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  1. I don't think it should be so much about which one might produce better, or equal, quality results, but more about usability and functionality. While I'm sure that the iPhone will produce great results, even my Redmi Note 9s (an ancient phone by comparison) does a pretty good job (especially using FiLMiC Pro), but I simply couldn't go about using a phone as my sole camera. I've seen how some of those iPhone videos have been produced and the phone is fully rigged up like a cinema camera. Many think that it's simply someone holding nothing but the phone. The devil is always in the detail.
  2. The reality is that patents only have a 20 year life anyway, so once that period has elapsed, the concept is free for copying/improving or whatever. Kodak would still be the only ones able to make film (that is 35mm and similar) or digital sensors. Additionally, IP isn't always so cut and dried, minor changes can make something that appears to be a copy quite legitimate, even though the application is the same. What Arri has produced isn't patentable, it's been around since Adam was a boy. All they can do is trademark the Arri logo. Just like Cadbury has been able to trademark a variation of the colour purple. If patents, IP and whatever were for life, there'd be no innovation or advancement whatsoever. Every product we know of, use in our daily lives and even produce ourselves has been copied and improved upon because no one entity owns the IP for that idea for life. No one could even make a sandwich, were Lord Sandwich able to patent his idea for life and pass it onto his children. There is a tendency to feel sorry for companies that say their IP has been stolen, but when you look deeper, it's not quite so simple. Pretty much everything we know has already been invented or conceived of, if not turned into actual products, it's only that the technology may not be there to turn it into viable products. The first electric car was invented around the 1800s, same as the first disk brakes and even fuel injection was invented around 1925.
  3. I just thought I'd add this, should anyone wish to add to the Twitter discussion. Not long ago I bought an IDX dual battery charger that cost me about AU$179. This charger came with the power brick, the charging unit and several plates for different batteries. Now IDX is a well know company, but no where near as large as Panasonic, yet can still produce and sell high quality gear for nearly a 1/10th of the price of the charger discussed in the Twitter page. It just makes you wonder.
  4. I can understand where he's coming from, but I still disagree with the comment that they are expensive because they are made in small numbers. Yes, in some circumstances this is a valid argument, such as when say some specific lens is made in small quantities and require special manufacturing/materials etc. But in the Panasonic example, and in mine, these are items that are made by the millions every day. Panasonic probably puts these in numerous other electronic products that they make, converting mains to DC power, only changing the DC cable end. How about Blackmagic? They supplied a mains power converter with the BMPCC4K and they are a but pimple on the butt of the Panasonic giant by comparison. My Atomos Shinobi came similarly supplied . And this thing by Arri. Now if these clamps were hand carved from blocks of alloy by Arri elves somewhere in Europe, I could imagine that there would be a price premium. But what engineer/marketing/supply team would consider making such a thing in-house, when there are significant cost savings to be had by simply engaging a Chinese manufacturer that can make these in the thousands for next to nothing, in next to no time? Look at this clamp that I bought from Amazon to hold a V-lock battery on my light stand. This cost AU$46 and is much more complex and materials intensive than the Arri clamp, and you might wonder how many of these are actually sold: Basically it's price gouging at its best by Arri (and the others) because of they can. The only thing special about the Arri clamp is the name and number painted on the clamp. It's not even laser engraved, the least you could expect for the price. People really need to jack up and let the likes of Arri know that they aren't going to pay this sort of money for what is a $5 item to make.
  5. In my continued bafflement over the pricing of just about anything cinema gear related, there comes another simple thing that defies belief, the Arri RMB-8 Rod Mounting Bracket: How on earth can this demand AU$200+, when something like this only costs AU$20 and does the exact same thing and I'm sure there are alternatives: Are these companies have a lend of people and making $5 items and then charging $199 for the name emblazoned on the item?
  6. What I meant is that registration can still be automatic, but the first few posts should be manually approved. Given that these spammers appear to be human (I use that term loosely), it's the only way to check whether they are genuine or not. A lot of forums do it this way because of the spam issue.
  7. I had a look earlier at the Invision Community page and looking at what the site indicates is it's spam defence, it's just using existing reference material from Invision sites. I don't think that's enough. Even using the Captcha software won't stop these spammers registering, as they are not bots. There doesn't even appear to be a way to sandbox any post that uses specific keywords, which should be a basic security function. It seems the only way to stop the spammers is to sandbox all new registrations, because you aren't dealing with bots.
  8. Genuine members will normally give an intro (which mods can verify) and will have some references to show (again verifiable). Yes, there will be those who are just interested in taking part in the conversations, but does the forum really need this constant spam? A genuine user will understand the need for somewhat more detailed verification. Usually the email address given is a dead giveaway that it's coming from spammers, as my WordPress site picks these up immediately. And I'm surprised that the site can't sandbox any post that has certain keywords, which these spammers appear to be using. Also, the forum software should also be able to pick up the spammer by the fact that the same post is being spammed across multiple threads. Plus there's a time factor to consider, each of these spam posts would happen within seconds of each other, another clue for the spam destroying software.
  9. That should make it much harder for these pests and hopefully make it easier for the mods to clean out the garbage. But I'd also see if you can set it so that new members can't create new posts or comment on existing posts without going through a mod approval process for the first few times. You can extend the timeframe if any new member appears suspicious, especially if a new member suddenly tries to post in multiple threads at once.
  10. There was a brief hiatus and then it appears to have restarted. That's why I raised this post. Something is still crook in Tallarook.
  11. Most likely this is being done via human intervention, so they bypass the automated spam checks. There must be a setting in the forum software that sandboxes first posts, or suspect posts, so that an admin needs to check validity and approve the user. Many forums use this to ensure that such spam doesn't get through. I think this is the only way that this crap can be nipped in the bud. But if not done, in the long term, it's going to reflect poorly on the reputation of the forum if this keeps going on.
  12. There has got to be a way to sandbox these knobs that keep registering and then spamming the entire site. The Invision Community site talks about being able to block spam and the like, so something is not working or set correctly. It's just so frustrating coming here when the rest of the world is asleep and finding the entire site has been spammed.
  13. Can't disagree with that, but then if you are offering a very expensive product because of limited sales potential, then it really has to offer something that truly makes it worth the asking price. Leica can place a high price on their cameras because they are more akin to a Veblen good, but I can't see an Atomos monitor being in the same league. But then I'm too new to this industry and maybe enough people will see these monitors as value products. I have to smile though, Blackmagic have a 15.6" 4K broadcast monitor that appears to have similar specs, for AU$1500, so I wonder how much effort it would take to make a larger monitor that would compete and at what cost?
  14. That's true, or perhaps do what the Vitec Group is now doing after buying up many film and photographic gear manufacturers, re-badging one manufacturer's product with another's name. Make it once, sell it under many names.
  15. Without doubt image quality is really what counts, but I'm not quite sure whether recording capability is so important once you are looking at monitors of this size (and price). Are these monitors going to record ProRes RAW from consumer cameras? Now if you plan to use these Atomos monitors as extra-large, recording, field monitors, then those other features are clearly needed, but for studio work I doubt that to be the case. There's no doubt that reference monitors demand the prices they do for good reason but, even so, the less expensive Eizo monitors are still probably way up there when it comes to image quality. I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of Atomos anyway, given my very limited experience with their products, and that clouds my view. I can't help thinking that Atomos is always trying to put lipstick on a pig. But I guess my problem is that coming from the photographic industry where anything that's considered expensive, in the film industry is usually considered chicken feed or chump change. So my issue is that I'm always looking at these things in a completely different historical light. But being a Blackmagic owner, I realise that you don't have to sell your soul to own reasonably high quality gear; and therein lies the conundrum.
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