I suppose there will always be snarky comments by people for whom the product is not intended, but Zeiss and their skill in creating products which are at the pinnacle of their industry is simply incredible. As a regular user of their cine master primes, ZE series for Canon and even older super-speed cine lenses, i can say that what they achieve in the quality of their products is peerless. If you want to see what incredible precision and intelligent engineering can create, use one of their professional products. This new series is an extension of that, and i for one think their constant evolution of product line is amazing.
After years of watching compact cameras being replaced by newer models, i have concluded that, a small sensor compact is a small sensor compact is a small sensor compact. The marginal improvements in these cameras from model to model are really not worth worrying about.
Michael Ma: I'm reminded every day by this rover just how fortunate we are to live on a planet like Earth. Blue skies and oceans, green landscapes, and every hue, saturation, and luminosity available to us from nature. Imagine if we lived on Mars and we put on probe on Earth. Every cell of my being would have an endless yearning to be at such a beautiful world one day, even if it was just for a second. But we are already here. Wow, what a incredible gift!
Wow WellyNZ, lets start mocking peoples religious beliefs, that always ends well.
It is also quite poignant and telling that the VERY FIRST THING that we humans did when we arrived on mars was pollute the planet by dropping a piece of plastic on the surface which had detached off the Curiosity robot. (The 'shiny object' which the cameras spotted) God save us.
I totally agree with you, and that is why i cant understand why humans insist on polluting and destroying the earth.
John Koch: Uncompressed = huge files, additional (and heavy) capture device, and zero net advantage after compression to 5mbps for Youtube. Most people (even enthusiasts) need uncompressed video about as much as they need an F-18 instead of a Corolla, to raise their own carrots, make their own tissue paper, or to write assembler code. The additional work and requisite ancillary tools far outweigh the advantage. Several software products allow import and edit of h.254 MOV or AVCHD files without intermediate transcoding. Decompressed video editing is really only relevant to Madmen: the people who edit 10 second ads that require complex overlays and effects, use advanced work stations, and have numerous other people to handle the 10 other post production steps.
Clearly, you are an amateur photographer, which means that these features will be of no use to you. However there is an entire industry which uses this camera for making films, and they will find 4:2:2 an indispensable feature.
So many hateful comments by anonymous fools who think their opinion is the only only one that counts in their tiny world. Trashing a specialist/niche camera is akin to saying a ferrari is just a car, a rolex is just a watch and therefore, way to expensive!!!
Believe it or not, some people actually see the intrinsic value in such a specialty piece of equipment, be it due to form, function or merely concept, and if you cant or dont want to afford it, well guess what? YOUR NOT THE TARGET MARKET.
Not being able to personally justify the expense is no excuse to rubbish a specialty high-end product. Been to a big city lately? Designer/luxury brand stores are THRIVING.
Some people actually think differently to you.
And here friends, is your answer to, "why didn't Canon allow clean uncompressed HDMI video output in the 5dmk3"
Francis Carver: Anybody half-way serious about shooting a project in 4K will not be doing it with such a typical still photography form factor camera as what this latest "Canon Announcement-Cam" appears to be.
"The camera, which shares the majority of its specifications with the still-awaited EOS 1D X."
Come on, Cannon. Quickly, make three more camera announcements this week, okay? We need more Canon camera announcements, we really need them, you know. The more, the better.
"Output it uncompressed over its HDMI connector."
Yeah, right. That is what Nikon has also said (D800, D4). But their cameras could not do it as of yet, so why would Canon's be able to?
"A smaller, APS-C-like Super 35mm sub-frame that allows the use of Canon's EF Cinema Zoom lenses."
I see. Since these new Canon EF cinema zooms and primes are mighty slow sellers indeed, Canon had hit upon the swell idea that maybe after this strategic announcement, folks will line up for these far-out "cinema" lenses of theirs?
This market is still growing and settling. Canon dont have a crystal ball, and i think they are releasing different cameras to this market and see what uptakes in the long term. Just like Canon had no idea they would kick start a whole new sub industry when they released the incredible 5dmk2 , they really dont know what will be a stayer. But the great thing is, we all have quite a lot of choice now, and its getting really easy to get exactly the camera that suits your needs and budget.
mforbes: What most people do not realize is that a monitor capable of viewing the 4k resolution is going to set you back about $34,000.00 on the low end, about $70k for a 56 inch model.
If you think film makers shoot 4k primarily so they can watch in 4k on a tv, well you've probably never shot 4k
Que the "I dont need video so its garbage" comments......andGO!
lxstorm: Carl Zeiss is a legendary optics manufacture.
It was Zeiss who pioneered wide opened glasses not Leica.
It was Zeiss who created fastest lens manufactured ever. Despite the fact that Zeiss lens was not a "proper cine" one Stanley Kubrick was happy to deal with Zeiss lens for his lovely footage of Barry Lyndon.
Zeiss superachromat lenses are most advanced lenses manufactured ever.
The drawback is the cost of real Zeiss quality manufacturing makes Zeiss products applicable to industrial solutions primarily since mass-market consumers cannot afford uncompromised by cost-savings Zeiss quality.
Schneider is another company that was making superb lenses. They are in production still for large format cameras.
Great post. Schneider still make awesome super precise large format glass filters in sizes like 6.6" square that cost like $700 each. Its important that these companies make this kind of stuff for us, and that there are people in the world that understand why.
Bernd M: I don't understand why I'll have to pay US$ 5.700 for a Zeiss 135mm F2.1 when I could buy a Zeiss Sonnar T 135mm F1.8 for US$ 1.800. What makes the Cine Lens so much more expensiv? Can anybody tell me?
>>>>>> There is little real difference between an F2.1 and T2.1 lens.
Theres a big difference when you shoot multicam and the different cameras dont match after the DP has called 2.8
>>>>>The Zeiss are Sonnar photographic lenses, but with larger diameter focus ring barrels, which is quite helpful when you are measuring..
Theres so much more to it than that. Try using a matte box with with a set of lenses that all have different front diameters, its painfully slow,. Try hooking up focus motor to anything but a cine lens, where the focus gears are all in a different place and you have to move the motor every time you do a lens change. I could go on and on....
>>>There are so many better and cheaper options for something like these lenses,
No there really is nothing else in the price range except maybe RED pro primes, and they suck. The next price tier are cooke s4's or Ultra primes, around 12k per lens, and sorry to say these beauties are pretty much industry standard.
Ruy Penalva: 4 lens = a car
im surprised that you, a professional musician would not get that top quality professional (not hobby) equipment comes at a cost. All my pro glass has been paid off by my clients. oh, nice music by the way, i hope you didnt spend too much on your instruments!
This is a professional system, 4 lenses will help buy you a car. A nice one.
ZAnton: Somebody tell them that in 21 century the lens MUST have AF.
Thats why motion picture shoots have 'focus pullers'. They pull focus, fast or slow. You know all those movies hollywood has been making since day 1? ALL the pictures are kept in focus by a human being, not an autofocus system.
IcyVeins: Why do they waste their money on this stuff when they could just use normal lenses.
Some peoples ignorance is simply frightening.
MPLIEW: So the 5D Mark III studio comparison scene was taken in "self timer + mirror lock up" mode, and the 5D Mark II, Nikon D800, Alpha DSLR-A900, D4 etc just "self timer" and not in "mirror lock up" mode? Are we really comparing the same thing or are we "cheating" a little? Maybe a non-issue, and if so, then I have to admit the 5D Mk III samples are very good.
Your joking, right?
Lu Heng: this is funny how many people are concern about pixels, high ISO etc., making a war between canon, nikon, sony.. name it. as if it is a substitute of actual photography. as if the one and only available light is a candlelight and they "desperately must" print huge billboards from every shot they take.supposed to be that way?boring.
your slow lens is your weak point, not your camera. If you had a 2.8 zoom, you instantly have the 2 stops you crave. If i were you id get a 7d and fast tele.
nicolaiecostel: Great performance from the canon but where are the colors in the first shots, why is everything gray and muted ? Where is the 100% detail in the ISO100 and 200 shots, like in the first tree picture ? Why is there noise and patches in the shadows at ISO100, in the buildings/lamp picture ?
im not sure what your going on about but the lamp post building shot was taken at 25,600iso as stated in the bottom, and your asking about noisy blacks? be realistic.