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Shane Essary

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  1. What are the differences between this and, say, the Optar Illumina glass with the same T-stop?  I've been toying with the idea of saving up and picking up a set of the Optars and calling it a day (With frugal planning and waiting, I've seen full sets go for 8-10k).   I like my Kinor glass, but I could really use some low light performers for my narrative projects.
  2. Is there a crop mode on the g6? I might have to pick this up instead of a BMPCC. Does it also use the same batteries?
  3. Most of the games I still play regularly were originally released in the 90s, with World of Warcraft (did I just admit to playing that on a public forum?? Yikes.) being the almost lone exception.
  4.   Hyperbole gets you nowhere.  No union is asking for $1000/hour.  While the unions are scrambling to deal with faster/easier production techniques, you still need grips, you still need electrical, and frankly, it's on your head if you kill someone trying to do it cheap vs. doing it right.  When it comes down to it, a guy asking for enough money so he can pay his mortgage and feed his kids > an executive bitching about not being able to buy his 3rd house in Malibu.  I know you've been here "for a year", but I've been here for 7+ years and have seen my share of incompetence/idiocy at all levels.  The unions can make some things difficult, but I'd rather have them than not (and I'm not in the union).  I sincerely doubt that union labor was a significant portion of Lone Ranger's budget, btw.  I can totally see it being an issue when you're working on a $30k film, but even then there are waivers and you can even go non-union (good luck paying less than prevailing wage, though).  I got my SAG actors for what amounted to $30/each, for example.  Anyway, don't mean to nitpick.  I agree that as the new batch of filmmakers come onto the scene, we'll see cheaper films made with more modern technology, etc.  I also know that it's hard to go from "well, everyone did this for free back in film school!" to realizing that while you might be living your dream, everyone else needs to eat and pay rent.   
  5. ebay.  ciecio7 makes some really robust adapters.  They're not cheap, but they seem to get a lot of love from those that have them.  Also, you might want to grab a port cap, too.
  6. I apologize to everyone for the off-topic rant and the language.  
  7. And, for the record, I find it FINE to be skeptical and cautious about a company's ability to deliver from prior product launches.*  I mean, one would be foolish not to approach the upcoming BM launches with a little caution.  I sincerely hope they've got their production lines in gear and they're on schedule to ship on time.  But jesus christ, dude, you're like the anti-cheerleader/hater.  It's like you WANT them to fail, so as to justify whatever agenda you have on your mind.  It comes across as schadenfreude, not as the martyrdom that you appear to have embraced.  You are not the Christ of Cinema Cameras.  You do not have to die for the sins of filmmakers everywhere.   Quit being a sanctimonious prick.   *and I also find it fine if you find faults with the format, the specs, the hardware, the lens mount, whatever.  We all have our personal preferences, do we not?  I don't need YOU (or EOSHD.com, or whomever) to dictate what I MUST have or MUST do.  I don't feel the need to shit up every thread on something that doesn't meet my needs or wants, either.  You don't see me over in a Canon C100 thread bitching about how it's not worth the money or too expensive and that if you're going to buy a C100 you might as well buy a used Sony F35, after all, that's a pro-camera and the C100 is just a toy for rich kids who want to make bullshit films for their hipster friends and can't quite afford a RED or some shit.  
  8. /* I guess I'm an irrepressible optimist that thinks the Internet is the solution to fraud. And nervy enough to do my part. Here we have a company that's doing exactly the same thing two years in a row and people still eating it up. */   No, you're an irascible twat who has absolutely nothing positive to say about damn near anything.  I still have yet to see evidence of fraud, but I do see lots of evidence of a company that vastly underestimated production issues on what was to be a flagship product.  You may not like it (and it's not something I'd wave around with pride if I were BM), but it's not like they're getting paid for selling unshipped units, otherwise we'd be seeing a ton of lawsuits, especially in lawsuit-happy-America.  What do you want them to do, come lay prostrate before the mighty PederJ and beg for your personal forgiveness?  Give me a break.  You don't trust BM?  Then don't buy a BM.  I don't think there's a single person here who isn't aware of the massive issues BM has with their first foray into the digital cinema camera space.  And yet, the fact that many of us are willing to give them a second chance on an upcoming product seems to infuriate you so much that you have to shit on every thread that even dares to show any sort of excitement for something we haven't seen yet, much less released.  It's irritating and tiring and frankly, go find another thread to shit up.     /* Meanwhile the Japanese giants the net.commentariat is determined to discredit at every opportunity just continue to quietly ship products on time that work and need no scheming or hype. Slower to roll out advanced formats and codecs perhaps, but turning a blind eye to the hackers enabling them on their hardware. */   The only "net commentariat" conspiracy you see is one you've built for yourself.  I swear, the entire internet is here to make pederj buy something he doesn't want and to "Shut Me Up!"  Oh NOES!  No, PederJ, you are welcome to your opinions, but we all know what they are.  Please, move along. Hell, many of us OWN cameras from those same "Japanese Giants we conspire against."  I happen to own a Panasonic, with access to my fellow filmmaker's Canons and Sony NEX cameras, for example.  I am really eager to see what the BMPCC can do and if it ships and meets MY (not your) expectations, I'll be happy to add it to my arsenal.  If it comes out and it doesn't, I won't buy one.  It's not rampant fanboyism, or determined denialism or whatever else you wish to attribute it to.  It's simply NOT HAPPENING as you have envisioned it.  It's in your head.  There is no conspiracy.   /* You have conceded the argument when you resort to ad hominems or simply tell or force your opponent to "shut up."  */     I'm not conceding anything except the fact that you're a fucking moron.
  9. :rolleyes:   Seriously, dude, I get it.  You don't like it.  You don't like that people like it.  You don't like that people like things you don't like.  Move on.  I swear, it's like listening to some dude bitch about his girlfriend who broke up with him 10 years and can't just let it go.  Hell, it's worse than a home-built PC vs Mac debate.
  10. Also, even with factoring in the cost of the adaptor, the Kinor 16cx lenses can be had at great prices, as well. I've got a few primes and a zoom and I like them a lot, although I have to admit my c-mounts are generally faster (and smaller).  We've got a thread in the BlackMagic forum, and Julian helped out a ton by overlaying the BMPCC crop on my test footage using my GH2 and the Kinor 6mm,10mm, 20mm, 25mm, and 12-120mm zoom.  They're not going to be as fast as a lot of those little c-mounts (and, frankly, I love my little fujians, too), but it's always good to have options.  It's an exciting time to be a filmmaker.
  11. Awesome, dude! I'm eager to see what kind of coverage that has. If you were in LA, I'd let you borrow my adapter.. :)
  12. I hear ya. The reason I decided to go ahead and try was because even with the cost of the adaptor, the 12-120mm zoom + adaptor was still about half the price of a, say Angenieux 12-120mm c-mount, and the other primes I picked up for about $100 each were just gravy. It was a calculated risk on my end, and if all else fails, I have some interesting lenses to have in my collection.. :) Honestly, I think the 10mm end is going to vignette as the 12mm on mine just barely covers it and my 10mm prime does vignette (see the video). Anyway, I might pick up the 10-100 this weekend if my budget allows for it (might have to skip on some meals, but whatever). Although I sometimes think I need to just save the cash and get some super16 lenses instead and save the hassle altogether.
  13. http://www.cinematography.com/index.php?showtopic=36261 here are some purpose built new lenses from russia: http://www.optica-elite.com/products/lenses-s16/ I have a feeling those are all $$$$ compared to the cheap old kinors.
  14. I put the money aside for a BMPCC, but I won't be paying a premium to be an early adopter.  As mentioned in another thread, my GH2 suddenly isn't "crap" just because ML makes the Canons pretty awesome or the BMPCC gets released.  Since I've already got a sizeable investment in my Kinor glass that I'm enjoying on my GH2, it makes sense to move to another micro 4/3 format.  Again, speaking only for myself.  For working pros, a camera in hand is better than 10 cameras "coming soon any day now".  
  15. Man, GH2s are such garbage now.  You guys should sell them immediately.  To me.  For $10.
  16. The spreadsheet on that page is more helpful: https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p9kkgjwEQQQ-HJwvNDobeEw
  17. Yeah, bummer, cool lens. Although it's close enough for me to try and build a crop workflow around it...
  18. Thanks to Julian for adding the crop overlay! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glL_9aO-EWY&feature=youtu.be
  19. I don't know if the information is 100% accurate, but try this site: http://www.spbsale.com/content/kinor-16-mm-russian-camera-lomo-okc-lenses They appear to offer a PL adapter for Kinor 16 lenses.
  20. Off-topic, but looks like I'll be sticking with the Kinor 16 format for now. I've got a Wollensak CineRaptor 25mm f/1.9, Taylor Hobson 25mm f/1.9 and Bell & Howell Angenieux 75mm f/2.5 that will be sitting around collecting dust. If anyone's interested, shoot me a PM.
  21. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=376zhCCBdCU quick video testing on the gh2 in both fsh and ex-fsh modes for 6mm, 10mm, 20mm, 25mm, and 12-120mm zoom. If anyone wants to framegrab and crop for bmpcc coverage, feel free. I gotta get back to editing. :/
  22. Speaking of which, I wonder if they would be able to do a firmware update to crop in-camera to a 16mm sensor... If there's one thing I wish the gh2 could do would be selecting sensor crop size...
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