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  1. I just compared the Viltrox 4/3 to M4/3 smart adapter against the $120 more expensive Olympus MMF-3 adapter and they have identical AF performance with the Olympus 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 attached to a GX85. And when I say identical, I mean identically slow. It would be fine for still photography where the subject is being still but unusable for video AF. Image quality was also identical. This was with the non-SWD version of the lens, SWD lenses might be better...I don't have any to test. Physically, the Viltrox feels more solid than the MMF-3 but has just a hair more play between the lens and the adapter. Both are good and tight against the camera body. With the Viltrox being just as good as the Olympus adapter, I would definitely give their focal reducer a try.
  2. It looks like they've brought back all of their December deals for 2 days...Tascam, Z Cam, SmallHD, X-T1, etc. I grabbed two of the DR10Ls the first go around but still haven't used them.
  3. It's a little past Black Friday but B&H has $200 off the Sigma 18-35 and 85: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/find/dealZone.jsp About 6 hours to go on the deal.
  4. The House of Pie in LA is heaven (and it's where Tarantino did some writing in his early days). And if the numbers do convince you to go for cake, Broadway Pizza in Memphis. That's right, a pizza joint has the best cakes you will find anywhere.
  5. I used a couple different strength non-variable B+W NDs on a project with the Fuji X-T2 and had no color shift. Looked great. I haven't tried their VND though.
  6. This could be coming in the X-H1 along with internal F-log.
  7. Thanks @jonpais! If the firmware update makes the X-T2 autofocus work as well as it does on the new X-E3, it will be much better. On the two shorts up above, the X-T2's autofocus worked pretty well with the 18-55 kit lens on "Hide" but went haywire on a couple shots. You can see it in the video. I didn't sweat it too much when I got it into the editor and saw the breathing because of the esthetic I was going for. On "Memories," it was locked down and she was stationary so the 35/1.4 worked great. When I tried a handheld take with that combo, the lack of IBIS played havoc, warping, totally unusable.
  8. From 43rumors: https://www.43rumors.com/ft3-panasonic-gh5s-coming/
  9. So many of the Black Friday deals are all hype. But I do make a habit of checking BH's Deal Zone. Those are limited time discounts and I grabbed a SmallHD 701 Lite on there for $399 a few months ago. Last week they had the SmallHD 2403 HDR for $1999. That one was still out of my price range but the deal caught my attention.
  10. Whatever YT is doing to the shots, I preferred the all-I in the wide shots but it was more of toss-up when comparing the crops.
  11. CAD makes some surprisingly good mics for the money. I've used their GXL1200 as a boom mic. It has cardioid pickup pattern, low self-noise and a pretty hot signal so less gain is needed than other more expensive mics that I've used. I've also used the GXL2200 for close, voice-over type recordings. You can usually find them for $50-70 each or in a package with one of each for around $130. I know the package comes with a decent pop filter, not sure if it's included with the 2200 by itself or not.
  12. Oh, I completely agree about the AF. But I'm more interested in narrative than event or sports video. When I shoot sports, it's 1) rare and 2) photos like below (shot with an NX500 and a rented 50-150mm 2.8). Also, buying a GH5 now doesn't rule out having a Sony in a year or so or less. You see, I'm a camera serial monogamist who has been known to dabble in camera polyamory. I have shot with every mirrorless brand at some point or other, except Pentax and Leica., plus several 1 inch point and shoots. I've even used both the Nikon V1 and J1 (at the time that they came out, they had the best video AF). My longest camera relationship was with my very first camera which was a Canon Elan II and the runner up...a Sony Nex-5n. Every camera has it's pluses and minuses but I'm always hoping to find "The One." Sounds a lot like my relationships with women minus the dabbles in polyamory. Even though I now have a Panny, I'll continue to enjoy all the great Sony footage and look for tips and tricks (black mist filters!) that I might be able to experiment with. In other words, we can still be friends, right? ;-)
  13. You and markr041 have been tempting me toward the a6500 with all this gorgeous footage but I just snagged an OB GH5 w/12-60 f2.8-4 from Adorama for $1999. Planning to sell the lens and have the body for about the price of the a6500 body (unless I'm totally disappointed and send it back). It feels really good and solid in my hand, controls and menu are intuitive. I'll be taking it for a spin while I'm off work the next few days...pretty excited.
  14. Thanks, Jon. Heidi nailed it. On the second take, she performed the entire seven minute monologue. We did eight takes total just trying different angles and working on the nuances of her performance. As for the look of it, I'm much more writer/director than cinematographer/editor and I'm sure that most on here could have done more with it. I barely touched the colors. It's classic chrome with a smidge of brightness and contrast adjustment, top is before:
  15. This thread has been dormant for a while but here's a short-film/monologue that I shot with the X-T2:
  16. Off topic, but I'm 99% certain that that is the theatre where I saw The Good Thief with a post-screening Q&A with Nick Nolte the first time I visited LA. That was awesome. Ah, memories. This, absolutely.
  17. Just to throw another affordable option out there, I used this Shure not too long ago. It was set-up 24 to 36 inches from the actress and, without being an "audio guy" at all, I was very pleased with the low self-noise and sensitivity. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002H0HCC/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  18. Beautiful! Is this Standard SOOC? I really dig the colors/look of this one. Is it standard, too? You and Kidz have me seriously thinking about a 6500.
  19. It all depends on the story. Once you have it as tight as possible, is it a 30-40 minute story or is it a 15 minute story?
  20. "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." -- Samuel Johnson "Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!" -- Albert Einstein Saying that someone is patriotic is not necessarily a compliment.
  21. Thomas Hill

    NX1 / NX500

    That is stunning.
  22. This is my first short in too long and I definitely feel out of practice. We had this great location for a few hours, so it was a quick shoot with the X-T2 handheld (except for the wide shot of the house) and using the 18-55mm kit lens in auto-focus with OIS. The auto-focus worked great but did take a couple breaths, which you'll spot. The location was awesome visually but terrible for audio. The road just on the other side of the house had surprisingly constant traffic (I guess everyone in Zip City, AL wanted to be somewhere else on a Saturday) plus the wind was rough, too. We did our best. I am even more of a novice when it comes to editing and would really appreciate feedback, especially on the look of it and the audio, before I lock it down. On the audio, I have it peaking about -12 with the ambient and music tracks in stereo, one track panned 50% left and the other 50% right. For video, I shot in classic chrome with sharpening turned down then applied an "80s film" filter and tweaked the curves and brightness/contrast. I love the Fuji SOOC colors but I was going for a 70s slasher film look. The screengrabs are first SOOC, then 80s filter only, then filter + curves/b&c. The short is password protected because it's not finished, password is hide12
  23. Can anyone recommend a 5-7" field monitor for the X-T2 that is less expensive than the SmallHD 701?
  24. B&H has a used NX1 S kit for $1799 rated a 10. In my experience, their 10 is as good as new. I got mine off of ebay last week with 3 extra batteries for $1625. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/801393442-USE/samsung_ev_nx1zzzbqbus_samsung_nx1_mirrorless_digital.html
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