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  1. On 9/8/2018 at 12:56 AM, jhnkng said:

    Ok, so here's a quick and dirty test with the X-H1 (v1.11) with the 35 f2:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/b0t4ek5w9g4pktb/XH1_35f2_VideoAF_Test.mov?dl=0

    This was shot handheld wide open with IBIS on at 4k DCI using the Eterna simulation and exported as 1080p (whoops) but you kinda see all the good and the bad of the camera in these two clips. Eterna is beautiful, but the aliasing is pretty bad. It's not that hard to fix in post but the fact you need to is a bit disappointing. The first clip I selected focus using the touch screen -- you can see the AF struggling to lock onto focus and wavering on the dead cat, but it's a smooth transition through to the lens cap. I'm not super concerned because I'd manually pull focus in that kind of scenario anyway. The second clip is more the sort of thing I'd be using AF for, and I think it works far better -- as I pushed in I used the rear thumbstick to move the focus point from the left to the right, and it worked as I expected. 

    Keep in mind I've had the camera for a week and I haven't really tested each different settings yet. And I do remember seeing somewhere that the 35f2 in particular has weird focusing issues. I've yet to try with any or my other lenses, I might get onto that later this week.

    Fuji needs to update the firmware on this lens, it's simply too fast for video. The 35mm is a great lens for photography and great for manual focus in video.  They just need to give the 35mm the same autofocus video code as the XF zooms.

  2. To see where all of this is headed in the video/photo/creative professional space online, go and read some “mom blogs” and forums for a half hour or so. Corporations have been doing the things we are starting to see in regards to “lifestyle” and blurring the lines between in-house marketing and fans of the brand / product for 5 to 7 years. 

    Its the reason why a $2 dog chew toy can be sold as a $30 teething soother (Sophie for those of you who haven’t tried to raise a kid in the last 8 years) your child can’t survive or learn how to do long division without. 

  3. 2 hours ago, jonpais said:

    On top of which, Fujifilm still haven’t sorted out their nagging quality control issues - several photographers have already noted that their cameras froze and locked up - and this, only a couple weeks from release!

    Really easy to make an X-T2, X-Pro-2 or X-H1 lock up.

    1) Use a non Fuji recommended SD card and try to shoot bursts or swap between video/stills right after taking a photo or video.

    2) Copy data from the card and not safety ejecting it from the computer. I’ve done this 4 or 5 times on accident and twice on purpose to test it. Works fine until you take a photo or video. After it’s saved the EVF goes wonky and you’ll be in lockup land after a few photos or shooting video.

    Fuji does need to fix their file system. Fat32? I’d gladly pay $5 more for a Fuji camera to have exfat.

  4. 7 hours ago, anonim said:

    Huh, I found it too toned - probably due to grading taste - up to the level that seems to me as loosing clearness and get more of a typical "look" of earlier Sony A7 series?

    It almost looks like it’s on instagram mode or something. It’s almost not consistent throughout the clip. Different editors? Lenses? Days of shooting?

    Something seems off

  5. Quick follow up.  I shot some 120p video on the X-H1 using a Fuji 35mm 2.0 with all of the different peaking settings (Off, Low and High) and all different colors (Yellow, Red, Blue, White) and i saw no difference in the aliasing / ghosting. 

    Then I thought maybe a non-fuji lens would make a difference so tried the same test with a Rokkor 45mm.  No difference. 

    The odd thing is, it almost seems like the processor is sending the peaking data to the recording some how even if it's not turned on.  Could be my eyes, or it could be confirmation bias... Maybe the software coding is sloppy, maybe it's the IBIS, maybe I suck as a cinematographer...

    TL:DR Turning the peaking on or off made no difference

  6. 13 hours ago, jhnkng said:

    I've been thinking on that too. I just got an X-H1 thinking the X-T3 would be announced but won't be on sale for a couple of months and I needed something earlier, but now I wonder if maybe I should've held off. I can't see most of those headline features coming to the X-H1, maybe zebras and some of the smaller features. 4k60p would be amazing but I can't see how it can happen since it's so hardware dependant, but I wonder if 10bit external is a possibility? The 1080/60p looks great though, and easily a match for the 4k downsampled so at least on a 1080 timeline there shouldn't be any problems mixing and matching. For me though I'd be happy if they fix the aliasing in the 120p mode -- I haven't done proper tests but it looks worse than the X-T2, on some surfaces it looks like it was recording the peaking. 

    I think you might be onto something... We don't see this on the X-T2 120p only on the X-H1.  I wonder if the "high" peaking setting only available on that cam is the reason.  Off to do some testing, I'll report back.

  7. 41 minutes ago, IronFilm said:

    Wish more cameras would offer 2K as an option

    We need more than just the boring old UHD / 1080 / 720 resolutions in the usual 16:9!

    Give us ALL THE OPTIONS in aspect ratios and frame rates

    Looks like the 2k is up to 200. 

    If this camera is as popular with the rest of the film/video community (We have too many Fuji camera's as it is...) maybe we'll see Sigma or Tamaron make some X series lenses.  The popularity might also force Fuji into re-releasing some of their primes with OIS and *crosses fingers* adding OIS to optically spectacular 16-55mm brick.

    We're going to pre-order one, so when it comes in, let us know what tests you would like to see and we'll post them up.  

  8. With a 26 or 28 megapixel sensor I would think Fuji could make the 4K work without a crop a la Samsung. As long as they figured out the heat issue.

    At a wedding this past weekend I was talking with a group of people who make music videos for hip hop artists. They all said with all of he camera announcements coming that the X-T3 was the most interesting because it has the potential to mix the best of Panasonic (minus ibis) with the best of Sony. That 10 bit Fuji color would be in one persons words “the tits”

  9. Selling my Fuji GFX body and Kipon adapters for M42 and Rokkor lenses 

    Body is in excellent condition and has under 10,000 shutter count after almost 2 years of use

    It may only shoot 1080p but the medium format is beautiful

    $4750 shipped in the US you paypal fees and international shipping is fine to as long as you pay the cost.

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  10. Finally did the update for the new X-H1 firmware yesterday.  Here are my first impressions:

    Autofocus in AF-C is leaps and bounds better.  My test shots on some birds and physically walking up to and away a moving subject were very good.  Using the 16-55mm zoom lens it was able to accurately track my wife walking around the yard watering plants while I slowly walked from one end of the yard to another.

    Auto ISO transitions are super smooth and almost imperceptible. While I rarely use the Auto setting for video, it's nice to know I could use it in a conference or presentation situation and be okay.

    IBIS is slightly improved.  Using the fuji 16-55mm, a 45mm minolta and 55mm super tak I didn't find as many huge jumps and shifts while panning.  I'm sure this will be the focus of their next update.

    The overall system stability seems to be worse.  I had 3 write errors happen while just messing around with the camera. All three happened while shooting in manual with peaking turned on.  I'll be testing this more.

    Here is a link to the firmware if you're looking to upgrade

    http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/firmware/x/xh1/index.html

    Overall a really good firmware update, looking forward to the '2.0' update that is rumored for September

  11. Finally did the update for the new X-H1 firmware yesterday.  Here are my first impressions:

    • Autofocus in AF-C is leaps and bounds better.  My test shots on some birds and physically walking up to and away a moving subject were very good.  Using the 16-55mm zoom lens it was able to accurately track my wife walking around the yard watering plants while I slowly walked from one end of the yard to another.
    • Auto ISO transitions are super smooth and almost imperceptible. While I rarely use the Auto setting for video, it's nice to know I could use it in a conference or presentation situation and be okay.
    • IBIS is slightly improved.  Using the fuji 16-55mm, a 45mm minolta and 55mm super tak I didn't find as many huge jumps and shifts while panning.  I'm sure this will be the focus of their next update.
    • The overall system stability seems to be worse.  I had 3 write errors happen while just messing around with the camera. All three happened while shooting in manual with peaking turned on.  I'll be testing this more.

    Here is a link to the firmware if you're looking to upgrade

    http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/firmware/x/xh1/index.html

    Overall a really good firmware update, looking forward to the '2.0' update that is rumored for September

     

  12. I've had nothing but trouble with vimeo over the past 18 months.  Uploads take longer than to any other site and their playback almost always buffers and stops even if I'm at the university which has 10gbps internet.

    While trying some others I came across Wistia (not sure if it's available in the UK) and it seems to be the best though they are fairly expensive.  You can get a free account and upload up to 5gb videos with a limit of 50gb total in your storage (at least when I signed up) but your video player will always show the wistia logo in the corner.

  13. 1 hour ago, Luke Mason said:

    Have you tried the Fuji WDR LUT? IMO it looks better than Eterna.

    It's really impressive.  I've found Eterna works better on the X-H1 and X-T2 for indoor and lowlight shots and the Fuji WDR works better for brightly lit and outdoor scenes. 

    If only these camera's had better battery life, that's about all I can find to complain about any more, they actually make shooting fun!

  14. Sony VG-10

    I absolutely love this camera and hate it at the same time.  The image is great, the rolling shutter is astonishing, but this is a camera that got me into the interchangeable lens world.  I still have my VG-10 and when I do that it out, it's fun to use.  I would never use it on professional job, but for recording a conference or presentation longer than 30 minutes it would work out great (provided you have access to a power outlet).

  15. Hi

    Long time lurker first time post.  "upgraded" to the a7iii so I have to part with my beloved Olympus gear.  Everything is in great condition, the only small blemish is on the bottom of the E-M1 where a tripod plate left a little mark.  Otherwise everything has been treated just as well as I treat my infant daughter.

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II - $1650

    • 5 months old
    • 3214 shutter count
    • Comes with extra battery, unused Olympus strap and leather wrist strap
    • All original packaging and warranty card
    • Bought from b and H

    Olympus 12-40mm PRO - $550

    • Used for about 9 months
    • Sun hood
    • Front and rear lens caps
    • Bag
    • UV filter
    • All original packaging and warranty card

    Olympus 12-100mm PRO - $950

    • Used for about 6 months
    • Sun hood
    • Front and rear lens caps
    • Breakthrough photo 3x and 6x ND filters
    • Bag
    • All original packaging and warranty card

    Will ship to US (from Wisconsin) Free or internationally discounted by $10 to verified paypal address. Contact me if you're interested in the whole lot   Can post pictures if you're interested.  I also have a Sigma 25mm, Panaleica 30mm and a panasonic 40-150mm available.

     

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