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Cliff Totten

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  1. Wonderful!...I'm betting Cannot programmers just read this article and went; "Oh shit....we gotta disable this hack on the next firmware" Cannot is not going to just sit by and watch it customers try to circumvent all their hard crippling work. Cannot marketing people want this stuff there for a reason. Enjoy the hacks while they last!
  2. I'm really curious to see what the market tolerance is today for contrast hunting AF. Years ago, Lumix had 10bit recording to high bit rate codecs. This gave them leverage over their competition and compelled buyers to tolerate contrast hunting AF. We never wanted "Depth From Defocus"...but we bought it anyway to get acces to the other features. Today?...that leverage has eroded. 10bit color and high bitrate codecs are now becoming standard issue on all the competition. Lumix's most valuable features are no longer exclusive and we no longer need to just "live with" contrast hunting
  3. Andrew - You know Cannot was hacked by a data ransom organization. If Cannot doesn't pay them...could you imagine these hackers releasing all the internal confidential emails from R5 developers and managers and Cine team and marketing execs? Could we see all the dirty back room plotting and planning on how they were going to sham their customers? Woah...that would be massively embarrassing for Cannot.
  4. At this point, now that we know what Cannot has done with the R5, why "exactly" are we all pissed off? 1.) Are we pissed because Cannot crippled the R5 to such ridiculas levels? Are we pissed because we think that protecting EOS Cine camcorders is a stupid idea? Are we pissed that Cannot just didnt let the R5 do everything it was truly capable of? 2.) Are we pissed that Cannot LIED to its customers by trying to make us believe that the cripples were not avoidable because of heat limitations? In other words....If Cannot just came out and said from day one; "Yes,...we have placed
  5. Look....Cannot has worked hard to cripple the R5 and limit it's ability to be used as a replacement for their Pro Cine models. I'll say it again, Cine EOS managers were in the R5 technical planning and devopment meetings from the beginning. Nobody wants the R5 to take $1 away from the Cine EOS model sales. Cannot is not afraid of bad press on the R5. What DOES terrify them are customers circumventing the R5 marketing control measures and making it go beyond Cannot's intentions. It's vital for the R5 to live in the carefully calculated market "box" that Cannot made it for. We can all
  6. Is modifying a product that belongs to you illeagle? How many things that we buy and then make changes to? People modify computers and electronic equipment every day. Could you imagine if Dell tried to sue you for modifying your laptop hardware? Could you imagine Ford suing you for modifying your engine...etc....etc. If you own it, it no longer belongs to the campany that made it. Its your thing and you can screw it up all you want.
  7. Andrew....do you know the "Magic Lantern" guys? Do you know how to contact or reach out to them? I would literally bet my life that they are very interested in this R5 mess. If you want to upset Cannot and REALLY ring their bell, get some dialog going with ML and REALLY start a fire here.... If Cannot has not yet encrypted their firmware, could you imagine ML reversing all these cripples in firmware? Maybe It could be just as easy as taking timer values in lines of code and replacing them with high values like "99999" or something of that sort. Cannot doesnt fear bad R5 pr
  8. If this R5 firmware is not encrypted carefully and this thing gets "cracked" and becomes virtually limitless? If everything that Cannot has done, every measure they have made to cripple it....is reversed? This will terrify Cannot management more than any negative press that the R5 can ever have. If the cap comes off the bottle and the genie escapes? The R5 will run wild in places that Cannot desperately does NOT want it to ever be used. Cannot has a very "specific" intention for the R5 and they have worked soooo hard to keep it inside that box. It absolutely must stay there. The
  9. Yes,...if the S1H did have phase detect AF, it WOULD be flawless. Too dangerous and that us why it won't ever have PDAF. The camera industry has a "pizza pie" of customers. They work together to divide the customer revenue so that each company has a "group" to live off of. Panasonic has its crowd, Sony has its people, Cannot and Fuji and Oly each have their own customers...for carefully calculated reasons. The Japaneese camera industry is an important one for the country of Japan. Its almost a "national pride" issue. They cherish it and the Japanese companies want each company to suc
  10. If I were Cannot, I'd pray to God that I have security measures in place in the R5 to block it from being firmware hacked by the Magic Lantern guys. If somebody can hack and unlock the R5 software?...customers would be left with one HELL of a nuclear bomb 8k monster beast camera that would TERRIFY Cannot's marketing execs and cine EOS managers. Yeah....you better pray the R5 does not get hacked.
  11. No...this is true gossip. I know somebody who is a sensor engineer and his company has fab'd with Sony before. So he knows them fairly well as an engineering customer. However,...this is only industry insider "chatter" and nothing that Panasonic or Sony has ever publically stated is a problem between them. You can bet your life that Sony and Panasonic will never discuss this publically or out in the open. Treat this as a rumor only.....
  12. I'm just tired of everybody saying "Panasonic is stupid" "Panasonic is arrogant" "Panasonic doesnt understand how PDAF works and why is great" "Panasonic thinks DfD is better than PDAF" Ugg....Panasonuc being stuck without PDAF has NOTHING to do with that crap. People also make this RIDUCULAS statement" "Sony imaging and Sony Semiconductor are two SEPERATE companies.....and Semiconductor has ZERO concerns with the heath or competition if imaging' I mean, this one guy told me "Semiconductor just wants to sell sensors, they don't care at all if Imaging die
  13. The GH5 and GH5-S are Sony IMX272 and IMX299 sensors. I don't know if these Sony sensors have PDAF photosites or not. "If" they do have PDAF photosites like their MFT cousins on the Olympus side, then Panasonic does not have the liscense from Sony to use them. I don't know. Anyway...on the full frame war. Who else besides Sony makes full frame PDAF sensors with EXMOR patents and on-board A/D converters? Where else is Panasonic going to go if they can't negotiate with Sony? Cmosis? Aptina? Sure they could buy other sensors without Sony architecture patents......and sit back and watch thei
  14. Ok...lets clear up some common misunderstandings.... Panasonic does NOT hate phase detect AF Panasonic has PDAF cameras in their labs and PERFECTLY understands how much better they perform over contrast hunting AF Panasonic is absolutely, completely, 100%...PAINFULLY...aware that they are at the bottom of the industry AF performance list....and will stay there with contrast hunting AF. Panasonic is again....PAINFULLY...aware that being the only major company without PDAF is killing their sales numbers. They FULLY understand this at every level. Panasonic is not "stupid
  15. Eggg-zactly.... If it has contrast hunting AF then it's dead on arrival. Sure they will sell some but the market is demanding incredible AF these days. Panasonic is the last big company to not have phase detect AF. They are tbe last man standing and they cannot survive on the "manual AF" crowd in the future. Panasonic better figure out how to negotiate phase detect AF sensor liscensing from Sony for the GH6. If they cant....they will die.
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