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  2. kye

    Race to the bottom

    lol. I'm not sure about that exact situation, but it sure will be interesting times. I saw an interesting interview where the guy said that the first stage of robots/AI taking over is automation and that's been happening throughout the industrial revolution and may be one of the critical drivers behind the rise of nationalism around the world as the people that used to have good factory jobs now don't have jobs, or they have shitty unskilled jobs cleaning the machine that paints the cars instead of painting the cars themselves. There are going to be lots of people saying "I'm glad...." or "I wish.....". We're going to need some form of universal income because otherwise there won't be enough work to go around. Independent artists making a living on YT and Patreon and Etsy are certainly coming up in leaps-and-bounds, but it's nowhere near enough to counter the disappearing middle-class we used to have. In Australia the economy has had decreasing total hours worked for many decades, but it's been partially obscured by taking children out of the labour force and also the 40-hour week, but that trend can't continue indefinitely without resulting in mass unemployment.
  3. Is it "too much"? Lots of Lectrosonics wireless can be set to 100mW and used all day long, I even own several transmitters which operate at 250mW
  4. IronFilm

    Race to the bottom

    Bet there will be lots of parents going "thank goodness my son became a filmmaker instead of studying to be a lawyer!"
  5. kye

    Race to the bottom

    I agree. Funnily enough, I also have a Computer Science degree Robots and AI are gradually making things faster / easier.. eg, NLEs now automatically scan for faces = work you don't have to do = work you don't have to charge for = less total industry value = less people can afford to survive in the industry. AI won't stop doing this, it'll be gradual but it will be relentless. The trick is to understanding what can be automated and what can't be. IIRC it's about repeatability and predictability, lawyers for example are quite automateable because most of what they do is to know the law and basically regurgitate the relevant bits. Yes, there is judgement and also lateral thinking involved, but lawyers are going to be hit very hard when you can buy a magic box that knows all the law and you can just talk to it and have it quote precedence. Film-makers will have the total value of the industry eroded by AI doing rough-cuts and things like that, but I think there will always be room at the top for the most creative. Not necessarily the 'best' but certainly the least predictable or those with a style that is least popular, so the robots will learn it last. It will take a good long time before the robots are actually operating the camera and sound equipment though, robots aren't very coordinated or agile in the physical world, and teaching them the etiquette of how to be in the face of the couple while being the least disruptive will be quite a challenge. The short-term strategy is to get good so that you're still going to be able to stay in the industry as people are gradually squeezed out of it. And pretty much "quality is the answer" is a good strategy regardless of whatever the hell happens, so it's not like you're going to spend all this time getting great at your craft and it turning out to be a bad strategy
  6. IronFilm

    Race to the bottom

    It certainly has been a very wide ranging thread, with many twists and turns, I reckon if we just throw in some 9/11 conspiracy talk into the discussions then we'll have all our bases covered and hit bingo.
  7. Now you give idea/courage to BM for immediately starting new (super advance) page of their so successful timemachine advertising solution: "Don't kill anybody, instead save a life and be the first in preorder list fok P4K II, available as soon as spring 2023".
  8. kye

    Good oldie 5D Mark II

    Accidents with semi-trailers? Check! This is how my previous car died... it was borderline write-off before they discovered the chassis was bent. Mine was the blue echo, and the 4wd with trailer went in-between my car and the semi. Traffic was almost stopped and the semi and I were next to each other and the 4wd comes flying up behind me, does an emergency lane change in-between me and the road train. His 4wd fit through the gap but the trailer didn't, and was what caused the damage to my car and the dent in the fuel tank of the semi. For an idea about how much faster he was going than we were, look at how far back the truck (and I) were from where he stopped. If he hadn't have emergency lane-changed I'd probably be living a very different lifestyle right now. It was amazing that no-one was really hurt, but we sure made a mess of the highway for a while!
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  10. noone

    Race to the bottom

    I keep getting point and shoot cameras from the Op shop I work at quite cheap. I pay for them even though in many cases they would just be thrown out for various reasons. The last few I have got have been quite surprising. A little 16mp underwater Panasonic (this does use folded optics for its four times zoom- starting at 25mm FF angle of view). Image quality is not the greatest but is ok but I will certainly keep it for when I need an all weather/rugged option. Only HD video. My favourite so far is the Canon superzoom I posted about earlier (newest so far with a 24-960 lens and great stabilization but poor battery life and again, only HD video). This week I got an older one (oldest lately by far) but was quite expensive new, a little Panasonic 24-120 but with full HD and manual control and touchscreen. Image quality is not as good as the newer canon but still much better than other older P&S cameras I have had. I am so happy with the three that I threw two other cameras into a bin on the street today (no chargers and each had a minor fault, otherwise I would have given them away). One actually had half decent image quality (for a P&S from a few years ago- A Canon with HD video), the other was another underwater P&S but older and not as good/more limited. I am waiting for someone to donate a C300 or A7Riii or the like. Back more on topic, I keep seeing fewer newspaper photographers out and about and more likely a Journalist with a phone. The TV stations are not quite using phones or even mirrorless cameras YET.
  11. very nice video! I think the highlight is a bit 'hot'?
  12. The XC has a brilliant design. It is a mini C100. The old handycam design is what it is obsolete in my mind. I really loved the JVC LS300 but I didn't like the form factor. The C100 is amazing hand held. I would kill one of you, to have a P4K with the XC form factor! Have you ever seen a FS5?? The problem with the XC, and everything that Canon sells, was the price obviously. It was way overpriced! Imagine what a hit a 4K C100mkiii could have been with the right price, but no. Canon put a raw lite there and the codecs of the hypothetical C100mkIII, called it C200, amd priced it to compete against the FS7mkII!! Great strategy..
  13. i love my samsung note, but they do have a history with catching on fire 😞
  14. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Digital Camera w/14-150mm Lens Kit On Ebay (Black) Price: $748.76 Product Identifiers Brand Olympus Model E-M5 Mark II Product Key Features Battery Type Lithium-Ion Color Black Features DPOF Support Custom Bundle No Series Olympus OM-D Type Digital SLR Connectivity USB Megapixels 16.1MP Dimensions Weight 14.7 Oz. Width 4.87in. Height 3.34in Depth 1.49in. Additional Product Features Viewfinder Type Electronic Exterior Color Black MAX Video Resolution 1080x1920 Continuous Shooting SPEED 10fps Still Image Format Mpo, JPEG, Raw + JPEG, Raw Touchscreen Yes Sensor Resolution 16.1MP Camera Type Digital SLR Display Type LCD Sensor Type Live Mos Screen Size 3in. Exposure Metering Aperture Priority Ae, Program Ae, Shutter Priority, Manual Display Rotation Rotating (180°) Battery Form Factor Integrated Digital Video Format Motion JPEG, MOV Tripod Mountable Yes Lens for Sd Body only
  15. LOL Little devil you, old pirate ; -) Not mine but one of these days I'll post a comparison test comprehending P4K with ML Canons 5D2 & M : -)
  16. ..and the F6 created some buzz also. But we all know we are not getting a Scorpio, and definitely not a Nova! Maybe I could get an F6 if the price is right, but at the moment I am not going more high end than my Zoom F8.
  17. Zach Goodwin2

    Lenses

    Those are some good pictures kye.
  18. Ivko Pivko

    Davinci Resolve 16

    I'm sure they're not hurt by money but is nice to see the discount emails from Adobe. It satisfies so much to click the delete button. I guess they're reaching market saturation and alternatives are getting finally viable. On1, Affinity, Resolve, Fusion covers most of what I do and I don't have to pay the price of a small new computer every year to have the privilege of using buggy software.
  19. "Samsung said it's 8 years in development". It seems to me like they started a couple of years ago and they rushed it to be the first, just for the history books. Terrible product. They just sold 2000 and some are already broke.
  20. The time I first started making films(actually videos) was with a webcam and legos. I was actually into brickfilms at the time then I discovered Indy Mogul.
  21. kye

    Lenses

    We spent a long time in those gardens and it was a really interesting thing from a composition perspective. The trees were showing autumn colours, but in patches, so getting a good composition was pretty easy, but getting a great one was really tricky. I spent a long time trying different angles, and even moving the camera a little left, a little up, etc. Some compositions were a matter of cm here or there, especially if you were framing something with something else, which the types of trees seemed to lend themselves to. That last shot was a straight out rip-off of another photographer who had been standing there for a couple of minutes with a tripod and just left as I was walking up to the spot so I saw the composition immediately. I suspect a highly skilled individual could have extracted a dozen or more images of that standard or greater, but you know what they say.... good artists copy and great artists steal. So that shot makes me a great artist!! 😂😂😂 Also, the wife took some absolutely spectacular images from that park with her iPhone - whatever the hell the iPhone colour science was doing was absolutely bang-on for that situation. I've got it in the back of my mind to go through and find some nice shots where we took similar compositions and try and match the Apple processing with my GH5 shot in Resolve. I think it would be a real learning experience because her shots just looked amazingly saturated, clean, contrasty, but not artificial, which is something I haven't been able to achieve.
  22. webrunner5

    Lenses

    Wow now that shot is just spectacular.
  23. kye

    Lenses

    I tell you what, getting that shot of Mt Fuji was an ordeal! We did a day trip that took us to a few unrelated places and then to a beach where you can see the mountain from. Awesome, I thought, great opportunity for a time-lapse with a great composition. We walked about 20 minutes from the bus to the beach and had a limited time there, so I setup a time-lapse, but we mostly couldn't see the mountain because it was covered in cloud, with only a little bit sticking out. Time goes on, Mt Fuji pokes out of the clouds and I realise I'm pointing at the wrong peak. I reset and go again, nothing working because it's still covered in clouds. I'm really pushing things with the time because this is our only opportunity to see the mountain, and it was the one thing the wife wanted to see but we didn't have enough time to do a special day-trip to see it. Wife starts back and I stay to try and catch a glimpse of the mountain. I push for the time we have before needing to be back at the bus, then start jogging back. I'm the last person I recognise and they don't wait for you for long because the ship has to sail. Wife is only a little bit of the way back, and had taken a wrong turn and gotten lost and just found her way back to the path. As she was on the mend from some minor surgery couldn't walk quickly, let alone run, time is now against us completely, but oh my god where are the kids? I thought they were between us and the bus (the route was pretty easy to remember so not really worried) but wife is freaking out and the bus needs to wait for her and if the kids aren't there then we're completely screwed. I run back to the bus, trying not to worry and most concentrating on wishing I was fitter, to discover the clueless kids are back at the bus and are fine, and even though we're late back to the bus, so is half the group. I visit the facilities and try to freshen up considering I'm now half drenched in sweat and we have a long bus ride back. Wife wasn't the last one back, and all stress was unnecessary. Get back to the boat and realise that the mountain is now uncovered from clouds, in full view of the jetty, and by going on board and going to an upper deck you get a great view. I then proceed to take video in 2 minute increments as the light changes in complete comfort, kicking myself for worrying. I also like this shot, which I think was the Helios, but I can't really remember. I tell you what - those gardens we went to were just spectacular - you could be walking with a camera, trip and accidentally hit the shutter, and you'd still be likely to get a good shot!
  24. Speaking of Bass I have Always been amazed by this stat since I learned it at age 30 when I was playing Bass guitar.. A 20 Hz wavelength is about 60 feet long, or 720 inches. A 40 Hz one is 28 foot long. If you are in a 14 foot room you will never hear the 40 Hz. It will cancel it's self out.
  25. webrunner5

    Lenses

    Wow those are great. Well done. I particularly like the Mount Fuji one. What a beautiful mountain.
  26. kye

    Lenses

    @webrunner5 - I agree, there is something special about 16mm. I think that you can make a great argument that there is something special about every focal length, because in the hands of the masters all are capable of beauty and wonder. I've chosen 16mm, 35mm, and 80mm lengths, but @mercer makes a very strong case for 28mm, and if @BTM_Pix wasn't trying to make every app and gadget not yet on the market I suspect he could make a strong case for basically every other length! You've inspired me to have another look through some footage from our trip through Asia last year and post some stills. Not that I'm anything even in the same universe as a master, but I've managed to luck my way into some nice shots, proving that it's more about what you put in front of the lens than the operator. These are ungraded, apart from some quick WB and contrast, and GH5 10-bit HLG. 16mm equivalent (SLR Magic 8mm f4): I love it because it's wide, but also because it distorts things so things look grander (like the first shot), but you have to be careful not to over-do it: 35mm equivalent (Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95): I especially like the 35mm for environmental portraits, and having a fast aperture allows great low light performance as well as subject isolation. I also took a 116mm equivalent lens on that trip (58mm Helios) but have since changed my longest length to an 80mm equivalent (Konica Hexanon 40mm f1.8) because 116mm was a bit too far from the 35mm equivalent of the Voigt. 116mm equivalent (Helios 58mm f2): I find the large aperture is useful for low-light, but also for getting shots through glass and defocusing the marks on the window sufficiently (the scooter shot was through a bus window). I'd only contemplate going back if I could only have one lens... fortunately that isn't the case! 😎😎😎
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