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    tdonovic got a reaction from PannySVHS in AF 100 and Recorder PLUS ultimate low price 1080p/720p 3chip camcorders ?   
    Love the EX1, totally agree with @PannySVHS. I think in AUS we sold one we had for years, for $1500 inc media and batteries. I would still be happy to use that on a job. Nice image and robust body, the only issue is the USB daughterboard that we had to keep replacing, it wasn't a particularly solid part. Massive zoom range though, and nice image, with SDI and all the other niceties that go with a pro body. MPEG2 encoder is a bit of a pain compared to something more modern, but nothing unworkable. If you find a bargain EX3 you might be even better off, you can get a b4 adapter so you can put whatever lenses you want on there!
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    tdonovic got a reaction from PannySVHS in AF 100 and Recorder PLUS ultimate low price 1080p/720p 3chip camcorders ?   
    I have an af100, it has virutally no dynamic range and weird highlight rolloff and 8bit wrapped to 10bit output. Its fine for shooting in very controlled lighting, but honestly unless its very very cheap, I got mine for $500,  I wouldn't bother, go find a cheap gh4 and rig it up, youll have a much much better camera. Or a g85 or something with unlimited record time. The Af100 is just very dated. Havent used it with a recorder, ill give it a go for you tomorrow
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    tdonovic got a reaction from IronFilm in AF 100 and Recorder PLUS ultimate low price 1080p/720p 3chip camcorders ?   
    I have an af100, it has virutally no dynamic range and weird highlight rolloff and 8bit wrapped to 10bit output. Its fine for shooting in very controlled lighting, but honestly unless its very very cheap, I got mine for $500,  I wouldn't bother, go find a cheap gh4 and rig it up, youll have a much much better camera. Or a g85 or something with unlimited record time. The Af100 is just very dated. Havent used it with a recorder, ill give it a go for you tomorrow
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    tdonovic reacted to LippyLee in Focus ramping timelapse for Lumix cameras   
    I want to share a short script I wrote in python that does focus ramping time lapses for Panasonic cameras. I believe this is doable in magic lantern for Canon users but I've yet to see an implementation for Panasonic. Here is a short technical preview:
    Here is the python script I used to make this focus rack timelapse:
    https://github.com/lippyt/lumixlib/blob/master/focuslapse.py
    I'm sure that there are much more creative uses especially for shots with the majority of objects in the near-medium range.
     
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    tdonovic got a reaction from Kisaha in Panasonic G7 or Sony a6300 for feature film   
    Having used the a6300 and g7 extensively, unless you need the high framerate or log, definitely go with the g7. It never overheats and has a really nice image. Also more DOF isnt terrible, if you are shooting on a shoulder mount or something. Just keep in mind you cant have HDMI output while internally recording on the g7.
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    tdonovic got a reaction from DriftProductions in My Review of the Zhiyun Crane 3-Axis Gimbal   
    Just bought one used for AUD$450, without having the camera balanced properly its already flying better than my Came Mini. Really impressed, ergonomics are a bit weird though. I think this one is finally a keeper. Started with the nebula 4000, its amazing how far things have come in a year
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    tdonovic got a reaction from Hanriverprod in using Olympus lenses on Panasonic body's   
    I've used all three pro zooms, and only use them. The 12-40 and the 7-14 are the best, they really do respond like a regular lens with a follow focus. The 40-150 is still usable, it gets a bit jumpy when focusing near infinity though
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    tdonovic got a reaction from TheRenaissanceMan in using Olympus lenses on Panasonic body's   
    I've used all three pro zooms, and only use them. The 12-40 and the 7-14 are the best, they really do respond like a regular lens with a follow focus. The 40-150 is still usable, it gets a bit jumpy when focusing near infinity though
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    tdonovic got a reaction from LippyLee in GH3 vs G7   
    Go for the g7. You can get one new for less than a second hand gh3. Shoot 4k and down sample to 1080 and you will get a beautiful image. Plus it's smaller and lighter, AND it has peaking. All you lose is a headphone jack and weather sealing really
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    tdonovic got a reaction from IronFilm in GH3 vs G7   
    Go for the g7. You can get one new for less than a second hand gh3. Shoot 4k and down sample to 1080 and you will get a beautiful image. Plus it's smaller and lighter, AND it has peaking. All you lose is a headphone jack and weather sealing really
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    tdonovic got a reaction from IronFilm in Advice Needed - upgrading camera   
    Do you need the low light on the a7s? I would consider a g7 + speed booster xl. Itl be cheaper, give you a great image and mean you can buy a couple of nicer lenses, replace those kit zooms!
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    tdonovic got a reaction from vaga in Adobe Premiere Pro 2015.3 update available now   
    I work at a school and all the kids edit on Macbook Airs. This proxy workflow is going to be great as well as the new hardware decode support, those laptops cant deal with 50mbps XAVC-s let alone 100mbps gh4 stuff. Now I just have to set the project up once and it will give them an optimised experience when I give them a copy to work on
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    tdonovic got a reaction from kaylee in Adobe Premiere Pro 2015.3 update available now   
    I work at a school and all the kids edit on Macbook Airs. This proxy workflow is going to be great as well as the new hardware decode support, those laptops cant deal with 50mbps XAVC-s let alone 100mbps gh4 stuff. Now I just have to set the project up once and it will give them an optimised experience when I give them a copy to work on
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    tdonovic reacted to Brian Caldwell in Need advise, going the Speedboster way or not? (GH4)   
    I think a lot depends on how much you need lens speed, and how important the speed vs. size/weight tradeoff is to you.  The new Panasonic 12/1.4 is no doubt a nice lens, and it looks pretty compact, but a Speed Booster XL on an 18-35 Sigma will give you an 11.5-22.4mm f/1.1 with excellent wide-open sharpness.  In this case the native lens would make more sense if size/weight is more important than speed, and if you don't plan to use a Speed Booster on other lenses.  On the other hand, a truly sharp f/1.1 zoom can come in pretty handy!
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    tdonovic got a reaction from JazzBox in Need advise, going the Speedboster way or not? (GH4)   
    I use only native lenses, particularly the pro Olympus ones, since they have the proper manual focus ring that will actually work with my follow focus. The Oly 7-14 is amazing, it isn't cheap but it performs amazingly. I have left it and the gh4 out in the rain shooting timelapse over night and it didn't skip a beat. 
    If you are only shooting video, it doesn't really matter a whole lot either way, its just whether you are happy with how much the kit will weigh with those big lenses. If you are using them for photos too, you have to go native. 
    I went with native mounts, since I dont want a super heavy kit + I need them for stills AF performance.
     
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    tdonovic reacted to Andrew Reid in You get what you pay for.   
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    tdonovic got a reaction from Fredrik Lyhne in Capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments: to raw or not to raw?   
    My take on a travel camera is one that you don't have to baby or worry about, it just does its job and gets out of the way. GH4 fits the perfectly. I have left it out overnight in the rain with the 12-35 doing a timelapse and it was fine. And this was a slightly abused, used camera before I bought it. Video quality is great, you get 1.5hrs on a 64gb card (and not u3 cards, cheap u1 cards work fine). Battery will last probably three times that of continuous recording. Plus a usable slow mo!
     
    As for photo quality being a con, I totally disagree. I think we are at a point where you can use virtually any camera for photos and it will do a good job. GH4 especially with Pana lenses has decent tracking AF and perfect single AF. Raws are versatile, there are lots of small lenses too. It's what I would take if I could only have one body.
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    tdonovic reacted to Dave Maze in Reminded how great GH4 can be...   
    Humbled this week while I am in Nicaragua using an older camera that would never be my first choice...the GH4. I have been pleasantly surprised by the image quality once I figured out how to dial in the picture profile. Shooting on Natural with contrast, saturation, sharpness down all the way and using filmconvert to bring the image back to normal. Shooting mostly with Sigma 18-35 with speed booster on a MoVI M5. Love the long battery life. The very efficient 4k compression. The audio preamps for in camera audio. Weather sealed body. Great slow motion in camera.
    My previous experiences with the GH4 SUCKED. Hated the IQ and never gave it a chance. I think once you dial in a solid workflow and picture profile...you have a killer video machine! More to come later. Ill post in this forum post. Should have a video soon. 



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    tdonovic got a reaction from kidzrevil in Capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments: to raw or not to raw?   
    My take on a travel camera is one that you don't have to baby or worry about, it just does its job and gets out of the way. GH4 fits the perfectly. I have left it out overnight in the rain with the 12-35 doing a timelapse and it was fine. And this was a slightly abused, used camera before I bought it. Video quality is great, you get 1.5hrs on a 64gb card (and not u3 cards, cheap u1 cards work fine). Battery will last probably three times that of continuous recording. Plus a usable slow mo!
     
    As for photo quality being a con, I totally disagree. I think we are at a point where you can use virtually any camera for photos and it will do a good job. GH4 especially with Pana lenses has decent tracking AF and perfect single AF. Raws are versatile, there are lots of small lenses too. It's what I would take if I could only have one body.
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    tdonovic got a reaction from Cinegain in Sony a6300 vs Panasonic gh4   
    I shoot with native m4/3 glass, the oly 7-14 pro, oly 12-40 pro and the pana 35-100 f2.8. I also shoot photos, so I need the AF. I am looking to move to the oly 45-150 pro, but its too much more expensive than the pana to make it worth it, just for the pumpy focus ring. I would love to shoot with nikon speedboosted glass, but I honestly don't need the extra cost of a speedbooster (aud$1100), the weight of full frame lenses, or the extra shallow DOF.
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    tdonovic got a reaction from Mat Mayer in Sony a6300 vs Panasonic gh4   
    If I could have only one camera, it would be the GH4. I have left it out overnight in the rain, the timelapse completed. The batteries last forever, the 100mbps codec is solid, it never even gets warm. I have my three zoom trinity that covers everything @ f2.8. I don't have to buy U3 cards to get the camera to actually record. 10 bit external 1080 is good too. The panasonic is a really solid camera if you want have something to rely on and never have to worry about it. Used GH4s are going for <$900 aud now, compared to AUD$1500 for the A6300. I know what I would buy.
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    tdonovic reacted to Daniel Acuña in Canon struck raw, EVF and brighter zoom from XC10 “for cost reasons”   
    That's it, I'll just buy an Arri Alexa 65!
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    tdonovic got a reaction from Julian in Kipon EF/M43 Adapter - Let the clone wars begin   
    Kipon has just announced a $285 USD EF/m43 adapter, that retains full autofocus, IS and EXIF data. 
    Is it any good? Is it a clone electronically speaking, of the Metabones one?
    http://www.kipon.com/en/articledetail.asp?id=80
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    tdonovic reacted to Jimmy in Black Magic Ursa Mini: Why would anybody buy a canon c1,3, or 500???   
    It doesn't have a battery or swapable sensors.
    It has no NDs... Is about 1/3rd bigger and heavier. It would struggle to mount on a drone. It has no OLPF, so moire and aliasing might be an issue. It has no EVF. It takes much bigger and more expensive batteries. It currently has Max ISO of 1600.
     
    Canon has dual pixel AF. Canon have worldwide service centres. Canon has great colour. Canon keeps DR throughout the ISO range. Canon is a low light monster. Canon have built in gamma settings to match other cams. Canon has some kind of AF system for manual lenses. Canon works perfectly with EF lens. 
    I'm not taking any sides until I test both... But the C300 has some impressive featured and the Ursa needs EVF and battery plate to match the c300.. So price increases.
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    tdonovic got a reaction from Xavier Plagaro Mussard in New Blackmagic Cinema Camera and URSA Mini 4.6K, 15-stops   
    I feel like DJI, Blackmagic and Metabones need to just be one company. They all seem very similar and all compliment each other really well.
    Imagine if you could buy a DJI copter specialised for the BMMCC, with a Blackmagic speedbooster, all in one set. Or even all integrated into one package.
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