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  1. Well they 'say' they are aiming at pro business and 'Hollywood' but I dont think this is really the market. It looks to be a classic Apple case of 'building and image' for a product that is more style than substance. My guess is this product will be very popular with 'CEOs' and 'Chairman' of companies who like a bit of 'bling' in their office and who will say it is a 'beast' as they use it to do their emails and surf the web. I'll bet they will sell a ton!!
  2. I think Canon has lost its enthusiasm for the Camera market. If you read their IR reports they discuss pretty much everything apart from cameras and, when they do, they are especially negative on the camera market. I think they have been under investing for years in tech like sensors and image processors and it tends to show in their products. It is hard to blame their approach when the market is shrinking rapidly.
  3. Realistically the US economy isnt doing that well. If you plot the US public fiscal deficit against unemployment ,,,, ..you will see that the deficit is 'rising' near 'full employment' - essentially the economy is being 'pump primed' at its limits unlike '2000' and '2006'. Essentially it isnt difficult to show the appearance of 'growth' if you cut taxes and increase spending (or simply borrow more) but you are simply spending at the expense of future generations.
  4. Image quality not as good or flatter profile?
  5. Sony signed a patent cross licensing deal with Aptina in 2013. https://www.dpreview.com/articles/6474906938/aptina-signs-patent-cross-license-agreement-with-sony Aptina was at the forefront of on sensor pdaf (it manufactured the sensor for the Nikon V1 which was widely recognized for its af at the time.) If people can recall Sony's first generation A7 were cdaf only and they introduced hybrid af only in the second generation.
  6. Yup. Assuming it is the pocket screen - it is virtually half the size of a Hero Black.
  7. I think you are spot on here.... This photo was posted by OsitaLV on twitter (serial DJI leaker.) He also referred to the OsmoSport as a repackaged Osmo Pocket with wider angle lens. This also looks very small to me. Looks like an interesting product (but, then again, I am something of a DJI fan boy!!)
  8. 'Mother: You father and I have done the sums, and we know that doctors get paid very well but if you worked for Adobe, over the decades the family discount actually makes it a more sensible option....' ....plus you will make a bundle from the stock options they give you!!
  9. According to this Petapixel article the US$10 a month offer is still available and you can lock it in for a further 3 years (maybe US only) https://petapixel.com/2019/05/02/adobes-10-photography-plan-gone-from-site-cheapest-is-20-month/ I think Adobe is bound to increase it to US$20 permanently at some stage. In fact when I first signed up to Photoshop on a monthly deal it was US$20 a month!! (without Lightroom)
  10. I only use Lumafusion for quick basic edits (usually of drone footage.) I dont have a separate keyboard and so dont use keyboard shortcuts - sticking to the touch screen. I have a contour shuttle (and palette gear) which I use and like but it is for my desktop workflow. I would guess that a lot of people would find this useful though.
  11. Camera sales have been abysmal this year. CIPA shows that for the first 3 months, DSLR shipments were down 40% and mirrorless down 10%. The fall in mirrorless is particularly bad considering that both Canon and Nikon have fairly aggressively entered the market. A friend of mine wants to upgrade his 5D mkiii - he was torn between the RP and the 5Div. After going back and forth for a month - he decided to wait another year. As for EF lenses - Canon doesnt have a lot of choice. The EF lenses are built for PDAF focusing and dont have stepper motors for efficient CDAF focusing, so they have to bring out new lenses. (Incidentally pdaf should always work better on a DSLR because the sensor array (off sensor) can be larger than on sensor mirrorless systems.
  12. Actually that isnt correct. F stops measure the aperture. Light transmission is measured in T stops. The T stop is always higher than the f stop as some light is lost in transmission through the lens. The faster the f stop lens you use - typically the greater the amount of light you lose. So as an example.... https://www.dxomark.com/olympus-m-zuiko-digital-ed-25mm-f-1-2-pro-lens-review-solid-choice/ https://www.dxomark.com/panasonic-lumix-g-25mm-f1-7-asph-micro-four-thirds-mount-lens-review-attractive-option/ the olympus 25 1.2 is t stop 1.8 and the panasonic 25 1.7 is t stop 2.0 So, as a guess, if you go from f1.2 to f0.95 you will probably only gain a third of a stop more light.
  13. Just to say - for those that dont know (like I didnt) - it is actually possible to send A7iii/A7riii videos to the ipad pro via usb-c (to usb-c) - you send directly from the camera. 1. Set the usb connection on the A7iii to MTP. 2. Turn off usb power supply. Connect the ipad. If your card is relatively full it may well give a 'no photos to import' message but it is just taking its time to read the card. You import via the photos app. Import time are painfully slow - 8MB/sec - so I timed a 1.9gb file at 4 minutes to transfer
  14. I am not optimistic for the DJI CoPilot. I am rather bias as I have wasted quite a lot of dosh trying to get an ipad pro workflow to work - Gnarbox anyone? - without success. The LaCie website says that the usb-c iipad pro is not supported. And when it is supported.... 1. I rather bet it will only let you 'see' your footage on the ipad rather than transfer and edit and 2. will it support raw photos as well as say Sony raws as well as video from non DJI cameras??.....
  15. I have a WD wireless pro. The wifi transfer speed I find too slow (about 2MB/s) to be of much practical use (my A7r3 wireless transfer is faster.) The ipad's 'file system' (and usb-c port) are so badly crippled, even the ipad pro isnt really usuable for content creation except at a pinch. Its a shame because LR mobile has come a long way and Lumafusion is pretty good (and as many have pointed out incredibly fast.) The ipad is still the best content consumption device out there.
  16. Seems totally counter-productive to me. Despite their best efforts - reviews of camera's video capabilities and recruitment of Jordan Drake - the site is still pretty much exclusively focused on 'stills'. The specialist video forum is pretty much deserted. They could do with interaction with a specialist video site.
  17. Seems odd to me to have a long thread bashing Sony users on the basis they go around bashing other brands!!
  18. Robert Collins

    Galaxy Fold

    The Huawei design looks better in terms of functionality as a tablet that can also act and be the size of a phone. However, its design looks to be a bit of a nightmare in terms of durability - both the back and the front of the phone are a screen when folded!!
  19. ...and costs more....
  20. Robert Collins

    Galaxy Fold

    I typically carry a phone and an ipad around with me. So I can sort of see the potential for combining the 2.
  21. Yes well - I deliberately left it out because I dont know much about it. And clearly it dominates sports photography (although that has a lot to do with the lenses (and support)) and is likely to continue to do so. However, if you take a look at the underlying sensor of the camera it is a long way from say an A7rii (similar vintage) in terms of underlying specs. https://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Canon--EOS-1D-X-Mark-II-versus-Sony-A7R-II-versus-Nikon-D810___1071_1035_963 And I rather guess that other Canon technology deficiencies are masked by a massive 1.5kg body and over US$6k of tech.
  22. Somehow, I think this thread is missing the point. Personally, I think that any camera company that brings out a FF mirrorless (or DSLR) for US$1399 has a whole lot of room for excuses that its functionality is crippled relative to higher end products. (and, lets face it, the EOS-RP isnt even aimed at the typical demographic of a forum like this (or even say DPReview.)) The REAL question is whether Canon can actually come out with a 'high end camera' with specs that are competitive with its competitors - or whether there is a REAL 'Grand Canyon sized gulf' in technologies here between Canon and the others. Personally, I simply dont believe that Canon can come out with a competitive high end product because its technology is so far behind (and falling further and further back.) The reason I say this is because Canon hasnt brought out a single competitive high end ILC in the last 5 years... Take a look at their flagships EOS-M5 7D mkii 5D mkiv (5DSR) EOS-R And while some 'might' consider these cameras competitive from a 'video' perspective (due to color science and DPAF) they certainly dont come close to being competitive from a stills perspective. I suspect Canon's strategy is simply to dominate the low end of ILCs through low prices, economies of scale, fully depreciated and low R&D - then leave its major competitors to fight over the high end.
  23. Thought this video was pretty good....
  24. I also suspect the A9 af benefits from the extremely fast sensor readout from its 'stacked' sensor (1/160th). The A7siii is rumored to use this same sensor tech.
  25. This looks like a decent and sensible release by Canon. The smallest, lightest and cheapest FF mirrorless on the market - will probably sell really well. Bit confused what lenses you would put on this beyond the 24-105.
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