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  1. eyesuncloudedphoto

    Blackmagic: a middle-gound...?

    The real trouble with the Micro Cinema/Studio format was that, by the moment you need to do some more serious work you end up rigging them anyway, with external storage, monitor, power, etc. The BMPCC4K, in theory at least, can (marginally) be used as is, thus resulting in a more compact form factor. Also I'm not sure heat dissipation concerns would allow a real "pocket" version of the BMPCC4K.
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    Blackmagic: a middle-gound...?

    At first glance this looks like a good idea, even a necessity in a certain sense. But let me play devil's advocate for a moment. The problem is with (a) availability of S35 sensors with the same properties as the one in the BMCC4K and (b) the lens mount. If they somehow manage to overcome the first problem, the one with the mount remains. Having an EF or PL mount defeats the purpose of such a camera; a BMPCC4K with a speedbooster will be its equal or better. They could go for a m43 mount (it can cover a S35 sensor for video) and also perhaps offer their own SB versions, with embedded ND, but I don't consider it probable. I still find the idea of such a camera highly interesting, especially considering the larger physical format could enable updated battery power, cooling, different storage media or even a clever modular design.
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    Panasonic GH5 - all is revealed!

    Anyone tested the new version 2.4 firmware yet?
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    Fast walk-around lens for MFT?

    Hey, just a quick question: any insights on the Voigtlander 28mm f2.8 SLII, with a Speedbooster? Looks interesting due to the size (compared to an equivalent Nikkor or other vintage 28mm)
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    Video progress of Fuji (X-T1 to X-T3)

    Up until very recently, traditional Fuji fans have been negative to almost hostile to even the inclusion of video features. I've been in epic fights over having decent video capabilities with the X-Pro2, for instance, and even the X-T2 should be a "pure photography camera" (sic!) for some of these idiots. Things have turned 180 degrees in the last couple of years: nowadays most consider the last breed of Fujis as the best hybrid camera system overall in the market, and some even buy them primarily for video. If the X-H2 lives to the expectations, it would solidify this trend. I'm also wondering if a "proper" cinema camera is in Fujifilm's future. FF video is in fashion lately, but Super 35 is the norm for cinema cameras (not to mention, FF look and light gathering using a SB). As you say, and have heard from a lot of users, having a proper color science and ready-made efficient film simulations is becoming more important than RAW or Prores for a good percentage of potential customers. That is not to say the latter should be excluded, but imagine a small-format cinema camera with Fuji color science+sims. Due to form factor, it would have proper controls and ports, a V-mount battery, possibly electronic ND and slot for small SSD. Heat dissipation would not be problem either. This could compete in the EVA-1/C100 space, and right now people know what to expect from Fuji video. But one step at the time: at this point, I guess an early X-H1 replacement is in order. Being at a higher pricepoint and different format than the X-T3 I don't see it hurting its sales; it could also eliminate any advantage Sony may gain introducing their "high-end" APS-C camera.
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    I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!

    The 29:59 limit is there in any case (it also breaks up the footage in 4GB chunks because of the stupid file system). I haven't tested it with an external supply, but I'd suppose situation would not improve with one.
  7. eyesuncloudedphoto

    Fast walk-around lens for MFT?

    Hahahah, true. You can safely bet you can find the newer ZF or ZE version for less. It's also not that small... but it has the mojo for sure.
  8. eyesuncloudedphoto

    Fast walk-around lens for MFT?

    28mm f2.8 or f2 "Hollywood" if you can catch a bargain (which happens from time to time).
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    Fast walk-around lens for MFT?

    Voigtlander 17.5mm makes sense, and the Panaleica 15mm f1.7 would also serve well I believe. But I'm tempted to say SB+28mm vintage lens (Contax/Zeiss, Nikkor 28mm f2, Minolta 28mm, Canon FD, Olympus OM, options are limitless). Reason being, I'm quite fond of the ~40mm focal length you can get from this combination, I consider it perhaps the most cinematic one. Especially combined with a vintage lens' rendering and the effective f1.4 aperture you'll be getting with SB. And it's not that big or heavy on the GH5. If you go this way, de-clicking the lens would also be a good idea.
  10. eyesuncloudedphoto

    I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!

    I haven't noticed hot pixels in either the X-T2 or the X-H1, but, to be fair, I only did smaller clips with both, because of the length limitations. I'm heading to an athletic event later today, and will also be shooting tomorrow, and will make sure I'll share some short unedited footage, since also members on FB groups I administer have asked about it. Probably Monday. 😉
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    I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!

    That makes sense. It's also refreshing to see battery power displayed accurately at last.
  12. eyesuncloudedphoto

    I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!

    I wouldn't say the 16-55 is sharper than the Sigma in "absolute" terms; have used both the Nikon and Canon versions on Fuji cameras, as well as the GH5. both with speedboosters and dummy adapters. The point is, the 16-55 is perfectly matched to the X-Trans sensor, can't put my finger on it, could be micro contrast, color rendering or whatever. The end result is, it produces a magnificent image, both for video and stills. Speaking of the AF, hell yes, it's bloody instant. This is true of other linear motor Fujinons also. I tested the X-T3 with the lowly 15-45 yesterday, a lens you can pick-up for 150 euros new, in some places, and it's tiny and feather-weight. It has an electronic focus ring that provides a smooth zooming action, and AF is so fast that it fools you into thinking it's parfocal. I'm preparing a review of the X-T3 for (probably) the next 10 days or so; although I fried the X-H1 in a previous review, I think the X-T3 is the bomb. Shame Fujifilm couldn't hold on and release the X-H1 with these exact same specs, instead of hurrying it to the market and having to face the marketing onslaught of the a7iii. Thank you for that! Great info! Speaking of batteries, I did a quick test of the 126S on the X-T3, and findings were surprising. In the X-T2 and X-H1, the battery lasted somewhere between 40 and 50 minutes in video. The X-T3 managed one hour, 20 minutes continuous recording (here is a screenshot of the last frame of my test video). This was 4K 100mbps recording, completely static (so no AF), and, although it's far from the ~2.5 hours on the GH5, it's still much better than the previous situation. They probably did some magic with the power circuit in this camera. Worthy of note that the battery indicator was very accurate; in fact it remained on red for more than 20 minutes (whereas in previous cameras it would turn red and after a couple of minutes die suddenly). Have also to note that the camera started overheating (not to an alarming degree though, and no protection circuit kicking in).
  13. eyesuncloudedphoto

    Video progress of Fuji (X-T1 to X-T3)

    Exactly this. Zero to hero is a huge understatement here. I've been using Fuji cameras for photography almost exclusively for the last 3+ years and have been an X-Photographer for the last two and a half. "Video with Fuji" was comedy material 3 years ago. Now that I have slowly transitioned (or, to be more precise, returned to my situation 6-7 years ago) into doing 80%+ video work, Fuji has managed becoming a prominent player in the video field. I have the X-T3 sitting on my desk as I write this and I literally can't believe what they've accomplished in such a short time. True, there are several things that need polishing and a "proper" heavily video-centric X-H2 is still in the cards. But in my mind they have proven their commitment to this field. IMO they have to look into expanding and/or coming up with newer versions of their lenses that are more appropriate for video work. I have great hopes for the upcoming 16-80mm for example, since this could be an excellent run-and-gun lens with a future camera featuring IBIS especially. An external sound module or, even better, specialized multi-function interface/power add-on (see Panasonic DMW-YAGH) is also in order, I believe.
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    There will be a Sony A7S II successor. The bad news is - "it will take time"

    You know what: let's take this one tiny (sic!) step further. 😎 Perhaps it's time for Panasonic to man up and acknowledge the fact that what 99% of their GH5/GH5s customer base really want, is a Panasonic-made BMPCC4K. Meaning a proper small-format cinema camera with enough stills photography features to satisfy certain needs for a cinematographer (i.e. all the basic ones plus timelapse/stop motion animation, etc). They could even get away with using an electronic shutter only and, if global shutter becomes a reality, this is a moot point anyway. They could have IBIS and non-IBIS versions available (5/5S differentiation) with the "S" version perhaps using a multi-aspect Super 35 sensor with enhanced low-light sensitivity. I wouldn't mind the camera becoming bigger, like the BMPCC4K has. Getting rid of the "H" (as in "hybrid") element, or, to be more precise, downplaying it in favor of a video-centric concept will hurt nobody. Let's be honest, if someone really wants a true "hybrid" camera in the Lumix line-up, he has the option of the G9 and soon the S1/S1R will cover this niche in the FF category. Which leads into another hypothesis that is slowly becoming relevant: the S1/S1R will not be so much FF versions of the GH5 but rather of the G9. Panasonic will also have to sometime also make a S-camera with heavier video orientation. Going back to your proposed future Panasonic lineup: G m43, perhaps with a hi/lo philosophy, as the basic hybrid line GH successor as a proper small-factor cinema camera, with emphasis on video operability while retaining most of GH5/5s stills capabilities S as FF contenders against Sony and Canonikon with an additional version with heavier emphasis on video including 8K EVA as pro cinema line, including FF sensor and no-compromise operability
  15. eyesuncloudedphoto

    There will be a Sony A7S II successor. The bad news is - "it will take time"

    This makes total sense IMO. The GH5 is still untouchable feature-wise, among hybrid cameras. What is perhaps needed is focusing on the video side of things even more, offering advanced features not found in anything sort of a "proper" cinema camera. Internal ND, for instance. Internal RAW and/or Prores. Perhaps the first application of global shutter? A number of things are easier and more economical to implement with a smaller sensor.
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