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    There is nothing wrong with the camera, your latest video did prove that, I have become used to working around a camera limitation, the only point of argument for me was that when you post a comparison video it's best to do it right in order to avoid confusion because what it says to me know is that it's looks better then a GH2 while many claim it's just the opposite. If it would be better then a GH2 I would know for sure it would match my gh3, there is too much conflicting information right now that makes buying the camera a risk. 


    ​I at least try and I don't need a large camera to do so, here's one of my latest films that I do just for the fun of it, shot with a gopro and a few static shots with a gh4. I"m addicted to stable shots which is why the em5 looks so appealing to me. I probably would not have shot at that location with the EM5 II as I think the fine detail would have been a real challenge for that camera.


    ​Looks great.

  2. 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.

  3. ​Hi.

    I have been told there is a 6% crop in MODE 1 when shooting video compared with MODE 2.  When I looked very unscientifically, I actually couldn't see any difference between them in terms of crop, but I'd need to go and get in front of a chart to be sure.  I've found MODE 2 to still be very good and I've been preferencing that lately.  MODE2 also suffers less form the IBIS warping on wider lenses (if you're not doing what i do and manually overide the IS focal length on anything below 25mm...

    I have a feeling the overall crop chosen is more to do with how they are binning the sensor.  It's most likely a compromise....

    I'm using the E-M5MKII a fair bit on a feature right now as a kind of POV camera on the film...  There's a lot of footage that is shot by characters in the film / story world itself and they have non functional prop cameras (with weapons attached) and we then switch out the prop cameras for E-M5MKII's when we want to show what they are shooting.  The cool thing is that they are just extras and actors but you can set them up with the camera and send them off in to the scene and they are getting pretty decent results, and IS is a big reason for that....Especially considering they are operating cameras without credintials !





    ​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. 

  4. 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.




  5. ​Can you please provide us with some information on how much of an improvement there is with the Ninja star? I am thinking of getting it too but I am not sure if it really improves the video quality. Maybe a record a static scene with both the internal codec and the external ninja and then post the images? 

    Few things that are interesting to test:

    1. Resolution

    2. Blocking/ compression artifacts in daylight

    3. Low light performance. 



    ​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. Any chance to test it with any atomos recorder before sending it back. If the quality is good it could be a really awesome combo with the Ninja Star.

    ​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. The more I think about it the more I think celluloid motion picture film really is an environmental disaster.  Leaving aside the chemicals required to make it, processing it requires huge amounts of a witches brew of toxic chemicals - the bleach contains potassium ferricyanide, potassium bromide,ammonium thiocyanate and various acids.  The developer contains formaldehyde; the fixer ammonium and sulfur compounds.  All of these chemicals are further contaminated with heavy amounts of silver waste washed away from the film during processing.  And loads of clean water have to be consumed at each rinse step.  An 120 minute 35mm film requires at least 36,000 feet of camera negative processed (at a conservative 3:1 shooting ratio).  Back when movies were released on celluloid to theaters it took a staggering 24 million feet of release prints processed (12,000 feet per print times 2,000 theaters) for just one movie!

    For digital, you need toxic chemicals to make the storage mediums, but in far smaller amounts; making a tiny memory card consumes just a drop in the bucket compared with the amounts needed to process just two hours of celluloid (12,000 feet of 35mm).  And digital storage mediums can be reused hundreds or even thousands of times, compared with the one-time use of celluloid.


    ​That is a strong point, which I would Agree totally.

  10. ​This is a myth, Celluloid does not restrict you from shooting any slower than you would on Digital. Experienced and less experienced DP's would know that their film has been exposed right. Assistants can change magazines on a whim and check the reliable mechanics on the camera, for the last 25 years there has been video assist, in order for the director to see the action framed as it would on the camera. BTW news reporters would shoot on CP16 cameras reversal film that would be develop in minutes. Only the last 7 years with the explosion of HDD's on cameras, we can transfer (albeit at some speed) Digital images, but in the days of tape we had to wait in real time for the ingestion. Celluloid should serve as an alternative for the medium, I love shooting the Alexas and Blackmagics, but the magic that comes from film is something to experience. BTW Fuji and AGFA I believe they still make Film.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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