Tag: Canon

Nikon D810 – So…What’s Coming from Canon???

I’m a little surprised Nikon announced a replacement for the D800 / D800e before Canon even releases a high megapixel camera to challenge it. I do like my 5D MKIII, and know its not all about MP…but would still like a super high megapixel camera for studio and landscape use…why not?

The under $4k price of the D810 is very attractive.


Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4k now shipping…and lower price?

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So, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is now shipping and they’ve lowered the price by $1000. I wonder if that has anything to do with Panasonic announcing the GH4 4k camera last week? Blackmagic camera looks interesting, though the internal rechargeable battery is only good for about 90min…and it has to be hooked up to external power to recharge. Not a big deal for a big production…but limits its flexibility for traveling light / run and gun etc.

The following is from blackmagicdesign.com:

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is now Shipping with a New Low Price!

Fremont, CA – February 10, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is now shipping and with a new low price of US$2,995. This new low price will be available for all customers, including existing pre-orders. Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for only US$2,995.

“The support from the creative community for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K has been amazing,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “As with all of our products, we work hard in production to reduce costs so we can pass along the savings, even to our first Blackmagic Production Camera 4K customers. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a perfect companion for ATEM Production 4K switchers and we hope the new low price will help more customers to expand their Ultra HD live production set ups with even more camera angles!”
About Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a super high resolution 4K digital production camera for Ultra HD television production. Featuring a large Super 35 sensor, professional global shutter as well as EF and ZE compatible lens mount, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K captures high quality ProRes™ files, giving customers a complete solution to shoot amazing high resolution music videos, episodic television productions, television commercials, sport and documentaries.

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K has everything customers need right out of the box including a built in SSD recorder, rechargeable battery and a large 5” LCD touchscreen. In addition to focusing and monitoring shots, the touchscreen also lets customers enter metadata and change camera settings all on a single easy to use interface. Customers also get a full copy of DaVinci Resolve for amazing quality color grading and finishing for Mac OS X and Windows computers.
Key Features

Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution
ProRes 422 (HQ)™ recording
Super 35 sensor
Global shutter
EF and ZE compatible lens mount
Built-in SSD recorder
5” LCD touchscreen
Metadata entry
6G-SDI output for 10-bit HD and Ultra HD

Availability and Price

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is available now for US$2,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.
Press Photography

Product photos of the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.
About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.


2013 Holiday Shopping Guide – Pocket Cameras – Which Digital Camera Should I Get?

In the PixelReeder 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide – Which Digital Camera Should I Get?  post…I discussed the 3 main categories of consumer digital cameras.

Pocket Cameras I would consider purchasing:

Canon PowerShot S120  Around $400 from B&H in NYC 

I reviewed a previous version (s100) here. Canon seems to upgrade this camera every year. 12 MP CMOS chip, decent 1080 HD video, high iso, RAW file capture, IS, fast lens for low light. VERY COMPACT

 

Cyber-shot Digital Camera RX100  – around $550

Sony Cyber-Shot RX100
(photo from Sony website)

 

20MP, 1″ CMOS sensor, fast Zeiss lens, RAW mode, HD video. This would be preferable to the Canon S120. They also make an improved RX100 II…for a few hundred dollars more. For most folks the original is good enough.

-Jordan

 


Hey Dad, I insist you use my Canon S100 on your big trip! OOPS! — “lens error, will shut down automatically, restart camera”

Loaned my Dad a Canon PowerShot S100 (reviewed here) for his trip to Hong Kong, telling him it was so much better than his old camera.

Which it is…but a couple of days into the trip I get this message from him, “For some reason ur camera lens will not retract. It says “lens error, will shut down automatically, restart camera” when I try to shut off and close lens.  Camera wasn’t dropped or bumped. I reset lens closing from 1 min to 0 min but it didn’t help. Any ideas ?”

Oops sorry Dad. I googled the issue and came up with this Canon lens issue web announcement:

It has been confirmed that some PowerShot S100 digital cameras encounter a lens error caused by a disconnected part inside the camera. This announcement conveys the details of the issue and Canon’s service policy for affected cameras.

Canon continuously strives to provide our customers with high quality, reliable products that can be used with confidence. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customers who have been inconvenienced.

Phenomenon
Some PowerShot S100 units (with the serial numbers listed below) may encounter a lens error due to a part becoming disconnected inside the lens. In particular, this lens error may occur when the camera is used in certain environmental conditions such as high temperature and/or humidity.

click here for more info

Sounds like they will repair free of charge even if out of warranty if this is in fact the issue, probably is because he is in a high humidity environment. Camera normal resides in sunny, dry, sf bay area :)

Will update when resolved.

Jordan


Areca ARC-8050 8-Bay Thunderbolt to 6Gb/s SAS RAID Storage Review

 

 

In my last post I reviewed external thunderbolt storage devices for our Imac capture station, none of which worked correctly. I came across this Areca 8 bay box on the OWC website. This looked more “promising” than the Pegasus R6 :) sorry Promise Tech…had to do it. Costs around $1500/free shipping. Price is very close to the Pegasus R6 when you take into account 8 bays vs 6 bays. Its empty which is how I would prefer it anyway. Lets me use my existing drives. Here are some quick specs from Areca’s website:

  • The ARC-8050 incorporated on-board high performance dual core 800Mhz ROC storage processor and with 1GB DDR3-1333 SDRAM memory on-board to deliver true high performance hardware RAID.
  • Bootable
  • RAID level 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD (just a bunch of disks aka passthru)

Check out their website, they have it all spelled out. Some of the other manufacturers don’t have real detailed spec sheets showing whether they are bootable, JBOD capable, etc. Areca’s was pretty clear. The drive trays have mounting holes for 2.5″ and 3.5″ drives. Seems like a nice piece of hardware.

There were a couple of hiccups to get it going, which ended up being a default being set incorrectly. But from the first time it started up, there was a noticeable difference in operation and a feeling of reliability. The Pegasus box was just the opposite.

 

Passthru created
Passthru created

 

We’ve had it running for about two months and haven’t had any issues. In the first bay we placed a 90 GB 6G SSD OCZ Vertex 3 to run the OS (running around 400 MB/sec read & write). The next bay has a HST 4 TB Time Machine SATA drive. Next bay is empty (may use for hot spare or add another drive to the RAID 5 array). Then we have 5  2TB Hitachi SATA HD’s in a RAID 5 setup (these will be used for working still and video files, running around 415 MB / sec read & write).

 

Arc-8050 Thunderbolt rear view
Arc-8050 Thunderbolt rear view
Areca ARC-8050 Packaging
Areca ARC-8050 Packaging

 

I still don’t trust the RAID 5 as a single solution for storage and backup. You still need at least two other copies of all data you don’t want to lose, one of which off site at all times.

Here is the iMac machine specs we are using:

 

iMac 27 inch, Late 2012
iMac 27 inch, Late 2012

 

Our first attempt at RAID 5 with factory defaults and using their Quick Function > Quick Create option was not successful. The ARC – 8050 would start to initialize for an hour or so then freeze at exactly 5.6%. The box would freeze and crash the iMac. Fun. Now this product just started shipping so they will get cut some slack. The problem was also resolved quickly. See below.

 

Areca Raid Storage Manager
Areca Raid Storage Manager

 

Long story short, after emailing Areca’s tech support over then next couple of days and running some more tests we found a fix. Under System Configurations > Disk Write Cache Mode needs to be set to Disabled, not set to SAS and SATA (which is the default). After changing that it initialized properly the first time and haven’t had any problems since.

 

Disk Write Cache Mode
Disk Write Cache Mode

 

If you are looking for a fast external thunderbolt enclosure with all of the bells and whistles…this appears to be the ticket…for now at least.

Jordan

June 2013


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