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  1. How secure are transactions on Taobao / WeChat, say from a U.S. buyer?
  2. At that price, why not just go for the S1H?
  3. At the same camera position and the same framing, of course the 6K will have more detail than the 4K. That's the obvious advantage of having more pixels. If you have the 4K and want more detail in your subject, get a tighter shot! On the other hand, the 4K w/ speedbooster has remarkable advantages (until the aforementioned 6K adapter becomes viable). The 1.22x crop offers a field of view that exceeds nearly every raw camera except the top end large format Arris and Reds (and canon c700). That offers much more flexibility, and in some cases the wider FOV is very handy in tight interiors such as cars and bathrooms. And the extra stop can be critical. Especially while maintaining the deeper depth of field, thanks to the smaller image sensor. That offers a very good combination; it can help get shots in challenging situations, i.e., keeping focus in low light. Also, the ability to take sips of bootleg CinemaDNG in the 4K...mmm.
  4. I can see BM offering a 4K Micro. That would help penetrate the gimbal market, since the pocket 4k doesn't balance well or easily.
  5. So far this looks like more of a wireless focus system, without need for a external focus unit. Kudos! However, for continuous autofocus, I seemed to have missed it. This looks like a straightforward rack focus between two set points. If you’ve in fact developed continuous autofocus, is it happening within the center frame or is tracking a particular focus point (presumably through touchscreen)? Great work either way.
  6. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1472974-REG/portkeys_oeye_3g_evf_oeye_3g_electronic_viewfinder.html 1080p OLED, accepts DCI 4K, $1200
  7. independent

    Compact Tripod?

    Looks great for photographers. I like the leveling ball-head, but I wonder how stable it would be with a fluid head and camera setup. I had a similar combination with the gitzo cf traveler and arca Swiss P0 ball head, but I didn't feel confident putting a fluid head on top of all that. But weights on hook and legs should help. No experience w/ the Millers, but I used Sachtler aluminum tripods before. They were OK, but a little fiddly with a bit of play due to the mediocre locking mechanisms for the legs. Ronford Baker makes rock solid alum tripods, but they are heavy. CF itself is much more rigid for the size/weight. Gitzo has very reliable locks, but they're not fast (like sachtler flow tech) and they're expensive. I just carry my Gitzo as a monopod though, it's that light.
  8. independent

    Compact Tripod?

    A decade ago when I shot on RED, Mark Toia extensively (exclusively?) shot on a monopod. Those Red Epic setups were fairly hefty, yet he got great results. He shot outdoors in exotic locations with rough terrain, and I think he was a major proponent of the monopod's suitability. I myself used a Monostat monopod with a manfrotto 701 head. I upgraded to the Gizto CF traveler tripod because it was nearly as light (2 pounds?) and maneuverable but obviously much more stable and flexible in use, and I've used that tripod more than any one camera, lens, etc.
  9. Google glass or augmented reality glasses.
  10. independent

    Compact Tripod?

    Consider a monopod
  11. independent

    Compact Tripod?

    Gitzo CF traveler w/ hook for added stability when moving the flat-base fluid head.
  12. Can you develop an app to bring the same functionality to an Apple Watch or smartwatch?
  13. That cinema dng footage looks great.
  14. True IMAX is the only way to see it. Lincoln center here in NY. Of course the cinematography was superb. Deakins did a great job of keeping the overall look consistent with the original while introducing some interesting stuff as he always does. Not too much groundbreaking stuff, but Deakins is the utmost pro and storyteller - he does whatever fits the story. Except he was let down. The story had some promising plots and subplots, but it seems as if they condensed a trilogy into one. Harrison Ford showing up at the third act? That was a mistake, undermining K/Joe's character arc by replacing it with the daughter subplot. Too fast, too cheap. The Sean Young resurrection was fast and cheap. In the end, it felt like a mashup of themes from the original, Star Wars, Alien Covenant, etc., all on a Christopher Nolan soundtrack. It never broke through. Never had that moment. I doubt it becomes a masterpiece - they didn't break new ground nor effectively till old ones. They should have just focused on one major plot, K/Joe's character study, and settle for beautiful and elegiac, like Assassination of Jesse James. So no, not transcendent. In the end, a DP can be better than the story, but it won't be enough. This movie was already done, but better, in Metropolis, the 2001 animated film. Deakins would have murdered that remake.
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