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  1. Magic Screw In my younger days, I would have had a complete different perception of what a "Magic Screw" could be. Sigh! Damn you Canon.
  2. At this rate Canon will happily trade @Andrew Reid Canon R5 for an EOS C500 II at no extra cost.
  3. Does the camera have an internal gyro and include the internal gyro data that can be used for post stabilization of the footage like FX9 and Catalyst Browse?
  4. I'm going to make a friendly recommendation, Andrew. You're beginning to sound bitter and essentially come across as a hater for anyone who may not be familiar with you. I think the energy you're spending on writing this blog post, if spent on some S1H image post- processing tutorial will bring a stronger community to EOSHD and it'll bring you more high quality visitors. I also think you'll get more recognition by marketing heads of these camera companies as an honest but fair reviewer of their product and maybe then you get the recognition you believe you deserve. BTW, I left Canon's bandwagon when the D800 was first released. I got fed up with Canon back then with their horrible DR. My point is, I'm not some canon fanboy. I'm just a person who is here to learn and contribute when I can. I also have a bit of experience in media matters and was strategic advisor. I have a bit of a gage for public reaction. I'm only giving you this feedback with good intentions.
  5. I also think the Sony A7 IV is probably coming in October/November. It'll probably use the new Sony Bionz XR so I'm guessing it'll offer 6K raw with a very reliable AF at about $2200. Without the fan. So slightly smaller with more lens options. Anyways, something to keep in mind.
  6. Thanks! It looks very clean and the noise is rather fine. I downsized it to UHD 4k and it cleans up even better. I bet with a bit of color noise reduction it will be silky smooth. Assuming you want that look. Rather amazing for ISO 12800.
  7. @Lux Shots and @Matt Hollman - Thank you both for your quality post. EOSHD lately has been feeling like a ranting place for Andrew to vent out being disregarded by marketing departments of many camera companies. Love to see some screen grab examples of ISO 12800. Matt, really curious about your color grading process. Thanks!
  8. I disagree with your conclusion in your main post. That's not how rapid world journalist and photojournalism (or video journalism) works. You want to capture something and very quickly with little editing publish it around the world. This is not film making. These guys have to deliver a very specific images or types of images and then push it quickly to their editors who then decide which ones make the cut and gets pushed out. No one is going to sit there color match for hours. By then the story is over.
  9. It has some short comings with effects and focusing but it can record 8K MKBHD talks about here more:
  10. This is interesting. Not sure if S3 is any longer a valid or useful option. I guess if you, owned an S2 you'd be upset if Leica didn't upgrade the system. The interesting tidbits for readers here is the video specs. 4k 4:2:2.
  11. I watch potatoJet stuff all the time. 1 - He works very had. The amount of stuff he is uploading and reviewing is insane. 2 - He is very good at time management. He is very effective at using any extra time he has to shoot his YT material. 5 minutes here 5 minutes there. 3 - He has external professional gigs and seems very professional. 4 - He has charisma for YT and knows how to play the YT game well. His followers are skyrocketing in the last few mounts. He works very hard, he has talent that translates well to YT followers and he just seems like a very nice likable guy. Good for him! I wish I could be as good and as productive as he is.
  12. salim

    Skydio 2

    I was in the first batch and have not received my drone yet. But after watching some of the early reviewers I messaged them yesterday and asked to cancel my order. 1 - the AI follow mode looks interesting, but was not impressive. I think the technology needs another 2-3 years to mature. 2 - Mavic 2 pro (was discounted to near the same price) is probably a better choice for me who wants a better camera for photography 3 - video the HDR mode of skydio looks promising for daylight, but for lowlight the mavic 2 seem to be doing better. 4 - the drone tracking you is not very cinematic. To get the cinematic angle and movement you want, you have to manually fly the drone yourself. 5 - manual flight with the supplied joystick didn't seem that good 6 - DJI might be releasing Mavic 3 in a month and might have a good-enough AI built-in with much better image quality which is better for my needs. If I was mountingbiking in open fields or other activities, the skydio AI might have been better a choice. For photography and video work with occasional activities that I want a drone to follow me, DJI and its next iteration will probably meet my needs better.
  13. salim

    Skydio 2

    I'm on the list for the first batch. However, I'm not sure if I should get it or not. It's a cool gadget, but I rather get something with a better camera. However, their HDR videos has a decent DR for a small sensor.
  14. another option that you may have not thought about. They have different capsules including hypercardioid. I assembled one of their other microphones for recording vocals and instrument and the quality is quiet something https://microphone-parts.com/products/sdc-microphone-kit?variant=9351388790844
  15. Is this a hint that Nikon is finally releasing their raw video firmware ? https://nikonrumors.com/2019/08/16/new-nikon-india-video-teaser-nikon-has-something-exciting-for-videographers-and-filmmakers-a-revolution-is-coming.aspx/#more-137437
  16. Of course! The 6400 is not the camera for someone like you. But it doesn't make it a "turkey". It's like a car person saying VW Golf is a turkey because it's not a Porsche. VW sells a lot of Golfs even if they're just front-wheel drive that understeer and are not as much fun for people who love rear-wheel drive cars. That said, I don't love Sony cameras and that's probably what you're referring to. They're good gadget but never feel like a tool you want to use. I have the 6000 and the A7Riii. I'm glad the 6400 kept the old battery and stay true to its size. I think sony understands this market segment well. They are delivering everything a newcomer would want and more. Most importantly you want the camera to work. What that means is, that it takes good videos or photos. Most people people would not care about bit depth, etc. What they want is photos or videos that are in focus. Secondly they want it to work where a phone would not work, like in dark situations etc. This is what this camera is optimize to do. A small little wonder that you can use to take selfies, low light photos and videos and the AF is so good that you're 95% guaranteed to take a photo or video that looks decent. Sony will acquire more new users and some of them might ultimately invest more into the ecosystem of Sony. It's a market win for them.
  17. Exactly right! @Andrew Reid assessment is wrong here. He is not looking at this camera in the big picture of Sony's product line and product strategy roadmap. Sony if offering a great camera, small with amazing AF capabilities (Sony A9 level). APS-C 4k video. It flips for doing selfies (which is I think their biggest market focus and not as much the vloggers market). It's clear that Sony is going to ratchet up product announcement from least exciting to the most exciting as the year progresses. They have said the new updated firmware for A7III/A7RIII is coming in April which might indicate the release timing of the A7Siii. The 6400 is going to be an amazing entry-level camera for any new users that wants to step up from mobile phone or P&S or debating an interchangeable lens camera vs P&S. Not long ago, a camera with this kind of AF speed and FPS would have cost $4-8K. It's now an entry-level camera. This will make the 6400 the gateway drug into Sony's ecosystem. Both Canon and Nikon are now forced to react and up their games to acquire new users. So yes, the 6400 is not a "turkey" but a good product-market strategy and Sony has given this a lot more thought than you give them credit. Both Canon's and Nikon's APS-C future mirrorless offering at the sub $1000 market will be compared against the 6400.
  18. I have also traveled with this. It's a great light. In addition I also traveled with the LS -mini. The tight spotting works really well to give you more light for size than anything else. I also take the Luxlis as well.
  19. ever since the Godfather starting shot every filmmaker wants to have this subtle zoom movement. But I've been wondering if you're shooting 4k (possibly with Atomos RAW they're talking about maybe higher than 4k) wouldn't make the production work easier if you just have a fixed tripod shot and then do this movement it in software? Maybe you go from 4K resolution to 3.8 or 3.5K and upscale to 4k. Would many people notice the change in image resolution? The tradeoff is maybe quicker and simpler setup and much cheaper production.
  20. I own the LowPro 450. But only used it on one trip and have not used it again. Pros: it's well built. It has everything you require I like how you can detach the shoulder harness and make it take smaller footprint for international travel (that's the reason I got it). Cons: It opens from outside not inside. When you hang it from center column of your tripod (which is what I often do). It's off balance and tills in the angle that makes everything inside of the bag easily fall out. It's bulky (but for your needs bulky might be the only option) It has not internal framing to help support the weight for long treks. Otherwise it's a great setup and lowepro sticks with their product. One of my lens bags the zipper broke and they just replaced it. Other options: https://fstopgear.com/products/packs/ajna https://www.shimodadesigns.com/en/explore-40/ https://atlaspacks.com/collections/atlas-packs/products/atlas-athlete-camera-pack If you're in the Bay Area you're welcome to play around with my 450 or buy mine used, if you like.
  21. We don't know if Nikon is applying any vignette correction which might be adding more gain to the image in the internal pipeline.
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