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  1. OM-1, GH6, in 2022, both overpriced for what the competition is offering these days. My phone is shooting ProRes at this point, it’s not exactly a killer feature anymore, esp with how good hevc is these days.
  2. I think I first contracted G.A.S. before I discovered EOSHD, but not long before, and this site helped guide me through it quite nicely. I’m now mostly recovered, only falling off the wagon every now and then, but overall I’ve defeated the disease (I couldn’t care less about the A7iv). But I learned a lot, things I don’t think I’d know now if it weren’t for this site, things like 10-bit, Magic Lantern, All-I, why Panasonic is so amazing when all of my friends think it’s just a TV manufacturer from the 80’s. Lots of important stuff. I think I probably bought just about every camera that Andrew recommended (at least those which I could afford), and none disappointed. When he says he’s lost his creative desire, I read that as he just had a painful breakup with a woman. If true, I can’t take that pain away, but I can say it will pass. Maybe EOSHD will survive, maybe it will be sold. Either way it will never be the same, and I guess that’s ok, what’s important is that is was what it was, and that means a lot to a lot of people. Best wishes for the future.
  3. I would say we do need fake depth of field, bc that is maybe the biggest difference in look between a video show on a phone and one shot on a mirrorless, aside from low light capabilities. I’m not sure iPhone footage is know for having high noise reduction applied (Samsung for sure, Apple not so much). If you shoot with Filmic Pro, there’s no noise reduction, definitely nothing being done to skin, and you can shoot 10bit SDR if you don’t want HDR. Even now, it does still look like a phone. But a few more iterations and I bet you it won’t.
  4. You don’t have to use an “ancient” codec, you can continue to use the 10bit HEVC, which is definitely not ancient, and the next best thing after ProRes.
  5. Should be “and I CAN’T imagine going back to a ‘big’ camera”
  6. I agree with that for the existing portrait mode for photos, especially around hair, they haven’t nailed it yet. But that video Apple showed today, to me it looked WAY better than what we’ve seen so far, for video or photos. Could just be selective footage they showed though. also, the original BMPCC had what, basically a 1” inch sensor and shot ProRes. So a 1/2” sensor on a phone shooting ProRes isn’t hilarious to me, especially when it’s got decent portrait mode that potentially makes the footage look like it was shot on a much bigger camera. I sold my mirrorless camera last year and replaced it with the IP12ProMax, and I can imagine going back to a “big” camera. I’m excited for each of these small steps.
  7. A little off topic, but a while ago I was playing with making an iOS app that would use the phone’s LiDAR and having the app connect to my BMPCC4K via Bluetooth to control focus. I sold that camera awhile ago and forgot about it, but recently I was playing around with a little Apple Airtag, and that thing, with my iPhone 12 Pro, can seemingly measure distance down to centimeters, if not even smaller. Now Apple hasn’t yet opened the Airtag to developers (if they ever will), but if they do I could see an app that tracks the distance of an Airtag and then sends that info to my S1 for focus, especially since Panasonic does already have an SDK for developers to build apps to control Lumix’s. Something like that could help level the playing field for Panasonic camera’s AF woes. Panasonic just switching over to phase detection could also help 😉
  8. I don’t know why I’m so happy to see my S1 at #1, I did it, I’m not one of the stupid customers! It does deserve it though, they had me at 10bit+IBIS. And yes, the ergonomics are superior. In terms of low light, doesn’t the S1 also have dual iso?
  9. Yes, I mean Sony already has IBIS in their APS-C’s, but it’s unusable. I’m not here to defend this camera, there’s a lot left to be desired, but don’t hate it because it’s beautiful and plastic (like my hometown of LA here).
  10. What’s with all the hate, it’s an alternate-looking Z50, and last I checked the Z50 was pretty well reviewed. Granted, I doubt I’ll sell my S1 for it, but hell, isn’t Nikon days away from bankruptcy? They’re trying out something that the masses might actually buy, I get it. Has phase detection, un-cropped 4K, it’s no worse off than one of the Sony APS-C’s.
  11. Yeah, well resolve has a whole slew of controls in the raw adjustment settings area, you could do a complete grade just from that one section, contrast, shadow/highlight recovery, WB, saturation. FCP offers WB and exposure adjustment. Everything else needs a plug-in added to adjust. And the raw adjust is in the footage’s info section, and you can’t copy it from one clip to the next, the whole thing just doesn’t seem all that intuitive.
  12. I actually just returned a Ninja V back to Amazon today after playing around with it and Prores raw the past few days. I didn’t think the extra weight and size was worth it relative to the IQ bump I was seeing in raw, I just wasn’t blown away. Plus as a longtime Davinci Resolve user who had to jump back to FCP after many years away from it in order to work with Prores raw, I wasn’t happy, not thrilled with the raw control in FCP.
  13. Kind of a random question, but in terms of my S1 and this newest update- will I see any benefit to going out and buying a CFexpress card? I know they are faster than my UHS-II SD card, but the SD card is handling the new 6k mode just fine, so is there a benefit from a video standpoint? I know the downside is they are more expensive than my card.
  14. Not to be a jerk to her, but I think maybe she just has greasy, tired skin?
  15. Is it just me? I feel like this photo of the face looks pretty great, am I missing something?
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