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    mercer got a reaction from kye in Out the camera game for a while - what can you suggest for now? (low budget but decent)   
    Since her only requirement was AUTOFOCUS because, "she wants to do videos of herself," I'll suggest having a look at an EOS-M camera... the M50 Mark II should probably work in 1080p.
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    mercer reacted to QuickHitRecord in Panasonic GH1 / GH 2 and FD lenses ?.   
    I used to own a GH2 and recently bought a GH1. It's pretty subjective but I feel like I have more "wow" moments while reviewing the footage than I did with my GH2. Perhaps it's because my expectations were low. It seems a little softer, a little more muted, and perhaps a touch more green. It definitely lacks the dynamic range of the GH2. And while I wish it had HDMI out, it forces me to use the camera as is without increasing the footprint.
    Here's some footage I shot with it:
    I think the fotoage looks a lot different from any of Panasonic's offerings after the GH3, or anything from Sony/Canon/Fuji. In a good way.
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    mercer reacted to sev7en in Samsung NX 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS Premium S   
    Hello :)
    You know... it is about the NX1, my never ending love! I have the M1 Mark II and my primary camera, the Sigma Sd Quattro but... the feeling with NX1 is unique.
    Just to share with you some shots with the NX1 and that primary amazing lens.
     







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    mercer reacted to sev7en in Samsung NX 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS Premium S   
    Hello,
    yes it is still my jewel 😛 Some pictures in the past days and... weeks, months did with the NX1.







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    mercer reacted to leslie in bmp4k adventures   
    Not seeing much action down in the lenses forum, I have however continued doing my bit for someone's else's economy,  the Japanese economy actually. Bought a cheap nikon lens. The nikon 43-68 zoom, supposable the worst lens in the history of nikon lenses,  if the internet is to believed. You may ask what possessed me to do that ?  and i'm glad you asked, one reason, it was cheap 🙄 the main reason, was the flares it produces. Which i'm kinda partial to.  there is a type 1 with the lens details on the inside of the filter ring. Thats supposedly the soft version, mine is type 2 with the lens detail on the outside of the filter ring. 
    today has been  the coldest day of the year so far,  frozen water pipes till about 9 am . I think  yesterday was pretty cold as well. i did take a few shots with the nikon attached to the olympus e-m10 this morning however i'm having trouble uploading them, maybe the cold has frozen the internet as well.  🤔  I'll try uploading them again later. I will say it's nice to be able to mount full frame lenses on a variety of cameras. 
    Really been meaning to do spend some time with p4k lately. However since i came back from my roadtrip ( 2600k's in 5 days ) i put the t5 in a safe place and haven't been able to find it since. 
    Warning cuteness overload below...


     
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    mercer reacted to Django in Whatever happened to the EVA1?   
    They did give it a rather nice follow-up:

    But I'm pretty sure that cam was also a flop at the $5K pricing with no internal 10-bit.
    That said, I find the DVX200 sexy as hell in a throwback MINIDV/3CCD cam way.. and I'm sure in the right hands this was/is a very capable and surely fun to shoot with cam..
     
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    mercer reacted to kye in Blackmagic Micro Cinema Super Guide and Why It Still Matters   
    Thanks to @TomTheDP for finding this comparison between the Original BMPCC and Alexa, and thanks to Alain Bourassa for performing the test!  As @Matt Kieley says, the BMPCC and BMMCC have the same sensor, so it's a proxy for the BMMCC as well.
    Not a bad match, considering that this appears to have no adjustments, and shots have different White Balances:

    The WB comparison:

    Latitude tests:








    What I see from this comparison is:
    Obviously the Alexa has more latitude, no surprises there Both comparisons vary quite a bit in tone and levels between the shots
    (this is an indication to me that the shots were taken quickly and the results not processed too much, so I think is a good indicator of what things are like when used for real rather than in meticulous lab environments) The BMPCC fails at +4 and the Alexa doesn't, but both look reasonable at -3, so the highlights are where the Alexas increased DR is revealed The BMPCC looks very usable across the whole range and this reflects my impressions of shooting with it  Vectorscope comparisons, with colours extended 2X in the scope for ease of viewing..  
    BMPCC Primaries:

    Alexa Primaries:

    BMPCC chart:

    Alexa chart:

    For reference, this is a colour chart I shot with my GH5.  The absolute level of saturation can't be compared as I can't remember what I did in post, but check out how different the overall shape is, which is much closer to 'correct':

    I suggest this is a very good result, especially considering how old and how cheap this camera is, even after the price has risen since COVID lockdown and nostalgia shopping.
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    mercer reacted to Matt Kieley in Blackmagic Micro Cinema Super Guide and Why It Still Matters   
    Thanks man! 

    The first two narrative shorts were shot with Rokinon Lenses (10, 16, 35)
    The 15 second horror shorts and the promo video were shot with Fujinon c-mount lenses (18-108mm 2.5, 17.5-105mm 1.8, 12.5mm 1.4, 25mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4)
    Lonely Astronaut was the Canon TV-16 25mm 1.4 c-mount lens.
    Catch Hold was the Cosmicar 12.5mm 1.9 c-mount lens.
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    mercer got a reaction from PannySVHS in Blackmagic Micro Cinema Super Guide and Why It Still Matters   
    Awesome work as always @Matt Kieley ! Do you remember which lenses you used?
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    mercer reacted to Matt Kieley in Blackmagic Micro Cinema Super Guide and Why It Still Matters   
    I've posted older versions of some of these, but I thought I should post some old BMPCC/BMMCC videos, some of which are uprezzed to 4K.
    Narrative shorts:
    This is a promo video a friend I did shot on the Pocket/Micro with only available light:
    And some personal home movies:
     
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    mercer got a reaction from kye in Selling my 1DC for a 5D MKIII and an XT3/4?   
    Me too. I'd go C200 over the C70 for a crop sensor camera. That RawLite image is beautiful...
    I'm hoping the rumored XC20 with internal Raw is real. But then the cost of media is pretty pricey. 
    I've never used a 1DC, so I couldn't really say, but from what I've seen online, it has one of my favorite 4K images.
    I considered an X-T4 a few months ago and I think it has a beautiful image. The h.265 codec is a bit of a bummer for me, but I'm used to transcoding footage so it isn't a big deal. In the end, I found myself too consistently pleased with the images I am getting from my 5D, so I decided against it. Although I would love to have IBIS and face tracking.
    Another option for you could be the Sigma FP. I don't shoot stills, so the electronic shutter could be problematic... I can't say. But it definitely has that nice, thick raw image...
     
    The price is right with the FP, but it seems to be a storage hog. Even the 8bit internal 4K raw... actually looks really good. This was shot by @markr041
    But the file sizes are almost twice as heavy as 5D Mark III file sizes... even in 1080p. But the size of the camera is sooo appealing. Shooting handheld with the 5Diii and the 24-70mm f/4 L can get a bit heavy after a while.

    Noam Kroll gave the Canon M50 Mark II a pretty good review. I'd imagine it would be pretty good for travel and family videos/photos, but I don't know how great it would intercut with ML Raw from the 5Diii... and it has a near S16 crop.
    I think I'm in a similar situation. I wouldn't mind an upgrade, and although I only work on narratives, I'm still just a hobbyist, so any kind of change isn't really an upgrade in IQ... especially for YT/Vimeo uploads.
     
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    mercer got a reaction from kye in Selling my 1DC for a 5D MKIII and an XT3/4?   
    Just my opinion, from my experience, but if you like the ML Raw image from the 5Diii and don't mind the workflow, I think you'll have to spend a lot more money to be happy.
    @TomTheDP was absolutely correct when he wrote, "5D MK3 with magic lantern is about as nice of an image as you can get..." 
    With what is on the market now, I really think I'd need a C200 or 1DX Mark III to warrant an upgrade.
    YMMV
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    mercer reacted to Ty Harper in Selling my 1DC for a 5D MKIII and an XT3/4?   
    I agree. In a perfect world I'd pick up the C70 or 1DX MKIII but they are well beyond my budget as a hobbyist. 
    If I recall you were a fan of the 1DC as well, would you sell yours now if u were in my shoes? 
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    mercer got a reaction from Ty Harper in Selling my 1DC for a 5D MKIII and an XT3/4?   
    Just my opinion, from my experience, but if you like the ML Raw image from the 5Diii and don't mind the workflow, I think you'll have to spend a lot more money to be happy.
    @TomTheDP was absolutely correct when he wrote, "5D MK3 with magic lantern is about as nice of an image as you can get..." 
    With what is on the market now, I really think I'd need a C200 or 1DX Mark III to warrant an upgrade.
    YMMV
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    mercer reacted to Ty Harper in Selling my 1DC for a 5D MKIII and an XT3/4?   
    Bcuz I actually like the look, don't mind the workflow, I wouldn't have to worry about color matching and the bang for buck is pretty undeniable. I see them going for as little as $700 CAN right now... but also, at that price I could totally pick up another XT3 later...
    I guess my main question is should I even sell the 1DC? It has always felt to me like a collectors item...
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    mercer reacted to fuzzynormal in Most underrated cameras?   
    I know it's an impossible thing to really quantify to other people, especially pros, but it's been true in my experience as well.  I've just ended up preferring using Oly cams for some reason.  Ergonomics I think.
    And it doesn't make sense because Oly's menu system is a bit of a jumble, but I guess once I learned it, it's been productive.
    I don't do a lot of high end stuff, and what I do (still) do is almost always hand-held run-n-gun.  I get by easily with 8-bit.  My cheap EM10iii with a variable ND does the job.  Here's a recent thing I was hired for; half day shoot and half day editing with a script they recorded.  Basic basic basic, but got the product delivered to the client as they requested.  I'm not sure if I even used a high end camera for a gig like this it would've turned out much different.  So, you know, for me, the rather simple tool is appropriate.
     
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    mercer reacted to PannySVHS in Panasonic S1 V-LOG -- New image quality king of the hill   
    That´s a mini Varicam for 1000 GBP! That´s a steal! @Tim Sewell
    I am curious to test some primes with it. So far I have used my S1 with little cheapo zooms. The 35-70mm F4 Canon FD is indeed a little beauty. Mechanically it´s flawed. Lens alignment is shaky once the rubber pads inside get worn out. Here is some footage for location scouting with the kewl Tokina 25-50. Sun was very harsh. It was a beautiful summer day, to say it with other words.:) The mellow contrast of the Tokina gives the S1 image nice smoothnes. Anyway, this camera is fun. Hard to believe what kinda quality we get for around 1500EU if bought used. Grading is a bit too greenish. Was trying to built a greenish Lut I guess.:)
     
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    mercer reacted to kye in Most underrated cameras?   
    No surprises here, but I'd say it's the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera.
    A modular cinema camera under $1000 brand new, uncompressed Cinema DNG RAW at 60p, and a beautiful image.  
    The image doesn't look like that second generation iPhone or camcorder that Canon love to imitate when clipped either..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMb6CR781Kc
    With Resolve it superscales to 4K beautifully too.  You don't actually want 4K, you just got trained by the camera brands that 1080 is bad because they compress the absolute living crap out of their images - no-one is rejecting the Alexa 1080p because it's not 4K!  With great quality RAW images you can push and pull them in post and they keep on giving and this is pretty darn close to that...
    Plus it's the easiest camera to grade that I have ever seen.  Great images just appear when you drop a LUT or CST onto them, rather than struggling for hours to get good colours.
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    mercer reacted to BTM_Pix in Nikon Z Fc - are you OK Nikon?   
    I was thinking that the TechArtPro E to Z adapter could give it a lot more lens options but then found this on their product page. 

    I'm guessing if it doesn't work with the Z50 then it won't work with this new pseudo-Df either.
    Sigma making their f1.4 APS-C primes in Z mount might make it more interesting but they don't seem in a hurry to do that so without a lens lineup this doesn't stack up to Fuji's offerings.
    And I say that as someone who absolutely loves his Nikon Df.
    The price isn't far off what you can picked up a used Z6 for these days either.
    But....
    The TechArtPro adapter that does work with the Z50 (and presumably this one) is the Leica M to Z adapter so that would make it interesting for someone who wants the compact retro experience with appropriately sized primes to match but with the bonus of the adapter now providing them with AF as well.
    With a bunch of cheap adapters this also extends that functionality to other vintage lenses (including old Nikkors too of course) so it could well find a niche there.
    Hang on, I might have talked myself into getting one !
     
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    mercer got a reaction from PannySVHS in Raw Video Processing in FCPX   
    I just wanted to let you guys know that Color Finale released a plug-in for FCPX called Transcoder which processes CDNG, BRaw and Arriraw files. It also works with CDNG files transcoded from Magic Lantern Raw .mlv files and it will even recognize MLVFS.
    It's on sale for $38 today until midnight.
    I haven't seen it mentioned here before, so I figured I'd share.
    The controls are fairly rudimentary, but they've already updated the plug-in a couple times, so who knows how extensive it will become.
    Just to give you an idea, here are a couple sample shots I came up with after processing ML Raw files. I had to do a slight contrast and saturation adjustment in the Color Board... otherwise they're processed completely in Color Finale Transcoder...
    Zeiss ZF 50mm 1.4...

    Sigma 50mm 1.4 (older version)

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    mercer got a reaction from kye in Raw Video Processing in FCPX   
    I just wanted to let you guys know that Color Finale released a plug-in for FCPX called Transcoder which processes CDNG, BRaw and Arriraw files. It also works with CDNG files transcoded from Magic Lantern Raw .mlv files and it will even recognize MLVFS.
    It's on sale for $38 today until midnight.
    I haven't seen it mentioned here before, so I figured I'd share.
    The controls are fairly rudimentary, but they've already updated the plug-in a couple times, so who knows how extensive it will become.
    Just to give you an idea, here are a couple sample shots I came up with after processing ML Raw files. I had to do a slight contrast and saturation adjustment in the Color Board... otherwise they're processed completely in Color Finale Transcoder...
    Zeiss ZF 50mm 1.4...

    Sigma 50mm 1.4 (older version)

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    mercer reacted to TomTheDP in Upgrading to an... older camera   
    I am about to upgrade to the 10 year old Alexa Classic. 😆
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    mercer reacted to BenEricson in Canon Cinema EOS C70 - Ah that explains it then!   
    Rented this for the weekend. I am really enjoying this lens. I'll post some frames soon!

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    mercer reacted to kye in Has anyone shot with...   
    I used to be into hifi and buying exotic valves and one of the stores that sold old valves started selling jewellery as well.  Lots of hifi guys aren't the type to really understand women so maybe wouldn't know where to start and (maybe out of guilt / obligation) would just shop there as it was easy and they were already signed up etc.
    I have no idea how much they sold, but they still have a section of the site dedicated to it and their selection seems to have expanded!
    Maybe combine things?
    "There's a shortage of food, therefore prices have gone right up, that's why your car is missing AND I've brought less food home lately and the cupboards are bare.  Oh, and BTW, people are getting desperate out there, so better to not go outside and see for yourself...."
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