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  1. I am calling it now - if you need a laptop in the field and you are a Final Cut user the New Macbook air is the go to option. And represents great value for money. I STILL use my 2013 Macbook air for infield ingest, shot organisation and quick daily update edits. With Thunderbolt SSD connectivity it deals with and scrubs through 4 k video like butter. Pretty impressive for 8 year old technology. And it is so small i barely notice it on my load outs. Do not under estimate the value of a small light footprint in the field. Rendering is slow for any colour / fx edits which is why: The 2019 Imac does the heavy lifting at home - where 98% of my editing occurs - and absolutely kills it. I Think i will be visiting an apple store soon. Then again i can actually still work just fine on the road with my 2013 Macbook air...
  2. Its funny because its true. B roll on youtube has become the tail wagging the dog. Solid acting on that piece by the way.
  3. Wow - fantastic looking images - its hard to believe it was all shot at 1 focal length. I guess diopters (surely it doesn't focus that close without them?) and framing can achieve a lot. Do you have any feedback on working with the combo? The results are great. And on an old gh4 too! I like how you supported the camera more in this video with locked off frames or subtle handheld work.
  4. Did someone take these guys dogs as hostages and force them to do this? They look terrified and awkward. I love panasonic and shoot gh5 daily - but this as a marketing effort is a bit tone deaf.
  5. My first proper shoot with this adaptor. I am pretty damn happy with this adaptor for the price. It has its limitations but they are easily worked around. Gh5, voigtlander 25, slr magic compact 40 1.33
  6. My first full run on the gimbal - yes it is hard to hold focus when moving on an anamorphic adapter!
  7. A bit of run and gun at f2 and f2.8 at around 5 ft from the camera (mostly on Near setting)
  8. Some more shooting action on this combo - this time covering Greyhound racing (these were extra shots on the side in between interviews and race intros which i was covering) - I can say that focusing at distance 5ft and out was reasonably straight forward. I was mostly at f2.8 and NORMAL setting for these shots.
  9. Thought i would share some initial Focus test results with my first foray into anamorphic. I got the tape measure out and trialled some distance and f stop settings at the limits of wider apertures that might work. I used a zhiyun crane v2 on a gh5 to keep movements conttolled as it seems anas dont lend themselves well to handheld work. (unless you are trying to create tension) I am only finding my way with focusing 5 ft and further out seems pretty easy as you just focus through the NORMAL setting. It feels like i found some limits in the 2-5ft range using the NEAR setting. It feels like f1.7 ish might be useable at times (not in very close though) f 2.0 seemed ok from 3 ft and out. But as a newbie to anamorphic (but with 15 years of cinematography experience) there is a lot i am sure i dont know. It looks like the compact 40 MAY punch above its weight with sharpness relative to its cost. I hope this video helps others out there with this popular adapter.
  10. looking good - i have been experimenting with the gh5s at high isos (3200 and 6400) and using the lights on dialled down settings - and you get great run time on set.- and as the lights run at lower power percentages they look a bit more diffused too. High iso performance changes the game in terms of overall gear footprint and set up times / practicalities. It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on high iso shooting and its subsequent effect on lighting requirements.
  11. Panasonic NATIVE LENSES MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!! - The Panasonic 12-35, 12-60 and 35-100 have worked really nicely with AF since the previous firmware update - I use them on paid shoots in AF when i have a tricky focus (like a slider / dolly push into an object) - it looks like the latest update is even better. I have the Oly 7-14 (I love it's field of view for real estate) and DO NOT use the AF with that (luckily its not a fly by wire focus system) as OLYMPUS and Pana firmware dont seem to communicate that well. Its AF is dodgy as - so I would strongly recommend you try this test with a panasonic lens - I think you will be impressed.
  12. TAKE ONLINE VIDEO REVIEWS WITH A GRAIN OF SALT... These guys compare the DR of a GH5 and BMPCC by having one camera pointing into a flare (the Gh5) while the other one sits in the shadow (the BM) the hilarity begins at 9.42s - you can clearly see by the parallax of the window frame and the flowers that the gh5 is in a different position. https://youtu.be/bTFlmcDu5bg This issue is more illustrative of the "tell me what camera to buy" culture and the noise, be first culture that prevails at the moment. 49 000 views, a ton of comments about grades, vlog , skin tones AND NO ONE PICKED THIS UP. Andrew Reid of EOSHD is all across this problem too - and he is dead right. And that is why you have to use your own skills to determine what is right for you... (For the record I like both cameras)
  13. I have looked at the sample videos - and Casey's stuff. IN NO WAY DOES THIS COME CLOSE TO THE RESULTS FROM A GIMBAL!!! It is pretty impressive stabilisation for sure. But to say it replaces a gimbal is very misleading - the stability approaches perhaps 60% of what a gimbal gives you. (which is impressive - but they are over stating the results) Having said all of that- I am tempted to get one.
  14. their auto exposure casues shimmer and flickering - you have to disable it - I was watching an episode of Chefs table on Netflix and they used some beautifully framed video of a Temple in South Korea - BUT they forgot to turn of auto exposure - which meant that treees had this weird shimmer going on in them. Shots were awesome otherwise.
  15. Now THAT was a smoking reel! I felt transported to another place - great art direction, variety and dynamic pacing in the edit. A tip of the hat to you sir. Cameras be damned! That could have been shot on anything half decent (except maybe the super slow motion) - the lighting and concept design trumped everything else. As it always does.
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