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    Focus peaking is a great tool. I use it a lot for live events, etc., where you have to focus on fast moving things. But it is a bit hit and miss to be honest (my experience is with the GH4. It doesn't always detect focus, depending on conditions (sorry I can't be more specific, I haven't quite worked out what factors make it more likely to work), and even on a high setting it isn't accurate enough to set focus for a very shallow dof. I'm not trying to put you off using it, just mentioning some of the limitations. Best used in conjunction with other tools in my experience. Btw - monochrome preview is an excellent partner tool with peaking.
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    How to know when your audio is really clipping?

    Just bumping this a little in case anybody does want to have a listen to my errant file. My photography is way further advanced than my sound recording - something that I must address. So if anybody has any insights into what particularly might have gone wrong here, I'd be eager to hear them. Particularly paging @IronFilm
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    How to know when your audio is really clipping?

    Here's the clip. Was recorded on Rodelink radio mic straight into the GH4 (I have a pre-amp which I foolishly didn't use on this occasion). I believe that gain was set to -20db on the transmitter, and -12db on the camera mic level. The limiter in the camera was set to 'on'. audiosample.wav
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    How to know when your audio is really clipping?

    I've messed up an audio recording on a job I did recently. I'd like to get some opinion on whether it is recoverable or not. Would this thread be an okay place to post it up? Actually - scrap that - I've just heard we're doing a re-shoot. Not nice to have that fall on my head, but to be fair, the client is being really good about it all. It's a long-term client who I always deliver good work to, so I think they just appreciate it as a rare mistake. It helped that I just put my hand up straight away and said I'd messed up actually 😖.
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    Anyone Recommend a Variable ND Filter

    Those are great ideas. That thorlabs device is incredible, and just goes to show that lots of people end up trying to engineer solutions to similar problems. I'd feel way too self-conscious with that hanging off the end of my rig though. Plus 60mm max filter size is too restrictive for me.
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    Anyone Recommend a Variable ND Filter

    So this is probably crazy / impossible, but anyway - can anyone think of a way of implementing a system for quick swapping fixed nd's (with the magnetic mounts). I'm thinking of some kind of pouch that sits on the camera cage itself, and allows for a one-handed swap in a matter of seconds?!?!?
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    Any ideas for a general-purpose zoom for MFT?

    And just to state the obvious, in case anyone had overlooked it, you could also use a 'smart' adaptor (with electronic aperture control but no optics) for the same reach advantages, but at a heftier price.
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    Any ideas for a general-purpose zoom for MFT?

    I feel like a bit of a 'dumb adapter' myself, for only just realising the potential of the 18-35 on a non-speedbooster adapter 😅.
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    Any ideas for a general-purpose zoom for MFT?

    Useful info, cheers. Yes, after giving it a bit of thought, I'm now leaning back towards the GX80. Unfortunately the GH4 will have to go to part finance the GH5S (it's all a bit complicated!). Useful advice in the rest of your post, thanks.
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    Any ideas for a general-purpose zoom for MFT?

    I'm all manual focus, no auto, would that work with the 14-35? What does BiF stand for?
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    Any ideas for a general-purpose zoom for MFT?

    Thanks. Well, yes, as well as the upgrade (GH4 ---> GH5S), I'm also looking for a backup/ b-roll/ carry-about camera. I had my mind set on a GX80 (GX85 European naming). Can't believe I hadn't considered the LX100. Am now reconsidering.
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    Any ideas for a general-purpose zoom for MFT?

    Nice. But I think the 24 - 70 L looks superior for what ends up being a similar range. Totally agree about getting a non SB adaptor. Can't believe I only just considered it. Looks like a nifty compact. What thread were you discussing it on? Thanks. Yeah, that pretty much confirms my list really. GH4 / 5 also have Ex Tele Conversion mode, which extends view by cropping in to the sensor. Can get a bit noisy though. I think there's only a limited version of that on the GH5S 😥. Thanks, yeah, I had listed the 12-40. Strong contender.
  13. For events and fast-unfolding coverage I currently use the trusty Sigma 18-35 f/1.8, and a Samyang (Rokinon) 85mm f/1.4 on a GH4 with Speedbooster (S version, similar to Ultra). That combo has served me well, and I'm happy with just about every aspect of using them, except - lens changes is now driving me crazy. It's an inconvenience at best, and at worst means either making creative compromises or missing vital shots. I'm looking for a general (widish to portrait or even tele) zoom to take their place. I'm upgrading to the GH5S at some point soon, too. I have the following requirements: Manual focus (no focus-by-wire) Constant aperture Minimum f/2.8 (f/2 or more even better) Weight, size, not really an issue (within reason!) Zoom range replicating as much of my current available field of view as possible Apologies in advance if the following contains mathematical or conceptual errors! For reference, my current set-up covers: 18mm - 35mm on the Sigma w/SB, so that's ≡ 29mm - 56mm (FF), and 85mm on the Samyang w/SB ≡ 136mm So, here's some lenses that' I've considered so far: Olympus ZUIKO 14-35mm f/2.0 w/ 4/3 adaptor ≡ 28 - 70 This is an out-of-production FOUR THIRDS lens that I got interested in. It's the only viable f/2 zoom I could find. Bit of a scary purchase though, as it is both expensive, and out of production (there are a few around though - B&H lists it as new!) Sigma 18-35 f1.8 w/ Active adaptor ≡ 35 - 70 Then I had the inspired idea of taking my Sigma off of the Speedbooster and sticking it on a regular active EF-MFT adaptor. That would give me extra reach at the cost of some light sensitivity (not such an issue moving to the GH5S), and save me a ton of cash compared to buying a new lens. Samsung16-50mm f/2 -f/2.8 S w/ (sadly non-existent) adaptor ≡ 32 - 100 This breaks my 'constant aperture' rule, but I'd be willing to make an exception as it essentially adds in a bonus f/2 where ordinarily there would only be f/2.8 through the range. Despite being theoretically possible, I don't think there are any Samsung --> MFT adaptors out there 😪. Olympus M.ZUIKO PRO 12–40mm f/2.8 (native) ≡ 24 - 80 On to the more obvious choices. Nothing wrong with this lens, of course. Only thing holding me back is the f/2.8. I'm not one of those people that plasters everything with shallow DoF shots, but I like to have (and have become used to having) the option when it enhances the production. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II w/ SB ≡ 38 - 112 I think this is currently my favourite option, because I like the zoom range, though obviously the f/2.8 limitation is irksome. So, any thoughts? Any lenses I've missed out? Am I going about this all wrong? Does one of the above stand out as a winner?
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    In need of some recommendations.

    4K? 10-bit? Low-light? Budget limit? Surely that's a no brainer. The GH5S is the only fit (until the BMP4K arrives). Don't know what you've heard, but it's a fantastically capable camera.
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    Stella Pro LED Lights

    Do you have any detailed info or a link about the differences between the 5000 'Classic' and the 5000 RF? I'm thinking about getting the classic, but want to know more about the CRI change you mention.