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    IronFilm got a reaction from leslie in Long lenses, who uses them? Which do you like?   
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    IronFilm reacted to good_1da in Who will kill filmmaking first?   
    In the words of writer Dominic Sandbrook (who voted remain)...
    "As for my fellow Remainers - well, where do you start? Snobbish, sneering, risibly prey to conspiracy theories, many ardent Remainers made complete fools of themselves. They didn’t try to understand their fellow Britons, and refused to accept defeat with good grace. And if they had succeeded in subverting the referendum, as they hoped, they would have dealt our democracy a very heavy blow."
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    IronFilm reacted to MurtlandPhoto in Camera owning plans 2021   
    Sometimes you've got to jump on a good deal and it seems like you made a smart move. I'm hoping my purchase of the UMP was made under the same sort of rationalization. Admittedly, as it's out for delivery today I've felt both relief and remorse haha. If I choose to keep it, I'll have to make similar steps to finance it, probably meaning selling my Nocticron and BMPCC4K to at least take a chunk out of the cost. Best of luck to you in the coming year!
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    IronFilm reacted to Thpriest in Camera owning plans 2021   
    Just bought an A7iii. Not because I really want it or rate it. I had a last opportunity to discount VAT (IVA here), the camera with a 50 1.8 cost 2100€ but with a 400€ cashback from Sony. Then discounting the VAT it comes in around 1350€. Why the A7iii? Because I have a new client and they only use Sony so hopefully it means more work (I've been told that if I had had a Sony I would have had several shoots in October and November). I just informed them of the purchase and they've just confirmed the first shoot of the year, so seems a good choice. Seriously thought about the A7Siii but I don't think this year is the time to splash out.
    To finance this I have sold my GX85, Sigma 18-35 1.8 and a Sigma 50-150 2.8. I'm also selling a Canon 18-135, 2 Voigtlanders and 2 Edlekrone sliders. This will give me enough to purchase a Tamron 28-75 2.8 or a Sigma 24-70 2.8 for the Sony. I might well sell my 10-25 1.7 Lumix as well if I like the Sony enough.
    I will keep my GH5 and GH5S with the 12-35 2.8 and 35-100 2.8, XLR adapter etc for streaming and long form recordings. Lenses are easy enough to rent cheaply in Madrid if I need one.
    So for me it's about rationalising my gear choices. If the Sony works out well for me I'd consider a A7iv depending on needs, specs and price.
    P.S. What I really wanted to buy was the Panasonic S5 but I couldn't justify it rationally!
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    IronFilm reacted to Mark Romero 2 in Camera owning plans 2021   
    I am pretty happy with my S1. The only potentially NEW cameras that interest me really are if the a7 IV comes out and it is basically an a7 III with 10-bit 4:2:2 and maybe 4K 60fps, and probably more importantly, better ergonomics and menu / ui. 
    Otherwise, still thinking of adding an S5 / GH5 / another S1 (instead of using my a6500 as a B cam).
    I guess personally I am more interested in lighting and audio at this time. The S1 is pretty much a better camera than I am a camera man, so I have a lot of catching up to do before I find it deficient in any area for me.
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    IronFilm reacted to PannySVHS in Sony PMW-F3 with 2500 hours on it. Should I buy it?   
    Looking great! @Pascal Deshayes Is it the internal codec? From a test I must say its internal codec gives a C300MKI a good run for its money with better dynamic range and latitude in SLOG. Second shot from top is pure cinema! Show us some magic in motion, please! What lenses did you use? Need to get a FZ to FD adapter! This week my Blackmagic Video assist arrives from the bay, 5inch powerhouse giving me 10bit 422 60p with my F3! It even comes with smallrig cage and mini sdi to sdi cables. Cannot wait to test all the F3 awesomeness! This is by far my favorite thread at the moment. Whenever someones is posting here my heart beats from exitement.:) cheers
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    IronFilm reacted to Matins 2 in Who will kill filmmaking first?   
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    IronFilm reacted to Dogtown in Sony PMW-F3 with 2500 hours on it. Should I buy it?   
    You can find that adjustment in the picture profiles. Select a picture profile ( you can find profiles on Ablecine website and how to load them) you can then go into the matrix on that page and select the white balance temp.
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    IronFilm reacted to good_1da in Who will kill filmmaking first?   
    I used the word 'presume' rather than another because I was just trying to soften the language and dial down the rhetoric a bit.
    I didn't want everyone getting annoyed at each other. I appreciate your considered responses to the thread.
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    IronFilm reacted to good_1da in Who will kill filmmaking first?   
    The UK rejected a form of governance I profoundly dislike. That is the fundamental benefit for me. I just believe that government at all levels should be as directly elected as possible. Maintaining the important connection between the people and those who represent them. And, that we must have a chance to unelect our representatives when they don't meet our expectations.
    IMHO the EU does not meet these criteria. Most obvious example, the EU Commission President and the Commissioners are not directly elected even though they have powers to propose legislation that can be binding in every country.  And, there is no direct way to vote them out.
    In the UK, we already have many types of democratic and directly elected government...
    UK Parliament (House of Commons, House of Lords) Scottish Parliament National Assembly for Wales Northern Ireland Assembly  Combined Authority Majors/Metro Majors Executive Mayors  Councillors on Local Councils Police and Crime Commissioners  That is a hell of a lot of layers. With endless debating and investigative work of committees to scrutinise decisions. It’s not perfect, but it is about as transparent and representative as it gets. IMO it is quite enough government for any nation. 
    I am not trying to convince Andrew or anyone else of the merits of Leaving the EU or the strategic reasons why people voted Tory in 2019. I am simply pointing out that the negative framing of leavers (e.g led by crooks, or racists harking back to empire) is typical of a long-standing class condescension by the liberal intelligentsia. 
    It is also a convenient way for these liberal elites to avoid addressing real world challenges and the role their interests play in them. e.g UK population growth (expected to reach 71+ million by 2030). 
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    IronFilm reacted to herein2020 in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    I have found YouTube hates timelapses and water even more than shadows. Anything where nearly every frame changes from frame to frame is a disaster on YouTube unless you are a celebrity on an upper tier. I have had to go back and just completely remove a timelapse because I couldn't get it to work on YouTube; and living in FL you are almost always filming something with water; so even there I've had to edit out certain water scenes just because of YouTube.
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    IronFilm reacted to herein2020 in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    I agree with @zerocool22 the S5 and S1H have identical sensors, LOG profiles, etc. I highly doubt in most scenarios you would be able to tell the difference. I think the reason you think the S1H is a lot better is because it is more likely that the buyers of the S1H are shooting higher end productions where they can properly light the scene, use better lenses, etc. Unless the S1H is shooting 5.9K raw (which BTW even the S5 can do now to an external recorder), the S5 and the S1H should produce nearly identical footage if all else is equal (lighting, staging, set design, lens, etc.). 
    Of course the S1H is the better video tool due to not having recording limits, full size HDMI port, and other minor HW details; but none of that really affects the picture quality. In my opinion though, the S5 really shines as a hybrid photo/video camera which is definitely not something the S1H is known for. I don't know if any other camera out there can remotely control 4 wireless flashes using an internal transmitter, unlimited intervalometer, aspect ratio bars in camera, and some of the other S5 photography features that almost no one talks about.
    With the upcoming firmware update for the S1, I do think it will then become the best hybrid camera mainly due to the 1/320s flash sync speed and the full size HDMI port. Unfortunately though in my opinion the downsides to the S1 is it uses mismatched recording media, and the screen is not a full tilt flip.....however none of these features means the S1 or the S1H will produce more "cinematic" video than the S5.
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    IronFilm reacted to good_1da in Who will kill filmmaking first?   
    You propose a star chamber of 'excellent minds' to make the right decisions on our behalf.  To me this such a scary concept. It's the road totalitarianism.
    At what pont will the 'excellent minds' decide regular people can't be trusted with any decisions?
    Who would decide what an 'excellent mind' was or is? Who would watch over these superiour beings with their 'excellent minds?' 
    What a chilling, Orwellian, nightmarish, dystopian world that would be.
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    IronFilm got a reaction from josdr in Canon Cinema EOS C70 - Ah that explains it then!   
    No surprise. 

    And thank you again Netflix for helping encourage more cameras to get TC input! Doubt the C70 would've got timecode if not for Netflix. 
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    IronFilm reacted to good_1da in Who will kill filmmaking first?   
    I can't agree with this point. Sure, for investors in Build-to-Let tower blocks in London or Manchester its been a profitable few decades. Indeed Tony Blair and his family have done very well acquiring Buy-to-Lets in Greater Manchester. But the majority of the country booming during the Blair-Brown era, really??? It ended with a massive financial crisis.
    The fact is, many UK towns have been on there knees for decades...high poverty rates, low life expectancy...cultural wastelands.  Watch 'I, Daniel Blake' or a documentary series like 'The Mighty Redcar' to get a truer picture of the Britain that many experience on a daily basis. The closure of the giant SSI Steel plant effected many I know. 3000+ jobs lost because EU state aid rules prevented it from being saved. IMHO EU-city-centric thinking was never going to address the problems and a reboot was necessary.
    I'm guessing you wanted the status quo. But was that really an option? The EU is ever changing. Integration, fiscal and political 
    ever deepening. EU politicians like Guy Verhofstadt have written essays about total political integration being the final destination. Eventually local parliaments become museums, nation flags packed away, our diverse languages, cultures and traditions homogenised. The very things that make Europe special gone forever.
    That's the advantage to me of leaving the EU. To avoid the ghost of Christmas future. Bring democracy home. All future decisions taken by the people we elect. Democracy directly accountable and as local as possible. Note, all the Conservative MPs elected in NE in 2019 were local born people. The NE grew tired of Labour parachuting lawyers into safe Labour seats. For me, leaving the EU was just the start in pursuing a fairer less London-city-centric country.
    And, the cheapest and probably most useful to the rest of the World is the Oxford one. Which I assume was developed by people born in the UK, EU and the rest of the world.
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    IronFilm reacted to herein2020 in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    Typically the parents do. Especially right now the parents aren't paying the talent agencies, the runway show fees, the travel fees to get to the runway shows, the acting classes etc.  since it is all shut down in most parts of the country; and a lot of models are trying to go the YouTube / Instagram route so business is pretty good for me right now.
    The musician situation is why I don't shoot many music videos; too much work for what is typically next to no budget. Sorry, you just can't get a car, mansion, and a private helicopter in your music video with a $500 budget. There's still niches where money can be made if you are in the right area at the right time but the hard part is finding them.
    Another big one right now is livestreaming and recording smaller versions of events for companies and a lot of companies in my area are updating their websites with more photography and more video to try to reach their customers who are shopping/researching remotely; so business in those areas is also doing pretty good for now.
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    IronFilm reacted to Mark Romero 2 in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    Nice work.
    My only question is: Models got money for video? I thought models would fall just south of local musicians when it comes to resources available for self promotion...
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    IronFilm reacted to Evgeniy in Z6 - full frame budget hybrid king?   
    Nikon is amazing if you do both photos and video. Beautiful image and great handling. If you're only interested in video there are better options, unless you don't mind using external recorder.
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    IronFilm reacted to herein2020 in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    Thanks, I guess I wasn't waiting long enough, I tend to hit Enter the second I post a link.
    Here are two recent videos shot with the S5. The images in the videos are taken with a Canon 5DIV. All natural light only for the video portions.  The audio is using the XLR module via the lav mic. I have found that the XLR adapter seems to be a bit more problematic with the S5 than it was with the GH5 especially getting it to work with the Sennheiser wireless kit. I once had to restart the camera to get the audio to start working after turning on the Sennheisers and I had to disable ALC in the camera because it kept shutting off the XLR input even though the audio was not peaking.
    As far as film look vs looking too digital, I don't really focus on things like that, I feel like on a cell phone which is where most of my videos get watched, the audience just couldn't care less so I can't let myself try to achieve things that my audience won't pay more for. I do miss my GH5 MFT Voigtlanders though, they had this look that was way more pleasing to me than I've been able to get out of the Canon and Sigma lenses. I just picked up some ProMist filters that I'm going to try out on my next daytime shoot; if Voigtlander made L mount or EF mount lenses I definitely would consider getting a set. Which does bring me to my last point which is I don't think it is the sensors which make the image look too "digital", I think the lenses have a lot to do with it as well and no matter how much post processing you do, if you start with a difficult sensor/lens combination it's never going to look as good as if you had a lens that got you 90% of the way there in camera.
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    IronFilm got a reaction from tupp in Sony PMW-F3 with 2500 hours on it. Should I buy it?   
    My monopod has a fluid head on it. 
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    IronFilm got a reaction from Pascal Deshayes in Sony PMW-F3 with 2500 hours on it. Should I buy it?   
    I've seen this configuration too a few times on sets. 
    Basically you take a monopod, and stick the bottom of it into a little "pocket" (such as a very strong drink bottle holder) which is attached to a sturdy waist belt. 
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    IronFilm got a reaction from PannySVHS in Sony PMW-F3 with 2500 hours on it. Should I buy it?   
    I've seen this configuration too a few times on sets. 
    Basically you take a monopod, and stick the bottom of it into a little "pocket" (such as a very strong drink bottle holder) which is attached to a sturdy waist belt. 
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    IronFilm got a reaction from tupp in Sony PMW-F3 with 2500 hours on it. Should I buy it?   
    I've seen this configuration too a few times on sets. 
    Basically you take a monopod, and stick the bottom of it into a little "pocket" (such as a very strong drink bottle holder) which is attached to a sturdy waist belt. 
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    IronFilm reacted to Pascal Deshayes in Sony PMW-F3 with 2500 hours on it. Should I buy it?   
    Haha - that’s not my intention!
    I just found an EasyRig-ish suspension system for a good price locally, let’s see how it goes.
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    IronFilm got a reaction from tweak in Who will kill filmmaking first?   
    Unfortunately if you lived in NZ and closely followed the ridiculous slapstick comedy of events here, then you'd realize NZ's government is no exception. They're a reactive committee too, to put it charitably, and a very slowly reacting one too. 

    We only look so good to the rest of the world thanks more to dumb luck than anything else, and due to the amazingly good hand of cards the gods dealt us in the first place. 

    Because we're a low density country, which is an island by ourselves (easy natural barriers to defend ourselves with! Zero land borders with anybody else), in the middle of nowhere (sandwiched between a sea and an ocean), with only one city that is also the most remote city in the entire world!

    If last year was a computer game simulation we were playing, you couldn't hope for a better starting position! It's like playing the game on easy mode. How much credit can you really give our government when they're playing the game in the easiest of easy modes??
    (oh plus also, during the earliest months while everyone in the world was trying to figure out a response we were in the midst of summer, and didn't need to be in the extra hard mode of doing this in middle of winter. Yet another natural factor that was in NZ's favor)

    Then on top of this, we also had one of the world's harshest lockdowns a country has had for initially for quite a long while. (good for squashing a virus? But the economic consequences of that are not trivial and can't be ignored forever) And yet, we still had to later on in the year go into a second lockdown. Fingers and toes crossed that we don't get a third!
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