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  1. Like I said before, I have shot with the BMCC, F55, FS700 and in some instances the Alexa, and I have seen moire galore. I have learnt to avoid it by not shooting contrasty lines (in controlled environments) having art directors avoid sharp lines and patterns on actors and sets and or shoot with soft lenses. To me is no big deal IF its only for couple of seconds. Don't know much about it but I believe its an electronic malady. As far as the little camera, awesome for stills, great for video, but as always, is NOT the camera is the creative eye, you may have a FS700 and shoot crap or a OMD EM5 2 and shoot beautifully like John Brawley did with it. So its all very subjective. Thanks John for the insight.
  2. ​I have however a question: What is the native rated ISO on this sensor? I find more noise on 200 than 640, or is it me.
  3. Well after further testing with the Ninja Star, I noticed no major difference in the outputted ProRes file over the H.264. HOWEVER the ProREs does show a ever so slight green cast, not seen on the compressed file, especially on metal borders. The WB was set to auto. The first one comes from the star, second one from the camera. ​
  4. This is a grab from the Ninja Star. On the OMD5 you need to push the info button in order to make the signal clean, I forgot to do it, hence the "No Card" signal. But you can still see the quality. IS NO Bmcc but can be used. The lens is a Nikon AI Manual, open at f2, natural light. I will try to post a video later.
  5. ​From the Olympus Page "With (GUI* is shown on connected device only, and peaking function is not available when connected by HDMI.)*GUI can be hidden on the connected device by pressing down on INFO button for recording an external drive under the following condition. Movie quality: YCbCr 4:2:2 / Frame rate: same as movie setting (24p, 30p and 60p settings are not recommended.) / Sound recording: not available" As I said works with the Ninja, records pro res (which ever you like on your Ninja) and records at 30P. Low light depends on the sensor, the Ninja won't improve that and Blockiness, well subjective test I did show, a pretty strong and clean image.
  6. If you want a Video Camera then your expectations are way too High within this price range. Go for a Canon C300 or FS700 or even the BMCC. Like the Lumix GH4 this is a fantastic little camera for impromptu shoots, pick up shots or B roll. In my case most, if not all of the content ends compressed for the web or even MPG files for playback on screens at corporations, I can assure you that 98% of the people that views the content never sees any difference (2K or 4K) much less they will be pixel peeking or moire peeking. Its all in your head. My suggestion is Spend less time jumping from one technology to another and more time creating content even better MAKING money for you. Six years ago I bought a Canon 7D when it came out and that thing shot over 90K through the years (not counting stills) However, the last 2 years it almost sat idle replaced by a FS700 that became the workhorse. For ENG, Spots and even Conventions, the reason was ergonomics and time. The Olympus is an amazing camera for its size and Price, just like the pocket cinema, It has moire? put a filter on it or tweak the settings, No Global shutter? DON'T Pan too fast. I have shot with 75K sony Cameras that had Moire galore, not one person cared. Just my five cents.
  7. ​I used with the Ninja star and the Ninja, no problems. Records at 30fps progressive 422. BTW there is a rumor that Olympus may unleash a much better video Res, perhaps 4K via Firmware. For all I need, It takes better pics than my GH4.
  8. I don't know Andrew, I just got one today. Connects to my Atomos, no problem, shoots pretty clean video 422 clean HDMI out. So far the picture is lovely, takes fantastic stills (which is mostly what I got it for) Replaced my clunky 7D which served me well for 5 years. Its solid (metal solid) ,Yes its 1080, but 100% of my clients and shoots still in that area and where I make my money. Won't replace my FS700 but Its a B camera with a Gimbal included for 999 USD, I believe its a winner.
  9. Shooting film requires a Discipline. Its not about being fast but being a creator, an artist, is the magic of the unknown within the known parameters. DP's all over would shoot film over digital, for many technical reasons and its proven that it would not be much more expensive. I have shot 35mm (Fuji and Kodak) and the latitude its fantastic. I agree with one comment, there is a democracy in Digital, But film requires craft and Discipline, that can hardly be found in the simplistic world of fast content. Its easy to dismiss Film, when there is very little knowledge of the craft.
  10. You are speculating, by telling us what you believe is the reason why their sales are down. I am not opening an argument ,rather a debate, there lies the reasoning of my statement.
  11. I am sorry Andrew but you are speculating. As an economist your are a great cinematographer. I will also speculate that their market is not on Cinematography but rather Still Photography, and the Canon 7D (e.g.) still is a great powerful Camera cutting it in many pro areas. Their cinema market is not as big as all these blogs may make us believe, Nikon and Canon know that their competition lies on RED, Blackmagic, Sony Video and Panasonic Video, even ARRIFLEX, companies that have eons of establishment over these two, in the TV AND FILM Industry, so they have to support the community they already know, photography. All areas of growth have a curve and the tendency is to level once their market has reached a ceiling. Their products are excellent and there lies the reason why many photographers refuse to acquire newer equipment, when their bottom line is still growing. You could go back to 15 years of statistics and will find the same economic conundrum. Its about making the buck, not about having the latest equipment. I personally still have a powerful 7D that has more lives than a Cat. Makes me money in corporate video. I did buy a 4K BMCC for those "pesky clients that want the latest", but find myself shooting over and over with the trusty 7D and its beautiful image. Love the Blog, but in this case I believe you are getting in territorial waters.
  12. Which proves the old adage: "Is not the camera, is the story" 
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