planetMitch note: Welcome Bret Hoy to the writing crew at planet5D! Actually, he's written several stories already, but with this one, he really plants his style foot on our staff! What do you think?
Hey, Canon. Look. Sit down, buddy. We need to have a talk. I saw that you sent out some beta version 5D Mk. IV bodies, and I have something to say about it.
Man. This sure is tough.
I really don’t want to be having this conversation, and I don’t think you do either. Before I go and say anything I regret, I just want to start by saying, I love you. The T2i is what got me into this racket we call filmmaking, and despite the pain of being a perfectionist in such a finicky art, I can’t thank you enough. You gave me and many other filmmakers and photographers the tools we needed to find ourselves and our art.
I’m not going to go and say that you’re being negligent. I get it! You’re working on stuff. You can’t just show all of your cards up front. 4K is tricky! I know! Image stabilization, isn’t your bag. I get it. You don’t dig the EVF’s. I understand. That whole articulating screen thing just a little bit… difficult.
I’m not trying to point fingers here. I’m not saying that I’m done with you. If I ever said that, odd’s are, I’d be lying. But here’s what I’m saying Canon…
Pentax here is doing some pretty cool stuff with their new K-3 II body. That whole sensor stabilization thing? I can’t say I don’t like the idea of it. And all of this Pixel Shift Resolution and Diffraction Correction? That PRIME III engine sounds like it’s kickin’.
It sort of reminds me of what Olympus did with the E-M5 II’s High Res shot. The camera takes 4 shots with a 16 MP sensor and composites them into a 40MP JPEG or a 64MP Raw file? Oh, and that Sony A7II, with that super sweet 5-axis sensor stabilization. Not only that, but the body upgrade on that A7II from the original? It feels military grade now.
That’s not even to mention the amazing video that Sony shooters can get out of the A7s. And that GH4? Internal 4K? I know you missed the boat on 4k, but it’s not too late to jump on board like the Sony just did with the a7R II. At the very least, it would be great to see that DIGIC 7 processor. You know we’d love to see that.
The camera tech world is very different than it was back in March of 2012. Are you ready for 2015/2016?
You see, what I'm asking is, what can you offer us anymore? It's been a while without any word from you, and I have to tell you, I'm concerned. You’ve had more than enough time, and haven’t surprised us with any new developments yet. The 5DS and 5DS-R are cool, sure. But they're certainly not huge leaps forward.
Hey, seriously. Don’t take this too harshly. I still pick up a Canon body when I take photos. It’s comforting. Like an old friend that I know won’t let me down. That being said, I can’t say that I haven’t thought about moving on… Only temporarily though. I promise.
I think I can speak for many photographers and cinematographers out there when I say that we want to feel that excitement when picking up a 5D again.
I don’t want to lose you as a friend, and partner in crime– It’s up to you at this point. What do you have that makes me want to invest in Canon again?
I wish I could say, “It’s not you, it’s me.” I really wish I could.
Canonrumors reports Canon 5D Mark IV bodies have been sent to several photographers for testing. The Canon 5D Mk. IV is expected to be officially announced in Q4 of 2015, with release slated for some time in 2016. The expectations are high, and rightfully so.
There’s plenty to be excited for with this announcement. The 5D series is in need a body upgrade. It is also behind the times when it comes to sensor image stabilization and could use an electronic view finder. Internal/external 4K and HD overcrank options would be nice. These upgrades shouldn’t be speculated upon. They should be expected from a big name like Canon in a 2015-2016 high end DSLR.
What would you like to see in the 5D Mk. IV?
EOS 5D Mark IV Testing Has Begun [CR2]
Via Canon Rumors:
We’re told test bodies for the EOS 5D Mark IV have made their way to select photographers. The timeline for an announcement is still some time in Q4 of 2015.
While there has been talk about a new DIGIC processor for the EOS-1D X Mark II, it is unknown if the EOS 5D Mark IV will see the rumored DIGIC 7 processor as well. If it doesn’t, one can assume that the EOS-1D X Mark II won’t come soon after the EOS 5D Mark IV and will likely fall into the winter of 2016, with availability coming soon after.
Read full article at Canon Rumors “EOS 5D Mark IV Testing Has Begun [CR2]”
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(cover photo credit: snap from Canon Rumors)