April 20, 2016 at 6:05AM

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How long until the C300 MK I is superseded?

So the Canon C300 was a fantastic video camera released in 2011. Since then - there's a been a plethora of other video cameras and even a second version of it has come out. Despite this, the C300 is still a mainstay in many productions. In the rapidly changing landscape of videography, we've seen trends like the DSLR video revolution come and go. Many other things have become redundant (Letus 35mm adapters?). Despite this the C300 remains. So this begs the question - will it ever go? Will we still be using it 20 years from now? How long before the technology becomes so outdated that it's pushed under the table? Or have we reached the pinnacle of cheap - fast - good quality imaging with the Canon Color science at 4:2:2 50Mbps 1080p video?

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This is a bit confusing. It is superseded already by the MK II for anything that isn't broadcast. You can shoot masterpieces with deprecated technology, but is it worth bothering?
And then there is 4K which will likely be required for broadcast in a few years.

April 20, 2016 at 8:38AM

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Ezi Seel
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If you read Phil Holland's NAB 2016 summary (http://www.reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?144299-Phil-s-NAB-Journal-2016) it's pretty clear than 4K is the new HD. And 8K is proving to be very challenging for RED (who do have cameras in the wild, but very few), Canon (whose 8K prototypes are still monsters), SONY, and ARRI. Phil also notes that 3D is basically dead as a narrative format (though may live on in VR applications). So not every possible technical innovation is guaranteed to be the new normal.

I suspect that in 10 years, 4K will (continue to) be the (new) standard, 8K will be the premium format, 3D will still be dead or dying, and that the exciting new direction will be light field cameras. In 20 years, who knows? What I do know is that the digital technology I bought 20 years ago is not worth booting up, so I wouldn't hold my breath that some camera technology from today will still be all that exciting 20 years from now. But good lenses? Probably still interesting in 2036, 2056, and beyond.

April 22, 2016 at 8:32AM

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3D comes and goes in waves all the time.
This latest wave, let's call it the Avatar-wave of 3D never became as mainstream as some hoped. It was the 3rd, 4th or maybe even 5th time to launch 3D as a serious format. But still: Star Wars VII was really cool in 3D.
3D is now getting rare again, but I'm sure it will be the hype again one day.

And you are probably right: a lot of stereoscopic knowledge will live on in VR.

And yes: 20 years from now: almost everything we have now will look like ancient relics :-p

WalterBrokx

April 22, 2016 at 7:16PM

I really question the idea that light field cameras will be ubiquitous in the future of production. They take some big creative choices (focus + framing) out of the hands of the director and cinematographer and put them in the hands of the post-supervisor and/or studio. I'm sure that last one would love it, but I don't think directors and cinematographers will go for it. It's already enough trouble as it is, trying to make sure your vision makes it through, with our "shoot as much information as you can, craft in post" mentality.

Kenneth Merrill

April 24, 2016 at 12:07AM

In 20 years there will be hardly any C300 left that function :-p
Most electronics just die in 3 to 10 years. Especially when it gets moved around a lot.
There will always be exceptions, like the people who used the same betacam camera for over 20 years far into the HD era.

April 22, 2016 at 7:10PM

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