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  1. You know, I've been binge-watching a whole bunch of movies on Blu-ray this past week. From classics like Princess Bride to modern blockbusters like Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Not once have I gone, what nicely isolated background blur is in the scene. In fact many of the movies I liked don't even use that much shallow depth of field, and it's clear that the lens has been stopped down some. I think on the whole we're looking at 5-10% of the scenes at most? What's really more obvious to my perception I think, in the technical aspects of the camera itself, are things like dynamic range and colour response (as we all know, with this will affect the final grade and compressed footage makes this even more challenging), how camera movement is handled, and skill taken in focusing (1080p is not forgiving for errors in older films, 4K is going to be less so). The example above illustrates my point: The one stop difference in DoF, if not placed side-by-side, wasn't going to be something I would have commmented about, and wouldn't have made me prefer one image over the other.
  2. FPV and gimbal are must-haves. Footage without a gimbal is unusable, and without FPV how do you know if your framing is correct? You probably want to make sure safety features like return-home fallbacks are present. Also for these cheap Chinese things you might want to be sure if they'll pass FCC regulations, especially so since you're using them commercially.
  3. Direct AF point selection with the dpad.
  4. For video I definitely would rather have stepless. The 18-35 with a SB will be both less wide and long than the Canon however. You probably might want to think about adapting an APS-C 17-50 class lens for the closest equivalent. Remember that you can't use EF-S lenses!
  5. ​It really depends on the camera too. That's only true for the most recent Nikons.
  6. Ok, if they're listening, can someone tell them to at least have an option to divorce all controls from the d-pad and allow it to be used as a dedicated AF point selector?
  7. It's not a bad deal, the focal lengths are about there, but the packaging is weird. Foam inserts without a case?
  8. leeys

    Nikon D5500

    It seems remarkably similar to the D5300? The main addition is a touchscreen LCD.
  9. I need more time with it, but the E-M5 II's IBIS has impressed me during the short time I spent with it, along with its stills capability.
  10. I tried the E-M5 II handheld at 25mm. Did a short walk and a pan. Amazing.
  11. It's not cheaper from where I'm looking at. Sigma must be passing the currency savings to us.
  12. Not 100%. PDAF systems might do better, but the only one of note I'd say is the NX1. Don't really like the A6000 as much. Zooming is based on the lens, it's never been a problem. You must be thinking of compact cameras with their motorised zooms. VR at long focal lengths is a bit of a crap shoot, especially for one optimised for stills. At 70mm it might be doable, but I still recommend a tripod or at the very least a rig, because that is a stupid combination of weight for hand-holding.
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    ​No problem. Thing is they're all like that because otherwise they'll get sued. I'm a bit lazy to break it down but basically they need your permission to display your work, on any part of the site (else things like search and related videos features and what not won't work), and have it copied to any of their servers because of technical issues like redundancy, load balancing, backups, plain execution of service, and what not.
  14. Yup, tease a few photos, don't post any actual useful information.
  15. I agree with what you're saying, but that'd totally wreck the pricing structure Canon has put in place. I'm very certain none of what you all want is going to come from Canon in the short term. Blame the fanboys who enable it.
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  17. They're having retail demos all over the place here. Maybe I should try to get a hands-on. Anyone wants to know anything? No promises, but I'll see what I can get.
  18. ​Why velcro? Intel's NUCs usually have a VESA mount.
  19. leeys

    Samsung NX500?

    Yea, I'm curious. Why 2.5k? It is a bit of an oddball size.
  20. If they pack towers, they'll want the performance and power from a tower. This little box uses laptop components, with 15-25W TDP. Full-sized computers have CPUs that can go as high as 150W TDP. I think Haswell-E's TDP is about 140W on average. I haven't even started on the GPUs!
  21. Crop factor is dependent on sensor size. There's a long thread in DVX about it: www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?330675-Micro-Gimbal-for-GH4-BMPCC-A7s-699-USD/ The manufacturer is a little defensive though, and it does seem the product could use a little more polish.
  22. I know it'll cost more, but a laptop is probably more practical. Easier to haul around and has its own power source.
  23. Ah, yes, belittling those whom you think are inferior, way to show your superiority. Next thing you'll be on is that digital is bunk, we should be shooting film, right? Or that hey, we don't need central heating, we can use fires, it worked in 1800s! Advances are good for many things, and other people can find them to be useful. Just because YOU don't know how to use it, doesn't mean others can. I'm really miffed right now, because I'm really sick of closed-minded people like you.
  24. Here we go again: I shot with Velvia, Provia and E100S. It was so easy to screw up that I had a light meter as well, in addition to using the camera's spot meter. I don't want to go back there. I was reviewing a Nikon D810, and freaking Highlight Priority is amazing. Guess what allows that to be usable? That's right, the increased DR of the D810's sensor. Plus, there are many post-processing techniques that are made better with high DR. I use a Nikon V2 in a specialised role and it definitely is a lot more limited than what I can do with my Sony-based cameras.
  25. ​Hey, given the response on various Canon forums, I think they'll sell just as well. After all, "no one can see DR differences".
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