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Nikon struggling to match Samsung NX500 stills quality with 2 year head start

By Andrew Reid (EOSHD)

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Comment on the forum It’s a comparison, that luckily for Nikon, none of their customers are making. Are Nikon falling behind on sensor technology? Too dependant on Sony? First the D500 came out with 2x crop 4K. Nobody really wanted that. Clearly the sensor limitations played a role in that silly decision. Then the Nikon D5 also had a bumpy start didn’t it? A 3 minute recording limit which was later lifted by a firmware update. I don’t know a single person who bought the D5 for video as the 1D X Mark II was so clearly more attractive. Now …

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Well done RED for trying something different with Hydrogen – but does the modularity make sense?

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Comment on the forum RED are set to release their first smartphone, Hydrogen, in 2018. As things stand, this is the first ultra-premium device in a new market for phones, priced ahead of any of the current flagship smartphones. I think it’s an area that is going to see explosive growth. Put simply consumers are getting a bit bored of their homogenous flagship devices. “Special” for about a week after release and then everybody has one! An iPhone 7 Plus is not actually premium. It’s normal. There are millions who value their devices enough to start spending some really serious …

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Sony A9, a brief fling

By Andrew Reid (EOSHD)

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Comment on the forum Ladies and gentlemen I bring you good news. You can now record video with the shutter button in video mode on the A9. I just had a play with Sony’s latest mirrorless camera in Berlin. Sony users have been giving a lot of feedback and it looks like some of it has been acted on. It is common sense stuff and very important for the development of Sony’s cameras. Along with the option to use the main shutter button to start and stop clips in video mode, the screen backlight does not dim when you record …

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Canon – the REAL technical and political reasons behind the lack of decent video

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Comment on the forum In 2009 Canon introduced a disruptive technology. His name was the 5D Mark II and it was the devil incarnate. At the time they had a pro line-up of video camcorders like the XL2 which were used by filmmakers all over the world. Canon’s 60+ year old management probably thought they’d just killed an entire business, by accident, with a consumer DSLR. So spare a thought for the 85 year olds whose pacemakers must have been in overdrive as they dreamt up Cinema EOS. This, along with intentionally crippling video on their DSLRs was a sure-fire …

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A look at the camera setup on Oliver Stone’s Vladimir Putin Interviews, with DP Anthony Dod Mantle

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Comment on the forum Anthony Dod Mantle is a well known cinematographer, responsible for pioneering work with digital from the very beginning, with Danny Boyle (28 Days Later) and Lars Von Trier. So why is he shooting with a 5D Mark II in 2017? Above: Dod Mantle (with XC10) and ancient Canon DSLR-sporting crew Oliver Stone has done a season of interviews with Vladimir Putin shot over a period of 2 years and the series is showing now on Sky Atlantic and Showtime. It’s a fascinating watch but I couldn’t help noticing, camera geek as I am, Anthony Dod Mantle sitting there with …

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DPReview moan about Sony A9 banding with 7700hz LED advertising

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Comment on the forum I wrote for DPReview for a few years contributing video advice and where it was a talking point as on the 5D Mark III and Panasonic GH4, I wrote that part of the review. DPReview was for me the original trusted authority on digital cameras and it was an honour to work for them but I am really sad at what the site has turned into today. Along with the sponsored content, labeled unashamedly as much, I find the non-sponsored reviews now have the same look as the sponsored content and the material is largely determined by …

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Canon 6D Mark II codec WORSE than the old 6D, with lower bitrate, no ALL-I!

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Comment on the forum Canon have been acting like they are removing features because it’s funny. The 5D Mk IV left a lot to be desired for video. Canon did reach out to me, gave me a loan of the camera, I began to review it but fell asleep and never completed it. With this camera, which bored me to tears, Canon Japan were playing their usual game of slicing and dicing the market so that pros would not want to buy anything other than a C200 for 4K, or a 1D X Mark II for stills. I get that …

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Canon 1D C used on Blade Runner 2049. But have Canon discontinued it?

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Comment on the forum New footage of Blade Runner 2049 contains behind the scenes glimpses of Roger Deakins’s camera setup, with key sequences shot on the Canon 1D C DSLR. So it seems, the Canon 1D C is good enough for IMAX in 2017. This is a 2012 camera based on 2011’s technology in the form of a stills camera, the 1D X. That’s a bit mind-bending, especially when you consider it now goes for £2500 on eBay. A testament to the 1D C’s image, yes, but also to the concept of a small camera being creatively liberating, which I …

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Samsung NX1 is now full frame – First look at the Canon mount NX-L “Speed Booster” from Italy

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Comment on the forum There’s now a Canon EF mount focal reducer for Samsung NX mount which gives the 4K H.265 shooting NX1 an extra 1 stop of low light performance and the full frame look (1.08x crop to be exact) from your EF lenses! Key links: Luca’s NX-L project updates on Facebook EOSHD Samsung NX forum The NX-L is a crowd-funded product aiming to do for Samsung cameras what the Metabones Speed Booster does for Sony APS-C cameras. My first impressions are that it is a good one. It fits my NX1 and NX Galaxy (Android Super 35mm camera), …

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Pro cameras are not as creatively liberating

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Comment on the forum I’ve worked with both and can confirm… Small cameras are more creative. Anthony Dod Mantle (above), used DSLRs as recently as 2016 for Oliver Stone’s Putin interviews (well worth a watch by the way), in addition to Cinema EOS pro cameras. Why? John Brawley, as we know from his work with Blackmagic and in the filmmaking industry has an Alexa for his day job, so why on earth would he shoot in any way creatively with an Olympus E-M1 II? But he does. There are countless examples of people at the top of the filmmaking industry …

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