China's in the game
Posted 02 September 2011 - 03:34 PM
Posted 02 September 2011 - 03:58 PM
Support of course is crucial! I can't afford a Red or Alexa but this I could stretch to, and I think I may be there target :-)
Posted 11 September 2011 - 12:00 PM
As long as the manufacturers don't outsource their know-how (like they did in other industries) they have to fear very little.
Posted 28 November 2011 - 04:19 PM
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Posted 12 December 2011 - 10:07 AM
Here's another one: Zeiss ZF lenses re-housed into CP knockoff case by a Chinese company. They seem cheap compared to CP lenses but I guess you should look at them as ZF glass that hasn't been "carefully sorted" with an upgraded housing. Basically they add about $300 to the price to get the ZF glass in a more cine-friendly housing.
Posted 19 March 2013 - 06:19 PM
Why avoid Chinese goods? Just think about anything you've bought in Walmart. Products you used to buy years ago that would last a lifetime now fall apart in two years. If that. These products are not only made with cheap labor they are made with inferior raw materials. They have to be. It's not economically possible otherwise. They simply cannot use the best materials and make money. That's why your stainless steel tableware from China rusts in the dishwasher. They short on the chromium. They have to. Otherwise they can't produce it.
But Americans have voted. They voted with their wallets and sent many American manufacturing companies out of business. They voted to buy things cheap and throw them away sooner. That may be fine with a frypan, but not with a camera!
Think about it - would you buy a Chinese car? Probably not. Because you may not mind the cheap frypan or the inferior vacuum cleaner, it was cheap so that's okay that it is pretty crappy. A car on the other hand is a safety and status thing. We won't sacrifice there. We'll spend as much as a house on a car!
Me? I don't even buy knockoff lights. I shoot with Arri, Westcott, Kinoflo, Mole. I bought some knockoffs earlier in my career. None of that equipment remains. It all fell apart. My Mole 2Ks are probably 25 years old or older. I bought them used. Probably have them another 25 years!
Jim Ross, Cinematiographer
Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:08 PM
Strangely enough some of the Chinese manufacturers of electronics (particularly lab and test gear) have started rather consciously not using chinese parts. Outfits like Applent (no prizes for guessing who they're definitely not trying to be) have a tendency to use non-Chinese parts even where it wouldn't matter over-much, things like power supply controllers and noncritical capacitors.
Of course this alone isn't enough to stop it being junk, and I'm obviously not defending the tidal wave of feebly-built crap that's coming at us from the far east at the moment. But it may be a little misleading to work solely from the assumption that it's always crap. It isn't, not any more. Which is even more worrying from the standpoint of a major western economy.