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  1. @Arikhan Where do you live? I am checking the forum mostly on mobile, so I do not know everyone's country, it would be nice to mention your country, city, so to get an impression of your market. Obviously is different to work in Greece, where there is 30-60% unemployment (depending the age group), and almost 10% of the higher educated work force is an economic immigrant, different to work in Finland, different in Mumbay e.t.c In the end, everything is a life choice, I choose to do what I like and what I have invest on (I have 2 diplomas on this field, a bachelor degree from a UK university, and 17 years of experience), and I was a mechanical and electronics engineer in the energy department but I couldn't pretend to be something I wasn't feel like. My choices were only 2, immigration, or staying put (unlike 90% of my friends) and try to do my best in a ruined economy. I would like to earn 100.000euros per year. Well.. this is unachievable! I try to be smart, not over invest, and try to cooperate with the "right" people and rent the "right" equipment, my wife does something completely different, and we both help one each other.
  2. the money you are mentioning are just insane. A usual working day here is 12 hours, if you can charge 12 X 125 euros (I do not even mention the other crazy number just above) is 1250euros per day! while this is usually the pay for 2-4 WHOLE episodes of a TV production (for location sound) and with no pension/medical insurance/gear money. They just pay for your physical presence, expected to have most of the equipment, and you pay your own taxes. Of course we are talking about the poorest western world country, but still, 1250 euros per day for a technician that is not the chief producer, director, or dp, is unheard of.
  3. S2, S4, S6, S7, S8 are all different and offer different things for different users and cameras. Official prices in my European south-east country. S2 is the cheapest/smallest for a simple video tripod with a tension control system (very basic but it is very cheap as a kit, with leveling head and legs). 0.4kg and max load 2.5Kg 70-80euros S4 a little bigger, slightly more expensive, usually ok for a cheap monopod configuration. Looks more serious than the S2 a little better pan motion. 0.7Kg weight and max load 4Kg 120euros S6, here is starting get serious, actually I own this one. first of all illuminated leveling bubble (something I really miss on the cheap Sachtler Ace!)! Then, it has posi-step counterbalance (same as the more expensive ones), fluid drag control (like the more expensive ones) and some drag in the pan movement but NO other pan options, just the one it is. 1.2Kg weight and max load 6Kg 180-190euros S7 It also has fluid drag control for the pan movement 1.43Kg and 7 max load. 240-250euros S8 2.4Kg and 8 max load. 290euros The BV4 has 1.9Kg weight and 4Kg max load and it is bigger than the S series, and much more heavier! It seems (from reviews) there are some issues with the drag which I have notice in most Chinese tripods (E-Image included). My impression is that this kind of tripods are targeting more traditional video tripods (with old school video legs). All in all, S6 and S7 seem like the best options for me, for monopod and photographich style tripod legs. For heavier loads, I would look to something more expensive.
  4. I have a DP that I have similar issues! He is 55 years old, a bit ild schiol(Old school)and before any job I am like "don't do this, be careful with that, don't talk like this" etc! The equipment is another thing though, I could never depend on unpredictable equioment. It is too much of a stress.
  5. @DPC wrong camera choice/wrong people selection!
  6. If a camera brakes, whatever camera that is, it just brakes. I do not get your point. Olus, I got 3 NX cameras that I have with me all the time, so I am ready for most challenges. Being discontinued, doesn't mean that we have to burn them, especially since all manufacturers are strangling to achieve such a balanced performance to features ratio. I do not get the crying babies "oh it is discontinued, die". a6300 is good for little things for amateurs like you, but I can not change 5-8 batteries per shooting, worry about overheating, do not have a proper handling and ergonomics, my life(money) depends on my money making ability, alas on my camera, that's why Canon sell so much, are reliable, and that is I see Fuji beeing better than Sony, their camera is predictable, people are buying Fuji while has no touch screen, no IBIS, huge crop, much less features than NX, but is a reliable camera, with good ergonomics, and great baked colors. I frequent the Sony forums and I am amazed about how narrow-minded people there are, they are really surprised that people buy anything else than Sony, well, I am surprised that anyone buys something so ill-thought with poor real life performance that beta test their cameras on us. NX had the best touch implementation and wireless apps and connectivity since for ever, and when I had the NX300 there was nothing even coming close to that. nX1 is one of the last cameras, the system didn't started with the NX1, rather ended! By the way, the sensor is still considered the best APS-C right now (together with D7200). I stop here because it is boring and noone cares. We are here to make advancements to our system (behind magic lantern, we are going strong here too!). I said it before, friends had a600/a6300 and now have to buy the a6500, and I am still going NX strong, and I will, until the next generation. The money I saved gave me better sound, editing equipment, better quality of life (not agonizing about upgrading every 7 months for lackluster cameras).
  7. #mercer Sorry, but you can't compare the NX1 with the Sony abominations. To even mention the NX1 with the a6300 in the same sentence shows that you haven't use, at least one of those (or both). The IBIS (supposed to be 5 stops, people at Sony forums talk about 2) and touch screen (which as you know, is the worst in industry right now, worst than any other touch screen offering) of a6500 is giving points in the Sony (that a6300 lacks completely, so..), but again the Sony IBIS is not that further away from NX1+S lens DIS-dual IS (ofcourse it is better than DIS, but it is not Olympus IBIS let's say, that is million miles away from DIS+OIS) and the touch capabilities of NX are (were) best in industry (m4/3 and Canon catched up here, but still..). So, I give it a tie here. Better low light performance for the a6500, gets a point, and a big one, but in everything else the Sony is failing miserably or completely, or almost. The next logical step is Panasonic, if you don't mind the smaller sensor (or if a variable sensor is used), Fuji in the next Xt-2, or Canon M in 3 generations time. Sony actually is the furthest on the horizon. Except they really nail it on the a7000 (new body, menu, operating system, perfect touch screen implementation, a few more native lenses, bigger battery, better heat management, much much better ergonomics etc). You choose to ignore all the negatives. I am avoiding using mirrorless Sony cameras for the reasons already expressed, my ways differ than other people's, just expressing personal experiences as I have worked with most systems and cameras. I haven't with a7Rii, because I can not see the point. In what case I need 42 megapixels, which is the selling point of this camera. When we need anything like it (it have never happened), in general for big prints we use Nikon. I have used the Sii a couple of times, a bit impressive freak camera, doesn't do much, except incredible ISO (which I do not need. People doing the parties in weddings love this cam though), again for the price, I rather use the excellent C100mkII (have you seen the low light capabilities of this camera?). A6300, 3rd camera for weddings, drains battery like crazy, couldn't find anything on the menu (again, everytime I use one of those), good package with the 18-105/4f (that lens is the best value for money Sony), we used NX1/GH4 for the religious ceremony, a6300 in the scorching hot Greek summer, is like you are searching for troubles. Used the A7ii a couple of times this year, because of the IBIS (the battery was dissapearing fast with IBIS on) second camera on a wedding and as a photo camera. Nothing impressive. So yeah, greatsensors, not great "cameras" per se. We passed the a7Sii for the very first time for Canon C100markII, second time for what (eventually) became 3 NX cameras, lenses and other accessories. Third time this summer considering a a7Sii, we choose with my business partner the JVC LS300, and this camera was 2600$ in B&H until recently (we bought in Europe for a lot more!).
  8. It must be a spelling mistake from Marco as the A7ii has only price as its advantage, but still his opinion stands; and if you add terrible ergonomics (don't forget that you put full frame lenses on that thing, ornl adapted L) menu system, battery drainage, heat issues etc, then you realize that Rii has the best sensor for photos, Sii the best sensor for videos, but overal they are to mediocre to considered as the "best". They are not that versatile, for a lot (if not most) people though, all that matters is sensors. I disagree completely, especially when I am working, all these little things matter and I am not confident to use any of those cameras as my primary one, except maybe short films, or such projects, and then again, I choose a better dp and better lighting equipment, and the S is not neccesary.
  9. Hate to bring it back, but NX1 has a perfect touch screen implementation since a long time ago, just found in Philip Bloom's AF megathon as the third technology, just after Canon's Dual Pixel and a6300 and I have one year more warranty in my camera, and 20 months for my 16-50 2-28f lens, and the whole kit costed me 1500€. It is not like it is a mythic/cryptic creature of the old times to just ignore it in every sentence. I expect the next Fuji to have touch screen, and work better than Sony (which barely works anyway, also battery consumption, heat management were handled better by Fuji, even if you have to add 300-400€ for the grip and batteries), but let's face it, there is a camera that does most things right, RIGHT NOW (and for 2 years now) and some of us earn our bread from that! Just for your information, I go now!
  10. I just watched the video very quickly! It wasn't much, but still is mentioning by people (Max Yurev does that as well lately). The NX1 in Europe is not the 2nd most expensive, is the same as M5 and 80D (or less, depending where you shop, it was much less for me one year ago) and much less than 6500, and the Canon's are not even close, the Sony has its - major - disadvantages (which I banned in dpr Sony forum just mentioning them!). I just noticed a few months old NX1+16-50pz ended on ebay without even a hit, for 899€, a 18months official European waranty camera plus one of the best piezo electric kit lenses around and a few extra. Doesn't this combo worth 500€ less money than body only a6300??!! Then you adapt some manual lenses, and you are ready to create big time. Or even buy a 10 fish eye/30/45 for cheap and for great performance. If you put all the Canon dual pixel AF cameras (C100mkII etc) then NX is just under Sony, but Sony is just under half a dozen Canon cameras. Tell a Sony fanatic that his brand new Sony camera that HAsN'T received yet, has 7th or 8th best AF system, he will suicide-bomb you! Plus, in the video, 1) some times the system was behaving randomly, and the adapted lenses worked terribly in the Sonys, another myth exposed?
  11. What else it says? I'm in a ship going to a small island for a documentary, and I won't be able to watch the video any time soon, and I can't wait to know what it says!!
  12. Jvc LS300 is an excellent little(and cheap) camera. I woupd give it a look. Also, hiring someone cheap to help you is the most value you can get, he(or she) can come with their own equipment, and you help someone (and the evolution of the industry). Even with the state of the industry I described in another post, I try to have us much people involved as possible (second camera and post usually).
  13. Here in Greece there are no contracts, except working for television, which again, there is no health insurance. People believe that a guy with a dSLR is a video professional, and that attitude has passed to the professional level. The contract I have now is for a documentary series. In the begining, they were considering not using a sound man (=me!), nor a field producer. Then, they talked to me about sound, the budget for sound was atrocious, but I cut a deal working for less hours and I didn't want to be excluded from TV for the first time after coming back from my Bachelor of Arts in Film amd Video. Then I learn from a producer inside the production company (it is a media group with TV stations in the while Balkans, press, music production companies, exclusive contract with Vice, e.t.c a huge organisation for East-Southern Europe terms) the company that took the first contract with the cable TV station (different media groups, by the way) willing to earn as much as possible, tried to do it without a field producer ("we will makenthe calls from the office"), a sound man ("you can do it with one wireless mic"), no lights ("with a couple leds you will be fine), and 2 Canon 5DmarkIII !!! When first conducted me were like "can you do a bit of field production too? You will get a few hundrends of euros per episode and we will be ok", I refused, because there was no possible in anyway, we found a very good and experiences producer (that earns more money than me eventually!), and we go with a full van, dedos, kino flos, a JVC LS300+the 5Diiis, a full sound kit and most of these for free. I also help with lighting, do a little sound post and the DP does color corection for free. You know what they asked us yesterday? "Can we do it 5.1 sound, and why we don't have 10 bit image?"! Right now, in the whole Greek market there are 2 good productions with 5-7 times our budget, and they are really doing a great job. The last 4 years were none such productions. Imagine what is going on with the small and uneducated clients. It is a massacre! I am starting to sell extra virgin oil of the Koroneiki varity in Europe, to bring some money to the family budget! I learned today that a guy(that I know) does BOTH video and photos in weddings, and he charges 300-600 euros for photo/video, ALONE! One friend does photography lessons, and there are 3 middle aged women, never hold a camera in their life "learning the basics to do video in weddings", and in his class, from the 15-20 people, almost all are going to work in weddings! Today I talked with a band for an event coverage and a small clip in the end, and they told me they paid the last 3 years, from 80-200€! It has become a hobby, and I am working since 1999, my first jobs were in film, have 1 bachelor and 2 diplomas, I feel I am overqualified!
  14. IBIS/rolling shutter seem to be best in class. What are the cons though? I read that mic/headphone jack placement is really bad and I do not understand what the 3200/6400 iso mean. In GH4 the number was 800/1600, is the Olympus really that much better in low light? Fuji/Olympus are photo orientated cameras with acceptable (to good) 4K video. That is a first. I except much better video performance in the next try (especially from Fuji). P.s "good built-in audio quality" must be some kind of joke.
  15. Kisaha

    GH5 Prototype

    "Shaky footage I cannot capture, even if I am able" This is the riddle from the original post! I am not sure what it means, and I am a man of science, I do not do palm reading or looking to the stars for answers, if someone has the facts, let's state them!
  16. Kisaha

    GH5 Prototype

    So, it doesn't have IBIS, and has 2 codecs, a beefier one, and probably a lighter (H265?) one. Having 2 codecs will be interesting. 10 bit internal and the such. The 15th that it was indicated in the first post means that the tests will be concluded at the 15th of December? If yes, then it will be available from February or something? Can anyone recap all the info, certainties etc??!!
  17. I didn't put it right; it will be more expensive I meant! Also, they lost the Christmas market for sure (ofcourse they don't compete with Xmas presents and cheap cameras, but it could a nice jump start).. ..and then it depends of the other possibilities when itneill be finally out.. e.g a LS300 in B&H was 2850 with 250$ rebate (2600$!), and is a real run n gun camera. Blackmagic should have an upgrade soon. I would rather had a great cheap Varicam awaiting, than a new mirrorless, something to compete with the C100markII, something better than the JVC, and cheaper than the FS5. Does anyone have any European price for the Olympus? They don't have one in my country yet, but if I can guess from other releases, it will be more than 2000€.
  18. Fact is that BNC 2016 is: 1) Olympus 34.5% 2) Sony 24.8% 3) Canon (! With the EOS M2 mainly!) 13.6% So, the fact that is the first (second actually) try on video is a big thing for them, and the market. GH5 is going to be big, but after the X-T2, a6500, M5 and M1-ii releases, Pana is a bit late in the game. That gives Sony time to have a really good APS camera in the summer(September?) because they must be working on a new body for some time now (both APS and full frame). We don't even know GH5's release date, and I seriously doubt that it will be cheaper than the Olympus, here in Europe. Everyone's buying time to Sony, to dominate the market in a couple of years.
  19. Where the NX1 was 500$?! I would take a second one for that price IMMEDIATELY. Seriously. NX1 just does most things right and is a work horse for me, something the a6xx gimmicks aren't. Ergonomics, efficient light codec (when I shot a 3 hours performance, I save half a hard drive with my NX1/NX500 combo), battery, no heating are things understated by the many, but when I work, these things become more important than one stop better iso, or the DR's absolute numbers, or a few kbytes difference in bitrate. If I want absolute image, and depending the job (time and control in set) I rent. I do not understand how people need 10-40.000$ image from 800$ cameras, that is seriously above me. Most of my clients, still ask for DVDs. When I offer 10GB files or more, for better quality, they say, "no, we just want to watch on TV", which that means, we have a DVD player, and we know no better than that (even thought they just bought a 4K, 55" for Christmas!). I go for the soft look my self for weddings/Christenings, a sharper documentary style for live/performances, and more artistically for other projects (depending concept, idea, emotions, etc). I am working with a lot of cameras/systems. NX is king for mirrorless/dSLR, C100mkII for run and gun, LS300 for the best compromise between those two, C300mkII for more, Sonys for slow motion (FS700 is cheap to rent and provides good slow mo). In our market Alexa's are for only very expensive tv adds that are out of my league (and most people here, the industry is non existent).
  20. Your setup is a bit overkill, but the S8 price is a steal. When I consider equipment these days, I have weight and size in my mind, that's why I went mirrorless, that's why I went APS-C, that's why I prefer native mirrorless lenses than adapted EF and EF-S lenses most people seem to prefer. When I do some no budget things, I have to carry everything on my own so I become more careful about my sweet spots. How you level the head with the tripod's legs? You certainly need a "riser", for in between the tripod and your camera. I have one on my camera at all times, it also gives me more height to change batteries and sd cards without taking the camera out of the tripod, and gives me betternhandling and working height of the camera. Also, a bit height (5-10cm, depending the design) that I feel that improves my ergonomics. Also, you can build from there and put a cheap plastic matte box (around 20$) if you want a permanent parasoleil for whatever lens you put there, or more advanced stuff (real matte box, focus wheel, etc).
  21. It says "panels and filmaking", with the Oktava one can do some filmaking, with dynamic mics, can not! This is the less I can think of.
  22. You have to give more information. Usually it goes a mic per person, or you have a boomman do the work moving the microphone accordingly. If the people are close, you can use a cardioid microphone. You should check the Oktava 012 set, with 3 capsules, a cardioid (good for two people close together, instruments), a omni (taking sound from all around it, good for bad placement, but in our industry is a disadvantage, because it receives unwanted sounds) and a super cardioid, like a cardioid, but with narrower "beam", the most appropriate for our industry, and it could be possible good for what you want too. It is in your budget, but you will need a good Rycotte wind shield and a good Rycote mic holder with the Lyre system so you have to add 100-200$ to your budget. It is extremely sensitive to air, mic movement, and handling noises.
  23. These are for C500 and Red and FS7. I do not thing that you need anything like this, and they cost multiple times the smaller ones. Check the S2 kit (the whole thing can be very cheap), and the S4 is just right for smaller rigs. I have S6 and it is a bit overkill, but maybe the right price/size/features if you want to buy something bigger in the near future (C100markII and LS300 are perfectly fits). If you can afford it, and you want something medium, buy the Sachtler, better than any Manfrotto combo for the price (only the lack of lighting at the leveling bubble is just stupid!).
  24. The price was 4 times what you paid and I thought it was (and was) a bargain back then. Don't worry about it (shipped from Korea).
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