Lots Of New Tech Going On.

It’s been a while since I updated this so I thought I’d take a swing at it.  I have been very busy with projects lately and wanted to share some recent thoughts about tech stuff that has come up either as a result of these projects, or just concurrently.

First up, the T4i.  I recently picked up a Canon T4i to shoot video on, and of course as a still camera as I am an ex-shutter-bug.  It is brilliant, but not just for the price.  It’s just brilliant.  Let me explain why.

First of all, it takes all the same lenses as the more expensive Canons and Red cameras.  That means for projects where I want a full frame sensor, I can rent the pricey camera and use the lenses I collected for this one.  Bear in mind, I don’t have one of those crappy zoom lenses they often sell with the camera.  I own a 100mm, a 30mm and a 14mm, which of course you have to multiply by 1.6 to get the real measurement with this sensor, but you get the idea.  I can get better picture quality on any camera with a prime lens, and with these I can use them not only with the T4i but also with a Red Epic, 5D, etc.

Secondly, the T4i is fine for anything on the internet and most stuff for TV.  And truth be told, most stuff at film festivals.  People are much more forgiving about image quality than you’d think, and it makes sense.  For a long time, you’d turn on the news and see awful c. 2006 youtube footage broadcast in full HD.  Why?  It’d be like blowing up a postage stamp. All you get is big dots.  More importantly, the human eye can’t even tell the difference between 1080p and 720p if the screen is 42″ or smaller, so especially on a computer, there’s no reason to go for the bigger sensor unless you want really, really narrow depth of field, and then you’re spending money to make a change from the T4i most people won’t notice.

Third, it has better autofocus and a faster processor than ALL OF THE MORE EXPENSIVE CANON CAMERAS.  Nuff said.

Here are some examples of my still work with it.Morningside Park Thorns Riverside Cathedral Chained Gatehouse Playing Cards Avenue of the Americas at Sunset Wild Patridge

On another note, my iPod, when plugged into its native Apple charger, tells me it won’t charge with it.  It thinks the charger is some kind of third party peripheral.  Great.  So Apple is telling me to buy a new one even though this one is just fine, except for the software update they obviously used to sabotage it.  Nice work, jerks.

A New Lens Kit & The Future of DSLRs

Check this out!  An assortment of lenses for Canon DSLRs so you can shoot movies that look like movies!  Only one problem though.  It’s all a little late.  It’s late because of cameras like this.  Sony (and soon I imagine many of the other camera brands) have come to realize that they should put the same tech that goes into DSLRs into proper video cameras that don’t need a ton of attachments in order to be handheld or shoulder mounted without a load of trouble and expense to keep steady.  Sony had the right idea.  The direction I think all this is going is that DSLR and “video camera” will become terms more for the shape of the device than the use.  If the sensor is the same, then the camera is basically the same.  The biggest advantage with the Sony is that it doesn’t stop recording video every twelve minutes.  I think that this will push the DSLRs into being more video friendly.

All that being said, here’s my prediction for the future of this tech: Video Cameras will become less like M-1s and more like sub machine guns; video cameras will be like DSLRs that have shoulder mounts and pistol grips that can be easily removed and packed away in case the user wants to travel light and use the device to take still photos, and DSLRs will focus more on being DSLRs with an emphasis on steadyshot tech (a pendulum that makes the camera steady itself) instead of shoulder mounts to try to turn the camera into a video camera.  Sony’s new NEX7 is a perfect example of where cameras are headed: highly portable, high power, small footprint.

DSLRs aren’t in competition with video cameras.  They’re in competition with your camera phone.