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  1. Actually Viltrox finally released their AF speedbooster for the M. I have it and it works as well as any of their other speedboosters and does not have any of the terrible blue dots and flaring that the chinese one you mentioned (I had that one briefly and immediately got rid of it).
  2. Other than the issue I mentioned with aperture and IS issues that were fixed via firmware, I haven't had issues with viltrox and I've been shooting with the EF-M2 on the Gh5 for at least a year. I've also used the metabones and the physical quality is much nicer, but image wise I haven't noticed a difference. I'm guessing they just have poor quality control, as was mentioned. I actually own Viltrox speed boosters for m43, eos-m, and fuji x and don't have any serious complaints. For those who've used the Aputure Lensregain on the P4k , is it a good solution for not having any sort of autofocus control on adapted lenses? Is the focusing controlled and smooth or obnoxious and semi erratic like focus by wire?
  3. I ran into an issue I haven't been able to find much talk about so I thought I'd share - I'm using the P4K with the Viltrox EF-M2 and primarily the Canon 35mm f2 IS and Sigma 24-105 F4 IS. The viltrox had the same firmware as when i received it, probably 2.2 or something. When I would turn on the P4K, the aperture wouldn't show up. I had to disconnect the adapter and reconnect it with the camera on, and then the aperture would show up and be able to be adjusted. So, I downloaded the latest firmware (3.2) from Viltrox's website and installed it. Boom! aperture shows up every time now. BUT, image stabilization didn't work anymore. Downgraded to 3.1. IS still didn't work. Did some hunting online and someone recommended downgrading to version 2.3. Did that and now aperture shows up upon boot and IS works every time. I had been considering getting an aputure lensregain if the Viltrox wasn't going to work anymore and so i can use it as a follow focus for EF lenses. Maybe I'll still get it and leave the Viltrox on my GH5. We'll see.
  4. Really excited for the potential here. I'm going to keep playing with variations on settings, but just doing a quick clip at my desk showed some nasty macroblocking in the shadows that I haven't seen since before I started using the bitrate hack. Can't imagine how bad they'd be if the bitrate was standard. The video shows the same clip OOC and with a basic lut. I think I'm going to play around with RGB values around 1.50 next. Or maybe this is a Master Black Level issue. I generally only shoot with it at +5 and in Gamma DR. Settings: RGB all 1.99 Gamma Control Normal contrast -5, sharpness -10, saturation -1 MB level +15 Bitrate Hack: 140 mbps Lens: 16-50 @ f/2.0 on wide shot, f/2.8 tight iso 1600, 1/50th, UHD
  5. pryde

    NX2 rumors

    I would say 4k raw would definitely double the horsepower of the nx1 for my purposes, as long as the workflow isn't entirely unreasonable. The difference in quality can be experienced by shooting a timelapse with raw photos and comparing that to a hyperlapse shot in h265. The color depth and malleability just doesn't compare. I'm not throwing shade at the nx1's video quality (i still use it regularly after all), I'm just saying usable 4k raw video would put the camera in another league altogether.
  6. pryde

    NX2 rumors

    I am definitely not one to stoke the rumor fires, and I really don't want to get my hopes up for something that doesn't end up happening, but has anyone seen this video about an announcement on March 15? In my mind it can only point to a camera. but hey, maybe it's just a cell phone that can by synced to a flash.
  7. I shoot vertical video when creating content that is specifically aimed for social media (either instagram or Facebook). I did a series of videos for the San Diego Chargers, and after doing a couple square videos and traditional widescreen 16:9, the square ones got more interaction on Facebook. I find this to be the same case on Instagram, where a vertical video takes up more real estate in the feed and thus demands more attention. For Instagram feeds though, video can only be 5:4 not 16:9. or you can go square of course. Several people I follow have gone from shooting standard youtube vlogs to shooting just for Instagram stories, and walk around with vlog setups but have the camera vertical (https://www.instagram.com/jessedriftwood/ probably being the best example). I've shot a couple videos like this while on trips and some commissioned work for music festivals, but it's just kind of a bummer that all the footage can only be used for one specific purpose. It obviously looks awful if you try to share vertical video anywhere on the web.
  8. Same as the others, I'm either using the daylight preset or custom WB. Really wished Kelvin worked. I previously used a gray card as well, but i recently bought a white balance disc that you shoot through similar to an Expodisc. It works well, it's just obnoxious to carry around. I need to start using Matthew's technique and shooting a white card so I can make sure it's nailed when editing.
  9. I've been curious about this too. I currently use the Lens Turbo ii and while it's generally pretty good, it does have some issues with blue/purple flaring in backlit situations. Reading through the reviews of the Viltrox EF - sony E speedbooster, I can't really find anyone reliably describing the quality. For $150 or so, I'll probably end up getting it to test out so I can use the Sigma 35mm Art on the Gh5.
  10. I use the Lexar 2000x 300MB/s UHS-II and the Sandisk Extreme Pro 95 MB/s which also works just fine for me. Plus it's cheaper. I generally shoot at 160 Mbit/s or 140 with audio and it is completely reliable. I'll leave it going for 30-40 minutes during wedding ceremonies. I was having a lot of issues with macro blocking in shadows and backgrounds with uniform color with the standard bitrates, but the hack completely eliminated those problems for me. The bitrate hack + Luca's NX-L redeemed the NX1 for me. I've been shooting it in tandem with the GH5 lately and the footage is actually matching pretty well for me.
  11. It's shot in 3:2. I'll test it out with video and get some examples up. I would definitely love it if it worked, cause the 30mm 1.4 is literally half the size of my rokinon 35mm 1.4
  12. I just bought the Sigma 30mm 1.4 to use with a speedbooster on my GH5. It works great on that, but I'm afraid the vignette is too heavy when used with the NX-L. You can crop in in post but I find it's too much hassle to be doing that for every shot. This shot is with no vignette correction. Even set at 100 in Lightroom, it's unfortunately still present.
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