Monday, November 01, 2010

News from Here & There

Canon XF100 & XF105 Pricing
Lots of people are anxiously awaiting the pricing for the upcoming XF100/105 cameras from Canon. I'd previously heard - unofficially - that they'd be $4,000 and $5,000 respectively. Dom Stevenson reports on the forum that he was told unofficially a price of about 2,500 pounds, which when plugged into a currency translator comes up with $4,000 almost exactly. Of course, there's a big difference if that's the price for the XF105 instead of the XF100, and also, what companies charge for something in the UK doesn't always exactly translate into the same amount in the U.S.
dvinfo: Canon introduces XF105 and XF100

Sony's upcoming "filmlike" camera and Panasonic AG-AF100
Philip Johnston has a bit of news about the upcoming Sony "filmlike" camera, as well as a few thoughts and comments on the Panasonic AG-AF100 [$4,795.00].

Don't be confused, when talking about this "filmlike" camera, it's not the NEX-VG10, though it is some kind of large chip camera. Very little is really known about this unnamed camera - even though it was first hinted at back at NAB. Reportedly there may be an event sometime this month to reveal more information (perhaps to try and stop some AG-AF100 sales?) Also, the camera is being talked about as being "affordable." As Philip notes, that can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but I can't help think it means it's going to be closer to the AG-AF100 than the RED in price.

Check out the post too for comments from Nigel Cooper about the Panasonic AG-AF101 (European name for the AG-AF100.)
HDWarrior: Sony’s “Hogwarts” camcorder “He who must not be named” target="_blank"

Panasonic 3D videocameras in stock at B & H
Both the professional AG-3DA1 Integrated Twin-Lens 3D Camcorder [$21,000] and the consumer HDC-SDT750 3D Camcorder [$1,399.95] video cameras are currently in stock at B & H. Meanhwile, things are a bit uncertain at ESPN 3D with their Senior Director of Technology, Jonathan Pannaman, quoted as saying "we're still not sure what makes sense for 3DTV and we don't yet see a proven ROI."
EngadgetHD: ESPN 3D still searching for ROI to determine feasibility of second year

New Canon lenses delayed until March reports that the three lenses Canon announced three months ago - the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lenses - that were supposed to be available by the end of the year, have been delayed until March. Official Bad News – Lenses Delayed.

PBS Quality Television Workshops
If you're in Boston, you might want to check out this series of seminars on November 3rd and 4th: PBS Quality Television Workshops

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