Here at EOSHD I am a big fan of anamorphic footage, I believe true cinema aspect ratios are the future and that 16:9 is a half way house. Rob McLachlan agrees. As a cinematographer he fought for a wider TV standard, but the industry settled on 16:9.
What do senior Canon product planners think of DSLR video?
EOSHD.com has rounded up a ‘state of the union’ collection of the latest Canon quotes, from the people who make big decisions. These guys decide company strategy and channel customer requests from key markets like the USA to Research & Development back in Japan. Like a true democracy, Canon say that what happens next will depend on what customers ask for.
And it seems most want the DSLR video revolution to keep on going.
Above: a Canon 85MM F1.8 sample on Flickr: [url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerbren/3764379755/
DXOMark have begun doing for lenses the great work they did with camera sensors. That is to say comprehensive scientific rankings of outright performance plus (deep breath!) a break-down of results into more detailed areas, and that, erm, makes for some fascinating discoveries.
Canon have their lines, Panasonic have their lines. Usually we think of hardware as being the main differentiating factor between product ranges. But recently, we have had some unusual situations occur.
It now seems possible Panasonic have been responding to the excitement caused by the Panasonic GH1 custom firmware over the past few days. But in a quite subtle manner.
The new 44MBIT AVCHD is amazing in low light. It holds onto so much more detail at ISO 1600.
The GH1 needs careful handling and a great lens to perform at ISO 1600. You need to expose well, maybe a little over.
One of the biggest ownership dilemmas I ever had was between these two cameras. I loved the silky smooth shallow depth of field image from the 5D Mark II and the fun factor of the very usable Panasonic GH1. The low light performance of the 5D Mark II was completely absent of banding and colours looked incredible on a big screen. The GH1 had a significant cost and handling advantage plus some ‘interesting’ lens options. Hours spent hunting down old Canon FD lenses and C-Mounts!
As the Panasonic GH1 Custom Firmware develops further, we now have quite a lot of options to choose from.
We needed a really good test. So what’s even more fearsome than a camera chart? A lama. That’s what.