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Tim Sewell

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  1. An increasing amount of advertising content is now shown on large, vertical screens in public spaces so, although we might find it distasteful, it's definitely a thing.
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    Tripod advice?

    For the money, this (and the many other versions available under different brand names) can definitely do a reasonable job: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00139W0XM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    Leica Q3

    The well-known and much-revered products of another German company are available, used, for a somewhat similar price.
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    Leica Q3

    It's especially odd as, if one is particularly concerned about video, one can find far more effective and enticing ways of spending £5k than on this.
  5. I must confess I'm always a little mystified that people are willing to pay the Leica premium for digital cameras. One of the most compelling aspects of a Leica film camera is that it's 'the camera you pass on to your grandchildren' - but how does that stand up for digital, given that the sensor etc in even the best of Leica's offerings will be obsolete in 10 years?
  6. ^^ Anyone responsible for paying the crew's wages probably wouldn't choose to shoot a feature on a...
  7. Hmmm. My understanding is that a major reason for the almost exclusive use of Arri for serious movie making is the fact that if the camera goes down the Arri network is so good that another will be delivered within hours. I should have thought that kind of protection against downtime would be just as important (if not more) on a low-budget production.
  8. FS5 has autofocus but it ain't fast and it ain't great!
  9. Well done! My current cam for video is a G9, which I love, but taking some pictures for a friend's daughter at her wedding celebration (she had a pro, this was extra) showed me that M43 just doesn't cut low light stills to a high enough standard; so I shelved plans to get another G9. I already have a full set of EF lenses, so Canon was a no-brainer, and my wife recently got a 5D mkiv, which I like. Didn't want to spend that kind of cash at this stage, however, and I reckon the mkii gets me 95% of the way there anyway. This was GBP290 with c35000 clicks, which isn't bad. I'm definitely liking the images so far, so once I get my first booking I'll pick up another (MPB - they've got loads!).
  10. Well I just bought a 5D mkii, with a view to getting another, to relaunch myself into the wedding stills trade this year. Fairly impressed so far...
  11. The IBIS is great - and somehow the C-AF in video mode seems a lot better than on the S1 - which is odd.
  12. Oh yes it's miles better - the highlight roll-off alone is enough to keep it - except that because it's so big and heavy (esp with my Tokina 28-70 2.6 on) that it hasn't left its bag for the last 3 months or so. When I'm out it's nearly always with children and the dog, stopping to shop etc. and it's just too unweildy for that kind of use. The number of times I actually get to go out alone with a camera each year can be counted on one hand. So it's going - but yes, I sure will miss those highlights!
  13. I use MPB quite a lot, given that they're in my town (I've even sent a taxi round to pick stuff up in the past!) but I want to get as much cash as possible so going the eBay route this time. My replacement for the S1, which I love, but don't use nearly enough to justify keeping it, is a humble GX85. I'm not a pro, by any means, and that camera has so far been a revelation in that for the kind of things I currently shoot it gives me about 90% of what I need. I've got a music video coming up and if the colourist is happy with 8 bit Cine D I'll even use it for that paired with my Super Takumars. If not I may pick up a G9 or rent something. I've got to say, when I got the S1. out to photograph it for the listing I nearly decided against the whole exercise. It's such a beautifully put-together camera. But it won't be my last high end camera - I'm just taking a break!
  14. Seems the For Sale forum has gone, so posting this here (admin delete if against rules). I've got my S1, a 250GB Angelbird CFExpress and a Sigma MC21 up for sale on the bay - UK buyers only. S1: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144636366271 Card: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144636368184 MC-21: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144636375087
  15. Always was a very sharp and realistic film. I've stayed clear of transparencies in my 'reborn' film usage as I'm not that great of a technical photographer, but back in the day I used to love making large Cibachromes from them - no other photographic print medium like it, ever! And thank you for being so complimentary!
  16. Ektar is, to my eye, the most 'digital' of all colour neg. Lovely stuff which as above, I habitually overexpose (https://www.vrimage.co.uk/IShootFilm/Ektar-100-June-2018/) - but I prefer Portra.
  17. Yeah I overexpose colour neg as a matter of habit anyway - including fresh rolls. With a combined chemical/digital workflow it seems to give a better base to work from. I used to think it was 'impure' to add digital adjustments to the scanned image (I was developing everything myself as well), in the end I decided that the goal of the exercise was to produce pleasing images rather than to acquire any bragging rights! Stopped developing now - time poor - but I prefer to scan at home , which helps defray processing costs.
  18. I have a big bag of Ektar, Portra, Fujicolor Industrial and Acros that I'm slowly working my way through. It's actually amazing how well film holds up after long storage in less than ideal conditions.
  19. General use. I have a S1, that I love, but it's so big and heavy it hasn't been out of its bag for the last few months, so I wanted something that I can just pick up and go with. The particular motivation for doing it now is that I'm going on holiday (first time in three years) in a few weeks and the thought of lugging the S1 around was causing me considerable trepidation. With this I can put the camera and my three native lenses (25 1.7, 17 1.8 and 14 2.5), plus my Mavic Mini 2 in my messenger bag and still have room for sun cream (and my Crane 2S maybe)! In fact, after initial testing, I think I'm probably going to sell the S1. I was thinking I would need to hold on to it as I've been asked to do a music video in a couple of months, but I think the GX80 will handle it nicely - in that scenario I'll be speedboosting my set of Super Takumars. A few weeks ago i tried out a FZ2000 for a couple of weeks, but it failed to impress. What's the point of a super zoom when the long end is unusably soft? Also the colours didn't do it for me, but this little chap's rendition is not a million miles away from the S1's. Last night I was using Standard and Natural, both dialled back. Over the weekend I'll be giving @BTM_Pix's bit of wizardry a try to see how Cinelike D fares.
  20. I've arrived late to this party, having taken delivery today of a pristine used GX80. After reading this whole thread I'm raring to go with some testing down at the beach this evening!
  21. Absolutely. 100 years of cinema mainly filmed at 24fps means that people in general consider the result to be the most realistic depiction of motion. I would expect, if the entire industry switched to 60fps tomorrow then in another 100 years that would be considered the most realistic. Given the prevalence of video games that might well happen.
  22. He has a long-standing relationship with Arri in LA.
  23. I mean, it's not nothing - clearly they get used, but this doesn't really represent the top flight of Hollywood releases...
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