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    Tru Horizon?

    That’s pretty cool. I’m always looking for a tiny compact. I suppose the RX0 will be simple to make work?
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    Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless talk hots up

    Canon Log and Nikon Flat make no sense but always look great and are so easy to work with.
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    Tru Horizon?

    Good tips, thanks. For this specific project, I am not a hundred percent sure that I am going to use the 5D3, but I figure it’s better to get one that can carry the heavier weight. Most likely I’ll use the 35mm f/2 IS lens with it but I may also want to use the 24-70mm f/4... with the camera and lens, the weight should be around 3lbs but I’ll have to double check to be sure. Are there issues with lighter set ups on larger gimbals creating problems. I may also pick up an M50 or EM10iii this fall, so I guess it would be nice to be able to use the same gimbal. But if I do decide to go with a smaller, lighter camera for this project, I may go with a smaller, lighter gimbal. On a different note, I assume this is impossible due to weight limitations, but I really like the design of the Freefly Mövi iPhone Camera Robot... it would be really cool if the iPhone mount could be modified to make an RX100iv or other small p&s camera to work with it.
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    Tru Horizon?

    Thanks, I have a couple handles like that already in various sizes but the pictures really let me see how big a Beholder is... with the double handle, it seems like the right sized configuration, I’ve been looking for.
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    Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless talk hots up

    Canon has a patent for IBIS so I imagine it’s only a matter of time before they implement it. But they also have said that they feel Lens IS is more effective than sensor stabilization... so who knows. This is kind of interesting... https://www.canonrumors.com/patent-canon-not-closing-the-door-on-in-body-image-stabilization/ “Note that the second image stabilization is not limited to electronic image stabilization, and may be, for example, image stabilization performed by controlling a mechanical movement of the image capturing device, or image stabilization performed by controlling a movable optical element in the camera body” The last part of the statement is intriguing... “image stabilization performed by controlling a movable optical element in the camera body” so I wonder if that is something that could be implemented into a future EF adapter for the R series?
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    Tru Horizon?

    I also saw a video John Brawley made with the E-M5ii where he used it conjunction with the Defy G2. That double handled model seemed to be a relatively small size and not too draining on the arms. Anyway, any info is much appreciated. Yeah, I wonder if you could rig a tripod column to hook into it? Btw, which Osmo do you have?
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    Tru Horizon?

    Yes, I would be the operator and as much as I prefer the look of a Glidecam, I don’t know if I have the time to really get good at it before shooting begins in December. Like @leslie ‘s S40, I have a cheap Merlin copy made by Vidpro. It actually works fairly well except for the obvious wind drift... after a day or two of practicing with it (a few years back) I was able to get my index finger to reign it in a little but even that wasn’t perfect... which I guess a gimbal would cure more easily? This film doesn’t need long, silky smooth movements. I was going to use cuts to make it feel more frenetic. So I wouldn’t be following the talent around as much as I would be meeting them at a mark, or pushing them in a different direction as though the camera was a constant obstacle in their chase scene. Thanks, it does seem that a gimbal will be more beneficial. @scotchtape recommended the Ronin-S, do you have any other recommendations? I don’t mind spending the money on it but a cheaper alternative would also be good... especially since my concurrent project is a completely static film on sticks. I had a look at the BH site and as I mentioned, the Glidecam Centurion has a briefcase mode which seems very intuitive to me for some low profile shots... But that model doesn’t seem to have many reviews. I’ve also heard some okay things about the Beholder and obviously the Crane. An AF wheel would be a plus as well, I guess.
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    Tru Horizon?

    Thanks, I assumed a gimbal would be a better option. Do you think the Ronin-S is the best on the market for the price? Interestingly, I was looking at some Osmo gimbal cameras. I’ve been secretly pining over the X5R and even the X5 looks pretty decent but then it seems the Z-axis add on takes something that is small and manageable into large and cumbersome territory. That’s a cool product you linked to and certainly the price is right, even if it does look like a medieval torture device... I wonder if one of those would help make IBIS cameras walkable.
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    Tru Horizon?

    Does anyone use a Glidecam, or any steadicam, with a Tru Horizon gimbal head? I’m writing a thriller I want to shoot this winter, with my 5D3, and would like to incorporate some movement into the shots. I’ve never used a gimbal and have very little experience with a steady cam. Originally, I was looking at a two handled gimbal but they seem so big and bulky but the single handled versions seem tiring? The Glidecam Centurion has an interesting top handle configuration that looks intriguing but the reviews seem mixed. When I stumbled upon the Glidecam XR and Tru Horizon combo, it seemed like an interesting compromise? Any info for a beginner gimbal/steady cam user looking for a relatively simple way to get some kinetic movement in their shots would be very appreciated.
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    Single points of failure & redundancy

    Wait... you’re supposed to bring a camera to a shoot? No wonder it’s taking me so long to finish my film. But seriously, I at least bring an extra wide angle and a nifty fifty, extra cards and I always bring extra batteries.
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    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

    Lol... probably not. If you stick up for the GH5, the BM fanboys attack you, if you stick up for the P4K, the GH5 fans go nuts... I may as well talk to myself in the ML Raw forum... I’ll definitely like what I have to say... 🤪 In the end, these are just cameras and it’s not worth getting angry over.
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    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

    As I previously noted, I was being hyperbolic with murder and obliterate but that doesn’t negate the fact that ProRes XQ at +700 mbps should look better than 400 mbps of the GH5. And in some ways it does but I don’t know if it looks almost twice as good.
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    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

    I think 10bit is good for a bump in perceived DR. It helps with color tonality on objects of the same or similar colors... for instance the shadows in leaves or a slight different hue of green. This seems to give it a thicker, more 3D look. So it’s definitely a positive but even 8bit Canon color from the C100 with CLog or 8bit Nikon Flat can give a similar, albeit different, end result. Surely you will notice it with Raw video the way it will pick up textures with the higher color data.
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    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

    Thank you! I didn’t come to this topic to be a dick. I am working on a few short scripts (and features) so of course I’m interested in the P4K, but from what I’ve seen so far, I’m not convinced. However, I am glad that the people that bought it are happy with it. I just hate this mob mentality to attack any person that dislikes a camera, or even dares to question it... it’s like Grant Petty is offering free old fashioneds to anyone that sticks up for the P4K. Yeah, a little hyperbole in my word choices.
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    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

    See ya, your almighty, holier than thou, “professional” attitude was annoying to read anyway. If you were looking for blind adoration, this definitely isn’t the place for you... there are plenty of ...user sites around for that. But out of curiosity, how else are people to evaluate an image if not where the artist chose to present it? I guess I should go out and buy a camera I don’t need, just so I can have an opinion. Note taken.
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