Boy, was I looking forward to November 3rd and so were the Canon executives I am sure. For one thing, I am fed up with aliasing and moiré in my 5D footage. You never know that you have it until it is too late.
That means after you are all done shooting and sometimes even editing. You notice it in your final footage and there is nothing you can do about it.
Yes, I know about the Mosaic Anti-Aliasing Filter. I just didn’t want to deal with the problems with focus shift and wide angles, plus the hassle of putting it in and out. I got this close to ordering it, but then I heard about the November 3rd announcement so I decided to wait, figured I would need the extra money to help pay for the new Canon, whatever it was going to be. I was really looking forward to November 3rd. Even my loving wife knew about my enthusiasm. She said, “Uh oh… that means a new camera? You better talk to me about this one first.”
So along came November 3rd. Canon introduces the C300, and WOW, 9x the street price of a 5D? You have GOT to be kidding, and only HD? Within hours Red announced their new Scarlet body at 1/2 the price of the C300, and 4K to boot. Congratulations Canon Cinema EOS C300, you have joined the ranks of the colossally botched product launches. First Final Cut Pro X, now this… yikes!
I have already talked about the opportunities offered to filmmakers by the Red Epic and Scarlet. I will say one thing about the C300, besides it being priced twice as high as it should be: you had better check it out. We saw Mobius, Vincent Laforet’s demo film of the C300 in Austin at this month’s Masters in Motion film seminar. The footage just sings. I would go to see any movie on the big screen shot on this. The low light and film latitude opens new possibilities for filmmakers. It’s all about the codec.
For you to get the full story I am making this very simple. Watch the 2 videos below. Head over to the Canon Cinema EOS site and watch Sam Nicholson’s XXIT and the other films there. Read Jonathan Yi’s comprehensive review. After you are done you may agree with me that this is one fine camera, but it is priced about 10 grand past the “Honey, I swear I’ll make it up to you” limit. This Canon may sing, but it’s me that is singing the blues.