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Old March 9th, 2011, 03:37 PM   #1
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New Frame rates

Is this new or have I just missed it? Fairly interesting I wonder how much?
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Old March 9th, 2011, 04:22 PM   #2
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I think I saw that Canon charge 400 for this service to make the camera dual standard by adding the NTSC frame rates.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 07:40 PM   #3
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At the Canon Expo last summer in NYC, I was told about the standards conversion option. They quoted me $500 US. Fast forward to January of this year and I shot in the UK. I set the shutter speed to 100, turned on flicker reduction, and not a blinking light to be seen - incandescent or fluorescent.

Factory PAL upgrade = $500
2 simple camera adjustments = $00.00

Nearly identical result.

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Old March 10th, 2011, 07:07 AM   #4
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For most people with an NTSC camera, simply changing the shutter speed when under 50 cycle lights of PAL land, is the smart choice.

I am actually going to go ahead and get the upgrade for my camera. I shoot for clients in both TV standards and so being able to shoot source material with no conversion necessary, is better for me and the client.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 12:06 PM   #5
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I just ask here in Hong Kong, the Canon service center charges $500usd to upgrade to ntsc. Is there no way for the users to update the firmware? Like Nikon DSLRs etc. $500 is quite steep, though I am not complaining.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 04:15 PM   #6
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Is this new or have I just missed it? Fairly interesting I wonder how much?
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I had this upgrade 2 weeks ago in the UK. 400 euros + tax
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Old March 10th, 2011, 07:13 PM   #7
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Canon Singapore is asking 800 SGD which comes to $628 USD! Kind of steep for what is surely not more than a 10 min job. But for me, a lot cheaper than getting a second XF300! I just wish Canon would simply offer this as an original feature. It would save me the expense of flying the camera over to Singapore and hanging out there for the three days that they say that it will take them, bringing the total cost to well over a thousand, plus the lost days. I guess I will have to bring my XHA1 and spend my time shooting stock!
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Old March 10th, 2011, 07:27 PM   #8
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Takes 10 mins.. If you book it in and take it yourself the London centre will do it why you have a coffee..
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Old March 10th, 2011, 07:29 PM   #9
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While you have a coffee I meant! Although having tasted it, Why is also valid.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 10:06 PM   #10
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Canon Singapore is asking 800 SGD which comes to $628 USD! Kind of steep for what is surely not more than a 10 min job. But for me, a lot cheaper than getting a second XF300! I just wish Canon would simply offer this as an original feature. It would save me the expense of flying the camera over to Singapore and hanging out there for the three days that they say that it will take them, bringing the total cost to well over a thousand, plus the lost days. I guess I will have to bring my XHA1 and spend my time shooting stock!
You should come to hong kong! Only usd$500 here, i just checked with the service rep yesterday. :)

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Old March 13th, 2011, 04:49 AM   #11
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Hey That sounds good! Can they do it while I have a cup of coffee, like the chaps in london?
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Old March 13th, 2011, 10:25 AM   #12
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From what the sales rep said when I was in the showroom, it is a quick job like you have mentioned. She went up to the Canon service floors, asked a technician, and came back down to give me a quote. If you would like me to ask how quick it can be done, I can definitely give them a call. There is a TGI Fridays, Pacific Coffee, and Outback steakhouse on the first three floors of the building Canon's showroom/customer service center is in, so you can have a brewski, coffee, tea, whatever. :)

I plan on getting mine from Canon HK, the XF100 will be in stock beginning of March.
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Old March 14th, 2011, 12:38 AM   #13
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Yes, I am seriusly interested. The airfare is a little more to Hong Kong for me but if I can get it done same day, rahter than the three days that Canon Singapore says that it will take, then It will be overall cheaper for me to do it in HK. Thanks for the offer to check for me!

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Old March 14th, 2011, 01:17 AM   #14
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Okay, I will go to Canon and ask personally before I leave for the US. I will also ask them if you can send ship the camera straight to them, and ship it back to you in Vietnam after the upgrade, unless the camera is your baby, that is a logic money and time just to fly over here to HK. I will let you know.
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Old March 14th, 2011, 02:12 AM   #15
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Am I the only person who thinks that it's pretty outrageous for Canon to charge $500 or more just to install updated firmware to provide missing features that other manufacturers include without extra cost?
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