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jpleong

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  1. I liked the X-T3 so much that I bought an X-T2 when it went on flash sale last month. It's fine as b-cam but lacks the sheer number of video options (bit-rate control being one big one). Had the X-H1 been available at the price it is now, I would have gotten that instead of the X-T2 as its UI is far closer to that of the X-T3 (silent movie mode and fine bit-rate control being most important to me). That said, I own a stabilized gimbal and shoot 80% on a tripod so IBIS isn't as big a deal as having exposure peaking and the other advanced video features the X-T3 has over the X-H1.
  2. That's where I kind-of land on this whole conversation. Even though my 5D4's rear LCD is demonstrably better it's only when I literally set it up next to an X-T3 that I actually notice. My bigger issue is that the LCD of my X-T3 doesn't match my X-T2. All my Canons (80D, 7D2, and 5D4) look pretty much the same in terms of brightness, color, and contrast which, I guess, is something I took for granted. At least every camera I own now is far superior to all the TN panels I used to use on ENG cameras -talk about awful screens...
  3. I have not used it with an external monitor or recorder... I'm curious as to where you're bumping up the saturation and sharpness. Is that in the external monitor?
  4. This topic is of GREAT interest to me as I'm also both a Canon and Fuji shooter. I'm not really trying to argue one way or the other but here are a couple thoughts for science's sake: 1) I never have really felt that the rear display on the X-T3 was lacking. In fact, it's only because of this thread that I've learned that the panel is lower res than my 5D4 (1.04 vs 1.6m dots). 2) The 5D4's rear LCD seems to have slightly more contrast. 3) On the Fuji X-T3, have you adjusted the level of zoom when you punch in for manual focus? When I zoom focus on both the X-T3 and the 5D4, neither seems overly pixelated. Unfortunately, their zoom levels are not comparable so it's hard for me to say that one is worse than the other. 4) I completely dialed back Sharpness on the X-T3. I wonder if what you're seeing is the result of Fuji's default sharpening? 5) Here's a very unscientific look at the back LCDs from both the X-T3 (top) and 5D4 (bottom). This was shot in RAW on an iPhone (6S+, ISO23, WB auto, 1/8 sec & 1/14sec correspondingly, autofocus tapped on model's face) with both LCD screens approximately the same distance from the iPhone (locked down on a tripod). The photo is from the same SD card (shot last night on the X-T3). The 5D4 rear panel is clearly showing a resolution advantage and punchier reds but the difference, to me, was insignificant enough that I had to look in the top-left corner (you can see the corner of the X-T3 flip screen) to confirm my opinion. Anywho, food for thought... JP
  5. For clarity, are you experiencing degraded quality ONLY while zooming in for focus or overall?
  6. Well, it's a Canon DSLR so 1080p video is always going to look soft comparatively. For reference, I own the 5D4 and it is marginally sharper than the 80D in 1080p but I relegate it to a B-camera role or extreme low-light as the 80D is, ergonomically speaking, a better camera and the output is comparable. (And in the interest of full disclosure, I've already made the transition to Fuji so, for me, Canon video sharpness is not really something I feel a need to defend) To the OP's ask: best camera for starting a video business. The most important things in video are: focus, composition, exposure, and audio. All three have DPAF which, as of this posting, is still the greatest-of-all-time for autofocus (waaaaay better than Sony or Fuji) BUT the m50 loses DPAF in 4K mode. Both the SL2 and M50 lack headphone jacks so there's no way to monitor audio -which is fine for a B-cam but the OP is still looking for an A-cam. Both the SL2 and M50 are decidedly smaller and lighter than the 80D but that's not really an advantage if used on a gimbal with most of the OP's lenses (the exception being the 10-18mm STM) as they will all shift the center of gravity forward which makes balancing a pain. If we added some lighter primes into the mix (say, the 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2) that would make that less of a problem. JP
  7. The solution is to not use camera-mounted microphones. Even STM lenses create enough noise to be picked-up. It's fine in a pinch or for sync audio but if you're trying to produce real content, it's time to move the microphone(s) off-mic.
  8. The Canon 80D is your best bet. The ergonomics and feature-set are better than either the SL2 or M50 for video production. JP
  9. This is a good review. I can actually feel you trying to give Canon some love. I was genuinely stunned when the EOS R was released and, in every functional way, it is still the same old Canons I had before. There's nothing improved upon. When I buy a camera, it has to replace a previous model and the EOS R in no way, shape, or form replaces anything that came before it and that is not promising for the future. If I want it to replace an 80D, it has to shoot better 1080p. Nope. Replace the 5D4, it has to shoot better 4K or better stills. Nope. As an events/wedding stills camera it's not any better than the 5D2 (the SAME burst rate w/ AF) unless I want to be tweaking CR3 dynamic range in post all day (which I don't). DPAF and Andrew's EOSHD CLOG extended my loyalty to Canon (I've got half-a-dozen EOS bodies, just as many L-lenses, and double that EF and EF-S lenses) but Fuji has the X-T3 and that body and system (refined eye-AF, film simulations, F-LOG, and low rolling shutter) has the potential to wipe away what little advantage Canon had over this market segment. Even if Canon releases a higher-end Pro-R that gets the feature set we assumed (hoped/prayed) was coming for years, now, it's still going to be north of $3000 USD. I sincerely doubt that feature set on such a hypothetical camera is going to be better than what is on the Fuji X-T3, which is available now and is half that price. Heck, I outfitted my X-T3 completely for documentary shooting (three primes, booster grip) for the same price as the EOS R body alone.
  10. @DaveAltizer Thanks for shooting and compiling that. It would have saved me a lot of trial-and-error picking the EOS HD profiles weeks ago...!
  11. I've been using the EOSHD C-LOG for the past month, now, shooting for a hybrid web-series and cooking class called "STIR!". For the most part, I've really been pleased with the results. Not having much experience color grading, it's been pretty easy to achieve a look I like using either the Technical or Creative LUT presets in Adobe Premiere's Lumetri as a base. Here's the commercial for the next event, shot entirely with C-LOG on my 5d4 at 1080/60p and using the (legacy) Cinespace2383 creative LUT as the base. and here's the episode we just released: I switched to EOSHD C-LOG in the middle of taping the segments. Can you tell which is which? (probably, since I'm a newb ;-) I did have a rather "serious" issue between cameras, which I simply wasn't expecting. The last segment, about Moriah Pie beginning at 23:26, the interviews, gardening footage, and home kitchen cooking were shot with the first of my two 80Ds with C-LOG at 1080/60p. Any shots involving pizza service/actual restaurant operation were shot by my 2nd Unit with my second 80D with C-LOG at 1080/24p. The footage was not easily interchangeable between the two. The 2nd Unit's footage looked entirely different when I'd apply the same LUT (and ended up only needing a contrast push to get it to where I wanted it to be). The weirder part was that I shot some footage in the same commercial kitchen with my 5D4 at CLOG/1080/60p and it matched my own 80D footage easily. I haven't had the opportunity to really use the scientific method to figure out why things turned out the way they did, but I need to. For the record, on the Moriah Pie segment: Interviews: 80D-A -> 24-70/f4L IS at CLOG/1080/24p IPB Gardening/Home Cooking: 80D-A -> 16-35/f4L IS at CLOG/1080/60p IPB Commercial Cooking/morning meal (lens flares): 5D4 -> 35mm/f2 IS at CLOG/1080/60p IPB Commercial Cooking/evening food service: 80D-B -> 40mm/f2.8 STM at CLOG/1080/24p IPB So, I'm thus far enjoying EOSHD C-LOG and just need to figure out what I'm doing wrong on one of these cameras. I will be using EOSHD C-LOG on a fleet of rented 1DX2s in the very near future! Cheers, JP
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