Thpriest reacted to Kisaha in Where Is The MFT Cinema Camera? (Or Fuji X)
I was using one of those for almost a decade. My favorite Sony ever.
The last couple of years I am avoiding it because the image doesn't cut it well anymore and we have the JVC LS300 as our central event camera, but the EX is greatly missed. Haven't found a similar formula with the JVC yet, it does mostly wides, while the EX was a do it all tool.
The lens is amazing, but I remember how expensive, and rare, the media were when the camera was new. We had a 16GB only for almost a year, until Sony brought us new cards!
Thpriest reacted to currensheldon in Where Is The MFT Cinema Camera? (Or Fuji X)
Definitely interested in seeing what these can do, but the problem (for me) with the Z-Cam and Pocket 4K is that still lack the main things I'm looking for in a video/cinema camera, namely internal NDs, great audio, and sensible ergonomics (buttons!). Not a fan of the box with a sensor in it system either, really.
But I love that Z-Cam is doing the Super35mm sensor with an MFT mount - Can use MFT lenses (and crop in a bit on the sensor) for a truly lightweight rig or get the 0.64x speedbooster and have a wider FOV and a bit more light gathering ability than full-frame! So cool. Just hoping it could come from Panasonic.
Thpriest reacted to currensheldon in Where Is The MFT Cinema Camera? (Or Fuji X)
Yea exactly. Seems so simple.
I don't think this would cut into their EVA-1 sales because people who are buying that camera want super35mm, 5.7k raw, etc. But a 10-bit 422 GH5s-sensor with full V-Log in a XC-15 or C100/FS5 style would be amazing. Throw a speedbooster on there and you've got a wider FOV than super35mm or stick with MFT and use lightweight lenses. $4-5k.
It also is weird that nobody is making MFT or APS-C video cameras in the style of the Sony NEX-VG30 or Sony NEX-VG900 - everything under $5k is fixed lens camcorders. I guess if you made a video camera for $3-5k, they'd lost A7s and GH5 sales? If there was an MFT video camera, I'd much more likely hang on to my GH5 and also buy the GH6 as a b-cam, especially with that 10-25mm f1.7 coming out.
But I'm getting tired of having different lenses and lens mount for my A-Cam (EVA-1, EF Mount) and my other smaller b-cams and photography cams (GH5, S1) - so something has got to give soon...
Thpriest reacted to currensheldon in Panasonic GH6 rumours
I'd definitely hold on to my MFT glass and cameras if the GH6 had 10 - 12 bit internal recording (BM Raw or ProRes Raw), 120fps in 4K, and internal NDs (the last one being the most important). As well as the IBIS of the GH5 and the low light capabilities of the GH5s.
Throw on the 10-25mm f1.7 and I could use that camera for almost everything. Some f0.95 autofocus primes would also be great.
Thpriest reacted to MrSMW in Race to the bottom
I am in the wedding business, photography & video and have mixed views on this.
First of all, there is a lot more competition. a LOT more. Since I started out close to 20 years ago, there are at least as 10x as many offering a service.
Also, the competition is a LOT better than it ever has been, both in quality of output and in regard to marketing it.
Video is less crowded than photography however as the learning curve is steeper and the production times longer, - less appeal for many ie, less see it as a fast buck, whereas with photography, everyone with a camera thinks they can do it.
Bollocks, it takes years and dozens of different scenarios to get really good at it. I came from 5 years of college and uni photography and reckon it took me nearly 8 years until I felt I really knew what i was doing without having to really think about it.
Then there is this 'race to the bottom'. It's been talked about for years and to an extent, it is true...but at the same time, not completely.
The trick of it is twofold.
First, you need to be offering something that is on another level to 'the rest'. I am not saying you need to be the best in the world, but better than anyone else they will probably look at. Ideally, you need to have a number of 'points of difference' and deliver this message with clarity. People have increasingly shorter attention spans.
Second, you need to be found by the type of people that are your clients. This may only be 1% of the entire market. Or less. If you are trying to appeal to all and catch fish with a massive net, you might actually be better off with a rod and fishing for one species only.
In regard to the latter, you can try and have a broad appeal and try to snag that 1% through the sheer volume approach or target your marketing and have a much smaller volume of contact, but a much higher booking rate.
I've found the latter works for me and prefer the 'larger fish in the smaller pond' approach works better.
Over the years, I have seen so many 'young bucks' come into the industry.
First of all they are full of enthusiasm and it drives them for a while and all that energy helps compensate for the relatively low prices most charge, fully intending to put them up once established.
They then try to do that and the work begins to dry up. Most then give up and go back to their 9-5 day job with all it's securities when they realise the reality is not swanning around the world at their clients expense and editing on a laptop in coffee shops.
One other thing I have found is that 'good enough' is not good enough and you need to go above and beyond simply to maintain your position. It's extremely easy to get sucked downstream and incredibly hard to swim upstream/against the current.
The latter can be done, but to get that extra 10%, often requires another 100% effort. Is it worth it? Maybe...
But yes, I 'lose' out sometimes to the sub 500 photographer who either promises the moon on a stick, or more often than not, don't and they (the clients) know they won't be getting much...but that exists in all kinds of services. Or the client deludes themselves that the cheaper option will work out for them only to regret it. Doesn't help us if they do however as folks rarely pay twice and in weddings, never.
To conclude, another couple of attributes any small creative business needs are a thick skin and a lot of drive/determination.
I would not want to be starting out in photography/video today knowing what I know and would persuade my daughter against it.
The bottom line though is that there IS a market still and a very good one but it's a case of finding the right one for you and working it. Continually. Just like an athlete, there are some people who are naturally gifted, but they can and will be beaten by someone with not so far off genetics that grafts harder then the rest.
Oh and one other thought, I have tried several times unsuccessfully to get into the commercial market and in the end gave up concluding I could just not make it work for whatever reason, so I plod along with weddings which I genuinely enjoy shooting. Not overly keen on the whole industry and what goes on behind the scenes, but that is another story...
Thpriest reacted to Adam Kuźniar in Liliput A5, or any other cheap 5" or smaller competitors?
Eh it's average. If it's overcast then it's easily viewable, but in bright daylight sun blasting situation you need the sunhood and even with it, it's quite hard to see. I mean it's just 450 nits, a little more than my phone. For daylight I'd say you need at least 800 nits.
Thpriest reacted to Adam Kuźniar in User LUT monitor SWIT CM-55C
That was the main reason I bought it - just having a 5 inch screen up in the face makes focusing a breeze. I shoot a lot with the Sigma 18-35 at f/1.4 and the percentage of missed focus came down a lot after I started using this monitor. It also has peaking and all the assists + you can zoom in the picture during recording which comes in clutch if you're shooting an interview for example and just want to double triple check the focus after you already started recording.
Thpriest reacted to Kisaha in Z Cam releasing S35 6k 60fps camera this year
Cinemartin was something out of a joke. Was never a serious, anything. You have missed some chapters of theirs(his) existance.
Check the 8K camera demo video, it is more like a 90s parody, than a 2018 promotional video of a groundbreaking cine professional camera!
Thpriest reacted to BTM_Pix in 3C Cinema Camera Controller App for Pocket 4K - OFFICIAL LAUNCH
Well, here we are then.
The 3C app is now officially available from the Play store for Android devices.
3C enables you to remotely control and monitor the primary functions of your Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K from an Android device using Bluetooth LE.
Using 3C, you have access to the following camera functionality.
Focus & Zoom (with compatible lenses)
With 3C you can also store your own custom setting sets for exposure, focus and zoom parameters for later recall as well as automate transitions between stored focus points*.
For ease of use, 3C uses a single screen touch interface to control all of this functionality and avoid the need for you to have to activate any sub-menus to change settings.
3C has a scalable user interface to enable you to remove focus and zoom controls from the screen should you not require them and wish to run the app on a small screen Android device.
In addition, 3C can also be used as an interface hub to enable control of the camera from compatible Bluetooth gamepads.
You can purchase 3C from the Play store here http://tinyurl.com/y5eyujeu
You can read the PDF user guide here User Guide For 3C v1.1 by CDA-TEK Ltd .pdf
You can use gamepads from iPega and 8Bitdo that support keyboard mode and examples of these are https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00KA6OR7Q (iPega) and https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017PAX036 (8Bitdo).
3C will also support wireless live viewing from the camera in a future update with additional hardware.
Thpriest reacted to BTM_Pix in NAB 2019 Predictions and Wishes
I'm hoping that a small company pops-up that takes the internals of stock cameras and re-houses them with custom integrated add ons to make 'new' products.
There is definitely the scope for someone to take the guts of Pocket 4K for example and create something in a different but still compact form factor that sits in that £3-3.5K area that addresses what people are asking for with regard to internal electronic ND, better audio interface, power, an EVF etc
The volume may not be there for manufacturers to make something like that but there may well be enough demand for a small company to make a living from it.
Thpriest got a reaction from UncleBobsPhotography in GX85/80 - any news on a next generation model?
I use my GX85 as a B-cam to my GH5 or for when I just want to go light as possible. It's a great wee camera. We've seen a lot of new cameras recently I was wondering if there was any news about a GX90/95?
I'd love one more or less the same but with the GH5 o G9 sensor and the ability to shoot 4K 50p (8 bit is fine for me). A mic in would be great too!
I'd love to have 2 of them, each with a Voigtlander attached! Super light run and gun!