PhotoGeek Week#67


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An extraordinary set of product releases and product rumor this week amid a heavy workload for all of us at Photogeek this week.

Hosts include Phil Greenwood,  and James Bellew.

We apologise for the short show this week and the lack of one last week but we have all been otherwise occupied all at once.

This week James and Phil discuss the future directions of photographic hardware.

Canon release the EOS 5D Mk11 as a 21 Megapixel 1080p video shooting beast. MPEG4 HD sounds OK in theory but there are some questions about its’ use.

RED continue talk on their forums about an imminent new camera. They are calling it a DSMC (Digital Still & Motion Camera). We ponder the ramifications.

Carl Zeiss announce the release of two prime lenses with Canon EOS mounts.

Red Rock Micro announce a few new releases and we reckon they might have little growth potential.

Tamron release a Swiss Army Lens the 18 – 270mm.

PhotoGeek Gadget

The zoom lens coffee mug

Opening and closing music by Velvedene. We close this week with “Fear your Gods”

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  1. Nice to hear you back, even for a short one…
    digital-video-still (reddish, 5DII, D90) thingies leave me wondering; took lots of video in baby days and current editing tools make that stage easy. But video takes enormous time from click to clip – and then special equipment / full attention to view. OK, media centres make it easier to access both still and movie content. Maybe future picture frame technology will let you set clips about the house and we may grow to like it (and maybe not…) Many point and shoots already do (crap) video – and indeed some people use the function. (I know lots of younger people who do – but they also have no other video camera).

    Taken together, I know I will never seek out/pay extra for video capability in my “quality image” camera. Easy to say this is just the adoption resistance “fuddy old guy” generation. But because of the barriers in editing / viewing video which are all about demands on time and attention, I think the video capability issue is an example of great technical tour-de-force in advance of real user utility/benefit.

    More important to me as a photographer – from the perspective of the camera body – is image quality and light handling capability / dynamic range / sensitivity. I’d certainly like a 5DII/D3X sensor in my D3 – and the ability to dial back RAW file size to 12MB for the 98% of the time when I don’t need more… And elimination of flip mirrors to eliminate noise 🙂 Even more to the point – put a D3 type FF sensor in a rangefinder / G10 type body and I’d buy it tomorrow!

    I suspect there is an increasing proportion of the rapidly growing dslr market who have gone through a generation or two of entry level bodies and are beginning to realise that IQ not MP is the pivotal issue. This will put more pressure on delivery of more modern high quality glass and *maybe* on better IQ sensors. But the marketing departments still seem to focus on gimmicks and MP so I guess it’s inevitable we’ll see both of those drive model iteration for the foreseeable future…


    keep it up guys. you’ll have lots of new kit to comment on from Photokina by the time you get to the next show. Australia needs your local perspective on tech! ps Can Cameron talk about how he is finding the SB900 in terms of TTL exposure management – I’m finding it a bit quirky and figure a “pro” will have an expert view on what’s going on… (i.e. maybe the product is consistent and I’m not…)

    Apologies for the long comment. cheers Rod

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