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  1. Cue more idiot directors saying - "we will fix it in post" Seriously it is pretty clever stuff. Not just items with a clear consistent outline on a plain background. In some ways this can be done more cleanly in video than stills, as there are more chances to find a clean backplate to clone from.
  2. a lens and sensor curved to match might be ideal optically, but switch to a different focal length, especially with a long lens, and the calculations get more complicated rather than easier, I would imagine. Also your lenses will be worse than junk on any other non curved sensor, so forget adapting them.
  3. Both cameras may be at f4 but the larger sensor on the full frame camera means there is more OOF blur. So it isn't a direct comparison. That doesn't mean the Sony AF isn't amazing, and the ability to pick up faces when they are a long way back and moving fast is pretty impressive.
  4. BasiliskFilm

    z6 vs XT3

    Once you have good quality FF glass, then going to crop seems a backward step, especially now that FF full sensor video is available at sensible prices. That is not to say that there are some nice fast-ish primes for Fuji, but it is tough to get the look of an f1.4 lens on full frame, while I already have several vintage f1.4 or f1.2 lenses for full frame.
  5. It may have the same chip and processing as the Z6 - as it is cheaper to manufacture in bulk than come up with a custom design for a cheaper model. Where they could save on costs is by omitting IBIS. The problem there though is that Nikon seems to have made the (sensible) decision to keep stabilisation on the body, to keep the lenses lighter and smaller (and hopefully cheaper). Canon has taken the other road of stabilising lenses, and not bodies. So if Nikon brings out a budget, unstabilised body, do they also bring out a new budget stabilised kit lens (like the variable aperture 28-85mm on my D600)?
  6. To be honest, I am holding fire on a decision until I see the new firmware. Sony have stepped up their AF on the A6400/A9 and I am guessing there will be a video oriented release taking on the z6 (A7SIII, A7IV?) which will have to be competitively priced. Can Nikon improve their already good AF to keep up with a firmware update? Particularly in the field of action stills, the Z6 is not really a sports camera, the DSLRs still have the edge for stills. The ideal hybrid video/stills action solution is still not there; the A9 is perhaps the closest, but still expensive and lacking key video features like profiles.
  7. Looks like it is the 6DII - with a Digic 8 rather than 7, so that might help a bit. But latest spec rumour seems to have lost the 4K prediction... Looks like Canon has a surprise up its sleeve again.
  8. Canon is great at keeping secrets, so everyone gets a surprise at release. No-one anticipated the video crop on the EOS-R, so be prepared for surprises! Will the new model have full frame video or full sensor readout? I know where I would put my bet.
  9. camera 1lb, lens 2lb - not the easiest setup to balance, I imagine!
  10. If the A6400 has ninja focussing skills then it could be a niche product for wildlife and action stills photography. More reach than the A9 too. A big upgrade at the price point, but presumably there will be a (more expensive) video-focussed release with stabilisation and less rolling shutter, which would presumably require a next generation sensor.
  11. Sony is still selling the original A7 with kit lens for £879. They can do this by reducing the price of legacy models, which obviously Nikon can't in the mirrorless market. Nikon wants to compete in that segment, makes perfect sense. They may have to cut some corners to do it, but the A7 is a perfectly respectable stills camera (with less than brilliant AF), and the full frame stills market is probably still larger than those looking for 4K video shooting.
  12. Sorry I probably meant the a5100. My comment on Nikon was a flippant one about animal eye autofocus. Seriously I want animal eye autofocus before our next pup arrives, and as half the videos on youtube are of cute dogs and cats, I am not the only one...
  13. Sony still sells shedloads of the A6000, so I think that is the target market for this. From a serious video point of view, I would look on this only for pointers to where the next prosumer models may be going. It is aimed at the sub $1000 market, and at this level all the kit zooms have stabilisation anyway. Sony often starts their upgrade rollouts with the cheapest, best selling models - remember when the A5000 had better quality 1080p video than the more expensive models? The higher end version will be along soon. Animal eye-AF - I would love that! Come on Nikon, keep up...
  14. As above, and I guess you have discovered that with a very wide angle lens you get an additional effect of the oblique rays from the edges of the image having to pass through two layers of filter at an angle producing extra vignetting.
  15. I'm all in favour of retro fun; I even put a roll of Ilford FP4 through my Pentax Spotmatic recently. Sadly I don't have the time or money to buy multiple expensive bodies, and the Z6 seems to be the Swiss Army Knife sweet spot at the moment, especially with my existing Nikon modern and vintage glass.
  16. You can keep a model on the shelf longer if you keep improving it through its lifetime. Sony have been a bit cursed by releasing so many different models of camera, some with major, some with minor improvements, but with no upgrade path - beyond the fact you could keep you lenses and accessories. To some extent it makes sense to "build in" the cost of software upgrades, as later purchasers will get them included in the price of the camera. Like Apple now does with OSX and iOS updates. There is an argument that not many users use Log output, so perhaps only the few should pay, but there are quite a lot of folk who buy for the flagship features who never use them, so it is probably worth including all possible software improvements to boost sales. This is the same company who produced the retro Df, which deliberately removed video to keep all the photo purists happy! Nice to see they have moved on.
  17. Slightly off-topic, but the "Film Maker's Kit" doesn't actually look like a bad selection of stuff, if you don't have any of the items already. Any thoughts?
  18. Perhaps we are seeing some truth in the theory that Nikon, as the main company without a professional line of video cameras to protect, is free to go where it wants without undermining high end models. We are also seeing a change in philosophy with the mirrorless range towards continuous upgrade with firmware updates (more in line with an electronics company like Apple, than a traditional camera company where you have to buy a new body to get the new features). At least while the Z6 is young, and with no plans to replace it, then squeezing extra juice out of it can only be good for sales.
  19. Well at the very least it looks like they are still working on updates which is good news. Maybe there will be improvements to AF beyond the addition of EyeAF.
  20. So the light levels and aperture were identical between the shots?
  21. Surely the amount of light received by the PDAF pixels is down to the lens aperture, regardless of image ISO sensitivity. It looks to me like he keeps the same aperture/DOF between his two test sessions. Sure it is dark, but the AF looks pretty good in the first half with otherwise identical settings.
  22. Has anyone else had this experience of shooting NLog to a recorder having a hit on AF performance?
  23. If you add in some of the best sensor stabilisation on a full frame camera, the ill effects of rolling shutter are much minimised in hand held footage. I have not seen much of it in footage online, even when using non-stabilised lenses.
  24. 10 bit log output - looks like Sony's handicapping may not be very effective
  25. Autofocus is not just down to the focus points on the sensor - most the heavy lifting is done by the CPU, in calculating when and where and how fast the lens needs to move. This involves ever more sophisticated software and I imagine AI and machine learning algorithms (such as face detection). Nikon is newer to the game of using both sensor PDAF and CDAF together than Sony (though perhaps it had a trial run with the N1 series?), so it doesn't seem unlikely that some firmware update might give improved performance in this area, like Panasonic did with the GH5.
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