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    dgvro reacted to EphraimP in Fuji X-T4   
    I didn't say speedbooster autofocus is "good" in my earlier post, I said it works and I need to test it more. I have been using in AF-C. So far, I've only been able to test it with UMC lenses. The autofocus seems to track as well as with native lenses, which is pretty good until it inexplicably looses a face (which is Fuji problem in general right now). When changing focus, the EF lenses I've used can hunt and go in and out while trying to lock on. I think that's more to do with the UMC lens motor than anything to do with the electronic connection of the speedbooster.
    I bought my daughter an EF 50 1.4 USM and played with it on the T4 before I gave it to her. Autofocus hunting was horrible, but the image was very nice opened up all the way. It makes me really want a fast niffty fifty! Any suggestions out there about which EF 50 has the best autofocus performance for under $1k? I'm wondering if I should get a EF 50 to use with the speedbooster, or get a Fuji 35mm. I like manual focusing but there are times when it's great to have autofocus. Also, I'm loving the fact that the speedboster gives another stop of aperture. 
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    dgvro got a reaction from seanzzxx in Fuji X-T4   
    Well, if it's similar what I came across, I'm sure the manual lenses did ūüėÖ
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    dgvro reacted to Anaconda_ in Free Fuji Rentals incl GFX100 - UK Only   
    I just saw on FujiRumours that people in the UK can rent Fuji gear for 48 hours for free! 
    https://fujifilm-connect.hireacamera.com/en-gb/
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    dgvro reacted to Andrew Reid in Toneh is upset   
    The front page of EOSHD now has several of my shitposts on it
    https://www.eoshd.com/opinion/sony-announces-new-rumour-camera-yours-for-just-4000/
    I sincerely hope nobody reads them!
    The EOS R5 may indeed be fake. Nobody has actually done a side by side comparison yet!
    The A7S III does however exist as the infamous Sony Rumours Camera Model 3 4K 120 GRAIL. Even the lambasted Sony menus have all been overhauled to resemble 12 pages of DPReview interviews with powerful Sony executives.
    The Creative Styles menu now has seven pages of arguments under it about Sony skin-tones and if you select the Sony Alpha Rumors mode the feed from the sensor speeds up and shoots a burst of 200 clickbait rumours onto CFExpress.
    Instead of a user manual it ships with so many online shopping codes that buying the Sony Alpha Rumour Mark III Filmmaker's Kit will save you $50 on the cost of Sandisk CFExpress cards*
    *You will need $5000 of them to store 12 rumours
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    dgvro reacted to Andrew Reid in Toneh is upset   
    So upset he didn't get a camera, he had to take a cold shower!
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    dgvro reacted to Andrew Reid in Canon EOS R6 shoots 10bit 4K/60 (but NO RAW) - How it compares to the EOS R5   
    With the price of the EOS R5 set at £4199 here in the UK, that is firmly pro-territory, but Canon has an enthusiast version too which will be the focus of many at EOSHD. The Canon EOS R6 is a competitor to the Sony A7 III, Panasonic S1 and Nikon Z6. It brings 10bit to the table over the 8bit only Sony & Nikon - and Dual Pixel Autofocus to the plate which is an advantage over the Panasonic cameras.
    Canon users will also like the fact that the EOS R6 at $2500 / £2500 puts a lot right for video users compared to the disappointing first EOS R.
    New blog post:
    https://www.eoshd.com/news/canon-eos-r6-shoots-10bit-4k-60-but-no-raw-how-it-compares-to-the-eos-r5/
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    dgvro reacted to Brian Williams in Fuji X-T4   
    Here's one more, with a slower move-
    I feel like I see micro jitters in 'IBIS- Boost Off'
    'IBIS+DIS-Boost On' looks best to me.
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    dgvro reacted to Brian Williams in Fuji X-T4   
    Here is my quick test I just did with firmware 1.02 and the WR 35 f2 lens.
    Honestly, I can't tell which mode is working best here. Am I moving too fast to see it?
     
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    dgvro reacted to kye in Simulating a Tiffen Black Pro Mist filter in post   
    Reasons that adding the effect in post is better:
    It's free It works on all your cameras and lenses without adapters It works on all your past footage It works on all stock footage You can control the strength of it shot to shot You can control it within frame (you can have the nice skin smoothing effects on skin and not have it go nuts from a direct light-source also in frame) You can change the colour rendering like the Warm Pro Mist filters, or any other tint you care to make (even ones Tiffen doesn't offer) You can change the characteristics to emulate their other filters (Black Pro Mist is only one of the filters they offer - https://tiffen.com/diffusion/ ) You can even have hybrid effects like light sources glow green with a red outer ring around them, all adjustable to taste Real filters can have reflections under certain circumstances Reasons that adding the effect in post isn't better:
    It doesn't work properly if any channel is clipped It doesn't work with any light-source that isn't in the frame It isn't an exact match to the look Things that aren't good reasons for doing anything:
    That's how they do it in Hollywood
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    dgvro reacted to MeanRevert in H.266 Codec Released   
    Weissman score 2.89, highest ever recorded.  Amazing.
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    dgvro reacted to Brian Williams in Fuji X-T4   
    In fairness though, I've only gotten good results with IBIS on X-T4 with IBIS Boost On, I never turn it off, even if I am panning.
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    dgvro reacted to Brother in Fuji X-T4   
    Fuji giveth and fuji taketh away... IBIS jumping have been replaced with micro jitters in the 1.02 firmware and it ain't pretty. XF35/1.4 with IBIS only, no DIS or boost. 25 fps h264 200mbit. Watch in full screen to better see the jitter.
     
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    dgvro reacted to tweak in Gerald Undone on camera fans and his Z-CAM review   
    Pretty accurate.
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    dgvro reacted to Andrew Reid in Gerald Undone on camera fans and his Z-CAM review   
    I agree. You got to the heart of it there.
    And on top of that mindset he displays absolutely no learning, no knowledge, no talent for photography or film.
    A consumerist twerp in a baseball cap.
    The primitive dumb humour really is on his audience's level
    True!
    He does seem to be a genuine, authentic weirdo.
    What I have come to like about it is he does actually get it right.
    The actual camera musings are really solid. I even learn something from it.
    I have not learnt a single bit of knowledge from Kai.
    And Chris / Jordan just state the obvious... what could be written down in one paragraph stretches to over 10 minutes.
    It comes down in the end to why people watch YouTube
    Is it to learn about cameras and be entertained.
    Or is it to just be entertained only and indulge in some warm, fuzzy, consumerism? The way most people treat YouTube is same way as going shopping with friends for a new pair of Nike.
    Kai treats people with distain speaking from personal experience.
    At the last Photokina he was shooting with Blackmagic P4K.
    So I DM'ed Kai to see if he'd be up for a shoot.
    I always try to meet in person if I want to figure out what somebody is like.
    He said a vague yeah, totally uncommitted... really disrespectful.
    A day passes, nothing. He then actually started teasing me with photos of his BM P4K, while dodging the meet-up for a coffee.
    WTF?
    Then I pushed again to meet up and he ghosted me till the end of the show.
    He was literally in same show hall as me.
    And this is a guy who has not once reached out to EOSHD or used the forum, or referenced me in his work over 10 YEARS of being in same camera community!!
    So he can fuck off as far as I'm concerned and take his shitty videos with him.
     
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    dgvro got a reaction from newfoundmass in Gerald Undone on camera fans and his Z-CAM review   
    Just chiming in for:
    I kind of despise Kai. Much as he may know his stuff I think he's a classic 'trapped in branding' / 'designer label' / 'I only like the "best" brands' mindset and it shows at least a little, maybe more, in the videos I could be arsed watching from him. Just an annoying attitude and not all that funny.
    I'm not watching 55 minutes of Gerald Undone metananalysing his own review and the reaction (I managed maybe 15 mins of it) but I would be inclined to say fuck off to any Zcam zealots who care so much about this that they moaned a lot about it, but also by a similar token it's stupid and weird of Gerald to care so much what they think. The more you say "okay wait, let me explain / pls forgive me" to entitled nobodies on the internet, the more they will try to come for you.

    Now my real reason for posting: I grew to LOVE camera conspiracies guy. Seems a really genuine and genuinely funny guy, self-aware and self-deprecating (and bonus points for getting into youtube vlogging for something actually real compared to other youtubers and audio/visual tech reviewers - his health problems and diets to fix them. Not some "how quick can I monetise and get sent free things" intention).
    Love his Vegetable conspiracies channel too, he's a weirdo.
    Example, Kasey from Cam Conspiracies can be seen interacting and being legit nice and friendly in an off the cuff, unscripted way to like homeless dudes who come up on him while filming, I can't imagine it with someone like Kai, he'd probably try to call the cops or something.
    Kasey's just likeable. More of a true outsider, gives zero weight to all the "I'm a ~filmmaker~ and ~visual storyteller~" pomp and "professional" pretentions out there, takes the hot air out of all that and instead gets into the use-in-anger grittys and gotchas of cameras that many more polished reviewers just don't, no matter how many "I was not paid to give a positive review" statements they throw in.
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    dgvro got a reaction from Andrew Reid in Gerald Undone on camera fans and his Z-CAM review   
    Just chiming in for:
    I kind of despise Kai. Much as he may know his stuff I think he's a classic 'trapped in branding' / 'designer label' / 'I only like the "best" brands' mindset and it shows at least a little, maybe more, in the videos I could be arsed watching from him. Just an annoying attitude and not all that funny.
    I'm not watching 55 minutes of Gerald Undone metananalysing his own review and the reaction (I managed maybe 15 mins of it) but I would be inclined to say fuck off to any Zcam zealots who care so much about this that they moaned a lot about it, but also by a similar token it's stupid and weird of Gerald to care so much what they think. The more you say "okay wait, let me explain / pls forgive me" to entitled nobodies on the internet, the more they will try to come for you.

    Now my real reason for posting: I grew to LOVE camera conspiracies guy. Seems a really genuine and genuinely funny guy, self-aware and self-deprecating (and bonus points for getting into youtube vlogging for something actually real compared to other youtubers and audio/visual tech reviewers - his health problems and diets to fix them. Not some "how quick can I monetise and get sent free things" intention).
    Love his Vegetable conspiracies channel too, he's a weirdo.
    Example, Kasey from Cam Conspiracies can be seen interacting and being legit nice and friendly in an off the cuff, unscripted way to like homeless dudes who come up on him while filming, I can't imagine it with someone like Kai, he'd probably try to call the cops or something.
    Kasey's just likeable. More of a true outsider, gives zero weight to all the "I'm a ~filmmaker~ and ~visual storyteller~" pomp and "professional" pretentions out there, takes the hot air out of all that and instead gets into the use-in-anger grittys and gotchas of cameras that many more polished reviewers just don't, no matter how many "I was not paid to give a positive review" statements they throw in.
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    dgvro got a reaction from tweak in Gerald Undone on camera fans and his Z-CAM review   
    Just chiming in for:
    I kind of despise Kai. Much as he may know his stuff I think he's a classic 'trapped in branding' / 'designer label' / 'I only like the "best" brands' mindset and it shows at least a little, maybe more, in the videos I could be arsed watching from him. Just an annoying attitude and not all that funny.
    I'm not watching 55 minutes of Gerald Undone metananalysing his own review and the reaction (I managed maybe 15 mins of it) but I would be inclined to say fuck off to any Zcam zealots who care so much about this that they moaned a lot about it, but also by a similar token it's stupid and weird of Gerald to care so much what they think. The more you say "okay wait, let me explain / pls forgive me" to entitled nobodies on the internet, the more they will try to come for you.

    Now my real reason for posting: I grew to LOVE camera conspiracies guy. Seems a really genuine and genuinely funny guy, self-aware and self-deprecating (and bonus points for getting into youtube vlogging for something actually real compared to other youtubers and audio/visual tech reviewers - his health problems and diets to fix them. Not some "how quick can I monetise and get sent free things" intention).
    Love his Vegetable conspiracies channel too, he's a weirdo.
    Example, Kasey from Cam Conspiracies can be seen interacting and being legit nice and friendly in an off the cuff, unscripted way to like homeless dudes who come up on him while filming, I can't imagine it with someone like Kai, he'd probably try to call the cops or something.
    Kasey's just likeable. More of a true outsider, gives zero weight to all the "I'm a ~filmmaker~ and ~visual storyteller~" pomp and "professional" pretentions out there, takes the hot air out of all that and instead gets into the use-in-anger grittys and gotchas of cameras that many more polished reviewers just don't, no matter how many "I was not paid to give a positive review" statements they throw in.
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    dgvro reacted to MrSMW in Gerald Undone on camera fans and his Z-CAM review   
    Camera Conspiracies has become 'successful'/popular by accident rather than design.
    The guy simply set out to find a better or 'perfect' camera for his other channel, Vegetable Police (don't ask) and the reality is that for his needs, the 'perfect' camera for his or 99% of every other vloggers already exists...but it's kind of come self-perpetuating now, - he can't just stop and it's become 'a thing'.
    Some of the endless testing gets a bit boring now but he's a funny guy and doesn't take himself seriously.
    None of his reviews are actual 'serious' reviews that anyone should ever base a decision on such as if the colour is off, it's usually because he's fucked something up himself etc, but instead it's exploring and learning in real time so hardly at the same level as say a Gerald or a Gordon.
    Kai cracks me up. He's like an overgrown posh asian schoolboy and though he takes the piss most of the time, sometimes he can be quite serious. Best with Lok and his weedios.
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    dgvro reacted to tweak in Gerald Undone on camera fans and his Z-CAM review   
    I just take it as a joke, he seems like a decent guy who is funny sometimes. I don't watch all his videos (or even watch through all of the ones I do), but I do find his humour funny because he's just trying to be a regular guy and not some inflated egotistical giant like most reviewers and influenzas are. For the record I've never watched an episode to get factual information. I think he fills a good niche that no one really has previous and his sense of humour at times appeals to me (making a joke out of people and things that take stuff really serious is the best, I hope he's making money).

    For the record my favourite camera YouTube channel is - Analog Resurgence. That guy is doing it for all the right reasons and it shows.
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    dgvro got a reaction from Stathman in Fuji X-T4   
    Somewhat related, here's some of what I have been able to do so far with my XT4. Made this video for my ex who adopted our dog together with me and hasn't seen him in months. Just run & gun while out on a literal run with my dog in the morning.
    Excuse the overuse of VFR slowmo, I just haven't been able to bring myself to endure the lack of stabilisation in regular FPS with this camera yet and I chose this day as my shoot to just stick to that one setting.
    It's all 1080 10-bit h.265 200mbps upscaled to 4k just so youtube wouldn't shit on my mp4 file (too much more).
    All of these clips were with a dumb EF adaptor and a Tamron 28-75 wide open using vari ND. I haven't been able to decide on what electronic comm EF adaptor to get yet to have no iris control for now.
    Nearly all the clips were just IBIS only and whatever focal length I had zoomed to, I was quickly going into the setting of mount adaptor and setting a fake focal length of about x0.7 to mitigate IBIS jumps on the old firmware.
    F-log, just freestyled the grading (No LUT) to something I thought was kinda nice.

    LOTS of clips were stabilised to a small degree in Resolve (translation mode).
     
     
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    dgvro got a reaction from Stathman in Fuji X-T4   
    I've been obsessed with the IBIS problems since it came out.
    I did a quick test today on the new firmware. The long and short of it:
    - It no longer does that "One Giant Leap" thing when slowly panning/tilting etc
    Which seemed like it was caused by the sensor movement sort of being stabilised/smooth at the beginning of your movement but then hitting a wall and having to 'catch up' position to your panning. Now, the beginning of each pan or tilt almost immediately = quick responsive movement in the frame. I even found this a little jarring at first as if it had got more robotic, but I think I can just get used to it and initiate my movements gently. I was probably already conditioned to do my movements tailored to the old firmware IBIS or something. There's way less loose floaty feeling to the movement now, they just made it all feel ever so slightly tighter.
    - There's still a bunch of very Small Steps For Man. I think.
    Or, just still something I don't quite like about it. I think they've sort of broken down the stabilisation efforts into smaller chunks - there's STILL a small quantized, 'stepping' appearance when you look closely - it can be more obvious than normal in Slow-motion modes which almost (partially) defeats my purposes for slowmo, and I think it's there MORE of the time now, but to a less severe degree if you get my meaning, i.e. it never does the one Giant step in IBIS catch-up. But, man, it's still a bunch of v small steps. (maybe if you kneel and keep your arm strong you can mitigate the appearance in the result ( Õ°¬į Õú Ė Õ°¬į )
    I just feel like Fuji's whole approach to IBIS seems to have some fundamentally, inherently 'quantizey' stepping nature to it at the smallest level, compared to like Pana or Olympus.
    For anyone who hasn't got a sense of it yet, the really poor performance happens  was happening when:
    A. tilting slowly while also moving on the up/down vertical (Z?) axis~
    B. panning slowly while also strafing side to side on the horizontal (X?) axis
    C. probably other combinations of 2 types of movement
    I do feel like the update finally makes it possible for me to try to use, for video, an actual medium length Fuji lens that electronically communicates the focal length. Up to now to get smooth video I was always throwing a manual dumb adapted EF lens (wider the better) and setting a smaller 'fake' focal length on the mount adaptor setting, and this toned down the IBIS jumps. In 4k regular FPS modes I think it seems like I might even be able to give x1.1 DIS another shot now and see if it's usable. I was shunning the DIS completely til now. 4k60p with nice OIS+DIS would be great.
    My tests so far haven't been at all rigourous or scientific, I was too eager to bother setting up any direct A/B comparison shoot before throwing on the new firmware, so, y'know. I really hope in real world practice I start to feel like the IBIS is cool now and then this really will be my perfect camera.
    Other good news is I've had really good results anyway stabilising the XT4 footage in Resolve, needing really minimal extra crop factor and almost no artefacts when doing so. I think the strong rolling shutter performance of the camera might help avoid the warpy jelly shit when you have to stabilise. Compared to what I remember with my GH5 anyway. Or maybe my newer version of Resolve these days just does it better. Either way I feel okay about a little stabilising in Post with the XT4.
    If anyone comes across any compelling footage of testing out the new firmware, comparisons etc, let me know!
     
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    dgvro got a reaction from heart0less in Fuji X-T4   
    Somewhat related, here's some of what I have been able to do so far with my XT4. Made this video for my ex who adopted our dog together with me and hasn't seen him in months. Just run & gun while out on a literal run with my dog in the morning.
    Excuse the overuse of VFR slowmo, I just haven't been able to bring myself to endure the lack of stabilisation in regular FPS with this camera yet and I chose this day as my shoot to just stick to that one setting.
    It's all 1080 10-bit h.265 200mbps upscaled to 4k just so youtube wouldn't shit on my mp4 file (too much more).
    All of these clips were with a dumb EF adaptor and a Tamron 28-75 wide open using vari ND. I haven't been able to decide on what electronic comm EF adaptor to get yet to have no iris control for now.
    Nearly all the clips were just IBIS only and whatever focal length I had zoomed to, I was quickly going into the setting of mount adaptor and setting a fake focal length of about x0.7 to mitigate IBIS jumps on the old firmware.
    F-log, just freestyled the grading (No LUT) to something I thought was kinda nice.

    LOTS of clips were stabilised to a small degree in Resolve (translation mode).
     
     
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    dgvro got a reaction from heart0less in Fuji X-T4   
    I've been obsessed with the IBIS problems since it came out.
    I did a quick test today on the new firmware. The long and short of it:
    - It no longer does that "One Giant Leap" thing when slowly panning/tilting etc
    Which seemed like it was caused by the sensor movement sort of being stabilised/smooth at the beginning of your movement but then hitting a wall and having to 'catch up' position to your panning. Now, the beginning of each pan or tilt almost immediately = quick responsive movement in the frame. I even found this a little jarring at first as if it had got more robotic, but I think I can just get used to it and initiate my movements gently. I was probably already conditioned to do my movements tailored to the old firmware IBIS or something. There's way less loose floaty feeling to the movement now, they just made it all feel ever so slightly tighter.
    - There's still a bunch of very Small Steps For Man. I think.
    Or, just still something I don't quite like about it. I think they've sort of broken down the stabilisation efforts into smaller chunks - there's STILL a small quantized, 'stepping' appearance when you look closely - it can be more obvious than normal in Slow-motion modes which almost (partially) defeats my purposes for slowmo, and I think it's there MORE of the time now, but to a less severe degree if you get my meaning, i.e. it never does the one Giant step in IBIS catch-up. But, man, it's still a bunch of v small steps. (maybe if you kneel and keep your arm strong you can mitigate the appearance in the result ( Õ°¬į Õú Ė Õ°¬į )
    I just feel like Fuji's whole approach to IBIS seems to have some fundamentally, inherently 'quantizey' stepping nature to it at the smallest level, compared to like Pana or Olympus.
    For anyone who hasn't got a sense of it yet, the really poor performance happens  was happening when:
    A. tilting slowly while also moving on the up/down vertical (Z?) axis~
    B. panning slowly while also strafing side to side on the horizontal (X?) axis
    C. probably other combinations of 2 types of movement
    I do feel like the update finally makes it possible for me to try to use, for video, an actual medium length Fuji lens that electronically communicates the focal length. Up to now to get smooth video I was always throwing a manual dumb adapted EF lens (wider the better) and setting a smaller 'fake' focal length on the mount adaptor setting, and this toned down the IBIS jumps. In 4k regular FPS modes I think it seems like I might even be able to give x1.1 DIS another shot now and see if it's usable. I was shunning the DIS completely til now. 4k60p with nice OIS+DIS would be great.
    My tests so far haven't been at all rigourous or scientific, I was too eager to bother setting up any direct A/B comparison shoot before throwing on the new firmware, so, y'know. I really hope in real world practice I start to feel like the IBIS is cool now and then this really will be my perfect camera.
    Other good news is I've had really good results anyway stabilising the XT4 footage in Resolve, needing really minimal extra crop factor and almost no artefacts when doing so. I think the strong rolling shutter performance of the camera might help avoid the warpy jelly shit when you have to stabilise. Compared to what I remember with my GH5 anyway. Or maybe my newer version of Resolve these days just does it better. Either way I feel okay about a little stabilising in Post with the XT4.
    If anyone comes across any compelling footage of testing out the new firmware, comparisons etc, let me know!
     
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    dgvro got a reaction from keessie65 in Fuji X-T4   
    Yeah, I could tell pretty quickly this camera's IBIS wasn't performing as good as my GH5, which again probably gets outperformed slightly by the Olympus. It's a shame, really had me considering returning my XT4 but compared to the GH5, the slightly neater form factor and usable autofocus is just something game-changing for me in terms of casually bringing the camera with me way more places. I used to NEVER want to bring my GH5 anywhere for some reason.
    I've since come to realise how great the image quality is too, beating my old GH5 easily at anything higher than 1600 ISO and seeming to have (in part due to ISO performance I guess) cleaner slowmotion 1080 etc all the way up to 200fps (240fps just pushes it a bit too far and most clips don't look good enough, but this is how it goes with cameras' absolute max VFR FPS, I know). I appreciate other little XT4 victories that were limitations on GH5, such as way beefier codecs when you consider you get HEVC h.265 10-bit even in the high frame rate 1080 modes. I used to hate knowing that mixing the 10bit with 8bit(VFR) on my GH5 maybe meant not being able to grade them quite as hard with the 8-bit mixed in. In 4K (up to 30p) the HEVC 400MBPS codec is fantastic to have, and 200MBPS h265 up to 60p is always gonna be enough for me too, given the extra % visible image info saved in h.265 for a given bitrate vs h.264 (40% or something apparently?) Oh, and HLG availabe in all the recording modes. I never got my hands on v-Log with the GH5 and was always bummed I suddenly couldn't use HLG in the high framerate slow mo modes.

    I was really, really thinking of downgrading to an XH1 or XT3 but I'm pretty hsppy and trying to just let it go, hope for a firmware improvement.
    If an XH2 comes along with something like 4K in higher framerate and better IBIS, I just might be trying to jump ship then.

    Again I've found that the XT4 IBIS actually plays a bit nicer - when using a manual lens setup that lets you enter the focal length setting yourself - if you enter a shorter focal length than the real one. There's still plenty of stabilisation on offer to filter out real hand shakiness, but the camera thinking it's at a shorter focal length (say x0.7) seems to mean the grabby 'catch-up' jitters of the sensor are mitigated a lot. It just works better for me. I'm still afraid to try anything longer than about 35mm on this camera handheld for video though. The IBIS just gets defeated and exasperated by anything Tele.
     
    With the Fuji electronic lens protocol being opened up to third parties more lately I'm hopeful about the future in terms of competitive lenses and adaptors too (definitely going to get the Viltrox speedbooster at some point, it was a godsend on my GH5. Fringer sounds great too, I'm torn, I'm not fully all-in on needing usable AF or anything so may go Viltrrox 'booster route)

    Another cool thing I noticed: with the XT4 I seemed to able to record 400mpbs clips for several minutes at a time to a Sandisk card that's only really around <V30. No idea why this is. My GH5 would always see the same SanDisk card lose the recording in under a minute.

    Oh, and stills! I'm not really a stills guy at all yet but obviously this is the camera for a hybrid shooter, I like what I see from it so far and look forward to snapping more and more with it. Again, nothing since my Panasonic GX8 all the way through models up to GH5 really gave me that feeling (well, except for when I owned an XH1 briefly, which seemed very good), the stills just always felt like a struggle, mediocre results.
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    dgvro reacted to Caleb Genheimer in DPReview forum censors work of frontline riot photographer amidst George Floyd protests   
    Man, yeah. Lots of complex emotion on this for me over the last week. I’m a white Minnesotan, working 6 days a week even during COVID-19... I thought about photographing/video documenting, and I agree it is incredibly important work and that things must be seen. 
     
    But my heart is broken. Just straight ripped apart. I just got home from two days In Minneapolis/St. Paul, and I‚Äôm glad I didn‚Äôt bring a camera, and I left my phone in my bag. There‚Äôs a LOT of I guess I‚Äôd call it ‚Äúsocial justice tourism‚ÄĚ going on, and that just sits uneasy with me. Like, people were posing with their friends and signs for selfies, and then leaving the sit-in at the capitol before it was done... even more selfies with the George Floyd mural at Cup Foods. Don‚Äôt get me wrong, it is good that those people are at least engaging on some level, but social media is already drowning in this stuff at the moment, that isn‚Äôt necessarily an efficient vehicle for change.¬†
     
    I don’t need pictures to communicate what I’ve seen with my own eyes. I saw the entire capitol lawn filled to bursting with beautiful peaceful people all afternoon, championing full institutional overhaul of the oppressive system... which by the way was organized and led by FREAKING HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS, who were all more articulate than yours truly.
     
    I worked alongside hundreds of my fellow Minnesotans ALL DAY yesterday as we packed food and household supplies for our neighbors in need. We were tired. We were drenched in sweat. It was beautiful. Emotions, events, words and actions are in the highest contrast in this moment.
     
    Sometimes you’ve gotta leave the camera behind and commit your full self to being present. And I must say this: while the news has been reporting both the peaceful protests and the unrest, the time devoted to each is woefully disproportionate to the time Minnesotans have been devoting to each. Yes there has been some destruction and some violence. But there is an immeasurably larger effort of peaceful demand for justice.
     
    Heres the only picture from today, snapped by a construction worker on an adjacent building and texted to one of the church food drive organizers. All of those bags of groceries were gone within half an hour. The need is real, but Minnesotans are rising to the occasion, government or no government.

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