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  1. 4 points
    Islamic site? Aljazeera is one of the least biased news corporations worldwide. http://www.democracynow.org/2015/10/12/headlines/nyc_warehouse_workers_launch_campaign_to_unionize_b_h_photo_video https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%26H_Photo_Video Its not about religion. Its about companies abusing workers.
  2. 4 points
    1 article. Written by an Islamic site. Attacking a very Jewish company. Haven't heard from both sides. Probably won't know the ins and the outs unless we take the time to investigate fully..... equals unfair judgement on someone.
  3. 3 points
    Tito Ferradans

    Anamorphnoob

    Also, for general information, for free, you can check my blog at www.tferradans.com/anamorphic
  4. 2 points
    I would like to hear both sides of the story too. My limited interactions with B&H have made me feel they are a league apart from anyone else. But that's obviously a customer's perspective.
  5. 2 points
    you guys are boycotting apple too right
  6. 2 points
    Bold

    Anamorphnoob

    Check out the listing for Sankor 16D in the Lens-cyclopedia for info. If you search these forums for 'Sankor 16D' you will no doubt find a lot of useful info! Redstan is an option, excellent quality but pricey, Jim Chang just posted about his new Rapido Technology products, and I myself have been playing around with finderscope rings. Normally used for telescopes, less precision, but sturdy and affordable if you dig around for a good deal.
  7. 2 points
    An Islamic Site?! AJA is a relatively well regarded news organization, regardless of any biases you may have to where they are headquartered. Also: please search for the word 'Jewish' in that article. (Spoiler: you will not find it, because that's not what the story was about.) The author is American, she's from Massachusetts. Further, from what I've read, the photographer in that story is Jewish himself. I find the story pretty damning, but (a) B&H hasn't responded yet and (b) a second news agency hasn't picked it up -- only folks on photography/videography sites are forwarding/riffing on the original story. It's possible that this is just a muck-raking play to go with the shockingly timely announcement that the B&H workers are unionizing: http://lwcu.org/press-room/press-releases/b-h-photo-warehouse-workers/ ...but it's also entirely possible that B&H runs a sweatshop. I'd like a second story to either corroborate or rebut AJA before I make up my mind. - A
  8. 2 points
    Jim Chang

    Rapido Anamorphic Lens Adapter

    Hi, Bold, thanks, I spent quite $$$ on collecting those lenses, so I treasure them a lot...I am trying to get all the Iscorama lenses now...one is shipping from Germany now, it takes 4 weeks already, hope to get it sooner. :-)
  9. 2 points
    richg101

    Rapido Anamorphic Lens Adapter

    Nice work Jim.
  10. 2 points
    The camera I could buy, not like I have the cash just lying around but its doable. What Im really jelous of is your skills. You are the man Ed. Would love some BTS from you with some of your thoughts and workflow.
  11. 2 points
    John Emery

    Feedback for our short film...

    Totally... and it's more than welcome. But i've been around this forum long enough to know how things work here. Some people will always just give you the pat on the back, but I've seen good honest feedback on this forum... and I think that's mainly what I was getting. I think you were honest, and I also think the others were honest. Thanks for your feedback!
  12. 1 point
    racer5

    why is this "too wide?"

    I ask the question sincerely. 273 million young viewers accept this ratio without question.
  13. 1 point
    Valkaline

    Panasonic G7 frame rate in Asia

    Hello folks, So I'm currently shopping for a G7 and Ive seen a pretty great deal online from someone selling them out of Korea. Now I'm currently just doing my homework but I can't seem to.find this answer anywhere else. Because this person is selling it out of Korea I suspect that it is a European or Asian model of this camera. I just want to know if the Global version of this camera has the same options as the North American one would. (I.E. 24fps vs. 25) Thanks!
  14. 1 point
    Hans Punk

    why is this "too wide?"

    The finale (Last reel) of Abel Gance's Napoléon from 1927 has an aspect ratio of 4:1
  15. 1 point
    Unfortunately, most settlements are not instigated by the victims, but are brought on by lawyers. I'm not saying that B&H didn't abuse workers, only that all companies, when they reach a certain size, are targeted by lawyers who make the real money. It's the American way. I have a fair amount of experience in Wall Street settlements and what the public sees as some large number, is actually quite small, a cost of doing business. In other words, even if B&H were no better or worse than any other company, it would still end up paying $5.7 million to settle SOMETHING. Generally, various law firms attack companies and join together to get something. Not pretty! I'd like to say the government is un-biased, but it too, is run by politicians looking to score points with voters (who never look at the details). We all accept that this happens, I believe, because we understand the best we can do is keep a fire under everyone's butt. If B&H was really bad they would get fined out of business. If one doesn't buy what I'm saying then I ask, have you never gotten a ticket (for your car) that really had little to do with safety and a lot to do with shaking you down? Ahhh life!
  16. 1 point
    This whole story smells fishy. If it is soo horrible, then don't work there. They aren't slaves. The part that made me question them is the stacks of pallets bit... An electronics pallet is probably 5 feet tall, so 3 high sounds like normal practice to me. And then they speak of not being trained... It sounds like union rhetoric. As if B&H, one of the largest camera stores in America is going to allow untrained fork lift drivers barreling around millions of dollars of fragile merchandise.
  17. 1 point
    Timotheus

    The Diopter Thread.

    Hi all, Inspired by Tito and Bold and their anamorphic Lens-cyclopedia, I decided to try and make a list of low power diopters useful for anamorphic video. Using the info in this thread and searching on the web, I compiled a list which may be useful for anyone looking for suitable diopters. I've attached the list as PDF. Feel free to comment and/or correct. The list may (hopefully) end up as an add-on to the online Lens-cyclopedia. Diopters.pdf
  18. 1 point
    Well regarded by you maybe, but not everyone, which is the point. They lost all credibility with me when they were doing all the coverage of the Egyptian uprising. The Muslim Brotherhood was paying and supplying people to do the protests and riots and Aljazeera dutifully helped sell the whole deception.
  19. 1 point
    I dig some history about those lenses: those type I lens are the B&L improvement of the French Hyperginar designs, but still has quite a lot aberrations, especially the mump and breathing problem, I wouldn't cut them in half and adjust the distance between front and rear glass, this not only changes the squeeze ratio, but also increases the chance of getting none-concentric alignment between front and rear glass. I will take out the glass completely, and make a new housing, a lighter one, and use external device for adjusting focus. Its a little bid heavy lifting...Probably only for the people who pursue unique looks out of this lens, people like me, :-) I wil share more when I am done with this mod, :-)
  20. 1 point
    So this was being discussed a bit in the ursa thread but I feel it deserves its own topic. Sony is now offering the F5 for $15,900. 24 month 0% financing. The 4K internal model. This price includes the sony viewfinder, shoulder pad, tripod mount, sxs reader, full copy of davinci resolve AND the brand new a7s II camera. Seems like a pretty interesting deal! Does the f5 record ten bit prores to the shogun? I assume the internal 4K is 8 bit? So do you guys like the deal? Definitely an enticing package, no?
  21. 1 point
    Yep, they are heavy suckers. Looks like you've got a custom (PVC?) rear housing on that one? I'm definitely interested in re-housing the B&L (another reason I picked up a spare), though I'm not sure what the best approach is. And beyond my bandwidth for the short term but I imagine one could cut the weight by half if the right materials were used. If you have any thoughts/ideas on re-housing, please share!
  22. 1 point
    thanks, Bold, the only thing is it's weight, I am trying to rehousing some of the bigger anamorphic projection lens now, just to cut its weight, btw, the glass is gorgeous in those bigger lens. I recently got a Gaumont males projection lens, super sharp image and big rear glass OD>100mm. I love it. Working on an adapter to get closer focus now. :-) i guess I can shoot 70mm using that lens. Just like Quentin did in his "the heightful eight", :-) btw, I actually got two of these lens, :-) ready to jump in for this mod.
  23. 1 point
    Finderscope rings + lens collar + 15mm rail baseplate = a total of $71 with shipping...an affordable solution for big projection lenses. I just picked up a second B&L as a backup or possibly to do this mod, or maybe for two-camera coverage someday. The seller has four more at a very reasonable price. I am in no way affiliated with the seller, nor do I know their condition (seller claims they're good)...just floating it out there if anyone interested in dabbling with a B&L. Cheers, |. . | .|
  24. 1 point
    1. Avoid units with bright blue or purple front element coatings - the majority of early silver units are of this nature. - the coatings flare up and peak the blue channel in a horrible way. 2. search for a unit with bronze/gold coatings which will match the coatings on your isco really well. also the purple coated lenses starting with serials 72, 73, 74 have a nice magenta coating which also matches well with the isco and also doesnt peak any channels. 3. the jupiter is a sonnar design which tends to also peak in the blue/green channel of a sensor in a condensed spot of colour depending on the coatings 4. avoid the majority of m39 jupiters since these are usually for 'Leica L39' mount - you can tell them apart since they have a longer body than the m42 units. m39 helios lenses are the same as m42 units in their adaptability. just use a m39 to m42 adaptor ring before your ef adaptor ring. 5. avoid af confirm chips at all cost if using on canon bodies - a plain brass adaptor, with silver nickel coating is best for canon cameras. on the flip side, if using with a metabones adaptor you need an adaptor with a af confirm chip since without often means the longer pins on the metabones adaptor cause short circuits when they touch the non af confirm adaptors. 6. there are a number of very cool night vision lenses of around 100mm in m42 mount. infact i think there is a 100/2 lens. I've not used it, but I imagine it will be rather nice. however might not have a built in aperture. if you can find a variation of the m42 100mm/2 with a built in aperture it'll be killer since its a planar design. 7. if going for a sonnar type 85mm lens (like the jupiter9), i'd match it with a 135mm/2.8 like an early pentacon 135mm/2.8. I have found the carl zeiss tessar 135/4 works very nicely with the 'rama 36. its normally found in rollei sl35/qbm mount. being old and without t* coatings it matches the early russians rather well!, and is dirt cheap though not shot on russin lenses, I shot this with the Iscorama (single coated) and a set of Rollei SL35 lenses. as I recall I used 35mm/2.8 distagon, 50mm/1.8 planar, 135mm/4 tessar. each of these was a non HFT unit meaning they are earlier units. going rate for the 50mm is around £50, the 135/4 is about £35 and the 35/2.8 is around £130. pretty cheap for a matched set that performs so well. if shooting full frame just go for the 85/2.8 instead of the 35/2.8.
  25. 1 point
    Bold

    Rapido Anamorphic Lens Adapter

    I echo that sentiment, fantastic product! And nice collection of anamorphics!
  26. 1 point
    Sekhar

    grading feedback?

    Generally speaking, you'll want the luma adjustments out of the way first as they can drastically affect color. I.e., adjust the lift (AKA offset)/gamma/gain for the overall/lows/mids/highs as appropriate first, and then work on the colors. Unfortunately, it's not a strict 1-2 order since the levels can shift too as you make color changes, but that is typically not as drastic as the effect of levels on color. So, adjust levels first, then colors, and go back/forth as necessary till you have both the levels and colors the way you want. I agree it's best to have NR first in stacking, but you might end up having to do it last (or disable it as you grade) since the previews can be dog slow if you have it enabled.
  27. 1 point
    Jim Chang

    Rapido Anamorphic Lens Adapter

    More details on difference vs. Vid-Atlantic & Redstan Difference to Vid-Atlantic: 1: Better concentric alignment 2: No tightening mark on the anamorphic lens 3: Faster, quicker and more repeatable realignment, which means you can switch between your anamorphic lenses faster....and quicker....like a pro Difference to Redstan: 1: No need to have different adapter for different anamorphic lens, just use the same base adapter (M55-M67 version or M67-M77 version), and find the customized step-down rings, and you are done. I found this very helpful if I want to quickly change different lenses during shots. 2: Cheaper solution, One base adapter plus customized step-down rings is much affordable comparing to customized adapter for each anamorphic lens Difference to Both Redstan & Vid-Atlantic: 1: Easy to followed instruction with illustrations on how to adapt, see this for example: http://www.rapidotechnology.com/products-services/customized-step-up-down-rings/adapter-for-bolex-moller-lens/bolex-moller-anamorphot-16-32-1-5x Hope now it clears. Thanks, Jim
  28. 1 point
    Jim Chang

    Rapido Anamorphic Lens Adapter

    Difference to Vid-Atlantic: 1: Better concentric alignment 2: No tightening mark on the anamorphic lens 3: Faster, quicker and more repeatable realignment, which means you can switch between your anamorphic lenses faster....and quicker....like a pro Difference to Redstan: 1: No need to have different adapter for different anamorphic lens, just use the same base adapter (M55-M67 version or M67-M77 version), and find the customized step-down rings, and you are done. I found this very helpful if I want to quickly change different lenses during shot. 2: Cheaper solution, One base adapter plus customized step-down rings is much affordable comparing to customized adapter for each anamorphic lens Difference to Both Redstan & Vid-Atlantic: 1: Easy to followed instruction with illustrations on how to adapt, see this for example: http://www.rapidotechnology.com/products-services/customized-step-up-down-rings/adapter-for-bolex-moller-lens/bolex-moller-anamorphot-16-32-1-5x Hope now it clears. Thanks, Jim
  29. 1 point
    This is an awesome adaption, love it. :-), I have a couple of big lens similar to this one, I will try the same method. :-)
  30. 1 point
    Sekhar

    grading feedback?

    The problem with AWB is that it varies from shot to shot, making shot matching a challenge in post. If the lighting is non-standard (say you aren't using regular tungsten or day light, and standard profiles don't work), I suggest going with custom WB or even manual K setting.
  31. 1 point
    mercer

    Feedback for our short film...

    The contest was for a Gin company, the moral of this tale is that Gin brings people together and can cure the last man on earth of his loneliness. The short was shot well, the story was told well. What's not to like? Sure, maybe it can be a little tighter in spots, but all in all it is a successful piece.
  32. 1 point
    Turboguard

    Adobe CC and El Capitan

    This is what a guy told me over at another forum; "There are two things to install with NVIDIA cards. One is the Web Driver. That will install the NVIDIA driver manager and will provide the BETA driver for MacBook Pro and iMac, as well as GPU support for NVIDIA cards on MacPro. That link is: http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/92192/en-usThe other is CUDA driver. There's a lot of details on this if you care to read/search, but basically it allows GPU to do "work" that the CPU could do. The CUDA driver just needs to be updated for OS X 10.11. Most people do not do this regularly. That driver link is: http://www.nvidia.com/object/mac-driver-archive.htmlFYI - Adobe supports GPU acceleration and that is usually through CUDA or OpenGL. There is a bug with OpenGL and Adobe right now, so changing to CUDA fixes most of this for video apps. The "Metal" support is another issue entirely..." Hope it helps!
  33. 1 point
    Keep in mind that editing 4K smoothly on a quadcore machine means transcoding. So the higher the better. A problem might be thermal throttling : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJt3av99e8k SSD will make a big difference for scratch storage. P70 you can keep. Also the Thinkpad line has a very very different build quality and customer service than the one for consumers. If you go with the thinkpad you really want their world wide warranty with accidental damage protection. So no matter what you do to that computer, it will get replaced/fixed for free no questions asked.
  34. 1 point
    Was just looking at them myself and for 250 extra, just go with the 4GHz, no question about it.
  35. 1 point
    mercer

    grading feedback?

    I do, I think, but they're all good in different ways. Hmm. I need to do a more controlled test to know for sure, but so far, the results are intriguing. Was that vague enough for you?
  36. 1 point
    35 is only available at 60p .... Bob
  37. 1 point
    Billboards doesnt require a very good picture since its viewed from such a distance.
  38. 1 point
    mercer

    grading feedback?

    I don't know much about Hitfilm, but I would imagine they have some color plug ins, or something. And, I was able to use davinci lite 11 on a MacBook Air without any issues, so you may have more than enough power with your pc. Btw, yeah the c-mounts are a blast. I am in the middle of editing a comparison video between the nx500, the a5100 and the eos-m with ML. The results are actually surprising me.
  39. 1 point
    John Emery

    Feedback for our short film...

    Hi guys! Big thanks for all the feedback!! Good or bad, I trust you guys a lot!! I had some major problems on the way... limit was 10 minutes, so I had to cut out at least 3 minutes, so every second counted (that's why the ending is really rushed, and some things don't make sense). I had 48 hours to edit the final cut, and good old murphy's law... my premiere started to play up, so I had to start again at one point, losing around 12 hours on work... long story short, it was crazy, so I focused mainly on the emotional tone of the story, hoping that the viewers could fill in the gaps. The gear I used was: The 2 canon cameras (600d&700d) with cinestyle. Sigma 18-35 f1.8, Canon 50mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.8. All used at F1.8. Shark slider (great slider, worth every penny), with manfrotto 502hd head. Small Varavon T1 tilt jib. 40€ fog machine used in the scene at 3:34 and the last scene. 2 Aputure´s LED HR672W, and 1 H198C (all great little lights). Thanks guys!!
  40. 1 point
    I will be uploading some stuff soon, for sure. - Yeah, I believe it can do 4K/UHD at 25fps as well. - Just what the SD card can hold, I don't think there is a recording limit since people shoot for long periods in the air. Don't quote me on it though - Yeah, they have "DLog" which seems to be pretty good so far. Hard to tell since it's 8 bit 60Mbps...but it's a log profile nonetheless. - Right now they only have 3 lenses with the longest being a 15mm. I'm assuming by the time the OSMO comes out they will have added more. For drone work I doubt a 45mm would be too usable (as even a 15mm starts to show some "shake" that wasn't there on the X3). Switching is really easy and the camera recognizes the lens and adds the profile automatically. - Lowlight is pretty good so far, I would say it's comparable to the GH4 in that aspect. - They have two versions, TB47 and TB48. The TB48 seems to last about 15-20 minutes and that is with constant recording and movement. We used to mount the drone onto our car and get stabilized shots that way, since the drone wasn't actually on the battery seemed like it would've lasted for hours. Not sure what kind of battery is going to be on the OSMO though?
  41. 1 point
    Liam

    grading feedback?

    ha, I was giving it a shot just for fun, but I'm also horrible, so might not post any of my results actually realized I don't even know how to raise blacks or try to pull detail out of the highlights with Hitflim (not that you need those for this task) but I may not be very equipped for any specialist tasks. could be a nice shot to try it with though, since their aren't like street lamps and a bright sun in the shot. definitely would want a bluer, underexposed look for that. yeah, I'm a fan of ML and the 3x crop on the t3i as well. kinda wish I'd went with the eos-m, myself. old c-mounts sound fun :3
  42. 1 point
    In tests I've seen the image quality is indiscernible.
  43. 1 point
    Ursa mini is completely new and early adopters will have to live through it's inevitable bugs and quirks. F5 is a proven work horse. You can also knock down the media costs by using qxd cards with adapters for internal recording. Plus internal ND, plus significantly more light sensitivity. And zero percent financing over 2 years is extremely nice from a business perspective.
  44. 1 point
    You can get a great lens setup if you can live without AF. I'm thinking of getting the NX1 and a Samsung wide for steadicam and seeing how AF does; but for everything else, I'm really happy with my Nikkor primes, some of them I've shot with for 15 years. Favorites for a budget setup: 85mm 1.8 Af is gorgeous, under $300; Series E 100mm 2.8, under $100 and really really nice budget lens… 28mm AIS is legendary, under $300 and a great "normal" lens on APS-C/super 35. Add any version of the 50mm 1.8 for next to nothing and maybe a Rokinon wide if you need something in the 12-14mm range. I use the 28-70 2.8 often when I need a zoom for tight spaces or fast gigs, that's more in the $700 and up range though. And you can get an old beater push-pull 80-200 2.8 for a couple hundred these days - I skip it when I can use the 85 or 100, but for really long shots on APS-C, it's got a sexy look, but having rails and a lens support is mandatory. The 180mm 2.8 AF is also a superb lens and affordable if you really need a long lens and don't want to use the giant zoom. The 300mm F4 AF is a killer and usually well under a grand if you need to go crazy long, too.
  45. 1 point
    I hope the Panasonic CM1 evolves and offers a little more video-wise in the next generation. Even so, I've been tempted for awhile with the current version.
  46. 1 point
    mercer

    Panasonic Fz1000 and Samsung NX1 advice

    I wouldn't abandon the idea of the fz1000 so quickly. Think about pairing it with the G7. You can practically get the G7 and the FZ1000 for the price of the NX1.
  47. 1 point
    benymypony

    grading feedback?

    Too cool white balance, too much blue in skin tones. Something like that will be more natural :
  48. 1 point
    Hans Punk

    Semi-Pro SoCal Colorists

    You could cut together a short 'taster' or sample scene that is a good representation of the film as a whole, then upload to vimeo with password link. Then use that (along with covering email) to contact whoever you want. For what it's worth, here are some things I've learn't over the years from working freelance in post production, and from friends who are resident at well known vfx/post facilities. These are just general thoughts on low/no budget work, maybe something of use in there somewhere... Generally, if approaching professional colorist or any post house about low/no budget work - they appreciate 100% honesty when considering any indy projects. Many people in post (especially colourists and visual effects artists) are creatives at heart. In my experience the words 'Low budget' or 'Zero budget' should never be the opening sentence when approaching most creative people, professional or not. It instantly creates an impression of low quality and the expectations of your project to be as equally low. It especially sends a cold chill down most facility owners spine when asking them to provide a service to you that they'ed normally charge hundreds of dollars per hour for. Instead it is better to be totally upfront early on about not having very much (or any) money, but for that to not be the focus of getting a 'freebie' service, but rather a pitch for a collaboration. it is that term 'collaboration' that is likely to get you noticed from anyone, regardless of how jaded by the business they may have become. If you can get other people excited about your project and how good you know it can be, people start to take notice. If it's self-funded film,tell them that - If it is a passion project...even better. What they don't need to know though are the names of all the beautiful people who already gave up their time for free and that they should somehow be 'expected' to follow .The amount of bullshit stories and promises people in post hear about possibly getting a deferred payment from distribution and dreamy plans to do the festival circuit etc etc.These things may well be true, but they deal with clients everyday who are always trying to screw them over hollow promises. Always best to keep it straight and honest. The simple fact of the matter is, if you have an interesting project that someone likes - and they have the time, there is a good chance people will be willing to help. Become a magnet of enthusiasm, that always attracts the best creative people for collaboration, professional or not. All the top facilities and artists out there are always going to be busy, but sometimes they have a drop in workload or have a trainee that would benefit from having a project to refine their skills on. Sometimes the bigger post houses are quite open to that idea, if it fits into their schedule. The best thing to do is contact and then visit a few post facilities and talk to someone face to face (post production manager or equiv). If they can't help directly, ask them for advice. It is often incredible how helpful people can be, if you ask nicely and you take donuts with you. As the saying goes ' If you don't ask, you don't get'.
  49. 1 point
    My Orion clamps arrived today. I was worried that they might be a little too small. I removed the red B&L ring and slid one over and it fits snugly between the retaining ring and the focus ring. So snugly in fact nylon screws may not even be necessary. I noticed when I slid the red retaining ring back on & tightened it (until it locked with the focus ring), I was able to turn the focus well past the minimum 50ft distance mark. A couple posts above you can see the focus marks on both the black and silver models. In the picture above I've screwed the focus so far down that it completely covers all the focus markings. I'm curious to see what the resulting min. focus distance will be. I wanted to attach the second Orion ring to the 77.35mm section (see measurements picture in previous post) but the nylon screws are about 1.5mm too short to get a solid purchase. I can probably do a little sanding at the base of each screws to get the rest of the way, or try to find longer screws. Alternately, I could attach the second ring to the 85.10mm section of the barrel: But I want the stabilization points to be farther apart along the body of the lens. So I ordered a cheap lens collar: Which should give the perfect fit. Then I can fasten the Orion ring & the Canon collar to a 15mm baseplate, and it will be good to go. Once my Xetron XA arrives I'll probably use the 2nd Orion ring (and pick up another Canon collar and 15mm baseplate) for that, so that each lens has its own dedicated support. If you need a support solution a big honking anamorphic lens, you should consider the Orion clamps. They'll fit anything from 105mm down to 80mm in diameter. They are heavy duty and inexpensive. Cheers, |. . | .|
  50. 1 point
    Do not buy these useless beasts. They are too stubborn and clumsy. My Rectimascop 64/2X is sitting on the shelf looking all stupid at me.
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