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  1. 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.
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  2. Also, for general information, for free, you can check my blog at www.tferradans.com/anamorphic
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  3. The only other camera that comes close to the motion is the Ikonscope D16 or the Digital Bolex - but those both have native ASA of 200 - this is 400, which is what I really rate the red epic at and I rate the Red Dragon Highlight filter at 320 ASA - so it's more sensative - but also it has better overall color. The Sony F35 is a damn fine tool and has a meaty-ness to its images due to its super high resolution 8k sensor and true 4:4:4 chroma sampling. It's a real steal on ebay - $7k about for the system - and it's a tank - it works thru everything - extreme heat and cold and you can drop it
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  4. 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.
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  5. you guys are boycotting apple too right
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  6. Bold

    why is this "too wide?"

    Who says it's too wide? It boils down to personal taste largely. For me, the wider the better. BUT there is the issue of viewing device. If you're a youngin,' consuming all your vids on the intertubes through a mobile device, you are sacrificing a lot of screen real estate to those black bars. Reminds me of the time I was stuck on a long trip in the back of a minivan and popped the widescreen of Sparticus into the VHS (it was an old minivan) and it was both amusing and sad, how small the image was. I could barely make out the dimple in Kirk Douglas' chin...
    2 points
  7. 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.
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  8. 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/riffi
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  9. 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. :-)
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  11. 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.
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  12. 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!
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  13. Bold

    Lens-yclopedia RELOADED

    Hello all, Tito has kindly allowed me to do some streamlining of the Lens-yclopedia database: I have templatized all the entries so key information is in the same location when you cycle through the pages.The template improves overall readability of the information.I've broken up Mounting Solutions into To Filter, To Taking Lens, and Lens SupportI’ve changed the Index to a spreadsheet that provides key stats for easy ‘comparison shopping’I’ve removed a couple lens entries that had no (or next to no) information.I've added a few bits of info on various lenses as I went through, particularly lin
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  14. racer5

    why is this "too wide?"

    I ask the question sincerely. 273 million young viewers accept this ratio without question.
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  15. 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!
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  16. 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
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  17. 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, vari
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  18. Anyone who has spent even 30 seconds in B&H picks up that it's run by Orthodox Jews. To mention that nowhere in the story, whether the New York Times, or Aljazeera makes one question the reporter's competence, if not their eye-sight. Because of the work-ethic of Orthodox Jews, (like closing on Saturday) I can't see how it is not relevant. Also, to add to my previous post. There are probably hundreds of electronic stores in NYC alone. B&H is not successful because of cheap prices only. It's a very well-run store.
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  19. Bold

    The Diopter Thread.

    Great work TIm! I added a copy of the spreadsheet to the Lens-cylopedia!
    1 point
  20. 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.
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  21. 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
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  22. 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
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  23. 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?
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  24. 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!
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  25. 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.
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  26. 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, |. . | .|
    1 point
  27. Sekhar

    grading feedback?

    I use waveform and vectorscope.(YUV). I prefer waveform to RGB parade because: You get the whole width for each color, whereas in an RGB parade you split the widthYou can tell if the color is neutral for the area you want by checking if the colors in the waveform overlap at the area to show white...can't do that with paradeAnd I always also use vectorscope. It is invaluable for checking a bunch of things, like color casts, skin color, over saturation, etc. IMHO curves are for still photography, not video. And I believe folks who use curves in grading are old timers who are just more familiar a
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  28. I've edited 4K on my MBP and haven't really seen a problem with it. If anyone wants me to try like 12bit 4K shoot me a link and I'll do it right away. But like GH4 stuff is seamless on my machine.
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  29. I echo that sentiment, fantastic product! And nice collection of anamorphics!
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  30. 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 p
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  31. Hi, All, Over the years, I have collected many anamorphic projection lenses for my own video projects and experiment. But I have always been puzzled by adapting anamorphic projection lens to my taking lenses, even though I tried every type of adapter that I can buy, but I am still not fully satisfied. So I developed the Rapido Anamorphic Lens Adapter. Please check it out at www.rapidotechnology.com Basically, the adapter offers: 1. a better concentric alignment 2. a more stable connection 3. a repeatable alignment: use the marker on the side of the inner ring for quick alignment 4. a reusa
    1 point
  32. 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.
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  33. 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.
    1 point
  34. 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.
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  35. 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.
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  36. Sanveer, not sure you're listening to the answers given by others above Sensor size issues are similar to the saying in automobiles, "there is no replacement for displacement". Certainly a turbo-charged 4 cylinder car match a large engine at high speeds, but not at low ones. Similarly, in good light and wide DOF cell phone cameras can hold their own. In LOW light, or when shallow DOF is needed, nothing works as well as a full-frame sensor. A lot of it is physics. It is NOT because the companies aren't trying, or are purposely crippling the cameras (for example, why would Apple care if i
    1 point
  37. 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?
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  38. Yeah you have to go into your menu favorites to switch to 60p. Keep in mind the audio is compressed 256kbps in mp4 and linear PCM in AVCHD - so if you think you might have to do a lot of audio manipulation in post, you should probably go with avc.
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  40. Billboards doesnt require a very good picture since its viewed from such a distance.
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  41. 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 soun
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  42. In tests I've seen the image quality is indiscernible.
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  43. 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.
    1 point
  44. 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 2
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  45. 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.
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  46. benymypony

    grading feedback?

    Too cool white balance, too much blue in skin tones. Something like that will be more natural :
    1 point
  47. 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 comple
    1 point
  48. I had a chance to unpack my recently-acquired Bausch & Lomb and poke at it. Here are my caliper measurements of diameters, accurate to within +/- 0.1mm Here I've unscrewed the focus ring (note the the looooooooong barrel thread): At the top you can see there's some space between the lip of the front element housing and the main housing (green arrow). I'm wonder if loosening the screw (other green arrow) allows the front housing to be pushed down. From the Anamorphic Lens-cyclopedia: The lens can be set to closer than the minimum focus of 50 feet by turning it past this setting and p
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  49. As much as hard data like weight, dimensions, modifications etc would add value to this thread, specific caveats like optical imperfections are also useful. Could you link to some clips that illustrate the uneven glass? Do you mean anamorphic "mumps"?
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  50. 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.
    1 point
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