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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. DJI Osmo pro with a 1" sensor.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
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    Nikon Z6 Low Light

    We don't know if Nikon is applying any vignette correction which might be adding more gain to the image in the internal pipeline.
  10. I've seen many good comments about the LS3000 in the past. With built-in ND, etc. At $2K it doesn't seem that bad, but in the world of Fuji XT-3 and surely soon XH-2 I wonder if it makes sense anymore. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1096581-REG/jvc_gy_ls300_4kcam_handheld_s35mm.html
  11. salim

    DJI Phantom 5

    Yep, it's sure looking like that.
  12. salim

    DJI Phantom 5

    There are some rumors of the Osmo being released. The camera of the Inspire is rather nice, and it's possible that DJI is thinking about diversifying their business a bit more and ensure they have a market outside of the drone business should regulations destroy their business future.
  13. salim

    DJI Phantom 5

    Looks like DJI has a Nov 28 media event with all signs pointing to a Phantom 5, https://dronedj.com/2018/11/12/dji-event-because-life-is-big-phantom-5/ I wonder if ProRes RAW will be included or not.
  14. Andrew. How are you white balancing your shot, btw?
  15. For me the Z7 seems to have the best auto WB. I wish Max would use some gray cards set the the best custom WB for these cameras. As is, I think Z7 has the best color.
  16. @Andrew Reid A few things to read between the lines. "and of course more battery power" I'm betting Sony needs a new body design to deal with internal heat. They will throw in a new battery possibly to justify a larger a body and make it look like it was all to appease the customers. The new body is there to provide a much longer batter life or something like that. Seeing how Sony was able to create model after model, I'm guessing they're not that far behind as you suggest and they already have something they're testing and by NAB they will have a camera to show. The only unresolved issue might be if Sony decides to go for a new mount. I'm guessing there are probably internal discussion to jump to a new mount that is compatible with E using adapters but enables them to provide a class leading IBIS. If I was to speculate, I would guess there are engineers and marketing/business people sitting around and debating this topic. Maybe they would call it E+ mount.
  17. still cost money to buy food for the crew, rent a bigger place to house them during the shoot and there is additional location cost, etc. So it's not zero budget. But yes, I'm not paying money to anyone and they understand.
  18. it's a work of passion, just something I wanted to do. but if some one likes the short and they want to invest money to turn the short in to a 90 min project, then I'm fine with that. I just wanted to create something that I had in my mind and turn it to reality and not look back one day and tell myself I wish I had done that. So this is mostly something to do, so I can avoid having regrets in the future. I got lucky and met a talented actress who brought another actress that they worked together. So the cast is going to be solid. So far, they like the script I wrote. So as long as I don't mess it up, it might be half decent or sow mething that I wont be embarrassed to show to friends. Of course, I would love to enter a few festivals just to show what I've done and if it goes anywhere form there, the more the better. BTW, @Andrew Reid - I'm planning to shoot the entire thing with your profile (Sony A7Riii). So if you have any advice for color balancing, etc. would appreciate it outside of your PDF.
  19. Thanks! Is it like a model release or is there something more robust? If you have any links or template to something you've used it would be highly appreciated. Cheers!
  20. Crossing my finger, going to shoot my first short narrative in 2 weeks. It's about a 20-25 minutes long. The project has two main actresses and 2-3 additional voice parts (but they're off the camera). I'll have an assistant who will do the sound and slate. So this is very low budget. The actresses are both professional but will perform for no fee. My question is, what types of legal paperwork should I have the crew sign. Is it just a basic model release work? I must also add I'll be shooting this in Russia. So not sure, if I should get something that is legally binding in Russia or in US, where I hope to enter a few different festivals maybe. I wrote the script myself, but I had a friend translate it into Russian, do I need to get some kind of a release from the translator? Thanks in advance for your thoughtful and first-hand experiences.
  21. @Andrew Reid are you following this rumor that the sensor might actually be from Samsung? https://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/korean-forums-going-nuts-on-rumors-samsung-partnership-with-fuji-and-ricoh-pentax/
  22. @Andrew Reid I've said this in the past. If I was the head of the marketing or PR for a camera company the risk/reward of inviting you and giving you access would not be justifiable. With this post you just made it even a more clear example. There is no upside for them to invite someone like you. I think some camera companies do really want honest feedback so they can improve something, but they also want it in a way that does not embarrass them. You come across as a bit of a "loose cannon". Many of these guys, PR and marketing is their job. It's what pays their rent, pays their kids college tuition, medical bills, vacations, etc. Why should they risk all that so that you and your blog just get more credibility? Yes, @John Brawley was a bit curt to you. But I'm not sure how that should impact your purchasing decision. As a professional DP, at the end of the day, you'll pick the best tool for the job that you your budget allows. I do agree with you, the new Fuji X-T3 is a game changer and at such similar price range, it has advantages, given improved AF (that might actually be useful now), larger sensor and color science. We know X-H2 will probably arrive in another 9-12 months or so, taking X-T3 and adding IBIS on it, making it more useful for some people. But at the end of the day, pros will look at the entire system and if they're shooting something for netflix, etc. BM might be the obvious system to use given their budget and the hobbyist like myself will choose Nikon, Sony or the new Fuji. I think BM could have done a better job perhaps to be more inclusive, but as someone who supports your product and likes your community and wants to help you, my suggestion is that you could have handled it a lot better. It's probably too late now, you probably burned a lot of bridges and scared off more future marketing people. IMHO, at this point, maybe your next option is to brand yourself as the ultimate critical reviewer. Basically the place people come to be warned and see everything they should know about before buying a product. The kind of critical review they do not get on youtube affiliate-marketing driven review business or elsewhere. So market the reason you are not invited is because your reviews are too honest, "too honest to be invited". Hope this is constructive.
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