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  1. 37 minutes ago, Mmmbeats said:

    Firm rumour now of a C200 mkii incoming!¬†ūüė≤¬† This line-up is getting extremely hot.

    I'm just wondering (if true) how are they going to differentiate the C300iii?  Presumably the C70 will be cheaper.  C200 (mk i) might become a steal soon (both new and used).


    Wow. Too many cameras. I wonder if it'll be RF mount.

  2. 5 hours ago, guillaume juin said:

    well... why cannot you do that with the FX6? Because you prefer two points of contact instead of three? Three points of contact is not possible with the X70, wheareas it is with the FX6.

    With a loupe it is possible. It basically performs how any DSLR has for the last 10 years.

    The FX6 has no point of contact on the rear of the camera. IMO the FS5 or C300 is a better design than either one of them. 

    I think Sony and Canon have realized they can save the money by not putting in a EVF and still sell just as many units. 

  3. 29 minutes ago, Oliver Daniel said:

    On my ProGrades, you can shoot 4k 120, BUT, the camera will tell you it can’t. It works. BUT, sometimes the card will stop a few secs after recording and day the buffer is full. Not much though. 

    I would just go V90 using Prograde. Best SE cards I’ve ever used. 3 out of my 4 Angelbird cards are faulty. 

    Sale on BH right now. 187 a piece.

  4. 34 minutes ago, currensheldon said:

    The only place it does make sense is using the speedbooster. Pretty amazing you can spend around $700-$800, get the EF 24-70mm f4 IS and get stabilization, a true 24-70mm field of view, and a f2.8 aperture. Whereas the RF version will cost you $2300 and give you a 36-105mm (or so). Much prefer thee FoV of a true 24-70mm.

    OR get the Sigma EF 24-70mm f2.8 for $1100 and get a 24-70mm f2.0 with stabilization. Love the C70 and excited for it, but I'll probably wait for a full-frame C90 before transferring all my EF glass to RF glass (which I am excited to do...)

    It's all a trade off. It is likely there will be some chromatic aberration wide open. (The case on the FS7 / Metabones.) The lenses are also quite a bit larger. Look above at how ridiculous the 18-35 looks mounted so far out on such a small body. The focus ring looks uncomfortable to operate. It almost looks like it needs a rail system, certainly would for a 70-200.

    I do understand it is much more practical to have the 24-105 in EF and be able to choose between S35 and FF with a quick adapter swap, BUT the 24-105 in RF for example, has been reviewed as a much sharper lens compared to the older EF version. Exciting times to have these options and be able to argue over the many looks we can achieve!

    I will be buying the speed booster, but I am also excited about the quicker AF and smaller size of the available RF mount lenses. 

  5. 3 hours ago, Kisaha said:


    What about this one? Small, light, I.S, macro and 1.8f.

    That would be the one I would get, everything else in EF.

    I have a C70, the speed booster, and this lens on pre-order. I might pick up the 85mm F2 IS as well. 

    The new 24-105 F4 IS looks interesting, as does the 24-70 2.8 IS.

    The RF mount features better AF, smaller sizes, and faster more light sensitive lenses. IMO buying this camera and not embracing the new lens options doesn't make much sense.

    3 hours ago, Oliver Daniel said:

    ProGrade V90 and V60. 

    Cool. Thanks. What frame rates work with the V60? 4K/24/10bit?

  6. On 11/18/2020 at 3:58 PM, Oliver Daniel said:

    10. You can use a V60 in 4k100fps but comes up with a warning  that it won’t work. It does, but sometimes cuts off due to a full buffer. Not often though. I’d still get a V90. 

    Which cards are you using? I notice Sandisk only makes cards up to 128gb in V90. The V60 come in 256gb... Did the V60 seem to perform perfectly for 4k/24p/XFAVC?

    To be honest, I am a little bummed they went with SD. I would prefer c-fast or some sort of card that feels a bit more durable.

  7. 3 hours ago, D4cl00 said:

    To me these cameras look exactly the same as in the 1990s, except the recording media has shrunk.

    They're worse... Every camera in the 90s and early 2000s at least had a viewfinder and was usable for extremely long periods of time handheld. 

    I think the C70 a better design than the FX6. At least you can throw a loupe on the back and have two points of contact.

  8. 4 hours ago, SteveV4D said:

    Canon colour is one of those things that's said to be good so often, its accepted as fact...  even though those saying it are not really scrutinising the colour in the same indepth analysis as they would use,  say for example Sony colour.  

    Maybe true, but the baked in Profiles on the Canon just look better out of the box. I believe that is fact. The skin shows less flaws and appears smoother. I agree, opinions on color grading log files creates a different argument all together. I am really wanting to see more standard Rec 709 examples. 

    4 hours ago, scotchtape said:

    The last few vids really don't look amazing, subjective I know, but the sailor one the grade made the guy look like a zombie.

    So much for magic color science - the magic happens in post, or the unmagic.

    Agreed. Personally, I think the subject looks better with a little more saturation in the skin and a bit more contrast.

    I am more concerned with the texture. It is just looks so sharp to a fault. Again, there could be additional sharpening, processing, etc. Who knows. I would love to see camera with some vintage glass.

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  9. 4 hours ago, Mmmbeats said:

    I think the C300iii RAW looks really nice.  The C300iii is really the camera I want.  It's well out of my price range, but maybe I should just pull out all the stops and aim for it.  Apart from price (which I don't have too much complaint about, just can't afford) it ticks every box I can think of.

    Agreed. The C300iii looks great. The RF mount is very exciting and has an advantage over the EF. These two lenses in particular., both very fast lenses with IS and macro. The prices are also great. Both are under 600. 

    Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM Lens

    Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM Lens

  10. 1 hour ago, JordanWright said:

    I wouldn't call it a hidden cost, your gonna need NDs with any camera that doesn't have them internally. Its just about getting the best ones for the camera!

    Well yeah, I more meant the IR pollution. I know this has been taken care of on most of the hard stop filters. Still an issue with variable, no?


    1 hour ago, JordanWright said:

    You'll want an IRND on the Pockets, I got significant IR pollution with the Tiffen VND. Currently using Hoya ProNDs the IR is correctable but still apparent. Nisi make affordable circular IRNDs, I haven't tried them but they review well. Id go for the 3 and 6 Stop. 

    Another example. There are tons of hidden costs and not even Black Magic documents issues like the IR pollution. 

    2 hours ago, TomTheDP said:

    That said yes its hard to beat something like a C300 but on the other hand people use to shoot DOCs on Film. The ease of use of something like a Pocket 4k is astounding compared to that. I think its all relative to some degree. 

    True, but all of those cameras are ergonomically beautifully designed. Even a simple Bolex has a view finder, drop in NDs (which Canon just now is utilizing 60 years later,) and 50d stock that make shooting in daylight actually possible at a reasonable shutter speed without NDs. For better or for worse, the Black Magic pocket cameras are very much a stripped down sensor in a box. If it had NDs, XLR, a flip screen, and a view finder, it would cost just as much as the C200.

    This sounds like I am anti Black Magic. I'm not. I own the Micro and the original pocket. Both are beautiful cameras, but have lots of flaws and quirks that took me a while to adapt to. The studio I work for has two C300 Mk2s and they're about 100x easier to setup and operate.

  12. 7 hours ago, SteveV4D said:

    It was also shot on the R5, so its hard to judge the C70 on this video.  I'm not sure which clip is which, when watching on via YouTube on my phone.  Some colours look great, others less so.  Some handle highlights better than others. 

    I posted some frames above. The one in the middle is the R5. I am almost certain. The color is more accurate and the skin tones pop without the need to shift everything towards red/pink. (look at the dress.)

    7 hours ago, Mmmbeats said:

    I keep getting a bit worried/distracted/obsessed by the highlight rendition with this camera.  The wedding film, above, doesn't look as nice overall as the previous stills.  Don't get me wrong, it's a nice piece, and I'm sure the families will be delighted, but the highlights do look quite abruptly clipped in places, and it does lend it a bit of a DSLR-y feel.

    Am I being paranoid?

    No. I notice the exact same issue with the C300 Mk3 as well. (same sensor.)

    I though this example was pretty nice. The skin tones look very clean. That being said, there is something about all of the examples that have this very video looking feel. If you don't know what I mean, watch some Komodo footage.


  13. I had a pretty bad experience with the P4K. If I did it again, I would probably buy the 6k for the native S35 sensor, eliminating the need for the expensive speed booster. I also would skip the SSD and just bite the bullet and buy c-fast cards. I had a gnarly situation where the SSD lost connection and took me a few minutes to get it back up and running. A few minutes feel like an eternity when the camera won’t respond...

    On top of that, the Metabones adapter and external hard drive eat though battery. I was forced to use an external power source, which adds more cable clutter and the need for mounting solutions. 

    In my opinion, interviews, docs, and everything that you list sounds like you’d be way better off with a c200 or some sort of all in one cinema camera. I don’t absolutely love Sony images, but a used Sony FS5 is probably a steal right now and very well suited for the type of work you describe. 

    I’ve used the C300 Mk2 for years on projects like those and couldn’t imagine having to carry ND filters, a clumsy mounted hot shoe shotgun mic, Lav Mics, while having to control audio through a menu based system.

    I know any camera is capable, but cameras that are designed to allow solo operators to work reliably and quickly, while improving¬†the quality of the production¬†and reduce the chance for error are a beautiful thing. There is¬†a reason docs are shot on the FS7 / C300¬†(tiger king,) and not a Black Magic camera. Ease of use and reliability. Auto Focus,¬†5 hours off a single BP60 and dual slot recording 4K beats the¬†SSD hanging of a BM4K and a ‚Äúfair amount of LP-6s.‚ÄĚ

    All of the Black Magic cameras will produce great images. They all have quirks but at the end of the day produce amazing images for the price point. They’re certainly not run and gun doc cameras out of the box, but with the proper rig and the experience, I am sure you can make great looking images.

  14. 52 minutes ago, Oliver Daniel said:

    Just had an email to say my C70 will be delivered by tomorrow! 

    That's awesome! I would love to see some shots with EOS Standard or maybe just Wide DR to get an idea of what the the image looks like straight out of the camera. 

    For instance, the color of the dress in this example jumps around dramatically. I think I am likely seeing the difference between maybe Log-2 on the C70 and the original C-Log on the R5?

    If I had to guess, I would suspect the R5 is producing the more golden looking skin tone, while the C70 looks a bit more red/orange. The saturation is a little crazy on the second frame, but the color looks more true / balanced to my eyes. 

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEO2DHysE6k




  15. 2 hours ago, Mmmbeats said:

    Some very encouraging grading demos here:

    (if you find the guy super annoying, jump to the very worthwhile grading stuff at 5:30¬†ūüėČ)


    Man, I just don't see it. I love the specs, but a lot of this footage just reminds me of cheap DSLR footage with a poor attempt at a "film look." 

    The C300ii or older canon footage, (pre DGO sensor,) looks dynamic and beautiful with very accurate and balanced color.

    I do believe that you can a get a more neutral / classic look with this camera, but curious why a lot of the videos have a similar look. Maybe trying to grade a C-LOG2 file from scratch? 

    I've heard multiple people mention they love the IQ and the reviewer above is raving about it. The specs and size are great, and the images have a low noise floor, but do these images really knock people off their feet? All the praise over these images makes it sounds like we're all talking about the Komodo or something.

    https://vimeo.com/472141764 / More C70

    https://youtu.be/ohTfU1trOIo / Random C300 Mk2 video

  16. I love the UI and how smooth and quickly it is to browse everything. Siri will automatically search all of your steaming services when searching for content. I also enjoy the Vimeo app. 

  17. 6 hours ago, Josue Nunez said:

    I did it guys. I went back to the Sony F3! Finally found a descent deal on it. 2.1k for all this. Since I don't need the 4k I was between this, a canon c300, c100, Sony fs5 and fs700. 

    The F3 with 444 has 850hrs and the pix e5 came with 960gbs of storage. 


    Awesome. That’s a great deal. You made the best choice. This looks a lot like my old setup, same batteries powering the recorder and everything. 

  18. Black Magic Micro Cinema package. I'm looking for 1500 shipped OBO.

    I know these setups are getting hard to find. Throw a lens on this camera and you're ready to go! Beautiful setup made simple with the SWIT battery powering both the monitor and the camera body. This is like a mini RED setup. Really fun to operate and produces beautiful unique looking images.

    The monitor and batteries are basically brand new. (only used twice. One of the batteries wasn't even opened.)

    Black Magic Micro, Cage, Ursa Handle, Atomos Shinobi, SmallRig Mount, Breakout Box, 2x Swit Battery, LP-6 dummy battery to power BMMCC, and a 512gb Sandisk Extreme, (plenty of room for the beautiful RAW files.)







  19. 3 hours ago, TheRenaissanceMan said:

    No, it's the same sensor as the F55 with a lower end CFA array, slightly different color science, and no global shutter. A really nice image and good workhorse, but the price puts it out of casual purchase territory. As a business investment, it's a little long in the tooth to make your ROI back in a timely manner. Personally, I would reach for other Sony bodies.

    I was told it was the same sensor as the FS7? I guess they were misinformed. 

    I kinda think something like a C300 Mk2 Or C200 might make sense at that price point. (Unless you want all the high speed stuff.) 

    I haven’t seen another model of Sony camera that has the magical quality of the F3, besides the F35. 

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