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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from JazzBox in Does it worth to upgrade to Zeiss Distagon?   
    Love me some OM lenses. I have the 24mm/2.8, 35mm/2, 50mm/1.4 and 1.8, and 135mm/2.8. I've probably spent under $700 for the whole set so far.
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    Nick Hughes reacted to richg101 in Does it worth to upgrade to Zeiss Distagon?   
    IMO 1980's Olympus, Canon and Nikon lenses are up the the standard of the Zeiss Contax's.  A Olympus 24mm/2, 35mm/2 and 50mm/1.8 can be had for the same price as a single zeiss 28mm/2 and perform just was well. IMO.  the 35mm/2 is a very very good value lens.  i think adapted to EOS mount with cheap adaptors and with a speed booster 0.64x these will be a wonderful lens set for gh4
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Xavier Plágaro Mussard in Is micro four thirds still worth investing into? (from a beginners-ish perspective)   
    If you sold your a7s because you couldn't use it, it sounds like LOG shouldn't be a feature that really matters to you. 
    I use Sony cameras a lot (a7s, a7sii, FS7), and while I love the possibilities they offer (log, great low-light, tons of features), they can be an absolute pain in the ass to use, whether its due to awful menus, poor ergonomics, short battery life, lack of customization, or whatever other weird Sony thing happens to be getting in the way of shooting. Whenever I use my own gear (GH4 + GX7), I always have a really nice shooting experience. Panasonic cameras and easy and enjoyable to use, and that's a big reason why I haven't invested into any Sony gear. I rent it when I need it.
    I only own one M43 lens, and that's so I can have a small lens with fast AF when I want to take low-profile stills. Otherwise, with a speedbooster and some moderately fast canon lenses, I'm able to get really good low light performance in most situations. If you use third-party lenses and adapters, then you'll only need to replace the adapters if/when you switch. 
    So yes, I think M43 is definitely worth investing into, but it's certainly not the only option. It sounds like you've already got a grasp on the advantages of other systems. The only way you can learn whats best for you is to try all the options out. Renting is a great way to get a lot of experience with different cameras for relatively cheap.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Lintelfilm in Is micro four thirds still worth investing into? (from a beginners-ish perspective)   
    If you sold your a7s because you couldn't use it, it sounds like LOG shouldn't be a feature that really matters to you. 
    I use Sony cameras a lot (a7s, a7sii, FS7), and while I love the possibilities they offer (log, great low-light, tons of features), they can be an absolute pain in the ass to use, whether its due to awful menus, poor ergonomics, short battery life, lack of customization, or whatever other weird Sony thing happens to be getting in the way of shooting. Whenever I use my own gear (GH4 + GX7), I always have a really nice shooting experience. Panasonic cameras and easy and enjoyable to use, and that's a big reason why I haven't invested into any Sony gear. I rent it when I need it.
    I only own one M43 lens, and that's so I can have a small lens with fast AF when I want to take low-profile stills. Otherwise, with a speedbooster and some moderately fast canon lenses, I'm able to get really good low light performance in most situations. If you use third-party lenses and adapters, then you'll only need to replace the adapters if/when you switch. 
    So yes, I think M43 is definitely worth investing into, but it's certainly not the only option. It sounds like you've already got a grasp on the advantages of other systems. The only way you can learn whats best for you is to try all the options out. Renting is a great way to get a lot of experience with different cameras for relatively cheap.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from IronFilm in Sony FS5 - why I bought one   
    Hey well this camera lets you shoot in either.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Cinegain in Blackmagic Video Assist Review   
    You could get a HDMI to SDI (4k) converter. At $295, it's over half the price of the video assist itself, but it's a solution if you absolutely need the downsampling.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Lintelfilm in Panasonic developing 8K sensor for consumer and broadcast cameras   
    I wasn't saying that any 4k cam can beat out any HD cam. I was saying that as a company expands into higher-resolution territory, the lower resolutions get upgrades. That's true for Blackmagic as well.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from IronFilm in Sony FS5 detailed presentation by Alistair Chapman and much more!   
    It's worth pointing out that XAVC-L is still better than XAVC-S of the a7s. While it seems obvious now, I didn't exactly realize that until watching the presentation. I think Alistair does a pretty good job of explaining what this camera is, and more importantly, what it isn't.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from graphicnatured in Where is the V Log love?   
    I don't think many GH4 users have external recorders - I know the reason I initially bought the camera was so that I wouldn't have to buy a recorder. Most of the chatter on this forum seemed to be critical of noise, banding, etc with V Log internal, and while that hasn't scared me away from buying it, it certainly hasn't put me in a rush to spend the money.
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    Nick Hughes reacted to AaronChicago in 85mm lens advice needed   
    Rokinon 85 is not just amazing for the price, but in general.
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    Nick Hughes reacted to Don Kotlos in B&H Photo - largest seller of camera gear in USA exploits workers   
    Islamic site? Aljazeera is one of the least biased news corporations worldwide.
    http://www.democracynow.org/2015/10/12/headlines/nyc_warehouse_workers_launch_campaign_to_unionize_b_h_photo_video 
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%26H_Photo_Video
    Its not about religion. Its about companies abusing workers.  
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from 1tkman in Corporate Shoot - Gear Advice   
    I personally like the look of Canon lenses. The clean, modern look appeals to me (depending on the project). The 24-105, however, is probably the lowest tier L lens they have. I think renting a set of primes would really do you well. 24, 50, and 135 (or 85) would be a solid combo. 
     
    The FS7 is not that bad to use. There are certainly much better designed cameras and menu systems, but once you wrap your head around where everything is (and set up your user menu), it's workable. It can definitely shoot solid handheld out of the box, but can get to be a little painful after hours and hours of shooting on your shoulder. I've been working on a show recently that has the Zacuto recoil built onto the FS7 and it's been a dream to shoot with. 
     
    Recording times for XQD cards. 
     
    You could lock it down on a manfrotto tripod, but you'd want to keep and eye (or hand) on it at all times. 
     
    If you do decide do go with the FS7, I highly recommend renting this Master class by Doug Jensen. It's a hefty $85, but you get six hours of detailed lessons on how and why to set up the camera in certain ways. I watched the whole thing before starting the show I'm on and was up and running with the FS7 right away.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from MaxKitaev in Parfocal lens for Speedbooster XL   
    My 24-105 definitely loses focus zooming in. I've been shooting with a 70-200 2.8 IS (not sure which model), and while it might not be completely parfocal, it does seem to retain focus pretty well when zooming in.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Gregormannschaft in Corporate Shoot - Gear Advice   
    I personally like the look of Canon lenses. The clean, modern look appeals to me (depending on the project). The 24-105, however, is probably the lowest tier L lens they have. I think renting a set of primes would really do you well. 24, 50, and 135 (or 85) would be a solid combo. 
     
    The FS7 is not that bad to use. There are certainly much better designed cameras and menu systems, but once you wrap your head around where everything is (and set up your user menu), it's workable. It can definitely shoot solid handheld out of the box, but can get to be a little painful after hours and hours of shooting on your shoulder. I've been working on a show recently that has the Zacuto recoil built onto the FS7 and it's been a dream to shoot with. 
     
    Recording times for XQD cards. 
     
    You could lock it down on a manfrotto tripod, but you'd want to keep and eye (or hand) on it at all times. 
     
    If you do decide do go with the FS7, I highly recommend renting this Master class by Doug Jensen. It's a hefty $85, but you get six hours of detailed lessons on how and why to set up the camera in certain ways. I watched the whole thing before starting the show I'm on and was up and running with the FS7 right away.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Cinegain in Natural Skintones Tutorial - Changed My Life   
    He did a pretty bad key in the first place - look at the top of his forehead and bottom of the neck. It looks like he's wearing a v neck!

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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from IronFilm in Hourly charge   
    I generally prefer a flat day rate for anything under 12 hours. For me, there's not a whole lot of difference between a 3 hour or 8 hour shoot, since my day is already booked and I can't take other gigs. When clients are watching the clock trying to save a few dollars, the shoots tend to get rushed, which usually means more time in the edit trying to fix problems that could have been solved on set by taking your time. With clients that really want an hourly rate, I'll charge a fee just for showing up, then bill hourly.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Sebv in Hourly charge   
    I generally prefer a flat day rate for anything under 12 hours. For me, there's not a whole lot of difference between a 3 hour or 8 hour shoot, since my day is already booked and I can't take other gigs. When clients are watching the clock trying to save a few dollars, the shoots tend to get rushed, which usually means more time in the edit trying to fix problems that could have been solved on set by taking your time. With clients that really want an hourly rate, I'll charge a fee just for showing up, then bill hourly.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Xavier Plágaro Mussard in Hourly charge   
    I generally prefer a flat day rate for anything under 12 hours. For me, there's not a whole lot of difference between a 3 hour or 8 hour shoot, since my day is already booked and I can't take other gigs. When clients are watching the clock trying to save a few dollars, the shoots tend to get rushed, which usually means more time in the edit trying to fix problems that could have been solved on set by taking your time. With clients that really want an hourly rate, I'll charge a fee just for showing up, then bill hourly.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from AaronChicago in Hourly charge   
    I generally prefer a flat day rate for anything under 12 hours. For me, there's not a whole lot of difference between a 3 hour or 8 hour shoot, since my day is already booked and I can't take other gigs. When clients are watching the clock trying to save a few dollars, the shoots tend to get rushed, which usually means more time in the edit trying to fix problems that could have been solved on set by taking your time. With clients that really want an hourly rate, I'll charge a fee just for showing up, then bill hourly.
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    Nick Hughes reacted to Don Kotlos in iPhone 6S beats D750 for video   
    Ignorance + video capable cameras --> Fstoppers reports. 
     
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from kaylee in Using an iPad as reference monitor for colour grading?   
    "X-Rite ColorTRUE Color Management for iPads, Tablets, Smartphones"
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Xavier Plágaro Mussard in Using an iPad as reference monitor for colour grading?   
    "X-Rite ColorTRUE Color Management for iPads, Tablets, Smartphones"
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    Nick Hughes reacted to Kristoferman in Searching for web seminar about FS7   
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    Nick Hughes reacted to Sekhar in First footage from Canon ME20F-SH   
    The nice thing about low quality YT 720p video launches is: If people like it, "Imagine how great it would be in full Q!" and if it's lousy, "Hey, it was YT 720p, what did you expect?" Sorry, couldn't help the cynicism.
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