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    bluefonia got a reaction from iamoui in Capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments: to raw or not to raw?   
    If you need a vari ND, Genus Eclipse - one of the best ones - are on sale right now, can be found $129. I use it for travel shooting and have had no serious issues so far. 
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    bluefonia got a reaction from Xavier Plágaro Mussard in Capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments: to raw or not to raw?   
    If your main purpose for traveling is filming then go for 5D, C100 - or Arri Alexa for that matter :-) - and a bunch of glasses and lots of batteries and so on.
    On the other hand If your main purpose for traveling is to have great experience while you are there together with your brother, the local people you meet and so, I would choose less  - in all aspects - demanding equipment. It could well be a Panasonic G7, a vari ND and a couple of good lenses. You will get fine quality footage, you don-t attract much attention to your filming -most people will think you are just taking a picture - , your back will love you, - should you, I hope not , loose  your camera, you can afford to buy another one, batteries will last long. The list goes on.
    I live in Scandinavia and went to California, - SF, Yosemite, Big Sur and more - for 2 weeks equipped with 2 friends, my son and a Panasonic G6, the before mentioned vari ND and a couple of lenses. I would have hated to walk around with more gear than this. I got splendid footage that cut me a film I will love to see in 25 years from now.
     
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    bluefonia got a reaction from Xavier Plágaro Mussard in Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 80-200mm f 4 MM   
    This lens is fantastic. First impressions are in fact - despite the difference in focal length - that I like the results better than my Sigma 18-35 Art. The Zeiss is tac sharp in a very filmic way and the contrast and colors are awesome. So now I have gone for more Zeiss, as I just bought a Vari Sonar 28-70mm T* F3.5-4.5. Should arrive within a week, - I´m excited.
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    bluefonia got a reaction from vaga in Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 80-200mm f 4 MM   
    This lens is fantastic. First impressions are in fact - despite the difference in focal length - that I like the results better than my Sigma 18-35 Art. The Zeiss is tac sharp in a very filmic way and the contrast and colors are awesome. So now I have gone for more Zeiss, as I just bought a Vari Sonar 28-70mm T* F3.5-4.5. Should arrive within a week, - I´m excited.
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    bluefonia reacted to Nikkor in Capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments: to raw or not to raw?   
    I think Arri Alexa is the way to go, you just hire one of those peruvian sherpas.
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    bluefonia reacted to andy lee in Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 80-200mm f 4 MM   
    yeepee welcome to the Zeiss Party - these lenses are amazing ! the 28-70mm T* F3.5-4.5 is very good it pops its so sharp !! and its small and light too great for outdoors
    all the Zeiss C/YPrimes are great too - same glass formulation as the Super Speeds and Ultra Prime Cine Lenses
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    bluefonia got a reaction from TheRenaissanceMan in Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 80-200mm f 4 MM   
    This lens is fantastic. First impressions are in fact - despite the difference in focal length - that I like the results better than my Sigma 18-35 Art. The Zeiss is tac sharp in a very filmic way and the contrast and colors are awesome. So now I have gone for more Zeiss, as I just bought a Vari Sonar 28-70mm T* F3.5-4.5. Should arrive within a week, - I´m excited.
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    bluefonia got a reaction from andy lee in Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 80-200mm f 4 MM   
    This lens is fantastic. First impressions are in fact - despite the difference in focal length - that I like the results better than my Sigma 18-35 Art. The Zeiss is tac sharp in a very filmic way and the contrast and colors are awesome. So now I have gone for more Zeiss, as I just bought a Vari Sonar 28-70mm T* F3.5-4.5. Should arrive within a week, - I´m excited.
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    bluefonia got a reaction from andy lee in Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 80-200mm f 4 MM   
    Well, Andy. - now you made me spend more money on glass :-). I already have a C/Y > MFT speedbooster to go with my Yashica ML collection and bought the Zeiss in C/Y mount on eBay 5 minutes ago. Excited to see the results from this lens, especially on the 150-200mm range.
    ...and sorry. I just realized I didn't posted this in the right forum. I thought I had written in Lens-forum.
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    bluefonia reacted to M Carter in Blackmagic Video Assist Review   
    Now, someone, please… a decent and affordable flip-up loupe for the VA. I've been looking for something I can use for HDMI, and as a VF for renting BMC cameras. 
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    bluefonia got a reaction from Zach Goodwin in B&H Photo - largest seller of camera gear in USA exploits workers   
    Sure, it is never nice to be troubled by other peoples problems in your own calm and pleasant life ...
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    bluefonia reacted to Ed_David in B&H Photo - largest seller of camera gear in USA exploits workers   
    Update from Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective - "Recent update from a friend of mine working with LWC:
    "Updates coming soon from LWC but B&H warehouse workers showed incredible strength and solidarity today in the face of employer intimidation. Forced management to do a complete 180 and claim workers were never fired and are all welcome back to work tomorrow. POWER." #BHExposed"  
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    bluefonia reacted to Kubrickian in B&H Photo - largest seller of camera gear in USA exploits workers   
    It's probably organized by ISIS. They hate Jews right? 
    The "just get another job" comments floor me. You guys need to start living paycheck to paycheck for awhile. 
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    bluefonia reacted to Mattias Burling in B&H Photo - largest seller of camera gear in USA exploits workers   
    yeah, a conspiracy is the most likely scenario.......................
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    bluefonia got a reaction from Mattias Burling in The Effect Of Owning A Very Expensive Camera (for business)   
    He he, yes, that´s exactly where my my little story about the Apple T-Book fits in
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    bluefonia got a reaction from Cinegain in The Effect Of Owning A Very Expensive Camera (for business)   
    I would do the same. But both you and I, - and most other posters in this thread , - are not the average client.  We think as "filmmakers", while only a few clients will think like a "filmmaker". If they did, they might as well produce their films themselves and not hire you or me :-). Don't make the mistake and think your clients necessarily "think" and reason like you do. 
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    bluefonia got a reaction from Oliver Daniel in The Effect Of Owning A Very Expensive Camera (for business)   
    Very interesting topic. I have no experience with cameras in this aspect, but have a personal experience with another piece of equipment.
    Quite a while back I made my living as a director and had my own small production business, where I produced mostly commercials and corporate image stof.  I didn't invested in any kind of production gear at all. I rented the gear we needed for each project, as these often needed quite different setups, - 35mm or S16mm or video, different amount/quality  of light and sound, maybe/maybe not dolly/crane and so on. I also hired all the people needed from job to job.
    Quite a few of my customers were advertising agencies. At a time I had tried a few times to get projects from one specific - a big one - agency. Had a few meetings with them and got a few smaller projects, but the day I showed up to meeting with a brand new Mac T-Book, all the doors opened up to the bigger projects. I got one of the first T-Books in my country and it was extremely expensive. This really impressed the good people at the agency. The T-Book sent the message that I was very trendy, (an important aspect in the advertising/commercials world), and was a succesfull director/business owner (otherwise I would not have the financial strength to buy this thing). The truth was I took a chance with my last savings. 
    To me the moral of this is, that you probably won't get better business by showing up with a new/better camera. These can still be rented and this might easily be cheeper in the long run than buying "the latest camera on the block" too often. In my experience it is more valuable to "know" the way your clients acts and thinks. By that I don't mean you should crawl on your knees. Of course you need to stay the person you are. 
     
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    bluefonia got a reaction from JazzBox in Setting GH4 up for an external monitor?   
    ​You have got mail :-)
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    bluefonia got a reaction from JazzBox in Setting GH4 up for an external monitor?   
    @JazzBox
    Yes, the Aputure VS2 replicates the GH4 LCD in every way, - peaking, zebra, zoom, all the menus etc.. So you can use all the GH4 features you are used to. If you don't really need a monitor right now I suggest you wait and save the money for the 501. As I said in the previous post the Aputure is ok, - bigger of course but not as good as the GH4 LCD, - and sure it is nowhere near the 501.
    The VS1 display has less resolution and contrast than the VS2 - lesser viewing angle too, - and as the VS2 does not deliver too impressive picture quality personally I would think twice about the VS1. 
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    bluefonia got a reaction from JazzBox in Setting GH4 up for an external monitor?   
    Problem solved. Got a new cable to day and now the Aputure/GH4 combo works. Very easy setup, - connected the two, switched both on and bingo. Thanks to everyone for your comments and inputs.
    About the quality of the Aputere: Well, for the money it is okay. The screen has too much contrast - maybe wrong contrast is the right word -  to my liking. The dark areas are too dark and the bright areas too bright. I've tried different settings for brightness and contrast, but can´t get what I would like. Also I would not trust the Aputure for colors - not terrible colors but not trustworthy. The GH4 LCD has far better balance between dark and light areas and better colors. For framing and most focus work though I guess the Aputure is okay. I have put an Anti Glare Film on top of the glossy screen, this and a DIY-modification on the sunshade made it quite useful  for outdoor use.
    Anyways, in 4-5 months time I think I´ll get the SmallHD 501 Sidefinder, - if feedback from real world users is good.
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    bluefonia got a reaction from Cinegain in Setting GH4 up for an external monitor?   
    Problem solved. Got a new cable to day and now the Aputure/GH4 combo works. Very easy setup, - connected the two, switched both on and bingo. Thanks to everyone for your comments and inputs.
    About the quality of the Aputere: Well, for the money it is okay. The screen has too much contrast - maybe wrong contrast is the right word -  to my liking. The dark areas are too dark and the bright areas too bright. I've tried different settings for brightness and contrast, but can´t get what I would like. Also I would not trust the Aputure for colors - not terrible colors but not trustworthy. The GH4 LCD has far better balance between dark and light areas and better colors. For framing and most focus work though I guess the Aputure is okay. I have put an Anti Glare Film on top of the glossy screen, this and a DIY-modification on the sunshade made it quite useful  for outdoor use.
    Anyways, in 4-5 months time I think I´ll get the SmallHD 501 Sidefinder, - if feedback from real world users is good.
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    bluefonia reacted to AaronChicago in Setting GH4 up for an external monitor?   
    ​It angles away from the door. Do you have a cage for the GH4?
    I found a rock solid solution for keeping the micro HDMI in place. I use this cage:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/FHUGEN-HONU-V2-0-VIDEO-CAGE-Kit-with-Top-Handle-HDMI-Clamp-for-GH3-GH4-A7-A7R-/231330143830?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35dc59de56
    I use this HDMI clamp on the side.http://www.ebay.com/itm/SMALLRIG-HDMI-Cable-Clamp-1521-/251981734964?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3aab482434
    I simply place a small round metal cylinder (find at a hardware store) inside the clamp and push it against the micro HDMI input. Lock the Clamp. It's super secure. You can basically throw the cage around and it won't come loose.
     
    Here is a picture:
     

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    bluefonia got a reaction from Ak Ns in using Olympus lenses on Panasonic body's   
    To my knowledge you have no image stabilization in the Oly lenses. On Panasonic cameras you need native lenses to get that.
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    bluefonia reacted to TSV in Setting GH4 up for an external monitor?   
    I had the same problem with 2 Monitors I have, the MustHD 7" and a Cheap one I bought here in Japan. Make sure your HDMI out put is in 4.2.2 10Bit instead of 8. Once I switch to 8 both monitors worked just fine.
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    bluefonia got a reaction from JazzBox in Monitor for GH4 and BlackMagic Pocket   
    ​Yes, - €215,- http://www.ebay.de/itm/161661273094
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