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    IronFilm reacted to DevonChris in Canon 700D VS Nikon D5200 BIT RATE hack, which is better for grading?   
    Thanks for the compliments :-)
    The 5200's are very underrated, but the great SOOC images make the post prod work very straightforward. 
    I've shot up to ISO 3200 with them but that is about their limit.
    Edit : BTW I have never had any issue with the hacked firmware, either with video or photography.
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    IronFilm reacted to Inazuma in Need a cheap video cameras? Nikon D7100 Refurbs, $499   
    Unless you're a sports photographer that needs the extra FPS I would not recommend the d7100 over the similarly priced d5500, which has a better grip and IMO better controls despite having fewer dials and buttons. I speak from experience having shot a lot with them over the summer. And as has already been said, it has 60fps. Also the new Flat profile is great and gives very similar dynamic range to my c100 ii. The colour is also very nice. 
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    IronFilm reacted to M Carter in Need a cheap video cameras? Nikon D7100 Refurbs, $499   
    I've shot dozens of corporate videos and some celeb interviews with the 7100 - over time I started to notice a lot of busy horizontal noise, but turned out to be the flat profile I was using. I switched to (I think) the portrait setting and tweaked it a bit and it's back to great video, though I bring a lighting package (usually 400 HMI softboxes for interviews) and tend to shoot around 400 - 800 iso.
    I rented a 5300 for a multicamera shoot and liked the image a lot and the color intercut fine with the D7100; I didn't like the lack of a wired remote (use these on cranes a lot, often the crane is used as sort of a floating tripod) so that, and the screw-drive for older AF lenses (to set initial focus from the back of the crane) were huge for me. But I also do a lot of stills gigs where the extra 7100 features are nice, esp. since I have several screw-drive lenses.
    The 7100 feels a little "old tech" video-wise, but the actual image is really a beauty, and it will be my main stills cam til it dies. Switched to the NX1 for video and really freaking pleased - though I need a newer phone to run the remote VF software which seems like the best crane solution. If I were trying to decide on a sub-$700 DSLR for stills and video, I'd have a tough time choosing between the 5300 and the 7100 (but I have enough monitoring gear that I don't need an articulating screen and before the NX1 with OLED and peaking I always used a loupe). But for someone shopping around the $1k mark, there are many more choices out there.
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    IronFilm reacted to NX1user in Blackmagic Video Assist Review   
    Can you tell if the NX1 is outputting 24 but the VA is recording 60? Or does the camera switch itself to 60 to match the VA?
    Also, can you record in the camera and to the VA simultaneously, like recording 4k internally and 1080 on the VA?
    Can you see a big difference between the internal 1080 vs the VA 1080?
    I know that's a lot of questions, but us NX1 people have to help each other out!
    I've also got an NX1 and was thinking of getting the VA. I asked Black Magic and they didn't have any answers because they don't have access to an NX1.
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    IronFilm reacted to Matt Kieley in 5 underrated cinematic images from "forgotten" cameras   
    I recently was looking for a new camera, and I, too, re-discovered a forgotten camera. It produces a truly analog, organic look. I got a Sony Handycam Pro Hi8 camera, with CCD sensor!

    and S-Video output!

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Just kidding, I got a BMPCC.


     
    Disclaimer: I'm not making fun of anyone, I just found that old broken camera buried in a box and couldn't resist the dumb joke.
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    IronFilm reacted to Mattias Burling in Ursa Mini 4.6K new footage and info...   
    There has been at least one delivery of a production unit. So its on its way.
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    IronFilm reacted to DevonChris in Canon 700D VS Nikon D5200 BIT RATE hack, which is better for grading?   
    Here are a few test videos that I shot a year ago with the Nikon 5200 and 64Mbs hack.
     
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    IronFilm reacted to Faratech in Canon 700D VS Nikon D5200 BIT RATE hack, which is better for grading?   
    well the local guys are actually a bunch of geniuses. My first camera was a Sony a58 which died after 8 months of use. always on auto (i was a complete noob) and still somehow died. Couldnt claim warranty since my sister got it from Canada this time and took it to Sony Malaysia and they said it would take $230 to change shutter and some other things. I didnt bother because by that time i was $400 brand new. And in an event (my sister wedding), the photographer introduced me to his go to repair guy and he repaired my sony for $60. WHICH then died again after 6 months of HEAVY use but I blame the camera not the guy. 
    He also fixed the Canon 30D I have. I bought it somewhat running with the display stuck and fungus and dust all over the camera for $50 with lens.He fixed it all for $12.
    Anyway, I have my answer So thanks everyone for helping me with the decision! Won't buy a camera for another 2 months perhaps but when I do, I shall get the nikon.
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    IronFilm reacted to M Carter in Need a cheap video cameras? Nikon D7100 Refurbs, $499   
    This is a killer price for a really capable DSLR for video and stills. Really pretty video, superb stills, takes 30 + years of Nikkor glass.
    I bought my D7100 as a refurb in Sept. of 2013 and it's going strong (Nikon refurbs come "as new", complete accessories and sealed package). It lacks 1080p @ 60FPS, and of course it's not 4K, but the image holds up very well in todays' world.  A lot of camera for the money.
    Saw it on Adorama, probably at other vendors as well.
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    IronFilm reacted to graphicnatured in Ursa Mini 4.6K new footage and info...   
    You guys have probably already seen it, but here's another vid:
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    IronFilm got a reaction from Oliver Daniel in A7SII Users - Catch Up!   
    A nifty device on eBay from orpheus_c, it uses the cage's handgrip as a large battery to power your Sony camera. Allowing for much longer run times than what you'd usually get from your FW-50 batteries alone. Curing one of the big complaints about this series of cameras, their poor battery length.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kovacam-18650-battery-handgrip-DC-coupler-for-Kovacam-A7s-II-A7r-II-Cage-/121822159604
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    IronFilm reacted to Andrew Reid in Canon 700D VS Nikon D5200 BIT RATE hack, which is better for grading?   
    Compared to the 700D, the D5200 is hands-down the better image. Big difference all round.
    But you may want to get a used D5500 if it's not too much more expensive, because of the flat profile. It grades the best.
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    IronFilm reacted to mercer in 5 underrated cinematic images from "forgotten" cameras   
    MLRawviewer is a good program. I have also used Raw Magic, a Mac app and that is a fairly good program.
    Here's a link to a quick and easy workflow. There are probably some better methods, but this is what I used while experimenting with my eos-m. 
    https://jason-bowdach.squarespace.com/blog/2014/08/the-easy-way-to-use-magic-lantern-raw-straight-to-prores.html
     
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    IronFilm reacted to fuzzynormal in 5 underrated cinematic images from "forgotten" cameras   
    Can anyone point me to a trusted source/online how-to for doing the post RAW process on an 5DII?  Not looking for anything generic, something you've used that you've relied on and has served you well; made things relatively easy during the post.
    Never really had a desire to give it a go, but as cards and computers have changed, might as well see what's up.
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    IronFilm reacted to mercer in 5 underrated cinematic images from "forgotten" cameras   
    I have been a little swayed by this post (I secretly believe Andrew must be a mastermind behind some sort of black market, used camera syndicate) but is it true that there is a noticeable difference (analogue vs. digital) between the Mark II and Mark III?
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    IronFilm reacted to blondini in 5 underrated cinematic images from "forgotten" cameras   
    I remember having an argument a few years ago late in a bar about how film would never be suplanted by digital. I said: just look at Once Upon a Time in Anatolia if you don't believe me. The next day I checked and discovered it was shot on the F35. 
     
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    IronFilm reacted to Phil A in 5 underrated cinematic images from "forgotten" cameras   
    Actually I think the BM Micro CC sounds really good with the option of Global Shutter as well as 60fps with rolling shutter. In combination with using LP-E6 batteries it's an amazing upgrade over the BMPCC when anyway using external monitoring. But the BMD release behaviour and zero communication makes this one nothing to count on. By the moment they halfway fixed the firmware problems there is already a successor announced. If the BMMCC would even have been designed with the 2.5k sensor to help with end-resolution and stabilizing, etc. I think it would have been a great thing, it's probably an amazing camera for gimbal work if it ever gets released.
    Edit: on the other hand I guess most people would usually rather shoot ProRes than Raw and then the 2.5k sensor probably has no advantage over the current 1080p anymore
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    IronFilm reacted to Jimmy in 5 underrated cinematic images from "forgotten" cameras   
    I'd probably have the FS700 / O7Q combo in there too.... When you think what it offers up, it is very underrated and the raw image can be very beautiful. I saw a kit for sale for under $4k recently... 4K/120fps/raw for $4k, genuine bargain.
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    IronFilm reacted to Mattias Burling in 5 underrated cinematic images from "forgotten" cameras   
    And who can forget Ed Davids epic Red One MX vs Sony F35 test. Its private but just google "red one mx f35" and click the video tab. First hit still works.
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    IronFilm got a reaction from Shield3 in Nikon D5 versus Canon 1D C for cinematic 4K video - which wins?   
    For 99% of us here, what the D5 can or can not do specifically does not matter to us. Because I won't be buying one any time soon, or even in the next 5yrs (maybe maybe by then it might have dropped in price low enough to buy one on a laugh. For instance I almost purchased a D2Hs for the hell of it recently).

    Instead what is so very significant about the D5 announcement is what it represents for video from Nikon, that they're bringing out 4K video the masses. Unlike Canon there is no restricting it only to their ultra high priced C line up, instead *EVERY* pro sports/journalist/etc photographer with a D5 will also be able to do 4K clips. Same can't be said for the 1D X users.
    Even more so, Nikon has added 4K video to their APS-C level camera. (could you see Canon doing that?? nah). Nikon hasn't been shy in putting better video into their lower end cameras than their models above it (remember the D5200 being a better choice than the D800? http://www.eoshd.com/2013/02/is-the-cheap-nikon-d5200-a-better-option-than-d800-for-video-no-moire-aliasing-and-good-detail/ ), so I wouldn't be surprised if the D7300/D5600 gets 4K as well. (maybe even the D3400?? Though maybe that is too low end... might need to wait for the D7x00/D5x00 to get it first). D620 could arrive this year with 4K as well.
    And for the poor Canon fan boys this is good news as well, as just maybe maybe this might prompt Canon to finally add 4K to their line up DSLRs! (other than their C range)
    Because no matter how many cameras Sony/Panasonic/Samsung add 4K to, well... Canon probably doesn't care too much (incorrectly so), as they don't recognise them as their direct competition. But Nikon is their direct competition, if anything will make Canon feel compelled to respond it is this, just like what happened when Nikon brought out the D90 and changed all our lives.
    Thus we should all be quite excited by the D5/D500 announcement! As it will cause a ripple that will create a bigger impact than many of us expect.
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    IronFilm reacted to M Carter in Nikon D5 versus Canon 1D C for cinematic 4K video - which wins?   
    Maybe I'm unique, but my must-haves were pretty simple for an affordable DSLR. I would have spent up to $2-$3k for:
    APS-C/Super 35 sensor; At least 2k, pref. 4k (reframing for low-budget, 1 camera shoots and being able to pull great keys are huge for me); Ability to take a wide range of glass; Image with decent enough DR to be able to "light for the sensor" - I don't need 14 stops, I can light for 10. Audio meters, manual audio control, some sort of usable 1080 slowmo. I really wanted to love something from Black Magic, but those sensors meant Speedbooster, and the 2k cinema camera meant speedbooster and SDI monitoring. I really need at least 60p@ 1080, too. And freaking interchangeable batteries that last 45 minutes or so.
    The NX1 really hit the sweet spots for me, and then some. I don't take a loupe to shoots anymore for chrissakes. Technically, the image is superior to the Nikons I've been shooting for client work. Aesthetically - my D7100 is still "prettier" in some ways, and it's got nothing on BMC at their best.
    OK, find some tech guy to contact Samsung, license their tech, and create a reasonably priced cinema camera for pro, semi pro, corporate and enthusiast market. Give it Prores 422 to the card or an SSD, boost the DR and gives us some output options for raw or bit depth. 
    There is a market - assuming it's Nikon or Canon's market is the big mistake forum posters here and otherwise make.
    I live in Dallas, which has a lot of well-employed people. Not just the rich, but those with expendable income.
    I'm really used to seeing the soccer-mom, the hipster dude, the dorky dad, the "I'm a big fan of live music" 20-something, all rocking nice cameras at shows or outdoor events. Look close and they have the mid-level zooms (not the 2.8 stuff but not the kit - fairly chunky F4 stuff in the $800 range). And the strap.
    For this market, the strap is of vital importance and equal to the physical size of the lens. It absolutely must say Nikon or Canon. I don't recall ever seeing a Sony or Panny strap on those shoulders.
    Can't tell you how many times I've chatted with such a camera owner - "Oh, I have that body" and you find they're shooting it 100% program/auto. They're getting the exact shots they'd get with a little mirrorless rig. But man, they look so legit!
    This, and semi-pros concerned with lens ecosystem is likely what did Samsung in. I've yet to take a single still with the NX1, but on my third paying gig with it. I'm a drop in the bucket market-wise though.
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    IronFilm reacted to Phil A in Nikon D5 versus Canon 1D C for cinematic 4K video - which wins?   
    Canon straps even say which model it is if it's a "better one" like 7D, 5D etc. I guess that automatically gives you the admiration factor from the Rebel using peasants and the right to tell them to get out of your way ;-)
    I should use the "Minolta Dynax" strap that I currently have on the Nikon for the Samsung. Morituri te salutant!
    But I agree with your post... my heart would rather part with the D750 than the NX1 at the moment just out of usability reasons, which is obviously a completely different motivation than what makes most people buy cameras. Just wondering now what to exchange my SmallHD field monitor for, I kinda don't want to let that go either but I have only 1% hope that they'll actually fix the problem.
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    IronFilm reacted to Danko in Nikon D5 versus Canon 1D C for cinematic 4K video - which wins?   
    If anyone is really interested I will sit down and find the article and point to it.
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    IronFilm reacted to Don Kotlos in Nikon D5 versus Canon 1D C for cinematic 4K video - which wins?   
    Yep that interview was also conveniently less than 3 min  
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    IronFilm reacted to tyger11 in Nikon D5 versus Canon 1D C for cinematic 4K video - which wins?   
    Keep in mind they also jump-started their ILC division by acquiring Konica-Minolta, thus gaining access to tech & people with decades of experience.
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