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    eleison got a reaction from PrometheusDM in Full frame rival sales figures = grim reading for everyone vs Sony   
    Yeah, sony is getting complacent, just like canon use to be.  Blackmagic and the Chinese manufactures see an opening with low cost cinema cameras and exploiting it.  If blackmagic gets good autofocusing, and and larger sensor; a lot less a7iii would have been sold.  blackmagic already has the most dominate color grading software, and slowly taking the NLE market.  That is sony's Achilles heel right now; I dont' think Sony knows this.  Good autofocusing, larger sensor and most youtube people would be using blackmagic instead of a7iii; image that; a lot of people bought the a7iii because of youtube people using them.
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    eleison reacted to Cliff Totten in Full frame rival sales figures = grim reading for everyone vs Sony   
    Its going to be fascinating to see what the XDCAM management team will "allow" the Alpha management team to give the new A7S-III. A Sony manager fir Russia was stating that he thinks the A7S-III wont have "deep color" as that is reserved for the XDCAM FS series only. I suspect he means 10bit.
    I heard at NAB that Panasonic is very receptive to the S1 having 4k raw over HDMI and that it IS definetely comming to the S1 this year. Those same sources told me that Sony is not willing to go that far right now. Atomos is pressuring them but Sony is not buying into the raw idea for Alpha. (The next FS probably)
    Will Alpha be allowed to have highly compressed 10bit internal recording or will it only be granted 10bit video HDMI? I would love to be a fly on the wall in these Alpha/XDCAM manager board room meetings!!
    2019 is a massive political fight for managers inside Sony and Panasonic. Nikon?....no no, HDMI raw was an EASY choice!!!
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    eleison reacted to Topcat in Full frame rival sales figures = grim reading for everyone vs Sony   
    Very good points. The problem is that most established players in various fields are happy to play it safe and milk the consumers for big bucks for small improvements. We saw this in the phone business with Nokia and Blackberry when Apple and later Samsung ate their lunch. By the time a new technology like mirrorless FF has caught up these established players can't move fast enough to catch up with the market leader and once they start bleeding money they don't have the resources to catch up. As an enthusiast I've been waiting for almost 10 years for a sub US $1000 FF(new release price) but the established players have been in no hurry. Finally happened last year with A7II but that is a last generation with no 4K video. In the meantime the most innovation in imaging in the last decade has come from smartphone manufacturers squeezing the low end as well. I suspect that only one of Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic will survive in the camera market in the next decade. If you place a bet on the wrong horse you are going to see your equipment depreciate rapidly. Even my X-T3 has depreciated as much as a A7III bought several months before its release(about $300-400). That is the price for 4K 10 bit 60p internal. Buying a camera from these players today could very well be like buying a phone from Nokia or Blackberry in 2011. Only people with sentimental attachments or very specific requirements/mandates (encrypted corporate email, 4k 10 bit) will do it and these people should be prepared to pay a heavy price in the form of accelerated depreciation.
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    eleison reacted to tweak in EOSHD Opinion - The Sony A6400 is an absolute turkey   
    I thought the same, but then I realised there's actually a ton of people who are aspiring vloggers and/or buy a camera with the hope that one day they will "vlog" with it. It also has a lot of overlap with your average family shooter, they want similar things IMO.
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    eleison reacted to Adam Kuźniar in EOSHD Opinion - The Sony A6400 is an absolute turkey   
    "Vlogger" group constitutes of people who shoot videos of their kids too. 
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    eleison reacted to sanveer in EOSHD Opinion - The Sony A6400 is an absolute turkey   
    Sony with it's various models and the A7 iii specifically, has ensures that there is a:
    1. Serious price correction with some serious features (dual card, IBIS, PDAF and superb autofocus, log, 14-bit RAW, 14.7 Stops of Dynamic Range, excellent battery life, 4k that probably is as detailed as 6k, good low light, Log+HLG, 10fps continuous etc). 2k has become the price for cameras that may have been at the $2500-3500 price range previously. So 2k is basically the benchmark price, pushing all camera prices southward with it, ensuring that cameras with less features like non-PDAF (or less hardware specs like smaller sensor size) become a hardsell. 
    2. Lots of models being updated, targeting the majority of the market, and almost all manufacturers.
    3. Turn around cycle seems to be getting shorter. While this may not seem to apply to all (Sony) models, it is beginning with many models and seems to be trickling down to all, eventually. This will also put pressure on other manufacturers, especially those that have a slower product cycle update time.
    Sony also specifically mentioned that the 30min time limit is a factor that might go in 2019 due to the change in some-stone age European Union laws (hopefully none of their cameras blow up due to overheating though). So that would be another thing users of the new cameras can look forward to (unlimited recording time). 
    This actually puts a lot more pressure on the GH6 (limiting it's pricing to 2k or less), and the S1 (keep its price too in the 2-2.5 range), as well as All New camera models (the reason for the price revision of A6400) that are expected this year and probably the next.
    The XT3 seems pretty amazing for the price, and the only thing it seems to be lacking is IBIS. If it did have IBIS, it would have made it difficult to justify buying most other cameras this year (or the last year's last few weeks).
    Sony has also ensured that (its) Full Frame is eating into all ILC Markets from M43 to Medium Format. It's a scary trend that will send many manufacturers much faster to the grave. But it seems like it's giving customers more and bett r options and lot more bang for the buck. 
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    eleison reacted to GiM_6x in Nikon Z6 / Z7 to go RAW with Atomos Ninja V - could Panasonic be next?   
    With the "marketing" promotions - what we are dealing with right now - we start to lose words meaning.
    If you accept this "kind of RAW" as a loss way to record video, it is up to you.
    Will you accept me saying you are a FAT GUY since you have more than 5 lbs?
    What ? This is MY WAY to say you are beatifull !
    Who am I ? I am the best marketing guy in the galaxy, you have to believe me that you are FAT!
    No one else can contradict me, right ??? !!!
    Andrew, I appologize for this OFF-TOPIC... 
    Mea culpa!
    But we need to respect the words for what they means - if we want to understand each-other!
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    eleison reacted to KnightsFan in Nikon Z6 / Z7 to go RAW with Atomos Ninja V - could Panasonic be next?   
    I agree with @GiM_6x. We should put some effort into using words correctly. Its the reason netflix wont allow upscaled alexa footage to be considered 4k. Prores raw, redcode raw, bmraw, are all fine formats. I dont have an issue with them as formats, but it is marketing bs to call them "RAW." Its not a matter of whats "needed" for a given production, its quite simply a matter of using correct terminology. Its like putting an 8 bit stream into a 10 bit container and calling it 10 bit.
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    eleison got a reaction from BTM_Pix in Sony A7R IV / A7S III / A9 II to feature 8K video, as new 60MP and 36MP full frame sensor specs leak   
    Unless I can cook an egg on the body, it's not hot enough.  When I'm out in the woods, always good to carry one less thing.  Having to leave my pots at home would be awesome.
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    eleison got a reaction from EthanAlexander in Sony a7SIII - Full Frame 4K 60fps 10bit with Flip Out Screen   
    Sony is not bringing out the a7siii right now in part because they are trying to entice video orientated users to buy the a7iii.  If they bring out the a7siii too fast, they would lose a7iii sales - video orientated users would just buy the a7siii.
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    eleison reacted to salim in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    @Andrew Reid 
    I've said this in the past. If I was the head of the marketing or  PR for a camera company the risk/reward of inviting you and giving you access would not be justifiable. With this post you just made it even a more clear example. 

    There is no upside for them to invite someone like you. I think some camera companies do really want honest feedback so they can improve something, but they also want it in a way that does not embarrass them. You come across as a bit of a "loose cannon". Many of these guys, PR and marketing is their job. It's what pays their rent, pays their kids college tuition, medical bills, vacations, etc.  Why should they risk all that so that you and your blog just get more credibility? 
    Yes, @John Brawley was a bit curt to you. But I'm not sure how that should impact your purchasing decision. As a professional DP, at the end of the day, you'll pick the best tool for the job that you your budget allows.

    I do agree with you, the new Fuji X-T3 is a game changer and at such similar price range, it has advantages, given improved AF (that might actually be useful now), larger sensor and color science. We know X-H2 will probably arrive in another 9-12 months or so, taking X-T3 and adding IBIS on it, making it more useful for some people.

    But at the end of the day, pros will look at the entire system and if they're shooting something for netflix, etc. BM might be the obvious system to use given their budget and the hobbyist like myself will choose Nikon, Sony or the new Fuji.
     
    I think BM could have done a better job perhaps to be more inclusive, but as someone who supports your product and likes your community and wants to help you, my suggestion is that you could have handled it a lot better. It's probably too late now, you probably burned a lot of bridges and scared off more future marketing people.

    IMHO, at this point, maybe your next option is to brand yourself as the ultimate critical reviewer. Basically the place people come to be warned and  see everything they should know about before buying a product. The kind of critical review they do not get on youtube affiliate-marketing driven review business or elsewhere. So market the reason you are not invited is because your reviews are too honest, "too honest to be invited". 

    Hope this is constructive. 
     
     
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    eleison got a reaction from IronFilm in Canon Full Frame Mirrorless is just around the corner?   
    Huhm, when people think of mirrorless, they think small dslr form factor (or range finder form factor).  This is basically a camcorder just re-branded as mirrorless.  Hell, with this line of thinking, canon could have rebranded their old XL1 as "mirrorless" too, right?
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    eleison got a reaction from noone in Panasonic GH5S brings massive low light improvement - exclusive interview and hands-on   
    Different strokes for different folks.. "F8 and be there" -- having 25K+ iso helps especially for documentary people (or folks that run and gun, video taping their kids in a lightly light room; the, "'F+ck it, right now I don't know what or who to focus on; someone or something is bound to do something interesting in this wresting meet; I'll set the fstop as high as I can so I can get the most dof and see what I can capture"  hahahahahaha  Life comes at you fast when you have kids so keep everything in focus :-).
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    eleison got a reaction from noone in Panasonic GH5S brings massive low light improvement - exclusive interview and hands-on   
    Yes, and compare that combination to an A7Sii.  I'm expecting the Sony to spank the GH5s.  GH5s is trying to compete in a niche that the A7S dominates in.  I don't think this is a good strategy since I doubt the GH5s "can see in the dark" like the Sony.  The GH5s is probably a good camera OVERALL, but It's probably not the A7S killer that Panasonic is marketing the camera to be.
    2 things that really hurt:
    1) no IBIS
    2) no PDAF
    ... but, it's good in low light.. not the greatest.. but good...  Just my opinion.  The best thing about the sony a7sii for me is that I can "f8 and be there" almost in all lighting situations.  I'm not a professional videographer, I just like to take videos of my kids, and family :-)  I love that quality of the a7sii.  That almost negates the Sony not having PDAF.. hahahahahah. 
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    eleison got a reaction from PannySVHS in Panasonic GH5S brings massive low light improvement - exclusive interview and hands-on   
    The only thing I'm hyped about is the thought of not spending another $2-4 grand on a new camera this year.  The gh5s doesn't fill my main use cases.  I have an a7sii and the biggest thing I'm missing is PDAF.  The gh5s does not have that, and there is no conclusive evidence that it is better in low light/extreme low light than the a7sii.
    I am also not excited about the a7sIII.  I was for a while, but I need a camera to have unlimited recording (theatre plays, recitals, etc. last more than 30mins).  The upcoming a7siii will probably not be hackable for a while since it does not have the sony playmemories app.  So yeah..  I'm hyped that I'm not going to be spending $2-4k  on a camera this yeah.  But to be honest, I have G.A.S. so I'm a bit sad at the same time.  hahahahah
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    eleison got a reaction from webrunner5 in Panasonic GH5S brings massive low light improvement - exclusive interview and hands-on   
    Different strokes for different folks.. "F8 and be there" -- having 25K+ iso helps especially for documentary people (or folks that run and gun, video taping their kids in a lightly light room; the, "'F+ck it, right now I don't know what or who to focus on; someone or something is bound to do something interesting in this wresting meet; I'll set the fstop as high as I can so I can get the most dof and see what I can capture"  hahahahahaha  Life comes at you fast when you have kids so keep everything in focus :-).
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    eleison got a reaction from JordanWright in Panasonic GH5S brings massive low light improvement - exclusive interview and hands-on   
    Different strokes for different folks.. "F8 and be there" -- having 25K+ iso helps especially for documentary people (or folks that run and gun, video taping their kids in a lightly light room; the, "'F+ck it, right now I don't know what or who to focus on; someone or something is bound to do something interesting in this wresting meet; I'll set the fstop as high as I can so I can get the most dof and see what I can capture"  hahahahahaha  Life comes at you fast when you have kids so keep everything in focus :-).
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    eleison reacted to mercer in Panasonic GH5S brings massive low light improvement - exclusive interview and hands-on   
    But with an equal aperture, the a7s only needs to be at 12,000 ISO?
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    eleison got a reaction from IronFilm in The simple thing the GH5 does not seem to achieve: the magic of the GH2   
    The GH2 is a classic.  It marked the point where the camera no longer really mattered; the story mattered more.  A lot of good content was created on the GH2 because it was the first real good camera that creative people could use to show off their stories and ideas.  It was the pinnacle for it's time.  Now people have moved on and there are so many good cameras; no one camera can really claim to have a monopoly on being a good camera that creative people flock too.  That time has passed.  Yes, more casual people have also moved into the film making field diluting all the good content that is out there. 
     
    p.s., there are a lot more "gorgeous footage" from modern cameras like the gh5 than the gh2.  The quality of the footage is better - 4k, dynamic range, color balance, etc.  But a lot of the older gh2 footage had better content - better story; better editing, etc...  If you look at almost all GH2 content, they are technically worse than the new stuff; but obviously not too much worse -- the failings did not detract from the story.  GH2 content was so much better.
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    eleison got a reaction from IronFilm in Why YouTuber Logan Paul can't put his camera down   
    “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted."  If watching Paul Logan or case Neistat videos float their boats, I'm not going to complain.  Junk in one era, can considered to be a master piece in another.  Wasn't Shakespeare considered mass produced tripe of it's time?  Or the common camber pot of a long bygone time, now considered precious and put in museums?  Or earlier comic books that were considered trash only to be read by deviant teenagers in the heat of puberty, now considered great arts of works worth thousands of dollars?
     
    Heck, how many people on this forum spend inordinate amount of time comparing specs on camera gear without actually filming and creating stuff of value?  Is it really a waste of time?  Probably, but if we enjoy it, then ultimately it's not.  Besides, I'm too old to care if something is a waste of time or not.  Life is too short.  Enjoy yourself and let other people figure out what is important to them.
     
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    eleison got a reaction from IronFilm in Why YouTuber Logan Paul can't put his camera down   
    hahahahaahha... If I am not too bold to say, but have you considered that you maybe just too old to understand this new generation. Older people never understand the new stuff.  For example, music tastes changes.  Compare the early 1900's music to the late 1900's music.  They are all music, but there will always be some curmudgeon that states "Music???  Music!!! you call that Music... In my time, music was Mozarts, Chopin, Beethoven, etc... Now a days, what people listen to is not MUSIC, but TRASH!!!  Now get off my lawn, wippersnapper!!!"
    When Hunter S. Thompson was alive, the previous generation also did not consider what he did as "real" reporting.  Oh, how the times have changed.  This current generation (like the previous generation) does not to be told what is  real reporting.  They don't need to read a book to know what they feel keeps them updated, keeps them informed, entertained and keeps them feeling connected to society.   These are the things that reporting does.  Different generation, different tools, but the same end results.
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    eleison got a reaction from IronFilm in Why YouTuber Logan Paul can't put his camera down   
    Vloggers, youtubers, etc. are this generations Lois Lane, Hunter Thompsons, Morley Safer, etc.  Vlogger, youtubers, are this generations news reporters, war correspondences, magazine opinion pieces, etc...   Just like their "dead tree media" counterparts, it's all about getting the "story" -- no matter how, boring, gruesome, etc.  Keep the camera on and pointed to the action... or dead body.  Get the story no matter what.  Stay with the troop while there is a gun fight all around while being pinned down by Charle while helicopters are circling around.  At no point in history has there been so much "reporting"; so much knowledge, and experiences shared to so many people.  Everyone can now potentially be a reporter.  Because of this, there is a lot more content. 
    If people don't want to listen, don't want to read, don't want to see things that may offend them..... they can always turn off the TV, close the magazine cover, don't buy the newspaper -- OR in this generations vernacular, don't click on the link.  Logan Paul didn't make 15/16 million people click on his video.  These people wanted to see Logan Pauls videos.  I don't click on Logan paul's video's because I'm not into his type of content.  Not my cup of tea.  I don't "invite" him into my "mind space" by not clicking on his stuff.  The video about some dead body.  Did I click on the link?  Nope.  I don't want to see/learn/know more about that type of stuff.  I only care about really important stuff... Like consumer cameras, codexs, 4k60p, etc.  You know, things that will feed my G.A.S.  Because without G.A.S., the internet would be a more boring place -- for me at least.  Dead bodies??? Japanese haunted forests??? Who cares about that sort of shiet!!!!
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    eleison got a reaction from Orangenz in Why YouTuber Logan Paul can't put his camera down   
    “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted."  If watching Paul Logan or case Neistat videos float their boats, I'm not going to complain.  Junk in one era, can considered to be a master piece in another.  Wasn't Shakespeare considered mass produced tripe of it's time?  Or the common camber pot of a long bygone time, now considered precious and put in museums?  Or earlier comic books that were considered trash only to be read by deviant teenagers in the heat of puberty, now considered great arts of works worth thousands of dollars?
     
    Heck, how many people on this forum spend inordinate amount of time comparing specs on camera gear without actually filming and creating stuff of value?  Is it really a waste of time?  Probably, but if we enjoy it, then ultimately it's not.  Besides, I'm too old to care if something is a waste of time or not.  Life is too short.  Enjoy yourself and let other people figure out what is important to them.
     
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    eleison got a reaction from jonpais in The simple thing the GH5 does not seem to achieve: the magic of the GH2   
    The GH2 is a classic.  It marked the point where the camera no longer really mattered; the story mattered more.  A lot of good content was created on the GH2 because it was the first real good camera that creative people could use to show off their stories and ideas.  It was the pinnacle for it's time.  Now people have moved on and there are so many good cameras; no one camera can really claim to have a monopoly on being a good camera that creative people flock too.  That time has passed.  Yes, more casual people have also moved into the film making field diluting all the good content that is out there. 
     
    p.s., there are a lot more "gorgeous footage" from modern cameras like the gh5 than the gh2.  The quality of the footage is better - 4k, dynamic range, color balance, etc.  But a lot of the older gh2 footage had better content - better story; better editing, etc...  If you look at almost all GH2 content, they are technically worse than the new stuff; but obviously not too much worse -- the failings did not detract from the story.  GH2 content was so much better.
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    eleison got a reaction from IronFilm in The cameras used on Netflix's Original Films and Series   
    I do not consider myself a "real" dp/director.  yes, it makes me sad to say that, but objectively I am not.  While there will be edge cases of "real" dp/directors using "inferior" equipment.  They are just that - edge cases.  if you look at a lot of film festivals now, you will see fewer prosumer cameras being used... and this trend is continuing.  Year after year. Less and Less prosumer cameras.  Unlike the glory days of the 5d/gh2 where your chooses were limited - you either used film, minidvs or the then, new prosumer dslrs; now we have  cameras that are better than prosumer cameras, but yet a lot cheaper than film.  Hell, do people remember trying to create shallow DOF???  back in the day, the quality was so bad, the 5d/gh2 had a place in professional film making.  Now, not as much.
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