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Mike Curtis writes and runs HD for Indies, a consultancy and website dedicated to using affordable digital technology for independent filmmaking. Mike started HD for Indies after a 15 year digital media career making content for everything from cell phones to cinema screens for clients such as Ford, Dell, Compaq, etc.. As a consultant, he focuses on production and post production hardware, software, and workflows to achieve maximum results at a variety of budget levels....

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Update on new Nikon/Canon cameras: RAW support, manuals and ship dates

Shipping updates, RAW support from Apple & Adobe out of the gate

By Mike Curtis | March 15, 2012

Shipping updates on the Nikon D800 and D4, Canon 1DX and 5D Mark III. Plus, Apple (for once!) has support for RAW formats from Day Zero for SOME of the cameras coming to market, and Adobe does a better job of RAW support for Day Zero for these cameras. Read More

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Hey camera vendors - less firmware, more software

Hey camera vendors - less firmware, more software

Time to rethink the brains of your cameras

By Mike Curtis | March 09, 2012

Thom Hogan pointed out something I hadn't thought about, and it got me thinking - why isn't the software in our cameras getting smarter faster? Read More

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Comparing System Costs for Nikon D4 and Canon 1DX

Comparing System Costs for Nikon D4 and Canon 1DX

How much does it cost to kit up these monsters?

By Mike Curtis | March 07, 2012

OK, so I wrote up this article comparing prices of kitting out a Nikon D800 vs a Canon 5D Mark III, and decided I wanted to keep going, so here's the same thing for the Nikon D4 vs the Canon 1DX. Read More

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Why Nikon HAD to make the D800 ultra high resolution

Why Nikon HAD to make the D800 ultra high resolution

Megapixels: Go Big or Go Home was their only choice

By Mike Curtis | March 07, 2012

Theory/Supposition/Personal Opinion: Nikon realized Canon had video zipped up. They couldn't get a decisive win there. If they made their low light performance too close to the D4, they'd cannibalize sales as they had with the D3/D700. So how could they respond effectively and get some mindshare back? Megapixels: Go Big or Go Home was their only choice left. Read More

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Nikon D800 vs Canon 5D Mark III - System Cost Reality Check

Nikon D800 vs Canon 5D Mark III - System Cost Reality Check

How much does it cost to put together a shootable package with these?

By Mike Curtis | March 07, 2012

At first glance, the Canon 5D Mark III costs $500 more than the Nikon D800 - $3500 vs $3000. Canon costs more, case closed. Not so fast...what about what it takes to make a shootable package? Lenses, grips, batteries, chargers, GPS, etc. don't all cost the same... Read More

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Priorities & Differences: Nikon D800 vs Canon 5D MkIII

Priorities & Differences: Nikon D800 vs Canon 5D MkIII

What choices and preferences imply for the new full frame HDSLRs

By Mike Curtis | March 07, 2012

Canon and Nikon have their new mid-level full frame DSLRs. How do the compare, what differences does resolution enforce, and more nitty gritty analysis. Not just what they changed, but why. Read More

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