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    IronFilm reacted to Anaconda_ in Will Twitter be Twitter?   
    Christ. WeChat sounds absoultely terrifying.
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    IronFilm reacted to kye in Will Twitter be Twitter?   
    I've heard he wants to take it in the direction of WeChat.  If that's true, and he pulls it off, he'll make an absolute killing.  There is definitely demand for many of the extra features that WeChat has that twitter doesn't, so it'll be a matter of implementation.  Twitter seems to have been devoid of any serious innovation for quite a long time now.
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    IronFilm got a reaction from kye in Chicken   
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    IronFilm reacted to Thpriest in Step aside L Mount Alliance and...   
    I agree that’s a great system. There is an adapter for EF to L mount that has a vnd but I’m not sure how it affects af.
    I use Xume magnetic filter rings for my vnds. They are very useful. I don’t know why they stopped making them.
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    IronFilm reacted to Thpriest in Step aside L Mount Alliance and...   
    I've come to the same conclusion for now. I can't find better value than L Mount. What I would say is that if you haven't tried the Panasonic 1.8 lenses then you should. I really like them and they work well for both photo and video.
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    IronFilm reacted to A_Urquhart in Audio for dummies...   
    Yep, overkill. 
    Luckily, 95% of the jobs I do have the budget for a sound person. 
    I've never liked the Sennheiser G3 and G4's that I've used even though many rave about them. Found their wireless signal not very robust.
    Yeah, might go for the two UWP-D21's and scrap the Mi interface. I got the XLR handle so can mount them both up to that.....somehow!
    Ha, yeah I've dabbled in audio quite a bit to know just a bit!
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    IronFilm reacted to kaylee in I need an affordable lav + recorder   
    this sounds really good for my purposes!! good deal too. much appreciated!!!
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    IronFilm reacted to MrSMW in Step aside L Mount Alliance and...   
    Well after a lot of humming and hawwing, I've decided to remain with L Mount for 2023 at least.
    I've looked at every single possible option and nothing quite 'works' for me...
    I've used bits and pieces from Sony before and it's probably the system that most meets my requirements...but it's nearly 17k to purchase (less what I'd get for the total sale of my L Mount gear which is around 7.5-8k trade) which is a big investment, ie, spend around 10k to get what exactly?
    An incremental 'improvement' in certain areas. None in some and quite a bit in another (AF) and really it's only the latter where there is any significant/worthwhile change. But 10k cost to change? For my needs, maybe not...
    Fuji. I had one in da house. An XH2. I came from Fuji and I love Fuji gear but same question and that is what do I stand to gain and what do I stand to lose? I didn't shoot a single frame before returning it.
    That one would be a 12.5k less 7.5 so 5k to change. For what? Possibly slightly nicer colour science...?? Smaller, lighter and slightly more efficient set up but otherwise...
    Nikon? Love the Z9 as a camera, but the rest doesn't quite work so...
    Canon? Too many questions for me, too much fudging, too expensive. (More than the Sony set up).
    There just isn't anything else...for my needs so I re-evaluated L Mount.
    I never completely gave up on it anyway and have always stated I hoped they might bring something new out over the Winter '22-'23 period that fits my needs better camera wise...and that may still happen. Or not. Or some time in '23...
    But I have decided to keep all 4 bodies that I have, sell some 'old' lenses and get some new ones and generally just re-purpose some elements of kit and practice based on my need/use case.
    So in that regard, I'm going to carry on with 4 bodies and not flip to the 3 that I would prefer and one day hope to.
    I could move to 3 with L Mount, but it doesn't quite work so I'll stick with 4; a pair of S1R's, an S1H and an S5.
    Selling all the f2/f2.8 primes from Sigma and buying Sigma f1.4's instead. The; 20mm, 35mm and 85mm specifically. One area where I have felt that I have made some sacrifices (glass-wise) over the last couple of years is in low-light capability. This switch of lenses will improve that capability.
    These 3 primes will be my workhorses mostly for stills ie, will only be used with the S1R's which themselves will carry on with 'stills only' duty other than a few bits of handheld 5k video during ceremonies and speeches. I LOVE the 5k that the S1R produces but I wish it was 50p...
    The S1H will continue in the role of primary video camera, mostly handheld. It's just so good. Size, weight, ergos, rear screen, quality of output and for '23 it's getting a new companion. The Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 has been my main workhorse here and that is going to continue, but as my outdoor combo. My new indoor combo is going to be the Sigma 16-28mm f2.8. Because I shoot 4k 50p, these give me; 24-42mm indoor and 42-105mm outdoor in FF terms which is bang on for my needs.
    That leaves the S5. That one is being paired up with the Sigma APSC only, 18-50mm f2.8 and going to live on a DJI RS3 gimbal. 
    I still need something longer than the Panasonic 24-105mm f4 so hoping Sigma might bring out a more compact (a la 16-28 and 28-70) 70-200mm f2.8 next year and if so, I'll trade for that.
    And the cost? Nada. Or thereabouts... The sale of some existing lenses and a few other bits and bobs covers the cost of the 4 new lenses and gimbal so I'm pretty much covered. 
    Sometimes the grass just isn't greener.
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    IronFilm got a reaction from kaylee in I need an affordable lav + recorder   
    I think Rode Go wireless and similar (such as DJI's one) have their place. 
    But not on professional shoots. 
    For casual hobbyist documentaries? Sure. 
    Or a youtuber filming at home? Sure. 
    But I'd lean towards recommending the Deity Pocket wireless instead, because:
    1) higher RF power output than the Rode Go
    2) has a locking connector (which shockingly the Rode Go lacks! That's unacceptable)
    3) comes with a free lav mic (and the Rode Go doesn't)
    Exactly, the Rode Go has zillions of shortcomings, beyond just simply its unreliability. Don't assume a Rode Go will be a miracle cure to your sound issues. And the Rode Go is unsuitable for professional productions. 
    Use a waist strap (or thigh strap) and then I think a Sony UWP (which is a fair bit slimmer than a Sennheiser G4, is 24mm vs 20mm. Yes, the G4 is 20% thicker! ) isn't too hard at all to hide at all to the standard of any lower/mid budget corporate time shoot. 
    Agreed. Many little potential issues that won't get picked up if you're not listening, especially aspects novices might not even realize (such as subtle jiggling jewelry could be very noisy if it is right next to the lav mic!). 
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    IronFilm got a reaction from Thpriest in I need an affordable lav + recorder   
    Yes, the Deity V-Mic D4 DUO:

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    IronFilm got a reaction from kaylee in I need an affordable lav + recorder   
    Yes, the Deity V-Mic D4 DUO:

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    IronFilm got a reaction from kaylee in I need an affordable lav + recorder   
    Hmmm... just widely speculating here, but I wonder if there is some kind of USB-C Hub a person could use together with a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone dongle????
    That's why the Deity Pocket wireless comes with a lav mic as well. You can easily hide that. 
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    IronFilm reacted to kaylee in I need an affordable lav + recorder   
    edit: omg im such an idiot... you plug your tiny lav mic into those things 😂 oops lol
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    IronFilm got a reaction from kaylee in I need an affordable lav + recorder   
    Docos can be a logistical nightmare in terms of managing all the disorganized data, so it is in order. 
    Thus a bodypack recorder is a 100% bad idea for you (unless... maybe, if it has timecode. And that the camera always has a timecode box too. This actually makes the bodypack recorder setup more expensive than you think, and closes the price gap vs say a Sony UWP-D21). 
    You're better off recording the audio directly to the camera itself, so as to keep it simple for yourself. 
    Are you going to shoot a lot of it with your cellphone do you reckon?
    I'd suggest the Deity Pocket wireless for you. 
    They're a much higher RF power output than any of the direct competition (*cough* Rode *cough*), has an essential locking 3.5mm connector which again a lot of their competition lacks (*cough* Rode *cough*), and comes with a lav too! Another bonus many of Deity's competitors don't give you. (*cough* Rode *cough*)
    Yes, headphones (or even just earphones, is better than nothing!). Hopefully your phone & cameras all have a headphone output?? 
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    IronFilm reacted to herein2020 in I need an affordable lav + recorder   
    For something that simple you are probably going to want to look at phone bluetooth lav mics. I don't know anything about them but that's where I would start then read the reviews and watch a few YT videos to pick the best one.
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    IronFilm reacted to dreamplayhouse in More grading fun with cheap Lumix FZ47 CCD sensor bridge camera   
    Great to see some of you enjoy the look I get with the FZ47. I guess I'll have to shoot some more videos and maybe even a short film 🙂
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    IronFilm reacted to Thpriest in I need an affordable lav + recorder   
    I had the Tascam and whilst it worked it was good. But… it stopped recording sound one day and since then I’ve never trusted it. I found other people online who have had the same problem. For critical sound you should get something you can monitor.
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    IronFilm reacted to newfoundmass in Will Twitter be Twitter?   
    He'll either sell it for a huge loss or kill it. 
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    IronFilm got a reaction from hansel in How useful is 8K / 12K to you?   
    Not sure if you're referring to yourself, or your wife. 
    Ah, that clarifies it. 
    I feel the same way about 32bit audio. 
    What is next, are they going to market 64bit audio to gullible fools on youtube? 
    And give me a 4K camera with as much dynamic range as the ARRI 35, but without the price tag!
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    IronFilm got a reaction from kaylee in I need an affordable lav + recorder   
    Of course I'd strongly recommend using a wireless instead (as bodypack recorders are an incredibly niche tool, I own one, never used it. Never needed it). Of which the best low budget / prosumer wireless is easily the Sony UWP-D21. 
    But for those who do wish to use bodypack recorders, then for a long time the Tascam DR10L (or if  you were outside the evil reaches of the Zaxcom patent lawyers.... the Tascam DR10CS) was quite popular, as it is obviously a massive upgrade over the former approach of lav into a Zoom H1!! (I remember doing that when I was a film school student) While also being massively cheaper than the professional bodypack recorders from Zaxcom or Lectrosonics. (easily over a thousand dollars each)
    But times have kept on moving on since then, the Zoom F2-BT got released (which added timecode via bluetooth) and then later on the Tentacle Track E was shipping. (which does it even better, with a timecode crystal integrated within it)
    And that is what I'd recommend when going for a bodypack recorder, the Tentacle Track E.
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    IronFilm reacted to A_Urquhart in Sony FX30 (S35 FX3)   
    Ha, that really rolls off the tongue....how do you pronounce MILVC? 😉
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    IronFilm got a reaction from kaylee in Audio field recorders in 2021? My Predictions ("wild guesses").   
    Recently posted over on reddit what is the best prosumer wireless on a budget, which is the Sony UWP-D21, and why. Thought I'd reshare it here as well, should others here be interested as well:
    If someone can't afford pro level wireless (i.e. a receiver such as the Wisycom MCR54 / Lectrosonics DSR4 / Sony DWR-S03D / Sound Devices A20-RX / Shure ADX5D / etc plus the appropriate matching receivers) then going instead with the fourth generation Sony UWP-D is no brainer decision! (although, I'd recommend 2x UWP-D21 over 1x UWP-D27) This choice is so easy it isn't even close, as the 2nd best choice comes a long long way behind Sony.
    Sony gives you:
    True diversity receiver (no other prosumer UHF wireless has this) Has a digital compander (avoiding the issues that say for instance the Sennheisers have with their analogue compander, giving you better quality audio from the Sonys. Essentially, the Sony wireless transmission behave more comparably to how Lectrosonics Digital Hybrids do, using the same mix of digital + analogue for transmission) A slot receiver (again, no other prosumer wireless does this! Although, sadly not unislot, you'd need to get the Sony DWR-S03D instead. Hopefully Sony will bring out a UWP-D receiver one day in the future with unislot compatibility) An option of using the smart shoe on Sony cameras to feed it audio directly, skipping doing another D/A conversion, along with numerous other benefits such as being able to add more audio channels than otherwise or being able to go cableless with the receiver or not needing to do battery changes either for the receiver (these are all features entirely unique to the Sony wireless) Sony UTX-P40 Wireless Plug-On Transmitter supplies phantom power. (the Sennheiser EW100 G4 plug-on transmitter does not) Headphone output (but yet again, the standard Sennheiser G4 doesn't have this) An option for a dual receiver (again, the Sennheiser G4 doesn't have this) An option for getting it in the 941 to 960 MHz frequency range (again, the Sennheiser G4 doesn't have this, Usually only pro wireless offers products in this frequency range) Backwards compatible with all past UWP products.  
    Just a few of these reasons would be enough to make a strongly compelling case to buy the Sony UWP-D21! (especially as Sony is priced similar to or cheaper than the Sennheiser competition) But add them all up together? Sony blows away all the competition.
    There are literally hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of options for lav mics for the Sony wireless just merely listed on the one B&H website alone:
    There are zillions of accessories for the Sony UWP-D system, such as these (would you like for instance a battery pack for your Sony transmitter so that you can run it for over 24 hours? You can do that!!): https://www.hlaudio.de/sony-pro-audio/wireless-zubehoer/
    Unfortunately when people hear "Sony" they think of "cameras", not audio. What most people don't realize is that Sony's name itself comes from the latin word for audio: "sonus"! Sony originally started out as purely an audio company, and has been making wireless since the 1950's.
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    IronFilm got a reaction from kye in Chicken   
    With the benefit of five years of hindsight, what might you have changed if you were to go back in time? 
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