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    IronFilm got a reaction from kye in Mid-budget, mid-talent, mid-serious recommendations.   
    What do you really need for stills? Could you just get a Sony a6000 on eBay for next to nothing? They'll then be each the back up stills/video camera for the other one! 
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    IronFilm reacted to PannySVHS in 2024 - A "No Gear" Year   
    Holy crap. You made my day! 😂 @Emanuel I got two FS700, two LX10, two Bmmcc, an S1 and S1H, to name the twin cameras, not mentioning the single lonely units. 🙂 I can explain. I bought both of the LX10 cameras from a youtuber for an impossibly super low price 1.5 years ago, my second Bmmcc barebones in 2022 for 250, second FS700 in 2020 for 500, S1 december 2020 for a very low price back then. BUT, it all sums up to lotta money and I have a hard time to keep my kits nice and tidy and to even use em. I will HAVE to sell my S1 and one of the FS700 cams, maybe both. Lenses? Let´s not even start!
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    IronFilm reacted to Emanuel in 2024 - A "No Gear" Year   
    I dunno... I've just invested on a couple of NX500 units bought for US $200 each, my most recent camera purchase ;- )
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    IronFilm reacted to Happy Daze in 2024 - A "No Gear" Year   
    Don't need to buy anything this year, I have more cameras than talent. Unless of course Blackmagic or Panasonic release an L mount 8K. That will help take my lack of talent to whole new levels and will be more clearly defined.
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    IronFilm reacted to PannySVHS in 2023 In Review - How Did Your Year Go?   
    Happy New Year, dear friends! My year was ambivalent and full of lessons. Film bizz in Germany is very rough and ungrateful if you are trying to enter the field of large narrative projects. I had an accident, a branch falling on my head. They immediately looked for a substitute for the rest of the whole gig and they still have not paid me yet due to some mushy accounting routines. Canceled jobs due to reasons intransparent to me. Got taken advantage by an upcoming director, working for free in advance of a contract. 😂 But I am happy about the things I learned and my passion for video and film is bigger than ever.
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    IronFilm reacted to newfoundmass in 2023 In Review - How Did Your Year Go?   
    There were a lot of ups and downs.
    I launched my own pro-wrestling company in May. It has been very successful so far.
    I've continued my freelance video work and it has gone well.
    I'm pretty content where I'm at gear wise. I'll probably upgrade my B and C cams to S5IIs but overall I'm quite happy with the L-mount and feel pretty good about its future.
    I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Had my right kidney removed. No more cancer. If my scans look good in April I'll be officially considered cured. 
    Flooding ravaged my community twice. It is still recovering.
    So 2023 brought some real big highs and some real low lows. If it weren't for the election I'd almost be looking forward to 2024!
    Happy New Year to all of you!
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    IronFilm reacted to MrSMW in 2023 In Review - How Did Your Year Go?   
    It went OK…
    I ended up doing 21 jobs instead of the previous years 33, but the 2022 year workload was insane and a necessity after 2 terrible Covid ‘work’ years (ha, 6 jobs in 2 years).
    2024 I have revised it down slightly even further to 15-20 and I already have 4 jobs locked in for 2025.
    Volume-wise, I have no concerns.
    Client-wise, as in the type, ditto. I have always been quite picky because otherwise…
    Kit-wise, struggled again all year long. As a solo, multi-day, hybrid destination wedding shooter, I have some very specific needs.
    It’s been an evolving process over many years based on the available tech each year combined with my ever-evolving approach and needs.
    By the close of my 2023 season, I finally cracked it regarding kit with the final conclusion that a 2, 3 or 4 body kit could work equally as well, but glass was the key.
    L Mount does not give me it so it has been a case of either ditch it totally, or split my photo and video needs into 2 different systems.
    For 2024, I decided to do just that and then we will see how that goes.
    My ‘perfect’ set up is with Canon, based around a pair of R3’s, IMO, the ultimate current hybrid body, but I can’t afford so…
    L Mount for video and Nikon/adapted Tamron for stills:
    Static video = S1H + battery grip + 70-200mm f4
    Roaming video = S5ii + Sigma 28-70mm f2.8
    Candid photo = Nikon Zf + 40mm f2
    All other photo = Nikon ‘X’ + Tamron 20-40mm f2.8 plus Tamron 70-180mm f2.8
    The ‘X’ being either; Z8, Z9, new Z6iii if it is available in time, or even another Zf. 
    Other than that final piece of kit, I’m sorted and happy with all my set up, cameras, lenses, lights, audio etc and I’m well set up also with my motorhome/RV as a home away from home and mobile office.
    Bring it on ‘24!
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    IronFilm reacted to MrSMW in Mid-budget, mid-talent, mid-serious recommendations.   
    For most people most of the time at this price point. IMO.
    An easier pick than the Zf as it’s more conventional but I am now of the opinion that Z Mount has the best lens options as it has all of it’s own Z line, all of it’s back catalogue F and all of Sony E, these latter two adapted with full AF capability.
    The most interesting and least compromised kit at this price point today, is L Mount and Nikon.
    The Zf is quite a big jump over the Z6ii when it comes to AF and IBIS and has the processor from the Z8/9.
    I hope so because I am currently on that proverbial fence flip-flopping between Z9, Z8, another Zf or a Z6iii.
    Ideally for its role, I would like a gripped body…but also a compact as possible body.
    Pros and cons for each of the above, but that’s just my own personal dilemma, but pertaining to Daniel, yes, might be worth holding on a while and seeing what the Z6iii might be.
    If it turns out to be a re-bodied Zf, then a lot of folks are going to be disappointed. Not because it won’t be a great camera…because that would be, but because folks always want more.
    If it has a version of the Sony A7iv 33mp sensor, an updated Z6ii style body and the tech from the Zf, straight to the top of the class, especially if it has an optional battery grip that is better designed than the clunky Z8 option.
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    IronFilm reacted to kye in 2024 - A "No Gear" Year   
    Do you have a cat?  They walk on the keyboard and can accidentally buy things.  My wife tells me that is quite common.
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    IronFilm got a reaction from kye in DigitalRev TV DEAD   
    In their comment, they blamed the videos being deleted on being part of a MCN that they had to leave so as to reenable them. 
    "MCN": Multi-Channel Networks 
    Excellent, it's not some "random technical glitch" that they're 100% innocent of. 
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    IronFilm reacted to kye in 2024 - A "No Gear" Year   
    I've tried film-maker math, but I discovered my bank wasn't film-maker compatible and the translation was corrupted, with none of the savings arriving in my bank account.
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    IronFilm got a reaction from kye in 2024 - A "No Gear" Year   
    @Marcio Kabke Pinheiro, yeah you're just chucking a variable resistor inside a cable. 
    You could get a similar thing for a dollar on Aliexpress:
    Yup, some of us living in these very remote pacific islands like me are already living in the future by the time you read this 😉
    2024 is great!
    Girl Math. 
    (also "filmmaker math")
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    IronFilm got a reaction from kye in Mid-budget, mid-talent, mid-serious recommendations.   
    Thanks for giving all the extra details in your post! 
    As so often when people ask for a "mid range" option, it's hopelessly vague! As "mid" depends entirely on where your end points are you measuring from? If you're starting at webcam level and ending at handycam level, then you're looking for a very different answer than someone who starts at FX3 and ends at VENICE!
    With your context & background I'd say probably a Sony FX6 or Canon C70 or similar is what you're looking for, as they're the cheapest entry level "pro cameras". 
    But you also list your budget, so it clearly shows they're well outside your range. 
    What to do? Step back to a previous generation and get a secondhand pro camera? That would be my immediate first thoughts, as the likes of a Sony FS7 / Sony PMW-F5 / Canon C200 / RED Scarlet / etc are all very very cheap on ebay. 
    However, it seems that AF is a very high priority for yourself, and unfortunately only the latest generation of pro cameras (such as the FX6) have had decent AF. 
    So that kills that entire train of thought. 
    My immediate next thoughts are to go for one of these: FX30, FX3, or S5mk2.
    (Fujfilm XH2S is worth considering too, but in my opinion not as good as those first three I listed. Canon is out of the question, because they've decided to go for a closed system with their lens. Nikon Z9 is very nice, but outside your budget. The Nikon Z6mk2 / Zf is nice too & within your budget, but again it lags behind those three I just listed above. However.... the rumor mill is spinning saying the Z6mk3 is only days away from being announced? Panasonic GH6 & G9mk2 are excellent too, but again I'd say be lagging a bit behind the FX30/FX3/S5mk2, however I guess the GH7 is surely coming out this year? Well, "2024") 
    Sony FX30 is my personal top pick out these three, because from my perspective it has phenomenal low light (just compare it against what we had to work with the ARRIs or a RED Dragon or a Sony PMW-F5 etc, the FX30 does very well!), and would make the perfect B Cam for my Sony FS7 in a way that the FX3 is not. Plus the FX30 is the cheapest out of those three! I half suspect however you'd be wanting even "more" out of your low light. Which thus then cuts down the discussion now to just two:
    Sony FX3, basically identical to the FX30 but with the drawbacks of higher cost, lack of compatibility with S35 lens, & shallower depth of field (wellll... some might see the forced shallow DoF as a benefit! But if you're wanting the best low light performance and great autofocus, it's a negative). However, you gain better low light performance overall if you really want to push it there. Worth the drawbacks? Not in my personal opinion, but depends on your perspective / priorities, and I think for you the FX3 likely edges out the FX30. 
    Panasonic S5mk2, with the release of the mk2 (not just the S5mk2, but the G9mk2 too) then Panasonic finally leaps to the top tier for autofocus performance, on par generally speaking with the best from Sony & Canon. Panasonic also always gives you that polished implementation and reliability that some other brands have struggled with. I'd very much see the Panasonic S5mk2 as comparable to the Sony FX3 but at a much lower price.  However.... the S5mk2 is missing a few little details that only pros would likely care about (such as no timecode support in the S5mk2?? wtf Panasonic!! Guess we need to wait for the S1H mk2, ugh), and much more importantly for some: won't smoothly and effortlessly slot into a bigger production also shooting on Sony. As Sony FX6/FX9 (and even still the FS5/FS7) are very popular at the low/mid budget level. If you were still working professionally, then I'd say it is a slam dunk decision to go for a FX3 (or FX30) because of this, & needing to work with others. But because you're just doing it for yourself, then likely the only downside is the somewhat smaller lens selection for L Mount vs E Mount (but L Mount has been getting better and better with more and more options, so I'd no longer see this as the negative it was a few years ago). And the fact you can get the S5mk2 at wholesale pricing then surely makes the S5mk2 the slam dunk decision to go with for you? 
    (very quick edit: I forgot to mention the a7Smk3, as basically once the FX3 I feel that killed any point for the a7S. But anyway, the a7Smk3 is very similar but with the pro features of the FX3 stripped out. You might not care, and happy to just have "a lower priced FX3")
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    IronFilm reacted to Thpriest in 2024 - A "No Gear" Year   
    I’d like to call a halt to buying gear but I’m seriously thinking about selling my Lumix S5 and getting an S5X to go with my S5Mk2. The user experience with the Mk2 is so much better than the Mk1. It would only mean spending 1000€. That and a Sigma 16-28 f2.8 and the Rode Wireless Pro. 
    Oh, and sell my Macbook Pro 16” M1 Pro with 16gb ram as I made a big mistake there. 16gb ram is totally inadequate. I need 32gb at least. Expensive mistake.
    So…fuck. That’s a lot of money😵‍💫
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    IronFilm reacted to John Matthews in 2024 - A "No Gear" Year   
    Many in France believe that too.
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    IronFilm reacted to kye in DigitalRev TV DEAD   
    It seems that all the original files for the videos magically appeared on Lok's hard drive...
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    IronFilm reacted to MrSMW in Will The Creator change how blockbusters get filmed?   
    Finally just saw it myself today.
    Had to watch on my 16” MacBook because…well that is a long and boring story, so I won’t bother with that, but really enjoyed it.
    Big fan of Bladerunner (both), Dune, Rogue One, ie, well done sci fi and this can be added to that list.
    It could have been a bit longer actually, but the opposite of Rebel Moon which we saw the other day and didn’t think was complete trash, but fairly poor.
    I’m tempted to trade in my S1H and S5ii for a pair of FX3’s but somehow, I don’t think it will be enough, so sticking with them.
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    IronFilm reacted to Django in Will The Creator change how blockbusters get filmed?   
    Saw the movie on pay per view the other day, much better film than I was expecting. Think Blade Runner meets Terminator 2 meets Rogue One (also by Edwards/Fraser). Loved the visuals. Mostly filmed on location in remote parts of South Asia and it shows. Very different approach than most sci-fi blockbusters like Rebel Moon and such that make extensive use of green screen , virtual production, the volume etc. 
    I still think shooting on the FX3 was a buzz/challenge/marketing decision but hey they pulled it off. Goes to show how mirrorless sensors are so good these days its really everything else in the pipeline (lenses, grading, post etc) that determines "cinematic" image quality.
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    IronFilm got a reaction from ntblowz in Will The Creator change how blockbusters get filmed?   
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    IronFilm got a reaction from kye in Will The Creator change how blockbusters get filmed?   
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    IronFilm reacted to The Dancing Babamef in Please no more action cam spam...   
    What a book! 😂
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    IronFilm got a reaction from kye in SONY FX3 new camera to be announced   
    We're making cameras smaller, just to make them bigger again. 
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    IronFilm got a reaction from PannySVHS in SONY FX3 new camera to be announced   
    We're making cameras smaller, just to make them bigger again. 
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    IronFilm got a reaction from mercer in SONY FX3 new camera to be announced   
    We're making cameras smaller, just to make them bigger again. 
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    IronFilm got a reaction from kye in Hey, KODAK Super 8 Camera is out there!   
    True, it's definitely not a statement as strong as saying "Jack will NEVER get married". 
    Exceptions and oddities always exist. 
    And yeah, if only a few dozen people out of billions of people on planet earth like Jack, then their odds of getting married is very slim indeed! (plus, will Jake even like them?? Are they even in the same country? Or on the same continent?)
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