantly fight against. 
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