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Dean last won the day on February 8 2016

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  1. Dean

    Nikon FF Mirrorless

    That screen does look very big. Can't tell if it's a tilting screen or not. I really hope it is titling like a D750 and not fully articulated like the D5000 series. I hate fully articulated screens !!!
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    Fuji X-H1: new APSC video oriented camera

    Dont agree with this at all. Find the ergonomics of the Fuji excellent. Not as good as a NX1, but certainly better than any Nikon, Sony or Panasonic I have used. Much prefer the ergonomics of the X-T2 to G85 or GH3 or GH4 ... never used a GH5 though. BTW ... I despise swivelling screen so just a matter of taste I guess. Thank god Fuji do not do a swivelling screen Really looking forward to this camera. IBIS, top plate LCD and internal F-Log. All the things I thought were missing from the X-T2 will be delivered Should be a nice hybrid cam.
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    NX1 / NX500

    Glad you are contemplating getting this camera. It really is a nice cam for video. I'm no pro and used it mainly for street video shooting but I loved it. Had two of them at different times and still miss it ... especially it's ergonomics. Not sure why I sold it really as I can honestly say I enjoyed using it for video more than any other camera I have ever owned. Can't find a single one for sale in the used market in Hong Kong now. They just never come up. Have an X-T2 now though and enjoying that for video but the NX1 was more usable IMO. I still might buy another NX1 and 16-50S at some point I disagree with some of the posters regarding using DIS. I found it amazing when teamed up with the OiS of the 16-50S lens. Does crop in a bit but highly effective for hand held stuff. Very very stable footage. You can even use other non-OiS lenses with DIS and it works pretty well ... like with the 45/1.8 which is a really nice lens. Even with adapted lenses. I never used MF with the 16-50S either ... used to just acquire focus via SAF, click the AF/MF switch to MF on the lens and hit record ... if I wasn't moving the camera around. Worked well. Can switch the AF/MF switch back and forth during recording and recompose when needed if desired. The 50-150S is also excellent. Just those two S lenses would almost be enough. Get both if u can. The 50-150 also has excellent OiS and easy to use hand-held especially with DIS on. Also, something of a surprise was how good the inbuilt mic is in the NX1 ... found it very clear for onboard. The other thing that made this cam a lot of fun is the EOSHD LOG LUT. Works nicely teamed up with FilmConverts Ari presets. Works well with OSIRIS LUTS also. Well worth purchasing IMO. Even if not using the EOSHD LOG LUT, I found using the Ari profiles of FC better than using the NX1 FC presets. Here's a vid I made using EOSHD LOG LUT and OSIRIS ... was very happy how well it went over the top of the LOG LUT. The LCD is the best I've ever seen in a cam. Just beautiful and good to use in bright light ... unlike Sony's shit inability to use the "daylight" setting of the EVF or LCD when shooting 4K. With the NX1 you can crank up the brightness and no over heating. The "Edit Ready" program is a must with this cam Things that pissed me off ... as others mentioned ... can't cycle between using the LCD and EVF once you have hit the record button. Also, wished that you could use SAF during recording but you can't ... always CAF. ISO ... would try and keep it at 800 or under. 1600 was pretty crappy IMO. Maybe the footage is always a bit too sharp as well even if you turn sharpening all the way down. It has it's downsides but has a lot of great things about it ... number 1 being it's usability/ergonomics. They nailed this IMO.
  4. If you want to buy second hand in HK join and use this website. You'll need Google translate but it's an excellent way to buy used in HK. I use it all the time. Tee up a trade and meet the seller at a metro station. You should be able to get a used ARii around 2K USD. Not sure where you have seen a new A7Rii in HK for $1800. http://www.dcfever.com/trading/search.php You could also check "Sim City" out in Mong Kok ... loads small shops with second hand & new stuff at very good prices. It's a great fun place to look around as well. https://en.tripadvisor.com.hk/Attraction_Review-g294217-d4540749-Reviews-Sim_City-Hong_Kong.html
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    The Nikon DL Cameras are Cancelled

    They constantly miss opportunities all the time by being conservative. D500 is a classic example and was maybe 4 years late ... people were literally begging Nikon for a D300/s replacement for years and Nikon never delivered. By the time the D500 was announced many were set up in another system. People who didn't even shoot DX felt sorry for the D300 shooters !! Same with many of their lenses. Arrogant & ignorant company. The last time I remember Nikon being on fire was when the D800/e came out. After that ... nothing. The D820 & D760 better have everything they can possibly throw at these cameras like excellent 4K and DIS ... not just 3 more focus points and a new way of uploading images wirelessly. They need a front man that can put a human face to the company ... like Apple & Fuji do. Someone who can speak directly to the Nikon faithful and at least give the impression that they understand and listen. At the moment they seem very distant and more like an accounting company than an imaging company. Roadmaps ... Nikon don't do roadmaps. Nikon is still alive and OK, but there's no doubt they are heading downhill and fast. They are shrinking. I really get the feeling that this is their last chance, but being what they are (insular) they will not be able to do what's needed to turn it all around ... what ever that is. I really think they need some boisterous American to come in and shake up their culture ... take some risks ... listen to consumers.
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    The Nikon DL Cameras are Cancelled

    Very sad/disappointing and kind of serves themselves right for being so ... well ... Japanese in their conservatism and indecisiveness. They need a big shake up ... a western CEO and new blood.
  7. Dean

    The 4K Fuji X-T2 is here

    Looks like the X-T2 could be the replacement for many NX1 users when then time is right for them to retire their NX1 NX1 users are very loyal and maybe a little fanatical (just a little LOL) so I think they will naturally gravitate to Fuji to find a home instead of Canikon or Sony. I'm different to most here in that I'm not professional and just do this for fun and 99% handheld video on the streets, but my options are getting less and less with every camera that's released. I simply hate fully articulating screens and it seems every camera that comes out these days has one !! Until I got he G85 I didn't realise how disorientating that screen makes me feel when trying to stealthily film on the street. So unnatural. The X-T2 doesn't have a FAS thank god so it's at the top of my list at the moment but I haven't made the jump yet. Also looking at getting an ARii again but that's a frustrating camera in other respects (dim screen when filming outdoors, wait for ever for data to write to card, menus all over the place etc etc) I did go and play with a couple of X-T2s again yesterday, and it does feel like a nice camera but I'm not 100% convinced yet. One thing I couldn't see when in movie mode yesterday when changing settings was an exposure needle on the screen but I'm sure that's a setting somewhere. In some ways, I should just choose my next camera on stills quality alone because my GX85 is about as perfect as it gets for me for street video What does surprise me every time I play with the X-T2 is how bloody effective the OIS is in the 18-55 for filming. I felt just as good as Olympus IBIS. Amazingly steady. I reckon Fuji's next big FW update for the X-T2 will include some goodies for video. I'd love to see F-LOG available internal but who knows. I think it will have a touch screen for sure. My little Fuji X70 (which can't focus for shit) has one and it works pretty well ... in a limited way. If they somehow add IBIS to the X-T3 it would be amazing. Could they do this I wonder. Would be such a bonus if they did.
  8. Dean

    The 4K Fuji X-T2 is here

    I don't think the X-T2 would give you anything over the NX1 for video. Maybe better OOC colours but that's debatable. Fuji has a much more complete set of lenses which will continue to grow as well ... unlike the NX1. As mentioned, I never liked the stills it produced though ... found them very flat and bland. Much prefer what I see from Fuji. NX1 was definitely ahead of it's time. Would have been interesting to see where they would have gone next if they hadn't pulled the pin.
  9. Dean

    The 4K Fuji X-T2 is here

    I can't answer that as I don't have the X-T2. I'm having a hard time deciding which camera to get The NX1 & 16-50S was outstanding I thought though for video. Never liked the stills it produced though.
  10. Dean

    The 4K Fuji X-T2 is here

    I wonder if F-LOG will ever be available internal?
  11. Dean

    The 4K Fuji X-T2 is here

    Thanks !! I've left the shop now but will try again soon. Salespeople are always wrong !!
  12. Dean

    The 4K Fuji X-T2 is here

    Hey Jon. Yes, three of them tried. The focus point is indeed there but as soon as u switch the dial to movie it dissapears. Went into the AF setting and and set the AF point to show but still not there. They said there is no focus point once u are in movie mode but I doubt thats thats case. Thank you for trying.
  13. Dean

    The 4K Fuji X-T2 is here

    Just spent 10 mins in a shop with this cam in movie mode and i can not make the focus point appear. Tried lots of different settings. I'd like to at least see the focus point and move it to where i want it on the screen with the joystick and aquire focus before I press record. Lools like in movie mode there is no focus point in the screen at all whther the dial is turned to AF-C or AF-S. Is that correct? Cheers.
  14. Dean

    The 4K Fuji X-T2 is here

    Thanks @jonpais & @Trek of Joy Looks like AF-S works a bit differently than on a Pana. I just hope it doesn't default to AF-C after recording after I've set the initial focus with AF-S. The joystick in AF-C might be good sometimes. I'd always use MF if given he time. Fuji will probably keep looking after this camera with FW updates which is comforting. Maybe internal F-LOG one day
  15. Dean

    The 4K Fuji X-T2 is here

    Thanks Jon. I hav a monopod but never use it ... any sort of support for a cam during street video ruins all the fun for me. Sometimes we go to one of the islands here or to the countryside and I'll bring a tripod & fluid head but not on the streets. I was really surprised just how stable the 18-55 was. Going by what I saw on the screen it looked more stable than using my NX1 with the 16-50 with OIS in conjunction with the electronic stabilisation. Thats good to know I can use AF-S in MF via the AF-L button. Can I use just AF-S and not MF if I want to? Can I focus on something and then refocus on something else while recording? Good to know about the screen not dimming. Also, how do you get 1/50? It's 1/60 on the dial. Sorry for all the questions If I get this cam, I'd use the X-T2 mainly for stills but who knows? My video needs are not professional and I could do most with the 18-55. Still, the ultimate weapon on the streets is the GX85 and a small prime I'd always keep that. Might sell the G85 though.
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