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Mark Romero 2

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  1. Thanks again. Unfortunately, it is too late for me to edit my post... I guess their is a time limit to how long you can edit it, so I can't correct the spelling.
  2. Thanks so much! I appreciate the input and the correct spelling. Say I have a budget of US $300. Would you still suggest the Godox SL-60W? Or a different light?
  3. Looking for a key light that is (not surprisingly) good and affordable and would (preferably) have a bowens mount so that I can use the same bowens mount accessories that I use with my strobe lights. Mostly an octabox or a rectangular 36" softbox. I know that Aperture is supposed to make some good ones, but they seem to start around $600 or so. Definitely would prefer something a little more budget friendly. Say, under $300 Mostly to be used in interview settings (real estate agent interviews, corporate interviews, author interviews). I already have a couple of (don't laugh / choke) Yongnuo light panels that are supposed to have a CRI of 95. Unfortunately, since they are panels, it is a bit harder to modify them. And they aren't all that powerful. I could use them for fill or hair light possibly though. Thanks in advance.
  4. Thanks for the link!!! Yeah, a very interesting read for us "color nerds." I really liked the insights in the varicam review on how Arri color science handles highlight saturation compared to Panasonic and Sony. (The rolloff of my a6500 has been bugging me lately and I think that article has pointed me in the right direction in terms of grading my Sony footage.)
  5. I don't know the exact shot details, but flying a drone at twilight, without running lights, in a crowded urban environment, wit all sorts of electrical interference, and the possibility of losing signal if the drone gets out of line of sight, by someone who has never flown a drone (and I assume you don't study FAA sectional charts for fun) is literally BEGGING for disaster. I think if you bought insurance through verifly to try and mitigate damages, they would probably roll on you once they realized what you were doing, too. The FAA doesn't seem to catch a LOT of people flying drones illegally, but they do throw some hefty fines at the people they do catch. Fortunately for those who are fined, the FAA has been known to settle out of court for about 10%, so if one were to be caught, they would be looking at fines of about $1,000 to about $5,000.* https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xyga8a/faa-drone-fines *That article mentions the SkyPan case, where the FAA originally proposed a fine of $1.8 Million. The FAA and SkyPan apparently settled on a fine of $200,000 https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=21374
  6. Just remember that flying over moving vehicles or over uncovered people as seen in the videos you linked to is illegal (if you don't have a waiver from the FAA).
  7. OK, maybe I am stupid or something, but... Why does canon need a full frame mirrorless anyway??? I shoot Sony (a6500) and really the fact that it is mirrorless is pretty unimportant to me. If Canon came out with a new 80D MK II that had good 4K resolution like the a6500 or the GH5 and good low light performance and that sweet dual-pixel AF and a nice h.264 codec, I would probably sell my Sony gear and buy it. IDK.
  8. Anyone used two obviously NOT matched cameras / grades in an interview style (or something kind of similar?) I have a few small jobs that I am doing gratis for some friends of mine with some talking head stuff (both indoors and out) and I was thinking of using my Sony a6500 on my crane gimbal and my D750 on a motorized slider. (I will also have some B Roll from one of the local beaches, since one person is an ocean kayaker and the other person is a landscape photographer). I don't have much faith in myself at being able to grade the 4K footage of the a6300 (going to put it on a 1080p timeline) to match with the 1080p footage of the D750, even though I have EOS Pro Color profile for my a6500. Anyway, if you have some samples of not matched footage that works, would love to see it. Or if you have done interviews with one cam on a gimbal and one on a slider, would love to see that for inspiration, too. Thanks in advance.
  9. Are we allowed to post videos we made in the forum for (hopefully) constructive criticism?
  10. Well... too make things even MORE complicated, the inspire 2 is capable of mounting many different cameras. So it might have a good camera or a really good camera!!! Also, kind of depends on which version of the Phantom 4 your other friend has. The phantom 4 pro (often called a P4P) and the Phantom 4 Advanced (called a P4A) have one-inch sensors and variable apertures. I think the Phantom 4 Standard has a smaller sensor with a fixed aperture. Personally, i like the footage I have seen from the Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Advanced. I am not familiar enough with the different camera options on the inspire to say if they are better (I suspect they are because I know that the inspire can have a m43 sensor camera outfitted to it.) The Mavic and Spark have lesser cameras than the Phantom 4 Pro or Advanced, and lesser than the inspire. The googles are NOT supposed to be used by the drone pilot. But they might be helpful for YOU if you will be able to instruct the pilot (move to the left, ok lower, go forward, etc.,) The pilot is required to maintain line of sight (meaning, looking at the drone at all times). I would agree with Salim above that an inspire with an m43 camera would be great. But again, a P4P or a P4A might do the job... But I hope others will chime in.
  11. Definitely a jib for indoors shots. I have a drone pilots license (technically, a 107 Airman's Certificate for sUAS). In general, for a rooftop shot, you can fly up to 400 feet ABOVE the structure you are inspecting / working from. But there are all sorts of rules and regulations; 1) Controlled airspace. Are you flying in airspace that is controlled by air traffic control? (Usually airspace near civilian airports is controlled and you need permission from the FAA to fly in that airspace.) 2) Is it restricted airspace? Flying near military bases, certain government buildings, or even national parks has flying restrictions, as does flying near jails. 3) Flying over people: Unless they are part of the DRONE CREW (like a visual spotter or the remote pilot in command), then you are not supposed to fly over them without getting a waiver from the FAA. This means you can't fly over people even if they are your actors. (You can fly over a person in a car, but only if that car is NOT moving and it has a roof that is closed. You cannot fly over a moving vehicle. You will need a waiver to fly over actors out in the open or in moving vehicles. Good luck with that.) 4) The person in charge of the operation will need either an FAA 107 license are an FAA 333 exemption. This is a COMMERCIAL operation. A commercial operating is ANYTHING other than pure hobby / recreational enjoyment. Think of it this way: If you flew over your home to see whether you needed to clean the roof gutters of your house, that we be a commercial operation (even if you plan on cleaning them yourself). If, on the other hand, you cleaned the roof gutters first, and then afterwards flew your drone above your house to admire the awesome job you did cleaning the gutters (because it makes you feel good), then that is a NON-commercial use, and you would not need a drone pilots license. These are just the FEDERAL regulations. The feds control the airspace. Your local town, county or state can control WHERE YOU CAN STAND when you fly your drone. Some cities allow you to fly while standing on private property WHEN YOU HAVE WRITTEN PERMISSION from the owner. So in short, if you want to fly LEGALLY, then you should hire a pilot with a 107 certificate or a 333 exemption and make him responsible for doing all the research on federal and local restrictions. BTW: Flying at night is illegal. You can fly up to 1/2 hour after sunset and up to 1/2 hour before dawn if the drone is equipped with appropriate running lights.
  12. It would probably help us if you explained what type of stills and what type of video you do. Also if you could clarify a few things you said: What does that mean exactly? What sort of work did you find yourself having to do with the GH5 that you didn't have to do with the gx85? How would the a7r2 be a compromise on stills? It is one of the best stills cameras around, as far as I know. How much of your income is derived from stills? How much from video? It sounds to me like maybe the new Sony a7r III MIGHT give you a good compromise of stills quality, video quality, less weight. But it is hard to say without knowing what you shoot day to day. I want to believe that whatever Nikon comes out with will be great, but I am not willing to bet the farm on it. Will they be able to source sensors with great on-sensor AF performance? And if so, what lenses do they have that will work WELL with it? As far as I know, most Nikon lenses are REALLY BAD with on-sensor CDAF, and I would wager that they wouldn't work well (or at all) with any future sensor-based AF technology. My guess was that the new P lenses are designed with an eye on working with any future LiveView AF, but P lenses are few and far between, as far as I can tell. Have you considered how much money you might be leaving on the table by NOT going with two separate cameras / two separate systems and waiting for something that may or may not come?
  13. Personally, for stills, I couldn't live without something at least 16mp and I would say that I often NEED the full 24mp that my sony sensor delivers. Not so much that I am using the full 24mp image when printing. But I am often cropping severely, either to zoom in or because I photographing an architectural subject and need to emulate a tilt shift lens, and hence I am getting way too much foreground that needs to be cropped later. Also, I don't think personally for stills I would want to do without ibis. I often put the camera on a tripod, set the self timer for five seconds and then hold both the tripod and camera over my head if I need to shoot above a crowd (or a car or van parked in front of a subject I am photographing). But different horses for different... people. I am sure that some folks will get by fine with a 10MP camera with no IBIS. For me, that would make my limited photography skills even more challenged Agree though that the dynamic range might make a lot of people interested (or ininterested) in this camera.
  14. I am guessing "P4P" stands for Phantom 4 Professional drone by DJI. Shoots 4K on a one inch sensor and 20mp stills (if memory serves... might only be 16mp), and is one of the few consumer drones that has a variable aperture.
  15. Are you tired of doing productive work when at the computer? If so, then maybe you would like to waste 6:15 of your life to check out my 11-year-old son's first video . I basically had to just point the camera in more-or-less the right direction while he just acted as silly as he normally does (no script, no planning, just pure fear of failure). He then asked me to give him the files and he edited them in Resolve 14 by himself... on an i7 gen 2 pc with a gtx 750ti and a spinning hard drive and like 8 gigs of RAM. Amazingly, his computer only crashed four times (meaning, he only lost ALL his work and had to restart from scratch four times because apparently some people can't be bothered to save their work regularly.) You can tell I didn't help him with the editing because if I had helped there would have been a lot more misspelled words and I would have edited my voice in Fairlight so that I sounded like Dwayne The Rock Johnson, instead of Liberace having a bad hair day... You have been warned!
  16. Well... can't say for sure anything about that. But I can tell you that the LCD panel on the back of my D750 makes it much easier to tell if things are in focus compared to the LCD panel on the back of my Sony a6300 / a6500, despite the physical sizes being quite similar.
  17. Well... for me personally, it was the low light ability, dynamic range, the 4K image resolution, and the quality / usability as a stills camera (since the VAST majority of my work is stills). I mentioned that Max had suggested the G85 is a better camera for most people, and certainly I would agree with it. But he also posted a head to head video a year ago (which is when I bought my a6300) And in that head to head video, the a6300 really appealed to me. Also, Brandon Li uses Sony and his work is beautiful.
  18. As an a6500 / a6300 / a600 user, a few things to think about: If you get an a6500 / a6300, then I would suggest that you strongly think about getting an a6000 as well as a B camera / 1080p camera. The 1080p out of the a6000 is better than that of the 1080p our of the a6300 / a6500 (I am working on a comparison video on this). Unfortunately the a6000 only does 1080p at 60fps, so in case you need 120fps, you would have to use the 1080p of the a6300 / a6500 (or a different camera). The 4K of the a6300 / a6500 is really gorgeous. the problems are the screen dims so you have to be good at shooting blind, it tends to overheat (a6500 is better at refraining from overheating), and the rolling shutter. I prefer the colors of EOSHD Pro Color profile (I just have the original version... was there a version 2? I know I don't have version 3). But I actually might like Dom Blond's profiles as well (uses Cine 1 and Cine 4 Gammas). I encourage you to look them up on youtube. The AF of the a6300 / a6500 is much better than that of the a6000, espescially with adapted lenses. The Sigma 19, 30, and 60 f/2.8 primes are sharp but they don't take advantage of the full autofocus functions of the a6300 / a6500. I think there is a subtle improvement in stabilization when using my a6500 with IBIS on the crane compared to using the a6300 (or a6000) with no IBIS (only lens-based OSS) on the crane when walking. If I am using my crane and PANNING, I prefer to turn stabilization off... at least, that is how I feel about it today. Tomorrow I might find that having stabilization on when panning using the crane is better. We shall see. And if you think that you are going to be using some cheap manual focus primes than the a6500 is the way to go because of the IBIS. The other route might be an MC-11 adapter and a couple of Canon EF lenses or Sigma for canon lenses (people love the 18-35 f/1.8 on an a6500). The a6300 and a6500 are really excellent stills cameras, by the way. The a6000 is no slouch at stills, either, to be honest. I prefer the a6500 the most but, of course, it is the most expensive. The IBIS is not bad (for stills). I was able to shoot some clean stills with my 85mm lens on my a6500 around 1/20th of a second (holding my breath, very GENTLY pressing the shutter button, while leaning against a wall for stability). Since 85mm on crop sensor is around 130 on full frame, that is around three stops of IBIS functionality for stills in the real world (if you are very careful). I have a D750 and since I NEVER used the viewfinder (neither on my Nikon bodies nor on my Sony bodies), the LiveView AF of the D750 can't keep up with that of the a6500 / a6300 (or even a6000). Having said all that, the a6500 is not for everyone. Be sure to re-read the negatives I listed above. As Max Yurev said in one of his videos, for MOST people the Panasonic G85 is going to be a better camera than the a6500. Hope this helps.
  19. Thanks for the recommendation for mpc-hc
  20. I can't give any specifics about particular lights, but as someone who has shot a lot of STILLS headshots / portraits with one light, I can tell you that reflectors are your friend. You might want a scrim as well to block out unwanted light as well because with one light you MIGHT be competing with unwanted ambient lights. Hope this helps.
  21. That's probably a good lesson for someone like me.
  22. I like cheap!!! So the Bower is pretty ok for the dollars??? I see one on Adorama that says they should be able to reduce the light by 8 stops max, but is there a certain level that you wouldn't go past due to IQ of the filter? I think I can get away with five or six stops. Are Bower's pretty neutral in color cast up to six stops? (Bower ND filters seem to be better rated on Adorama than they are on Amazon.)
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