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  1. Julien416

    NAB 2018 - Kinefinity and Atlas Lens Co Orion Anamorphic

    There was a topic about that rumour last year. Seems it was deleted by Jon who was a still moderator at the time. Because this rumour was disturbing I tried to retrace where it was coming from. A lot of the original messages involved got erased but here what supposedly happened from what I was able to gather online. Last year on reduser forums, when the atlas Orion were announced, John Barlow from rectilux posted some mail exchanges between him and the guys behind Atlas that had taken place months before. They were asking John how much it would cost to rehouse shneider cinelux anamorphic projection lenses with a rectilux. The deal never got through but when Atlas showed their Orion lens, the lens signature was so close to a shneider cinelux coupled to a rectilux that a lot of people in the very small anamorphic world asked themselves if they had not done a rehousing with another partner, hence the barlow mail leaks. The thing is that the technology Atlas used to focus its anamorphic group is called a variable diopter. The same exact method used by rectilux. However this very simple technology is widely used in the anamorphic world and doesn't belong to John Barlow. I am pretty sure the new cooke anamorphics use it, the iscorama also used it - it was even patented - and I know it was also used back in the 50's in some exotic french anamorphics. Let's say this clue is inconclusive. Another thing to add is that it's highly unlikely to imagine Atlas buying all the cinelux online and rehousing them. But still. There were some messages between Barlow and the Atlas founder unless the former is lying. So what really happened ? My personnal opinion, which is absolutely not a fact, is that Atlas might have have been inspired by a cinelux / rectilux combination to built their prototype with a third party partner (let's say a chinese optics factory). But the housing is undisputably 100% atlas, glasses are also 100% cut from brand new optic glass. There is no way it's a rehousing. I bet the coating is a new formula as well. Remains the optic formula which is nothing new, as anamorphics is simple as it can be by today's standards. The truth is we will never know. Everyone is inspired by other's people work so I have no problem living with the small possibility that Orion was inspired by cinelux lenses. It kinda looks the same but it looks great, and the housing looks genuinely good. It's certainly more expansive than buying a cinelux and a rectilux but you won't have to deal with fishy clamps ... Sure anamorphics cine lens are way too expansive but that's the way it is. High demand, etc. Fun fact : 6 or 7 years ago, a DOP I know bought a kowa anamorphics series for 5000€. You'd be lucky to get it under 50K nowadays...
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    Mind blowing Canon executive interview

    Well, what this forum certainly lacks at the current moment is proper moderation. Getting tired of all the unnecessary drama tbh.
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    GH5S Sample Footage and Reviews

    The arri D21 had 10 stops of DR in 2010. At the time everyone was drooling and saying how cinematic and filmic it was, how film was beaten, bla bla bla... It was a dream camera for a lot of us. The GH5s is supposed to have around 12 to 13 stops of DR. So, to read that the GH5s isn't made for "serious use" because of its "limited DR" just puts a smile on my face. All these cameras - sony, fuji, panasonic, canon - are all extraordinary tools that few people could tell apart, even on this forum. Instead of calling people names because of brand fanatism, some of us should spent more time using them...
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    My Chrestien has ball bearings :)

    Hi, I have exactly the same hypergonar. I remembered I had one steel ball left when I finished servicing mine. I am not too eager to dismantle it again so I can only give you the diameter. It's 3mm. You can get a few dozens of them, having spare ones won't harm you
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    Show Us Your Best Video

    Thanks! I *just* directed it. It was shot with two Alexa's with panavision C series lenses and also a kowa series occasionally. Cinematographer is a talented French fellow. Graded on resolve by someone much more talented than I am as well.
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    Show Us Your Best Video

    Kinda proud of this one. My best work I guess.
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    GH5s good enough for photos?

    Got a GH5s and finally tried the photo mode yesterday. My take is that it's plenty good as long as you can live with the 10mpx limitation. I do. I seldom print 50 cm large posters and, like about everybody today, tend to show my pictures to peaple through a screen. So 10mpx is fine. But if you like to reframe, if you're the kind of guy who print a lot of large format posters, then i'd say, get something else. I still have a good old D800 not that far that still takes the most gorgeous pictures when I need some resolution, so I am spoiled.
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    Say Your Goodbyes to SDR!

    As it's been said, 99.99% of people don't have hdr display (let alone 4k...). In my country the delivery format for broadcast TV series is rec709 1080p. Just saying. Is all of this really worth the hassle? At least for now? All this good money and effort being spent could be used for something more useful, like investing in a short film, a model, whatever more important than being a lonely pioneer...
  9. Vesku talking about grain added to Star Wars. The movie was shot on kodak film, hence the grain. Seems people magically forgot how grainy film was. He was just pointing the technical specs in his link.
  10. It is called FILM GRAIN for christ sake ! Star Wars was shot on motion picture film. You know : Kodak, celluloid, grain... Have people really forgotten what film grain looks like ?
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    GH5s Anamorphic Mode Question

    @Brian Caldwell From what I gathered online, seems the 4/3 anamorphic sensor area is exaclty the same as the GH5.
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    “The Middle Path”: A Lumix GH5s Short

    I think they are reaching for the pro market, or make people think it's more of a cine camera than anything else since they suppressed the ibis. And it's working. We're already thinking of using gh5s as C or D cameras on French TV series or even feature mixed with two Alexa. It's just so cheap and the quality isn't too far off. When you're shooting 5 or 6 minutes a day, having 3 or 4 cameras can be a big plus. But renting additional Alexa can be a strain on a budget especially when you're not on Hollywood budget scale. Having a rigged up gh5s (or gh5 but the 5s seems to have slightly more DR and it counts) lying around with a PL adapter can make a difference as it's easily gradable and just good enough if you need additional coverage. It can be said about a lot of hybrid cameras I know, but 10 bit added to low light is really impressive and that can not be ignored.
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    Buy HD content now or wait for 4K?

    I don't get your point. VHS looked like shit, even when they were the standard... 1080P blu ray, even in SDR, will still look good for quite a while... You know, 2K looks fine in my not so up to date IMAX theater - but the screen is only 25 meters large, you may have a bigger one... I don't know why anyone would need absolutely need 4K right now... BTW Most of the movies from 1993 to 2015 were released in 1080p... When I'll get a fancy 4K oled, i'll be glad to get 4K movies, yet I am pretty sure my BR collection will look just fine. By the way I still have to meet one producer IRL who heard of HDR and rec2020. Gear addicts do not count.... I am extremely skeptical by nature about those so called revolutions. I directed a 3D feature back when it was supposed to be the next big thing. Been there, done that.
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    GH5 to Alexa Conversion

    50mm anamorphic is all you need in S35. It's definitely a "normal lens", 35 is super large. It has the field of view of a 17.5mm lens...
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    GH5 to Alexa Conversion

    A 35mm wouldn't work as it would heavily vignette, especially with a 0.64 SB. It could work with a 0.71 and a 35mm but without single focus solution that brings its share of additionnal vignetting. 40/45mm is supposedly the lowest possible focal lenght with a single focus Kowa in S35 format.