bamigoreng reacted to Oliver Daniel in Canon 1D X Mark II high ISO and colour performance worse than predecessor
With the C100 Mk III expected not soon after (according to schedule of previous model releases), I do not expect the 5D IV to have anything other than the addition of 4K at 24/25/30fps and PDAF for video shooters.
I expect the next C100 to only add 4K and a slightly higher bitrate, as to not ruin the C300 II (which according to my rental house is not in demand at all because of the FS7).
This sounds negative against Canon, but the fact of the matter is that their models work better than other brands at standard frame rates and overall usability. You can absolutely rely on C-series cameras for that reason.
A good comparison is the RX10II vs the XC10. The specs on the Sony are monstrous but in reality, it's a terrible camera for video. Very overpromised. It's unreliable and is awful to use due to nasty focusing. The XC10 specs don't look great, but as a video camera it works much better. It's a decent B cam for the bigger models.
Anyway, while we all waste time debating what Canon isn't doing and all that fuzz, let's look to the models that work today, which are perfectly fine for many of our needs.
bamigoreng reacted to Mattias Burling in Canon if you read this.
All I know is that the 4K raw from the BMPC looked great when I shot it.
But so does the show "Curb Your Enthusiasm" from when they where still 4:3 SD, the colors and detail is smashing.
Just recently rewatched Seinfeld, the 35mm in SD looks amazing.
I just binge watched a new favorite photo channel on youtube, shot on the EOS-M with a 22mm, it looked great. Not once did I feel the image lacking.
Resolution is not that important. 1080p HD is still overkill for 99% everything being made.
What really matters is (leaving out content here), DR, colors, composition, mood, movement, etc.
And with DR its not so much having as many stops as possible, but more what you do with them.
You can always light, choose the time of day, bounce, crush, etc so the image falls within the DR you have.
Working with the limitations.
bamigoreng reacted to Tiago Rosa-Rosso in Canon if you read this.
Please canon don't give us 4k, it will overheat and the rolling shutter issues will ruin your reputation. Instead give us 10 bit 422 at 2.5k with a good sensor readout (3ms), in different codec flavours with different storages rates. It would be nice to have the possibility to record to hevc 10 bit 422 and also pro res 10 bit 422 HQ. The rest you already do right.
bamigoreng reacted to Don Kotlos in G7 as a stand alone 4k shooter?
4K is overrated. Especially since you started taking videos last week I wouldn't jump into a new camera just for that. For example I found the stabilization that EM1 offered was far more important in creating nice looking videos since my style is handheld with manual lenses. Others might have a need for good AF during video, or ability for a shallow DoF or lowlight performance or large dynamic range or ....
All these things take time to find out and in the meantime 6D is a very capable camera that you can use to learn a lot. Shooting technique, framing, audio, editing etc can make a much much bigger difference than 4K.
New cameras are always going to come and get cheaper & cheaper so no need to rush for something that you want but might not need...
Anyways G7 is a great camera.
bamigoreng reacted to tupp in Zebras @ 70% vs 100% - what do you prefer?
Exposing skin tones by numbers can get one into trouble. In the first place, skin tone varies. Consider a shot in which an exceptionally pale skinned person and a very dark skinned person are standing next to each other in the same frame -- which one's skin do you set to 70% IRE?
Secondly, what if the shot is supposed to be low key, with the subject darker than normal?
Generally, the exposure should be as high as possible to reduce noise, without undesirably blowing out areas and/or without making it difficult to regain normal looking highlights.
Use your eyes (and your lighting skills) to determine the relative values of the subject/set, and use the zebras to determine the highest feasible exposure.
bamigoreng reacted to Mattias Burling in My review of the JVC LS300
And if one wants just image quality. Not ergonomics, NDs, features, bla bla, just image quality and time isn't of the essence.
The IMO, we passed it along time ago. All these new cameras pushing and pushing.
But at the end.... and I might get trolled for saying it... I think the Raw images out of the D16, BMCC 2.5K, Red One MX and the 5D Mark iii Raw are the most good looking images ever. Nothing can beat them.
If its all about image and nothing else then screw 4K etc, go raw.
But cameras like this is about a "good" or even "great" image, coupled with ease of use, tools for speed, audio, you know what I mean.
Its a Rally Car and the raw shooters are an old classic Aston Martin from the first Bond movie.
bamigoreng reacted to Dave Maze in Fuji X Pro 2 review - a Leica killer. Also a surprisingly capable Super 35mm cinema machine? Let's find out...
This is all great and dandy and good for fuji for finally stepping up the video quality for once...but by no means should anyone go buy this camera only for video. Photo is another story obviously because this camera is a beast for images...but if anyone here is reading this review and is thinking to themselves to go buy this camera for video alone should definitely consider the fact that you can buy a Canon C100 used on eBay for essentially the same amount. The C100 is a camera people seem to dismiss and forget about. Sure its older and has a less powerful codec than others and doesn't shoot slow motion...but the skin tones it produces and the ease of shooting it gives you in a professional environment is hard to dismiss.
POINT OF THIS POST
Don't forget there are SO many options out there and please rent and do camera tests before you make any purchase decision.
RESPONSE TO ANDREW'S FUJI POST
I really loved the article and am genuinely excited about the possibility of a 4k capable, more video suited Fuji X camera. They are the sexiest looking digital cameras right now and they make a gorgeous image without a doubt. I just dont think X Pro-2 has what it takes in 2016 when it comes to video. If it was 2012 it would be a different story.
bamigoreng reacted to Cinegain in Great Modern Lens Article!
I think it's a social experiment to see who's sensitive to suggestion... it's kind of a placebo effect. You kinda want to see it work, so you do.
Sure there are some truths here and there. But they're greatly exaggerated and most comes across as hipster talk to me.
- Sorta reminds me of the mocking that Chris did in that A6300 video:
bamigoreng reacted to Oliver Daniel in A7Rii and A7Sii Profiles
The issues I have with the other Cine profiles is the highlight rolloff. It's much better in Slog2. I guess it depends what situation you are shooting in.
Other than that, I experimented with the dodgy white balance and Cine, Slog2 profiles on a shoot.
I've found that the white balance reading is at least 600k off each Kelvin. Also, there seems to be this green look floating around each setting. So you have to go into the manual grid to correct it, however the highlights get an ever so slight magenta tint. You can't win and must correct it in post.
bamigoreng reacted to Mattias Burling in Really? Another "Guess the camera thread"?
Bought the blanket for the GF for christmas. Its one of those super sized. Easily covers the whole family.
Only downside with the dog liking it is that it gets so charged with static that I get a shock when touching it
bamigoreng reacted to Adebowale in Why do I like the look of the Canon 1D C and Blackmagic Micro Cinema so much than the Ursa, F55, FS7, and C300 mark ii?
Kind of fell in love with this guys BMPCC footage and just wanted to post one. I almost dont believe he shot it with the pocket
bamigoreng reacted to Dave Maze in Why do I like the look of the Canon 1D C and Blackmagic Micro Cinema so much than the Ursa, F55, FS7, and C300 mark ii?
Ed is right. I had to switch to BMPCC with my speed booster because the low light. Also, I shoot weddings in ProRes LT so the image isn't as strong as the 2k 12 bit raw from the Bolex.
Realistically, it's a terrible camera to use practically for a wedding or doc. I think the c100 is the best wedding camera. All day battery life. Great high quality compression. Perfect skin tones.
Ed is also right about the fact that most the stuff shot on Bolex is purposely narrative. Which means more care has gone into the lighting and composition. A good DP can make any camera look good just like a good musician can make any instrument sound good. My buddy just got back from Nicaragua where he was going to shoot a doc on C300. They wouldn't let him bring his camera rig into the country so he shot an entire professional project on an iPhone and a Nikon point and shoot camera and the client was actually happy with it. Don't forget that these numbers bit rates and sensors are honestly not as important as you think. If you make a killer film using whatever and a producer sees it and hires you, you'll have budget to shoot on Alexa or whatever you want and it won't matter what sub $3,000 camera you purchased. Just get something that is the best workhorse for you and will make you happy.
To me, I prefer the look of Bolex to any RED camera. So I rent the Bolex on my higher budget stuff and I usually have tons of room left over for crew and lighting because a Bolex is super cheap to rent. Having grip and gaffers who know what they are doing is the real secret.
bamigoreng reacted to DBounce in Why do I like the look of the Canon 1D C and Blackmagic Micro Cinema so much than the Ursa, F55, FS7, and C300 mark ii?
I too love the look of Canon and Blackmagic cameras. I have owned both and currently own the A7Rii. It's a great camera, but I've yet to find a picture profile that really excites me. I plan to do some extensive fooling around this weekend to see if I can happen across anything that has that "spark" to it. In any case, I caved and purchased the Canon 1DX Mkii so I will have something to fall back on that delivers that magic straight out of the camera. I did consider the Blackmagic Ursa mini 4.6k, but from my past experience I'm certain that camera will be filled with bugs and quirks and will be awful in low light. So I'll skip the Mini for now. Besides, knowing Blackmagic it will be another year before the Mini 4.6 is released.
bamigoreng reacted to Cinegain in Why do I like the look of the Canon 1D C and Blackmagic Micro Cinema so much than the Ursa, F55, FS7, and C300 mark ii?
I hope that color improvement will find its way to the A6300 as well! Though, it's like Erik Naso said somewhere around here: 'I don't get the Sony skin tone argrument really. I like most of you shot in LOG modes and grade the image to what you want it to look like. I shoot with a lot of cameras. C100, C300, A7s, GH4, FS7 and they all get graded to look the way I want'.
It probably just depends on the effort that has to go into it. That's why I mentioned Canon just makes it seems so effortless, which is something people keep on saying... you pick one up, there's no fuzz, it just works. A slight curve adjustment would probably suffice in a lot of conditions. That's pretty neat and saves you a lot of time in post because with Sony, if something just still looks a little off and you've looked at the footage for way too long already you need to take a break and come back later with fresh eyes. And then it can have all the features in the world, but then you gotta hand it to Canon... for what it is, it's really good.
Perhaps the 5D4K... but until that time, there's no denying the rich featuresets of these mirrorless cameras that anno 2016 can give you new creative possibilities... which could be the only way to go in some situations and all the digital aids does make things a whole lot easier on you during shooting. There's no best of both worlds yet. Well, I guess maybe Blackmagic's schtuff is pretty darn close.
bamigoreng reacted to Andrew Reid in Confirmed: Fujifilm X-T2 to feature 4K video
X-Pro 2 4K - 80% said they don't need it, so Fuji didn't flick the switch in firmware. They ask a bunch of hardcore stills people if they want video and surprise surprise most of them don't.
How are Fujifilm supposed to expand their customer base with new people if the keep asking their existing ones what they want?
This is why camera companies keep serving up the same-old same-old every year... they never reach out new markets, because they only listen to the needs of their existing one.