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Everything posted by Kino

  1. I've never seen any magenta corners on the Raven footage and I don't see it in the sample above. I have seen other issues, however, such as the orange OLPF flares (visible at 1:18 in the Sunday Afternoon clip above) and the black sun (if you overexpose enough):
  2. I posted a sensor spec sheet from Fairchild that demonstrates how BMD uses off-the-shelf (or slightly modified) sensors in its cameras and does not manufacture its own sensors like Canon or Sony. You respond with insults and personal attacks. But please, carry on there . . . For the record, I do think the specs on the Fairchild sensor are world class and superior to almost anything else out there. Let's hope that BMD can release the camera in greater numbers and without any issues.
  3. Blackmagic must be doing something right as the Ursa Mini 4.6k is sold out wherever you look. For all their problems, they offer something that no other camera manufacturer does in this price range. The only company that comes close is Kinefinity, but they have nowhere near the global reach and distribution that BMD enjoys.
  4. From their quality control, it does look like it. Does the "Big Mac sensor meal" come with a side of magenta?
  5. BMD outsources more than most of the companies I listed as manufacturing their own sensors: Sony, Canon and Panasonic. I never mentioned ARRI, and what I claimed about Blackmagic I backed up with a link to the Fairchild sensor at the heart of the Ursa Mini 4.6k. RED also does not use off-the-shelf sensors or "modified" sensors like the Fairchild. They design their own, which is then manufactured exclusively for them. There is a huge difference. I have no need to guess about BMD's manufacturing, when I already received two cameras from them with dust and particles behind the sensor pr
  6. Oh really? So BMD manufactures their own sensors and circuits and does not source them, as in the case of the 4.6k sensor from Fairchild imaging? http://www.fairchildimaging.com/catalog/focal-plane-arrays/scmos/ltn4625a As for the black hole fix in Resolve, it does not work on partially obstructed light sources or when you have a shot of the sun through leaves, for example. Moving objects and scattered highlights (the sun reflecting off water) are also difficult or impossible to fix using this tool. Otherwise, when the sun is clear of the horizon, it can really save a shot
  7. Be careful what you wish for as it may come true. Canon recorded a loss for the last quarter. As one of the largest Japanese conglomerates, they wouldn't even be selling cameras if it weren't for the lenses they sell alongside them (and the fact that their imaging technology and sensors are utilized in several of their divisions). If the losses continue, however, Canon will simply get out of the camera business and focus on printers and everything else.
  8. BMD's problem has always been quality control. Sadly, they seem to have only gotten worse with the Ursa Mini 4K and 4.6K. They don't learn from their past mistakes in rushing cameras out before they are ready. I think it has something to do with the fact that they source parts and do not manufacture their own circuits and sensors as with RED and the electronics conglomerates (Sony, Panasonic, Canon). They are a small camera operation (setting aside their post-production business, which is much older and more established) and offer niche budget products to indie filmmakers and videographers. I'
  9. The C300 II is not a "flop" but a victim of Canon's own success with the C100 line and C300 I, which are the most popular doc cameras in the world. The 1DC may be phased out, in which case its place will be filled by another C camera, perhaps the C100 III, or "C200," with 4K. However, I still believe that Canon intends to release a 1DC II and that it will be very similar to the 1DX II with only a slight premium on the price and features. I don't believe that 10 bit is possible in the weather-sealed body, since it would necessitate the introduction of fans. It would also raise th
  10. By releasing the 1DX II, Canon has already demonstrated that it can bring this technology to market at less than half the cost of the original camera. A 1DC II is not going to cost $12K, or anywhere near the price of a C300 II. It will be a premium version of the 1DX II with a price tag of around $7-8k and it will add C-Log and a few other exclusive cinema features. It will also not cost Canon anything much on the R&D front. I've been certain about the 1DC II as soon as I heard about the 1DX II (especially with the lack of the cinema features from the 1DC). One follows the other, just like
  11. He, he! I'm thinking more about $8,000, or the price point just evacuated by the 1DC.
  12. This all but confirms that the 1DC II will be announced by the end of the year to ship in 2017.
  13. It has nothing to do with the 5D IV, which will come in at a much lower price. Rather, it keeps the 1DC competitive with the 1DX II and makes room for a 1DC II announcement perhaps later this year.
  14. The Raven has only the fixed Standard OLPF. There are no other options. I don't have too much of a problem with the skin tones in the above video as it fits the aesthetics of advertising. No doubt, the Raven sensor is capable of more natural skin tones: What did impress me with the Allure video as opposed to the Raven footage that was posted previously was how clean the footage was in comparison. There is no noise and the ISO is kept well within the Dragon's range.
  15. I saw some examples of RED Raven footage posted above, but I think this video is a much better demonstration of the camera's potential: For $5-10K, it doesn't get much better than this in terms of image quality. If you are shooting events or docs, however, I'm sure a Canon or Sony would be a better choice.
  16. Rep vs. Specialist is just semantic nonsense. Wasim Ahmad has indeed been Canon's main rep when it comes to the 1DX II release. He has been its main spokesman at every major video/photo event since before the release, including NAB 2016. Roger Machin is just a regional Canon rep and nothing more. You can choose to believe whoever you want. The reality is that the 1DX II does not have any prospect for a "firmware upgrade" that adds C-Log or any of the other exclusive 1DC cinema features. I have no idea how much a hypothetical 1DC II will cost, but, if it improves on the original, it will b
  17. The Roger Machin reference to the 1DX II "replacing" the 1DC is something we have discussed on here before. It's just an off-the-cuff remark by a Canon regional rep for SA and not Canon's official position. Canon's main rep on the 1DX II, Wasim Ahmad, has stated the exact opposite with regard to the 1DC and 1DX II as "separate lines." Given that the C500 and 1DC are both massively discounted from their original prices, I suspect those two models are going to be replaced by newer models in the near future. If Canon does announce a 1DC II, it will come after the 1DX II sales have been mostl
  18. Congrats on your 1DC. It's an awesome camera that is often overlooked. As for those two films, I believe only Knock Knock was shot on the 1DC. It doesn't matter though. The 1DC has produced spectacular imagery in many high-end productions for film and TV. Best of all, no one suspects that you have a 4K cinema camera in your little tourist camera bag!
  19. Hurlbut on shooting in C-Log on the 1DC: "Canon Log was one of the most exciting functions of the 1DC. At 400 ISO, it will give you a dynamic range of 12.5 stops. The log looks unbelievable. You can expose it easily, not like Cinestyle or other flat files. No h.264 codec here. This records to motion jpegs, and the WOW factor goes up when you see how the slight compression to the cards makes it look just like film. This compression, that I have embraced and love, softens the highlights, skin and rounds the 4K capture. The contrast ratio feels more like a hill than a cliff. Skin tones are a
  20. It's much easier to get a smooth highlight roll-off from C-Log and the color gamut has a broader range to work with in post. This was already noted by a Technicolor colorist when grading Hurlbut's 1DC footage a few years ago. All the same, the above test shows that the 1DX II is not lacking in overall dynamic range. It has tremendous capability and incredibly clean shadows. I think if you already have a 1DC, you can look past the 1DX II. But if you are new to the 1D series cameras, the 1DX II offers good value among Canon's 4K options.
  21. Yes, I remember commenting on that thread in favor of your 1DC results: It was a very useful test. One thing I would like to have seen is shadow comparisons between the 1DC in C-Log and the 1DX II. I believe the ones you provided were 1DC Neutral vs. 1DX II, whereas the highlight test looked at 1DC C-Log vs. 1DX II Neutral. C-Log is not always the best for clean shadows on the 1DC. What I'm seeing in pretty much all the 1DX II footage is much cleaner shadows than the 1DC in C-Log. The highlight roll-off might be more difficult to match, but the overall DR is very similar as por
  22. Here is a really impressive demonstration of shadow recovery on the 1DX II (video and blog by Jon Roemer): I can start to see how Cinema5d got similar overall DR numbers in its testing of the 1DC and 1DX II. If you expose for the highlights, you have a lot to work with in the shadows and midtones before hitting visible noise levels.
  23. The Blackmagic 4K sensor has a global shutter and a resulting motion cadence that is very filmic in my opinion. It's a very unique quality to have in such a cheap camera, as it cost me $2500 brand new (and comes with a full version of Resolve, which is a $1000 added value). My unit also has no FPN that I've noticed after shooting ISO 800 in pitch black, but I'm aware that others have had nasty FPN problems. Regardless of the presence or absence of FPN, it is not a low-light camera as the ISO range and sensitivity are lower than any DSLR. Now Version 2 of the 4K sensor in the UM 4K has sol
  24. From what many have suggested here, you can see that the C100 is an ideal documentary and event video camera, but it's not really in the same class as the RAW cinema cameras from Blackmagic. I shoot with the BMPC-4K and am always amazed by what I can get out of the Cinema DNG RAW files in post. It's pretty incredible the DR and colors that you have to work with in Resolve. As for the UM 4.6k, I would wait until they have solved all the problems. By that point, the Terra 5K footage should be out so you can decide between those two cinema cameras if that is the road you want to go down.
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