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Oliver Daniel

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  1. I’ve not looked it up yet, but sounds like the right answer.
  2. Got the A7SIII as wanted a small body that could do 4k120 10bit with high calibre AF tracking for gimbal work, and more. Coming from the EVA1 and GH5. No footage yet to show. Haven’t used it on a job yet but I’ve took it for a casual spin in the park. Is the hype real? Not sure yet. Need more time. Some observations: 1. The body is very very light. The buttons are nice to press. The screen is a little thin. The menu button is in the wrong place. The grip is far better than before. It’s much bigger. 2. The EVF is insane. Never seen an EVF that clear and sharp, ever. 3. Menu’s make sense, finally. Woo woo. 4. AF tracking is great. Feels like cheating. I’m not sure how I feel about it as part of the craft though. Feels less rewarding, if that makes sense? Lovely on a gimbal though. 5. Working on a screen this small makes me feel disjointed from the scene. Much less clarity than the EVF. Good I’ve got the Ninja V to test then! 6. Dynamic range is impressive. Very nice roll off. 7. There’s a “Shockless” WB. When you change it, it transitions smoothly while recording. Same with ISO and shutter speed. Nice! 8. How am I using ISO 100 in Slog3? Thought this was BANNED. 8. Rolling shutter looks gone. Ran off. Away. Thank the Lord. 9. Battery life - hmmm. Not Panasonic standards. 10. Tamron 70-180 seemed a bit drunk with close distance AF. 11. Image looks quite clinical. Used ProMist 1/4 - not judged it yet. Seems better. Will decide later. 12. Why is the skin tone in FCPX yellow looking when the skin is on the line in the vector scope? Not that the skin tones are bad (they are good off the line), just doesn’t make sense. Maybe I’m blind. 13. Colour is better. I’m not sure how much better yet. Definitely an improvement. I need to get this thing on a proper shoot. Got a triple music video shoot in Turkey coming up so I’m going to throw it in the deep end on that one. Overall, I’m impressed so far but I can’t help feel a slight bit of disappointment when Canon announced the C70, which is the camera I described some years back as the one I would love to have. Now it exists. Funny world.
  3. R5 8k RAW video? Marketing. It worked a treat. Also, bringing the Canon name back onto major motion picture sets. 8K RAW crash cam? Great press for Canon. BRAW is incredible technology and more people will adapt it in time. However, most shoots in this segment will ask for ProRes or the nearest thing (XAVC-I on the FS7 / FX9). RAW would be a “nice to have” on the C70, just like it is with the A7SIII. I agree with that. I have the A7SIII in my hands now and I’m wondering if I’ve spent my money incorrectly.
  4. I don’t understand some of the negativity I’m seeing with the C70. It looks like a fantastic concept and will serve many people very very well. People who want RAW from this aren’t understanding it’s purpose. At least in the UK - documentary, corporate, music videos, brand promos.... 99% shot with 8bit or 10bit codecs.
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  6. The way I do tests is to throw it in the deep end on a paid shoot straight away. Also have the Ninja V to pair it with.
  7. Good news. My A7SIII is arriving early next week. If I like it, I’ll buy my reserved 2nd body. Awesome.
  8. There is so much conflicting info out there, I don't know what works! So far I understand that you need v90 cards for all modes apart from S&Q modes, where you need the CFexpress Type A card that costs $100,00,000,00. I'm now seeing some people say that v60 cards work for non-S&Q modes then others saying they don't and yadda yadda. I own 6 of these cards. What exactly is it? @Hangs4Fun know? Anyone? Thank you.
  9. CVP sent me an email to say they are receiving the A7SIII in the next few days!
  10. It’s not “necessary” at all ut more of an aesthetic choice for me. Its a drastically different look to M43 and for some things, much preferred. I feel it is easier for creative flexibility, but certainly not easier to manual focus. That’s the trade off.
  11. Wow crazy. Guess there’s a YouTube tutorial on how to do this?
  12. Thanks for sharing these. Seem right up my street!
  13. The GH6 will need to be an absolute monster now the A7SIII offers up to 4k120 10bit full frame with no cripple hammer, and ProRes RAW. I think they should use a Super35 sensor but with MFT mount with 6k60p 10bit, external RAW and internal ND filters for less than $2000. That would be very relevant and head turning enough.
  14. I’ve never tried the Rokkor’s, so thanks for bringing that to my attention. I’m a sucker for imperfect vintage lenses, it’s like a crack addiction. Im with you on the Edge, not too bothered about that lens. I don’t find that effect useful. Check out the Sol45, that thing is nuts. Got some work to share soon using that and other Lensbaby’s. .
  15. I don’t use the Edge as I find that less appealing and useful. I feel that this could be the most easily replicated, yet it’s still better to plan it on a shoot. You mentioned the Velvet and I’ve got that in 85. It’s a a love it or hate it. I’m not overly keen on the wide open dreamy effect, but 2.8 looks lovely. Very paint like bokeh. F4 is sharp and good for all purpose.
  16. That's a bit like saying you can replicate a 16 blade helios 44-2 bokeh and it's lens flares in post. It's just not the same, not by a long shot. For most people who are not crazy absolute genius masters in post effects, I don't believe this is true at all. At least, from the quality and character of the effect achieved. With Lensbaby you will get far better results and save yourself many hours and headaches trying to replicate it believably. Same goes for any lens effect like prisms. The same is true of the Omni filter kit. Yes you can do plenty of light effects in post, but what naysayers don't realise is that the filter kit reacts to the actual light in the scene, which you just can't honestly replicate in post e.g a room full of neon signs reflecting on the filters and creating unique refractions.
  17. Yes, Lensbaby’s add character into the lenses that you can modify to your taste. For instance, the Twist 60 has a petzval effect and the Sweet 50 has a dramatic “sweet spot” effect. You can’t do this with a normal tilt shift lens. Also they do standalone lenses. The Sol45 gives a stunning warped bokeh effect, the Burnside 35 a wide angle swirl effect. The Velvet range, a soft focus dreamy effect. I love the Omni filter kit. I initially dismissed that system from the online samples but after using it, it can help you produce incredibly abstract and ethereal images. These are not lenses for anything moving fast. The focus can be so unbelievably shallow at the most extreme usage case. It takes a very delicate approach. Also I wouldn’t shoot in a softer recording option such as line skipped 1080p 200fps. I’ve only been using them the last few months, and recently on some pro shoots. The image and character certainly turns heads and gets people asking excitable questions. I sound like a Lensbaby ambassador haha. I am not. These would be terrible lenses for some people. They are not for everyone. But they are certainly not naff. For the right purpose, they are absolutely excellent.
  18. No, Lensbaby’s are not naff. The problem is too many people don’t understand their purpose. They are all about isolating the subject in different ways. They have a steep learning curve, but for the right use cases, the results can be spectacular. And no, you can’t replicate what they do in post. My favourite ones are the Sweet 35 and Sweet 50, plus the Sol45. I also love the Omni Filter Kit, which again, so many people dismiss as an Instagram gimmick, but when you actually use it, you realise it’s not. It’s very clever actually. These are not the type of lenses you keep on your body and do an entire shoot with. I use them for specific shots where the aesthetic will contribute to the story. I would try before you but too, they aren’t for everyone. For actual character lenses, check out Iron Glass Adapters or search for modified Helios 44-2 on eBay. The Mir 1B 37mm. Trioplan 100m. Vivitar 28mm. Helios 85mm. There’s also lenses from Lomography and new ones from Dulens.
  19. Good release from Panasonic. Looks like a full frame GH5. The GH6 will have to be very special to stay relevant after all these new releases. Besides price, the A7SIII still has some big advantages. Im seeing it in this thread again, but what is it with people saying the A7SIII is a boring, underwhelming release? They gave us: up to 4k120 10bit full frame at full pixel readout, new PDAF, 240fps HD, crazy EVF, swivel screen, very low rolling shutter, higher DR, bigger battery, new menus, better button layout, full size HDMI... it goes on. Certainly not underwhelming or boring! I’m still using my EVA1 and GH5, both help me make very pretty pictures. I just wish one of them had 4k120fps 10bit with PDAF for gimbal use. Hence, A7SIII is in my sights.
  20. Interesting topic. Most product marketing sells off the “transformation”. Basically, how much better will your life be when you buy that product? Will you be as handsome as Brad Pitt if you buy that cologne? Will you have the ultimate family life by going on that holiday? Will you have a glossy filmmaking career if you watch Peter McKinnon videos? Also what life do you DEFINITELY NOT want? Simply, we don’t want to fail. Our instinct is to survive and form tribes with those we feel will help us survive. We give more time to people or things we believe will help our survival. If Peter McKinnon or other Youfluencers show they can survive and thrive in this crazy world, we should listen and believe every. word. they. say. Clickbait works because it tricks our brain into thinking that we need to know this exclusive information, because knowledge is survival. We cannot bear not to know it, even if it’s irrelevant. We must know it for our survival. The funny thing is, the brain will throwaway this new information almost instantly if it isn’t relevant towards our survival. So many things contribute to our survival, and being as part of a tribe is one of the most significant. It’s why you buy someone a coffee, as opposed to someone else. This is why we get fanboys and a cult like user base around RED owners. It’s why glossy YouTube channels of pretend filmmakers get followed. It’s why we read newspaper headlines and get our heads in a spin. Everything is biased, because of survival. Always. Youfluencers survive because brands give them free stuff. They do a stupid face thumbnail, get clicks and boom. Win! If that brand helps them survive, they will have bias towards them no matter what you do. It’s not really their fault. The problem is with the brand, as they have the power to help you survive. Canon helps Peter McKinnon survive. His fans help him survive. Why would he suddenly change? It ain’t going to happen. His brain wouldn’t let him. For what’s it’s worth, check out this guys YouTube channel. It’s not sexy, but it’s genuine and just totally spot on content - if gaffer stuff floats your boat... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOgN351K45vTrozaadFPXlA
  21. They probably have a deal with RED. “We’ll give you an RF license if we can use internal RAW.” Or something.
  22. This is pretty much the camera I said I wanted a few years back. An XC-10 style S35 Cinema EOS up to 4k120. But I wouldn’t get your hopes up as this lives in the world of the C200, 300 and 500. So the cripple hammer will exist. It will do something weird like shoot at 4k120 but only in RAW at 5000mbps, and 4k60 at 8 bit only with DPAF disabled intermittently. Jokes aside, if you’re buying RF glass then this becomes C300 III and even C500 II price range. Don’t get too excited, we all did by the R5 and that managed to win the Crown of Cripple Prize 2020.
  23. There’s a lot of people like that. But to be fair, some people get a lot of freelance work being the RED guy or the C500 II guy. Depends what you do. Like with the Titan Tubes, they are £6k for the kit and the customisation is deep. So if you own them, you’d master them and be the Titan Tube guy. Depends on how you want to earn and the problem you solve for others.
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