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  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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...)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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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