The most brilliant mistake?! (1D Mark IV, 7D, 5D MK II, GH1)

Oct 23, 2009 1 Comment by

It’s been an interesting week…

I was about to hop on a plane back from Portugal when I saw Stu’s new blog post in my RSS feed. I can tell you I was pretty late when I got to the airport…

The one 1D Mark IV could be the camera so many of us have been dreaming about… but then again, Canon is an expert in writing chapters on the amazing new camera that would be perfect only if…

The other concern we should all have in our minds is that $5000 widens your options considerably. And you should really put some thought on what exactly are you going to use this camera for?!

Unlike what happened when I bought my original 5D instead of the 1D Mark III, this time we have a camera that promises to largely surpass the 5D’s light sensibility . Hmm… makes you think…

The bigger sensor and 1.3x optical factor is more inviting¬†then the 7D (but the price is not), but my relation ship with full frame in photography is way too strong to give in for a hot Top Model passing by… not that I wouldn’t take “her” for a spin. I’m sure I would enjoy a ton of features and experience a hot photographic session, but I know where my heart lays and I’ll eventually be back where I belong…

The 7D clips that have been popping all around us are pretty exciting, but to my eyes, the weaknesses I anticipated are all there… It’s a brilliant camera and move by Canon (almost surprising, I should add), but what you should really ask, instead of following the trendy opinions of the moment, is if you are seeing any cinematic enhancements in the footage you’re looking at?! And the truth is that there are many examples out there that show much more eloquent footage produced with the 5D at 30fps then with the 7D at 24… yeah… there’s a lot more that goes into producing cinematic imagery than rolling your camera at 24p…

On a sad note is the rising GH1 backlash… everyone seems to hate the camera now… interestingly enough, the same people that not long ago where writing wonders about the “little monster”…

For one, I don’t have any real world experience with it and two, always looked at it with as a video camera with an SLR form factor, which is very different then an SLR with HD capturing capabilities. I still think that for under a grand, and for many reason, it’s probably one of the best cameras out there…

The truth is; camera manufactures, for what ever reason, have been making (probably) the most amazing mistakes in history! In my speculative opinion, this is due to today’s capitalist supremacy… No decision is made without profit in mind, in disregard of any other factor! You can see this in pretty much anything we do, live, eat, breath, wear, read, and view nowadays… We still haven’t learned that in the end it’s the really good product that wins! If nothing else in the minds the knowledgeable. Example: VHS won the war, but we all know Beta was a much better system. Just look back and see how many years it lasted in the pro world! More then anything we’ve seen coming after it…¬†(yeah, I know, different flavor, spinning at twice the speed). The Blair Witch Project was the most profitable indie of it’s time, but it’s most definitely not the best by any measure or count, other then box office tickets…, etc, etc, etc…

The funny thing is that we still benefit greatly from these mistakes… At least I look at the 5D Mark II as the most brilliant mistake a camera manufacture has ever made! And although Canon is still winning the capitalist side, we’ll see how we’ll look at this cameras 10 years from now… Jim, we’re counting on you!

All in all and despite the bads and the goods, I couldn’t be happier to be living in these times and to be a proud owner of the most brilliant mistake!

T ; )~

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  1. 3D killed the Indie filmmaker star! says:

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