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Canon EOS 1D-X Mark II

Canon releases another expensive camera aimed squarely at... no one in particular?

I thought the 1D X was their flagship photography camera and the 1D C was their 4K-capable video-ish thing (for a lot more money). I'm guessing they're one in the same camera now and they'll focus their "C" efforts on the C100, 300, and 500 instead.

4K60 is super nice and the bitrates listed are good but what I always struggle with when it comes to this company is price. Blackmagic's URSA Mini does 4K60 with way higher bitrates, RAW recording, and LOG gamma for half the cost of this camera. For $2000 more (still less than this camera) you can get the 4.6K version.

I want to like Canon, I want them to blow me away with a camera that's wholly unique—they almost had me with the XC-10—but as it stands for videographers they just seem to go down a checklist of features that to put in and then go to market.

Leica SL

At $7450, who is this camera for? Here's a quick list of cameras with comparable or better video features with the same or, more often, a much lower price:

  • Panasonic GH4
  • Sony a7S
  • Sony a7S II
  • Sony a7R
  • Sony FS5 (bests it on EVERY SINGLE FEATURE for $2K less)
  • Sony FS7 (gently used)
  • Canon C100 Mk II (no 4K, but other comparable features)
  • Blackmagic URSA Mini

There's no way the Leica's image processing alone is enough to justify the insane markup. If photography is more your thing, I'd still handily recommend the Sony a7R II and probably, for the first time in my life, I'd recommend you check out the Canon 5DS.

ExaSAN A08S3-PS RAID Array Review

ExaSAN A08S3-PS RAID Array Review

As a video editor, occasional graphic artist, and hoarder of all manner of digital files I feel like I can never have enough space and, more importantly, enough disk performance. The faster your disk array, the more concurrent video streams you can play, the smoother playback of high resolution or high framerate videos will be, etc. It's with all this in mind that I can confidently declare the ExaSAN A08S3-PS one of the best RAID arrays I've ever used, but at a cost.

Promise Pegasus R4 Review

Promise Pegasus R4 Review

If I'm not mistaken, the Promise Pegasus R4 and R6 were the first commercially available Thunderbolt drives and show stealers at NAB 2011. That doesn't come as much of a shock when you consider that most editors were still using bus technologies that were nearing a decade old at the time. Thunderbolt made some hefty claims about speed and expandability and has followed through on them nicely if not a bit slower than expected.