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  1. 1 hour ago, BTM_Pix said:

    I seem to recall you only wanted a bit of a bump in quality and shallower depth of field from your XC10 and look at the absolute rabbit hole you've tumbled down ;) 

    An XC10 with aps-c, 1.8 to 2.8 and uncrippled AF in 4k would be my dream camera.

  2. 1 hour ago, mercer said:

    It’s not about embarrassment, it’s about legally being allowed to shoot at the places I’m shooting at. You need permits and insurance to shoot a film.


    You don't have to draw attention to yourself to get it done and, in some places, you won't get it done if you draw attention to yourself. For my movie, we shot a conversation in a Starbucks, a nervous breakdown in a grocery store and a stabbing in a barber shop parking lot. All done with no one the wiser.

    And that's nothing compared to Escape From Tomorrow that was shot in secret at Disneyland.

  3. 4 hours ago, Andrew Reid said:

    Nikon's big mistake with the Z6 was one XQD card slot. The media is much rarer and much more expensive. And everybody goes batshit over lack of dual slots!!

    Definitely. If the Z6 had 10bit 422 to their XQD, I would have bought one at the current price. But with no added benefit, I'm waiting to see how all of this shakes out (I've already sold my A7iii). And @BTM_Pix has put the P4k back in the running.

  4. 58 minutes ago, nathlas said:

    You are Sigma designer.

    You are about to release in few months the very first FF foveon mirrorless camera.

    You know the disadvantages of Foveon technology ( huge weakness on video capture, severe weakness on still photography on high iso)

    What you think to keep your clients happy ? 

    You release a small not foveon body with same mount and same sensor size to be part of  a set with upcoming FF Foveon camera....FP will do whatever Foveon could not , body size is not that big to fit in your bag and suddensly you have a solution capable of everything.

    And you also say, "Hey let's use the letter F for the camera that does NOT use a Foveon sensor!"

  5. 2 hours ago, mercer said:

    I think we’re witnessing a very specific strategy by Leica, Panasonic and Sigma to corner a very large slice of the MILC video market with an upgrade path for both lenses and cameras while simultaneously offering an alternative to Blackmagic. Think about it, Panasonic has too large of a user base to offer Raw Video at a BM price point but have definitely been affected by the competition. I can only imagine the loss of sales Panasonic has had with the GH5/s once the BMPCC 4K was announced.

    This is why I'm expecting (hoping) the price tag for the base unit to be competitive with the BMPCC4K. More expensive, no doubt, but competitive when you consider FF vs M43.

  6. 1 hour ago, currensheldon said:

    The full-frame and Super35 raw output landscape will look a lot different in 6-12 months than it does right now, that's for sure. 



    Which is why I picked up a cheap used Samsung NX500 and am waiting and trying to be patient until I have a project set up that actually needs one of these new ones. 

  7. 3 hours ago, thebrothersthre3 said:

    I want to see Nikon add internal RAW! 

    That would be fantastic. The main thing that has kept me from trying it out is the XQD card. I know most places are including a free one right now but a 120gb one is $200 and the internal capabilities of the camera are still beneath those of the X-T3. Where's the benefit of the XQD?

  8. 2 hours ago, Phil A said:

    A store close by has a sale for Z6 + 24-70 f4 lens + Nikon F adapter + 64 GB XQD card for 1949$ and that’s silly cheap. I‘d sell my GH5 + Oly 12–40 for it and seeing how I lately do 90% pictures and 10% videos, I guess that would be a good deal.

    What country is this store in and do they have a website? That beats B&H by $400.

  9. 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.

  10. 13 minutes ago, Andrew Reid said:

    No need to get an EM5 II now the E-M10 III exists though. It's way better for video.

    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! 

    5 minutes ago, webrunner5 said:

    Yeah never thought about it that way LoL. Olympus in the end just seems to give cameras away. I have no clue how they make money. Even Endoscopes are becoming a thing of a past with better imaging. I don't see how they can last.

    Yeah, their e-pl series are some stylish little bastards and they always seem to go for $2-300 after just a little while.

  11. 5 hours ago, Thomas Hill said:

    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). 

    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.

  12. 16 hours ago, IronFilm said:

    If you're going to be 85% locked down you might even want to consider the Panasonic G7


    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).

  13. 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?


    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.

  14. 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.

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