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  1. Interesting stuff! Recently watched the film “The Conversation” shot back in 1974, really enjoyed the film look. Bringing this back to the thread, good work so far! I shoot 35mm film from time to time and use a Lightroom plugin called Negative Lab Pro, to convert my scans (using a plustek 8100). On the video side of things, I find the Fuji XT3, to have similar filmic looks enough for me but if I had a GH5, I would def try these out!
  2. Hey Andrew, just want to leave a comment of encouragement for whatever you decide to venture into! Your site found me in my college days as I was just about to graduate, looking for an affordable camera to make my own. Everyone was centered on the Canon line at my school; but your review of the Nikon D5200, caught my eye and I spent the next five years or so actively engaged in filmmaking/photography. (I now have a separate career but still keep a XT3 on hand for hobby) I particularly have enjoyed your honesty in the way you present the subject at hand. While I realize nothing lasts forever, just wanted to let you know I’ve thoroughly enjoyed browsing near-daily thru EOS-HD, for the last 7-8 years! This site, along with the profiles that made content I love on my Sony A6500, will be a cherished memory of mine should you decide to pursue a new creative outlet. Whatever lights the creative spark again, wishing you all the best!
  3. I own a Nikon fe2, the more affordable version of an FM and it’s a beast of a film camera and classy looking as well. I also own three of the FE primes which I believe we’re designed to be lightweight for the enthusiast. The 28,50 and 100 are seriously small which makes the whole system compact. I think Nikon needs to do a similar thing here, why not make a killer 28,50,85 video focused, primes for a retro body? I’ll stick with my Fuji Xt3
  4. It’s amazing that a lot of these YouTubers just need cameras to talk about making “content” which is just talking about consumerism! Crazy. I do understand though some people just like nerding out on gear and don’t actually want to be cinematographers or make films. To each their own but odd!
  5. Thanks Marcio. Yes I had a spare usb 2.0 to micro cable I had originally ordered for my a6500 however, after many iterations of hooking in various combinations, could not for the life of me get my MBP's thunderbolt adapter to recognize it. I assume perhaps somehow the macbook pro was seeing it as a charger cable for power only (which makes no sense) or more likely, the lens just didn't like it? Either way, I've ordered a second cable and hope this one will work as Amazon states it in the title to be Data and Charging. I recently realized Fuji released a more prosumer body in the X-S10 and I'm very intrigued with IBIS. For the minimal amount of shooting I have time to do right now though, I'm gonna keep the XT3 unless I see a really good deal on an XT4. I wish Fuji had more OIS lenses. I love the Fuji Eterna and Classic Chrome profiles and actually even like having shutter speed/iso dials on the camera - as I shoot film from time to time and love the convenience. I just wish more third-party companies could build in OIS to their lenses. I use to have a third party, Tamron 17-50 F2.8 that was awesome. I'm no lens expert but why do more lens manufacturers not do this - cost?
  6. Quick update on my purchase of the Viltrox 33mm 1.4, mixed so far. For the $260 I paid, i think it will be useful. First impressions, I think the AF is more useful for photo. The AF in video so far works good at single tracking but racking focus is a bit picky and not smooth like the 18-55 kit lens. I think there is a firmware update for it. A bit too busy to really put it through the pace but I think I shall keep it. Will report back here once I’ve spent a bit more time with it.
  7. Have one coming next week. 33mm 1.4. Looking forward to it
  8. Update, I’ve made an offer on the Viltrox 33 f1.4. Even if video af is a bit jumpy, should be fun to mess around with for the price.
  9. Right I love the 18-55 I have for the OIS. I may wait a year and upgrade to the XT4. I will add, handheld with the xt3 has way less rolling shutter than the Sony stuff. I think I’m going to price shop but will pick up either a 35 or 50ish prime. Wanting around $200 used or new with AF, which is why I might have to jump to $300.
  10. Do you have the XC or XF version?
  11. For me it’s a budget thing. I only shoot for fun not for money so as much as I’d want the 16-55, other hobbies and life needs come first haha. The primes are tempting
  12. Thanks again for your thoughts sir! I suppose I actually wish that I had gotten the 2.8 but honestly the 18-55 isn’t bad at all for what it is. Now that it’s getting nice I’m itching to start shooting again so I’m brainstorming what I want in my Arsenal. I’m thinking picking up a prime for the longer end 50mm ish will give me enough options to keep happy since f4 at 50mm isn’t bad not quite as fun as f2 or 1.4…
  13. Thanks! Yeah the price is really what attracts me to the viltrox. Should’ve named this best budget af lens for the money on Fuji. I’ll look at the f2 as well
  14. It’s a Monday…. Def could alter the title. Appreciate your thoughts
  15. Hey all, been a Fuji XT3 owner since August of 2020. Enjoying this system coming from Sony especially with the stock kit lens 18-55 f2.8-4. Seems though that affordable, af, native glass is Fuji’s gotcha. I’ve seen the Viltrox lineup around $300 per, is this the best, affordable, AF lens lineup for the x mount on video? I don’t think there is a nifty fifty in the Fuji range? I realize if I want to go manual there are a host of options… just wanting some opinions on cheap AF glass in the Fuji line.
  16. As an XT3 owner I must chime in and say while I do think the AF is slightly behind Sony, you definitely should give the update a go. It has really great eye af in video now with the update. I love shooting with the Fuji mainly for the awesome stock film profiles which I think just make it easy to shoot quick. If I was doing pro work i would probably play with FLog more but I mainly shoot eterna
  17. I did buy mine new for $1k through BH but just wanted peace of mind. Kind of eyeing upgrading the body to an XT4 to get ibis but I mainly just shoot around for fun these days. My 16” MBP handles the h.265 footage pretty well in resolve. I have to admit, I love shooting 120fps and letting the camera slow it down, I know it’s not the best quality but so fun to instantly see my footage in slowmo.
  18. Personally don’t mind staying a bit behind the curve. I picked up a Fuji XT3 with the f2.8-4 kit last year and still love shooting with it. Fuji updated the AF to give us eye af tracking in video. The colors are worlds better than I was personally able to get when I had the Sony a6500. Hoping to pick up a cheap viltrox af lens soon for it as well. All this to say, no shame in going behind the latest!
  19. Alright so after fooling around with the blasted computer app that wouldn't connect to the gimbal... I finally decided to try the phone app. (yes I know there are several reviews against this app but I took a chance). The app seemed to connect and I was able to "recalibrate" my gimbal by walking it through the 6 steps. Unfortunately, the behavior stays the same using just my Xt3 and Kit lens. Maybe I'm understanding gimbals wrong here but when I walk it's not supposed to randomly pan slightly right? Isn't the point of a gimbal to isolate the camera for smooth motion? Meaning if I'm trying to walk forward I don't want it jerking. Perhaps this is all user error. I did balance the gimbal after recalibrating to the best of my ability. Maybe I'm not the best gimbal balancer. Probably am not. Either way - this is too much work to deal with and I've been trying to use it all year. This thing is going up for sale very soon I'm giving up. Any other gimbals on the market that are EASY to balance that aren't $500? (I think I paid $190 for this back in march)
  20. I love shooting on my Olympus OM-2N! The Zuiko 50mm1.8 is really incredibly sharp with nice character.
  21. The high iso performance of my XT3 is worlds ahead of my previous experience. While 3200 and 6400 do add some noise; I find it looks more like film grain, which I don’t mind! Very usable.
  22. Hey Mark, curiously I wound up just now trying to balance my XT3 with the Kit Lens. For whatever reason - when trying to calibrate...I just can't seem to get the calibration tool to work. Pretty much ready to put this thing up for sale, unless anyone else has any ideas or success in calibrating their Zhiyun Crane V2 gimbal on MacOS? For whatever reason - the gimbal and the software were not picking each other up. Also you never see the V2 gimbal on the Zhiyun site, only the Crane and Crane 2. When balanced, the gimbal as-is with my XT3 just isn't calibrated. Barely moving the gimbal a few inches forward for instance, causes it to struggle to figure out where the field of gravity is and it starts going left/right etc. Just not reliable as-is. Again, if anyone has success in calibrating a Zhiyun Crane V2 Gimbal on MacOS - let me know 🙂
  23. Dustin

    NX1, baby!

    Video was hilarious!! It’s also still amazing that Samsung introduced all of that in 2014. So far ahead of the curve. But then left!
  24. @MrSMW So what did you end up with? I must say since you helped me get out of my Sony a6500 back in august and into a Fuji XT3, I could never go back! Personally just find the Fuji easier to use and the colors just seem to look better out of the box.
  25. Wow Andrew this is incredibly sad! While 2020 has no doubt, been hard on all industries, it would be an absolute shame to see beloved camera companies gone with the blink of an eye. The Kodak reference is spot on, as a 35mm film enthusiast, it’s quite stunning how complacent these huge corporations can become. While the video market may see Nikon’s offerings as out of touch and rightfully so, it would be a shame to see such a historic company become just a relic. Side note- hope everyone on this forum is surviving well during this pandemic! I purchased an XT3 in August but to be honest, haven’t felt motivated to even shoot occasional clips due to life.
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