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    IronFilm reacted to newfoundmass in Fx30   
    It'd be fine as an a-cam for a lot of pros too. 
    The biggest knock I have towards the FX3 and the FX30 is that they are supposed to be part of the cine line, but they lack most of the cine features. But still, the FX30 is a more than capable a-cam for a lot of professional work. Maybe not HIGH HIGH end work, but still.
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    IronFilm reacted to Django in Fx30   
    Most Alpha Sony shooters are FF at this point. Sony kind of abandoned APS-C even on the FX line. Its only now making a return mainly thanks to FX30 and some new APS-C lenses. But with speed boosters its actually kinda more versatile than FX3/A7S3 which cannot shoot Super35 crop modes due to 12MP sensor. 
    No EVF and no mechanical shutter does mean its not a great hybrid and Sony for some silly reason doesn't give FX3/30 shutter angle or WFM. And no DCI options either. Still as Ironfilm says its the ideal side-kick to a FS/FX camera (has TC) and a great compact video option for the Sony ecosystem. 
    I'd have already bought one if it wasn't for XH2S. Stacked sensor, 6K Opengate & ProRes is just so hard to overlook. Plus with EVF and solid stills performance. It ticks so many boxes. But the Fuji look is an acquired taste and won't play friendly with most production houses. Its pretty much relegated to indie or standalone shooting. Resolve doesn't even support F-Log2 yet for an ACES workflow. And yet despite all those rational reasons to avoid Fuji and stick with Sony, I'm still VERY tempted by XH2S.
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    IronFilm got a reaction from Kisaha in Re: Cinema Camera vs Mirrorless   
    MANY things!
    SDI outputs.
    Internal NDs. 
    More recording options. 
    etc etc etc etc
    But for many people these extra factors don't matter to them. 
    However, for many professionals these would be deal breakers for these to be missing. 
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    IronFilm reacted to newfoundmass in Now it is a surprise - DPReview is closing   
    Yeah. If they were 20 somethings that weren't married with kids they might've gone a different direction, but they're older guys with wives and kids so they were gonna go with whatever site offered them a steady paycheck while allowing them to continue doing what they do. They can always fall back on doing their own thing eventually if they need to. 
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    IronFilm reacted to MrSMW in Now it is a surprise - DPReview is closing   
    I suspect they are simply going where there is another regular presenting income without having to really do any marketing themselves.
    Nothing wrong with that and we all have bills to pay and being a self-employed creator has as many risks as it does potential rewards.
    I get the impression they have gone from one regular paid position to another as one door closes and another opens.
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    IronFilm reacted to newfoundmass in Now it is a surprise - DPReview is closing   
    I'm curious if this is doable should the site really "die"... does anyone remember Geocities, the free web hosting company? There was an effort to basically crawl every Geocities site possible and preserve it, because of all the data that would be lost once Yahoo deleted all the sites. 
    Those sites are still available years on at https://www.oocities.org/ and https://www.geocities.ws/
    To be clear, they are incomplete archives because it relied on the same crawling tactics that Google and Yahoo use, and if a site wasn't linked elsewhere it likely would fall through the cracks.
    But with DPReview I think that would be less of an issue. The primary issue would be hosting all that data, as while it might not cost a lot for Amazon it probably would cost a bit for a normal person. There also then would be the issue of whether Amazon would object and take legal action. Perhaps reaching out to the Internet Archive to see if they could take this project on with some volunteers might be worth doing?
    Just an idea that I haven't seen discussed really yet. It would at least preserve and make all that data available.
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    IronFilm reacted to Andrew Reid in Panasonic are so underrated for stills   
    My Leica M-P 240 got sold last month due to needing the money to keep EOSHD afloat and new gear coming in. Was sad to let it go but need to sell a LOT of my inventory to keep the wolf from the door at the moment. However before I let it go, made sure to do one last shoot with it, alongside my Canon 1D C and Leica M9. As far as colour science goes, I rate the 240, M9 and 1D C right at the top of the tree. The M9 has a special look with CCD but 1D C and the 240 are very very close, and much better in low light.
    It got me thinking, what other cameras like the 1D C better known for video, are actually really really good stills cameras?
    Panasonic G9 springs to mind with the amazing EVF and very responsive performance, fast bursts, all-round very big feature set for stills. E-M1 X I think is also underrated, it feels lovely in the hand, controls are fantastic, every bit the pro Micro Four Thirds camera it set out to be. Olympus colour science and white balance always nails the look you're after.
    But I think the Panasonic S1H takes the prize.
    It's better than a Leica SL2-S.
    Better battery life, better screen, more features.
    The main strengths for stills are the best EVF on the market, even better than the S1R and GFX 100. It's enormous and 5.76m dots!
    AF is absolutely fine for stills in S-AF mode, decent light, native lens. It's very fast and reliable. Sure it's rubbish with Canon EF adapter and in 24fps video mode but don't mind manual focus with Leica M lenses on it - much nicer, and less heavy.
    Dual native ISO full frame sensor, absolutely rocks in low light. 6K / 24 megapixel is enough resolution for me and makes for much faster performance, more responsive, smaller file sizes when shooting a lot of stills. It also has XPAN style wide aspect ratio settings, one of my favourite shooting styles so you can accurately compose in these modes, looks fantastic in black and white. Picture styles even have a film grain setting.
    Built quality is amazing, the huge top panel LCD great for checking settings at a glance whilst leaving the back screen completely free of clutter.
    Shutter mechanism feels so premium, better than Leica.
    What's more it cost me £1800.
    And that's before you even factor in the FX6 level video camera thrown in for free 🙂
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    IronFilm reacted to TomTheDP in No-Budget Movies Are Taking Over: Welcome to a New Era of Filmmaking   
    To me winning at an Oscar is more politics than talent. Sure your film won't get nominated if it is crap but it also won't get nominated just because it is really good.

    The people that care on a $5 mil budget indie like Nomadland are the producers, director, and DP. None of which want to be seen working with anything besides a camera that costs over 30k
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    IronFilm reacted to MrSMW in No-Budget Movies Are Taking Over: Welcome to a New Era of Filmmaking   
    In many businesses, it is so often the case to operate in one of the extreme ends as it’s too easy to get lost in the middle.
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    IronFilm reacted to hoodlum in Now it is a surprise - DPReview is closing   
    I use the site filter when I want to see google search results for a specific site.  The below google search provides all dpreview forum results that contain Andrew and eoshd.  😉
    "andrew eoshd site:*.dpreview.com/forums"
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    IronFilm reacted to MrSMW in Now it is a surprise - DPReview is closing   
    One good thing has come out of this…
    Andrew’s mention that Sigma has a blog and magazine. I’m off to check that out 👍
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    IronFilm reacted to Eric Calabros in Now it is a surprise - DPReview is closing   
    I noticed a significant drop in user engagement in the forums. Maybe the site's real traffic numbers are not as high as we think it is. Of course its still higher than other photography related websites.
    Since January they didn't even bother to cover the news of firmware updates. It doesn't take too much effort to write an article that Z5 got a new firmware update that adds eye AF in video!
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    IronFilm reacted to Andrew Reid in Now it is a surprise - DPReview is closing   
    He backs his humour up with proper real world information that's why, he shows the differences, he uses the gear, he actually shoots even if its squirrels!
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    IronFilm reacted to Davide DB in Now it is a surprise - DPReview is closing   
    Perhaps at one time, when they bought it, the site might have had some relevance in bringing sales to Amazon. It was still the glorious period of forums and blogs.
    But now all the traffic comes from influencers and fu@@ing youtubers with affiliate schemes. It's much cheaper and that's how it all runs now.
    The shameful thing is that the site is really part of the global internet culture and it doesn't make sense to shut it down in a month. They probably already have a buyer. At least I hope so.  Chris and Jordan can do the same anywhere and with anyone but the mountain of info accumulated over the years on the site has enormous cultural value. 
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    IronFilm reacted to newfoundmass in Now it is a surprise - DPReview is closing   
    I'm actually surprised that they didn't go their own way too, though they might feel more financially secure to be on the payroll somewhere. The big difference between them and the rest of the YouTubers out there is that they're older and have families, so being on payroll somewhere might be more appealing. Probably provides more stability than having to rely on YouTube ad revenue that can really fluctuate. 
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    IronFilm reacted to Jay60p in Now it is a surprise - DPReview is closing   
    They are going to Petapixel.
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    IronFilm reacted to hyalinejim in Now it is a surprise - DPReview is closing   
    Maybe they figured they would prefer people to read reviews on amazon.com instead of dpreview.com
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    IronFilm reacted to ntblowz in Now it is a surprise - DPReview is closing   
    Damn that is shocking indeed! But giving the current economy situation I can kinda see many corpo want to cut as much cost as possible.
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    IronFilm reacted to newfoundmass in Now it is a surprise - DPReview is closing   
    I know everyone wasn't a fan, but one less camera media outlet is not good. Such are the risks when you sell your site to a larger company that only cares about the bottom line, I guess. Not good news for the community as a whole, and really unfortunate for all those who are losing their jobs.
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    IronFilm reacted to Marcio Kabke Pinheiro in Now it is a surprise - DPReview is closing   
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    IronFilm got a reaction from SRV1981 in Fx30 or a7IV for Hybrid w/ 1 lens?   
    What about it? It isn't even a close contest. Why are you comparing them? Seems rather unfair to the Sony. Couldn't you be kinder to Sony and say ask for a S5mk2 vs FX30 comparison instead? 
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    IronFilm got a reaction from SRV1981 in Fx30 or a7IV for Hybrid w/ 1 lens?   
    Equalize for the artistic choice in DoF, and consider which has the more practical 2nd ISO, then you'll realize the FX30 is the better choice in low light.
    That's correct. The hatred for the FX30's rolling shutter is a red herring just because they can't come up with anything better to criticize the FX30 over! As the FX30 is too perfect. 
    Meanwhile many of the other popular recommendations (such as the a7mk4) which have just as bad or even worse rolling shutter you'll never hear a peep out of them object to their rolling shutter performance, it's just ignored as "acceptable". It's a double standard. 
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    IronFilm got a reaction from SRV1981 in Fx30 or a7IV for Hybrid w/ 1 lens?   
    FX30 still does 28 megapixel photos, and does pretty decent photos if you don't mind the biggest drawback of an electronic shutter (and no EVF). 
    Meanwhile for video, the FX30 is massively massively better for filming with than any of the a7/a7C/a7R/a7S series cameras. It's not even close. 
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    IronFilm got a reaction from majoraxis in ARRI Alexa cheap enough to own now?   
    I thought I'd go ask it to give me a post for this thread..... 
    In 2023, the ARRI Alexa Classic might seem like an oldie, but it's still a goldie! Let's dive into why it could be your go-to camera:
    Unbeatable Image Quality: This gem captures breathtaking visuals, boasting rich colors, a high dynamic range, and fabulous skin tones. It's cinematic magic rivals the latest models! Built to Last: ARRI's rock-solid construction means the Classic won't let you down, whether you're on a sweltering desert shoot or filming in the pouring rain. Budget-Friendly: Since it's older, the Classic's price tag is kinder to your wallet. It's perfect for indie filmmakers, students, or pros who want top-notch quality without breaking the bank. Accessorize to the Max: Compatibility with a vast array of lenses, matte boxes, and more means you'll be ready for any creative challenge! Seasoned Pro: The Classic's star-studded résumé is packed with top-tier film and TV projects. With a supportive user community, you'll never be stuck without help or advice. Keepin' Up with the Times: ARRI doesn't leave their classics behind—they still roll out firmware updates to enhance your camera's features and functionality. Familiar Territory: Already an ARRI pro? The Classic's intuitive interface makes switching between projects a breeze, ensuring that signature ARRI look throughout. However, it's worth noting that the Classic might not have all the bells and whistles of newer cameras. Plus, spare parts and servicing could become harder to find. Weigh these factors, and you'll know if the ARRI Alexa Classic is your ideal camera in 2023.
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    IronFilm got a reaction from Kisaha in "Creator" replaces "filmmaker"   
    This was in the news today, apparently all of NZ's polytechnics (which are kinda like Community Colleges in America?? If they also offered full length degrees, and even postgraduate qualifications such as Masters degrees) have to now refer to their students as not "students" but "learners". 
    I love that song! It's been in my music playlist I often play on the weekend during pre-drinks. 
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