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  1. I'm a long-time Canon user and I decided to give them one more chance with the Canon EOS RP. I like the camera for stills (but being Canon, I feel in many aspects I gave a step back from my Canon 6D Mark II), but all these video restrictions drive my mad. So I'm waiting to see what they come up with next. The only reason I'm still in the Canon camp is their lenses, but if their next-gen mid-level cameras don't deliver on video as well a higher dynamic stills range, I'm switching to either Sony or Nikon's Z line (still waiting for more lenses there). And like many have said, Canon is only generating ill-will against themselves with these stupid upper-management-level decisions. Their attitude is basically this: "Do not worry, remove all the features to force them to buy our more expensive gear, after all they will stay with us because of their large investment in lenses". Well, everything has a limit and soon I'll start figuring out how to get rid of all my Canon glass, or even better, adapt it to other mounts...
  2. You summed it all up when you said "Adobe is setting itself up for a migration of users, the size the software world has never seen before", and that is *exactly* what will happen if Adobe does not change their greedy way of treating customers. I do not know of *one* Adobe CC/Cloud user who has not asked me at least once what other choices they have to migrate from the monthly subscription fee. Everyone is looking at options and many developers and companies are starting to see an opportunity here (Procreate is one tool that has replaced my Photoshop usage by 98% for example), and we it arrives (and if it delivers on the basics, but it will happen sooner or later) Adobe will be in trouble sooner than it thinks and it will be too late for them to recover, as there is a lot of bad word of mouth regarding their greediness and they're turning into the old Microsoft everyone hated but had no choice to use. I think US$20 a month to use all their offerings should be enough (as most people do not use not even 1% of what they offer), and if they do something along $20/month for everything, they'd get about 10 times more users signed up as millions of users are pirating their offerings left and right because they either can't afford the expense or because they have no choice (some customers demand the use of Adobe software) or because they simply think it's unfair the pricing scheme.
  3. Here's one more thing that's needed: Depth Information. It amazes me that I get depth information from an iPhone but can't get it from my $3,000-dollar DSLR or Mirrorless cameras. Camera manufacturers in general should get on the depth-information bandwagon because it simply is *very* useful and something that cellphones are getting very good at. From a photographer's perspective it allows us to re-light a photo *after* it has been captured, which I use creatively to great effect on my iPhone. And from a cinematographer's perspective it can aid on doing green-screen effects *without* a green screen. Computational photography can be very useful in the DSLR/Mirrorless market, but it seems that camera manufacturers are lacking people with vision on where to drive the industry forward. And btw, I actually have done a couple of jobs using my iPhone which I'd rather have done otherwise on my large camera bodies with larger sensors, which is a great example of why cellphones are eating away slowly on camera sales. The camera manufacturer dinosaurs have to wake up or die.
  4. A message for Nikon (and particularly Canon, and all DSLR/Mirrorless manufacturers): Guys, seriously? Are you aware that there exists something called "The Internet"? It's pretty cool and thanks to things like "blogs" or "social media" and tons of other "review sites" and "forums" the community of professional and enthusiasts have information in mere seconds at their fingertips. You might want to impress us with flashy press releases, amazing specs, and blah blah blah, but nowadays we know better. We know when you're charging us way too much money. We know when your specs do not deliver. We know when you're simply B.S. us. So, quit it. Stop it. Look at what Blackmagic is doing, look at what Sigma is doing. Instead of removing features they know we want (in order to push us to buy higher-end products) they simply deliver what we want. Read that again: "They deliver what the customers want". It's Capitalism at its best. And nowadays with so much information around we know what we want. In my personal case, I aaaaaalmost bought a Nikon Z6, until I saw the lens lineup situation, and the promised RAW update situation (note that I *might* still buy one now that some decent lens adaptors for other brands are popping up, and once Nikon decides to create a firmware update to write RAW directly to XQD), but I'm full of Canon glass (they know they got me by the balls with all that investment, which is why their lackbuster attempt with the EOS RP) but I'm definitely starting to see Blackmagic (BRAW is truly awesome and revolutionary) and even some of Sony's offering with nicer eyes, specially now that I can adapt my Canon EF glass to them... So please, stop treating us like ignorant children and show a little more respect and appreciation for your customer base. We feed you and pay your bills. The market today is not what it was 10 years ago. So if you want to be successful long-term stop making these stupid decisions and start delivering equipment with 4K 120fps, global shutter, higher dynamic range, RAW to a local card or the very least an external SSD (and looks at BRAW, is licensing-free), decent audio inputs and headphone jack, zebra stripes, focus peaking, fast auto-focus (for those who need it), simple manual controls, a nice and simple touch-base interface, a flexible LCD (like on the EOS RP), and make it all under US$2,000 and you will not know what to do with all the money you will make and all the market share you will steal from your competitors. It doesn't take a genius to figure all this out (and yes, I know there are costs associated with all this but you need to look at the bigger picture here, I'm a computer engineer by trade and know a thing or two about sales and marketing as well, having worked with many top-billing companies, so I know a thing or two of what goes on behind the scenes). So, thank you for reading, - A deserving customer (or maybe soon an ex-customer, or a possible new customer, your choice)
  5. Actually this plugin for Safari does not allow it to view 4K VP9 video, all it does is show you a link which when you click on it it opens Google Chrome on the same YouTube page you were at to show the video ;-) And I agree with you, sometimes these companies completely forget about us customers and only think of their internal PR wars...
  6. Does anyone know when we'll get a "Canikon" adapter to use Canon EF lenses *with autofocus* on the Nikon Z mount? I saw one announced a few weeks/months back but has not heard about it again.
  7. When you think about it, Sony does not need to launch two new cameras with this technology. Instead of launching an A7R IV and an A7S IV, why not simply a new A7RS capable of doing high-res still and low-light video and 8k capture if so desired? And then it's up to the user to change between modes either manually or automatically. My hope is that Sony does not start to segment the market using software to sell us different cameras at different price points (hackers would have a field day btw if they did this), and instead throw everything they can into a great camera which I'm sure would sell like hotcakes. I can even imagine a scenario where we could unlock features (like 8K, etc) after we buy the camera (I'd be down with that so long as is reasonably-priced).
  8. I stopped my order of the EOS R the instant I read about that horrific 1.8x crop in 4k. But if Magic Lantern can get clean full-sensor 4k out of that camera, I'll buy one right away.
  9. Ufffff, reading your post almost makes me want to cry, in a good way. I've been advocating ever since the first time I saw the iPhone's App Store many years ago for camera companies to create their own App Stores, to no avail. I've talked to many camera manufacturers in person and they truly really do not care or understand the significance of this. I'm sure Instagram and YouTube would be more than willing to help Canon, Nikon and Sony connect their cameras easily for one-clic push of images and videos to their networks, but like you said (and I also say to my fellow photographers and videoographers) they will only wake up once a market outsider comes in and eats their lunch, exactly the same as what happened in the cell phone industry when the iPhone revolutionized the mobile phone market (and see where Blackberry, Nokia and Windows Phone are today...)
  10. Andrew, Do not get discouraged. Here's something to think about: Ying Yang. In all of humanity there has always been a philosophical battle between 2 ends, and we see this in all aspects of life. We see it when we talk Capitalism vs Communism, Private software vs Open Source, Linux vs Windows, Java vs native development, black vs white, religion vs atheism, good vs evil, sweet vs sour, etc. And in journalism the same happens: Serious and objective people vs paid "promoters". One thing I'll tell you is this: You are on the correct side of the fence, and you are the one who one dat before you die will be the one to have your head high, proud of your achievements, while the paid fellows will always live their lives with internal shame, knowing they sold their souls for a few dollars or a trip to Hawaii. I know your road is much harder than the others, but guess what, you're not alone. There are a lot of us in the world (I went through the same thing you're going through, long story), and we back each other. You might not hear much from us, but we're here, listening and in amazement at your incredibly thoughtful review process. So don't get discouraged. When you listen to so many people saying that you're wrong sometimes it gets to you, but you should never lose sight that it is them who are doing wrong. And do note that I did not like much your article where you mention that you won't buy a BBCC 4K, but I understood why you wrote it (you're human, and sometimes things get too hard to bear and one explodes and lets things out). I actually will be one of those who appreciate those outburts, because it means you are human. And above all, an honest human.
  11. And this is why I read eoshd.com. I also for 10 years wrote regularly on my own tech blog (I managed to get 3 million views a month), an indeed many big companies invited me to their launches, until I wrote non-so-favorable things about them and I was suddenly (and still are, proudly) on their black list. I think government entities should regulate these events, which in the end are unspoken bribery. Journalists and bloggers and whatnot should NOT accept these invitations to all-expense paid trips to enjoy themselves instead of doing a professional job. What should be done instead? Maybe send a camera to their homes and have them test the equipment in an unbiased way, and stop the stupid practice of creating black lists for people who simply speak the truth. These companies should actually be grateful of the people who tell them things right on their face, so that they can improve their products and compete better, instead of getting praise for idiots and low-lifes who do not have the courage and the balls to behave like a true professional. Kudos for you, you are not alone and that's why so many people like me do free PR for you so more people read your unbiased opinions.
  12. WTF Canon??? This 1.8x crop factor has not only been a deal-breaker for me (I was about to place my order), but the drop that spilled the cup for me to convince me that Canon no longer cares and is driven by marketing idiots. I've been a Canon user for ages, and my latest camera is the so-so 6D Mark II (the Canon R should have been that), and I have a large collection of Canon L lens, but this was it. This decision to seriously cripple the camera was not only dumb and stupid but near-sighted and greedy. it is obvious they are doing this to protect their high-end cameras, but that strategy NO LONGER WORKS in a world of so much competition. Instead of eating their own lunch they just proved that they rather have the competition eat it for them. They will need to understand that similar on how a $2,000 camera today works better than an SD professional camera from a few years ago, that this consumer segment will swallow a large portion of the professional market as well, and instead of understanding this fact and deciding to be leaders in this space, they simply decided to play it extremely conservative. I'm now seriously thinking about which way to go: Sony or Nikon. I give Canon ONE YEAR (if that) to get their act together. I love the way Nikon cameras feel in-hand, but can't turn away from Sony's achievements (their eye-tracking tech is simply marvelous). And on the 25th Panasonic comes back with a full-frame GH5/G9 thing. We'll see.
  13. I'm pretty well versed on 3D technologies out there, and from the looks of it this seems like a completely different approach to imaging 3D/holographic content, so I'm *very* curious (jump to my last paragraph for possible explanations of what this tech is). One thing however where I can speculate is on how RED got a hold on this tech. I'm not too sure it was developed in-house, unless they have some sort of genius engineer in there who not only works on sensors and algorithms but also on moonshot projects. Most likely it was developed by someone outside who pitched the project to the company and they wisely bought into it and decided to bring it to market. I gotta say that I can't wait to see what the trick is behind this holo-tech. As for what this tech might be, here's some wild speculation (take it with a huge grain of salt): This tech could be finally what masters real digital holograms (i.e., the kind you see on credit card stickers) using real-time generated content with some sort of sophisticated laser system. This is something that has been demoed before but it has been slow and very computational-intensive. Another possibility is a different kind of lenticular-like system using very small electromechanical mirrors in a dense grid, which could increase the resolution tremendously over traditional lenticular systems and offer very good refresh rates and color qualities. Another possibility is a rotating mirror in a double-helix configuration (something I independently invented while in college) using lasers. Fingers crossed hoping that RED delivers on all the hype they are creating with this...
  14. Dear Canon, I once had a Canon 60D and then upgraded to the Canon 6D soon afterwards, looking for the full-frame look. I was happy with the resulting images of my 6D, but I had been spoiled by the incredible usefulness of having a swivel screen on the back. Many "Pro" users argue that a Pro camera does not need one, but to me that's as dumb of a statement as saying that digital would never be as good as analog back in the day. A swivel screen is just super useful and improves your work and also contributes to the enjoyment of using the camera. I later upgraded to a Canon 5D Mark III (looking for Magic Lantern), and again, although the image quality was excellent, I did not enjoy the camera as much as my old Canon 60D with its swivel screen. So eventually Panasonic came out with the GH4, offering good image quality, a swivel screen (yeah!), and really good 4K video, and I made the switch thanks to a very nice Metabones adapter for my Canon glass. However, I have to admit I missed the Canon color science. Video-wide the GH4 is excellent, but photo-wise it does not compare to the Canon full-frames (at least IMHO). So, I was one of the very excited people when I read the rumors that a new Canon 6D Mark II could come out *with* a swivel screen. Yeah baby! I was so happy. But I had already been spoiled by the GH4 4K video quality, so now I'm at a crossroads. I honestly can't believe that in mid-2017 Canon will offer a high-price full-frame camera that does *not* have 4K video capabilities. It seems nowadays even the cheap lower-end pocket cameras have 4K video built-in, why can't Canon? And why digital video stabilization instead of optical/sensor-based??? I expect a lot more nowadays from a $2,000-dollar camera. Come on Canon, wake up! In your quest to protect your higher end cameras what you're really accomplishing is for people like me to look elsewhere. I was totally ready to shell out my hard-saved money to get the 6D Mark II (and honestly speaking, I might still do, but I know I won't be as happy, as I enjoy video as much as photos), but now I'm truly considering the alternatives from your competitors.
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