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    ntblowz reacted to Andrew Reid in New: the EOSHD Podcast   
    Here is a new series on EOSHD...
    It's a podcast.
    The aim is to put out long 1-2 hour conversations, in the style of Joe Rogen - touching on subjects others dare not, sort of. Oh and some camera nerd talk as well...
    https://www.eoshd.com/news/the-eoshd-podcast-episode-1-british-filmmaker-jg-harding/
    Hope you enjoy it, and thanks to JG for taking part in this episode.
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    ntblowz reacted to zerocool22 in Canon EOS R5/R6 user experience   
    cries in 3700x...
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    ntblowz reacted to stephen in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    You can find S1 second hand with some warranty left for 1500 E/$. So even you have to pay for the V-Log upgrade it is still a very good deal.
    Panasonic S5 vs S1. In my opinion it boils down to one or two major differences.
        1. Do you want a smaller lighter camera or not. How important this is to you. How often you will use it on a gimbal ?
        2. Are you planning to record most of the time internally 10bit 4:2:2 or externally to ProRes RAW. If it is externally then S1 is the better option. It has Full Size HDMI. For S5 you'll have to add a bracket and a clamp for the micro HDMI cable. Once you do this (and have HDMI cable plugged in) flip screen becomes unusable, rotation is blocked by the HDMI cable. And S5 weight and size with bracket and clamp equals S1.
    Looked at several clips from S1 shot at internal  V-Log 10bit 4:2:2. Skin tone come always reddish after color space transform in Resolve and Red color is a little bit off in general. So it requires some work at post. Not quite as nice as BMPCC 4K BRAW. So for me plan is to use external recorder most of the time. And in this case S1 seems to be the better option. For internal recording would probably choose S5. Flip screen is useful and Micro HDMI doesn't matter.
    Downloadable V-Log clips at first two links. Panasonic S1H compared to Sigma FP at third link, how red color looks on both (after 2:12, compared at 3:00)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGqrGCz_l-k&t=230s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Al-tIFXFuY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQJkcTd82Uo   
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    ntblowz reacted to MrSMW in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    Everything is a matter of opinion, but on one hand you have dozens of 'reviewers/content creators' unboxing a product before (sometimes) going outside and waving it about...and then you have filmmakers:
    Entirely shot on the S5 with the 20-60mm f3.5-5.6 and the 85mm f1.8
    YouTube won't do it justice...
     
     
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    ntblowz reacted to Snowfun in Sony A7S III - First impressions   
    I thought @Andrew Reid’s piece was excellent. Useful insights.
    The rest of the thread proves one thing - we are all looking for different things from our cameras/tools.
    “Brilliant” that we have so many to choose from.
    I’m enjoying my Siii.
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    ntblowz reacted to barefoot_dp in Who is going modular? C70, Komodo, BGH1, ZCam, etc...   
    I went Z-Cam earlier this year.

    I was planning to go with the UMP G2 but then Covid happened and all my work dried up so that went on hold. When it started up again, I decided to grab the Z-Cam E2-S6 instead as it covered a lot of the same bases (my prerequisites were Prores, 4K100p, Internal ND & v-mount power option) for a lot less money. It was also a small, lightweight package that I didn't have to spend half a day prepping/packing/charging/rigging before a shoot. This was important for me as when bookings started to come back, they were a lot different and instead of being multiple-day crewed shoots plus travel they mostly became local half-day affairs with no other crew. I needed something where I could instantly say yes when I'd get called and asked to do a 3-hour shoot the following morning, and still know it would be worthwhile and effortless and that I could get everything prepped in time easily. The camera sits on my desk or shelf and when I have a small shoot, I just put a battery on the charger the night before and then I'm good to go for about 6 hours of shooting - no other prep required.

    While the camera has served its purpose for this - especially once I had a decent handheld rig - It has its shortcomings. The eND kit which I ordered in May is still backordered so I'm stuck with rectangle filters for now (in a Tilta mini matte box). Some of the controls are clunky. Audio is a pain - the mini-XLR breakaway cable I have does not fit when using my v-mount plate, so I've got a Zoom H5 due this week, which I plan to mostly use a mixer & pre-amp (rather than purely as a recorder).  I've had a few producers ask me what camera I shoot with and they've never heard of the Z-Cam - though luckily this didn't lose me any of the jobs because most of the work lately is local and I'm in a regional market so I'm often their only option (unless they want a hybrid shooter who can't do sound or lighting).

    The image is fantastic though. I don't shoot charts or do tests, but for actual in-the-field performance it is great - there's never been a time when the image quality has been the limiting factor in any way - and there's not many cameras under $10K where that can be said.
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    ntblowz got a reaction from Trankilstef in Sony A7S III - First impressions   
    With more LIDAR AF Add option popping the AF on Pana will be non issue, especially if u use cine or anamorphic lens, the AF from camera is not going to power those manual only lens.
    And most mirrorless AF lens is really bad at manual focusing, its good that Pana have the option to select focus through/non linear etc.
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    ntblowz reacted to Trankilstef in Sony A7S III - First impressions   
    I'm still thinking about maybe switching to Sony or Canon for better AF in video cause I am often shooting as a one man band, and AF would be very appreciated. But I can't help thinking that my Panasonic S1H and even my newest S5 after the future firmware has still the edge in video besides AF and slow motion: 
    - much better color science
    - much better IBIS
    - better video tools (waveform, vectorscope, shutter angle, etc)
    - a unique LCD implementation (tilt and swivel)
    - 6K (though I don't really use it that much but still)
    - very useful S35 crop mode in 4k and even pixel pixel in 1080p
    - no overheating whatsoever 
    - better tactile implementation (Sony improved it a lot but still not the same quality as Panasonic and Canon)
    - 4k DCI 
    - better ergonomics (arguably Panasonic has the best ergonomics of all the hybrid full frame cameras, and I say this as a former A7III and Canon EOS R owner)
    - Possibility to choose linear focusing and even the length throw with native lenses from Panasonic and Sigma recently wich is not possible on Sony lenses
    - better hybrid usability if you need to shoot stills and video 
    - Timecode
    - Real anamorphic recording modes
    - ProRes RAW up to 5.9K (up to 4k in the Sony)
    - Etc.

    So yeah I'd be glad to have a better AF, but truly giving up all those things I listed before, it feels like I would downgrade in some ways.
    @andrewreid what do you think of the comparison. As of now, what would you choose between those two?
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    ntblowz got a reaction from Emanuel in Best system to invest in for videography?   
    At this current pandemic it's kinda dumb to invest huge money for wedding business 
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    ntblowz reacted to Lux Shots in Frame grabs from my first (and maybe last) feature GH4/GH5   
    Here are some frame grabs from my first feature length film Bad Decisions. I started on the GH4, then shot some scenes on the GH5. I will finish this next year with the S5 and S1H if COVID-19 doesn't turn into COVID-20. 😬 I'm probably going to go straight to Amazon Prime. My budget thus far has been $10K and I have another $3K or so for the last two scenes. 
    As so many of you know, no ifs, ands or buts about it; filmmaking is fucking hard!  This is probably why this is my last one. I've been discouraged so many times that I had pretty much decided to delete the whole film and just quit altogether. But looking at these grabs, and knowing that I lit that, I blocked that, I wrote that, I shot that and I directed that gives me the courage to complete what I've started. It would be nice if I break even, but even if I don't, I can say that "Hey, I did that!" And boy I didn't do that alone! I had so much help from friends, family and complete strangers that it's too much to even count! They were angels, there just when I needed them, and for not a moment longer,
    There was one scene, that I was shooting straight guerrilla style. I needed to shoot on three city blocks at night, and I had to light it, and there was a gun scene that kinda made me nervous for the safety of the cast and crew. We have no permit process in my city, so I went to the police department, and explained what I was doing that night, and they were like "Ok".
    As soon as it got dark around cast and crew call time was at 6pm. We went to the neighbors houses and let them know what we were doing. We started blocking, and laying down markers for lights tripods and actors. It got dark at 9pm, and we started shooting. We were shooting in moving cars, had special effects, and every scene was lit. We even faked a window getting shot out. We wrapped that scene at 5am the next day, right before the sun came up.
    Do you know for the entire time we were shooting, not a single car drove up any block visible? It's like we rented 100 homes, paid everyone to stay inside and blocked off the area for a 1/4 mile radius! God was most definitely on my side that day, and it was one of the best scenes in the entire film!

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    ntblowz got a reaction from IronFilm in Best system to invest in for videography?   
    At this current pandemic it's kinda dumb to invest huge money for wedding business 
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    ntblowz reacted to mkabi in Best system to invest in for videography?   
    And, from what I understand is that this guy wants to start in Wedding videos and move to doc and commercial work.
    Blowing it all on just a body.... doesn’t make sense.
    Equipment cost < Business Profit
    Look at high end equipment later. Start getting customers first... start charging a rate that covers your hours put into it + equipment rental rate (estimate).
    If you get enough customers then invest in equipment.
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    ntblowz reacted to Trankilstef in Canon Cinema EOS C70 - Ah that explains it then!   
    So I don't know if this has been posted yet in this thread but here are some files from the C70 to play with : 
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5wrkdi1w5flb94w/AADlSb_ODzKnOO7f2gBTJ_9Ma?dl=0

    I don't know for you but I hear people complain about the difficult Canon codecs and files to edit compared to say those of the Sony A7sIII but I have no problem editing in real time those files on my computer.
    Speaking about IQ, it's quite good, the amount of noise in the shadows is minimal, it's a pleasure to grade those files.
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    ntblowz reacted to MrSMW in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    Well I saw on L Mount Rumors this morning that the first of the new f1.8's is due in just a couple of days, the 5th November to be precise and some of the specs have been leaked:
    Is that Polish, I don't know but weight of 355g is good. Very good.
    Filter size of 67mm is also good as it's the same as the 20-60 so crossover.
    Is that length of 82mm (without lens hood), because if so, also good!
    And if as it seems to be, the 24, 35 and 50 are all identical in size, even further good news because what this camera needs is some fast (enough IMO) compact glass!

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    ntblowz reacted to Lux Shots in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    I use the entire Flashpoint system, and they really do work great! I use the Flashpoint XPLOR 600 and the Zoom LiOn.




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    ntblowz reacted to Mmmbeats in Canon Cinema EOS C70 - Ah that explains it then!   
    I think this is the best sequence so far for showing the camera in a variety of situations:
     
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    ntblowz reacted to Brian Williams in Development Update - AFX Focus Module For PBC   
    The timing! I’m in the middle of making my own similar device, with a raspberry pi zero, only mine will offer both LIDAR-based AF for my Pocket4K as well as SteadXP-type stabilization using a gyroscope and accelerometer.
    Mine is for me though, no plans to sell, so we can skip the cease and desist letters.
    I am also working on an iOS app for the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max that will do the same things, use the phone’s LIDAR to control BMPCC’s af as well as record movement with gyro and accelerometer for stabilization. That one will be available soon.

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    ntblowz reacted to Andrew Reid in Development Update - AFX Focus Module For PBC   
    It's out there!
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/afx-autofocus-adapter#/
    https://www.eoshd.com/news/exclusive-cda-tek-announces-afx-module-for-lidar-autofocus-featuring-tilta-nucleus-motor-drive-and-blackmagic-pocket-cinema-camera-compatibility/
    Congratulations to @BTM_Pix
    It looks superb and the example shot is silky smooth and natural looking.
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    ntblowz got a reaction from gethin in Freefly WAVE 4K 1000fps high speed cam   
    Saw it from FB post, really curious about the price of it.
    possible up to 1000fps in 30 or 90s 

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    ntblowz got a reaction from Adept in Canon Cinema EOS C70 - Ah that explains it then!   
    Finally get hands on the c70 at local Canon event.  The lighter setup is definitely welcomed over c200, AF wise I think it is just slightly better, not as sticky as the R5 I use.  The digital IS can turn on by itself so good for lens without IS.


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    ntblowz got a reaction from Emanuel in Freefly WAVE 4K 1000fps high speed cam   
    Saw it from FB post, really curious about the price of it.
    possible up to 1000fps in 30 or 90s 

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    ntblowz reacted to BjornT in Panasonic S5 Entry Level Full Frame seems to be real...   
    Shot on the S1 with a 1/8 black pro mist (side interview shot is GH5) and some 16mm grain added in.
    Heavily graded but if you have a bit of color grading knowledge then the S5/S1/S1H is a big step up from GH5 (not to mention low light capabilities). I think the v-log on the S series has a more organic quality than any of Sony, Canon's, Fuji's current offerings (less sharpening).
    Just bought the S5 as a 2nd camera so look forward to testing that out.
     
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    ntblowz got a reaction from Mmmbeats in Canon Cinema EOS C70 - Ah that explains it then!   
    Finally get hands on the c70 at local Canon event.  The lighter setup is definitely welcomed over c200, AF wise I think it is just slightly better, not as sticky as the R5 I use.  The digital IS can turn on by itself so good for lens without IS.


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    ntblowz reacted to Mustafa Dogan in Panasonic S5 Entry Level Full Frame seems to be real...   
    Adobe finally added RAW support for S5 in Camera Raw and PS, LR etc. Just wanted to share. It was an issue here...
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