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    Robert Collins reacted to KnightsFan in Sigma FP   
    The small hole is actually to reduce the amount of material required, thus saving 0.23 cents/unit on manufacturing costs. It's the compromise they made in order to afford the 24p license.
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    Robert Collins reacted to EthanAlexander in How many sales are Canon losing from enthusiasts due to video shenanigans?   
    There are so few limitations to the lenses you can mount to Sony E. I left Canon video in 2014 and was using adapted EF lenses. Now I'm transitioning to native E glass because it's generally much lighter and smaller (and according to DXO, much sharper), especially since IBIS means there's no need for huge IS glass. 
    I do find the new RF glass intriguing but there's no way I'm going back to Canon. I'd literally rather try any other company at this point. Nikon, Panasonic, Blackmagic, Fuji...
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    Robert Collins reacted to Andrew Reid in How many sales are Canon losing from enthusiasts due to video shenanigans?   
    That is preposterous it really is. The 1D X Mark II cannot compete with the X-H1 on pricing, size, weight, codec, file sizes, 120fps quality, handheld shooting, stabilisation, ergonomics, EVF or LOG. And that is just the features off the top of my head.
    The video market knows exactly what it wants and the 1D X Mark II isn't it.
    Otherwise they'd be a big thread about it here but there isn't.
    And when I reviewed it, it didn't exactly set a discussion going with hundreds of people saying "this is for me". I liked it in 2016 for stills and for giving the 1D C Dual Pixel AF - but losing Canon LOG and increasing the crop factor left a sour taste for my $6k.
    The 1D X Mark II is a superb pro stills camera and I used it as such... With Canon's best looking 4K outside of the 1D C... But it just isn't practical. Paying that much money to shoot MJPEG in 4K, massive file sizes, losing the EVF and IBIS, very important features... Why? Along with introducing moire in 1080p and 120fps, all I can say you must really need it as a stills camera to buy it in 2019.
    It's a dodo.
    In 2019 I would use the X-H1 every time instead.
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    Robert Collins got a reaction from Topcat in Canon EOS M6 Mark II 4K is "pixel binned 3K" and Sony A6600 old sensor debacle "due to internal politics"   
    I think that the reason Sony is showing no real love for APSC is because it wants its customers to migrate to FF (sensor manufacturer wants customers to buy larger sensors!!) 
    This is where Sony has its competitive advantage - the A7r4 is two generations ahead of what Canon and Nikon offers (for stills) - as well as the widest lens offerings.
    So look at pretty much any a6600 review and it says - dont but it, buy the A7iii. Of course they will lose dedicated apsc enthusiasts to Fuji but I guess that is just collateral damage.
    There has to be a question of how dedicated Sony really is to the video market (beyond providing the basics.) Their focus definitely seems to be on the 'bigger' stills picture. I guess we will find out if when we get the A7siii. In the longer run, I think Sony will find it difficult to compete with Panasonic in video - simply because Panasonic focused on 'video'...
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    Robert Collins reacted to DaveAltizer in Panasonic S1H review / hands-on - a true 6K full frame cinema camera   
    My hands on first look and footage vid is live. Love the camera! 
     
     
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    Robert Collins reacted to Cliff Totten in Canon EOS M6 Mark II 4K is "pixel binned 3K" and Sony A6600 old sensor debacle "due to internal politics"   
    It is my understanding that Sony's 5k and 6k full pixel readout and scaling to 4k video...is dont at the A/D conversion level. The sensor does that proprietary scaling right on the sensor and feeds that final 4k image to whatever video processor your camera has.
    Why does this matter? Because all of the readout and scaling engine is on the chip itself. Your image processor doesnt have to do that work!
    Anybody who buys a Sony sensor has access to the scaling readout modes. So when Canon buys 1 inch Sony sensors,...bang!...they got Sony-style full pixel readout. Since Canon makes their own FF and APSC sensors,...they dont have that scaling engine onboard! Their DIGIC processor has to collect and scale that readout by itself!
    CLEARLY.....Canon has NOT figured out how to do 4k with anything more than a 1:1 deBayer or a 1:1 assembly using binning or line skipping!!
    Canon is literly 10 years behind Sony in sensor readout and image assembly mathematics!
    My God....wow.
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    Robert Collins got a reaction from Francola in Adobe shambles - Why subscription software should be illegal   
    I would caution about getting out of adobe for stills. I have bought ON1, DXO and Photo Ninja in the past, ON1 raw is simply a buggy mess (and incredibly slow). DXO is ok in parts but quite limited in others (selected adjustments) and I am not sure that Photo Ninja still exists. Now Capture One is very good but will work out expensive (especially as you sort of have to upgrade raw developers with your cameras.) I always find myself going back to Lightroom.
    And Lightroom is pretty good these days (especially since the introduction of luminosity and color range masks.) Photoshop is unbeatable, spend an hour in Affinity and you will quickly come across limitations. Plus they are both stable (neither have crashed on me for a couple of years) and the photography plan at US$10 is quite a bargain measured against the competition.
    I see the general angst about Premiere - it is unstable and buggy and slow and certainly not cheap. So looking/going elsewhere for video makes a lot of sense but for stills far less so. Of course if you are getting out of Adobes clutches as a matter of principle that is a different matter.....
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    Robert Collins got a reaction from BenEricson in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    I wouldnt count Canon out - underinvesting in their camera business looks, increasingly, a pretty smart move. 
    Others appear to be 'rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic' while Sony is installing armchairs....
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    Robert Collins got a reaction from IronFilm in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    Camera companies have an enormous capacity for pain. Olympus's camera division last made a profit in 2009. BTW, Leica was on the verge of bankruptcy in 2004.
    I rather suspect that Sony sees its losses in cameras as a marketing expense for its sensors....
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    Robert Collins reacted to androidlad in Sony A7R IV / A7S III / A9 II to feature 8K video, as new 60MP and 36MP full frame sensor specs leak   
    Sony's new codec family - XEVC will be officially unveiled around the 21st August. Along with some new products with this new codec onboard.
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    Robert Collins got a reaction from IronFilm in Sony - the new Canon!   
    The angst about Sony menus from camera 'reviewers' merely reflects the profile of 'reviewers'. Rather than using one camera system like most people, they typically 'test' an array of cameras from many systems. Sony menus are detailed and deep. My A7riii has 23 pages of options for setting up custom buttons. That might seem overkill but it does at least enable me to setting the custom buttons to do exactly what I want. Reviewers dont much like this because it takes longer to set up a Sony camera than others and they have the next camera review on the horizon. Some cant be bothered to make the effort and then complain they are always having to delve into the menus because they simply havent set up the camera properly for their needs in the first place.
    So it is fair to say that Sony menus arent great if you have to change cameras and systems constantly. Personally I like them because I can set up the camera exactly how I want. But then again I used to like the Olympus menus (when I used Olympus) and everyone said their menus were rubbish too.
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    Robert Collins got a reaction from webrunner5 in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    I am not optimistic. It seems to me that the whole social media - youtube/facebook etc - thing is 'one circular mind f**k'.
    It seems that peoples actions are no longer driven by themselves but their perception of other peoples perception of them - the echo chamber of life.
    IT seems an extremely efficient way of wasting time.
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    Robert Collins got a reaction from Kisaha in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    Apparently over half of youngsters want to be youtubers/vloggers...
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3617062/children-turn-backs-on-traditional-careers-in-favour-of-internet-fame-study-finds/
    So presumably half the world will be youtubers and the other half will spend their time watching youtube...
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    Robert Collins got a reaction from tokyojerry in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    Camera companies have an enormous capacity for pain. Olympus's camera division last made a profit in 2009. BTW, Leica was on the verge of bankruptcy in 2004.
    I rather suspect that Sony sees its losses in cameras as a marketing expense for its sensors....
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    Robert Collins reacted to Video Hummus in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    Not just Japan. The world. The next 50 years don't look particularly good. Exploding population, climate change, antibiotic resistances, society and technology. I think human kind will need a certain level of pain to change...so cheers.
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    Robert Collins got a reaction from PolarStarArts in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    Camera companies have an enormous capacity for pain. Olympus's camera division last made a profit in 2009. BTW, Leica was on the verge of bankruptcy in 2004.
    I rather suspect that Sony sees its losses in cameras as a marketing expense for its sensors....
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    Robert Collins got a reaction from webrunner5 in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    It was actually Sony who bailed out Olympus after the Yakuza blew a hole in their balance sheet (go figure).
    But realistically, these companies stay in the camera business because it is relatively sexy - or far more sexy at least than endoscopes (Olympus), photocopiers (Ricoh), image sensors (Sony) and microwaves (Panasonic) or however they make their money....
    One would have thought that the market is ripe for a new company (DJI?) to come in and disrupt the market (like say Godox in lighting) but maybe the market is too small or consumers too entrenched in their systems to change.
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    Robert Collins got a reaction from Geoff CB in Canon rush to reassure investors as camera profits plunge 64%   
    Camera companies have an enormous capacity for pain. Olympus's camera division last made a profit in 2009. BTW, Leica was on the verge of bankruptcy in 2004.
    I rather suspect that Sony sees its losses in cameras as a marketing expense for its sensors....
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    Robert Collins reacted to Papiskokuji in Which colour science do you like the most?   
    Andrew, your test isn't fair. As the other forumer said, there's one photo shot with soft light in the shade and the other one with direct sunlight and green reflection from the grass. I totally agree with you about Canon (and Nikon, and even fuji) having better colors straight out of the camera than Sony, but the gap isn't as wide as those photos want it to be.
    And now with presets in lightroom, you can easily turn any camera into anything. And applying it to series of photos takes one clic. I wasn't liking my RX100 V photos because of the colors. I purchased VSCO presets to try them out, and I was stunned at the results. With just a bit of fiddling, and a few clicks, my RX100 turned into a fuji camera ! With a classic chrome esthetic. And the latest sony cameras have tremendously improved their color science. But again, I prefer Canon jpegs. No actually I prefer Fuji jpegs :P
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    Robert Collins got a reaction from webrunner5 in Which colour science do you like the most?   
    Seems to me you have to work quite hard with that Sony image in post to make it look that bad.

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    Robert Collins reacted to Mattias Burling in Sigma FP   
    This is not true any more. The Sigma DP1, DP2 DP3, SD and SD H Qattro all shoot native DNGs which of course is editable in any raw editor you can think of.
    The original DP1 and DP2 is also Lightroom compatible without shooting DNGs.
    Another myth is that one must use a tripod. Obviously you don't need a tripod anymore than you do on a film camera. I've never used one, not once, with a Foveon.
    Personally I have loved all my Sigma Foveon cameras and I'm in the process of buying the SD Quattro H to see how I like it compared to the regular Quattro.
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    Robert Collins got a reaction from Emanuel in Sigma FP   
    The rich colors of Sigma are down to the Foveon sensor that captures full color on every pixel as opposed to 'bayer' sensors that only capture one color per pixel and then interpolates the color through processing.
    One drawback of the Foveon sensor is poor lowlight performance. The other - more significant in my eyes at least - drawback is post editing. You have to use Sigma software and you can see the problem at the 10 minute mark of this video....
    But the FP will be almost useless as a stills camera. Without a mechanical shutter, you will get rolling shutter rather like using a modern mirrorless in silent mode (unless it is a Sony A9.) Which means shot can come out like this.... even without subject movement.....
     

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