My sister Zara Reid is in end-of-life care for cancer

Zara and mum

When I went to see Panasonic in London earlier this year, things were on the up after a long pandemic. I remember saying to folks – wouldn’t it be great if after the last few years the drama could began to settle down.

In August my sister was diagnosed with an aggressive form of BRAF-mutation colon cancer. It has spread to her liver.

Help support EOSHD at this difficult time by donating an amount of your choice here. Another way to help is by pre-ordering my EOSHD Panasonic GH6 Shooter’s Guide and 10% of the proceeds will go to the cancer charity St Luke’s Hospice in the UK.

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EOSHD eBay Store UK now open – Huge gear sale with some surprises in store!

I am having a big gear sale at the moment of nearly half my cameras and lenses. Some long held treasure is now up for sale such as Iscorama anamorphic lenses, my Panasonic GH5S, Samsung NX1, Blackmagic Pocket 4K, Olympus OM-1 (now sold), Panasonic S1 and Fuji X-T4, plus rarities like my Cooke cinema lenses, Leica M8, Leica Noctilux and more. All are now up on eBay for shipping within the UK. (You can also contact me about shipping in Europe and worldwide).

So take a look at the EOSHD eBay Store here!

Full item list view

Please don’t hesitate to make me an offer or ask any questions via eBay or directly by email here.

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Smartphones and their growing threat to mirrorless cameras – 2022 edition

Smartphone sensor size vs mirrorless cameras

With the wholesale shift to mirrorless cameras (Pentax?) the camera world probably thinks it has finally modernised and cosigned the old flappy mirror technology to history (although my Canon 1D C would like a word).

But now there is a new threat to the high end camera market and this time not from itself.

Sensors in smartphones are getting larger. Much larger.

The progress in the last 7 years is remarkable (as my chart above shows). Smartphones have caught up and surpassed Super 16mm. Is Super 35mm next?

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Thoughts on the impressive Fuji X-H2S

Most mirrorless cameras aimed at filmmakers are so much alike these days, so does the X-H2S stand out?

The X-H2S assumes flagship status over the X-T4 for both stills and video users. It remains to be seen whether there will be an 8K resolution X-H2R later, for the high resolution stills and video crowd.

I’d love to see progress with the long list of features that matter more than higher numbers on a specs sheet, but the X-H2S floats my boat in many ways. Open Gate Anamorphic. 4K at 120fps. Internal ProRes. It is like a GH6 with a larger sensor (albeit $500 more expensive). Unfortunately there is no internal e-ND filter, and of course no compressed RAW video format for internal recording due to RED’s patent. The ergonomic concept is still rather stills-orientated too.

Let’s take a closer look at the X-H2S’s cinematic abilities.

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Surprise, surprise! RED files lawsuit vs Nikon over internal RAW recording on Z9

As has been the case in the past, with everybody (apart seemingly from Canon) RED are flexing their claim to compressed RAW again.

The target this time is Nikon.

With the latest firmware update, the Z9 bravely has not one but two internal RAW codecs. N-RAW and now ProRes-RAW.

It might be unlikely Nikon will be able to continue to offer the internal RAW firmware update, so you can download it here for the time being, should you ever wish to own a Z9 in the future.

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New ARRI ALEXA leaks – Dubbed ALEXA 35, 17 stops dynamic range and 4K/120fps

Here it is. The new ALEXA 35. The replacement for the decade old original film industry work horse, ARRI ALEXA.

Expected to be announced on May 31st, the new camera is much smaller and resembles an ALEXA MINI but with brand new 4.6K sensor.

The new ALEXA is also confirmed to have a build in ND filter wheel.

The new sensor isn’t as fast as some of the other options on the market but the interesting part will be the overall image quality, with 17 stops dynamic range promised. The ALEXA 35 will be capable of 4K at 120fps (in 16:9) but only up to 75fps in 4.6K 16:9 and 4.6K open gate mode.

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