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    DayRaven got a reaction from IronFilm in Kinefinity 2016 Nian new product launches   
    None of us know the in's and outs of the negotiations between Apple and Kinefinity. The facts we know are: Kinefinity has been reported to have been negotiating with Apple for two years, Kinefinity put out a press statement that they have official backing from Apple for Prores, Apple haven't updated their website. Apple haven't started any court action against Kinefinity in the 7 months the announcement has been made, or ever, nor made any official statement debunking the press release.
    This isn't the pattern of a copyright infringer, for starters, the bogus implementation of Prores has been in the wild for many years, they could have slotted it into their cameras in a very short amount of time, the fact they have taken this long seems to infer that they are following Apple's process. Secondly, Apple have had 7 months to put a stop to this, and yet have chosen not to. This is not the pattern Apple follows with it's legal action, they make public statements very quickly after media coverage, and always aggressively protect their IP.
    Occams Razor suggests that Kinefinity are in the process of getting official approval, have not yet got it but have reached the stage where they feel confident in putting it in their marketing material. Apple not disagreeing with their press release suggests that at a minimum, there is a bridge in place that Apple do not wish to burn. (Actually, if this were any company but Apple, OR would suggest that the update to the webpage is sat in some developers TODO list, but I daren't invite the Macocalypse on myself by suggesting that there is nothing special about the company)
    Either way, thank-you for keeping nationality out of it after I asked.
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    DayRaven got a reaction from Geoff CB in A6300 vs. A7s mk1   
    As an a6300 user, I could not reccomend it to anyone using it in a profesional capacity, from the overheating issues alone. It may be worth it IF you were interested in 4k, as it's 1080p is nothing special AND you had a solution to the overheating - I'm experimenting with Ram heatsinks AND you didn't mind the rolling shutter, but that's a tough sell - I see it more as a camera to learn on
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    DayRaven reacted to Cinegain in A6300 vs. A7s mk1   
    Zactly. A6300 is unreliable. A7S only if you need the lowlight performance. Might want to get an external recorder. Actually wouldn't bother with Sony, unless you can cough up the dosh for the A7RII or A7SII.
    Canon. Same, wouldn't bother unless you can cough up the money for a 1D C or 1D X mkII. Their 1080p cameras aren't really exciting. Maybe the 5DmkIII with ML RAW, but storage 'n workflow.
    Nikon. They have the D5500 and D7200 which are actually decent options... if you care for solid 1080p without all the bells and whistles.
    If you really want features, you got to go mirrorless. As we've already crossed Sony offa the list, there's Samsung with the NX1. Body only within budget, maybe you can score a cheap prime to have something native electronic, else it will be all full manual and there aren't any smart (electronic) adapters (for Canon glass) or focal reducers.
    Olympus. Sure... if you want mediocre at best 1080p... atleast you'd have sick in-body stabilization.
    Panasonic. I think this is your best bet actually. Especially if you'd be looking forward to use 4K. The G7 (or G70 depending on your location) is a great deal. Most Panasonic cameras are.
    Let's throw the BMPCC and BMMCC in the mix for good measurement. But you got to rig it up quite well and sort out some issues to make it work for you (battery life/monitoring).
    Of course, this is just my personal opinion. Nikon, Panasonic or Blackmagic. Of course, if you were perfectly happy with the 700D ML... it's not like they're expensive and if that worked and would still work for you, you can put some of the money you saved into other things that would up the production value.
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    DayRaven got a reaction from bootsie in Kinefinity 2016 Nian new product launches   
    None of us know the in's and outs of the negotiations between Apple and Kinefinity. The facts we know are: Kinefinity has been reported to have been negotiating with Apple for two years, Kinefinity put out a press statement that they have official backing from Apple for Prores, Apple haven't updated their website. Apple haven't started any court action against Kinefinity in the 7 months the announcement has been made, or ever, nor made any official statement debunking the press release.
    This isn't the pattern of a copyright infringer, for starters, the bogus implementation of Prores has been in the wild for many years, they could have slotted it into their cameras in a very short amount of time, the fact they have taken this long seems to infer that they are following Apple's process. Secondly, Apple have had 7 months to put a stop to this, and yet have chosen not to. This is not the pattern Apple follows with it's legal action, they make public statements very quickly after media coverage, and always aggressively protect their IP.
    Occams Razor suggests that Kinefinity are in the process of getting official approval, have not yet got it but have reached the stage where they feel confident in putting it in their marketing material. Apple not disagreeing with their press release suggests that at a minimum, there is a bridge in place that Apple do not wish to burn. (Actually, if this were any company but Apple, OR would suggest that the update to the webpage is sat in some developers TODO list, but I daren't invite the Macocalypse on myself by suggesting that there is nothing special about the company)
    Either way, thank-you for keeping nationality out of it after I asked.
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    DayRaven got a reaction from Shield3 in Canon 80D video quality still atrocious   
    That's a REALLY wierd species of Canna if the Canon has the best colour here - it look's like it was the one grown in the radioactive wasteland!
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    DayRaven got a reaction from BrorSvensson in Canon 80D video quality still atrocious   
    That's a REALLY wierd species of Canna if the Canon has the best colour here - it look's like it was the one grown in the radioactive wasteland!
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    DayRaven reacted to IronFilm in 1000€ to spend. G7 + SB vs NX1   
    As you have Nikon lenses I'd recommend the NX1

    If you'd have Canon lenses you'd be stuck... as then you couldn't use the NX1 And Panasonic would make more sense then. 
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    DayRaven got a reaction from SR in Kinefinity 2016 Nian new product launches   
    Take a trip down to your local shops, you'll find ripoffs from every country in the world. Including yours. Lego ripped off Kiddicraft, Oreos ripped off Hydrox (and then launched an ad campaign claiming they were the ripoffs), Sketchers ripped off Toms, Disney Pixar ripped off Pierrot Le Poisson Clown, Angry Birds ripped off Crush the Castle, Farmville ripped off Farm Town, Pong Ripped off Table Tennis (the 1972 computer game), Guitar Hero ripped off Guitar Freaks, A fist full of Dollars - Yojimbo, Lincoln Continental - Bently Continental, Chrysler 300 - Bently Continental, Focus/Mondeo - Astin Martin, Astin Martin - Everything Fisker does, Marvel Wasp - DC Bumblebee, Psych - The Mentalist, Benson - Squidward, Secret of the Incas - Raiders of the Lost Ark, Monsters Inc - Little Monsters, Facebook - Friendster, Twitter - TechRadium, Paypal - Billpoint, Burberry - Vivienne Westwood.
    Need I go on, or shall we keep nationality out of it?
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    DayRaven got a reaction from jase in Kinefinity 2016 Nian new product launches   
    Take a trip down to your local shops, you'll find ripoffs from every country in the world. Including yours. Lego ripped off Kiddicraft, Oreos ripped off Hydrox (and then launched an ad campaign claiming they were the ripoffs), Sketchers ripped off Toms, Disney Pixar ripped off Pierrot Le Poisson Clown, Angry Birds ripped off Crush the Castle, Farmville ripped off Farm Town, Pong Ripped off Table Tennis (the 1972 computer game), Guitar Hero ripped off Guitar Freaks, A fist full of Dollars - Yojimbo, Lincoln Continental - Bently Continental, Chrysler 300 - Bently Continental, Focus/Mondeo - Astin Martin, Astin Martin - Everything Fisker does, Marvel Wasp - DC Bumblebee, Psych - The Mentalist, Benson - Squidward, Secret of the Incas - Raiders of the Lost Ark, Monsters Inc - Little Monsters, Facebook - Friendster, Twitter - TechRadium, Paypal - Billpoint, Burberry - Vivienne Westwood.
    Need I go on, or shall we keep nationality out of it?
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    DayRaven got a reaction from Marco Bentz in Kinefinity 2016 Nian new product launches   
    Take a trip down to your local shops, you'll find ripoffs from every country in the world. Including yours. Lego ripped off Kiddicraft, Oreos ripped off Hydrox (and then launched an ad campaign claiming they were the ripoffs), Sketchers ripped off Toms, Disney Pixar ripped off Pierrot Le Poisson Clown, Angry Birds ripped off Crush the Castle, Farmville ripped off Farm Town, Pong Ripped off Table Tennis (the 1972 computer game), Guitar Hero ripped off Guitar Freaks, A fist full of Dollars - Yojimbo, Lincoln Continental - Bently Continental, Chrysler 300 - Bently Continental, Focus/Mondeo - Astin Martin, Astin Martin - Everything Fisker does, Marvel Wasp - DC Bumblebee, Psych - The Mentalist, Benson - Squidward, Secret of the Incas - Raiders of the Lost Ark, Monsters Inc - Little Monsters, Facebook - Friendster, Twitter - TechRadium, Paypal - Billpoint, Burberry - Vivienne Westwood.
    Need I go on, or shall we keep nationality out of it?
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    DayRaven got a reaction from IronFilm in Kinefinity 2016 Nian new product launches   
    Well yes, you seem to be making the extraordinary claim that Kinefinity are trying to pass their products off as Reds with that link there, so do eloborate to your hearts content.
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    DayRaven got a reaction from IronFilm in Kinefinity 2016 Nian new product launches   
    Take a trip down to your local shops, you'll find ripoffs from every country in the world. Including yours. Lego ripped off Kiddicraft, Oreos ripped off Hydrox (and then launched an ad campaign claiming they were the ripoffs), Sketchers ripped off Toms, Disney Pixar ripped off Pierrot Le Poisson Clown, Angry Birds ripped off Crush the Castle, Farmville ripped off Farm Town, Pong Ripped off Table Tennis (the 1972 computer game), Guitar Hero ripped off Guitar Freaks, A fist full of Dollars - Yojimbo, Lincoln Continental - Bently Continental, Chrysler 300 - Bently Continental, Focus/Mondeo - Astin Martin, Astin Martin - Everything Fisker does, Marvel Wasp - DC Bumblebee, Psych - The Mentalist, Benson - Squidward, Secret of the Incas - Raiders of the Lost Ark, Monsters Inc - Little Monsters, Facebook - Friendster, Twitter - TechRadium, Paypal - Billpoint, Burberry - Vivienne Westwood.
    Need I go on, or shall we keep nationality out of it?
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    DayRaven reacted to M Carter in Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera   
    I don't get the fascination with "cages" - it adds hundreds every time you get a new body. I've been using the same rails & baseplate setup for a couple years now. Though I don't stick a microphone on my camera, I kinda like it next to the talent (for true event and run & gun shooting without a boom op, I use a "real video camera" with mics and XLRs and NDs). I once stuck a battery-powered cheap lav inside the front of one of my rails for synch when i couldn't get a recorder-out working with a motion shot and it sounded about as good as any other mic stuck to the camera, and was invisible - I'll probably make that permanent for when I'm moving too much. I have a little 15mm rail clamp with a lock for two cables, that gets 8" HDMI and camera-in-extensions with female ends, so I'm not fiddling with the camera ports to hook up. Haven't spent a dime on camera rigging in a couple years now.
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    DayRaven reacted to Nikkor in Kinefinity 2016 Nian new product launches   
    Hahaha, most probably. That forum is a dick sucking contest to rationalize spending 40.000$ on a camera and still being a 40 years old men with no clue about image making.
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    DayRaven reacted to Don Kotlos in A7SII, LUTS and Colour Space   
    There is no "proper way". You can do it anyway you want. 
    You can think of LUTs as the easy way of translating color information. 
    So you can shoot sgamut3 and have an LUT that gets you to sgamut3.cine space or an LUT that gets you from sgamut3.cine to rec709. You can add another LUT on top of the previous to add secondary looks, or you can have just one that combines all the LUTs together. Or you can do all these things manually with color and contrast manipulation but spend a significant amount of time doing it. 
    I agree that people tend to misuse LUTs, but then again color grading is not a trivial task. I find that people misuse/overuse more the slog/sgamut than LUTs... 
    While shooting a wider gamut allows more control of the final image since you can do more translations of color (match very different clips), it can lead to bad & unbalanced results easily and with 8bit codecs things can get messy (banding, plastic looking colors, etc..) very fast. That is why wider gamuts  such as sgamut3.cine or log profiles are not always advised. 
    For my type of shooting (documentary run&gun style), Cine4/Cine2 gammas with Cinema/Pro/rec709 gamut with rec709 LUTs added in post, give me the best balance between gradability and quality.
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    DayRaven reacted to richg101 in Kinefinity 2016 Nian new product launches   
    Look at the price of the kinemax.  it's pretty much as good, if not, better than the red weapon with dragon 6k sensor, and costs less than an FS7.  The capabilities practically blow everything black magic have to offer out of the water, for very similar prices.  It's not about price with these cameras, it's about the fact that their press releases are written in Chinese that very few people invest in the equipment.  
     
    IMO they'd make more of an impact if rather than developing new cameras they simply put the money into sending out complimentary kinemax's to shooters for review.  
     
    I've seen work from @Rob Bannister using his kine-mini 4k that leaves nothing to be desired - that camera is less costly than the fs5!  
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    DayRaven got a reaction from Geoff CB in Sony A6300 review (rolling) - Striking image but nagging issues   
    It's a combination of things -
    1. Sony cameras don't handle difficult white balance situations with any grace
    2. Sony offer a huge degree of options that control the sensor
    3. Sony give you profiles that require grading - and I mean, proper, years of experience as a colourist grading, not just drop on a lut or tweak sat and curves
    Combine this with low prices and any tom, dick or harry can grab one, stick it in pp9, wave it around a baby with leds, sunlight and an incandescent bulb and wonder what happened to the skin
    They aren't cameras for everyone, thats for sure, you can mitigate many of the issues, but they are cameras that demand, in certain modes, a very high degree of cameramanship and skill.
    1. Desaturating the higher luminence can work wonders to help take the green and yellow gills away.
    2. Stick to pp0, and your fave creative style, if that's too limiting, stick to cine 4, s.gamut.cine. If that's ever too limiting, then you are going to have to start reading technical documentation to understand what the options do and how they do it.
    3. Just look at the size of s.gamut 3, and think what is going to happen when you cram all of that into the comparitively tiny space of 709 and understand why colourists can charge what they do. Then never, ever use it.
    Or just grab a camera you can get decent results with because clever engineers did all that for you and plenty more besides
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    DayRaven reacted to Andrew Reid in Sony A6300 review (rolling) - Striking image but nagging issues   
    Good post Day, I agree with every word
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    DayRaven got a reaction from Hanriverprod in Sony A6300 review (rolling) - Striking image but nagging issues   
    It's a combination of things -
    1. Sony cameras don't handle difficult white balance situations with any grace
    2. Sony offer a huge degree of options that control the sensor
    3. Sony give you profiles that require grading - and I mean, proper, years of experience as a colourist grading, not just drop on a lut or tweak sat and curves
    Combine this with low prices and any tom, dick or harry can grab one, stick it in pp9, wave it around a baby with leds, sunlight and an incandescent bulb and wonder what happened to the skin
    They aren't cameras for everyone, thats for sure, you can mitigate many of the issues, but they are cameras that demand, in certain modes, a very high degree of cameramanship and skill.
    1. Desaturating the higher luminence can work wonders to help take the green and yellow gills away.
    2. Stick to pp0, and your fave creative style, if that's too limiting, stick to cine 4, s.gamut.cine. If that's ever too limiting, then you are going to have to start reading technical documentation to understand what the options do and how they do it.
    3. Just look at the size of s.gamut 3, and think what is going to happen when you cram all of that into the comparitively tiny space of 709 and understand why colourists can charge what they do. Then never, ever use it.
    Or just grab a camera you can get decent results with because clever engineers did all that for you and plenty more besides
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    DayRaven got a reaction from frontfocus in Sony A6300 review (rolling) - Striking image but nagging issues   
    It's a combination of things -
    1. Sony cameras don't handle difficult white balance situations with any grace
    2. Sony offer a huge degree of options that control the sensor
    3. Sony give you profiles that require grading - and I mean, proper, years of experience as a colourist grading, not just drop on a lut or tweak sat and curves
    Combine this with low prices and any tom, dick or harry can grab one, stick it in pp9, wave it around a baby with leds, sunlight and an incandescent bulb and wonder what happened to the skin
    They aren't cameras for everyone, thats for sure, you can mitigate many of the issues, but they are cameras that demand, in certain modes, a very high degree of cameramanship and skill.
    1. Desaturating the higher luminence can work wonders to help take the green and yellow gills away.
    2. Stick to pp0, and your fave creative style, if that's too limiting, stick to cine 4, s.gamut.cine. If that's ever too limiting, then you are going to have to start reading technical documentation to understand what the options do and how they do it.
    3. Just look at the size of s.gamut 3, and think what is going to happen when you cram all of that into the comparitively tiny space of 709 and understand why colourists can charge what they do. Then never, ever use it.
    Or just grab a camera you can get decent results with because clever engineers did all that for you and plenty more besides
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    DayRaven got a reaction from vaga in PETITION TO KEEP SAMSUNG NX PRODUCTS ALIVE!   
    Feels like it should be the other way around - the large flange distance would (and has been a factor) prevent me from buying the camera, because I couldn't use a lot of glass on it but should I already own one then buying the NX lenses would be fine for me because of the flange distance as they could be adapted for a great many other cameras
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    DayRaven got a reaction from Zach Goodwin in First "Pro" Job, would really value your advice!   
    Hi guys, I've until now been proudly and strictly amateur, and really learning for the sake of learning and the enjoyment of the process. Recently, a friend of mine has started his own business and it has been going really well for him. He is going to an expo, and has asked me to attend, to shoot video of the event. Normally I would have said no straight away for any number of reasons, but, this guy has gone above and beyond for me and my family in recent years - to put perspective on it, he has, without question or complaint, or recompense in any form took my learning disabled son out every week for over a year when I have been bed bound with illness, and built a log cabin for me in my garden - so I owe this guy big time.
    He hasn't got the budget to pay anyone, in fact, I am helping to cover accomodation for his team, so me being there isn't taking away the chance to get a pro in to get better results than I can achieve. He understands that I am not experienced or professional, he obviously knows my health and emergencies with my son may cause me to be unable to attend or stay and is still happy for me to try, which is why, I said yes.
    Obviously I want to do the absolute best job possible, but, I'm a overawed by it all. Firstly, the expo has a press accreditation application, but I don't know if that's appropriate for me, also it allows members of the public attending to "snap away as long as you don't sell the photos for any purpose" , but doesn't mention the exhibitors, presumably the rules for the public apply at a minimum.
    Secondly, I have an equipment list which isn't going to do me many favours, this kind of work wasn't on my radar when I was getting my kit together. I have manged to beg/borrow/steal the following which I think will be a suitable kit to take:
    Cameras:
    A Sony a6300 & NEX 7 C/Y adapter, C/Y Speedbooster, C/Y Zeiss 35-70, C/Y Zeiss 80-200, 50mm f1.8 OSS. I have two Sony batteries, one brand new, one that came with the NEX and has seen years of work along with a year of storage, but seems to be working just fine. I also have two relatively unused off brand batteries.
    For the above cameras, I have two 256Gb Sandisk Extreme 95MB/s cards, also an adapter for the go pro's card below, that accomodates the NEX 7's video without a hitch
    A Canon XA10 that is barely used but been in storage for years and is in an unknown working state, no cards etc
    A go pro hero 4 silver and a metal housing which solved it's plugged in overheating problem. I have a sandisk extreme 64Gb card for it.
    Sound:
    A Shure Lenshopper with the built in recorder
    An AT875R with Rycote Softie
    A Shure MV51
    A Zoom H4n
    Very good (for music) earphones
    Stabilisation:
    A Gitzo tripod
    A Sirui Monopod with feet and ball joint, which seperates into a normal monopod and a little ball jointed tabletop tripod
    A manfrotto 502 head
    Lighting:
    Two large and one small cheap and nasty LED units
    Computing:
    A surface pro 2 with a 1.5Tb external HD
    iphone with it's camera and app ecosystem including a surprisingly accurate enough light meter.
     
    Italics indicates gear I have been promised by a reliable person, but, as always, until it's in my hand's I can't be certain I will have it
    -------------------------------
    The Plan
    Day 1 - setting up, Im going to take the go pro and a6300 w. lenshopper on the monopod, NEX-7 to hand (spare in case of failure, photography), and just document the team setting up the stand. The go pro will do a time lapse while I get cool and interesting shots of the process
    Day 2 - Trade. a6300 + monopod. I'll spend this time around and about the expo getting interesting shots of other stands, interesting people, interesting locations within the center itself, the signs etc. This is the teams most imortant day and I don't want to be there putting them off or being a nuisance to the people they are hoping will become customers. I'll have some of the product and will hand them out to people to hold while smiling for a photo - models and notable attendees - if they will allow me to take them and my autism doesn't turn me into a puddle of antisocial water, and again if they are willing, a few signed products.
    Day 3 - Public. Go pro in an unobtrusive corner, a6300 on monopod, nex to hand. I'll be hovering around the stand, getting shots of the great unwashed being, hopefully very enthusiastic about the products and the team being pleasent, lovely people.
    Day 4 - Public and tear down - Another Go Pro timelapse of the teardown and more public shots admiring the product
    Evenings - Candids of the team (go pro, a6300) and a few more formal "interviews" (MV51, tripod & lights)
    Obviously if the Canon is is good working order, I will be using that in place of the a6300 with the AT875R mic, the a6300 with become my backup and photography and the NEX will stay in the bag.
    ------------------------------------
    So, what do you think? Am I mad to even try, have I overlooked anything important, am I overthinking this way too much, will I get kicked out?
    I would be extremely grateful for any and all advice, ideas, guidance and wisdom. The expo is in May, so I have time, and I can afford to invest £500 or so, but that's only justifiable if it will be useful to me for what I actually use my cameras for - short films & family stuff!
    It's worth pointing out, that gear that I have (or have access to) which I'm not taking includes:
    A BMPCC in a decent rig with sigma 18-35 with a tilta follow focus and a z finder pro, big external battery, 5 internal batteries
    A Phillip Bloom Slider of unknown length (but almost certainly won't be the shortest if the guy who will lend it to me is anything to go by)
    Beyerdynamic M99 with cloudlifter, NI komplete Audio 6
    A bunch more lenses and adapters for the e mount
    A metric tonne of mounts for the go pro.
     
    Cheers!
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    DayRaven got a reaction from Zach Goodwin in First "Pro" Job, would really value your advice!   
    Thank-you so much for all the replies!! My experience of these events is sorely limited, so I had no idea - I've been binging on other peoples footage all day but what you've written is absolutely gold for me! The con is Bodypower, all about fitness with an emphasis on massive muscles etc, I have a feeling most people will be fine with the cameras, I tend to err on the side of respectfulness, even when unnecessary. And, yes, more Sony batteries is on the list! Hoping to find them for less than RRP though, £50 a go is steep, but don't want to end up with fakes either!
    Ebrahim, I've got a nerve condition which results in fibromyalgia, and because I minimise my pain relief, I use a wheelchair to keep my mobility. For this event, because I won't have my son to look after, I'll be able to use the oramorph and that should see me through, and monopods make passable walking sticks! If you have any general tips for filming, at times when I can't use it, I would be really happy for all advice on this as well - I usually have 4-5 hours during school time to use my camera, and I am very motivated, but sometimes the pain or the difficulties in working from a chair just impede me too much. It's my dream to write, shoot and edit a movie, and I'm having a blast teaching myself the techniques and getting out there and giving it a go, but I just don't see a way to get beyond the writing stage at the minute, I don't feel it would be fair to get other people on board with a project, which I can't be sure of being physically up to following through!
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    DayRaven got a reaction from tupp in Fuji X Pro 2 review - a Leica killer. Also a surprisingly capable Super 35mm cinema machine? Let's find out...   
    No, but more than a hint of Wonkaland, though it's hard to tell if that's the camera or fake tan!
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