Friday, November 04, 2011

Random Thoughts on the Canon C300 and RED Scarlet-X

  1. No matter what it is, it’s always exciting when new cameras are announced that offer new features and new technologies - even if the cameras are so expensive that they are beyond my reach. That's because those features and technologies eventually find their way down into more affordable cameras. I think that’s my first reaction to the Canon and RED announcements, because I know I’m not going to be buying either of them.

  2. The owners of NEX-FS100’s and AG-AF100’s are breathing a sigh of relief today! Clearly this is going after RED, Arri and Sony’s high-end offerings, not those cameras.

  3. How do these new cameras compare to the Sony PMW-F3? It’s in between the C300 and Scarlet-X price wise. Someone suggested that Sony should give away the S-LOG upgrade for the PMW-F3 (rather than charge $3.5K) to help it compete.

  4. I’d been saying that Canon has a habit of releasing video cameras a little later, a little more feature packed, and a little more expensive than Sony. I just didn’t think it was going to be that expensive!

  5. Now that the RED cameras are under $10,000, I’m really going to have to learn more about them. Soon, I might be able to afford one!

  6. The “Now anyone can make a movie” line that was pushed at the Canon event seemed a bit weird given the $20,000 price tag.

  7. The three new cinema prime lenses from Canon look interesting. At $6,800 each they make the Zeiss CP.2 lenses look like bargain lenses. It will be interesting to see how they compare image-quality wise.

  8. Now anyone with $40,400 can make a movie.

  9. A month ago a friend asked me whether he should buy the Sony NEX-FS100 or the Panasonic AG-AF100 and I told him he might want to wait until the Canon announcement. I figured he’d be kicking himself if they came out with a sub $8,000 camera. Guess it was just as well he didn’t listen to me. Even the Scarlet-X is outside his budget.

  10. I didn’t think the C300 would look like a Scarlet with the edges smoothed.

  11. Even on their bad days, Apple does better rollouts.

  12. “Only manual modes on the Canon” - this really isn’t the camera for me!

  13. And there’s a Cinema DSLR coming sometime? Oh great! So it’s back to waiting for the next great camera announcement!

  14. Don’t forget; you can always rent cameras!


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