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  1. XT4 Punches above its weight with noise control in low light (x-trans noise is always nicer) Not full frame but focal reducers are there (and excellent Fringer non-reducer adapters) Only thing is that the IBIS behaves slightly differently on different fuji lenses. Some it's slightly jerky, some it's great. Manual lenses you can kind of tune it yourself by inputting a different focal lenght setting Much more useable AF (okay, depends...) Having full bit depth h.265 and good bitrates in all resolutions and framerates and all capture modes felt amazing after GH5 which had a lot of gotchas in certain modes like VFR only being 8 bit Size and looks beat the gh5 too though I can't say 'ergos' are superior necessarily for practical use
  2. if they had only put that fantastic (& tilting) EVF from the GX8 into the GX9, or even just put better IBIS in the GX8, it would have been beating out other Pana rangefinders as an allrounder for years
  3. DJI Pocket 2 has a slightly generous sensor size for the category comapred to Pcket 1 and other action cams etc too.
  4. Disappointed overall at how the trailer came off. But maybe there will indeed be some clever, impactful plot to enjoy. ALSO please tell me someone else noticed that the ENTIRE first 20 seconds (and not just the brief shot of exterior of some house) are in CG not filmed for real? That whole section with Neil Patrick Harris - look at the (lack of) realism of certain parts of his skin, his clothes, the extra saturation in the colours too. Lacking the subtlely of color in real shots or something. Keanu's hair (closest to forehead), the macro-like shot where his fingers anxiously twitch against some fabric, plus the very clearly post-production 'candid' camera shake effect on that part doesn't help either. Why make a scene like that purely in CG? plot significance.
  5. I know the exact vibe you mean. It's rampant in highly sentimental low to medium budget pieces with docu- type (but still an artistic piece) video portraits of human subjects. I can already see the examples I recall in my head, a person standing there (not speaking) in their house or other environment of theirs, with their "sleeves rolled up", the camera gently swaying. All very "candid" and ~authentic~. There's a strange sense of 'canned vulnerability' about it at this point, but I suppose there's a reason for everything, its only guilty of being a bit overused really. Often shot at 60fps and conformed to 24/25p for a subtle slowmo look but not full blown overcooked slowmo. Wouldn't discount certain (other) types of contrived camera sway being added in post, btw. Seen plenty of examples where it was obvious
  6. My only complaint about this was that you actually dropped the bit at the end. Please do more like this! The music & sound was perfect as well, jesus christ I swear I've heard that exact stuff in 50 videos
  7. Are the DOF and the compression not tied together quite a bit though? I'm suddenly not understanding, what you've said here
  8. sorry, old quote here - you mean the GX85 color profiles hack or some other one? That hack was what first brought me to this forum haha. I have to thank you. Did I see right you guys are also based in Ireland?? This device looks fantastic btw. Excited for the Oct 26th thing you mentioned also...
  9. Okay, I do see they've maybe highlighted a use case for hands-free focus (aka autofocus) with that bit in the promo video where it's like mounted to the outside of a car or whatever and tracking another car passing by. Pretty professional high-production-value looking use case to me though where you'd maybe just be able to run with a wireless focus puller solution instead
  10. Have only skimmed the thread and the details on this gimbal so far but, my main question: If you're already all rigged up holding a gimbal in your hand and with a gear motor attached to your lens: Why would you not just use a wheel on the gimbal to manually pull focus? Remember the whole point is you're almost certainly already holding it all in your hand. Follow focus add-on motors on the last gen (Ronin S/SC, Weebill S, Moza Aircross 2) all offer totally usable follow focus already. Why even invite the uncertainty of an autofocus system... These gimbals look awesome though and I'm definitely feeling a hint of remorse at having recently bought a Ronin SC that I never even got to take out of the box yet 😅
  11. I think an even closer analogy than SRT subs is just how different cameras RAW photos, slightly different though each manufacturer's type of file may be, can all be opened in an editor app and uniform corrective edits (the usual stuff baked into a JPEG like where to reduce Chromatic Aberration etc) applied based on profiles known from each camera model
  12. Yeah when I started to understand how the SteadXP achieved it, I started wishing the actual cameras would make it possible without the middleman by recording the data. But they won't see much of a viable demographic in people who are willing to go off doing that "extra" step. (Not really extra at all in my view of course since I know I'm forever at the mercy of whether my footage needs NLE-based stabilisation in post) Each brand's more professional cameras will be aimed at people for whom this is redundant because they simply shoot with professional level solutions i.e. fixed shooting on tripods, shooting on steady-rigs, all the way down to even just people using gimbals maybe. Each brand's more amateur/casual demographic will be seen as people who never want the inconvenience of going off to NLE tinkering with this data and just want a no-fuss decent IBIS/digital stab baked in
  13. dgvro

    Fuji X-S10

    yeah I'm just here looking at the fact that is has the XT4 sensor and wondering "ok, how long til they could give h.265 in a later firmware? otherwise nah" 4k60 I don't need, if I have a strong 1080p60/96/120 etc Lack of any time limit in 4k24/25p (8-bit I suppose...) I would love. Almost a great b-cam to the XT4 if it had it. Really cool little 1080p240 + IBIS rangefinder though that I'd be all over if it was slightly cheaper and I didn't already have an XT4
  14. Off topic from the thread but since you mentioned it, how do you find the S5 IBIS? Compared to say gold-standard-y current gen Olympus bodies or GH5 performance?
  15. dgvro

    Panasonic GH6

    Hmm. Fair enough. I have my gripes with the Fuji XT menu system (and to this day still don't know if I can truly even set up a Custom C1 C2 etc) but the physical ergos and form factor I really love. That's coming from using GH5 too, but if I was literally *only* doing professional work (i.e never day-to-day carry or travel/personal use + stills) then maybe I'd prefer the bigger GH5 grip etc. But other than that I really love the rangefinder form. GH5 -> GX9 -> XH1 -> XT4 was basically my route here. I haven't felt like I'm missing out on anything at all in terms of video codecs (I don't go near anamorphic) and image quality since going XT4 after my GH5+GX9
  16. Enjoyed this a lot, pretty satisfying choreography! Dark haired dude basically had him in an armbar though and just rolled back out of it 😞
  17. vaguely related / don't know if there's any real other thread for this: I'm about to have a Ronin SC and try squeeze as much electronic control of Fuji XT(4) out of it as possible. I think Ronin is still the only gimbal that does full control of electronic focus pulls etc (no external motor) for Fuji cameras, with the gimbal wheel. Let's hope it works out better than the Moza gimbals I used to have.
  18. as much of a success and comedy/culture touchstone as it is (alive and well in reaction gifs and memes even now), If I saw another comedy show doing similar zooms, I'd maybe think "c'mon... The Office did this to death..." If I saw a serious documentary of any kind doing zooms I might almost inappropriately infer it as an optical laugh track at this point for similar reason But like I said above it works pretty well in some other cases like the chaotic/fast/heavy live music docu stuff. I'm also a big fan of slow-crawl-speed push-ins for adding a feeling to some stuff but I suppose they tend to look better done in post or by physically dollying in the camera anyway
  19. dgvro

    Panasonic GH6

    If these are your criteria and you're a bit flexible on IBIS, surely the XT4 is already perfect? I felt the same way as you, I was (and am) really hung up on wanting the small rangefinder form factor, plus really strong video codecs, plus I.S. and so I switched directly from GH5+GX9 to just an XT4
  20. So I have a Viltrox focal reducer (EF-FX2) adapter for my XT4. Of course it has electronic contacts on the back of the mount to send the info to/from lens. Problem though: when using it as a smart adapter in this way, you lose the ability to have IBIS function in the camera (at least with all the EF lenses I own anyway). Solution, for me at least: tape over the contacts when I do want IBIS (and just manual focus, I'm fine with this, XT4 AF-C is unreliable and my lenses have nice ergos for manual) and don't mind sticking at one aperture. Once I'm out and about though I really don't ever wanna be fumbling with bits of sticky tape on and off the adapter when I'd like to change smart<->dumb adapter to get the use of IBIS after electronically changing aperture or something. Has anyone ever seen or come up with their own handy solution for a quicker on/off (ideally even reuseable) way of covering/uncovering the electronic contacts on a lens or adapter? Simplest of all would be me just buying a second adapter that I keep permanently dumb-ed down with tape always on the contacts, but I'm on a budget here as is...
  21. A drone that really punched above its weight in its time, the Anafi from Parrot, had a 'lossless' continuous digital zoom like this when shooting at less than 4k. Set to a shoulder trigger on the controller. I don't know if there was any oversampling involved even when not zoomed on that thing (I think it had a 20MP sensor) but yeah the zoomed stuff didn't generally look worse than the non-zoom 1080 from what I remember. Great drone vs the DJI equivalents of that gen. Signal transmission just let it down a bit.
  22. Whether using an oversampled crop or a straight crop via digital zoom, compared to using a longer lens, you still zoom in on (i.e. enlarge) two things you may not want: 1. Noise, and 2. any discernable softness in your glass. A longer lens (of equal sharpness and optical quality in all respects etc) gets you your tighter FOV without intensifying noise or softness. But yeah, on the GH5 that's a more clever method than what I used to do (just had Ex Tele Conv set to a Fn button), I hadn't thought about this.
  23. Fuji are really ridiculous about that "minor bugs" thing if they've snuck an IBIS fix in without explicitly calling it out! Great news if so, makes the XH1 even better value, I loved it when I had it but couldn't stand the IBIS.
  24. Documentary / event / general run 'n gun shooters of a certain style, it has uses for them. The Hate5Six guy, it's almost a signature thing of his imo. Though his style is still evolving and not the same for every subject. Also not that he uses Fuji...
  25. dgvro

    Fuji X-T4

    I've used the XH1 and now own an XT4. The XT4 is definitely just... better when it comes to IBIS. I found the XH1 to be sickeningly bad for the way I shoot, I had to get rid of it asap. Those little quantised jumps in sensor movement were destroying shot after shot. The XT4 has similar but more well-controlled issues I suppose. It's not up there with Panasonic IBIS though (not like GH5 anyway). You're right about the planes of movement thing, this is the key with Fuji IBIS I guess. It just can't handle any sort of movement in more than one plane at a time. Tilt while panning? You'll get tiny jerks and catch-up movements in the stabilisation. Likewise strafing or raising the position of the whole camera in space while panning or tilting. You have to be very deliberate with the XT4 handheld movements. I never use the DIS digital stab. The IS Boost seems to be okay, to be honest I can't tell the difference in what that's doing half the time. It's performance may have been altered a bit in one of the firmware updates and I'm just confused about its efficacy now at this point. Something about the XT4 footage stabilises pretty nicely in post, thankfully. Maybe the good performance for rolling shutter is important there. Stick (in DaVinci Resolve anyway) to the straightforward 'translation' type stabilisation and you can avoid the dreaded "warpy shit". So if you're happy enough to polish your footage after that way, you'll get perfectly great results with the XT4 IBIS, yes. Especially with a heavier setup, I guess. The codecs are really great. I'm delighted with how well they hold up in terms of noise and dynamic range. They playback/edit fairly well for h265 and all too on my laptop.
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