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    nigelbb got a reaction from Emanuel in Rode Wireless Go - A Warning   
    I have had incredibly good results with these cheap Boya brand wireless Tx/Rx https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00RGF6AJ2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    They use some clever frequency hopping technology so there is no interference.. The sound is maybe a little less full than I used to get with my Sennheiser G3 EW-112P gear but I've put that down to the superior Sennheiser lav mic.
    Before you shell out hundreds of £/$/€ on traditional wireless brands like Sennheiser or Sony it's worth a punt on a set of these at £60.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from MrSMW in Wedding videography advice   
    That's very gracious & appreciated. Apologies are such a rarity on this forum & on the Internet in general.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from webrunner5 in Olympus E-M1 II mini-review - a sign of things to come with the Panasonic GH5?   
    The cable arrived & I've updated the firmware.
    The C-AF is freakishly good. At least the equal of any proper camcorder that I have used over the years.
    Initially I was horrified at the severe crop mode in both HD & 4K video but then realised that this is only when you have sensor shift & digital IS engaged & when you switch to sensor shift only there is no crop.
    I bought a cheap Vitrox speed booster to enable me to use my Nikon lenses but having tried then I don't think that this is going to be useful as the camera is hideously unbalanced when you put a heavyweight FF lens plus speed booster on the front of the camera. I'll just live with the 25mm F/1.7 which gives me 50mm FF equivalent view & can always use the lossless 2x digital teleconverter when shooting video to give a 100mm view.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from IronFilm in Race to the bottom   
    In the UK we are still in the EU (just!) but the VAT threshold is £85K of turnover before you need charge VAT. You don't pay any income tax below £11850 then it's 20% until £46351when it rises to 40% while social security charges are around an extra 9% between £12000 & £50000. You don't need to register in any way to work as a photographer or sell shoes. No wonder so many other EU nationals want to live & work here😀
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    nigelbb got a reaction from William Koehler in I am leaving Vimeo over their scandalous DMCA policy   
    How dare Vimeo put restrictions on freeloaders!
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    nigelbb got a reaction from andrgl in Vimeo alternatives   
    If you want to stream wedding videos with unlicensed music then it's easy enough to host on your own VPS. The traffic will be minimal & no record company could ever find your content anyway. Same goes for proof copies & demos for clients.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from hansel in Vimeo alternatives   
    If you want to stream wedding videos with unlicensed music then it's easy enough to host on your own VPS. The traffic will be minimal & no record company could ever find your content anyway. Same goes for proof copies & demos for clients.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from webrunner5 in Vimeo's new policy is..... Failure!   
    The difference is that YouTube has a mechanism for gathering revenue for the rights holders whereas Vimeo does not. Until they come up with a way of paying rights holders then their only option is to remove infringing material although their methods seem incredibly heavy handed.
    I don't think that anyone could really object if Vimeo just removed all infringing material but to remove every last trace of the user's account is far too drastic
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    nigelbb got a reaction from MattH in Vimeo's new policy is..... Failure!   
    The difference is that YouTube has a mechanism for gathering revenue for the rights holders whereas Vimeo does not. Until they come up with a way of paying rights holders then their only option is to remove infringing material although their methods seem incredibly heavy handed.
    I don't think that anyone could really object if Vimeo just removed all infringing material but to remove every last trace of the user's account is far too drastic
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    nigelbb got a reaction from mercer in Are cameras without IBIS and AF useless for shooting video in 2018?   
    AF & stabilisation were features of "proper" camcorders before we all started shooting video with DSLRs. My Canon XH A1s had great IS & AF. It was quite a shock to focusing manually on the Canon 5D2.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from mojo43 in Minimalist Gear for Travelling: Rx100 + Mavic Pro   
    Thanks. It looks like the Pilotfly C45 is specifically designed for the RX100.
    I was making a more general point about it being an odd idea to control a camera on a gimbal with a smartphone app as you cannot hold the gimbal in one hand & operate an app one handed with the other.
    It's odd that Zhiyun have dropped the Crane M & not replaced it with anything. There is no other gimbal they make that covers the 150-600g camera range. The RX100 is about 300g.
    I'll probably look out for a used Crane M.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from Jimmy in Wedding videography advice   
    I'm a former wedding guy & while I experimented with primes I found zooms far more versatile. During the years I did wedding video I mostly used 5D2 or 5D3 with the 24-70mm F/2.8L & 70-200mm  F/2.8L classic wedding lenses.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from mojo43 in Minimalist Gear for Travelling: Rx100 + Mavic Pro   
    I have the RX100VI which is the same size as the previous models but has an amazing 24-200mm FF equivalent lens. I have only shot a bit of video as I am mainly interested in stills now but the 4K video looks excellent. I also own an RX10IV with the equally amazing 24-600mm FF equivalent zoom however it's so much bulkier & heavier that I find that 90% of the time I use the little RX100VI as image quality is identical. The AF on both is very good fast phase detect & the image stabilisation is also first rate.
    As a travel camera for video or stills the RX100VI is in a class of its own. I am constantly amazed at how good the image quality is with the Sony 1" sensor.
    BTW Very nice video. I would like to buy a gimbal to use with my the RX100VI for video & can hardly go wrong with the price of the Crane M. Can I clarify how the gimbal controls the camera with the Carne M? The specs talk about WiFi & a Bluetooth app which I don't want. The Crane 2 just has a cable that plugs into a Sony camera & controls start/stop zoom. I really want the simplicity & reliability of a simple wired connection so if the Crane M can do this then I am sold else I'll probably go for the Crane 2.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from webrunner5 in Panasonic Abandoning M43   
    There is no need for MFT for bridge cameras, P&S, drones & camcorder as 1" sensors have that market sewn up. The image quality is easily good enough.
    The whole raison d'etre of MFT to be a smaller lighter cheaper interchangeable lens camera has gone now FF & APS-C mirrorless are barely larger than MFT cameras & the best MFT cameras (G9 & OM-D EM-1 II) are the size weight & price of FF /APS-C. Larger sensors always have an advantage in quality but MFT scores only when the trade-off is worthwhile i.e. smaller, lighter, cheaper etc
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    nigelbb got a reaction from IronFilm in Wedding videography advice   
    So you haven't shot a wedding video or indeed been paid for shooting any video? Which makes you an amateur videographer who has never shot a wedding video who still feels entitled to criticise a working professional doing something which you are incapable of doing. It doesn't matter how fancy a photographer you were you don't know what you are talking about.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from IronFilm in Wedding videography advice   
    +1 I couldn't have put it better myself. Her images were a bit over-contrasty for my taste but otherwise it was great. It was in focus, smooth & she got the right shots. I haven't shot a wedding in five years but I would have been perfectly happy to deliver video like that to my clients.
    @jonpais has clearly never shot a wedding nether does he any appreciation of how a wedding is shot. An assistant with a diffuser or reflector? Are you kidding? ND filters? Just crank up the shutter speed. You are shooting a live event there are no re-takes & if you miss a shot like the first kiss or the ring shot you are stuffed.
    Good for her! She is making money & giving her clients what they want. She doesn't need to care about some amateur nitpicking about the quality of her work.
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    nigelbb reacted to Jimmy in Wedding videography advice   
    Oh, i heard, that's why the earlier statements about moving the bride/groom and what not seemed even strange. If you've done wedding shots, you know the pressure. You are fully entitled to your opinion on her work, but I personally think, if you have worked in that industry, you should cut her some slack.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from hansel in Wedding videography advice   
    +1 I couldn't have put it better myself. Her images were a bit over-contrasty for my taste but otherwise it was great. It was in focus, smooth & she got the right shots. I haven't shot a wedding in five years but I would have been perfectly happy to deliver video like that to my clients.
    @jonpais has clearly never shot a wedding nether does he any appreciation of how a wedding is shot. An assistant with a diffuser or reflector? Are you kidding? ND filters? Just crank up the shutter speed. You are shooting a live event there are no re-takes & if you miss a shot like the first kiss or the ring shot you are stuffed.
    Good for her! She is making money & giving her clients what they want. She doesn't need to care about some amateur nitpicking about the quality of her work.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from jhnkng in Wedding videography advice   
    +1 I couldn't have put it better myself. Her images were a bit over-contrasty for my taste but otherwise it was great. It was in focus, smooth & she got the right shots. I haven't shot a wedding in five years but I would have been perfectly happy to deliver video like that to my clients.
    @jonpais has clearly never shot a wedding nether does he any appreciation of how a wedding is shot. An assistant with a diffuser or reflector? Are you kidding? ND filters? Just crank up the shutter speed. You are shooting a live event there are no re-takes & if you miss a shot like the first kiss or the ring shot you are stuffed.
    Good for her! She is making money & giving her clients what they want. She doesn't need to care about some amateur nitpicking about the quality of her work.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from webrunner5 in Olympus Full Frame   
    +1
    I am on holiday in France at present & the other day we visited Mont-St-Michel. I decided that I didn't want to lug my Sony RX10IV up the steep streets so took my Sony RX100VI (which I use most of the time anyway unless I really need the RX10's 24-600mm FF equivalent zoom lens). Towards the end of the visit the battery ran out & had left spares in the car so I was reduced to using my iPhone 6s Plus. When I got back I uploaded my images I was surprised how well the quality of the iPhone photos & video held up. It's a bummer to have a single fixed lens instead of a zoom but TBH for snapshots as mementos I can see why the vast majority of people find their smartphone is good enough.
    I can't see how all these companies producing $2K+ FF cameras with $2K+ monstrous lenses can possibly make a profit. I gave up FF when I gave up shooting professionally. I have been happy with Sony 1" RX series bridge cameras for the last few years. I might be tempted with a MFT as I miss ultra wide angle & fisheye but it would need to be small. My ideal camera at present would be an OM-D EM5 with the EM1 II sensor & 4K video. The G9, GH5 & OM-D EM-1 II are great cameras but are getting to be FF size. In which case I would prefer an A7III or a Z6 or some other FF mirrorless instead of a big & heavy M43.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from zerocool22 in Photokina 2018 Part 1: Panasonic S1 and S1R full frame 4K/60p and Fujifilm GFX 100MP 4K Medium Format. WOW!   
    Since when did video AF become a deal breaker? Whatever happened to the idea that real men used manual lenses?
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    nigelbb got a reaction from Nodnarb in Wolfcrow   
    Apart from the fact that he does disclose that BM sent him the camera for free why the fuck should he care about the FTC any more than you or I would? He lives in Mumbai.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from OliKMIA in Wolfcrow   
    Apart from the fact that he does disclose that BM sent him the camera for free why the fuck should he care about the FTC any more than you or I would? He lives in Mumbai.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from TheRenaissanceMan in Wolfcrow   
    Apart from the fact that he does disclose that BM sent him the camera for free why the fuck should he care about the FTC any more than you or I would? He lives in Mumbai.
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    nigelbb got a reaction from jonpais in Wolfcrow   
    Apart from the fact that he does disclose that BM sent him the camera for free why the fuck should he care about the FTC any more than you or I would? He lives in Mumbai.
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