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  1. Thank you, something like that looks like it would help a lot. I'll try and pick one up. Or maybe even make one.
  2. Hi guys, I don't have much experience recording audio, and am having trouble getting clean sound. I've tried using an on camera Takstar SGC-598, and it sounds good, but I'm getting a lot of boomy sounds when I'm moving with the camera. I also tried mounting the Zoom H1 on camera and got the same problem. Is that because these mics don't have proper shock mounts on them? Is there anything I can do to get cleaner sound with the equipment I have? I also tried removing low end in post, but it only helped marginally.
  3. I got the A7RII when it was pretty new. I guess that was about 3 years ago now? It made, and I guess still makes sense for me, because I do a lot of photography as well. If I were choosing a camera only for video, or buying today... it probably wouldn't be my first choice. But I mean, it still takes decent video. And the 42mp is nice for still photography. There are a lot of nice cameras out there now, but I haven't really felt the need to upgrade yet. And I can't afford it anyway.
  4. I should probably write this on a blog,. but since I don’t have one (yet), I thought I would try to document my recent experience putting a video together. Hopefully it might provide some usefulness to other beginners getting started. This is the first project I’ve done which I feel came out -roughly- how I imagined it. Although there are still a LOT of problems with the footage and end result is far from perfect! It was a great learning experience, and I was able to experiment with a lot of techniques. Type of video: Dance / Music Video -> Technical Details: Camera: Sony A7RII Lenses: 16-35 f4, 28mm f2, 55mm f1.8 Lighting: Street lights, and Yongnuo YN360 Light Wand RGB for fill on some shots. Location: Osaka, Japan. Editing and Post: Davinci Resolve Budget: $0 Main Challenges: Biggest challenge was probably finding locations with enough available light. I didn’t really have the budget or space to set up lighting, and we were shooting in the middle of the night in the middle of winter. I had a lot of trouble getting shots to stay in focus, largely due to my own inexperience. Things I learned: An external monitor for checking focus is essential. I bought one straight after this project once I realized how many shots were out of focus. The autofocus on the A7RII is too unreliable with a subject moving like this. I should have just stuck to manual focus. Doing everything solo is really hard. I would have loved to have an assistant, especially for help with lighting. I need to learn a lot more about visual effects in post. I mostly just messed with layered footages and blend modes for this.. But I wish I had the knowledge to do more interesting effects. Using different shutter speeds / angles can be very interesting. I experimented a lot with both high shutter speeds to add stress and tension in some shots, and also with slow shutter speeds to add extreme motion blurring for specific shots to match the music. Getting the right shutter speed for the effect I wanted was tough though. Going too slow became a mess, but if it wasn’t slow enough the effect was too subtle. Planning is important. But so is having the flexibility to scrap a plan when see something and go with it on the spot. Color grading is hard and confusing. I need a lot more practice. Getting good exposure / dynamic range is way more challenging in video (I’m more familiar with photography). I ended up with a lot of blown highlights and crushed blacks. I would love some tips on how I can increase dynamic range or avoid under/overexposing. I’m still really unsure what settings I should be using on the A7RII. Especially for color accuracy and dynamic range. That’s about all I can think of. Questions are welcome. As is any feedback or advice anyone has. I know it’s far from professional work, but I had a lot of fun on this project and am looking forward to improving my skills in the future. Thanks for watching & reading!
  5. I was hoping this system would replace sony for me, since I really dislike the ergonomics and menus on sonys. But although the cameras look more than capable (on paper anyway), the size/weight/cost kind of kills it for me. Hopefully they might bring out some slimmed down lighter versions like they did with m43 later on. And Sigma might be able to release some cheaper if not smaller lenses. Looks like it will be a great system for some people, but unfortunately I think I will have to stick with sony for now.
  6. The system looks like it is going to be quite heavy and expensive. 50 mm F 1.4 Weight: 955 g around $3,000 24 – 105 mm F4 Macro OIS Weight: 680 g around $1,700 70-200 mm F4 OIS Weight: 985 g around $2,300
  7. Nice updates, but Its a bit disappointing they don't seem to be updating their 2nd gen products anymore.
  8. I'm having a bit of trouble finding consistent and reliable AF settings on my A7RII. And I am also quite confused by seeming idiosyncrasies between what AF modes can be used, and the function of various AF settings. In the Movie mode, things like Eye-AF do not work (I get a message about being unavailable in manual mode settings). However, with the dial set to custom, but the same manual settings applied, I seem to be able to use Eye-AF, as well as several other AF modes, that don't seem to be available in movie mode. On the other hand, things like framing guides do NOT show up in custom modes (but DO show up in movie mode).... Additionally, things like AF/MF Hold set to a custom button, seem to work only if MF is first set through the menu system, but will NOT work if set through a custom AF/MF toggle. All these little things, are causing me a lot of confusion when it comes to shooting video with the A7RII. I feel like all the AF settings on this camera are very confusing and full of caveats and workarounds. However, I have seen people praise the Sony AF as being quite good. So I'm wondering if anyone here can give me some advice on what settings are best to use for video AF. Especially for rapidly moving subjects. I've been experimenting with various modes, but am getting a lot of focus hunting and / or breathing, and don't feel very confident that my shots will be in focus. Any thought or advice on what settings or modes work fairly reliably for video C-AF on sony a7rii?
  9. I'm using a Sony A7RII and GH5. But I was under the impression I could use it as a manual system attached to the lens.
  10. I want to buy my first gimbal, and I'm wondering if the focus dials that some of the new ones (crane 2, moza 2, weebill lab) have are actually practical and useful. Having never used one, I can't really judge this for myself unfortunately. So is there anyone here who has used the focus dials on the newer gimbals, and do you think they actually work well and are essential? If not, I might as well save some money and get an older gimbal without it, since that seems to be the major improvement as far as I can tell. Thanks a lot for your advice!
  11. Do you feel that 5 inch is big enough to judge focus and composition? I'm also looking to get my first monitor, and wondering what size is best.
  12. Seems like good hardware spoiled by poor software. @Zak Forsman How has your experience with the app been? I really wanted to like this gimbal since it is nice and lightweight.. Most of the other new gimbals seem quite heavy.
  13. The only reason I can think of them doing this, is that they don't want to kill the m43 sales. Which makes sense from a marketing perspective. I think most people using the GH5 would abandon it for a FF version. But it's a bit of a pity for us if this is the case.
  14. I know. But according to dpreview: "The company says the 24MP S1 is expected to be used around 70% for stills and 30% for video, targeting people such as wedding photographers and photojournalists. The S1R will be "purely for photographers," the company says, with landscape, commercial and portrait photographers being explicitly named." And then there is that funny 3-axis LCD screen, which seems nice for photography, but not so nice for video. Also, DFD autofocus.
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