Stuart Cone - one of our Pulp Legionnaires - informs me of the following re: this new Canon camera hitting the USA:
Haven't seen it on the blog so I figured I'd throw it out there: Canon is about to release what will be called the Rebel T2i here in the States. It's the "550D" overseas. It's pretty much the 7D with a few trims. I think the sensor, modes and ISO abilities are same the same or ridiculously close in some instances.
It will cost $800. Almost a good hundred bucks cheaper than the 7D. With a lens, $900 (I'm going body-only camera and a $90 "nifty fifty" 50mm lens). For around 2300 bucks I'm about to walk away with the T2i, a Glidecam HD1000, a Zoom H4n recorder, hotshoe, the Pluraleyes syncing plugin for Final Cut Pro and a couple of other things. Everything I need to go out and start cracking on some shorts for less than a single camera used to cost.
Really, there aren't any excuses anymore. I can't imagine 1080p/24fps is going to get much cheaper. It seems like the perfect storm for web-targeted series and films startups.
There is a review of the camera here by Phillip Bloom.
And a fantastic demo video here.
What we need now is someone to go shoot a 24 / Bourne Supremacy / Fringe demo to really put the camera through its paces. If the color and the blacks hold up then... by Jove, I think we've got it!
Oh, and if anyone at Canon is listening, Bill Martell and I have a couple of short subjects for the web for which we could use a just such a camera. Maybe even a whole damn movie....or two....just sayin'...