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    OniBaba reacted to forofilms in Top 6 videos on EOS R with combined 2 million views and not a single mention of the rolling shutter in 4K   
    Shills. After that many cocktails, everything looked wobbly. 
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    OniBaba reacted to Andrew Reid in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I am certainly not bigger than a camera company, or more important than Blackmagic and I think people may have seen the hysterics as a bit silly.
    I accept that yes, possibly I have shot myself in the foot.
    Having said that, EOSHD is bigger than me as well and is a real community. I was standing up for the community and not just for myself.
    This was a perfect storm for me. A combination of several factors which caused me to get upset enough to write that article...
    First the Canon EOS R launch and the new levels of invasive of PR offensive we are seeing from the camera companies to quell dissent and turn even Caleb Pike into a "it's not perfect but WOW what a great camera" kind of guy. Rather than the person he should be, a "1.8x crop sucks" kind of reviewer.
    Secondly the overwhelming feeling of shithead sycophants climbing above my site, in the VIP lane, completely undeservedly.
    Thirdly the geographical positioning of the Blackmagic event, it being on my doorstep.
    Next the fact Cinema5D were paid to fly in. I could have walked in.
    Finally, the John Brawley factor on here and the lack of support from most of my own readers, honestly all this is enough to give someone a nervous breakdown.
    It's hard to really get across how I feel, because it is a weird situation and I think the internet is a bit weird as well. In real life, people don't say the things I say or say the things to me that I have had to put up with. People need to calm down, myself included.
    It's only a camera.
    But I do feel the future of camera and tech journalism is at stake. In fact it may already be absolutely dead. And the most depressing thing of all is that the reader is fine, unawares, and on the most part notices no issue.
    No, that wasn't my intention.
    Yes I have dug myself into a very silly hole.
    I'll be the first to admit that.
    Yes Johnnie at Cinema5D is laughing his business head off as we speak.
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    OniBaba got a reaction from wyrlyn in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    In order to put this unfolding drama to an end, I'd propose we use the youtuber's way to end these disputes: a boxing match btw Andrew Reid vs. John Brawley (or a BM rep chosen in this forum).
    The venue might be the same Manchester's gin distillery where the BM event was held.
    The match has to be streamed live on vimeo, still to be decided whether to use a BMPCC 4k OR a Olympus E-M10 III.
     
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    OniBaba got a reaction from mechanicalEYE in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    In order to put this unfolding drama to an end, I'd propose we use the youtuber's way to end these disputes: a boxing match btw Andrew Reid vs. John Brawley (or a BM rep chosen in this forum).
    The venue might be the same Manchester's gin distillery where the BM event was held.
    The match has to be streamed live on vimeo, still to be decided whether to use a BMPCC 4k OR a Olympus E-M10 III.
     
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    OniBaba got a reaction from Grimor in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    In order to put this unfolding drama to an end, I'd propose we use the youtuber's way to end these disputes: a boxing match btw Andrew Reid vs. John Brawley (or a BM rep chosen in this forum).
    The venue might be the same Manchester's gin distillery where the BM event was held.
    The match has to be streamed live on vimeo, still to be decided whether to use a BMPCC 4k OR a Olympus E-M10 III.
     
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    OniBaba got a reaction from IronFilm in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    In order to put this unfolding drama to an end, I'd propose we use the youtuber's way to end these disputes: a boxing match btw Andrew Reid vs. John Brawley (or a BM rep chosen in this forum).
    The venue might be the same Manchester's gin distillery where the BM event was held.
    The match has to be streamed live on vimeo, still to be decided whether to use a BMPCC 4k OR a Olympus E-M10 III.
     
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    OniBaba reacted to nigelbb in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I find it hilariously ironic that a couple of days after writing a post on "Why the camera press need to grow a pair of balls" decrying freebies & junkets that Andrew throws his toys out of the pram because BM didn't invite him to one of their junkets. Then Andrew declares that he is so pissed off with being snubbed that he is going cancel his pre-order of their camera. This all comes over as unbelievably petulant & childish behaviour.
    Andrew then goes on to compound this by posting a ranting blog insulting John Bawley who is one of the rare professional cinematographers who posts on this forum. JB has nothing to do with whether Andrew got invited to the junket or not but that seems irrelevant as he just gets caught in the blowback of Andrew's rage.
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    OniBaba reacted to Andrew Reid in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    Thanks Karim
    And Dan, yes webrunner is right. It's a cultish following around the Pocket camera.
    For example, I understand that Facebook targets each post to a subset of my followers on the EOSHD Facebook Page, depending on the subject. It's automatic, I don't have any control over it. But a lot of pitchforks came out for me today on Facebook which confused me because EOSHD supporters, followers and friends don't usually behave like that.... I know why this time was different, because Facebook had targeted a Blackmagic article at the Blackmagic hardcore fanatics and they didn't like what I had to say.
    As for typical BM roll out, yes it is. Trade shows have less meaning to everybody outside the bubble. Most customers don't want to be teased for half a year or even more before they can get the damn camera in their hands. Blackmagic should stop syncing their announcements to NAB and instead put the announcement out a week before they start shipping.
    The irony is, here I am feeling upset about being passed over for a camera in my hands... with a hardcore of Blackmagic users saying "what a crybaby EOSHD is" when at the last few camera launches, those very same people were moaning about not having a camera in their hands, because it's late or whatever.
    At the end of the day, I reflect on the course this thread just took and I regret it. I stand by my hurt over the camera and snub, but I regret what's happened. Take what you read from everyone on forums with a pinch of salt including even yourself whilst saying it! And including me. I am not myself on the internet sometimes, nobody is. The internet is a weird simulation which is causing issues in real society across the globe all the time. It's not real life, it's a machine-assisted facsimile of it. John Brawley and I would not have behaved the same in real life. The internet is an argument generator and a distorted mirror and I might indeed have to shortly go to the pub and have a stiff drink.
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    OniBaba reacted to Michi in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    Dear Mr. Reid. 
    The other day you wrote the camera-press needs to grow a pair of balls. True that. And true too that your blog is often more critical and more honest than others I follow.
    The bigger the balls, the more it hurts when somebody kicks them. I guess you got a taste of that.
    I can only imagine how pissed you feel right now. But even if it feels like a catharsis for you writing down all this, I too (as seanzzxx) would advise you to take a deep breath and relax for a day or two. As anybody that follows the news knows, it is very easy to destroy the credibility build up in years of hard work within minutes when things get to emotional.  
    My humble advice: Don't do this publicly, there's nothing you can win out of this but a lot you can loose.
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    OniBaba got a reaction from Andrew Reid in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    Looks like "Everybody" has one...🤣
     
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    OniBaba reacted to webrunner5 in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    What you do doesn't amount to a piss in the snow as the world goes. I have never even watched a F ng thing you have shot for a living, and Gee I haven't lost a days sleep.
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    OniBaba reacted to Andrew Reid in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I can't help but feel a bit of a chill in the air.
    These are your customers you're talking to John and fellow filmmakers. You've basically just labelled me a non-shooter/blogger and the rest of us a bunch of grading nerds who butcher your footage.
    Call me "entitled" all you like but I've worked fucking hard on this blog and building a community, at the same time as being a freelance cinematographer in Berlin making my OWN stuff happen rather than working for clients. I have an artistic eye and technical expertise, I do shoot, I am not just a "camera reviewer" pedant who tests and verifies a specs sheet.
    What's more, I am (or was) a loyal Blackmagic customer. I don't see much appreciation for that or for EOSHD in what you've posted above. You basically imply I'm an entitled nerd who should be glad I've even got a REAL DP on the forum. Hardly much support from you either then.
    Since I started EOSHD, I've had just very occasional encouragement from people in the film industry. Doesn't happen very much. Reflects badly on the industry. But not everyone is like this. Speaking of the more positive responses I've had from people in the film industry, there's Rodney Charters. Bought my GH2 book. He sent me an email and we talked about the camera. A small thing but he had a genuine need for the book and we helped each-other out. Made a young filmmaker and anamorphic shooter feel good about all the long hours he was putting into EOSHD and all the Berlin projects at that time. It shows a generosity of spirit.
    You should just be honest. You are here to sell a Pocket 4K camera. You don't give a shit about what I shoot, or what I write. I am just a guy hosting your posts.
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    OniBaba reacted to Tone1k in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    Anticompetitive? Haha, now I've read it all. Give people more than what they expect for a steal of a price and some will still complain. Get a grip. Sell the dongle on ebay or buy another 'more competitive' camera for just over a grand that does internal 4k 12bit RAW and 10 Bit ProRes at 60p etc. 
    The only thing ant competitive about BM is that they have just blown the competition out of the water.
    Argh, that's why I try to avoid forums like this. People always whinging!
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    OniBaba got a reaction from hansel in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    Agree, I just wanted to point out that this is not what people think as the lightweight & superstrong "carbon fiber", but a"heavy"  traditional plastic (which is already used by camera manufacturers) reinforced with tiny carbon fibers....
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    OniBaba got a reaction from hansel in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    mmm.... BM says "The carbon composite material consists of a high strength polymer that’s reinforced with carbon fibers".
    Which looks like thermoplastics with tiny carbon fibers REINFORCING IT, (as they do with GLASS FIBERS) not like CARBON FIBERS layers filled with resins as it done with proper commonly known as "carbon fiber"...2 different materials AND process (injection moulding vs laying by hand layers of carbon fibers cloth into moulds).
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    OniBaba got a reaction from webrunner5 in Hey YouTube and Facebook - time to stop burying the good stuff with wall-to-wall bullshit   
    Youtube is free...hence no "quality" or filters.
    But Hey, the other side of the coin. These logans and such think they NEED at least a Gh5...more demand for those.
    And they announced today  DJI Osmo Mobile 2 (and Ronin-S by the way) at 129$!!!!..grab an iphone, filmic pro and Moondoglab and off you go..
    And most of you will be aware of  the swedish guy who from making shorts in his room straight to Hollywood features thanks to a youtube viral video... 
     
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    OniBaba got a reaction from maxotics in Hey YouTube and Facebook - time to stop burying the good stuff with wall-to-wall bullshit   
    Well, everything is based on a general misconception about society. I would not want to sound elitist, but hey...
    Most of the people are stupid (or dumb, you pick it up) and they rather choose Gangnam Style over Macbeth. 
    Nothing new over here, seeing people butchered alive required huge coliseums across the roman empire. Theatres were rather small, as they are today confronted to football stadiums. That's why Vimeo will always have less views and viewers than Youtube.
    "Eh, sexy lady
    Op, op, op, op"
     
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    OniBaba got a reaction from webrunner5 in Hey YouTube and Facebook - time to stop burying the good stuff with wall-to-wall bullshit   
    Well, everything is based on a general misconception about society. I would not want to sound elitist, but hey...
    Most of the people are stupid (or dumb, you pick it up) and they rather choose Gangnam Style over Macbeth. 
    Nothing new over here, seeing people butchered alive required huge coliseums across the roman empire. Theatres were rather small, as they are today confronted to football stadiums. That's why Vimeo will always have less views and viewers than Youtube.
    "Eh, sexy lady
    Op, op, op, op"
     
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