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    ntblowz reacted to Anaconda_ in Rode Wireless Go II - 2 channel receiver with inbuilt recorder   
    Surprised there's not chatter about this here. Anyone know how it gets around those transmission and recording patents?
    https://www.rode.com/microphones/wireless/wirelessgoii
    I also can't find exact details on recorded audio formats etc.
     
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    ntblowz reacted to gt3rs in R5 vs R6   
    I find quite noisy to be honest the RF 35 AF motor... also AF is not the fastest in town..... image quality is good and size and price great.
    I hope that they will cone out with a 24mm version. As a compact travel 24mm plus 50mm 1.8 would be great.
    RF 35 1.8 screen grabs from 8k RAW:


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    ntblowz reacted to Django in R5 vs R6   
    The RF 35 lives on my R6 (as the EF adapter is back-ordered due to the Canon factory fire). I've come to really appreciate this lens as it is quite compact, versatile, sharp, aberration free and has macro & IS. For the price it's killer, I like it so much I'm thinking of adding the RF 85 1.8 Macro IS.
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    ntblowz reacted to Django in R5 vs R6   
    Putting the R6 through its paces during winter school break. Shot in 8-bit standard profile using a mix of 4K & (100FPS) FHD on a 2K timeline. Various AF modes were put to use (Face Priority, Face & Object tracking). Camera was set to Auto-ISO.
    Overall I'm pretty happy with this camera, given the sub $2.5K pricing. No fancy features just solid IQ, AF & IBIS. Zero overheat even at the beach today with 20 celsius. Of course I will keep testing but my confidence with Canon is somewhat restored, I will probably go with a C70 down the line for more pro work.
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    ntblowz reacted to MrSMW in Super tiny Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 for mirrorless camera (E / L Mount)   
    The 20-60 is a gem.
    OK, it doesn’t have the uber shallow DOF that say an f2 or faster does, but compared with an f2.8...at the wider end at least, there is not that much difference.
    In lower light at the longer end, 60mm f5.6 vs 70mm f2.8 it’s a lot more noticeable.
    But in decent light and/or at the wider end, it’s a great bit of kit for the price.
    I’d have both!
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    ntblowz reacted to barefoot_dp in Coronavirus survey part 2 - how are work & incomes going?   
    What a f**king roller coaster.

    I was sitting in a broadcast truck editing packages for an international surf event in early March when the first Gov "recommendations" came through. At about 10am, producer comes in and says "we just got word, we're wrapping this today to be safe", which meant they ran through the final 2 days of the competition in one and had about 14 hours live on air that day.

    Driving home the next day (8hr drive), every time I pulled over and checked my phone, another Gov update and another job cancelled. $80,000 of bookings gone by the time I got home. 2nd child on the way, wife just gone on maternity leave, and a contract signed for a house to start building, and suddenly all my income for the next 8 months was gone.

    This was immediately following 3 months of bushfires where basically no video production other than news had happened because the entire state was blanketed in smoke, and you couldn't even go outside without having a coughing fit. And that surf contest had been my first job in months.

    I picked up a few other jobs closer to home, mostly editing stuff for Zoom conferences, but barely enough for bills, until things finally started to pick up again in September. Throughout that period the biggest issue was that I live close to a state border. Many of my clients are interstate, even though they're only a 45 min drive away. Any rental gear I need comes from across the state border. If I have to fly to my own states capital, I usually drive over the border and fly from there. But that state border was closed. My state was open to them, after the initial 6 week lockdown, but I could not travel there to access gear, flights, clients, locations, etc. So even if clients did want to shoot, I couldn't.

    Then from Sept to Dec I was probably the busiest I've ever been (not counting single jobs where I'm booked for several months), with lots of stuff for local business, or international brands that simply didn't want to risk any travel to the area (which was also becoming famous as a celebrity destination where Hollywood stars were moving to escape the pandemic). I'd spent a lot of time during the bushfires perfecting my SEO and local marketing, so it was good to finally see all that pay off once filming was possible.

    Then in the week before Christmas, another outbreak (an outbreak here is considered ONE single case, who is not a returned travel in quarantine; usually a worker at a quarantine hotel) meant that my last day of work for 2020 was basically spent fielding cancellations for Jan/Feb, so again I was back to nothing after barely struggling to get on top of bills and thinking that I might have enough spare to take the wife out to dinner for the first time in a year.

    That was a tough couple of months and my wife made the decision to go back to work earlier than she'd intended, but she's also a sole trader so that's not earning us any money yet while she gets everything set back up.

    And then finally last week, bookings started to roll in again to the point where I'm now at capacity (beyond it, actually, but I'm not in a position to say no) from next week through the end of May. I'm just crossing my fingers that state borders stay open moving forward because some of that work in interstate.

    Talk about a train wreck of a year.
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    ntblowz got a reaction from IronFilm in Coronavirus survey part 2 - how are work & incomes going?   
    Man I hope you will get through this, I m pretty sure 2022 will be a massive rebound for the world.
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    ntblowz got a reaction from MrSMW in Coronavirus survey part 2 - how are work & incomes going?   
    Man I hope you will get through this, I m pretty sure 2022 will be a massive rebound for the world.
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    ntblowz reacted to Video Hummus in SONY FX3 new camera to be announced   
    I believe part of Panasonics woes is this exact problem. The Sony juggernaut marketing machine is now eroding the classic word of mouth professional back-channel chatter. At the tip of Sony's Marketing spear is YouTube.
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    ntblowz reacted to Mr. Freeze in Blackmagic Camera Update Feb 17   
    I´m not Jordan, but I saw the post on Facebook aswell
     

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    ntblowz reacted to MrSMW in Coronavirus survey part 2 - how are work & incomes going?   
    My business is weddings. Destinations weddings as in I live in France and they come to France for their wedding.
    Last year, actual work, I did 4%.
    That figure is based on me doing 5% of what was booked and losses that make up another 1% from what I did not book for last year, during last year, because there was no last year. Other than the 1 job I did, ie, 1/20 when it should have been 25/25.
    After some state assistance, my income ended up being around 30% of what it would normally be.
    I also took out the maximum allowed state backed loan which for me was 9k. I cannot borrow any more and technically, my business is now 9k in the red.
    2021 should have been a 'claw some of it back year' but now is at least a "50% at best" year re. bookings & turnover.
    Worst case, 2021 is going to be a zero work year and realistically, it's going to be somewhere between 0-50% work.
    I think it will end up somewhere between the 2 figures and be a workload of between 20-25% of what it should have been.
    It depends on 3 factors:
    1: The UK gov being correct and not backtracking on their 'everyone is free' from the 21st June.
    2: France agreeing with them. Ha, miles...kilometres behind...if the UK really is that far ahead.
    3: Travel. By July, folks in the UK may be able to do as they wish and us in France also, but we may (probably will) still have a travel issue that prevents couples from either going through with their weddings here, or deciding within the next month or so, it's too big a hassle for them and their guests and pulling the plug.
    I have already lost approx 1/3rd of all this year's booked work through postponement to 2022 or outright cancellation.
    I lost 2 more just today and expect all with dates prior to the end of June to go with a certainty (had 10, 4 remain) and at least 50% of the rest of the season which is July-early Oct.
    Bookings for 2022 are quite strong but by my calculations, to claw back the losses of 2020 will take 4 years running at 120% turnover, ie, 5 years total to be back where I was at the end of 2019 financially.
    Based on the fact that 2021 is pretty fucked already and is going to end up I'm projecting at 20-25%, at least another 3 years at 120% turnover...if that is even possible, making a grand total of: 2 'lost' years + 7 'trying to make it up' years...if it's even possible, for a total of 9 years to be back where I was at the end of 2019.
    Or after our daughter finished school and hopefully goes to uni 1 year this September, we sell our house and downsize to something smaller and cheaper and bypass having to even attempt 7 years of recovery, which realistically would be very hard to achieve anyway.
    Longer term, has it damaged the industry? 
    Not really. A least not as far as I can tell. I'm not seeing any great rush to elopements even though social media is constantly chittering about it. Folks seem to be booking exactly what they would in any given year, but just asking hard questions about Covid policy for the future.
    Mentally, it's not great. I'm not depressed. Just frustrated for want of a better term. Massively frustrated.
    Having very little money to do anything...not that there is anything to really do anyway, but going into debt when after a lifetime of trying, we had just cleared it at the end of 2019. Seriously, - no mortgage, no car finance, no credit cards, no nothing. For the first time in 25+ years of adult life.
    I had some funds banked from previous gear sales so have spent some of that on some kit as I'm still doing some very low rate commercial work and freebies plus a few personal projects to stop myself from getting too rusty, but otherwise, we are spending very little.
    Perhaps the hardest part of it is having zero control or even ability to do anything that constitutes 'having a life' according to how I wish to live mine.
    Pretty much just existing and waiting...
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    ntblowz reacted to Thpriest in SONY FX3 new camera to be announced   
    That's 4 I count! (screen as well) Clearly sets it apart from all other cameras.
     
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    ntblowz got a reaction from omega1978 in Canon EOS R5/R6 user experience   
    Music video I did back then is finally released, that took quite a while!
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    ntblowz reacted to IronFilm in SONY FX3 new camera to be announced   
    Am looking forward to recording this new hairdryer. 
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    ntblowz reacted to Django in R5 vs R6   
    @plucas: I found an easier method: hit info in AWB settings and switch from default ambient to white priority mode. this eliminates the warm tint under tungsten lighting.
    I picked up an R6 by the way, and so far so good! really impressed by the IQ.
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    ntblowz got a reaction from IronFilm in AMC cinema chain saved / Reddit memes the stock market   
    Ugh our US broker informed us they are halting buying share of GME/AMC/NOK until further notice, but you can still sell, so I guess Oz/NZ is out GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
     
    Those institute is bloody corrupted to the core! 🤬
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    ntblowz got a reaction from Video Hummus in R5 vs R6   
    Yesterday I was shooting bowl jam all day using mix of 4k25/50/100p, i didn't get the overheating warning but I did get down to 5 min, so for last grand final I did the reset trick (with v1.2 firmware) and worked. Weatherwise it got some patch of clouds so not boiling hot but still hot as it is the hottest month down here. 
     
     


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    ntblowz got a reaction from Emanuel in R5 vs R6   
    Yesterday I was shooting bowl jam all day using mix of 4k25/50/100p, i didn't get the overheating warning but I did get down to 5 min, so for last grand final I did the reset trick (with v1.2 firmware) and worked. Weatherwise it got some patch of clouds so not boiling hot but still hot as it is the hottest month down here. 
     
     


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    ntblowz reacted to mojo43 in Panasonic S1 Alzheimer's vid   
    Hello, I wanted to share with you a vid we filmed over a day a few weeks ago about Alzheimer's. Let me know if you have any questions about it.
     
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    ntblowz got a reaction from gt3rs in R5 vs R6   
    Yesterday I was shooting bowl jam all day using mix of 4k25/50/100p, i didn't get the overheating warning but I did get down to 5 min, so for last grand final I did the reset trick (with v1.2 firmware) and worked. Weatherwise it got some patch of clouds so not boiling hot but still hot as it is the hottest month down here. 
     
     


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    ntblowz got a reaction from Mark Romero 2 in R5 vs R6   
    Yesterday I was shooting bowl jam all day using mix of 4k25/50/100p, i didn't get the overheating warning but I did get down to 5 min, so for last grand final I did the reset trick (with v1.2 firmware) and worked. Weatherwise it got some patch of clouds so not boiling hot but still hot as it is the hottest month down here. 
     
     


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    ntblowz reacted to IronFilm in Digital cameras shipments at 1990s levels in 2020   
    Sad to think I got into filmmaking basically at the very PEAK of camera sales, and now it is so so much less. 

    @ntblowz, you could just about almost see me! If only the building at 2 Emily Place etc wasn't in the way.

     

    It's baaaaad news for the used market if you like picking up bargains. If for instance a future Nikon D500S gets released, you'll never ever see so many of those popping up on eBay a few years later, like you can find a Nikon D300S for ease dirt cheap.
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    ntblowz got a reaction from Emanuel in Digital cameras shipments at 1990s levels in 2020   
    Phones with uw/wide/tele is satisfying most of people's use, now i dont even care those 10x zooms 1" DC when my phone can do it too lol.
    Some quick photo while waiting for the next shoot on mobile phone.
     


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    ntblowz reacted to Tim Sewell in $6000 cameras could be the norm soon?   
    It's hard to say it's gone wrong. It's so-called creative destruction. There's simply no need for a mass consumer camera market any more. Every home used to have a camera, be it a compact, a SLR, a Polaroid or whatever. No-one needs those any more because everybody (even the children) has a phone that will take better snaps with fewer skills, in a format that allows instant sharing.
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    ntblowz reacted to gt3rs in Stills from video   
    Not sure what kind of revelation is this. Also not sure why the A1 bring something new here, actually on some canon body you get RAW so you have almost zero quality loss in taking still from video, I only wish there would be an open gate mode.
    The only thing that really change is the shutter speed but there sometime you get cool panned shoot if you are 1/50 vice versa for other scenes you could optimize more for the photo. New gen care less about the shutter speed as with games and gopro/phone video is all very high shutter speed stuff.
    Advantage of taking still from video is that you have more choice, sometime you capture moments that you would not have anticipated and pressed the shutter button and of course you have the whole video. Disadvantage is the workflow and shutter speed.
    I use a lot of remote camera, I trigger them with pocketwizard with an additional button mounted on the lens barrel so for hockey net remotes is great you don't want to record 60 min and scroll through to find the righ moment. But for sport that are more predictable like horse showjumping now I start the record maybe 20 sec before it reaches the obstacle and stop 20 sec after so I don't need to worry. In some key phases I have just turn on recoding before it starts.

    Sill from video at higher shutter speed:
    Mini 2


    Canon R5

     
    Insta360 1 inch

    Insta360 dual lens

     
    At 1/50
     















     


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