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    DevonChris got a reaction from hansel in Is micro four thirds still worth investing into? (from a beginners-ish perspective)   
    I have a GX8 with 12-35 F2.8 and I love it for the documentary style photography that I do. The combination of sensor stabilisation and optical OIS is fantastic, definitely making this a keeper. I sold my D810 and bought this combo instead, when I realised that my customers did not want 2 metre prints.
    MattH is correct about the crop problems for video though. I line the shot up in the view finder and then hate the fact that the image in the viewfinder (and being recorded)  suddenly crops in 4K mode when recording starts. I very often have to reframe.
    Like Matt, I use 4K for enhanced 1080 output, but I have a range of manual Nikon glass and a MFT metabones speed booster so I am seriously considering buying a dedicated video cam such as a BMC in the near future.
    I am becoming more convinced that hybrid cameras are too compromised - they are either great for photography, and good'ish for video (GX8) or vice versa (GH4). For a beginner, though - they are fine .
    There are fantastic deals for the GH7 in the UK at the moment so this would be a great place to start, but try and buy used lenses in good condition.
    Investing in manual glass such as manual Nikors is also a great way of building an investment that can move from camera to camera.
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    DevonChris reacted to Shirozina in Macbook Pro or Surface Book 2 for 4k editing?   
    The XPS 9570 still suffers from CPU and GPU throttling when run hard (like my 9560) but as it has Thunderbolt it can use an external GPU. These slim laptops are just not designed to deal with the thermal stress of sustained high CPU and GPU rates but if you can offload this work to an external box it may solve it. I have a 4 disk RAID0 on my 9560 via Thunderbolt which gives me 500 mbps data rates but the Thunderbolt chip side of the laptop gets very hot. If you have a big raid storage box and eGPU + laptop you have to ask yourself why are you not using a small desktop ( micro ATX form factor) PC and a Screen......
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    DevonChris reacted to deezid in Macbook Pro or Surface Book 2 for 4k editing?   
    Anything with a Intel Core i7-8750H and NVIDIA 1060 works fine.
    If Resolve is important get a laptop with a 1070 or even 1080 instead, 8GB of GPU memory are necessary.
    16GB of system RAM is the bare minimum. If compositing is done in 4K, 32GB is the minimum RAM capacity.
    Many laptops nowadays have at least 1080p IPS screens with almost or even full sRGB coverage. Perfectly fine, even for grading after calibration.
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    DevonChris reacted to Shirozina in Macbook Pro or Surface Book 2 for 4k editing?   
    The standard XP’s 9570 is a better spec - do you really need the 2 in1 feature. Laptops are pretty poor choices for 4K video editing as they just don’t have the cooling capacity so for real-time playback and rendering and they will shudder to a stuttering mess very quickly. Good for reviewing footage but for editing I’d stick to a good desktop machine.
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    DevonChris reacted to BTM_Pix in Macbook Pro or Surface Book 2 for 4k editing?   
    Mine is a late 2015 and had an intermittent keyboard fault a few weeks ago.
    Credit to it though, it recognised that intermittent problems are really frustrating so it has now made itself permanent.
    I'm not sure if its dust thats caused it as it has not exactly led an easy life and routinely has overnight stays in boxes of rice after getting rained on on jobs.
    I'm pretty sure its a detached ribbon and will be an easy fix but the reports of £700 for a repair means that the repair won't be happening at an official Apple outlet.
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    DevonChris reacted to BTM_Pix in Macbook Pro or Surface Book 2 for 4k editing?   
    I think this might become even more of a discussion point in the next couple of months as the Pocket 4K starts to be delivered and people are looking to edit RAW in Resolve.
    My MacBook Pro is probably due an upgrade but I actually think I might go the route of getting an external GPU as it looks like its going to be cheaper and more effective for Resolve than upgrading the computer.
    After seeing some of the performance increases on offer in Resolve with external GPU and them now being officially supported in macOS 10.13.4, I think it might be time to take the plunge.
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    DevonChris reacted to andrgl in Macbook Pro or Surface Book 2 for 4k editing?   
    Neither of those are good choices due to massive throttling of their GPUs. Get a portable gaming laptop. Reddit is a good non-biased source to use to find the right one.
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    DevonChris reacted to Raafi Rivero in Geoff Boyle: "F**k The Numbers"   
    I'm gonna call both/and here. There are no two types; we are snowflakes. We are all limited in different ways: some in our ability to master technical details, others in composition, in content, others still in understanding what makes a good image on an emotional level. There are simply an incredible number of levers to pull to create a stunning image: lens and camera choice, f/stop, filtration, lighting, subject, location, subject distance and on and on. The process is inherently imperfect and complicated by the huge number of decisions there are to make. What I like about Geoff's talk is that he doesn't choose one or the other. Yes, the talk is called "fuck the numbers," but then he goes on about an 8K scan of a classic film negative and the resolution in the chainmail of a costume in a terrible movie. Understanding the process of image-making is messy. It is a journey. Over time our attempts to master as many of these levers as possible will show on the screen but we will all have strengths and weaknesses.
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    DevonChris got a reaction from IronFilm in Geoff Boyle: "F**k The Numbers"   
    I agree with Geoff Boyle, and this discussion is so timely for me as I am looking to buy a new camera, primarily for stills.
    I've been looking at many of the portfolios from the Magnum Photographers and what strikes me is the poor technical quality of many of their images. Many are slightly out of focus, have blown highlights, low resolution or been shot on low quality cameras.
    I haven't found a single mention of a camera on the Magnum Photographers web site. To them, the camera is just a tool. What counts is getting the image, capturing the moment. Creating awesome content.
    I've spent hours comparing tech specs, reading reviews and comments, watching YouTube videos, trying to find the best camera and the best deal. Sure, that is important, but my time would be better spent studying great photographers and their images, and learning from them. Then grabbing almost any camera and shoot as many photos as possible to improve my technique and learn to see better.
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    DevonChris got a reaction from bamigoreng in Geoff Boyle: "F**k The Numbers"   
    I agree with Geoff Boyle, and this discussion is so timely for me as I am looking to buy a new camera, primarily for stills.
    I've been looking at many of the portfolios from the Magnum Photographers and what strikes me is the poor technical quality of many of their images. Many are slightly out of focus, have blown highlights, low resolution or been shot on low quality cameras.
    I haven't found a single mention of a camera on the Magnum Photographers web site. To them, the camera is just a tool. What counts is getting the image, capturing the moment. Creating awesome content.
    I've spent hours comparing tech specs, reading reviews and comments, watching YouTube videos, trying to find the best camera and the best deal. Sure, that is important, but my time would be better spent studying great photographers and their images, and learning from them. Then grabbing almost any camera and shoot as many photos as possible to improve my technique and learn to see better.
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    DevonChris reacted to jonpais in Sony a7 III discussion   
    and more televisions. what’s that got to do with the price of tea in China? Oh wait, offering ff mirrorless cameras is a conspiracy to sell more expensive lenses... that argument makes so much sense... why didn’t I think of that?
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    DevonChris reacted to jhnkng in Fuji 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 Good Enough For Hand Held Filming?   
    I've used the 18-135 which also has OIS and I was pleasantly surprised by how well it stabilised my shots. I didn't use it for that long, but I generally don't like the weird movement that OIS generates especially at long focal lengths, but this seems to be a little bit better than some of the others I've seen. If the 18-55 is as good as the 18-135 then it should be more than workable. 
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    DevonChris reacted to kye in Fuji 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 Good Enough For Hand Held Filming?   
    I shoot exclusively hand-held and rely on OIS to help me stabilise shots.
    The way I think about it is that OIS and IBIS 'absorb' a small amount of movement, with good OIS and IBIS absorbing a greater range of movement, but if you move more than they can handle then the movement shows in the footage.
    The way to improve this is to use some kind of camera stabiliser or mount.  You can start at the small end by using a camera strap, adding a handle to your camera, all the way up through using something like a Gorillapod (a small bendy tripod used as a kind of handle) to full rigs like shoulder-mounts or steadicams.  
    I mention the Gorillapod as it's what I use and I find it to be quite effective up to about 100mm or so in combination with OIS.  Happy to give you more detail about how I use it if you're interested.
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    DevonChris reacted to Inazuma in Fuji 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 Good Enough For Hand Held Filming?   
    Yeh it's good enough. Not as good as GH5 ibis but good enough
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    DevonChris reacted to 1Ale82 in 8 bit 200 mbs vs 10 bit 100 mbs?   
    @DevonChris Yes, I thought about Nikon bodies. But with a camera like a D500, I would need to buy more AF lenses from Nikon, as with such a camera manual focusing will be quite hard, especially on long lenses and without a proper focusing screen for manual lenses.
     
    @Kisaha I think you are right about color rendition of GH5/GH5s. I have seen some reviews like this one
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo_YQgBgtL8
    which I found really interesting
     
    @Luke Mason Thanks for the clarification. I think I will have motion to record, but nothing too fast.
     
    @Mokara Thanks for the explanations. I was thinking the main processor was the “brain” behind everything. If you say the hdmi can pull more than what the main processor could record internally, then probably the XH1 will be a good choice as, from specs, it records colors in the wider space rec2020 than the 709.
     
    @Django Thanks for the link. I think you are right, considering body construction, Fuji and Panasonic would be better. I remember some old blogs/forum discussions from people using the GH4 in some tough places without issues. The GH5 would be the same I think. And XH1 vs XT2, I think the bigger grip and the top lcd are some nice features to have for fieldwork.
    I was just taking for granted the intervallometer in the A7III. I know (now) about the latest firmware for the XT2. When I was writing this tread, I was not aware yet of the new firmware.
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    DevonChris got a reaction from Mark Romero 2 in 8 bit 200 mbs vs 10 bit 100 mbs?   
    It may seem an odd suggestion at first, but have you thought about a Nikon D500?
    1) Excellent dynamic range and image quality for your photos
    2) Proven ruggedness, build quality and durability
    3) Full compatibility with most of your lenses with no adaptor required
    4) Great Nikon colours for video, but only 8 bit 4:2:0 internal with 8 bit 4:2:2 via external recorder
    5) Cheapest solution for body only pricing
    Only downsides:
    1) No IBIS
    2) 4K video crop factor
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    DevonChris reacted to Mark Romero 2 in Camera to shoot stock video?   
    In the US, we have verifly, which is $10 for one hour of liability coverage up to a million US. In theory, this will cover those who fly as a "hobby" or those who fly professionally. Maybe there is some sort of similar service in the UK???
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    DevonChris got a reaction from kye in Camera to shoot stock video?   
    It may sound like I’m a newbie to stock footage/photos, but actually I still have a portfolio of footage which I put up onto a few agencies about ten years ago. I just want to get back into it again now as I have a bit more spare time.
    You are absolutely correct in not being able to predict what sells. My best selling footage is a of a hand (mine) putting coins into a piggy bank, I shot that on a Canon 550D (T2i) 8 years ago with the lighting setup, shoot and editing taking not much more than 20 minutes in total.
    It’s an appealing business model whereby you can have a long earnings tail from your portfolio, but I am the first to admit that it is really competitive and very hit and miss. You also need a huge number of clips to get over its randomness,
    I’m not considering this as a main earnings stream, but more of an add on to my client work and other earnings streams.  
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    DevonChris got a reaction from webrunner5 in Camera to shoot stock video?   
    it’s a bit off topic, but I could not believe how good the photos are from the Pixel 2. In good light I was getting photos that were really close to the XT-2. Computational photography is amazing. Video quality is excellent from the Pixel 2 also.
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    DevonChris got a reaction from webrunner5 in Camera to shoot stock video?   
    Some good discussion, here. Thanks everybody!
    For future proofing, if nothing else, I would definitely want to deliver 4K stock footage.
    This will be supplemental income (hopefully!) and I like the idea of building up a portfolio that brings in passive income.
    I also want to document some of the amazing places around here, so although a niche market, there is not much competition for footage which is why I want to create broadcast ready video, as long as the gear cost is reasonable.
    I haven’t got a problem with buying a GH5 and delving back into the Panny world. A used GH4 and 4K Atomos would cost about the same as a refurbed GH5. I like the internal 10 bit recording of the GH5 and the IBIS would be really useful.
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    DevonChris got a reaction from Don Kotlos in Camera to shoot stock video?   
    Yep - long waiting list. I want to crack on with this before Christmas, but that is a great suggestion
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    DevonChris got a reaction from mercer in Camera to shoot stock video?   
    Thanks for your comment. I'm doing a lot of research into this and it seems that new footage really needs to be 4K now.
    I think a competitive advantage can be gained by supplying 10 bit 4:2:2 content which is broadcast safe so that it does meet broadcast standards (BBC) as well as being used for the web.
    There is also the thought about whether to supply just log files, slightly graded or finished graded clips, but that is another matter!
     
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    DevonChris reacted to mercer in Camera to shoot stock video?   
    Interesting question. I’ve thought about the same thing a few times. And I would go with as big of a sensor I could afford. I would think for static shots something like the a7iii would be a good camera, or a D850... 4K does make sense though, so I’m sure the GH5 would work great for it as well. 
    I imagine anything would be fine though. I think someone recently said, maybe @Damphousse that he  still sells some stock shots from his t3i, so maybe test the waters with something you already own?
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    DevonChris reacted to jonpais in Camera to shoot stock video?   
    I'd stay away from the Inferno unless your camera's going to be on a tripod all the time. The Ninja V would be a better option. 
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    DevonChris reacted to Don Kotlos in Camera to shoot stock video?   
    Yeah I think with stock footage you want to get the best possible quality since it will allow for much wider compatibility with other systems. 
    If you go through the trouble of shooting stock footage then 10bit 4K 4:2:2 is a good start. GH4 is fine, but GH5 or even GH5s should give much better colors. Another possibility is the BM micro studio with an external recorder. 
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