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  1. Zacuto will ship to the UK by the way. eta: I've had a few small parts sent over before. Didn't work out too bad (or maybe I just didn't notice cos it's all so exorbitant in the first place!).
  2. Too late for that, but you can word things differently, place the emphasis on different features, etc.
  3. I also use the GX85 as a b-cam / backup to my GH5S. Works really well. Gives me access to IBIS too! The image is very good. It's feature-packed. Obviously where it lacks is in overall ergonomics and usability as it's a little compact thing, and thus a bit fiddly. But I can squeeze it into awkward places, carry it on hikes and trips, and throw it into my camera bag as a virtually weight-free backup body. Awesome.
  4. I wish there was an external tally lamp that would work with the GH5S.
  5. How about something like Cineform rather than ProRes? Would that be cheaper to implement? I use it as an intermediate codec and it's great (supposedly better image quality than ProRes).
  6. For me the GH4. It was such a joy to use. Solid and dependable. Battery life that meant I rarely had to crack out the spare, and frankly, could have saved money on not buying any further batteries if I had more faith! It was the features and function buttons that got me - the first camera that I could really set up the way I wanted and work with like an extension of myself. Unpopular nomination - but I've also really enjoyed using Adobe Creative Cloud. Yes, the subscription model is a pain, especially when work is scarce, but as someone who shoots, edits, and does a bit of animation, having all of those tools to hand in an instant has been fantastic. Knowing that you have apps sitting there, paid for, has spurred me on to dig deeper into motion graphics and audio. Also, thankfully, I haven't had the technical frustrations that others have experienced. Using Premiere on Windows has been a mostly pleasant ride for me (though there have been some annoyances, both minor and major, along the way).
  7. Using the game model has hampered vr in my opinion. It would have been better had it launched as a blank slate with immersive storytelling as it's mission. Instead it got lured into the commercial space of gaming and overall titles became too gamified. Don't get me wrong - there are some fascinating experiences available, but i think the whole thing could have done with more mould - breaking, rather than trying to occupy the same shelf as games.
  8. I'm just gonna flag up the Plantar Fasciitis thing again: Both myself, and three friends (not filmmakers) have had it. Very common. More or less eradicated mine with calf raises.
  9. Look into plantar fasciitis. It's a very common condition and could be a culprit (though like everyone else has said - you really should see a health care specialist). Calf Raises on the edge of a step with held weights is an excellent treatment for this. I have all but eradicated it using this method.
  10. Mmmbeats

    Hybrid Mono Tripod

    Always seems like a compromise of both designs to me. Given that a monopod minus head weighs so little, I find it better just to pack both and share a head between them. That has it's own compromises - no quick release swap for example, but seems to work best for me.
  11. Thanks! Great point about the future-proofing.
  12. Yes, exactly. Plus I'd need a new vari-ND as it has an 82mm filter size.
  13. I own the Metabones Speedbooster S, which is the precursor to the Ultra (and identical besides improved optics in the Ultra), and the Metabones T smart adaptor. I rented the Metabones Speedbooster XL. The S has been really planted on the front of my camera for years (first GH4, now GH5S). I do occasionally use native lenses, but not often. The T I got, really as a result of this thread, though I don't like using it with my 18-35 as much as I thought I would. For some reason (to do with geometry, DoF, whatever) the lens just doesn't draw so well with it, and loses some of it's magic. Fortunately it has been great using it with my Samyang 85mm. Turns it into a real telephoto beast - compact and lightweight with equivalent 170mm reach!
  14. So, it's only taken me a year, but I finally did do some tests. These were done in a slight hurry as I had hired the lens for a job later that day. I actually missed focus a couple of times (which is not so smart seeing as focus is central to the purpose of the tests ?). Just a reminder, I'm testing if a f/2.8 zoom on a 0.64x adaptor can give me suitable shallow DoF options for event work and similar. I'll be comparing it to my current setup, an f/1.8 zoom on a 0.71x adaptor. These are cropped and resized for sharing: That's (from left to right) - Sigma 18-35 on Metabones S adaptor (x 0.71) at 8 feet - f/1.2 (I'm going by the reported aperture from the adaptor, which is different from the actual lens aperture); then Sigma 18-35 (same settings) - f/1.8; then Sigma 24-70 A on Metabones XL adaptor (x 0.64) still at 8 feet, but with the focal length adjusted to match up the composition - reported aperture f/1.8 (the lens was wide open at f/2.8). I was trying to see if I could replicate the kind of shot my clients typically like - two people chatting at an event, shot from a fairly unobtrusive distance, fairly wide, and with some background separation via DoF. Next I tested the various adaptors wide open: All shot on the Sigma 24 - 70 A from 8 feet with focal length adjusted to match up composition (left to right) - XL adaptor (x 0.64) - f/1.8, then S adaptor (x 0.71) - f/2, then T smart adaptor (no crop) - f/2.8. So my conclusions - the 24-70 matched very well with the shallow DoF provision of the 18-35. Obviously the 18-35 could open up even more (to reported f/1.2 I believe), but around f/1.8 is as far as I tend to go anyway. The question is whether it is worth a further outlay of £600 or so (in addition to the cost of the lens!) for the additional adaptor. That would be 3 Metabones adaptors to MFT I would own. There's definitely a bit to be gained between the XL and the S (which is similar to the Ultra), and I'm definitely tempted. As the rest of the thread outlines, there aren't too many alternatives.
  15. You just put me back on track towards the GH5. A couple of those are deal - breakers.
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