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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from PannySVHS in Panasonic S1 V-LOG -- New image quality king of the hill   
    Nice. And really stable - is the IBIS really that good? 
    I plan to use it mainly with my Super Taks and with a couple of EF zooms.
    Waiting for the postman! 
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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from PannySVHS in Gauging the reaction to the Panasonic GH6   
    Having just acquired a Panasonic S1 (with which I have immediately fallen in love) I'm actually quite happy to hear that the AF isn't so good as it means I don't have any urgent reason to buy any of their very expensive native lenses!
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    Tim Sewell reacted to Andrew Reid in A Brave New Chris and Jordan   
    The way it works in the camera industry is that you sign an NDA, with an embargo date. This way the manufacturer can orchestrate a coordinated release of reviews for maximum clicks on the announcement day. There is a select few - a handful of people - in each country that are privy to the camera launch details about 2 weeks before the release date for the public and are legally bound not to say anything until the embargo is lifted. However usually always 2-3 weeks before or even earlier, the scumbag rumours sites will leak it all out anyway. So that effectively mutes you on the topic, whilst everybody else is free to talk about it. So the only advantage of signing that NDA is you get the info from the official source rather than the same info from a rumours site. For sites like Camera Labs or DPReview then, it is 100% necessary to get the actual camera early and do your review in time for the launch, otherwise be left out of the circle jerk and launch day manufacturer publicity drive... The review would have to come out a week or 2 after most customers have got the first batch of stock in their hands. Also you save money this way naturally, by not buying anything and just taking loans that go back. There is no enjoyment for me in this, as for me the camera is a personal item and a long-term investment in my work. I only accept a loan if it is long term with no strings attached.
    The manufacturers never stipulate that you have to write only good things about a camera. It is an unwritten rule that if you're too honest of course you'll be phased out of involvement in future. Even in feedback sessions and market research you get the sense that some marketing people only want to hear from the yes men. The marketing approach of each company differs. Panasonic is more honest and straight forward. Sony have a tendency to play the big hype game with social media influencers. Canon seems to delegate a lot of their marketing to outside PR companies.
    What I enjoy with Panasonic is the technical side, the ability to send feedback direct to the engineers in Japan. I value this very much. I deal with Panasonic in the UK who do a very good job on all fronts and sometimes Panasonic in Germany who just aren't as helpful at least in my experience. After 11 years in this industry, Panasonic are the only company who have stuck by EOSHD and made sure our voices get heard in the development of their cameras. Almost all the other companies I have dealt with see this community as purely a marketing channel to be exploited for their own gain, and not for the advantage of us. Fujifilm in particular, once sent me an interview in a fucking spreadsheet of one line answers and expected me to publish a strictly censored version of it with key questions taken out. Needless to say, I sold both my GFX 50S and 50R afterwards and GFX 100 is next.
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    Tim Sewell reacted to MrSMW in Panasonic S1 V-LOG -- New image quality king of the hill   
    As long as you don’t expect it to be a replacement for a gimbal, it’s superb.
    The IBIS on my S5 is good. I like to shoot subjects pretty statically ie, rarely track, pan, zoom or anything but allow my subject to provide any and all movement.
    On the S1H, it’s fantastic.
    If I use an OIS lens, it’s not far off a tripod and unless you cock it up, you just don’t notice any movement. In fact you don’t even without an OIS lens.
    I was previously an XT3 and freestanding monopod user.
    I am now handheld (other than long static stuff that needs a tripod obviously) and I am so much faster and have so much more flexibility to just shoot and not faff trying to get the height and the angle and the level or even to get the thing standing up by itself on an uneven surface.
    Gamechanger is an overused term. For me, in this instance, it isn’t. It is 100% a gamechanger.
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    Tim Sewell reacted to tupp in Advice for background lighting   
    Yes.  Fringing can sometimes be an issue with some ellipsoidal fixtures.  Instruments that use lenses made for slide/film projectors usually exhibit minimal fringing.
     
    Use an open-face tungsten or HMI source with a snoot.  Add a tube of blackwrap if the snoot is too short.  That should eliminate most of your spill, and the open-face filament/arc will give you sharp shadows if the fixture is set to full flood.
     
    Both open-face and Fresnel fixtures always give their sharpest shadows on full flood.
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    Tim Sewell reacted to TomTheDP in Panasonic S1 V-LOG -- New image quality king of the hill   
    From my personal experience it is amazing at around 28-40mm. Its a little wonky on the super wide end like 20mm or less. 50mm is good though iffy for moving shots, past 50mm starts to get iffy in general. The boost mode IBIS works great for locked down looking shots even at longer focal lengths though. 
     
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    Tim Sewell reacted to PannySVHS in Panasonic S1 V-LOG -- New image quality king of the hill   
    That´s a mini Varicam for 1000 GBP! That´s a steal! @Tim Sewell
    I am curious to test some primes with it. So far I have used my S1 with little cheapo zooms. The 35-70mm F4 Canon FD is indeed a little beauty. Mechanically it´s flawed. Lens alignment is shaky once the rubber pads inside get worn out. Here is some footage for location scouting with the kewl Tokina 25-50. Sun was very harsh. It was a beautiful summer day, to say it with other words.:) The mellow contrast of the Tokina gives the S1 image nice smoothnes. Anyway, this camera is fun. Hard to believe what kinda quality we get for around 1500EU if bought used. Grading is a bit too greenish. Was trying to built a greenish Lut I guess.:)
     
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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from PannySVHS in Panasonic S1 V-LOG -- New image quality king of the hill   
    Just picked one up for GBP1025 including VL upgrade, so have read this whole thread. Looking forward to getting my hands on it. Anyone want to buy a FS5 Mk1 with RAW upgrade?
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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from gt3rs in The Gerald Undone Challenge   
    I'm quite a fan of Potato Jet - he's clearly a nice guy and also a working commercial videographer (although he readily admits that his YT activities take up more and more of his time). His really strong kit recommendations tend to be for items he finds useful for his commercial work (and the Arri Alexa thing was fairly jokey - although he still has the beast standing on a tripod in his studio). Similar to him are the guys at Epic Light Media, who intersperse gear videos with lighting tutorials and flights of preposterous fancy.
    A YouTuber who is much more focused on actual film making is, of course, Rob Ellis, whose videos about lighting, composition and colour are excellent.
    Personally I find Gerald dry as dust and twice as boring.
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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from Vintage Jimothy in The Gerald Undone Challenge   
    I'm quite a fan of Potato Jet - he's clearly a nice guy and also a working commercial videographer (although he readily admits that his YT activities take up more and more of his time). His really strong kit recommendations tend to be for items he finds useful for his commercial work (and the Arri Alexa thing was fairly jokey - although he still has the beast standing on a tripod in his studio). Similar to him are the guys at Epic Light Media, who intersperse gear videos with lighting tutorials and flights of preposterous fancy.
    A YouTuber who is much more focused on actual film making is, of course, Rob Ellis, whose videos about lighting, composition and colour are excellent.
    Personally I find Gerald dry as dust and twice as boring.
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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from mercer in Has anyone shot with...   
    Yum
     
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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from newfoundmass in Best Budget Action Camera   
    https://lmgtfy.app/?q=which+gopros+have+4k
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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from leslie in Best Budget Action Camera   
    By far your best bet here would be to keep an eye out on eBay for used GoPros. I recently picked up a Hero 3 for £50 and I've seen various 4s under £100. It might take a little while, but something good will appear in the end and will be much better than any brand new sub-100 model.
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    Tim Sewell reacted to MrSMW in Princess Diana - death by a million clicks   
    Dam (sic) 🤪
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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from MrSMW in Princess Diana - death by a million clicks   
    You spelled 'to be given lifetime sinecures in the House of Lords' incorrectly.
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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from Amazeballs in Out-of-focus zombies   
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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from majoraxis in Out-of-focus zombies   
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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from ntblowz in Out-of-focus zombies   
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    Tim Sewell reacted to BTM_Pix in Princess Diana - death by a million clicks   
    Led by the newspaper columnist fired from the Times for making quotes up from his own godfather, who then went on to fabricate stories about the EU at the Telegraph that seeded Brexit and has somehow ended up being the actual Prime Minister.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jul/14/boris-johnson-brussels-bashing-stories-shaped-politics
    As for Kelvin Mackenzie, this clip where he gets a taste of his own medicine from another journalist after the real "truth" of his role in the despicable lies told about the Hillsborough disaster and stood behind for 20 years were fully exposed tells you all you need to know about him.
    The ongoing collusion between the UK government and Murdoch is very well illustrated in this chart from the Press Gazette in February showing meeting with government ministers by publication.

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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from Avenger 2.0 in Disappointing Panasonic GH5 Mark II specs leak in Japan – Where is the GH6?   
    I mean, this looks like a great deal...

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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from PannySVHS in Disappointing Panasonic GH5 Mark II specs leak in Japan – Where is the GH6?   
    I mean, this looks like a great deal...

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    Tim Sewell reacted to independent in Rode Wireless Go II - 2 channel receiver with inbuilt recorder   
    Why, how much do they pay at a Wendy's these days?
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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from PannySVHS in 8bit glory in 50p, Summerdays with the legendary Lumix G6   
    Very nice bit of work - especially nice to see those colours in freezing March!
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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from IronFilm in Upgrading to an... older camera   
    Much to my wife's chagrin, the point I make when I compare my expenditure to that of friends who are into boats, motorbikes, vintage cars etc etc is unarguable. If one buys one's equipment in a thoughtful way, favours secondhand and doesn't always chase the very latest thing, cinematography/film-making is by no means an extravagant pastime.
    Another mate of mine is into breeding rare prawns - I kid you not - where a breeding pair, or whatever they call them, of some species fetch over £500 a pop. When he adds up that ongoing cost (prawns, like humans, are not, sadly, immortal) to his other costs of tanks, filters, electronic gizmos etc he's got an at least Komodo-sized annual habit.
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    Tim Sewell got a reaction from shooter in American Cinematographer Special Offer   
    The cost for the print version outside the USA is fairly stiff, unless you're really keen to hold it in your hand.
    I think you'll find quite a lot of features from recent issues on the website.
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