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  1. You can make a video shot on a 1980's VHS tube camcorder look pretty if you have elegant, soft, and nice lighting. When the light in a scene doesn't have a harsh spectrum, it'll look decent. Thats why exceptional shooters get up at 3am, get ready, and "chase the light". There's a very good reason they do a lot of their work during the so called magic hour. I could send you URL's of promo reels from camera products released 15, heck 20, years ago and it'll blow your mind. Cameras with 6 or 7 stops of DR looking freaking awesome . How? Pro cinematography with good light. I love playing with the tech side of cams, but i never accomolished great shots 'til i broke out of the teccentric mindset. Anyway, enough soap box. Will leave you be...
  2. I don't know what's going on in your world, but I can tell you it doesn't matter how you fiddle the menu on a camera that leads to good shots. All the real work that happens with a good shot starts outside of the camera. The camera is honestly one of the LAST things you should fret about. I swear to God, you can be a better shooter by visiting a museum full of Romanticism Artistic movement paintings. Study how light affects a scene, and you'll become a more sophisticated videograper that way. If you can't train yourself to "see light" you're always gonna struggle. I'm not being flippant here. It's the cheat-code. Skip all the tech BS and learn light. Take a classic art appreciation class. Learn composition skills. These are the things that actually make a difference. Train your eye to be a shooter and a person that can paint with light. Sure, you can be a pixel nerd, but that has a low ceiling of accomplishment and, honestly, advanced tech makes those acomplishments not a big deal to begin with. And look, when you study art, you'll learn more about the human condition along the way, maybe even some philosophy. Win-win.
  3. I used the gx85 for a documentary series. Sure it's 8-bit, but if you shoot clean it looks clean. My opinion is that a bad shot can't be saved regardless of what camera you use. So, you know, don't do that.
  4. My wife uses Fuji and I'm on that system occasionally using her cameras for video. Yes, slowing the shutter to 40 makes a big difference. In general I use slow shutter to mask the digi-ness of these hybrid cams (and phones)
  5. the 119mm works in the 24fps app. The 12ultra has a 1" sensor.
  6. To be clear, I can pull back the demands and it'll shoot fine. BTW, the motioncam app cant access the 119mm lens on this 12sUltra, which is what i shoot with mostly, so RAW or not, that app isn't an option for me.
  7. I have the 12sUltra. 256gb. Typing this on it now. Havent tried to shoot raw with it. FWIW, The 24pro app on this phone pushes the hardware to the limit and drops frames. boo. Not perfect, but one can dial in the image much better than the native app. I'll play with the motioncam app and see how it goes.
  8. I haven't gone back through all the responses, but is the EM10iii listed? It's kinda small'ish. I use it and like it.
  9. An option I've embraced that really keeps things simple is to forgo AF in video production. How I shoot is exactly how you say you'd like to shoot. It keeps it simple and once you train yourself how to be adept at manually focusing you'll find their are numerous techniques that'll carry the day. Also, there's something wonderfully organic about getting shots that float in and out of focus and then have a human hand pull it sharp. Now, to be fair, I am extremely short sighted, so it's actually a bit of a camera-operator super power I have. I can look at a LCD monitor 2 inches from my face and really see what's going on in perfect vision comfort. When I'm wearing my contact lenses and have to use "readers" eye-glasses to see things close the vision gets more challenging. Anyway. Manual focus. Something to consider anyway.
  10. That bit pretty much sums up about any hobby. People that buy 20 guitars but can only play three chords. A dude that has a 40 year old Cessna airplane. The grandma that does scrapbooking. Model trains. Race cars. Dirt biking. Jet skis. Bowling. It's all 1st world luxury that even affords us the ability to "waste" our income. Beyond that, I make a living (somehow) doing this stuff for corporate so I guess I could be considered a pro at it in a way, but I still feel as if I'm a dilettante within it's sphere. The technology and techniques always outpaces my understanding. And the fascinating thing to me about making movies is that the people that truly excel in the business don't really chase the tech, they focus on the storytelling --and they let the technology specialists dig most of the rabbit holes. Wanna talk about "fundamentals" with all this motion picture stuff? Perhaps it's best to consider the notion of Art vs. Craft. Have any of y'all ever taken art classes during undergraduate studies? In my experience there was that there was always a person that's a marvel at drawing incredibly realistically...but sucks at making that work interesting or engaging beyond "oh, that looks real." Then there were people that could do one brush stroke on a canvas and somehow make it mesmerizing. Then the exceptional creatives do both. My issue with any kind of fundamentalist in a discipline is a narrow perspective that curbs imagination. It gets in the way to create something surprising. Like a Robert Kincaid, y'know?
  11. Serious question, do you think you've been able to parlay your financial liberty into making meaningful cinema, even as a hobbyist? I ask because I think, even now, that creating motion pictures is a sandbox in which the affluent are more likely to be able to truly play.
  12. Maybe they're just being polite? 🙂
  13. Dang. Now that I read it on the internet it must be true.
  14. As a child of the 1970's would it surprise any of you to know that I grew up MOSTLY viewing motion picture images that were 60fps? And yet I still prefer 24fps. There's a little perspective from a person that's seen both during his entire life and is now an official old fart. So, just to say, that it's not as if younger generations are going to have a dissimilar experience when it comes to 60fps. My guess is that the legacy of 24fps is going to be a thing throughout the 21st century, and most likely will never actually go away; the reasons mentioned in this thread cover why.
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