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  1. Jordan Drake

    Nikon Z6 Rolling Shutter?

    Pretty noticeable, but not bad for super-sampled 4K. In-line with the a7 III.
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    Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p

    Yeah, I'm really unhappy with how I delivered that conclusion. The point I was trying to make is that if you only want to carry the camera, the GH5 and X-T3 are much more full featured. If you add an external recorder, however the Z6 and to a lesser extent the Z7 become extremely compelling. The audio issues can certainly be worked around as well, but I remember shooting with Canon DSLRs and occasionally being forced to use an underpowered mic. I do think the main purchasers for video will almost exclusively be people with a large selection of Nikkor AF glass.
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    Great new additions to FCPX

    I have to finish up one project today before upgrading, but it's a pretty serious update. I'm really looking forward to seeing how Apple's video noise reduction performs. Hopefully the tighter implementation of third party plugins will also give them a nice performance boost.
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    X-T3 vs A7III vs EOS R vs Z7 vs Pocket 4K - Video Quality Compared!

    Max repeatedly stated that this was the first of several tests. I'd rather see his findings as he shoots them, then wait a month for a 40 minute video with all the results in every category.
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    Good affordable LED Lights

    For single point LED lighting, Aputure's COB lights have been outstanding. Excellent colour, and very reliable. I love the Fotodiox Flapjack lights as well, if you primarily need soft lighting. Not quite as consistent colour wise (my 200RS has a bit of a cyan cast), but the light's shape is beautiful right off the fixture, and the round panels give an amazing catchlight.
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    Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless talk hots up

    As mentioned in the episode, when we switched to shooting 1080P I also switched to the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS. The EF-S 17-55mm was only used for the 4K sequences.
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    Sony a7 III discussion

    Thanks Don! It's an exciting time for Chris and I!
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    New YouTubers and bloggers, who to follow...

    I think Max Yuryev is doing some great work, and certainly deserves more subscribers/views: https://www.youtube.com/user/Maksimyuryev The Royal Ocean Film Society post some great think pieces, and film criticism: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWq-qJSudqKrzquTVep9Jwg I'm also partial to these guys, specifically the dude on the right:
  9. Wow, that's a lot to go through, but I'll do my best to cover your complaints. I like how there aren't a bunch of 'good job' posts on this forum, posters actually take time to give constructive criticism. Firstly, while I am a big fan of the FS5, I'm hardly fixated on every shoot I go on. It gives me reliable results (except for the 'flickergate' saga), and it's the tool I've chosen for capturing most TCSTV episodes. I realize that many viewers preferred when we shot the show on more affordable cameras, and I empathize with that. The FS5 just lets me work faster, which is key when I'm shooting and editing an episode a week on my free time. Reviewing the FS5 is at the very back of my mind when shooting episodes, I'm busy getting the shots I need for a coherent review. I'm sorry I didn't see your request for a review of HDMI output. It was discussed, but the number of shooters using a 4K recorder on a camera at this price range seemed too small a market for us to devote a lot of time to in the review. As well, the benefits of improved colour space are most noticeable after heavy grading. The lack of a log profile or Cine profiles mean a lot of information is already baked into the files. There will be advantages to shooting 4:2:2 out, but they won't be nearly as noticeable as if the footage was shot log and properly graded. As far as the Canon 80D, that is a flawed camera that is targeting the Vlogging audience (not pros) extremely well. The dual pixel AF is a great thing for people inexperienced at shooting video, and eliminated one of the major hurdles of large sensor capture. The stabilizer in the GX85 is also a powerful tool for people who won't use a tripod, gimbal, steadicam, etc but those users also probably won't have much interest in syncing sound. At the end of the day, I love the image and stabilization of the GX85, but I feel like the features have been put together haphazardly. It is a very exciting preview of the GH5, which is hopefully where Panasonic will stop with any artificial handicapping and give us the 5 axis stabilizer, a great internal codec, nice preamp, and maintain the great battery life and stability. It should be an exciting Photokina!
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    I am depressed by the lack of articles on this blog.

    We would shoot in Banff every other week if we didn't need to pay for commercial permits to shoot there. We've been able to spring for them or find loopholes a couple times, but mostly, we have to stay out of national parks. Jordan @ TCSTV
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    Sony a6300 4k

    Hey Andrew, I appreciate the response, and I'm glad you like the content Chris and I put out. We look forward your feedback on anything we produce, and I've gained a lot of useful information and insight from this blog and the message boards. However, I feel that essentially calling out the entire review community for being in Sony's pockets is excessive. If you were in North America and wanted to test a production A6300 before launch, the only way to do it was to fly to Miami for the press event. I wish that it was an option to have the camera shipped to us in Calgary for testing at that time, as I have other productions and a family to focus on outside of my TCSTV work. But the A6300 is such an important camera that we agreed to spend a few very busy, not at all relaxing days testing the camera out. You have to remember that this is a time when a huge number of enthusiasts pre-order their camera before launch, so these pre-release videos can serve a very useful purpose. Most of the other journalists and reviewers I spoke with felt similarly. I'm sure a few odd ones didn't use the time to properly test the camera and wrote puff pieces about the camera and G-Master lenses, but many of us spent 16-20 hour days trying to make sure we had accurate impressions. I'd hate to see all of these people lumped together as shills for Sony. It's a huge compliment that you see us as an honest, respectable source, and we appreciate you embedding our video on the blog post. Chris appreciates your beard-envy. We hope you keep watching!
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    Sony a6300 4k

    Hey Andrew, After all the dumping you've been doing on every reviewer, I was surprised to see my video at the top of your blog post. But hey, we all need content right?
  13. Jordan Drake

    Sony A7sii review by TCSTV

    OK, to keep confusion to minimum: The opening shots from 0:45 to 11:35 are all shot on the A7S II. The talking heads before and after that are shot on the original A7S. This might not be an ideally shot and graded video, but we only had production model A7SIIs for the one night and a half hour in the morning. Editing was obviously hurried as cameras are shipping right now. While it may not be our best looking work, I tested everything pretty extensively to make sure all our findings were accurate.
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    Sony A7sii review by TCSTV

    I appreciate the kind words! I'm hoping this episode does really well and we can leverage it to do more traveling for TCSTV. I need to come up with a good hook for the Best and Worst of 2015. Expectations are high.
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    A7S II in Stock at Samy's LA - Quick Review

    I didn't have a chance to test the 60P recording, it was pretty decent on the A7S, so I'd expect it to be very nice on the new one. The Loxias are beautiful lenses, great contrast and flare characterics. They do breath like crazy though, so avoid large focus pulls mid-shot. I haven't had a chance to test the Milvus line yet, but I use ZE lenses a lot. They're wonderful as well, but the appeal of the Loxias for me was the smaller size when traveling.