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Old December 9th, 2008, 02:38 PM   #16
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In the articles I read about this they also mention the increased cost for parts. They mention some cuts on the electronics manufacturing side but I haven't seen how this is affecting the Pro division.

I can guess parts for repairs may go up as well as certain peripherals. I wouldn't be surprised if maintenance turnaround time slows (maybe we've been seeing that already as some people have complained on EX service). That's all speculative. The parts increase isn't though. They stated that the strong Yen has caused the parts increase and some on this forum have reported receiving notices of price increases from dealers.

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It is announced today that Sony is going to fire about 5% of their work force. I wonder how it will affect us - owners of their products.
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Old December 10th, 2008, 01:30 AM   #17
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Mine came in v1.11 and has been flawless ever since. Not a daily user, but definitely a few days a week.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 04:01 AM   #18
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It is announced today that Sony is going to fire about 5% of their work force. I wonder how it will affect us - owners of their products.
I just got a letter yesterday that said I got laid off as a Sony customer. Pretty sad day.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 08:00 AM   #19
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I just got a letter yesterday that said I got laid off as a Sony customer.
Was there any money?
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Was there any money?
Nah. They waived the severence fee. :-)
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Old December 11th, 2008, 12:33 PM   #21
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read this thread very carefully, one of the posts has a 1.11 link
really, that's cool?
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Old December 11th, 2008, 01:29 PM   #22
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I just got a letter yesterday that said I got laid off as a Sony customer. Pretty sad day.
I did not know that in Honolulu Sony has employed customers. What did you produce over there? Complains? :-) Sad day in dead Wish you well
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I did not know that in Honolulu Sony has employed customers. What did you produce over there? Complains? :-) Sad day in dead Wish you well
Hahaha.... actually, all kidding aside, Sony Hawaii has been very supportive of us. They were showing video clips of our show during the Expo here and a lot of people took notice of the image quality. And that was a standard definition DVD.

I provided them some full-res 1080p30 clips to try out. I'm curious to see how they look on BluRay someday.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 06:20 PM   #24
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Dean, how do you deal with IR contamination issue?

Do you have 486 filter on EX1's lens all the time?
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Old December 12th, 2008, 01:56 AM   #25
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Alex...

Hadn't had very many issues with the IR contamination problem. If the blacks turn out slightly reddish it's not a big deal since there's not a whole lot of that in what I shoot. Maybe someone's baseball cap is a little warm. Or someone's surf shorts isn't pure black. No big deal.

But if someone's shooting a lot of people in formal attire in daylight, I'd say it's a serious problem.

The rest of the colors, well, that's a real eye-catcher. I've posted this link elsewhere. It's a bunch of images I extracted from our show. I printed 6"x10" prints and put them up on display during the annual Fishing & Seafood Festival here. Many were surprised to find out they're frame grabs -- not from a digital still camera.

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Excellent imagery, Dean!
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Hadn't had very many issues with the IR contamination problem. If the blacks turn out slightly reddish it's not a big deal since there's not a whole lot of that in what I shoot. Maybe someone's baseball cap is a little warm. Or someone's surf shorts isn't pure black. No big deal.

But if someone's shooting a lot of people in formal attire in daylight, I'd say it's a serious problem.

The rest of the colors, well, that's a real eye-catcher. I've posted this link elsewhere. It's a bunch of images I extracted from our show. I printed 6"x10" prints and put them up on display during the annual Fishing & Seafood Festival here. Many were surprised to find out they're frame grabs -- not from a digital still camera.

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Your frame grabs look like pictures from my D300 with JPEG full resolution. Great!
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Old December 12th, 2008, 12:47 PM   #28
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Thanks, guys.

What probably makes a significant difference with this camera is the full 1920x1080 square-pixel raster.

BTW, I'm also using Apple's "Color" application to do my color correction and grading. I'm doing the equivalent of "burn and dodge" on each shot. It takes a little more time but the results are worth the extra effort.
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Old December 13th, 2008, 03:32 AM   #29
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As in the Photoshop dodge and burn?
Care to enlighten us further, Dean?
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"Dodge and burn" is a reference to old style black-and-white printing.

It's how we used to lighten and darken portions of a photographic print. The same thing can be done in Photoshop, and with "Color" I can do that with video, too.
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