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  1. As the saying goes, "the best camera is the one that you have with you." So, if you are traveling, you might consider a serious "large sensor" compact camera such as the Panasonic LX100. Do you really want to tote around a camera and interchangeable lenses? The LX100 is relatively inexpensive and yields nice 4k footage, and, most importantly, it sports a spectacular, fast Leica zoom. On the other hand, it only shoots HD in 60p, but how important is it to have 4K 60P footage of your vacation? Well, if your travels take you to India, the LX100 seems to work well there!:
  2. .. Or perhaps Tim Cook just can't sustain the reality distortion field. Chiclet/island keyboards suck, regardless. Back in the early 1960s IBM spent about two years field testing differently shaped keys for their new Selectric typewriter. They found that the "cupped-top" keys (along with a certain amount of travel and key spacing) gave the best performance, overwhelmingly. Bell Telephone came to the same conclusion with the the cupped-top keys on their touch tone phones starting in the late 1960s. Two years makes a fairly exhaustive field test, so that basic key design is hard to beat by some fashion-conscious industrial designer who favors form over function. There are still companies that field test, but probably not as thoroughly as was common in the past. Since the late 1990s, Apple has done very little field testing.
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    In memoriam

    He was so young and talented. Sad. Thanks for posting this.
  4. I would be scared shooting that interview. If you accidentally busted a take, you might find yourself sipping polonium tea.
  5. Yes. Those kids are talented. I have never recorded raw on the EOSM, and I don't know the answer as to whether or not H.264 has to be recorded while raw is recording. On the other hand, I have run Tragic Lantern with All I-frames, Full HD on the EOSM with boosted bit rate -- while using the Fujian 35mm f1.7! The All I-frames along with boosted bit rate gives more robust frames/files.
  6. The Fujian 35mm definitely covers the entire APS-C sensor, and there don't seem to be any reports that the "no-brand" 25mm f1.4 APS-C lens vignettes on APS-C. Here is a video shot by our own @maxotics on the EOSM and the Fujian 35mm with its exceptionally peculiar focal plane (which would likely frustrate the forum's staunch "DOF calculators"). Here is footage from an A7S in APS-C mode. The description of the "no brand CCTV C-mount" lens matches the 25mm f1.4 APS-C lens reviewed in the link I posted above. Regardless, there certainly are a few C-mount lenses that cover APS-C.
  7. Can you use one of the C-mount lenses that cover the entire APS-C sensor, such as the Fujian 35mm f1.7 or this 25mm f1.4?
  8. It might be good to consider a hackintosh. Here is a $70 hackintosh that outperforms a 2016 MacBook Pro and that can edit 4K video in FCP: I am not a post-production expert, but every pro editor with whom I've worked always transcodes footage for optimal performance on their NLE -- they never edit compressed/camera files.
  9. Right... Did you try turning off your computer and then turning it back on? I've heard that doing so is the best remedy for oversimplified anecdotal computer problems. Actually, Android can run on x86 processors, and, as I recall, Android was briefly listed as a Linux distribution on Distrowatch in its early days, prior to the Google acquisition. However, I didn't mention the possibility of using MLVFS on Android to suggest that someone should try it. You left out an important OS that runs MLVFS (Linux), and I was merely giving another example of an OS (Android Linux) on which MLVFS could work. MLVFS is open source software, so it can probably be compiled to work on several other platforms (the BSDs notwithstanding).
  10. Thanks for this article. Very helpful! From your article: MLVFS also works in most Linux distros (and, consequently, probably in Android as well). It's just a simple compile using "make."
  11. They don't have to do any of that. They're an open source organization. It doesn't seem like they are trying to appeal to the typical Canon/EF/AF/IS type of shooter. They are developing a cinematography camera (and an exceptionally versatile one at that), so they probably aren't too concerned about making the "skin tones" perfect right out of the camera (nor about 5-axis IBIS, DPAF, etc.). They seem more dedicated to boosting image quality attributes that appeal to cinematographers. As the project is open source, this camera offers the most options for configuration and for imaging. On the other hand, the footage that has appeared over the last couple of years looks nice, and they seem to be doing a better job than BlackMagic and AJA with the same sensor. Some want a quality cinematography camera that is versatile/modifiable and completely controllable, allowing the creation of images slightly more distinctive than those from most others. The Axiom appeals to shooters of that type.
  12. I love the look of the Fisher-Price Pixelvision!: @BTM_Pix: If they are selling at 99 cents, I'll take a dozen!
  13. I thought the footage looked nice. However, I am fairly sure they have footage showing "skintones." On the other hand, this camera is still in the beta stage, so nothing is final, and, judging from the interview, there will be a few choices of low-level color styles and film stock emulation. Apertus is an open source organization. They probably are not trying to sell high volume to typical GH/EF shooters. It is likely that they are more interested in versatility and quality (and, of course freedom from proprietary constraints). By the way, these guys started around 2006, so they are tenacious. As I recall, their first raw camera(s) was one of the open source Elphel brand around 2008. They were early pioneers of a few things that we now take for granted, including interchangeable lens mounts and touch screen control/remotes. The have already released the developer version of the Axiom, and I have no doubt that they will release the production model (sounds like it could be next year!). They likely will get more out of the CMOSIS CMV12000 sensor than Blackmagic and Aja did.
  14. Thanks for the link! This progress update is exciting. The footage from the Axiom has been looking nice for the last couple of years, and, judging from the interview, it sounds like there will be plenty of choice in regards to looks/"film stocks." Actually, they are giving plenty of choice in regards to everything! Can't wait till they start shipping production models!
  15. If these stores have websites, please post links! Thanks!
  16. Oh my goodness! Do they ship to the USA?
  17. I don't see any huge focus problem, especially if you like hunt/seek. If you don't want hunt/seek, use digital zoom or have someone "pogo" a large monitor (with stand legs folded) for each camera operator. You might want to match the different clips a little more. All the "shoot-throughs" and CUs are great, but I have found that it is often beneficial to also have a full-length, clean, wide shot of the entire band from which to cut in and out.
  18. Yes. It's the vertical lines from bright sources (explained in this video). I think the high-end CCD cameras had some way of suppressing smear.
  19. Not sure I agree here. Actually, Dalsa and Thompson were in the video megapixel wars before RED existed. Dalsa had its Origin (4k) and Thompson had its Viper (9.2 MP). Exactly. There is no optical problem using any one of the current popular shallow mounts (M4/3, Sony E, Canon EF-M) with S35 sensors. Personally, I don't care about sensor cropping (auto or otherwise). Using an MFT mount (or Sony E or Canon EF-M) doesn't preclude the use of EF lenses (nor any other deep-mount market to which Panasonic would like to pander). It is very simple to start with an MFT mount, and merely provide an smart MFT-to-EF adapter that, after it is locked into place, additionally bolts onto the front of the camera for reinforcement. Said adapter could taper seamlessly and organically from the front of the camera body down the the EF mount, and none of the clueless EF shooters would realize that there is actually an adapter in place. I would guess that they dismissed the MFT option out of hand, because of hubris, laziness, and because solutions such as the organically integrated adapter scenario mentioned above would never occur to them. Some manufactures can actually see past their noses and beyond the immediate "bottom line." Such camera makers seek to make money in the long term and to proudly innovate in their industry while developing loyal, solid customer base. I would agree with you that Panasonic (and Canon and Sony) is not that type of manufacturer. Sadly, with the huge surge of production people in the digital age, many camera buyers seem less sophisticated than those of the pre-digital age , so legions of new digital shooters happily gobble up whatever a huge manufacturer provides.
  20. Sony announced that it is developing a full frame CineAlta camera. Projected features: Full Frame 36x24mm sensor exclusively designed for this Digital Motion Picture Camera Aspect ratio-agnostic – including Full Frame, Super35 4K 4-perf 4:3 Anamorphic and 4K spherical 3-perf 17:9 New image sensor enabling exceptional picture quality Maintains the workflow established with Sony’s 16bit RAW/X-OCN and XAVC Compatible with current and upcoming hardware accessories for CineAlta cameras (DVF-EL200 Full HD OLED Viewfinder, AXS-R7 recorder, AXS-CR1 and AR1 card reader, AXS and SxS memory cards). Hope they use a reinforced E-mount (instead of FZ)!
  21. Could you go for a 25mm, f1.4 lens, and just crop-in a little and stop down? If so, consider the $50 APS-C lens reviewed here.
  22. This is a great. I can't wait try my Master Primes on it, along with my FF lenses and a focal reducer and/or tilt-shift adapter.
  23. Not sure if I am in a food lovers paradise, but there is a lot of Mexican food. Lack of Mexican food would be a deal breaker for me.
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