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    Sigma fp L, Lumix S1, Sony FS5, Sony a7s II, Sony A7r II, Lumix GH3, Lumix GX7

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  1. You absolutely do not need V90 cards for 6K. I have used my cheap Lexar 95MB/s cards with it which are V30, but you might as well get a V60 card to take advantage of UHS-II interface and are still far cheaper than V90 cards.
  2. Understood. Thanks for the answer, and, yes, it gives a beautiful image regardless of it's setting. I only notice when I'm doing specific technical testing with it, nothing in motion. I see something similar when shooting 1080p instead of UHD. Seems to be better to downscale in post if possible. I guess my question is if it is capable of using the crop zoom function while kicking out a raw signal. I'm sure it is, but I haven't been able to confirm. Not only for the previous concern, but also because I like the ability it gives of "zooming" with primes.
  3. I really like your setups, especially with the smallrig side handle. Have you felt the need to drop to 1.3x crop on your fp L to avoid the aliasing similar to 12bit cDNG? I usually shoot 10bit when I need the width (which still looks great) but the raw output being only 12bit I suppose you cannot do this. Gerald complains about the raw output softness of the fp L but it's a sensor speed limitation and not really Sigma's fault. I'd recommend the original fp for strictly video, but I love my fp L.
  4. Yeah, I've been there owning various Ninjas and the original video assist 5" and 7", but all for shoulder rigs, where I didn't mind the size and weight and actually needed the monitoring function to view. And used anton bauer batteries to power the rig. The Sigma fp L has spoiled me for being the smallest raw capable setup I own. Something that I can use my S1 with it's IBIS and keep it small all while shooting raw, would be perfect for me. I think the other problem is I know both must be working on something with the age of their recorders. Something more sleek and power efficient, smaller bezels, and smaller media type (at least for Atomos). The Ninja V+ went the opposite direction, but here's hoping there's something else coming.
  5. Yeah, I'd be more inclined to get that one than the Ninja. (probably due to BRAW though) On a set or tripod based it's not really an issue for me. It's personal projects or just filming for fun I don't want to put up with the weight. The 12G is still 400g + 2x batteries ~290g= 690g and that's just too much for a hotshoe to accommodate, in my opinion, unless you are keeping everything perfectly upright and straight the whole time, so we need mounting options. I also don't want a flimsy ballhead that doesn't stay straight so a hefty one of those plus a cage or at least a half cage and you're almost at 1kg or more of additional weight. It's like carrying a camera on top of your camera. It might work for some, but the same internals, just without any screen could shrink it down to less than half the size and probably consume half the power. Even with the same port selection. 150g body + single battery 145g = around 300g would be around that of a small flash and a much lower center of gravity. Far much more inconspicuous as well.
  6. Great to have both options now. I just wonder which of the two companies, Atomos or Blackmagic, will be the first to design a product for people that don't want/need a monitor but still want raw. Atomos ninja star 2, or new hyperdeck shuttle, recording to sd uhs-ii, cf-express or, better yet, m.2 2242 with caddies, between 100-200 grams, internal battery/usb-c/battery plate/single np-f plate options, minimal OLED screen for settings, 1/4" mounting points, fanless design. Physical buttons, but recording triggered by hdmi. After using a Samsung T5 on my fp L, I think wouldn't do a set up much bigger. I like to be handheld and a 500-600+ gram monitor plus the framework to hold such a monstrosity (I will never put that kind of weight on a bare hotshoe) is just too much. My Shogun 7" is hardly used anymore. I doubt we will see any of these raw formats used internally for a good long while, so this is the only way I think I'd be tempted to get it.
  7. I have a strong suspicion we will still see DFD in the GH6. While I would love them to make the move, I feel the (presumably) stacked sensor might be all that is needed. We already see the massive difference in AF performance going from 24p to 60p. Read off speed and the amount of frames will determine it's effectiveness. If we can get a "AF Boost" mode in the GH6 that captures at 4K120p and then down converts to what ever frame rate you want 120,60,30,24 etc., you could get the benefit of fast DFD focusing at any frame rate. It would probably limit to 30 mins or whatever the 4K120p will be set to, but could be switched off to get unlimited 4K or to use 5.7K (probably 30 mins also). Without high frame rates it will no doubt faster than what we've seen, but I think 24p always hampers it's potential a bit.
  8. This seller is beginning to sell a pretty cool looking SSD enclosure for the fp cameras. It might appeal to users who dislike any cables hanging off their cameras or a super compact setup. https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z10.1-c-s.w4004-17359871405.19.79642ef0r1p5zA&id=645136995058
  9. I hoped they would have updated the design. I would have like to see an end to the 2.5" drives, especially the unnecessarily expensive and proprietary atomX drives, in favor of an m.2 enclosure. Would have a far smaller footprint and makes room for a return to dual battery slots. The unsymmetrical weight distribution bothers me. An updated 1500-2500 nit screen would be nice as well as a reduction in bezel size. Wonder how long they will remain the only game in town for ProresRAW recording.
  10. I wish I had an original fp to compare to the fp L, and due to it's dismissal by most of the "popular" sources I wouldn't hold my breath on many of them doing tests. There are a few videos comparing the still aspects of each so that might tell you something. Personally, I wanted it for both stills/video but an emphasis on stills, so the fp L made more sense. If you want strictly video the fp would be the better option. As with any high res camera it is not as good in low light, and little more rolling shutter. The only catch I see is the bit worse read off in full sensor 12bit, that the the fp doesn't have. It is most likely a limitation of the sensor. It doesn't bother me, but it might to some. Under good conditions they should be visually identical in quality, and miles better than most.
  11. You hit the nail on the head. To say it has no users is ridiculous. It is in more line with a Blackmagic camera, but, in my opinion much less comprises and more "conveniences". More reliable and far better built. Smaller and lighter even with grip or cage, better autofocus (seems about on par with my A7rII and A7sII), a more adaptable mount than the EF 6Ks, and the entirety of the stills mode. But there are more similarities than differences. Mostly in it's use cases. Someone willing to be a little more manual, controlled, and methodical in how they shoot. This goes for photography as well. If you are mostly a single point, AFS/MF shooter like me it's great. I would also like to see the addition of a more solid compressed video option, but the 4K8bit internal is actually better than most internal codecs of others. It's surprisingly rigid when pushing it in post even being only 8bit. A fair bit of recovery, zero compression, and all the benefits of raw. Changing WB/tint to get your colors set is still better than a 10bit file. I have to test more to see how well it can do with heavy gradations. The only issue is sd storage, but that will get better over time and if you have the money for it. The question is if you need 6K or are fine with a downsampled 4K. I like the idea of 6K and been using it on my S1, but shooting raw, carrying the extra data for 6K to downsample it to 4K in post might not matter. There is no way they could incorporate 6K30 or even 4K60 as the sustained data rates are too high even for most current SSDs (in cinemaDNG). So while excepting compression is out of the picture, I'm good with it downsampling and then retaining all the data possible. There really are no alternatives, especially for full frame cameras. I feel it sits right between Blackmagic cameras and modern hybrid mirrorless cameras. A hybrid cinema camera if you will.
  12. They do have some quirks, and are much more minimalistic than other cameras, but that's what I wanted. Clean, simple, and small. I didn't get the evf, and while it would be nice to have, the screen is great and I've had no problems outdoors. Might pick it up used one day. If you know which shutter speeds to use and which to avoid in artificial lighting you can get around banding pretty easy. The couple manual lenses I tried worked great. I can't say much about rolling shutter. In cinemaDNG it's apparent if you whip it around, but improves a little the tighter you crop. It's not an issue for me in normal shots, and there are modes to use if you need a shot with a lot of movement. I didn't think I would utilize internal raw much, but after testing the 8bit UHD, it's impressive. When not needing maximum dynamic range, it is not a big step down from full 12bit. I do not have a v90 card, and even the highest capacity will give you only 10-20 minutes, but in the coming years I'm sure we'll get 512/1tb cards that will solve that. If you're fine with 1080p raw you will get longer record times and the ability to use cheaper v60 cards with 8/10/12bit available. The samsung t5 I use isn't too unwieldy though as I attach it directly to the grip. So it screws on in seconds. All in all a lot to like, despite the negativity it's received.
  13. Received my fp L this morning. I have to say I'm very impressed. I am able to customize it perfectly how I want, including all buttons and dials. Rear dial set to ISO control, and even the tone button as I'll never use that. I only wish they had a quicker option to jump into auto ISO and minimum shutter settings for stills. I am not able to figure out if you can set it to separate modes between cine and stills. Right now I must switch between M in cine and A in stills every time. Battery life is not the best, but manageable. Auto focus is nothing to write home about (I'm a Panasonic user so no big deal). I see no problem with flickering or skewing in normal use shooting so far. Did a couple tests in video. 12bit at a crop of 1.0x-1.24x it definitely suffers from some line skipped artifacts and is noticeably softer viewed at 100%. The good news is everything else is great. 1.3x and on is sharp and detailed. When switched to 10bit all modes, including 1.0x, are good. I will probably keep it in 10bit when wider or when the scene is not too demanding, and when I can get away with cropping it I'll switch to 12bit.
  14. Many don't realize it is Sigma's philosophy to do things differently. They make foveon cameras with some of the most unique shapes out there. Who else does? The fp series probably wouldn't exist if their full frame foveon didn't run into complications, but when deciding to use a bayer sensor they still wanted to do something to differentiate themselves. I applaud them for it. The "reviews" seem to go out of their ways to find complaints in the camera. Instead of thinking about the many ways to use it to it's potential, complain that you're "confused" (you don't sound very knowledgeable when you keep saying that). He appears to have tested rolling shutter in the worst possible mode at 1.3x crop (31ms) that does full readout resulting in the best quality with slower readout, but didn't mention the normal 1.0x (21.7ms) crop that has better rolling shutter than cameras like the S1H. Or the 1.24x crop RIGHT NEXT to the 1.3x crop that gets a 17.5ms readout. Quite decent. Sure, it'll worsen the quality, but there are options again for what you want to prioritize. Can't open the battery door with the plate you're using? Get a smaller plate. Can't grip it well? Put a grip on it! Worst camera menu system? Have you used a Sony camera? Don't like the idea of rigging it up to be very big? Then don't! Don't like the no memory media message without a card? Now you're definitely looking for reasons to complain... what were you planning on shooting without media? CinemaDNG is often spoke of as a negative because it's "too big". It is a clean, untouched, uncompressed, with maximum flexibility in post. Might as well as call any raw video a negative. It goes to one of the cheapest/gb storage medium you can buy without the need for a huge recorder with fans, power requirements, etc. And you still have both options of raw output also, but I wouldn't choose either over cinemaDNG unless you already have the recorder. Hardly any hybrid camera lets you record to a ssd, and I don't know any that still allow cinemaDNG. It's a huge plus. Comparisons to other cameras are getting out of control. Sure there are a couple things I wish it had that other offer, but I only got it because it offers things others don't.
  15. The same can be said that a mirrorless camera is the same size as a cinema camera when it's all rigged up with needed accessories. But it's the modularity that lets you to be able to make it the size you need. Rigged up, a grip, and maybe an evf, is not needed. Plus you can have a full caged system that's the size of an unprotected body of another camera. For photography it's a little different but you still have some size options to play with. If size or video isn't a big deal to you there's probably not enough to attract you. Which I would understand.
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