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  1. A zeppelin would be the best solution. After this comes the dead cat. I also use a Rycote softie (just check the mic's diameter and lenght since they make different models with different diameters but with the same name). The foam screen is almost useless outdoor. I will also consider the old and now discontinued Rycote S serie, basically a cheap and detachable zeppelin. They are quite cheap on ebay but are hard to find. I am still looking for mine. You remove the foam windscreen and put the dead cat on.
  2. I only use third party batteries from Patona, never had a problem and they have a general good reputation on the internet. They cost about a little more than the cheapest brands, but we are talking about a 4 euro difference, not so important after all.
  3. Personally, I think the best quality in the around 2000 euro/dollars/pounds range is a match among X-T3, S1 and BMPC4K
  4. I don't know if it comes from good lighting, good lens or good directing, but the video from S1 looks very good, with very nice colors, good shadows and highlights. To me it looks like one of the less "videoish" videos coming from a photo camera, be it a dslr or a mirrorless.
  5. Thanks for the suggestion. I think I will then choose Cordial or Sommer. From your experience, construction quality and durability with these brands? I am looking at good quality cables, not only considering technical specifications, but also construction quality, durability. After all, I don't see much convenience in saving a few euros over a cable which can be the weak point in any video recording. I am comparing a 3 euro cable to a 30 euro one, the price difference is not so important as the quality difference, especially considering it a long term investment.
  6. Hello, I have a question regarding audio and HDMI cables, especially directed to European members. I am searching for a high quality audio and HDMI cables and I prefer to spend well once than to buy cheap now and regret it tomorrow. There is a good store for general audio/music equipment, Thomman. In the cable section there are brands like sssnake, Sommer Cable, Kramer, Cordial, Purelink. These same brands are hard to find in other major stores like, for example, Amazon. Does anyone have any suggestion? For example: Audio https://www.thomann.de/it/sommer_cable_galileo_238_10_xlr_cable_1m.htm https://www.thomann.de/it/sommer_cable_albedo_mikrokabel_10.htm HDMI Video https://www.thomann.de/it/kramer_c_hm_hm_pro_3_cable_09m.htm https://www.thomann.de/it/purelink_pi1000_50.htm
  7. Check this website, it allow you to calculate many things relating to the digital world. Scroll down and you find the video section https://toolstud.io/
  8. Unfortinately I have experienced this in many occasions. Definitely a pain in the donkey (...use the other English word for the animal here) In this case, I usually pick one of those boxes and put a jacket inside with nothing in the pockets and this box goes first, then I place all the electronic gear and then a final box to close the queue with other items inside like bags, keys, etc. At leats you have a visual of where your stuff begins and ends.
  9. Polarizer filters always give strange results with very wide angle lenses and tangent light
  10. From an investment point of view, good manual lenses are a lot safer: there is only metal and glass, no electronic that suddenly becomes obsolete and if they perform perfectly now, they will also perform perfectly 30 years from now, there is a general opinion on them about their outcome and defects, you only have to check the flange distance and they can be adapted to almost any camera, any initial sale tax or seller’s margin has been already absorbed and so on. You could also buy used and resell used. Actually I have done this quite a few times, sometimes even making a profit. Think of this as a free long term rental from yourself, even with a possible small return. I would try to guess about your future needs and what would be of m43 system (since Panasonic went full frame with Leica and Sigma in the joint venture, will there be a gh6 in the future?). Personally I would go the vintage way and try to hunt for the best deals and models (Zeiss ZF, Leica M and R, some Nikon F). And, let’t be honest, how many lenses do you usually need? 3-4 maximum at a time. With old full frame lenses you have plenty of choices without committing yourself to a system. And if you make a mistake, you don’t pay it dearly.
  11. If you can, try to do a survey of the room before the performance. That room could have bad acoustic.
  12. I am also very interested in the new Fuji but will also wait for the announcment of the new Panasonic FF, especially what kind of lens mount they will adopt. Anyway, an XT3 with an official price around 1450 euro, the new Atomos Ninja V recorder for about 650. Add about 160 euro for a couple of SDD of 500 gb each one. With about 2300 euro you can record hours of 4k prores in 10 bit and 422 color sampling. And this in about a 2kg package with a professional and robust camera body. What a wounderful time!
  13. That price is very high. It's even higher than avarage leica M lenses. At that price you can buy 4-5 of Zeiss ZF/ZE lenses. That 28-70 is a simple normal zoom, like a 24-70, just 1 stop faster than what is usually found. Nothing to get crazy about. And this lens can only be mounted on the new R mount. Basically 3000 $ lens, 2300 $ body, a 5300$ package just to have a single body and lens. Personally, no way I am going to buy it.
  14. Voigtlander makes lenses that fast with those focal lenghts for m4/3. Considering the "light gathering" topic, just consider the sensor size as simply the total number of photosites included on that silicon matrix, nothing more. The size of the silicon matrix is what we call medium format, full frame, apsc, m4/3, 1 inch sensors, etc. Then each photosite, regardless of how many of them are on the sensor, sends its own signal to the camera processor. The bigger the photosite, the lower the light needed to send that signal, keeping other things like time and aperture equals. You don't need more photosites to gather more light.
  15. Micro 4/3 cameras struggle with low light not because they have a smaller sensor that gathers less light, but because in that smaller sensor they have the same number of photosites (= megapixels) other camera have in bigger sensor, so each photosite is smaller. Its the size of the photosite that matters, not the total number of them on the sensor. Each photosite send its electrical signal to the processor regardless of how many other photosites are around it.
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