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Old January 20th, 2014, 11:31 PM   #1
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Review of C100 - after having it a while

So I purchased a C100 not long ago and decided to write ups review about it. Less about the specs, and more about why I decided to go with one. I don't know if this writeup will help in anyone's decision making process, but you can find it here: Mikon Haaksman: A Review of the Canon C100

In an nutshell, I've gone from working with Betacam all the way around to the C300/C100. A lot of reviews I've read discuss only the specs and usage, and less on the 'why should I buy one' factor.
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Old January 20th, 2014, 11:54 PM   #2
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Great review, thanks! Can you tell me exactly which eyepiece you are using as I'd like to try it.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 07:13 AM   #3
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Brilliant write-up, thanks. Going on six months with my two C100's & it's the best cameras I've personally ever owned coming from EX1's & DSLRs. I couldn't imagine going back to DSLR. Even the crappy AVCHD codec has a positive side for me as an event shooter I don't need so much storage any more. I'm getting a lot of mileage out of my C100's.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 10:01 AM   #4
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Great review, thanks! Can you tell me exactly which eyepiece you are using as I'd like to try it.
Hello Mervin,

I used a Zacuto eyepiece with a chamois. Here is a link to their website: Z-Finder Eyecup Replacement | Z-Finder | Zacuto USA

Works well.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 03:05 PM   #5
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Nice review. :)
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Old January 21st, 2014, 04:40 PM   #6
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Nice little summary of your time with the camera, I found it intriguing to read!

I took delivery of my C100 yesterday and can't wait to use it on a small shoot tomorrow.

One disappointment I have found is that the Sennheiser ME66 Mic is narrower than what the Mic Mount on camera can hold which is a huge shame, might have to wrap some electrical tape around it to thicken it up a little!
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Old January 21st, 2014, 06:07 PM   #7
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"One disappointment I have found is that the Sennheiser ME66 Mic is narrower than what the Mic Mount on camera can hold which is a huge shame, might have to wrap some electrical tape around it to thicken it up a little! "

Chris, do not use tape. For me it works to just run your XLR cable under the mic. It is just enough to make it snug.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 06:14 PM   #8
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Chris, do not use tape. For me it works to just run your XLR cable under the mic. It is just enough to make it snug.
Err... that really never occurred to me! Thanks!

I'll give that one a try tomorrow and if it works I have a couple of mics I can removed the tape from on my XF cameras too!
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Old January 21st, 2014, 07:07 PM   #9
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Thanks for sharing Mikon! The footage of the lantern festival is very nice. Great DR and no noise for such a low light environment. I have read a lot that the viewfinder & LCD are subpar on the C100. Shame on Canon for skimping on such important tools just to protect the C300. I hope they introduce a C100a with better tools, codec options and framerates in the future.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 09:14 PM   #10
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Got mine Friday…wicked impressed with the IQ! And as for the viewfinder/LCD issues…yeah…they are there but since I have the Ninja 2 and a Small HD DP4 with loupe…shouldn't be a problem and still a heckuva lot cheaper than a C300! First official shoot is tomorrow…she'll be wearing a Zeiss 21mm.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 10:49 PM   #11
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Thanks for sharing Mikon! The footage of the lantern festival is very nice. Great DR and no noise for such a low light environment. I have read a lot that the viewfinder & LCD are subpar on the C100. Shame on Canon for skimping on such important tools just to protect the C300. I hope they introduce a C100a with better tools, codec options and framerates in the future.
Thank you, Tim for the nice words about the Lantern Festival video. My jaw dropped when I watched the footage back home on my monitor. Just incredible. As for the viewfinder, I think part of my review was really about all the crap we've put up with to get good footage out of DSLR's and DOF adapters that the slight headache of a small viewfinder is minuscule compared to what we've all been dealing with in the past. And yes, I do hope they fix it in a future version.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 10:52 PM   #12
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Thank you, Chris. Glad you liked the review. And Jeffrey, great idea about the mic size issue. I'll need to try that too.
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 09:32 AM   #13
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A very good review Mikon. The kind I like to read from a guy that has used one.
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very nice casual writeup. no disagreements anywhere :)
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 12:30 AM   #15
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Thanks for the kind words, everyone. I hope to add more insights about the camera soon as well as other "practical" reviews of gear I'm using.
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