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    Castorp reacted to DBounce in Nikon Z6 To Get Internal Raw   
    XQD/CFExpress cards are much more robust than SD cards. I've had many a SD card physically break. Granted, all the premium ones come with pretty great warranties. That said, I prefer the XDQ build quality to that of SD cards. I think it's better to have one XQD/CFExpress slot than two SD card slots, because I feel the former is probably at least twice as reliable.
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    Castorp reacted to nathlas in Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p   
    terrible choice by Nikon.
    It would be better to release e new body instead of that.
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    Castorp reacted to Yurolov in Canon EOS M6 Mark II   
    I had this problem with the xc10. They have been screwing people around since long before this on the 24p issue.
    But I am sure that canon know more than the likes of Nolan and Scorsese - why would they go to the trouble of pushing a filmmaker mode on the public when you can just shoot 30p -
    https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190827005822/en/UHD-Alliance-Brings-Filmmakers-CE-Companies-Hollywood
    "Filmmaker Mode will allow viewers to enjoy a more cinematic experience on their UHD TVs when watching movies by disabling all post-processing (e.g. motion smoothing, etc.) so the movie or television show is displayed as it was intended by the filmmaker, preserving the correct aspect ratios, colors and frame rates." 
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    Castorp got a reaction from foliovision in TechArt Pro Sony E To Nikon Z Adapter   
    Cheers, then we leave it there and I don't have to waste my time either explaining to gethin or others why I bothered with the sidetrack of editorial integrity. Back to lenses.
    I am primarily a stills photographer that sometimes work with video. I make very large prints for walls and/or publications. My knowledge and experience in photography is substantial. My knowledge and experience in video is limited. 
    When considering the development of where lenses for still cameras (that can shoot video) are going the trend seems pretty clear. The large and heavy Otus lenses, the large and heavy but less expensive Sigma Art lenses, the Tokina Opera lenses as well as the lenses released for the Leica SL and for the Panasonic S1. Highly corrected optics that render incredible amounts of detail only necessary for prints or heavy cropping. In my experience, a sharp lens is as important as the sensor for large prints. 
    I'm not a fan of the huge and heavy 1.4 lenses from Sony, Panasonic, Leica or the Canon RF 1.2 or the upcoming Nikkor 1.2. Not for general use. Sure I would have use for them in some situations, just as I would with a tilt shift lens or a telephoto, but for general use? No. A single focal length prime weighing around 800 grams or more is a specialised lens.  
    As a much longed for contrast to the enormous and expensive 50mm 1.4 lenses we have the excellent Zeiss Batis line, the f2 series for Leica SL, and the Nikkor S 1.8 primes and compact zooms. Smaller, lighter and less expensive but without compromising optical quality. They're typically around 400 grams or lighter, while also being far less expensive and smaller. 
    The Nikkor 50/1.8S is nothing short of a game changer. It's Zeiss Otus level optics for 600$!  I've made prints from the 50mm 1.8G, the 50mm 1.8D and a bunch of manual fokus Nikkors, especially the excellent 55mm 2.8 micro ais. Stop the G lens down to 5.6 and its still not even close, the corners never catch up. The 55 micro has good sharpness across the image plane but not as good as the 50S. I can comfortably work at f2 with the S lens and still outperform older Nikons. There is no comparison.
    This would be remarkable enough, but then I also get top level weather-sealing, silent and fast autofocus, practical build with high grade plastics and build quality that puts Fujifilm to shame. Certainly better than the D lenses and personally I prefer them to G. The 50S is 400$ cheaper than the comparable Sony 55 f1.8 but the Nikkor is the better lens. The only other lenses I can think of in the same size class is the Batis 40mm f2 and the Leica SL 50mm f2, both quite a bit more expensive.
    The cheaper Sony 50mm is not on the same playing field at all. Neither the older Nikon 50's. It's laughable when I keep reading you can buy the 50 1.8G for 200$. Yeah? It's a crap lens in comparison. Doesn't mean its useless, just means it's not comparable and in my opinion the 50S offers far better value for money too.  
    More or less the same is true for the 24-70/2.8S and the 35/1.8S. The 24-70/2.8S is apparently amazing while the 14-30/4 stomps all over the old 16-35/4G while being practical and small. For this reason, the optical performance together with the small size, low cost and practical features in comparison with other modern lenses, the S lenses are the best reason to buy a Z camera. There is not one bad lens (contrast with early Sony years). Over half a year in and I'm still ecstatic with what I get from these lenses. 
    Doesn't mean I don't enjoy or want lenses with "magic sauce" or character. But there's endless lenses I can adapt to get that. I don't wan't my main workhorse lenses to have quirks. They should be as sharp as possible, with as little distortion as possible, to produce an image that is as transparent as possible, and that allows me to do anything from an instagram post to 1.5 meter wide prints. 
    So the statement that S lenses aren't good I don't understand. I agree that non-linear electronic focus is a huge pain, but otherwise I'm not sure. I love using my 500CM which puts the haptic experience of any contemporary camera except Leica to sorry shame. The S lenses don't have head-line making specs like the RF glass. But for me, and I think for many, the S lenses are a lot more practical, offering similar or better optics at a much lower cost, weight and size.
    All of these modern lenses and sensors are extreme overkill for screen and social media use. All the manufacturers should release small and light lenses for 200-500$ that would be good enough for a lot of things.
       
     
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    Castorp got a reaction from foliovision in TechArt Pro Sony E To Nikon Z Adapter   
    Gethin, make an A2 inch print from that zhongyi and one from any of the Z lenses and see what happens. 
    I don’t have the 14-30/4 but I hear it’s more than comparable to the 14-24/2.8G?
    I will get back to Andrew later. I understand his perspective, but it’s a niche perspective which he doesn’t specify. He cares about very specific things, which is fine, but a reviewers viewpoint should be clear and not be made to sound like a general matter of fact. 
    On the other hand, generalising and simplistic statements that stir emotions through dishonesty for the sake of clicks is the name of the game these days. 
     
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    Castorp got a reaction from foliovision in TechArt Pro Sony E To Nikon Z Adapter   
    “Of the Z lenses I have the 35mm F1.8, 50mm F1.8 and 24-70mm F4 – all of which cost me far too much money, only for them to be discounted almost to half price just a few months later.”
    Where can I find the 35/1.8S for half price? I will buy it immediately. Thank You
    Also Andrew, you keep saying how much you dislike the Z glass without making an argument for why they don’t work for you. It makes it difficult to take you seriously. I’m curious to hear why.
    Had I held off I could have bought the superior Z7 for almost the same money as my Z6 but I fail to see how this is Nikon’s fault? Early adopters often pay that price whichever the type of product. I fail to see how aggressive discounts (from all the manufacturers btw) in the face of a quickly shrinking market would not make sense? 
    I disagree with you regarding the Z lenses. Great value for money. Better built than G or D lenses. Better put together than any Fuji X mount I had. The XF lenses may be metal on the outside but with far lesser tolerances, wobbling barrel on the 16-55/2.8 and slightly loose bayonet fitting on all lenses except the 50mm f2.
    I don’t think high quality plastics is a bad thing. It’s more practical in cold weather and often deals with impact better. Not to mention lower weight.
    The control ring has perfect resistance on all the Z lenses I have and the optics are better than anything I’ve ever seen. The choice to first release superlative quality F1.8 primes is more practical to most than what Canon has done. Super speed exotic heavy specialist glass with far fewer use cases, even if they do make for more exciting news it’s true.
    Theres nothing as good at the price or compactness as the 24-70/4S out there, the 14-30/4S is unique and optically on even footing with the twice heavy 14-24G. The new 2.8 zoom is supposed to be incredible. The primes so far are both spectacular.
    They’re quiet, fast and has what looks to be the best weather sealing out there (just look at the design of the seal at the base of the lens, I’ve never seen that construction before and it’s a much better design than just the rubber gasket you find on everything else). 
    No focus breathing or other weird focusing behaviour. 
    Almost no aberrations and no coma 
    Extremely sharp with good rendering and neutral colour.
    Lens control ring awesome for exposure compensation or step-less aperture control. 
    For sure it’s not like an old charming Sonnar, but I don’t need my standard glass to be full of “character”, I want it to be as neutral, sharp and true to the world as possible.
    The only problem I see is the lack of a setting for linear focus behaviour of the focus ring. And that the lens line is still small. But what we have so far is arguably the correct order of release for most. 
    As of today the single best reason to buy a Z camera I believe is the lenses. 
     
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    Castorp reacted to Andrew Reid in Canon removing 24p from new 4K mirrorless cameras - THE MEMES   
    A bit of an unnecessary poke at Mattias for sure, who is after all completely RIGHT about Canon's colour science, completely right that it's all about the image.
    Take colour, feel and the image composition away and add specs... and what do you have. Yes that's right... Shit all.
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    Castorp reacted to feliciacine in Lesser known YouTube channels people should know about   
    Oh my gosh! I just got notified by another subscriber about this little thread. Thank you for including me, newfoundmass. What a wonderful list you've made there!
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    Castorp reacted to Mattias Burling in Canon EOS M6 Mark II   
    I  guess Im alone in shooting everything in 25p then. 
    No production house or TV station Ive ever encountered would want me to shoot 24p.
    I still don't get why this happen. As soon as a company, be it Canon or anyone else releases a product not aimed at "me".. the hole forum goes apeshit.
    Are we really that bored or do we honestly believe that we are the only person left alive and that everything being made must be just for us and never for others.. Its just so weird to be upset imo. Just buy the camera that IS made for you instead of being upset that one never intended for you isn't.

    And then we instead get the ooooold cryings "they don't inovate" etc. I guess not, I mean first 4K, first 4K 60p, first decent log, first decent AF, first proper ND adapter, first decent EIS plus a whole shit load of other really nice features that works for the people that don't care about some lame 6K pseudo codec or having the camera do everything in auto. Instead they get feature that can actually hep them in their work and are happy with that.
    I have no intention of buying the M6ii, it simply isn't for me. But Im not crying about it, because Im sure it will suite others very well. 
     
    Awesome, to bad its a Samsung (had too many bad experiences with their quality). My TV is still a Samsung (had it for 10 years or so). When it finally dies my house will be Samsung free. But Im sure 8K washing machines will be "standard" in two years, just like people say about 4K broadcast (for the last 5-6 years..)
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    Castorp reacted to Geoff CB in Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p   
    Frame grabs from a shoot yesterday, 1080p 120 fps upscale to 4K in Resolve.
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    Castorp reacted to Geoff CB in Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p   
    It does not have a crop most of the time. Has a small 1.1 crop when shooting N-Log.

    From a recent creative shoot, frame grab from 1080p 60 fps

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    Castorp reacted to Alt Shoo in Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p   
    The Z6 is looking even more tempting! I can’t remember if it has a crop when shooting 4k Full Frame. If it does that sorta defeats the purpose of grabbing a full frame camera. Anyways this looks impressive!
     
     
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    Castorp reacted to Geoff CB in Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p   
    Unfortunately you have to buy his guide to access it. But it is $100 and I think it is worth it.
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    Castorp reacted to Andrew Reid in RIP Rutger!   
    Amazing actor.
    Embodied Bladerunner's whole concept in one character.
    Amazing sense of that he felt the role for real while acting it.
    Time to die.
    But never to be forgotten in a billion years.
    RIP!!
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    Castorp got a reaction from Simon Young in Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p   
    https://alikgriffin.com/nikon-50mm-f1-8-s-lens-review-sample-photos/
    Finally a review which mirrors my own experience with the Z system so far and especially the 50/1.8S.
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    Castorp got a reaction from heart0less in Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p   
    https://alikgriffin.com/nikon-50mm-f1-8-s-lens-review-sample-photos/
    Finally a review which mirrors my own experience with the Z system so far and especially the 50/1.8S.
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    Castorp reacted to Andrew Reid in Sony - the new Canon!   
    If only they flew proper shooters and journalists around the world instead of the influencers.
    I'm all for a close technical relationship with manufacturers.
    But the places are more often than not taken up by blaggers with high social media numbers.
    Sony is by far the worst, when it comes to this.
    They have disconnected from a great deal many serious users, journalists and generally people with any substance, for the sake of big PR marketing events aimed at influencers.
    It's time they reprioritised.
    The influencer trend will be corrected soon, when everybody realises it's just hyperbole and that they can't be persuaded to buy everything new every new day.
    Hopefully, people will recognise the YouTubers and proper shooters with substance in their content like @Mattias Burling and I dare say dear old muggins here 
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    Castorp reacted to Mattias Burling in Sony - the new Canon!   
    Its interesting to me that when the Youtube hype train was in full motion for the A7iii and GH5 everybody was on board, but not this time. My only guess its because this camera is not meant for the audience of this forum. 
    And I seem to recall about 10,001 posts on this forum screaming for a mic jack in these types of cameras.
    But jut like always, when we get it we immediately move the goal post.
    Ive started shooting Polaroid again. Its liberating
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    Castorp reacted to mercer in Lenses   
    Nikkor 35mm 1.4...

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    Castorp reacted to Geoff CB in Lenses   
    ???? DisplayCAL is used to get your screen to show accurate color. Nothing to do with Resolve and LUT creation.
     
    Another with my Voigtlander 40mm. This time on the Z6 in Neutral

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    Castorp reacted to mercer in Lenses   
    Sorry for all the posts but today was my weekly opportunity to look at some footage and do some color massacre... lol.
    So here’s another shot from my Nikkor 28mm f/2 lens test...
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    Castorp reacted to newfoundmass in Sony A7R IV / A7S III / A9 II to feature 8K video, as new 60MP and 36MP full frame sensor specs leak   
    Skip needing to defend the Z6 even when no one is really attacking it sure is something. 
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    Castorp got a reaction from Simon Young in Which colour science do you like the most?   
    Canon sometimes isn’t the best for landscapes. There’s a focus on skin tones that sometimes take the oomph out of greens and blues.
    I find Fujifilm and Nikon to have a great balance overall, all subject matters considered. 
    The Panasonic S1 looks fantastic.
    Every time I look at jpegs from Olympus OMD camera’s I come away impressed. Olympus colour is underrated. 
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    Castorp got a reaction from webrunner5 in Which colour science do you like the most?   
    Canon sometimes isn’t the best for landscapes. There’s a focus on skin tones that sometimes take the oomph out of greens and blues.
    I find Fujifilm and Nikon to have a great balance overall, all subject matters considered. 
    The Panasonic S1 looks fantastic.
    Every time I look at jpegs from Olympus OMD camera’s I come away impressed. Olympus colour is underrated. 
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    Castorp got a reaction from Emanuel in Which colour science do you like the most?   
    Canon sometimes isn’t the best for landscapes. There’s a focus on skin tones that sometimes take the oomph out of greens and blues.
    I find Fujifilm and Nikon to have a great balance overall, all subject matters considered. 
    The Panasonic S1 looks fantastic.
    Every time I look at jpegs from Olympus OMD camera’s I come away impressed. Olympus colour is underrated. 
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