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    ntblowz got a reaction from Robert Collins in DJI Mavic Pro II   
    Latest leak, Mavic 2 Zoom with 2X Optical zoom (24mm-48mm) and Mavic 2 Pro with 1" sensor, with 44mph top speed

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    ntblowz reacted to LtJTMarsh in Sony A7 III or Fujifilm X-H1?   
    love the nx1, and nx500 (x2) , just got the 16-50mm S lens, saving up for the 50-150mm,  if you have any doubts about the video quality out of this camera, just look at this 1080 sample:
    i use the nx1 with : tokina 28-70mm, 24-70mm L, sigma 18-35mm,  all the cheap pancakes (16, 30, 45) ,  i think you can adapt fuji lenses as well.   the NXL speedbooster is a must with the nx1.  The only thing that may replace my nx1 is pocket4k, but that remains to be seen.  Sony is heck of a camera which can also adapt lenses easily. 
    here is NX1 autofocus test with samsung lens
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    ntblowz reacted to deezid in The House Invictus (feature film shot on GH5)   
    Redid the whole colorgrading process in ACES after some tests. Way cleaner than any LUT based workflow in REC709 colorspace I used before!
    This is how the movie will look like:
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    ntblowz reacted to ajay in Very quick try of Panasonic G9... It's nice, but...   
    I have the G9 and sold my GH5. I do primarily wildlife photography/videography but occasionally do promotional videos.
    Things I love about the camera:
    Although it doesn't have Vlog-L, Cine-D is fine for what I do. I usually record in 60p, 4k. The colors right out of the camera are very Canon-like. Need very little post-tweaking if any. The image stabilization is amazing with this camera. Better than the GH5 IMO. I have a gimbal but rarely use it as the footage is usually stable enough w/o one. The viewfinder does have a bit of pin cushion, but doesn't bother me. I've gotten use to it and don't even notice it. Love the ergonomics of the camera. The grip is perfect. Autofocus in video mode is great. Don't really have any complaints at all. Very close to Canon/Sony. Things I don't like:
    Limited to 10 min when using 60p, 4k. (If I'm staking out a peregrine nest and just want to leave the camera run, I have to monitor the camera.) Highlight roll-off is the same as the GH5. You really need to be careful not to overexpose. Autofocus in stills mode for BIF (birds-in-flight) is not the best, especially when attempting to focus on birds in the foreground with busy backgrounds. It always locks focus on the background and can't focus on foreground subjects. Since I do a combination of both stills and video, this is a real good fit for me. I also have the A7III but don't like the fact that I still need to schlepp around large, heavy telephoto lenses. The G9 with the 100-400mm for video/stills is liberating!
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    ntblowz got a reaction from webrunner5 in Is a Sony FS700 still worth buying in late 2018??   
    FS5 looks like can be had for $3000ish.. so that only 2x the price.  The electronic ND is really helpful.
    This guy really utilize his FS5 to the best potential 
    But it does come down to what you need and what not.
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    ntblowz reacted to BTM_Pix in My Prototype Electronic Variable ND Filter   
    So... I've been messing around with making a new add on for my controller system and this is it in its embryonic (cardboard and electrical taped chassis) form.

    It has 3 dedicated keys on the controller for incrementing and decrementing in stops (it goes to about 95% total blackout) and a clear function. Though this is not a full clear as there is about a half stop of ND at the lowest position.
    The level of reduction is actually fully variable but for the implementation I'm after it makes more sense to control it in stops.
    As with the other functions, it can be recalled within one of the 8 one touch recall global presets along with exposure, white balance and picture settings.
    I've also incorporated an automatic aperture tracking function.
    This means that you set the exposure and ND level that you want at a given stop (say f8) and it will adjust the amount of ND up and down as the aperture changes to keep the exposure constant at any aperture.
    Right, thats the good news out of the way....
    The bad news is that the surface area is going to need to be a lot bigger (these things are usually mounted at the back of the lens but I'm after a front mounting solution for flexibility) to work properly.
    Quite a bit bigger and unfortunately that will mean quite a lot more expensive.
    The question is how big and how expensive would this be before you wouldn't want it, if you even want it at all? (currently its part of my controller system but I've already ported it to a small micro controller to have it be a standalone as well).
    The other question is would you want it within a lens adapter solution anyway rather than it being front mounted (as per the Lens Throttle EF to MFT) so it could be an electronically controlled version of one of those ?
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    ntblowz reacted to BTM_Pix in Mini Review - URay On Camera HDMI IP Encoder   
    This will probably only have an audience of one - hello @IronFilm - but might be of use for anyone else who has a need for what it does.
    So what is it?
    Its a small(ish) box that takes an HDMI input and encodes it into a live H.264 IP data stream that can then be used for monitoring or as an input source by devices on a local network or pushed to streaming services such as YouTube, Facebook etc.

    The version I have has an integrated Sony NP battery mount and hotshoe mount so is a completely standalone solution for use in the field but it can also be powered via a mains adapter. If you want to save some money and will only be using it in a studio environment then the version without the battery mount and hotshoe mount is also available.
    There is also a version with an integrated 4G modem so you can live broadcast from your camera on to YouTube or whatever service you use without any additional equipment.
    There is also an H.265 version available as well.
    Physically, the unit isn’t massive but isn’t what you would call compact either.
    Seen here on my LS300 camera (which ironically doesn’t need to use one because it has this stuff built in ) it looks in proportion but to be fair it does dwarf a small mirrorless camera a little bit.

    Seen here alongside its far more expensive alternative - the Teradek Vidiu - you can see that the base units its not that much bigger but obviously it gets much bigger when you slap the battery on as opposed to the Vidiu which has a built in rechargeable one.

    What has to be borne in mind though is the functionality you are getting here and should consider how much more unwieldy things would be if you had to mount a laptop to your A6500 as that would be the only way to get the same functionality.
    At this point, I’m going to have to say that if you’re not comfortable with some basic network configuration stuff then this product is not going to make you any more comfortable and you might want to walk away now
    OK, after plugging our camera into the HDMI port, we have to log in to the device and configure it. 
    This is done by attaching an ethernet cable to the LAN port and typing in an address in a browser that brings up a control panel of the sort which will be familiar to you if you’ve ever setup a router.
    In here you set up all the options for the type of stream that you will be generating from the incoming camera signal and you can alter everything from re-scaling it, to frame rate and a wide range of quality settings from data rate to encoding profile.

    Most of it is self explanatory but you’d better get used to this interface because you’ll be seeing a lot of it as you tweak the settings for the optimum results.
    OK, so once its encoded your video and is merrily streaming it you can access it directly through its own LAN or WiFi interfaces or you via a wider network if you connect it to another router (which you will need to do if you want to get your stream out to the internet).
    This router can be anything from your home router to an internet access point in Starbucks or your mobile phone’s hotspot function for onward broadcast to the internet.
    So lets get down to some actual use cases.
    The first use - and the one that @IronFilmis waiting on - is to use it as a way of remote wireless monitoring on set from a camera.  In this mode, we set it up as a WiFi access point and connect whatever device or devices to it that we want to monitor on and use a media player that can play network streams to watch it. 
    Basically, any device that can run VLC will do so you use your phone, tablet, computer or even smart TV to monitor the signal. All you need to do is to enter the address that the stream is playing on into VLC and away you go.
    And if there are a few of you, then as you can see here with my MacBook, my iPad and my Android phone, you can all watch it together.

    Although, as I said, its more likely that you would use the encoder in access point mode for this, you could actually use a larger network infrastructure if you wanted to for extending the range and extent of the monitoring. These devices are used in this capacity to deliver digital TV service to hotel rooms so its very much a scalable thing !
    The other use case that I have it for is to use to encode camera signals so that they can be accessed inside Live:Air which is Teradek’s live video production software that runs on the iPad.
    In this scenario, cameras can be connected to multiple encoder units which can then be brought into Live:Air and switched and have overlays added etc and streamed out to the internet for a pretty comprehensive live broadcast.

    When used in this way, the encoders and iPad are connected wirelessly though a portable 4G router to move the data around get the final output from Live:Air out on to the internet. The encoder can operate with 2.4G and 5G routers and clients.
    If you just want to do direct from the camera live broadcasts then the encoder can also be configured to overlay some lines of text and graphic logos onto the outgoing stream.
    Price wise, you can pick up the encoders for about £110 for the non battery version and about £180 for the version I’ve got. To be honest, you can easily knock up your own powering solutions for these for far less than the £70 difference so I’d be inclined to go for the lower priced one unless you need the really, really long run times you can get out of the NP ones.
    For comparison, even the basic version of the Teradek Vidiu (which doesn’t support the RTS protocol for monitoring on VLC) to encode live video for Live:Air or for YouTube broadcast is around £700 so it represents a significant saving - particularly for a multi-camera setup.
    So, is it any good?
    Yes for me but maybe not for you.
    It does what it needs to do well enough but the nature of the beast with these devices is that there will be latency and how much of that is acceptable is down to you and what you are using it for.
    The bigger problem is that this latency is also very dependent on how you configure it and your network infrastructure and even location if you are in a highly saturated place (which is where the 5G capability actually does help).
    All of this variance makes it difficult to recommend with any confidence purely as a MONITOR solution only.
    You can tweak away and noodle about with scaling down, bit rate, GOP, profiles etc and mitigate the latency but its never going to go away completely and I’d say that its difficult to find an acceptable balance thats not going to be below 1/2 a second.
    That doesn’t mean to say it is without utility when used as a monitoring solution but it would be in a secondary capacity as a distribution method where absolute real time instant monitoring isn’t necessary. So in this way you would loop it through from the primary operator’s monitor and allow everyone else on set to wirelessly monitor after that.
    There is also the question of how much real time you may need if you are using it in the capacity of primarily a framing monitor. If you have a Fuji XT/XH for example, this offers a solution to not being able to monitor and trigger the camera over wifi without it dropping to 720p resolution like it does with Fuji’s app. For Vlogging for example where you just want a remote view of the framing then this would give you that and allied with a cheap wireless shutter trigger you can get round the abysmal state of affairs with the Fuji app.
    Bear in mind that there is latency but not dropped frames.
    For my purposes of using it as a (much, much) cheaper way of getting camera signals into Live:Air than using Teradek’s own encoders then the latency is not an issue at all as each channel has an individual time align control to compensate for the latency.
    Similarly when broadcasting direct out of the camera to the internet, the latency at that level is not relevant.
    In summary then, if you have a need for the things that it does then it works well and is a huge saving on the alternatives. Its a bit clunky getting it going as the documentation wasn’t exactly readily available so I wasted a lot of time being unable to connect to it as an access point because the router address it uses when wireless is entirely different (and undocumented) to what it is when you are using the LAN port or it is in bridge mode.( Its by the way  )
    Being able to live stream to YouTube directly out of your DSLR might not be something you want to do every day but if you ever have the need for it (especially away from the studio) then it doesn't come much cheaper and simpler (once you've unearthed the manual) than this.
    If you want to use it as your primary real time wireless monitor (other than just for framing or as per the Fuji example where its the only game in town) then I don’t think its the way to go because of the latency. If you are interested in purely doing that then I have another solution for that that is really low latency but thats for another day.
    Full product link here
    And here is the manual that you won’t find on their site either .
    User Manual Of Mini Video Encoder copy.pdf
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    ntblowz reacted to BTM_Pix in Sony Rx100 VI with full sensor 4K & HLG   
    This is how I envisage Sony's planning meetings concluding for every version of the RX100

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    ntblowz reacted to BTM_Pix in Where do you store your gear? Post pics!   
    Unless you've got a cat
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    ntblowz got a reaction from Kisaha in DJI Mavic Pro II   
    Since I am that guy who got hired to fly drone so a P4A is more logical to me  (some fly me across the country to fly drone), at least P4A look less toy like than Mavic Pro which I sold (or Air/Spark which definitely look like toy).  My previous drone is Inspire 1 with X5 which is a real hassle to carry to remote location.
    And Mavic Pro II is rumored to be more heavier/bigger than Mavic Pro that will make mobility even less, may be Mavic Pro III will finally have 1" sensor in a more reasonable size/weight?
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    ntblowz got a reaction from Kisaha in Sony a7 III discussion   
    If you want full Sony experience native lens is the way to go! 3rd party & adapter lens sometimes can drive you mad with those little glitches/imperfection.
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    ntblowz got a reaction from jonpais in Sony a7 III discussion   
    If you want full Sony experience native lens is the way to go! 3rd party & adapter lens sometimes can drive you mad with those little glitches/imperfection.
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    ntblowz reacted to Inazuma in Sony a7 III discussion   
    Just a quick update on my experience with the sigma mc-11. Some of the lenses I only had a few minutes to try
    Yongnuo 35mm f2: Doesn't autofocus at all. That 35mm f2 look is awesome though. 
    Canon 50mm f1.8 stm: AF-S works well. Didn't have enough time to compare it against the Sony 50mm f1.8 Fe. The size of the adapter and lens is just slightly bigger than the Sony lens. 
    Sigma 17-35mm f2.8-4: I've been using the Nikon mount version of this lens for a couple years on Nikon, panasonic, canon and now Sony cameras.  One of my faves. The canon mount version on the sigma mc-11 does seem to attempt to autofocus but there's a big problem - the aperture stays locked at the smallest opening. Not sure if it was a fault of the particular lens. 
    Canon 24-85mm f3.5-4.5: af-s and c works well in stills. Continuous doesn't work in video. The focus ring is not smooth and has some play, making manual focus quite difficult. Other than that, it's a great lens with plenty of character (flaring, slight distortion, slight chromatic aberration). I'm not sure if I'm keeping it yet because of the manual focus problems. It would be perfect otherwise. 
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    ntblowz reacted to zerocool22 in Sony A7S Mark 3 - What to expect   
    I am not even interested in the A7S III at this point anymore.
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    ntblowz got a reaction from Kisaha in Canon "Fullframe" Mirrorless   
    If their FHD is like C100 quality then it will be a big selling point 
    Sony’s FHD is pretty soft their in mirrorless except a7s/2 or the old a6000/5100
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    ntblowz reacted to AaronChicago in GH5s anamorphic short   
    I rented a Master Anamorphic 50mm for another project on the Helium, but walked over to Chinatown in Chicago with a couple of friends to shoot this little short with the GH5s. All at 3200 ISO.
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    ntblowz got a reaction from IronFilm in Parrot crashes the DJI Drone Party   
    The next version of Mavic Pro will have 1/1.7" sensor which is bigger than the current 1/2.3" but still much smaller vs 1", guess 1" is too big (or power hungry) even for rumored bigger size for Mavic Pro 2, hence I bought a P4A on special (few hundred dollars off + further 10% discount) recently, the image quality totally blow my Mavic pro away!
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    ntblowz got a reaction from Emanuel in Parrot crashes the DJI Drone Party   
    The next version of Mavic Pro will have 1/1.7" sensor which is bigger than the current 1/2.3" but still much smaller vs 1", guess 1" is too big (or power hungry) even for rumored bigger size for Mavic Pro 2, hence I bought a P4A on special (few hundred dollars off + further 10% discount) recently, the image quality totally blow my Mavic pro away!
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    ntblowz got a reaction from Alpicat in Canon EOS M50 - an accidental 4K Digital Bolex   
    Excellent Video David
    Btw Viltrox will release their EF-EFM speedbooster in a month or two, and price will be similar to their current M2 adapter... so if you want to sell yours for min loss it is the chance
    from their fb page
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    ntblowz reacted to Dave Maze in Canon EOS M50 - an accidental 4K Digital Bolex   
    Here’s my video review on the speed booster I got from a previous thread. Just posting here so we don’t have multiple M50 threads. 
    Speed booster really solves the issues with the 4K crop. I wish Metabones would make an “XL” version for EF-M so it takes the 4K crop to proper super35. But still, the .71x isn’t too bad.
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    ntblowz reacted to Andrew Reid in Just a quick thank you for supporting EOSHD over the years   
    Looking back I owe everyone a big thank-you for using the forum and taking an interest in the blog, it is amazing what it has turned into with so little effort on my part  I think this place must be the only website on the entire internet without adverts. Long may it continue like that.
    Got a GX9 arriving tomorrow... about time I did a review of something cheap with the big shift to high-end stuff. Let me know what you'd like to see in the review of it.
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    ntblowz reacted to Zak Forsman in DJI Ronin S   
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    ntblowz reacted to Dave Maze in Canon M50 mirrorless camera features 4K video   
    I’ve been playing around some more. I found a better wide angle adapter. It is able to go over the entire lens just enough to cover the lens and be gaff taped onto it. the autofocus works perfect and the new focal length is 14mm. So we now have a 14mm f2 autofocus lens. It’s perfect for vlogging! 

    Also, I found the EVF to be way too small and crappy to use as an actual method for manual focusing. So I pulled out my old BMPCC Z-Finder and it works great! I just gaff taped it to the monitor, but you could probably buy the Zacuto sticky mount for it. (You’d loose the ability to fully close the screen obviously.)

    Also, I don’t know why but I’m just really enjoying toying around with this camera. I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed something this much. I had fun like this when I got my BMPCC for the first time, or when I hacked my 5D3 to shoot raw. It’s just plain fun. 
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    ntblowz reacted to Shirozina in Fast apertures on the GH5 = Full frame   
    We are living in a post-truth / alternative facts world now so while it may be factually provable by optical calculations and various laws of physics that the only thing that determines perspective is the subject to object distance it is also equally valid to say a 'wide angle' lens has a certain 'look' that is independent of the format and personal belief in this or any other similar notion is just as valid. Indeed there is evidence to be had that there is a vast conspiracy involving all the camera manufacturers and scientists in the world to promote the idea of 'perspective' to sell more cameras and lenses. For many years now we have all been ready to accept the scientists opinion that the world is round but thanks to a growing number of brave and pioneering individuals and groups around the world the truth is finally emerging that the world is infact flat. Only just recently was I able to satisfy myself that this was indeed the case when I took my old school ruler down to the sea and held it up to the horizon - no so-called expert can argue with that can they!
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    ntblowz got a reaction from Dave Maze in Canon M50 mirrorless camera features 4K video   
    What a sellout!
    Will be interested to see your experience with c-mount lens.
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