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  1. Thanks. I am looking at the Video Assist now. Hopefully I can find one in good condition and cheap price. BTW, can the Video Assist convert the raw signal of the FS700 through the SDI into ProRes or other codec? If it can, it will be a perfect choice for me.
  2. For the work we do right now, there is not a lot of need for a two camera setup. However, once things are back to normal and we can do event videos again, a two cam setup is very much needed. Is there any recommendation for external recorders? I usually rent the Atomos Shogun Inferno, but it is a little bit too heavy. Thanks.
  3. Thanks. I do shoot high frame rate occasionally. That's why I bought the FS700 at the first place. The majority of work is still in 1080 24P or 25P. I rent an external recorder when I need 4K and slow motion. As for the adapter, I can buy one from the seller. It's about $100. The camera comes with the PL mount adapter, but I don't own any PL lens. My girlfriend and I like the image of the F3 very much. However, if they can't match very well, this is extra work on our part and could potentially slow down the workflow. Should we wait for the price to drop? And invest the m
  4. Thanks for the reply. I don't think I will be using the view finder a lot so that should not be any problem. I was hoping the color science could be similar though. Thanks! The price for that FS700 was really cheap. It has the raw option and comes with a cage as well. In my region, the OG A7S is still quite expensive. It's still around $500 USD. I guess we Hong Kong people just love the A7S. I've even seen used A7S2 selling for $1000-1200 in 2021. The A7S is a good camera though. I used to rent it for all my jobs. Would definitely consider it now since the pric
  5. The Fujifilm X-T3 + 18-55mm f2.8-4 is a great combination. Great colors, great codec options, beautiful image, good for photography too. No IBIS though. Panasonic G9 with a kit lens or G85 with the 12-60mm f2.8-4 are good options as well. Personally I have never used the G85 but heard many praise it. I have used the G9 for a long time and the image quality is very very nice. The Panasonic cameras have very bad AF though. May not be suitable for total beginners.
  6. Recently I've got the Sony FS700 as the main camera (after I sold almost everything a few months ago) and since it was much cheaper than I had expected (around $600 USD), I now have some room to get another camera. My girlfriend and I are looking at the Sony F3 right now. It's about $800-$950 around here, and actually a bit more expensive and makes me hesitate a bit. So before we pull the trigger, we would like to ask for some opinions. Is there anything I should be aware of before buying? Is there any component or parts that easily becomes faculty over time? A
  7. Interesting, but normally cameras from HK have the same firmware and thus have the same recording limit (if there is any). I could be wrong though.
  8. I don't know about the noise reduction thing. Is it really this bad? I may have to look at it. This definitely can be a deal breaker for many.
  9. Maybe I should try using the phone as monitor then. I will no doubt buy the clutch if not for the price and that it may not ship to Hong Kong. The remote grip of Portkeys is interesting except for the look. My girlfriend fins it kind of ugly. I used to own a Sony A7M3 when I have about 50% still job and 50% video works, but now it's mostly video. If only the Sony A7S3 has better still capability I may save up more money to get it instead.
  10. I agree. But I'm afraid not many care to do the self editing, even myself unfortunately. More often than not I simply not click into those videos and don't take the time to dislike them.
  11. I honestly don't get how YouTube's algorithm works. Half of the times, they recommend good contents that I may watch, which is great I guess, but the other half, stupid videos that I'm not remotely interested at. Anyway, I think the problem is not that YouTube needs a human editor. What the company needs, is people with ethic to screen out the brainless and harmful contents. But as a company, YouTube doesn't give a f**k about anything other than profit. So the brainwashing stupid videos will keep on existing and blooming as long as there are people who will watch them.
  12. Thanks. I guess I need to do more customization for the control. But still, I think a dial would be great. I actually considered using SSD with the USB-C port but it's just not very secured. Therefore, the Cfast to SSD module sounds very interesting. What about the speed? Yes. Z CAM is very exciting as a company. The offerings bring so much features and options at such a low price. Thank you. For the color, I only did some minor color corrections, but in my opinion, it already looked quite nice. I set the HDMI to 1080P and it's still not very sharp. The latency
  13. The C70 looks very interesting. I think Canon finds a good balance between cinema camera and DSLR styled form factor. And I'm happy to hear it performs well. I guess I have to come up with a reason to rent it and try it out!
  14. It's sad to see Nikon is in this current situation. I always love Nikon cameras for stills. But I'm afraid it was already too late for Nikon to drastically change its business strategy. Nikon has largely ignored the mirrorless market and sectors for video shooters or hybrid shooters for maybe a bit too long. The z-mount looks promising, but the lens options is far behind Sony. As for features, they are also behind Panasonic, and now Canon and Sony as well.
  15. So I’ve bought the Z CAM-S6, hoping it would be useful for some upcoming projects. However, I planned to sell it after finishing those projects, unless I find myself in love with this camera. Anyway, I took the camera with some friends and shot a little video. We didn’t plan beforehand because this was meant to be more of a feeling out process and a camera test. I’ve tried very hard to make it a more coherent story, though I must admit it is still very confusing. 1. Modular design is fantastic because you can build it up the way you wanted, however the cost adds up very quickly.
  16. The FX6 looks interesting, but yeah, it's very hard to justify the purchase when there is still not enough jobs. May rent it occasionally though. I really like the electronic ND, one of the things I really miss since I switched. I wonder if the internal microphone is still in the handle. If so, it will be impossible to use it on a gimbal if all audio inputs are also in the handle.
  17. How do you guys find the LCD screen? Is it good for manual focusing? And what about the battery life? And the micro HDMI port? I've been very interested in this camera for a while, but not sure should I buy it. It's still a little bit pricey for me (about $2200 for body only). And my income is not secured until next year.
  18. First of all, thank you for all the replies. I never thought of this before. So basically the battery life is getting worse after prolong use? Then it's no go for me. Can't really buy things that only work for a while. I will mainly shoot short distance. But is the signal stable enough? I will probably save up to get the Sennheiser G4 then (can't buy the Sony in my area). The deity looks very interesting as well. And for this project, I will just rent a G4 to try it out.
  19. So I'm going to shoot a short film and I need to invest in some wireless lavalier microphone to work with the shotgun microphone. I may use it in my future interview works as well. Here are some of the systems I'm considering right now: Rode Wireless GO, Saramonic Blink500, Comica BoomX-D I have not used any of them before. What are you guys' experiences with them? Any other recommendations? Any tips? Thank you.
  20. Yeah that sucks. The trend is the same regarding wedding here in Hong Kong as well. That's why wedding videos in Hong Kong tend to look very horrible. Poorly exposed images shot with wide lenses, tons of unnecessarily gimbal shots... etc. Luckily I am in the event business where videos get paid more. It's only because of COVID I am next to jobless for 8 months. The S5 looks very nice and I actually like Panasonic very much. Hope you have a nice experience with the S5.
  21. The description of clients is so true. Many simply don't value the skill of a videographer. They think they hire us because we own a camera and if they do, they can easily do our jobs. How hard can it be, when they're already making videos or taking stills with their smartphone? To convince a client the value of quality gear and skillful videographer is very hard until they can see the result. I have a client who thought I charge too much so he decided to hire his friend to film the next corporate event. Then he knew I didn't get paid because I owned a big and bulky FS5. Anyway, I
  22. aaa123jc

    Sony A74

    If it has a full HDMI port and 10Bit 422, there will be great and possibly tempt me to buy it. Sony has done a lot of great improvements on their cameras lately. The only reason I didn't go for the A7S3 is the lack of proper APS-C option. Most of my lens collection is not full frame.
  23. After doing videos for three years, I've learned an expensive camera does not always equal to an expensive and beautiful image. Part of that "Arri" look or cinematic look as people call it, is created before the camera starts to capture. The videos now I can shoot with very cheap camera are so much better than what I used to shoot using a Sony A7S2. Give the best camera in the world to a newbie and he is going to still have bad result. Something I only learned after quite a few bad investments. What I want to say is, a thick image with great contrast and saturation has to be creat
  24. The image quality is very good on this camera. Got me excited to try it out myself.
  25. This is a surprisingly meaningful video. Makes me think about life. My girlfriend and I used to shoot videos just for fun. Very silly stuffs, really. We knew nothing about videography so the videos are just bad. This changed after we do video professionally. We don't shoot those silly videos anymore. We only shoot paid jobs and testings. It's like we have forgotten making videos are not always about work. Making videos are not fun anymore most of the time. Maybe that can help with my depression. Who knows?
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