Rumours again…Sony E mount 18-110mm f4 lens (9th September 2016)

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According to Sony Alpha Rumours we are going to see a new Sony E mount lens announced on the 9th September 2016. The long awaited 18-110mm f4 lens will be a delight for all FS7 and FS5 owners. No pricing as yet but it will be as dear as the 28-135 f4 at £2099.

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NEW Canon’s XC-15 now with XLR module. £2399

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Canon XC-15

4K UHD Wide-angle 10x Zoom Lens with Image Stabilizer

The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder incorporates a Canon 4K video lens that leverages proprietary Canon optical technologies derived from years of experience in developing Cinema, Broadcast and EF Series lenses. This 10x wide-angle optical zoom lens offers a focal range of 24.1–241mm for photos and 27.3–273mm for movies. The use of UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) and Hi-UD lens elements helps compensate for chromatic aberrations and provides a compact size ideal for on-the-go reporting and recording. An innovative retractable lens barrel structure integrating internal guide bars helps facilitate precise lens movement during zooming, while only extending the lens barrel by a mere 36.2mm.

The XC15 4K UHD Camcorder’s 4K Wide-Angle 10x Zoom lens features separate focus and zoom rings for manual lens control. The zoom ring rotates approximately 71°, allowing for rapid manual zooming and precision. Clearly engraved focal length marks and mechanical end stops combine to further improve usability.

Canon Optical Image Stabilization enhances handheld operation of the camera. Three modes of Image Stabilization – Dynamic, Standard and Powered – are offered to suit a range of shooting situations including walking while shooting and shooting at long telephoto lengths.

The XC15 4K UHD Camcorder also features an advanced Canon Auto Focus system with Face Detection technology, providing additional assistance to aid users in capturing creative and beautiful imagery.

12 Megspixel One-inch 4K UHD-compatible CMOS Image Sensor

The XC15 4K UHD Camcorder features a Canon 12.0 Megapixel 1-inch CMOS image sensor with 12 stops of dynamic range, and both video and photo shooting functionality. The hybrid design makes the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder a true crossover capable of satisfying the needs of both video and still workflows. With capture that includes both 4K UHD and Full HD (FHD) video and still capture up to 12.0 Megapixels, the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder is a strong contender in professional productions, creative fields and more.

The advanced CMOS sensor uses Over-Sampling HD Processing for 1920 x 1080 capture. The use of oversampling technology means that the sensor provides not only high-quality 4K UHD but also exceptional HD quality that is found in other Cinema EOS products such as the Canon EOS C500 4K Cinema camera.

The 12 Megapixel sensor provides the pixel density needed for high-quality still imagery, while advanced image processing ensures optimum results when shooting in both video and still modes.

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Compact and Ergonomic Design

The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder is compact, ergonomic and lightweight, broadening the range of recording opportunities and possibilities for image expression – and offering innovative shooting potential in situations where a larger camera can’t be used. Users will appreciate this camcorder for events such as weddings, video reporting, documentaries and other uses where increased mobility and an unobtrusive design is necessary. This allows the user to interact and record their subjects in a more personal way, while at the same time, limiting the amount of equipment that needs to be carried.

Rotating Handgrip – The handgrip on the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder can be rotated to various positions to allow for comfortable shooting at a variety of camera angles. The grip contributes to the camcorder’s intuitive user interface (UI) with multiple easy-to-see and easy-to-adjust controls based on the familiar UI design of Canon EOS SLR cameras. Handgrip controls include the record button, as well as a thumb-control dial and a menu button that are smoothly recessed to prevent accidental activation while at the same time remaining easily accessible.

Integrated LCD with Touch Panel – A 3.0-inch 1.03-million-dot tilting LCD monitor provides the Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder with a bright, vivid-color display for shooting and playing back footage. The LCD’s innovative two-axis parallel hinge mechanism allows the display to be placed in optimal positions for shooting at a variety of angles, from low to high. This LCD also integrates a highly advanced capacitive touch-panel for easy fingertip control of all camera functions and settings. Camera information can be displayed on-screen for clear and easy visual recognition of selected menu items, and users can also swipe from one menu page to another without vertical scrolling. The user interface borrows many of the concepts from the Canon EOS system making the camera intuitive to operate for users fam iliar with other Canon products. The XC15 4K UHD Camcorder also includes a removable viewing hood that can be used in bright or outdoor environments or where critical image viewing is needed.

To prevent unintended errors while accessing and adjusting critical settings, a dedicated Operation Lock turns off the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder’s point-and-touch capabilities for the user-display panel to prevent accidental changing of important settings. This capability provides greater confidence and peace of mind during time-critical video and film production where there might not be the possibility for a second take.

Built-in Microphone – In addition to the detachable XLR module, the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder also features a built-in stereo microphone that can be used when a lower profile is needed or to capture scratch audio when used in conjunction with another camera or audio recording device. A separate mini-jack is also available for connecting to a variety of compatible microphones.

DiG!C DV 5 Image Processor

The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder incorporates Canon’s DiG!C DV 5 Image Processor. This advanced core technology component provides the image-processing power and speed that enables such features as 4K UHD video acquisition, Image Stabilization, slow and fast motion recording and precision AF. The DiG!C DV 5 Image Processor is integral in providing high image quality, advanced performance and convenient operability.

Advanced AF Performance

With faster, more agile autofocus – nearly twice as fast as comparable Canon models – the new Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder lets you frame and capture needle-sharp images easily and seamlessly. Autofocus speed can be set in three useful steps – high (the default), middle and low – to enable a range of special effects.

Automatic face detection and tracking will bring key subjects into focus and continuously maintain focus as they move across the frame. When multiple faces are detected, the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder’s AF system determines the main subject. A touch-screen override is provided to enable users to select a different subject then the one selected by the camera.

For added visual impact, an advanced direction-determining algorithm also provides large bokeh during defocus mode.

High-sensitivity and High-quality Low-light HD images

The XC15 4K UHD Camcorder’s 1.0-inch sensor allows for larger photo sites resulting in improved low noise in low-light situations and an improved signal-to-noise ratio when compared to smaller sized sensors. The larger sensor also exhibits a more shallow depth of field at large apertures, providing greater depth of field control and creative options than camcorders using smaller sensors.

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Pro Audio Module with XLR Inputs and Precision Audio Control

The bundled Microphone Adapter MA-400 for the Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder opens up a number of creative possibilities. Two XLR-format audio ports enable direct connection to professional audio equipment such as microphones and audio mixers. The MA-400 allows manual or automatic audio level control and the ability to receive line level signals. The MA-400 also includes an integrated microphone holder to facilitate mounting a shotgun style mic directly to the unit.

To provide improved stability for the supplied MA-400, the Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder is fitted with a cold shoe mount that is longer than that offered on other comparable Canon cameras. The cold shoe’s added length provides a larger support area for the adapter and any compatible microphone mounted within the MA-400’s integral mic mount. Because the cold-shoe mount does not have compatible data contact pins, the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder does not support still-image sync shooting when using Canon Speedlite flash units.

Look Settings Available for Movies and Stills

To provide more creative flexibility, the Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder includes new Look Settings for changing the gamma curves of both moving and still images. Movie looks from the Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mark II camera, comprising of Neutral, Production Camera and Color Matrix, have been added to the camcorder’s user menu. This allows images to be unified with a common look during small-space shoots, equipment sessions or other occasions where the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder is used as a second sub-camera – thereby making grading easier.

Image Settings Compatible with Cinema EOS Cameras

The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder shares a variety of image quality settings with other Canon Cinema EOS cameras including Canon Log, Wide DR and EOS Std. This helps allow for video captured with the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder to match the “look” of video captured with other Cinema EOS and EOS cameras. The XC15 4K UHD Camcorder features a log gamma setting that sets the camera to maximize dynamic range and provide wide exposure latitude. This is the same log curve used in the Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mark II camera, which helps maximize compatibility when the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder is used in conjunction with it on the same shoot. This is especially helpful in post-production, where corrections, color matching and grading are applied.

Waveform Monitor

A new feature of the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder is an integrated Waveform monitor. A touch-sensitive on/off button located on the main display activates and deactivates the waveform function. When active, the waveform of the current image is displayed on-screen to let videographers check video-signal levels and characteristics such as exposure and make necessary adjustments.

XF-AVC Codec for up to 4K UHD 30p and Full 60p

The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder incorporates the Canon XF-AVC Codec to balance ease of workflow with a high standard of image quality. For 4K UHD up to 30p recording, XF-AVC Intra-Frame encoding is used, which captures all the detail and resolution of the CMOS sensor on a frame-by-frame basis, enabling edits to be made at any point in a motion sequence and high-quality stills to be extracted from any 4K UHD motion-image frame.

To provide direct compatibility with media recorded via the Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mark II camera, the Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder allows changes to be applied to image file names and metadata after a shoot, allowing for easier data management.

XF-AVC file names contain a unique camera ID, Clip number and a user-selectable code ID to uniquely tag the video clips captured during a specific shoot. Unique proxy file names also are available. Within the format’s Metadata areas, the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder can now record Scene and Take numbers, in addition to Reel and Shot plus Circle Takes.

For HD recording up to 60p, AVC Long GOP (Group of Pictures) encoding is used to help maintain outstanding quality and efficient data rates.

Slow and Fast Motion Recording

The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder features Slow and Fast Motion recording. This allows the user to vary the playback speed of the recorded video. The XC15 4K UHD Camcorder is capable of recording Slow Motion down to 1/4x real-time, and Fast Motion up to a maximum of 1200x.

Superb Still Capture Capability

The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder offers a true hybrid workflow solution for creative videographers who need to integrate both high-quality video and still acquisition into their productions. The camcorder offers the ability to capture both 4K UHD and HD imagery at a variety of frame rates and resolutions. Individual frames from the Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder’s 4K UHD video can be extracted in camera or post and used as approx. 8.3-Megapixel still images. The camcorder is also a fully functional 12MP still camera complete with a mechanical shutter.

4K Frame Grab – In-camera still photos that are approximately 8.3 Megapixels can be extracted from 4K UHD video files. After creating a 4K UHD video movie, users can extract any frame they wish and convert it into a high-quality still photo.

Canon Log and Wide Dynamic Range Gamma

For professional users and anyone looking to get the most out of their camcorder, the Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder features Canon Log and Canon Wide DR Gamma curves that help maximize dynamic range and provide a wide exposure latitude.

Canon Log is ideal for post-production color-correction and grading where maintaining the highest possible image quality is of utmost importance for post processing. When using Canon Log, the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder can provide a dynamic range up to 800% or 12 stops.

Canon Wide Dynamic Range Gamma allows users to get many of the benefits of Canon Log but maintains an 18% gray point similar to Rec. 709 (the television standard). By using this setting, users can obtain the full dynamic range of the sensor without the need for extensive post-processing.

Wireless Operation

The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder incorporates dual built-in 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band wireless networks. This functionality provides both a Browser Remote and Browser Preview. By using Browser Remote, camcorder operations can be performed remotely from a web browser on a compatible smartphone or computer. Browser Preview allows users to look at still photos recorded in the camcorder without the need to remove media from the camcorder.

Workflow Versatility

The Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder provides a true hybrid workflow for professional filmmakers and videographers who want to integrate both high-quality video and still images into creative productions. It captures both 4K UHD and Full HD data files at a variety of frame rates and resolutions through an easy-to-implement capture, ingest, edit and render workflow that is fully compatible with industry-standard editing software.

A special-purpose version of Canon’s XF Utility 3.1 software – available as a free download – accommodates the XF-AVC codec, streamlining both 4K and Full HD playback, as well as 8.3-Megapixel still-image extractions in JPEG or TIFF formats. For added flexibility, individual frames can be extracted from the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder’s 4K UHD video output, either in the camera or during post-production.

CFast 4K UHD Recording Technology

Recording 4K UHD video requires professional-quality media capable of keeping up with the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder’s 4K Codec. To meet these high data rate requirements, the camcorder features CFast™ recording technology. CFast™ is a next-generation non-proprietary recording solution supported by Canon and a variety of other manufacturers. Its high speed and durability are a perfect match to the XC15 4K UHD Camcorder and provides quality, performance and confidence in recording.

For HD recording an SD card slot is available to record directly to affordable SD cards when the higher data rates of CFast™ are not needed.

Highlight Priority

To capture highly saturated, realistic colors and to convey gradation characteristics as perceived by the eye, the Canon XC15 4K UHD Camcorder has a Highlight Priority mode that achieves effects similar to HDR modes in other camcorders. By reducing the mid- to high-brightness compression of the standard gamma mode, the Highlight Priority mode helps to prevent loss of detail in high-brightness areas. Designed for display on a bright LCD TV, videos captured in Highlight Priority mode should be shown at a high-brightness setting to help ensure accurate portrayal of the effect.

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NEW for IBC the Canon EOS C700 with 4.6K 50p £26,918

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Finally Canon have brought out a cinema camera to match or better Sonys F55 in specs alone but at £28K. Glad to see they have moved away from the squat dumpy look to a more aesthetic “ARRI” look.

Canon badly need sales and a price and spec. contender with the Sony FS7… in my opinion the new C700 is for rental houses only at this price.

Canon’s new Cinema EOS C700 Digital Cinema Camera is designed to be a flexible “A” camera for any type of shooting scenario. The EOS C700 features both internal 4K ProRes and XF-AVC recording. With the optional 4K Codex CDX-3150 recorder, the EOS C700 is capable of recording uncompressed RAW up to 120 frames per second. As Canon’s flagship cinema camera, the EOS C700 features the choice of one of two new Super 35mm CMOS sensors. With three models to choose from, users can choose the best tool for their shooting requirements, The EOS C700 is available in both EF and PL mounts and features a pixel resolution up to 4.5K, a dynamic range of 15 stops and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The PL only EOS C700 GS PL features 14 stops of dynamic range, up to 4K resolution, and a Global Shutter. The EOS C700 will be equally comfortable handheld, shoulder-mounted, on a tripod head, gimbal rig or rigged to a car mount.

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EOS C700 EF £28,839.99
EOS C700 PL £28,839.99
EOS C700 GS PL £30,789.99
Shoulder Style Grip Unit SG-1 £2,319.99
OLED Electronic View Finder EVF-V70 £5,539.99
Shoulder Support Unit SU-15 £1,869.99
Remote Operation Unit OU-700 £2,769.99
Remote Operation Unit Cable UC-V75 £354.99
Remote Operation Unit Cable UC-V1000 £444.99

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Drone footage of the Northern Lights in Iceland

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Saw this last night and thought is was spectacular, drone footage of the Northern lights.

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“Multicam at a price” called MEVO on your iPad using 4K technology $399

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As I was filming an episode of “One Roving Cook” the MEVO arrived… a very low budget multi angle production all from one 4K camera.

MEVO screen

Confusing…the main screen stays the same its the thumbnail (top of screen) that changes becoming your program output, it took a while over lunch to suss this out. The camera comes with a micro SD card but I could not find out how to record to it, so everything it stored on the iPad Pro.

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Scott became the vision mixer for the demo below, and before you all rush to the computer to order one… I was more impressed with the quality than I was expecting but the cut in picture is noisy as you would expect though not that bad as you can see in my demo below. The inbuilt mic can be overridden by your iPad as long as you have a SC7 patch cable as I have from RODE but that was not used in the demo below.

My main complaint from version 1 is that it can take ages for the MEVO Wi-Fi to be recognised by the iPad, I hope this gets better in the next firmware.

This would be a great unit for schools and colleges that want a low budget way of performing a multi angle shoot on HD.

Web site here https://getmevo.com/?_ga=1.138813747.1664467510.1467388305

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WenPod MD2…The Future of the 3 axis gimbal $1995

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Gimbals are coming of age, easy setup is the name of the game. At $1999 this seems to be an excellent solution for all cameras from mirrorless, DSLR and the Black Magic camera.

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Having had a Ronin M, I was appalled at the time needed to swap over to a new camera and re-set the balance. This new generation of almost self balancing gimbal seems to be the future for this technology.

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One Roving Cook Episode One

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Will be interesting to see what my readership think of this, unfortunately I have been left with a slight stammer since my stroke but we all take it in good taste and joke about it.

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I am using various cameras to produce this a JVC LS300 with radio miss plugged into Ch1 and 2. A wide 7mm shot from a GH4 and a high production shot from a GX8.

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The best shot comes from the FZ1000 mounted on my ceiling and controlled by my iPad to the left of shot. Unfortunately it has brought a glaring omission to light in You Tube …the ability not being able to update a video as you can in Vimeo.

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Sony announce a new NXCAM camcorder, Camera remote and Switcher for IBC 2016

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Sony has today announced the launch of its latest NXCAM camcorder, the Full-HD handheld HXR-NX5R. Providing rich colour imagery and high sensitivity, the model features…

  • 3 x 1/2.8-type Full HD Exmor CMOS sensors and 40x Clear Image Zoom function
  • 3G-SDI terminal that supports Full HD 60p output
  • Digital signal processor (DSP)and advanced noise reduction
  • Price expected to be about £2800

RM30

Sony has also announced the release of its new compact multi-function remote commander, introduced to help enhance and expand the possibilities of multi-camera shoots and provide increased creative options, the RM-30BP lightweight remote can be handheld, placed on a table or attached to a tripod arm for operation. The RM-30BP can control most camera functions including…

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  • Lens control: one push auto / manual focus, iris and zoom control
  • Camera control: recording / display functions, shutter speed, white balance – including six assignable buttons
  • Playback and multi camera control (up to 3 cameras)
  • Price expected to be about £830

MCX500

And finally, Sony has unveiled its latest Multi Camera Live Producer. The MCX-500 includes a wide-range of functionality along with an easy-to-use interface, to give operators the flexibility to easily cover different types of productions. It is a 4 channel video switcher that offers users the option to select from 9 inputs, including 4x 3G-SDI, 2x HDMI and 2x CVBS. It also has an SDXC card recorder built in recording 8bit 4:2:0 pictures. All you need to record your production is an SD card, affordable and widely available with no need for an external recorder. As soon as the shoot wraps, you can provide the customer with a high quality AVCHD or XAVC S 50Mbps* recording to archive, re-broadcast or even re-edit into a highlights package on any leading non linear editing software.

  • Price expected to be about £2000

Note XAVC S with version 2 firmware.

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NEW at IBC the Dutti Dolly $1399

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There may be many different dollies on the market, but James Saldutti’s is a unique approach, created by Saldutti, a working Dolly Grip, who needed to be able to multi-task, move quickly and work low enough to get gear into places other dollies can’t go. DUTTI DOLLY also configures so that it can be carried much easier, saving a grip’s back – and costly time from break down to set up.

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Cinematographer James Muro (for whom the dolly was created), takes it everywhere he goes. “It simply makes for an intuitive operating experience,” he explains. “Where there is not a lot of discussion, not a lot of laying track, not a lot of big equipment. With the Dutti Dolly I can be in and out of the location quickly and still have a massive amount of production value, just as if I had all the big gear.”

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Another big fan, cinematographer Joaquin Sedillo, ASC. At one point he had a sequence in a real theater. “Rather than hoisting one or more regular dollies from the stage ‘pit’ onto the stage with chain motors, we threw down Dutti’s light-weight track and dolly. It was a huge time savings plus a great ease of execution.”

DUTTI DOLLY can get into extreme low angles or can carry a bazooka or tripod for other heights. The stability gives the operator the ability to whip pan and quick tilt. It rolls directly on the ground or can be mounted on stands or track and can be over or under slung. It can fit in places where conventional dollies cannot fit – airplane or bus aisles – or even church pews. DUTTY DOLLY is great for long takes, stunts or poor man’s process and more.

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More details here  http://products.msegrip.com/collections/showcase/products/the-dutti-dolly

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Canon’s 5D Mk1V “Are Canon flogging a dead horse”

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Canon 5D v4

How many times are we going to get a minor update to this camera, here are the rumoured specifications…4K is good but 720p at 120fps is useless.

  • 30.4 MP Sensor
  • 7fps
  • Compact Flash/SD Card Slots
  • 4K at 25fps
  • 1080p up to 50fps
  • 720p up to 120fps
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • 4:2:2
  • 8bit 500mbps MJPEG
  • USB 3
  • Front Cable Release Port
  • 3.2″ Touchscreen Functionality
  • New Locking Switch

Still 8bit…WHY ? If the Panasonic GH5 appears with 6-8K this will leave the Canon dead in the water.

Personally I think cameras like this should be left as photographic tools and strip out all the video features, mirrorless is the only way forward for video featured photographic cameras.

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The 5D has been crying out for a swivel viewfinder from day one and Canon insist in leaving it as is.

I think with all the video options we now have like the JVC LS300, Canon C100 Mk11, Sony’s FS5 its clear we are now covered for shallow depth of field camcorders.

The need for Canon to keep updating the 5D is in my opinion driven by the sales in the past and not by anything technically outstanding.

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