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  1. kye

    Filters?

    Or accurate diffusion of any source that is clipped, or diffusion of any source that is out of frame... but he'd know that if he read the thread I linked to. I guess when I said "more info than you ever wanted" I was being prescient - he really didn't want the info in the thread!
  2. kye

    Filters?

    Yes, it seems they're all just combinations of small diffusion for skin softening, large diffusion for contrast reduction, and medium diffusion for when someone in a 90s TV show dies and goes to heaven. Just kidding! The medium size is for 80s wedding photography. From their proximity on the Tiffen triangle chart, Digital Diffusion FX and HDTV FX should be similar, but I vaguely remember a comparison that showed a pretty significant contrast reduction from the HDTV that the DD didn't have. It's a pity it's not compared in the Scatter plugin website. I'll have to look arou
  3. kye

    Filters?

    I've watched a bunch of tests, and decided that what I want is something that spreads the light the furthest. To put it another way, I want the edges of the frame to be lifted, and the area near the light-source to not be lifted much more than the edges. This is a useful video for seeing the BPM filters in a range of situations: For me, the BPM 1/8 filter was too much near the highlights, and too little on the edges of frame. So, we can look at that Scatter plugin, and have a look at what it thinks the filters are doing.. for example: That kind of view can
  4. Looks like there are other players throwing their offerings into the (lucrative?) body cap lens market... It didn't sound cheap though.
  5. kye

    Filters?

    Thanks, this is all very useful. I was thinking that I would want something that is a combination of contrast and resolution reduction without halation, but I'm not so sure now. Perhaps my main challenge is that it would be for shooting in available lighting, and so that means that the sun and other bright sources may well either be in frame, or out of frame but still hitting the filter. Something like a contrast filter, with its very wide spread of light, would have a radical effect if the sun was hitting the filter, even if it was out of frame by a large amount. I suspect these fi
  6. kye

    Filters?

    Funny, I looked for the part where they increase the DR of your camera in post, and I couldn't find it. I consulted the laws of physics, who seemed dubious but referred me to their friend AI. AI said they're working on it, but it would be easier just to buy a contrast reduction filter and use it while shooting.
  7. kye

    Filters?

    Funny you should mention that, but I watched the 38 minute Tiffen demo video last night (it was riveting - I won't spoil the ending if you haven't watched it..) and I was thinking that I might be more interested in the areas further away from the halation corner and towards lowering contrast and resolution. On first review the Digital Diffusion, HDTV FX, Black Satin and Smoque were of the most interest, with the filters in the halation corner seeming to push the image too far very quickly, whereas the others seemed to add a certain something but then not fall off a cliff when the fi
  8. kye

    Filters?

    Go read the thread again. You missed some things.
  9. kye

    Filters?

    Not quite, for many reasons which we've gone through already. This thread has more info than you ever wanted to know about emulating a Tiffen BPM filter in post.
  10. kye

    Filters?

    The more I try to get a higher-end / less video-looking image, the more I keep coming back to filters. We've all heard about the Tiffen Black Pro Mist filters, but there's a whole world of them out there, Tiffen and other brands. I'm curious who uses filters, for any reason really, but particularly to counter the video look.
  11. Yeah, they're kind of gimmicky, and I guess Oly wouldn't want the pixel peepers buying them thinking they're "real" lenses and then trashing them online. Expectation management I guess. Canon did the same thing with the XC10 - when it launched it was on their website in the cinema camera section but very quickly it moved to some other random section. That makes sense, both the 15 being more common and also the simpler construction making it cheaper. It's a 30mm equivalent FOV, so much closer to the focal lengths that are easier to design and build, like a nifty fifty etc. W
  12. Yeah, imagine if they did.. Meanwhile, I'm trying to actually unpack what it is that makes an image great, rather than which camera has the highest numbers. No wonder I'm confused and having a hard time about it. Those that don't know, talk, and those that do know, don't. It's easier to swim downstream I guess.
  13. Not sure why, but there's quite a difference in price.... Maybe the "3 left in stock" means that's not a normal price, or maybe it's that the 9mm is the international version and looking at the delivery dates it obviously ships from overseas. Commerce and the foibles of markets are strange sometimes, although they gave us lenses like the Helios that are crazily cheap for what they are, so it's not all bad!
  14. Is this where we post rumours? Excellent... Here's a GH6 rumour from the GH5 FB group that everyone might find useful.
  15. Yeah, all the discussions I've read about people buying lens sets to rent out where either talking about EF and PL so that seems to be where the industry is at.
  16. Totally agree, they should be restricting classes to camcorders in order to teach story, narrative, lighting, composition, and things that make good movies and TV. Youtube is busy teaching people everything about film-making that doesn't matter, like how to make 'cinematic' videos, when unfortunately all that does is train people to make videos that are sequences of epic B-roll that have no real content. The presence of the latter makes the former even more important!
  17. Sounds to me like you're not aiming high enough. I'll leave you to your comfort zone....
  18. Commenting on the highlighted sections... It's not about being an idiot - it's about asking questions about things that you don't understand. You and I can tell that this isn't a handheld camera in the sense that it is specialised for the task, but people who don't know this will get distracted and confused by it, and a conversation between people who know it and people who don't will just be confusing as they won't be able to tell who is right and who isn't. Another way to say this is that it's not a problem if you already understand the topic. That's great, if all you do is talk
  19. I'm picky because it's just misleading. People went completely bananas when the P4K was released about it not fitting in a pocket, also because that was misleading. I think that over time words get used, then misused, then appropriated, and then they become meaningless and just confuse people. Think about the word 'cinematic'. Once upon a time it used to mean something, but now, any time there is a conversation about film, someone who thinks the word cinematic means something will use it, and the people who know it doesn't mean anything then talk about the word, then the whole conversa
  20. That doesn't make the camera a hand-held camera, it makes those lenses handheld lenses. Name a camera that isn't a handheld camera then. It's like saying that my dining room table is a cocktail table because it is compatible with cocktail making equipment. By that logic my dining table is also a boat table, because:
  21. Literally, the first thing underneath the name of the camera is: HANDHELD..... I carefully read the page looking for IBIS, but no mention of it. So, it's handheld for the same reason that any other camera under 3Kg is handheld. Excuse me while I sip my handheld coffee, contemplate all my handheld lenses and handheld memory cards and type this on my handheld laptop. I'd like to see them create the GH5 successor. It's an entirely different market, but within reach. People loved the GH5 for video because: IBIS reliability, no overheating, and battery lif
  22. I'm here all week - tell your friends!
  23. Something that comes to mind is their expectations about the colour grade. It's one thing to re-use compressed files, but if you have to change WB or levels significantly to be able to intercut footage from different finished pieces then the footage can fall apart pretty easily. If your edit isn't really jumping around between lots of differently sourced footage then it wouldn't be a problem, for example if each scene was from the same source, but if you're telling a non-linear story or something like that then it might get very crunchy very quickly, and then be something that is w
  24. Oh, and it makes the camera look pretty small, and highly pocketable due to the lens having almost no thickness:
  25. Interesting write-up and I completely agree with your ethos of less being more, as long as the footage is good enough. Depending on the situation I have different levels of tolerance for how big (and therefore how intrusive) the camera can be. I've used everything from a naked GoPro to my various DSLR + Rode VMP sized rigs, and less is absolutely more. I've been tossing things up lately about getting a third Go Shoot camera to compliment the SJ4000 action camera and GF3 + 15/8 lens cap combos. The driving force is that the SJ4000 30p footage looks so thin you need those butchers
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