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    Thpriest reacted to newfoundmass in Why Gerald Undone is wrong about the Sigma Fp-L   
    You really turned this into a rant about trans folks?
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    Thpriest reacted to ac6000cw in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    (Speaking as an electronics engineer) the turn-on problems sound like the extra 'startup' current drawn by the phantom power circuitry on power-up (if it's on when the XLR module powers up) is 'tripping' some protection system - which then cuts off the power to the XLR module because it thinks it's faulty.
    'Staging' the power up by first turning on the module (with phantom power off), then turning on the phantom power probably keeps the peak 'startup' current draw low enough to stop the protection tripping.
    Unfortunately I think the only way to find out if it's the XLR module or the S5 having a problem is by trying another XLR module or S5.
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    Thpriest reacted to herein2020 in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    It works perfect on the GH5. I'm not an audio person, so to me the audio sounds fine.  I've never had a problem with noise from the module and anything minor I've been able to clean up in Fairlight; but since I'm not an audio person it is possible what sounds good to me isn't actually that good. The XLR module was one of my favorite GH5 accessories, and the fact that it worked with the S5 was a major selling point for me. 
    I do wonder if maybe the lav mics I am using is causing the issues. But I remember I had a problem with the module and my Sennheiser wireless receiver as well. Very annoying problem to say the least. I am going to do a lot more testing before my next job to see if it is something that is my fault.
    Personally, I've always found audio the most difficult part of videography, between placing the mics, dealing with room treatment or lack thereof, trying to keep the audio from peaking, trying to keep the mic from rubbing against clothing, trying to block ambient noises like the wind; etc......its very obvious why it is a whole specialty in and of itself.
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    Thpriest reacted to Mark Romero 2 in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    Back button focus works great on the S5 and S1. I set the AF switch to MF, and leave the AF switch ON for my Canon EF 16-35 f/4 L. Hitting the AF on button then focuses the lens. I have it set up so that rotating the focus ring on the lens then brings up picture-in-picture for fine tuning focus.
    No idea about sigma lenses and linear manual focus.
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    Thpriest reacted to MrSMW in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    I don’t BBF so don’t know but believe you can?
    I tried the Sigma 56mm f1.4 and it could not autofocus to save it’s own life.
    I ‘assume’ the other two in that line would be similar...
    The new 28-70mm f2.8 is quite good. Not as good as native Panny but then define ‘good’ in this context anyway! It’s OK, good even for anything but serious tracking.
    I am still waiting to push the button and test the lens I am most interested and that is the Sigma 65mm f2.
    If that works out OK, I will probably trade the 45mm f2.8 for the 35mm f2 as it will make a better pair for my needs.
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    Thpriest reacted to Geoffrey in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    On the S5 there is a dedicated AF ON button on the back of the camera. One-shot AF is the way I think about it. I find it essential as the screens are small and focus peaking not that great (though that can be useful it depends on the light) plus my eyesight is not that great these days!
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    Thpriest reacted to Geoffrey in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    Do you mean use the autofocus button when in MF? If so then yes, I use this method all the time when shooting video. You can also use the MF ring when in autofocus.
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    Thpriest reacted to Lux Shots in seamlessly work with photo and video   
    There is a feature on the S1/S1H/S5 that you can determine which setting carry over from video to photo. This does exactly what you need it to do!
     

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    Thpriest reacted to MrSMW in seamlessly work with photo and video   
    Ah, I don't have one but assumed that because it has a stills/cine switch, it could store different settings. My bad.
    XT3 (as above), I used the silent video mode and flipped all the time.
    With my S5 and S1H, I simply have an indoor stills mode set to C1, an outdoor mode set to C2 and then 3 video modes, C3 1-3 (4k 25p, 4k 50p and 1080 100p).
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    Thpriest reacted to TomTheDP in Panasonic S1 V-LOG -- New image quality king of the hill   
    1.5 crop unfortunately. The sensor cannot do full frame at 4k 60p, though it may be possible line skipped ?
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    Thpriest reacted to MrSMW in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    Well if you only shot the wide end of the 20-60 @ 50p it’s going to be a 30mm equivalent FOV and at f3.5.
    For me, it’s about as wide as I would ever go and at f3.5 isn’t too bad even in low light.
    I’m really enjoying the 28-70, but on the job I did last week (lockdown 3 starts here today for the next month...) but I used it stills only on the S5.
    For video, I went Sigma 45mm f2.8 on the S1H and it was much better than I thought it would be, which bodes well for the 65mm f2.
    There are a few options to go wide(r) native L Mount or adapted but the 23mm f1.8 should be coming soon that is; compact, light, reasonable price, fastest AF and decent aperture?
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    Thpriest reacted to MrSMW in Panasonic S5 User Experience   
    Binned the S1R and pushed the button on a used S1H!
    It doesn't specify, but with this particular dealer it's usually 'open box' kit when it's sold 'like new'.
    It's not the best time for me to be buying kit ideally as my entire wedding season is still in question, but at the same time, I have a number of commercial projects and styled venue shoots to do over the next few months.
    I also would like to spend time getting familiar with using my entire kit as I intend to use it for at least the next >4 years.
    I could at a pinch, use just the S5, but after nearly 6 months of wrestling with my 'perfect' minimalist lineup of bodies and lens combos, I have settled on:
    S1H with the Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 as a my video-centric workhorse, principally because a lot of my long work days are in high temperatures and some ceremonies and some speeches can go on for a bit so the unlimited recording is a bonus.
    I hate flippy screens but the S1H is perfect in that it can just be used as a tilt.
    The Sig 28-70 keeps the overall size & weight down but still a flexible focal range that is perfect for my needs; approx 42-105mm as I shoot 4k 50p.
    The S5 is going to get a battery grip to add more continuous battery life, but mainly to balance out the 24-105mm f4.
    I'm not really a zoom kind of person, so anticipate using the Sig as a 42 or 105mm and with the Panny lens, FF as a 24 or 105mm to give me the same focal length for stills and video at the long end which I work a lot with.
    F4 is not my ideal, but then it's equivalent to the Fuji f2.8 that has been my previous workhorse so...
    The Panny 85mm f1.8 remains as an option lens for video, - purely back of church or low-light outdoor speeches, because in APSC mode, it's like a 130mm.
    The Panny 20-60mm kit lens remains also, purely as a 20mm wide angle for stills and it's my hiking lens on the S5.
    The Sigma 45mm f2.8 I'm not sure. I love this lens but have next to zero use for it. I think I'll probably sell it and replace it with another option lens which will be the Sigma 65mm f2 for church and low-light speeches, I have a 100mm equiv, still f2 light gathering instead of the F4 zoom.
    2 bodies, 2 workhorse zooms, 1 option zoom, 2 option primes. Sony ZV1 as a backup ceremony & speeches video unit. That's as minimalist as I can go and still cover all my bases and within a certain budget!
    Ideally, Panny will pop out a 47mp version of the S5, ie, an S5R as there are times when the hi res mode doesn't work for me but I want more than 24mp.
    Otherwise, I'm sorted and look forward to shooting more than the last miserable 6 months!
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    Thpriest got a reaction from TomTheDP in Panasonic GH6 rumours   
    sooo, any idea if or when a GH6 and "special lens" are going to be announced?
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    Thpriest got a reaction from IronFilm in Panasonic GH6 rumours   
    I think the problem is there are lots of options out there and if we are honest, there has been no clear indication of when or if there will be a GH6 and whether it's worth waiting for.
    If it's over 2000-2400€ and doesn't have 6K 50p, eND, good AF and lowlight then I'm nor sure what the point of m43 as a pro camera is. And I have a GH5 and GH5S and loads of lenses. Whilst it's been a great camera for me I really feel my GH5 doesn't cut it anymore on quite a few of my jobs. Mainly due to lowlight, noise and af issues. GH5S only solves lowlight problem.
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    Thpriest reacted to Video Hummus in Panasonic GH6 rumours   
    If the GH5S had good AF it would have been an insanely popular camera I think for many creators.
    A GH6 with good PDAF and decent lowlight and features that rival BM Pocket cameras would be an insanely popular camera.
    If they added internal ND and PDAF to anything it would be an insanely popular camera.
    I would like to see it, because a GH6 with oversampled 4K, internal ND, PDAF, full vlog and one of those fast but cheap MFT primes would make a great b-camera for me and I suspect a lot of others. The total package would be small and fast to deploy 
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    Thpriest reacted to currensheldon in Panasonic GH6 rumours   
    GH6 kinda has to have some giant features to compete in a full-frame world. 
     
    PDAF and internal NDs seems to be the two big ones for sure, but timecode, high frame rates in 4K and 6k, and black magic and ProRes raw would all help. 
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    Thpriest got a reaction from Juank in Panasonic GH6 rumours   
    I think the problem is there are lots of options out there and if we are honest, there has been no clear indication of when or if there will be a GH6 and whether it's worth waiting for.
    If it's over 2000-2400€ and doesn't have 6K 50p, eND, good AF and lowlight then I'm nor sure what the point of m43 as a pro camera is. And I have a GH5 and GH5S and loads of lenses. Whilst it's been a great camera for me I really feel my GH5 doesn't cut it anymore on quite a few of my jobs. Mainly due to lowlight, noise and af issues. GH5S only solves lowlight problem.
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    Thpriest reacted to Kisaha in Panasonic GH6 rumours   
    There are too many m43 lenses around to let the format just die..I doubt Panasonic will make more money from their full frame mount, which until now semi-fails to make a stronghold in the market.
    Also, Olympus is not quite dead yet, there have been some recent releases on lenses (?) I believe and some plans for a camera release.
    When the tiny sensors are OK for most people in the world (phones/, I see that there is potential for the much bigger m43 one.
    A video workhorse GH-6 with less mass and weight for 1.999€ maybe is what most people need at the moment. I still see people using professionally their GH5 around.
    I can see a future for m43, a pro level camera every 5 years and a new cheap model every 2and a half (and keep just 3 product lines, very cheap - 599$ new, 999$ middle level, and 1599$ - 1.999$ pro level, depending the extras such e-ND, audio ports, e.t.c).
    It is a good platform and unlimited cheap lenses around.
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    Thpriest got a reaction from IronFilm in Sony Semiconductor Readies a Wave of New Stacked Sensors   
    When? Probably too late as everyone has left the m4/3 building.
    (I'm half way out!)
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    Thpriest reacted to SteveV4D in How many 'films/videos' do you 'publish' per year?   
    Learning skills can vary depending on if you're shooting more work or not.  The downtime has allowed me to learn new skills such as colour grading, but also shooting so many Weddings per year allowed me to quickly learn the ins and outs of shooting with a particular camera and general use of the editing software.  I picked up Resolve quite quickly 2 years ago, learning on the fly, because I had to.  When you have actual projects to direct your learning, it can focus my efforts more than if I were to just dip in for the sake of learning.
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    Thpriest got a reaction from Juank in Panasonic GH6 rumours   
    They need to get their shit together and announce something soon as I just see people drifting away from MFT (me included).
     
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    Thpriest got a reaction from Beritar in Panasonic GH6 rumours   
    They need to get their shit together and announce something soon as I just see people drifting away from MFT (me included).
     
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    Thpriest reacted to MrSMW in Coronavirus survey part 2 - how are work & incomes going?   
    My business is weddings. Destinations weddings as in I live in France and they come to France for their wedding.
    Last year, actual work, I did 4%.
    That figure is based on me doing 5% of what was booked and losses that make up another 1% from what I did not book for last year, during last year, because there was no last year. Other than the 1 job I did, ie, 1/20 when it should have been 25/25.
    After some state assistance, my income ended up being around 30% of what it would normally be.
    I also took out the maximum allowed state backed loan which for me was 9k. I cannot borrow any more and technically, my business is now 9k in the red.
    2021 should have been a 'claw some of it back year' but now is at least a "50% at best" year re. bookings & turnover.
    Worst case, 2021 is going to be a zero work year and realistically, it's going to be somewhere between 0-50% work.
    I think it will end up somewhere between the 2 figures and be a workload of between 20-25% of what it should have been.
    It depends on 3 factors:
    1: The UK gov being correct and not backtracking on their 'everyone is free' from the 21st June.
    2: France agreeing with them. Ha, miles...kilometres behind...if the UK really is that far ahead.
    3: Travel. By July, folks in the UK may be able to do as they wish and us in France also, but we may (probably will) still have a travel issue that prevents couples from either going through with their weddings here, or deciding within the next month or so, it's too big a hassle for them and their guests and pulling the plug.
    I have already lost approx 1/3rd of all this year's booked work through postponement to 2022 or outright cancellation.
    I lost 2 more just today and expect all with dates prior to the end of June to go with a certainty (had 10, 4 remain) and at least 50% of the rest of the season which is July-early Oct.
    Bookings for 2022 are quite strong but by my calculations, to claw back the losses of 2020 will take 4 years running at 120% turnover, ie, 5 years total to be back where I was at the end of 2019 financially.
    Based on the fact that 2021 is pretty fucked already and is going to end up I'm projecting at 20-25%, at least another 3 years at 120% turnover...if that is even possible, making a grand total of: 2 'lost' years + 7 'trying to make it up' years...if it's even possible, for a total of 9 years to be back where I was at the end of 2019.
    Or after our daughter finished school and hopefully goes to uni 1 year this September, we sell our house and downsize to something smaller and cheaper and bypass having to even attempt 7 years of recovery, which realistically would be very hard to achieve anyway.
    Longer term, has it damaged the industry? 
    Not really. A least not as far as I can tell. I'm not seeing any great rush to elopements even though social media is constantly chittering about it. Folks seem to be booking exactly what they would in any given year, but just asking hard questions about Covid policy for the future.
    Mentally, it's not great. I'm not depressed. Just frustrated for want of a better term. Massively frustrated.
    Having very little money to do anything...not that there is anything to really do anyway, but going into debt when after a lifetime of trying, we had just cleared it at the end of 2019. Seriously, - no mortgage, no car finance, no credit cards, no nothing. For the first time in 25+ years of adult life.
    I had some funds banked from previous gear sales so have spent some of that on some kit as I'm still doing some very low rate commercial work and freebies plus a few personal projects to stop myself from getting too rusty, but otherwise, we are spending very little.
    Perhaps the hardest part of it is having zero control or even ability to do anything that constitutes 'having a life' according to how I wish to live mine.
    Pretty much just existing and waiting...
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    Thpriest reacted to Trankilstef in SONY FX3 new camera to be announced   
    Really Panasonic is so frustrating. They would have fixed the shitty AF and makes real marketing strategies, they would own the video mirrorless market right now. But they don't want to change their DFD focusing tech and they are so lame at marketing themselves and their products. My S1H was a true workhorse and so close to a perfect camera. But I really felt the need for a reliable AF even though I am used to manual focus. it just makes life easier now that I switched to Sony a7SIII. 
    Panasonic should really wake up.
     
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    Thpriest got a reaction from ntblowz in SONY FX3 new camera to be announced   
    That's 4 I count! (screen as well) Clearly sets it apart from all other cameras.
     
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