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    Olympus OM-1

    You shot in LOG? Is the highlight roll off as nasty as the VERY few sparse samples out there suggests? Most samples of it I have seen looks worse than GH4 in terms of overall image feel, feels very digital and compressed compared to S5 which feels like a proper cinema camera and even poorly lit shots have character to them. Did you ever get to try the ProRes RAW via Atomos with OM-1?
  2. Its ironic that Panasonic really only lacks good autofocus otherwise it be the be all end all system, apart from ridicules weight on their GH6 which weights more than S5 and their huge bulky first party lens selection. With the L mount you need focus pull system and even the lightest bulk you can strap on you are still looking at 3 - 4kg of girth to carry around be it a cage system or a gimbal. But the fact is, there nothing thats as good as S5 at least to my knowledge specially in this price range when it comes to video and hybrid functionality, L-mount is highway robbery and having been Samsung user for 8 years, I am a little worried this mount is not gonna go anywhere, so you kind of invest into glass that can only be used with cameras that are gonna grow old and when they break its sayonara. Olympus OM-1 seems like a good hybrid system but barely anyone uses it for video which raises some flags despite having 6ms sensor readout even in 4k60 ProRes RAW. Panny GH6 is cool but heavy and still unreliable AF but wonderful image quality. Canon is overpriced FF bodies and glass, their R7 is crippled beyond help, 4k FINE mode is 30ms which makes it unusable to anything but scenery shots, 4k lineskipping has good rolling shutter but then you are reduced to a softer image than NX1 from 2014. Sony horrible IBIS, horrible body prices, horrible CFA output because they are so Goddamn tiny to allow better ISO and a lot of their bodies have 25+ms readout speed, might have been acceptable in 2012 but not in 2022. Its just endless compromises, all I want is a camera thats got 15ms or less rolling shutter, shoots good 10bit video so you can actually work with this crap, with a fast zoom f2.8 lens weights in total under 1kg so you can actually use this son of a gun on a gimbal thats compact and an autofocus system that does not hunt. Fujifilm probably has the least compromises, the video AF-C is better than Panny but still has reliability issues when it for some reasons switched to DFD for no reasons. Its IBIS is piss for video panning but damn good for shots that requires no movement and excellent for video, Fuji also has pretty decent lens selection that does not cost your right testicle. XH-2S is still pretty pricy but has a lot going for it among faster sensor than A7s3 Its like they all have an agreement not to overstep the golden boundary of the ultimate super camera, oh I forgot Nikon, imao only their Z9 is worth attention from a hybrid user, none of their other bodies has 10bit video and requires external recorders, more bulk and none of these ext recorders are weather sealed and are awful in cold weather. Z9 is a monster truck though, its even got the price of one.
  3. Sorry if I am forum necroing, but I did not feel like making a new topic. Does anyone know if the rolling shutter issues on the Canon R7 is reduced with the line skipped 4k mode? According to a very poorly done video on the Canon R7 from DPReview, Jordan said the rolling shutter was 14,5ms in 4k60p, anyone who owns a R7 can attest to the rolling shutter being lower in line skipped and does it also stay true for 4k30 line skipped? Seems to be very poor information, there also appears to be like no sample video of 4k FINE and 4k line skipped out there, really curious how the line skipped 4k is like when you downsample to 1080p.
  4. Panasonic should make a LiDAR adapter that just plugs into the hotshoe and firmware update to their 2018+ cameras and allow it to communicate with the DFD system, Panny boy would make a boatload of money doing that. As for Fujifilm, in my experience its marginally better than Panasonic, the GH6 is kind of on par with the XH-2 series cameras so long you have contrast and good lighting, problem with Fuji seems like they do not care, they did not fix their IBIS during video mode at all, still horrible, worse than Sony (hows that even possible???) and their AF performance is massively dependant on their lenses, absolutely terrible design if you ask me, a lens should never impact AF performance other than speed of transition thats mostly down to the motor in the lens. Fuji cameras all seem made for photography specifically with video being afterthought, but then they release stuff like XH-2s which is a video beast if you ask me, its got the lowest rolling shutter of a semi-professional camera, shoots crazy good video apart from its 4k120 which is very noisy. But then you get stuff like poor video AF and poorer IBIS. Whereas Panasonic nails the IBIS and are absolute feature beasts even their 1 inch pocket cameras are specced to the limit. Its soon 2023 and manufacturers are bent on making sure no one makes a camera that is jack of all trades, why buy new products when camera that does it all exist?
  5. Companies leaving China is duo to the rising production costs which is inherent in any Capitalist economy, thats why a lot of phone manufacturers assemble their devices in countries like Malay and Vietnam now duo to cheaper labour power and cheaper land costs. Canon which mostly make profit margins in their high end camera segments and lens selection past 10 years probably is looking to move production elsewhere for their lower end offerings probably to countries like Philippines, Vietnam, Malay or Indonesia. They essentially need places with stability, a competent workforce, low costs in land, construction and running costs but also very cheap labour, labour costs are the biggest hurdle for big business to overcome. Even Chinese companies produce stuff outside of China whenever they can these days, like in Vietnam, Thailand or North Korea which ironically has the best equipment and workforce for production costs comparable to other third world countries. Canon and everyone else realise that maintaining production in China in the long run is not good, rise of labour costs means the products will get more expensive, I am sure everyone has seen the rise of prices in technology past 10 years, its mostly tied to the Chinese labour cost rising. You can see this trend as well with america and European countries in the 60s and 70s when Japan was the factory of the world, once Japanese labour costs went up, so did cost of products made in Japan, thats when companies moved their production to likes of China and South Korea. I suspect Africa will be the next big expansion for Corporations to seek out for their hilariously low labour costs, either that or automation with robotics will become the norm for low cost production. Big business aint stupid, they too realise if they cannot keep their costs low as possible to maximise profit, people wont buy their products at certain prices, thats bad business no matter how shoddy made it is as long as the price is right people will buy.
  6. I recently purchased the Panasonic S5 + battery grip with the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8, fantastic kit for 2200 euros when that stuff is well over 3k in Norway. And the camera has no marks and only done 2000 shutter count. After playing around with it there some really stupid annoyance with the picture mode that I cannot figure out. When I took some comparison photos with the S5 over the NX1, I noticed that the NX1 images both JPEG and RAW are significantly brighter than the S5 is on the same bloody settings. No one seems to know the answer to it, but when I edit the RAW images which are darker than the graveyard at night, once I raise the exposure in Adobe RAW it brightens up to how it SHOULD have looked, now why is that? I have that live preview thing enabled, but this annoys me, NX1 shows me exactly what I am gonna get, but S5 does not even have a proper metering which is also annoying. The worst part ontop of it all, is the fact that some picture modes absolutely crushes the shadows in an image, making the JPEGs nothing but preview files. Either the camera does not work right, or there some magic setting that I have not selected, knowing Panasonic and how their GH4 worked, that must be it. Strangely, the GH4 to my memory at least showed me how the image would look, but the S5 is really strange. Is it really suppose to act like this? I see a lot of forum posts of people complaining about it in other places, but no real answer to how to deal with this. Because the exposure metre sucks, I cannot judge how underexposed I am, because the live preview sucks, I cannot judge how bloody dark the image really is. This is pissing me off, I even factory reset the camera 3 times. Other than that, ergonomically its quite good, obviously it takes time to get to know where all the buttons are, its not quite as comfortable as the NX1 or Nikon Z6 or Canon R6 but its not far off either, its heavy though which is expected from a full frame, at least it aint heavy and only APS-C like a certain other brand. Auto focus is surprisingly workable, its slow at times but it gets there, it does not hunt that much even in low light, thats surprising to me, the NX1 is just criminally good though but even that can loose track at times if you are step dancing in the yard at 1AM. Is the S5 better than NX1? Yes obviously, but unless I cannot figure out this photo quirks why the Goddamn its making my raw and JPEGs pitch black for no reasons. But if all you did was taking pictures, the NX1 is fine, its fine for many many years forward, but it suffers in the video department and really, nothing comes close to the S5 in the video department unless you are willing to spend 3 or 4k euros. Also the Panasonic lenses are overpriced, Jesus those prices are eye watering. Thank God for Sigma.
  7. Nikon Z6/Z6 Mark 2 looks like good cameras but, to record LOG or RAW video, you need external recorder bolted on somewhere, and these are not small sadly. Fujifilm X-T4 feels ergonomically like trash its also ironically heavier with the 16-55mm F2.8 than the NX1 with the 16-50mm F2-2.8 setup. I been looking a little over a month now for a camera to replace the NX1, but looking at countless of review samples, testing the cameras out in the store, none of them just feels or perform like the NX1, there always a quirk that bothers me. Its kind of annoying really, if we had Magic Lantern on the Canon 90D it would be the perfect camera since it has a good sensor to match the NX1. But as usual, crippled by Canon.
  8. I bought my Samsung NX1 around 2014, and I still own it, in perfect condition. But the question eventually arise, is there something better at last? Something with sensor stabiliser, colours to match Samsung but superior image quality and superior LOG ability. So far, I have only seen Fujifilm X-T4, A7III and possibly Nikon Z6 People applaud these as ultimate hybrid cameras, but I am not sure if they really can surpass Samsung, in the end they always have some kind of annoying quirk. Why would I replace the Samsung? Because its not a perfect camera either, all I want is something in the same price bracket with better low light, similar or superior colour science, none of that goulish Panasonic colours or Sony love for orange hue. Something that is better at run and gun, got AF to match or surpass the NX1, superior flat image to grade but also ability to shoot good colour profiles straight to card if needed. Only the Fuji seems to be the spiritual successor to the NX1, but is there any other camera to look out for?
  9. Master Black Levels at -15 0-255 GammaDR with 0.95 greens, sharpness at -10 and contrast at -10 And with the hack you want the video files at 130+ bitrate just to avoid the banding issues you might run into otherwise. You can always tweak the master black levels and contrast to something like -10 and -5 respectably. This is at least the flattest profile I ever gotten out of it when it was 80 bitrate I had banding issues in the sky, but increasing to 135 bitrate solved a lot of it.
  10. I tested the methods explained in this thread and I cannot find this supposed superiority, there is a severe penalty to the sharpness, you have a HUGE shift towards green even though I turned the green to 1.90 This is all with manual mode, no automatic garbage going on, all old fashioned adjustment, white balance equal for every image to show you the shift it goes from magenta to green its quite severe. There massive loss of sharpness with this method, the noise is far more prominent and here are examples that took me 5 minutes to do with manual focus, 1/30 shutter, 2.8 aperture and ISO of 1600. Left is the standard profile. Middle one is adjusted ISO down to 800 with RGB boost. Right is the one with the 1.99 RGB levels and no adjustments, you gotta open these real up close and notice what happens, other than the RGB settings every other setting is completely identical. These are JPEG's by the way so video would look just as similar but worse noise obviously. Again the Left is standard, middle is adjusted level and right is the boost one with no adjustments. Notice the sharpness loss in these, the camera was on a tripod with manual focus kept at same level in all 3 shots. The details are quite muddled suggesting your lossing something here, its almost like you are trying to extract details but not getting enough light, its exactly what this is. I read that some people suggested it gives you 1 - 2 stop extra range, but at a sunny day at 160 bitrate you can already pull a few stops out of the shadows anyway with a LOG like settings or not, this RGB boost seems to present no advantages in those shadow details at all in fact there seems to be a loss of details.
  11. How is the Fujifilm colour science compared to NX1? I am struggling to find anything remotely comparable to the in-camera NX1 colours just the one single reason I never got a camcorder for video.
  12. MPC-HC works just fine for me though, you have to remember the only reason why SMPlayer seem to work better is because it has hardware acceleration for H265 built in which MPC-HC older versions lacked but it has it available in newest versions for me anyway, my 15W TDP AMD APU runs the NX1 HEVC files fine.
  13. Audio can only be recorded through the hotshoe however I recommend you rather invest in a microphone that you can attach to the camera that records internally instead of going into the camera. Røde has one of these I think that you can use with the camera.
  14. Why do I often find amazing products on sale on eBay with like 20+ people watching and no one buying? Korean dude sold me a Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro with original packing and when I received the camera for the price I paid I expected it to be in an "okay" condition but its almost brand new, no marks or scratches only done 39k shutter counts which is criminally low compared to its age. I think there were like 30 people watching the camera, no one bought it for some reasons and I watched that for a few days before I just decided to go for it. Surprised with the Tamron lens how sharp it is compared to Sigma but the colours are astonishing for something that is from 2006 @Mattias Burling you should review the Fujifilm one day, the colours are amazing and very analogue character from the good old CCD sensor.
  15. God, I will have nightmares about the cost of that thing when released, on the other hand the samples look very nice, I will wait for review samples though the advertisers like to Photoshop their images before publish.
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