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Thomas Hill

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  1. I loved the 35/1.4 for stills when I had it and the X-T2. Zero issues even in fairly low light situations. So I was very surprised when I saw all the negativity toward it. But it wasn't very good for video, more breathing and pulsing. It could be better with the new focusing system, though.
  2. Beautiful. What lens(es) and how high did you go on the ISO?
  3. @webrunner5 and they just released a 32/1.4 for the M cameras.
  4. I was about to order a gx85 because i thought it would be a good fit for a specific project but then i read your write-up on the e-m10iii and got it instead. Loving it! Yeah, their e-pl series are some stylish little bastards and they always seem to go for $2-300 after just a little while.
  5. Thomas Hill

    Tru Horizon?

    Even though, it's made for gimbals, I used a handle bar thing similar to this (but cheaper) with an a7iii and got some nice handheld shots, some limited walking shots, too. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1265758-REG/ikan_dgh_dual_grip_gimbal_handle.html
  6. Hold the phone on what I said about the Oly's AF. The Oly 17/1.8 arrived today (Iordered it with the E-M10iii and the 25mm but it shipped separately) and it's continuous AF is MUCH better than with the Pana 25mm. It's not as good as Canon/Sony/Fuji but it could be usable.
  7. As far as looks go, the silver g7 is my favorite Panasonic camera, but about 65% of the not locked down 15% will be shot with this camera and I need some decent stabilization and autofocus for those shots. I had a quick weekend fling with the Olympus e-m10iii but the continuous AF is abysmal (or maybe it was the Panasonic 25mm).
  8. I had been planning to get a gx85 to use on a specific project but with this article @Andrew Reid convinced me to check out the e-m10iii first. It arrived today and, without actually shooting with it yet, I really like the feel of it and the menus, etc. But continuous AF does not seem to work. I have it set to C-AF in both video and photo mode but the focus doesn't change unless I half-press the shutter button. Same goes for C-AF with tracking. The green box follows the object around the screen really well but the focus doesn't change. Same with selecting the focus point on the touchscreen, the green box pops up but it doesn't focus until the shutter is pressed. I also tried full-auto mode...same thing. The focus is very snappy when pressing the shutter button. I have the Panasonic 25/1.7 on it. Am I missing something? [EDIT} C-AF DOES work but it is incredibly slow. I'm talking 8 slow Mississippis for it to adjust from one point to another. That's why I didn't think it was working at all. And I can't find a focus speed setting.
  9. Yep, In Their Eyes, the horror flick that's in post now, was shot almost entirely handheld with Sony ibis and the 16-35/2.8. I had the A7iii attached to a dual hand grip bar thing that helped me keep it as steady as I could, especially during movements. The next one is a thriller with a good ol' criminal mastermind/hacker spying on people and will be 85% or so locked-down shots made to look like hidden camera footage, which is why I'm thinking a $500 4k shooter like a gx85 or g85 or (after Andrew's latest) e-m10iii will do the job just fine. Finding an office for the primary location is a much bigger hurdle than deciding on a camera. But in general, I'm a firm believer that the cameras available now are more than good enough for whatever we can dream up in the low-budget indie world. And I haven't even explored BM and ML Canon raw like you have. Don't want to hijack the thread so feel free to holler at me via dm.
  10. GX. If I like the IQ, I'll have it as b-cam and get a G to go with it. I rented the 16-35/2.8 for the 9 day shoot then got the 24-70/2.8 for a couple reshoots and i could tell a difference. Maybe I got a "bad" copy from lensrentals.com or I need to find out what kind of uv filter they put on the 16-35.
  11. Same here. If i could afford to own instead of rent that Sony 16-35/2.8 I used on the feature, the A7iii would probably be my 5D3. I swear that one has a more filmic, less digital rendering than any other digital lens I've used. And just so i could stay on topic, a gx85 is on its way. Decisions will be made next week (because the cc payment is due soon).
  12. Only in spirit, as far as i know. But Mercer has stuck with his 5D3 longer than I've held onto any camera. If i don't sell the A7iii soon, it'll set a record or something.
  13. So I'm almost finished with post on a horror feature that i shot with the A7iii and couldn't resist checking out the X-T3. So I've been trying to decide whether to sell the Sony or send back the Fuji. Both are great. But I also realized that a couple gx85s or one gx85 and one g85 would be about right for my next project. So while contemplating these options today, I find this resuscitated thread. Maybe it's a sign...
  14. Thanks, the main thing i did in post was degrade those lovely Fuji colors to make it look more like a 1970's horror flick. I've been debating that same choice. 18-135 is a much more useful range to me but that 2.8 on the wide end is very nice to have as well.
  15. This was shot on the X-T2 with the 18-55mm, entirely handheld except for the wide shot that shows the full house. It was also before the AF updates.
  16. Have y'all seen this? "As you know, Fujifilm has announced that by then end of 2018, there will be a firmware update for Fujifilm X-T3, that will add support for video recording in the Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and also give the X-T3 the ability to simultaneously output Film Simulation video and F-log footage." https://www.fujirumors.com/fujifilm-x-t3-new-firmware-will-add-exfat-file-system-support-eliminating-4gb-file-size-limit/ I knew about there being an upcoming update for exFAT but the simultaneous recording is news to me.
  17. Ignore my earlier post about that great deal on the 2.8 kit lens at Abe's of Maine. I got an email from them needing me to call to confirm my order, always a bad sign. Then they asked if i wanted the "regular" or the "retail" version. Canceled.
  18. Thought I'd share this...Abe's of Maine has the 18-55/2.8-4 for $345, new. It's now on its way to join up with my 35/1.4. I haven't ordered from them before but they are listed as an authorized dealer and I couldn't find any mention of grey market. Most of their prices are in line with everyone else but they have a few good deals. https://www.abesofmaine.com/Fuji_XF_18-55mm_f_2_8-4_R_LM_OIS_Zoom_Lens_1002922.html
  19. Adorama is preparing mine for shipment. Free overnight is why i went with them instead of B&H.
  20. B&H has the expected availability date listed as 10/5.
  21. Yep, all around AF excellence. Another feature it has that i really like is the button thingy to scroll through the drive settings instead of the dial under a dial brilliance. Push the button, get a list, single shot on top and movie on the bottom, one click up gets you from single to movie and one click down gets you from movie mode back to single. But it's really not a camera for a serious video shooter...no mic jack, etc.
  22. I had the X-E3 for a minute and AF with the 18-55 kit lens was excellent. That's why i was so surprised by all the bad reviews of the X-H1's AF when it first came out.
  23. Speaking of no IBIS, has anyone watched Wind River? Holy shitballs that is one shaky big budget movie. And just to make sure this post is on topic...my X-T3 preorder is in.
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