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    ade towell got a reaction from Mark Romero 2 in Best affordable camera as of 2021?   
    Used Fuji X-t3, absolute bargain
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    ade towell reacted to gt3rs in R5 vs R6   
    I was 100% sure because I used many time but I didi test it before posting the above.
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    ade towell reacted to Video Hummus in R5 vs R6   
    Yes sir. 
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    ade towell reacted to TomTheDP in Teaser shot on Zcam and S1   
    Shot mostly on the Zcam S6 with some Panasonic S1 in there too. I feel like the trailer was harder to make than the actual film. 😅
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    ade towell reacted to Django in R5 vs R6   
    Good question, I also usually just follow 180 degree rule blindly and shoot 50p at 1/100 with slow-mo in mind. Maybe 50p at 1/50 makes more sense for non slomo on a 25p timeline..?
    Yes 4K50p is the same 5.5K oversampled quality 4K.
    4K crop mode is a slightly upsampled sub-4K region (3414 x 1920 pixels). You'd have to pixel peep to notice the difference.
    I guess its worth noting 4K60p crop mode on the R6 gets you the lowest RS: 10.2ms.
    Manual WB with Clog in Neutral seems pretty good, I haven't done extensive tungsten tests though.
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    ade towell reacted to ntblowz in R5 vs R6   
    Video for the skateboard is out, this one is mixture of C70 and R5 footage.
     
     
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    ade towell reacted to Video Hummus in R5 vs R6   
    Here you go. 20 seconds straight from camera in clog. The only thing I did was strip out the audio and exported as ProRes HQ. Oh, it's also in a 2:1 aspect ratio but it was shot in 4K DCI.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/y9m9mg6g10ddkfq/R5_4KHQ_4KLQ.mov?dl=0
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    ade towell reacted to gt3rs in DR 17.1 released with h265 10bit 4:2:2 hw support intel and m1   
    Resolve 17.1 now supports hw decoding of h265 4:2:2 10bit.
    For intel you need an ice lake and tiger lake cpu. For Mac an M1.
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    ade towell got a reaction from Mr. Freeze in Variable ND filters 2021   
    I've used the Genus Eclipse now for many years don't even know if it's available anymore - slightly warm but no colour shift that I can see and no obvious drop in sharpness
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    ade towell got a reaction from Juank in Canon Cinema EOS C70 - Ah that explains it then!   
    Sorry to plonk this here but as the FX6 keeps getting mentioned in comparison and I couldn't actually find a FX6 thread (surely there must be one somewhere it's proving very popular camera?)
    Anyway a bit too much slow mo for my tastes but some lovely footage never the less and a little Alexa comparison at the end
     
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    ade towell got a reaction from TomTheDP in Canon Cinema EOS C70 - Ah that explains it then!   
    Sorry to plonk this here but as the FX6 keeps getting mentioned in comparison and I couldn't actually find a FX6 thread (surely there must be one somewhere it's proving very popular camera?)
    Anyway a bit too much slow mo for my tastes but some lovely footage never the less and a little Alexa comparison at the end
     
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    ade towell reacted to Tim Sewell in Boring content – is the film industry TOO sane?   
    I'm sorry, but that's simply not the case. There may not be any overt political content or intent, but any cultural product will reflect the politics and generally-accepted ethics of the society that produces it. If a society routinely ignores the experiences and existence, even, of - say - black women, then black women won't be cast because it will never occur to the creators that an individual role could just as easily be played by someone whose ethnicity is other than white. If, when I think of a doctor, I think of a late middle-aged white man - which would reflect my formative experiences of interactions with doctors - then unless I confront that intellectually I wouldn't even notice that I might be being exclusionary in my thinking.
    Up until this year, the USA had never had a female Vice President, much less one of colour. If I had been in the happy position of casting a movie about the Presidency back in 1989, would I have even considered that possibility? If I had done and I had cast the role accordingly, would I have been subject to the same criticisms of 'wokeness' that are aimed at people who advocate for a black James Bond, or female Ghostbusters?
    Likewise, the vast majority of mainstream films take it as read that the only model of political economy that can be considered normal is that of globalised hyper-capitalism. Any movie that takes that as its basis (which isn't even a decision that gets made) is inherently political, whether we like it or not, as it helps to perpetuate and normalise a system that many could argue, with some validity, is detrimental to both the planet's condition and the pursuit of human happiness. Likewise the countless movies set in suburban nuclear families whose members fulfil the genderised and economic roles expected of them without comment. I'm not saying that there should be comment, but one has to recognise that those movies, as a part of a popular culture, both maintain a status quo that many find stifling while at the same time excluding or invalidating the many alternative family models that we coexist with, or experience, out in the real world.
    Shutter Island looks at, among other things, concepts of insanity, the treatment of the mentally ill, notions of personal autonomy and responsibility, corruption and medical ethics. It looks at those things in a period setting, but through the prism of more modern attitudes in those areas. It may not be a film about politics, but politics, past and present, inform its milieu in every possible way.
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    ade towell reacted to Tim Sewell in Coronavirus survey part 2 - how are work & incomes going?   
    Kudos to you for taking the time to respond to someone who is providing, as a citation, a post from someone called wank_666 - I really couldn't summon the energy.
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    ade towell got a reaction from josdr in Getting started again.   
    For really reliable AF you are stuck with either Sony or Canon. The Sony A7s3 is 3 or 4 times the price of what you already have and in my eyes doesn't have as nice an  image of either the pocket 4k or Fuji. Sony A73 is cheaper but limited to 8 bit and similar quality to the a6500 you had 
    Canon R6 is cheaper but still way above the cost of your current cameras and has overheating issues in 4k and again I prefer the image from what you already have.
    I have had success using the Fuji XT3 with gimbal whilst using AF but that is only a small amount of the time, I don't rely on AF like you want to. Can't think of any decent alternatives other than maybe Nikon Z6 (AF seems ok but am no expert on using auto focus), hopefully other folk will chip in 
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    ade towell reacted to fuzzynormal in Boring content – is the film industry TOO sane?   
    There's a certain context there.  Personally, I definitely think the implication is "...[used to be free to] say whatever they wanted and be offensive."
    I suppose I could be wrong there, let me know if so.
    But, it seems to me, maybe some people are ticked-off that a certain traditional privilege/entitlement is now being challenged in a more inclusive society.  And since being a rude self-centered person is being called-out more often it kind of makes those people upset?
    If so, I'd ask, is being held accountable to new standards wrong?  Or is it only wrong when folks disagree with the new standards?  How we define these shifts in society is pretty important, I think.
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    ade towell reacted to gt3rs in R5 vs R6   
    In general I prefer the EF lens as the vND adapter is just too good to pass, plus you can buy some good ones "cheap" on the used market.

    I have the RF 35 1.8 (mostly for is compactness so I can keep it the jacket pocket) and the RF 70-200 2.8 (my EF 70-200 had an accident 😞 and the weight/size of the new one was too hard to pass), If the RF 70-200 F4 would have had a tripod collar would have been maybe even a better choice.

    I don't do stuff on sound sensitive places yet the RF 35 1.8 I find it a bit disturbing.
    I have these EFs and to me they seems all quite quiet in term of AF all USM:
    16-35 2.8 II
    24 1.4 II
    50 1.2
    24-70 2.8 II
    200-400 4
     
     
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    ade towell reacted to omega1978 in R5 vs R6   
    On C70 surprisengly tamron 24-70 g2 was more quite then rf 28-70 or adapted ef usm lenses
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    ade towell reacted to Django in R5 vs R6   
    @plucas : Yes I use AWB, AF & maybe even Auto-ISO for run & gun shooting on mirrorless. For more narrative work or higher-end projects in controlled environments, I'll usually switch to a cine cam with all proper manual settings. So it's not so much about the year we're in but really what the budget/project requires. 😉 
    As for the Canon colours, in my humble opinion, the R5/R6 have the best IQ yet on a Canon. The oversampling,10-bit 4:2:2 and low-light capability on the R6 just gives an outstanding image and color. It definitely has the "Canon" colours but with every generation sensor, they are tweaked. The biggest gripe in my early tests was that warm yellow tint but since I have the AWB set to white priority I'm getting perfect colors.
    @ade towell The FHD IQ is the best I've seen on recent Canons. It almost feels supersampled. On my 5K iMac Prothe FHD looks so sharp I sometimes have to double check the resolution settings. So yeah, very impressed with the FHD which is definitely not Canon soft HD.
    I can also add that the R6 has really good low-light capabilities and the noise is fine grain like which gives it more filmic quality than the usual horrible banding of some Canon sensors.
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    ade towell reacted to Andrew Reid in Who will kill filmmaking first?   
    A lot of assumptions about me in this I don't like. But let's focus on the facts.
    If we rewind to 2005, you are probably not with a strong opinion on the EU. Probably getting on with your life just fine. Country seems to be doing well. Certainly better than the state of it today after 10 years of the Tories. I am from a 'red' Labour area. Manchester. Tony Blair did a decent job of running all of the country not just London, and Manchester was booming, pretty much. This is after a full 30 years of EU membership and a so-called political union... it is actually far more of an economic one than what the Express would have you believe about Merkel bossing us around.
    Post-Brexit, how is your life better. And what will you personally gain from it. Answers on a postcard please...
    Here is what was in it for me... To be clear - nothing. Under EU membership as a Brit I spent 8 years living in Berlin visa free, with travel around Europe as easily as getting train to London from Manchester. I had a life in Berlin, very valuable to me. Now I have a 90-day max stay and have to pay as much as 40% import duties and VAT on anything I buy from Amazon or a UK website when in Berlin. Camera deals, eBay, that kind of thing, is now ruined. Meanwhile the German post has stopped sending to the UK altogether, whilst they decide how to restructure the cost of postage. It used to be that anything I couldn't bring back to the UK in my luggage would be put in a box and go back that way. Not any more. It will likely now get hefty charges stamped on it and there will be tons of paperwork to fill out.
    Now, imagine if you are running a UK or Europe based business. The European based side can't serve customers in the UK at all at the moment... can't use the post. The UK side now has a 600 page document to familiarise itself with, and staff cannot avoid duties and VAT when sending to their biggest neighbours and trading partners. It's shit. In terms of bureaucracy the EU actually cut down on paperwork, especially in terms of the movement of goods and people.
    Meanwhile people now require a visa of course to work in a different EU country if they are British, which means the younger generation won't have the same freedom as I did, creatively, as a filmmaker, to escape the high rents of Manchester and London, or to explore new places and meet new people. It's a disaster for them. Getting a visa is expensive and requires health cover, which is also expensive. Hundreds of quid a month expensive. Before, it was free and on the NHS for emergency care throughout the EU, be it in Manchester, Barcelona or Berlin.
    The EU gave us free roaming, 100GB per month with EE for £20 to use throughout Europe, they spurred the private sector on to abolish some of their highest charges. It saved me a fortune in Berlin. The EU gave online streaming one market for DRM, so that Amazon UK could stream the British content in Europe, for when you are on holiday or living here. The cross border portability of content like movies and TV shows has now ended.
    Moreover, I can't find a single benefit of Brexit for me... Not a single thing. It's all more expensive, more hassle, less freedom, depressing shit.
    The irony of you saying the 'democratic' Referendum crushes the idea that the newspapers (like the Express, Daily Mail and tabloids) and powerful vested interests get to decide the results... When actually the outcome was the direct result of the newspapers banging on about refugees and EU bureaucracy for years on end, and the powerful vested interests of people like Farage or Johnson... mostly vested in themselves, as opportunistic scumbags. When you say that MPs get to decide election results, you ignore the fact they are the elected representatives of the people. However for this to work, democratic society has to be well informed. Over the EU, they were not. Simple as that. And if MPs and government had no power to plot the course of the nation, what's the point of voting for them in the first place? All this anti-parliament BS that came up during the debates on Brexit and the court cases, with the press attacking the judiciary, was a scandal. Very few so-called working class British people voted for Brexit knowing in factual terms exactly what was in it for them. They just got wound up emotionally. Like I said before, rewind to 2005 or even 2010 and nobody down my local pub in Manchester is talking about how much their daily lives are hindered by fishing quotas and tariffs on Japanese imports, and how they can't wait to leave the EU to negotiate their own. Let alone, "we can't wait to leave in order to get all those specific advantages including X, Y, and Z".
    The very fact you haven't listed any specific advantages for your own life, livelihood, town or village of Brexit tells me a lot...
    How about putting to one side the 'taking back control' and the slogans for a moment and listing the explicit benefits you have personally felt since 1st January 2021.
    The first corona vaccine is German by the way.
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    ade towell reacted to Oliver Daniel in My C70 just arrived!   
    Shot 70% shot the C70 and 30% A7SIII.  More coming soon! 
     
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    ade towell reacted to MrSMW in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    Right, well I got so pissed off with both the eye/face detect and the tracking option, I wondered if there was anything else I could do.
    I tried everything from trying to create a timelapse of motion instead. I could. It was awful.
    I tried 6k mode and that kind of worked, but when it lost focus, it never regained it.
    So before finally biting the bullet and moving to Sony for my video (AF) needs, I thought I'd just try all the options that are not supposed to work.
    Such as 225-area AF. And it pretty much worked. At least good enough for my needs based on this one test.
    The kit and settings were:
    S5 + 20-60mm @60mm and f5.6, 4k 50p, 1/100th, variable ND, Natural profile (individual settings such as contrast & sharpness turned down mainly), 225-area, speed -1, sensitivity -1.
    Unless I happen to have hit upon the best all round settings for this kind of capture...which I doubt, I think there is still room for slight improvement...
    Really, the only area I have to play with now is the speed & sensitivity settings which I have played with extensively using pretty much every combination of pluses and minuses available, but only in the face/eye and tracking mode.
    I could test with the 85mm f1.8 and will when I get some more sunshine so I can back or sidelight as on a wedding day I can't control any of that such as if the bride is walking down the aisle at an outdoor ceremony with the sun behind her, that's what I have to work with, so my kit has to pass worst case scenarios.
    But the latter is not critical, ie, the 85mm f1.8 not working 100% in this kind of scenario would be a bonus rather than a need because as long as I can get a few seconds of it locked on...which I can, in any scene, it's enough.
    So AF summary based on my experience/testing and needs:
    A. For stills, it's not in question. It's not the fastest but it's reliable/accurate. That's an easy pass.
    B. For static video, ie, the subject is people doing things such as; hair, makeup, eating, drinking, talking, wedding ceremony etc, which is 95% of my coverage, it's again, an easy pass ie, this camera does not have a problem with anything like that other than in very rare situations, ie, is pretty much as reliable as anything out there for this kind of thing.
    C. For tracking AF, based on my above test, it's not 100%, but it's good enough for my needs for those 5-10 sequences on a wedding day (bride entrance, couple exit, confetti walk, couple walking shots, entrance to meal) provided I can replicate (and maybe even improve upon) what I managed in the video.
    I have been quite desperate to make this thing work, just as I once was moving from the Nikon D3s to Fuji X Pro1 with it's garbage AF.
    Why? Partly sheer bloody-mindedness, but also because the camera and sytem very much is just right.
    Top of the list are video quality and stills quality and it's as good as anything and better than most.
    The size & ergos and build are just perfect with the Smallrig L bracket to just bring the size and weight up a little.
    The lens options that are beginning to appear and more so in '21 are excellent.
    I'm still waiting on the complimentary Sigma 45mm f2.8 (I have been battling with Panasonic but it appears I have now won, probably just to make me go away) and that will be my next major test.
    I'm hoping the Sigma(s) will work for me in the hybrid role. I'm sticking with the Pan 20-60mm for all tracking pieces regardless and it's also my wide-angle stills lens so retains a place in my bag regardless.
    But I am really interested in the 35mm f2, the 65mm f2 and the 105mm f2.8 macro as these mirrorless designed lenses would complete a perfect line up for me.
    Various tests have shown however that within L Mount, native works best but we'll see and if the Sigma route doesn't work out, I'd be disappointed but more than happy with Panasonic's own new f1.8 lineup.
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    ade towell got a reaction from IronFilm in Fuji X-T3 / X-T4 sticky topic   
    https://petapixel.com/2020/10/15/next-fuji-x-t3-firmware-update-will-more-than-double-autofocus-speed/
    A little bit of love still for the XT3, AF improvements 
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    ade towell got a reaction from IronFilm in Canon R5 or Sony a7SIII?   
    Yep what he said
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    ade towell reacted to Zak Forsman in Panasonic EVA-2 Wish List   
    4K high framerates and auto-focus aside, the S1H objectively delivers a better image on the whole. A7SIII still suffers from substandard color fidelity and baked in noise reduction that wrecks detail. The way i look at it is that the S1H excels at the minimum specs that i consider essential, while the A7SIII excels at some specialty operations, but doesn't meet important specs I consider essential. I was hopeful that the A7SIII would surpass the S1H but there are base operations that have to be met before I can get excited about 4k 120p (which is overkill for most situations, anyway. I find b-roll captured at 48-72fps more useful in the edit). I usually have to speed up 120fps for pacing.
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    ade towell reacted to BjornT in Panasonic S5 Entry Level Full Frame seems to be real...   
    Shot on the S1 with a 1/8 black pro mist (side interview shot is GH5) and some 16mm grain added in.
    Heavily graded but if you have a bit of color grading knowledge then the S5/S1/S1H is a big step up from GH5 (not to mention low light capabilities). I think the v-log on the S series has a more organic quality than any of Sony, Canon's, Fuji's current offerings (less sharpening).
    Just bought the S5 as a 2nd camera so look forward to testing that out.
     
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