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    Bioskop.Inc reacted to BTM_Pix in SD Cards For Original Pocket Cinema Camera   
    This is following on from something in the thread for the Pocket4K for anyone looking to pick up an original Pocket or Micro or, like myself, dusting off an old one that might not be aware of an issue with available SD cards.
    All of the SD cards that I put in it (and I tried a lot !) where coming up with No Card error and no amount of re-formatting internally or externally was resolving the issue and then I went and had a look at the official forum and saw this 
    https://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=83050&sid=2c193679bb69a8d8f2c48ac0b85ced38
    Basically, Sandisk made a change and the original cameras (and the Video Assist as well I understand) can no longer read them.
    Sony made a firmware change to accommodate it for their cameras but BM haven't and likely won't.
    The upshot is that it is a nightmare trying to find recently produced SD cards that will work with them and users have been trying and returning all sorts of different ones trying to find a solution.
    After a lot of this effort, the card type that came up as being able to work is, ironically, a Sony one.
     
    It is  the UZ designation at the end that is important as there are a few similar looking ones.
    This is the Amazon link to this exact one 
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00YOKOJOU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Mine arrived yesterday and I'm happy to confirm that it does indeed work perfectly well with my original Pocket camera so if you are looking at picking a camera up used or getting one out of the back of a drawer and don't have the original media for it then I'd recommend picking one of these up. 
    Apologies for the cross post but the info would have got lost in the behemoth Pocket4K thread and at the time of my original post to @mercer in there about it I hadn't been able to confirm personally if this particular card worked.
    And now I can  
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from Andrew Clunie in Anyone used the Takumar 135mm f2.5 as a taking lens?   
    This is the one Takumar that I haven't used with an Iscorama, all the others are some of my favourite lenses to use with an anamorphic attachment. I do use the Tair 11a 135mm f2.8 & it works amazingly well, in fact these longer focal lengths give you better image quality than wider lenses do.
    The one thing to watch out for when using vintage lenses is to test out where infinity really is - by this I mean that a lot of adaptors play safe & the reading of infinity on the lens isn't always spot on, so you might have to dial it back a fraction. I have quite a few M42 lenses that behave this way, which might be why some people think they can't get a sharp/clear image when using an anamorphic adaptor. So always check the real Infinity mark of your taking lens (add some tape to secure it or make a mark on the taking lens, so if it moves you can adjust quickly) & then add your adaptor - you should have no troubles.
    NB. I find the Takumar's are some of the sharpest vintage taking lenses to use with an Iscorama & they are normally more reliable (in terms of quality control) than a lot of other brands, especially the Russain lenses.
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from webrunner5 in Anyone used the Takumar 135mm f2.5 as a taking lens?   
    This is the one Takumar that I haven't used with an Iscorama, all the others are some of my favourite lenses to use with an anamorphic attachment. I do use the Tair 11a 135mm f2.8 & it works amazingly well, in fact these longer focal lengths give you better image quality than wider lenses do.
    The one thing to watch out for when using vintage lenses is to test out where infinity really is - by this I mean that a lot of adaptors play safe & the reading of infinity on the lens isn't always spot on, so you might have to dial it back a fraction. I have quite a few M42 lenses that behave this way, which might be why some people think they can't get a sharp/clear image when using an anamorphic adaptor. So always check the real Infinity mark of your taking lens (add some tape to secure it or make a mark on the taking lens, so if it moves you can adjust quickly) & then add your adaptor - you should have no troubles.
    NB. I find the Takumar's are some of the sharpest vintage taking lenses to use with an Iscorama & they are normally more reliable (in terms of quality control) than a lot of other brands, especially the Russain lenses.
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from Grimor in GH5 Speedbooster + Sankor 16D Help   
    A few things first:
    What does the speedbooster now make your sensor - is it S35/APS or FF?
    - If it's S35/APS, then the 58mm isn't going to cut it. You'll have to use an 85mm. (if it's FF, then that becomes 135mm).
    If you take off the Speedbooster & use the native M43, then you'll be able to use the Helios - in fact you could use a 50mm lens or you might get away with something smaller so try a 35 or a 40mm.
    That's your problem - you're using the wrong size taking lens.
    The larger Kowa will enable you to use a 45mm (maybe a 40mm) on APC size (with your speedbooster) & a 35mm on M43.
    Also, another thing to remember is that by using the Sankor 16D you will be getting a wider field of view than 85mm or 50mm, so don't get hung up on that! The Sankor 16D is a nice lens, so just work with it, rather than against it. Also what people tend to forget, or never knew, is that these anamorphic adaptors actually work best with longer focal length taking lenses - the wider the taking lens the more distortion etc. you will get!
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from newfoundmass in Cheapest parfocal lenses   
    The Angenieux 35-70mm is parfocal & is vintage loveliness - also, is about the price range you mentioned, but can be had cheaper.
    NB: the 28-70 isn't, nor is the cheaper Tokina ATX Pro version of the 28-70mm (some people say that it is, but that is BS - so beware).
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from Cinegain in Cheapest parfocal lenses   
    The Angenieux 35-70mm is parfocal & is vintage loveliness - also, is about the price range you mentioned, but can be had cheaper.
    NB: the 28-70 isn't, nor is the cheaper Tokina ATX Pro version of the 28-70mm (some people say that it is, but that is BS - so beware).
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from JordanWright in Yashica ML 2.8 Full Frame   
    Let me add to @mercer comments - cheap doesn't mean bad, but more likely with vintage lenses, just not wanted or not appreciated.
    Such a subjective & loaded question, especially here!
    I've owned such a lot & ended up with a full set of Russain [Zeiss copies] lenses - couldn't be happier. But ironically, I use my Tokina ATX-Pro 28-70mm zoom lens the most for pics & any filming I might do.
    But if I still filmed a lot, I think I would complete my Nikon Ai-S set, as when I look at things I've shot with the 24mm f2.8 or 50mm f1.8 I'm always satisfied - in fact, i'm glad I used them. Not the cheapest, not the most expensive - just good solid lenses that get the job done & more often than not they surprise people.
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from mercer in Yashica ML 2.8 Full Frame   
    Let me add to @mercer comments - cheap doesn't mean bad, but more likely with vintage lenses, just not wanted or not appreciated.
    Such a subjective & loaded question, especially here!
    I've owned such a lot & ended up with a full set of Russain [Zeiss copies] lenses - couldn't be happier. But ironically, I use my Tokina ATX-Pro 28-70mm zoom lens the most for pics & any filming I might do.
    But if I still filmed a lot, I think I would complete my Nikon Ai-S set, as when I look at things I've shot with the 24mm f2.8 or 50mm f1.8 I'm always satisfied - in fact, i'm glad I used them. Not the cheapest, not the most expensive - just good solid lenses that get the job done & more often than not they surprise people.
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from Emanuel in I need a hug   
    @kaylee, I turn 47 next month & am freaking out! All my friends are married, some have kids & all of them have sensible, stable jobs that earn them a good comfortable living - I don't!
    The last few years, the work slowly started to dry up & I had to get a sensible part-time job. The realisation that I should perhaps move away from what I liked doing, to actually something that would leave me in a more comfortable position has been beckoning me for some time - should this become a hobby has become the question for a while now?
    Last year, I agreed to help a friend of a friend out with the music he had begun to make - made a video & tweaked some of the music. He offered me to join & work with him, which I accepted as I had nothing better to do. Another friend joined us & we were 3 guys in our 40s just doing something in our spare time, all having fun, albeit living in different parts of the country. We don't meet up very often & there were never any intentions to play live - it's electronic music & I don't think we have the time or money to figure that part of it out just yet.
    A few months ago we were offered a Record Contract! This has come, pretty much, totally out of the blue & we were all - a Record Deal, Really?! Fuck!!!
    Shit happens & you never really know what's around the corner or how many corners you might have to turn - try everything, experiment, contact people on the off chance that they might have work or advice to give you!
    Everyone going down the art type route (not the desk job route) gets down from time to time - if you don't, then you're lucky!
    But to be honest, my desk job causes me more stress, anxiety etc. then I've ever felt in my life. And the funny thing is, I see my stable, well off friends & they are about 15/20yrs further down the crazy road than I am - you scrape way the top layer of their lives & its far worse than yours. One friend said he wished he never got married & had kids - he was having a really bad day/month/year.....
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from kaylee in I need a hug   
    @kaylee, I turn 47 next month & am freaking out! All my friends are married, some have kids & all of them have sensible, stable jobs that earn them a good comfortable living - I don't!
    The last few years, the work slowly started to dry up & I had to get a sensible part-time job. The realisation that I should perhaps move away from what I liked doing, to actually something that would leave me in a more comfortable position has been beckoning me for some time - should this become a hobby has become the question for a while now?
    Last year, I agreed to help a friend of a friend out with the music he had begun to make - made a video & tweaked some of the music. He offered me to join & work with him, which I accepted as I had nothing better to do. Another friend joined us & we were 3 guys in our 40s just doing something in our spare time, all having fun, albeit living in different parts of the country. We don't meet up very often & there were never any intentions to play live - it's electronic music & I don't think we have the time or money to figure that part of it out just yet.
    A few months ago we were offered a Record Contract! This has come, pretty much, totally out of the blue & we were all - a Record Deal, Really?! Fuck!!!
    Shit happens & you never really know what's around the corner or how many corners you might have to turn - try everything, experiment, contact people on the off chance that they might have work or advice to give you!
    Everyone going down the art type route (not the desk job route) gets down from time to time - if you don't, then you're lucky!
    But to be honest, my desk job causes me more stress, anxiety etc. then I've ever felt in my life. And the funny thing is, I see my stable, well off friends & they are about 15/20yrs further down the crazy road than I am - you scrape way the top layer of their lives & its far worse than yours. One friend said he wished he never got married & had kids - he was having a really bad day/month/year.....
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from kye in Lenses   
    Yep, The Rollei QBM Zeiss lenses are top quality & it seems vintage lenses go through phases - people forget or don't know. The good thing is that prices go up & down too!
    Here's 2 very good resources for anyone thinking of buying Nikon/Nikkor lenses:
    Lens Evaluations - spot on & identify the differences perfectly:
    http://www.naturfotograf.com/lens_surv.html#rating
    Serial Numbers & dates made (makes identifying what you are buying a lot easier):
    http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html#35
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from heart0less in Lenses   
    Yep, The Rollei QBM Zeiss lenses are top quality & it seems vintage lenses go through phases - people forget or don't know. The good thing is that prices go up & down too!
    Here's 2 very good resources for anyone thinking of buying Nikon/Nikkor lenses:
    Lens Evaluations - spot on & identify the differences perfectly:
    http://www.naturfotograf.com/lens_surv.html#rating
    Serial Numbers & dates made (makes identifying what you are buying a lot easier):
    http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html#35
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from xzobinx in Lenses   
    I'll second the Yashica ML lenses - here's a good resource:
    https://cargocollective.com/yashica/About-Yashica-ML-Prime-Lenses
    Here's a list of M42 that hit or don't hit a 5D - Takumar 50mm f1.4 or the 55mm f1.8 (beware both have razor thin DoF wide open, but are sharp)
    https://www.panoramaplanet.de/comp/
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    Bioskop.Inc reacted to mercer in Lenses   
    @heart0less and @Bioskop.Inc that is a great resource. I have a set of Rollei QBM Carl Zeiss lenses and that site informed me that the 50mm 1.8 can hit the mirror... so I am reticent about not having the lens at infinity when I turn on or off the camera and I haven’t had any issues.
    Btw, those lenses are incredible for forgotten lenses. I’ve even purchased a Leitax adapter to test out. If it works well, I’ll definitely modify the rest.
    Here’s a wide open sample with a B+W Vario ND from the 50mm...

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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from mercer in Lenses   
    I'll second the Yashica ML lenses - here's a good resource:
    https://cargocollective.com/yashica/About-Yashica-ML-Prime-Lenses
    Here's a list of M42 that hit or don't hit a 5D - Takumar 50mm f1.4 or the 55mm f1.8 (beware both have razor thin DoF wide open, but are sharp)
    https://www.panoramaplanet.de/comp/
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from mercer in Lenses   
    You've just made a great point with this B&W version of your Poster, without the distraction of the colour your eyes are drawn to the guy & they stay with him. In the colour version your eyes wonder around the frame & his silhouette gets lost in the sky.
    Nice shot, nice lens - keeping it on topic!
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from mercer in Lenses   
    If it has Tomioka on there, as well as Chinon etc. its the same lens - Tomioka made them & they were sold/rebranded (55mm f1.4 & F1.2). If there's no Tomioka on it, it might not be the real deal.
    @mercer Make it in B&W - so under rated these days (just think/watch Ida & Cold War). I shot something a while ago, in colour & have decided to go B&W for the edit - also saves a lot of time with CC!
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from PannySVHS in Black Magic Pocket OG 2019   
    Still got my OG Pocket & all I can say is forget RAW, simply because ProRes HQ has all the DR you'll ever need - RAW also produces way too much M&A & noise, whilst I've never seen in it in PRHQ. Also the highlight roll off is lovely, even if you clip it slightly & I've had to do that a few times in the past - no complaints.
    It does get hot - i've burnt my finger on the metal casing before, but it was about +30 degrees when I that happened!
    Make sure you've got the latest FW on it, as they made huge strides with the Video mode setting & the colour it produced - it was like they'd added a BM LUT to the Film setting & you still had room to grade it more.
    Be really careful of the mini-HDMI port as it is really fragile - i've heard of it breaking even with a cage clamp. Which brings me onto the screen - don't believe all the rubbish about how bad it is. I never used anything but it's screen & I was able to nail focus every time - I could pull focus using it too!
    IR/UV cut filter essential. And if i remember correctly WB of 4500 was always a safe bet, which you could easily tweak in post if need be.
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    Bioskop.Inc reacted to Julien416 in Please advice on anamorphic starter setup   
    I really don't get the hate for the hypergonar. There are six different iterations. Tito only tested one, the biggest and latest, and honestly it looked kinda good even though the lens looked misaligned. I have the first iteration, the rarest, the glass is larger than the rest of the bunch. I guess I was fortunate to get it. And even though it's not in the best shape, it's probably one of the most organic and best anamorphot I have. And I do have a LOT of them, Kowa 16h, Kowa B&H, dyaliscope junior, kowa 16D, Cinelux, ruralscope... You name it. But the hypergonar is definitely one of my personnal favorite. Soft yet sharp, a lot of anamorphic characters, blue flares. And small.   
    Tito has been more and more critical of the old anormorphic projection lens. I kinda get it. But honestly, on a TV series I am directing, I have been intercuting shots taken with my Hypergonar 16 / rectilux combo with shots taken on Panavision B series and no one ever noticed the difference. The old cinema anamorphics are REALLY soft and full of flaws, and not that different at least image wise from a GOOD projection lens combo. And I've shot with a LOT of different cinema anamorphics when doing commercials.
    Of course, in practical terms of course they are not in the same league and that's probably why Tito can't be bothered with projection lens anymore
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from J.G in Zeiss Ikon Anamorphot 22/1.5x   
    Nice lens & pretty rare, so well done for buying it.
    A few tips about infinity & some vintage lenses (especially the Helios) - I've found that sometimes the taking lenses infinity mark is slightly off & you might need to dial it back a little (mm if anything). Test the taking lens, get the infinity set properly & tape it down so it doesn't move or remember the mark - this should sort your infinity problem out with some vintage lenses, it's certainly the case with most of my Russain lenses.
    The Meyer 100m is a really nice lens, one of my favourites for colour/contrast, not always the sharpest but I don't care about that nonsense.
    I've found that the Nikon Ai-s 50mm F1.8 pancake lens is a really good one for anamorphics - really cheap too!
    Another one to think about is the Super-Takumar 55mm F1.8 - small & sharp (don't get the SMC one, the Super-Tak version is single coated so will be good for flares etc.).
    The normal rule of thumb for taking lenses for these anamorphic attachments is to find one with a simple lens recipe - the Helios 44-2 is normally a winner with most of these attachments, but if it's not working for you then you'll need to experiment.
    One thing to take account of, if this is really a Baby Iscorama rebranded etc. (as is claimed in this thread), then wide open they are dreamy soft.
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from Tim McC in Ways to avoid white Vignetting?   
    Man I love the white vignetting & some of us feel it is part'n'parcel of using anamorphics -  it recently appeared in "You Were Never Really There" Dir. Lynne Ramsey (great film, great framing, great narrative).
    Embrace the White!
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    Bioskop.Inc reacted to mercer in OIS vs sheer weight for stabilisation?   
    He thinks he’s smarter than everybody else and he’s a miserable prick. Admittedly, I shouldn’t have let him bother me so much but after a while, his annoying little comments are grating. 
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from Geoff CB in If you could only use one lens for the rest of your life what would it be?   
    I really love my Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8 & I don't care what sensor it's on.
    For me, it's never about focal length, it's how the lens always seems to deliver something special no mater what. The exclamation "it's not wide enough" is never something that enters my mind - I just move about & frame with what I've got.
    Go take a look at the original version of Point Blank (1967) - they just used a 50mm lens & diopters.
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from Kisaha in If you could only use one lens for the rest of your life what would it be?   
    I really love my Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8 & I don't care what sensor it's on.
    For me, it's never about focal length, it's how the lens always seems to deliver something special no mater what. The exclamation "it's not wide enough" is never something that enters my mind - I just move about & frame with what I've got.
    Go take a look at the original version of Point Blank (1967) - they just used a 50mm lens & diopters.
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    Bioskop.Inc got a reaction from heart0less in OIS vs sheer weight for stabilisation?   
    To get steady shots with a minimal set up, then you need 3 points of contact to your body - just holding the camera bare bones is a complete disaster without in-camera/lens help (& then you get that dodgy looking image). If you rig out the camera for a shoulder rig, then unless you exercise & build up your back muscles, you will ruin your back for life - you also will need to learn to put the camera down, a lot or at least take it off your shoulder (years of using ENG cameras taught me so much, especially how delicate & important your back is). Heavier lenses always help with a small camera, but again, you'll need to re-asses how you hold the camera (cradle it or use a top handle etc.) & add movement to your shots to avoid noticing those slight movements you get from breathing or just standing still for too long - you won't be able to just hold it out in front of you for extended amounts of time.
    It's amazing how many people just don't want to practice, practice, practice! Handheld camera operating isn't something you can learn or be good at overnight - It's time consuming & you just can't rush to the finishing line without putting in the time. IMHO all the gimbals, IS (whether in-camera/lens or in post) etc. will never look as good or natural as a well rehearsed handheld shot & in the end you will be able to get those shots without thinking about what you're doing.
    If you can't be bothered, then a Tripod or Monopod are your options - I also have the Gorillapod with me, as it's so adaptable & will get you shots you'd never be able to get with anything else.
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