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    stv reacted to Dave Maze in Aren’t we all just a bunch of Gear Guys?   
    Just a little end of the year lol for you guys. Have been cookin this one up for a while. I hope you guys get a laugh out of it. This is a parody of the Billie Eilish song “bad guy” except... this one is all about camera gear ?‍♂️
    Let me know your thoughts!
     
    mostly shot on GH5 in 10bit on atomos ninja v. 
    pickup shots in the garage were shot on EOS R in 4k internal. 
    a few minor pickups on the EM1 mkii. 
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    stv reacted to IronFilm in Upgrading from the Panasonic G7   
    Plenty of reasons for the GH5:
    Waveform monitoring
    XLR accessory compatibility 
    Anamorphic desqueeze 
    etc

    These might not matter to you now, but who knows, maybe it will in 6 months or 18 months time?

    Plus in a couple of years from now when maybe you will sell it, I bet the GH5 will hold up better on the 2ndhand market than the G9 (just because the GH series is more famous)



     

    Remember for many years the GH series was the best of the best that Panasonic offered for stills photography, I wouldn't be too worried at all about this aspect. 
     
    Another year survived! Phew
     
    I'd like this, definitely affordable if lighting is something you need/use:
    https://www.came-tv.com/collections/hmi-light-kit-economic/products/hmi-fresnel-light-1200w-220v-electronic-ballast-dimmable
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    stv reacted to IronFilm in Upgrading from the Panasonic G7   
    Not unreasonable....  I'm on shoots now and then with an ARRI with lens sets which cost even more than the camera body cost! Isn't at all unusual. 
    Ditto, I was recommending the G7 to people for ages as well. But now the G85 has fallen so far, it is hard to not recommend the G85 instead of the G7 
    Yeah it was funny how the a6500 had WORSE 1080 than the older a6000
     

    Ditto! Was quite freeing once I accepted my main #1 focus now is the sound department. 

    I shoot on average maybe one paid gig per month as a "cameraman", and I don't actively seek that work. 
    All my other shooting is casually for myself / social media, or vlogs for my YouTube channel. 

    Honestly my Panasonic G6 could last me YEARS longer..... it is just the selfish side of me which wants a new camera ?
     

    AND AUDIO!!!!
     

    If I ever get serious about jumping back into the cinematography side of things instead of sound, then I will invest first more into lighting modifiers and support gear, such as: cutters / diffs / C stands / foggers / etc etc

    As even if you're using only "natural light" or just a couple of lights, then how you can tweak those lights can make a massive MASSIVE difference 
     
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    stv reacted to BTM_Pix in Upgrading from the Panasonic G7   
    In terms of feelings, the second one of these two makes me feel like you either included it by mistake or you need to sort out that focus peaking ?
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    stv reacted to kye in Upgrading from the Panasonic G7   
    An amusing test....  I just took a few shots in my backyard as a comparison.
    Setup one: GH5 shooting HLG in 4K, kit lens, amateur point-and-click composition, deliberately bad / basic grade....

    Setup two: GF3 shooting rec709 in 1080p, "fancy" lens, a medium level of effort put into the composition and the grade (but still not expert level)..


    Which looks more filmic?  Which makes you feel something?
    In this case the "fancy" lens wasn't even that fancy - it was a Helios 58mm F2 on an m42 SB.  I thought it was overkill to put on one of my Voigtlander f0.95 primes, BUT having said that it would be overkill, the Voigtlanders cost less than a GH5 body, so it's comparable.
    Even if you say that buying a camera body "upgrades" all your lenses but buying one lens only upgrades that focal length, then sure, you're right.  In that case, buy a really nice zoom lens (12-35 F2.8 or a Sigma 18-35 and a SB) or go the whole hog and go the Russian Primes and buy a whole set.  Part of the organic look of the above is that the Helios is so imperfect.  I'm happy to talk about how to shoot uncontrolled situations in natural light with fully-manual primes - I do it and it works great.
    Think about what you want to achieve, then invest in what will get you closer to that outcome.
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    stv got a reaction from IronFilm in Upgrading from the Panasonic G7   
    Gahhh, you're talking way too much sense for my liking @kye. I think you've crushed any argument I have for purchasing a new camera, especially when you take into account that I only shoot for fun.
    Looking at that video (which is awesome by the way), it's crazy to see how far cameras have come in such a short amount of time and how spoiled we are with all the low cost options that are available today. Imagine what filmmakers would be thinking if you could go back in time 15 years and show them something like the G7. They would be blown away. Meanwhile, here I am, a casual hobbyist at best, thinking that I need gradable 10bit footage to shoot some video tests that probably no one is ever going to see. Hah! Thanks for putting things into perspective for me. My wallet thanks you.
    Ok scrap everything I just said. NEW CAMERA! NEW CAMERA! hahaha
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    stv got a reaction from kye in Upgrading from the Panasonic G7   
    Gahhh, you're talking way too much sense for my liking @kye. I think you've crushed any argument I have for purchasing a new camera, especially when you take into account that I only shoot for fun.
    Looking at that video (which is awesome by the way), it's crazy to see how far cameras have come in such a short amount of time and how spoiled we are with all the low cost options that are available today. Imagine what filmmakers would be thinking if you could go back in time 15 years and show them something like the G7. They would be blown away. Meanwhile, here I am, a casual hobbyist at best, thinking that I need gradable 10bit footage to shoot some video tests that probably no one is ever going to see. Hah! Thanks for putting things into perspective for me. My wallet thanks you.
    Ok scrap everything I just said. NEW CAMERA! NEW CAMERA! hahaha
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    stv got a reaction from newfoundmass in Upgrading from the Panasonic G7   
    Gahhh, you're talking way too much sense for my liking @kye. I think you've crushed any argument I have for purchasing a new camera, especially when you take into account that I only shoot for fun.
    Looking at that video (which is awesome by the way), it's crazy to see how far cameras have come in such a short amount of time and how spoiled we are with all the low cost options that are available today. Imagine what filmmakers would be thinking if you could go back in time 15 years and show them something like the G7. They would be blown away. Meanwhile, here I am, a casual hobbyist at best, thinking that I need gradable 10bit footage to shoot some video tests that probably no one is ever going to see. Hah! Thanks for putting things into perspective for me. My wallet thanks you.
    Ok scrap everything I just said. NEW CAMERA! NEW CAMERA! hahaha
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    stv reacted to newfoundmass in Upgrading from the Panasonic G7   
    Eff lighting and lenses... NEW CAMERA! 
    ?
    That's really good advice, honestly. 
    I'll still be filming on my GH5 for years to come and will likely sell my G85 and buy a second GH5 used when the used price lowers down even more. One, it's an incredible camera, and two, your camera isn't all that important, especially these days when you can get lovely images on a $300 camera. My lenses, mics, lights, filters, etc. are all things that will carry over with me for years and years to come. 
    One thing I would suggest is, if you think you're going to move away from M43 in the not so distant future it'd probably make sense to invest in lenses that can adapt to other cameras. I have two Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8 lenses for my multi camera / sports / event work because having a native lens in those situations is beneficial. The rest of my lenses are pretty much all vintage and manual lenses with other mounts that I can easily adapt should the day come when I move to a different system. Switching systems can get pretty expensive, especially if you have to get all new lenses. 
    Another reason to stick with the G7 is that it still has a very nice image. It's a little limiting when it comes to color grading, dynamic range, etc. but to me it's still a relevant camera in 2019 and beyond, especially for beginners and hobbyists. Though I've started suggesting the G85 to beginners and hobbyist since the used price has gone down so much, the G7 is still a killer little camera. 
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    stv reacted to kye in Upgrading from the Panasonic G7   
    No worries.
    I'll follow that up with more advice that you probably don't want to hear (lol)...  
    I'm also a hobbyist who shoots for fun and I've also missed shots due to camera stability (plus I hate the jittery hand-held look when there's no stabilisation so that's an aesthetic choice).  I shoot GH5 hand-held with fully-manual lenses and therefore rely on the IBIS a lot.  It's spectacular, but has its limits.
    Here's the advice you probably don't want to hear, unless you absolutely have to, don't shoot hand-held.  If you can shoot with a tripod or monopod, do that.  Can't do those?  Shoot with a shoulder rig or one of those grips that work like the stock of a rifle that you brace against your shoulder (or rest it on your belt).  Can't do those?  Get a loupe and press the camera against your face for stabilisation.  Can't do those?  Take @Anaconda_'s advice and learn to stabilise with a camera strap as the third point of contact.  ONLY after you've done those things should you go to shooting hand-held and relying on IBIS.  
    I shoot hand-held but I can make a decent argument about all of the above, and have shot something like a dozen camera tests and half-a-dozen finished videos without any form of IS just to see if it was possible but even though I developed the skill it still didn't give me the look I wanted.
    Cameras are awesome to talk about and fun to play with but you'd have to be pretty freaking good for a new camera to improve your videos more than taking the time you're spending talking about it and putting that into developing your technique, and putting the money you'd spend on equipment into unpaid leave from work and (you guessed it) developing your skills.  Some of the best videos online are shot with very modest equipment, or are uploaded in 720p to Vimeo from back in the day and are glorious despite not even being 1080.
    Here's one:
    Everything about this is glorious except the image quality, which your G7 would absolutely annihilate, but it's still better than anything I will ever make.  Most people are probably the same.
    OK, lecture over.
    Talking about modes on the GH5, I did some tests for myself between the 6K 200Mbps 4:3 10-bit h265 mode, the 4K 150Mbps 10-bit h264 mode, the 4K 50p 150Mbps 8-bit mode, and the 1080p50 10-bit ALL-I mode and concluded that the 6K mode wasn't worth the extra effort in post, and in 50p it was more useful having 4K than 10-bit.
    Therefore, the modes I use are:
    4K 150Mbps h264 10-bit 25p (this is by default - I only shoot slow-motion if I know I will want it in post) 4K 50p (if I want the dreamy but almost-reality look) 1080p125 (for sports, or if I want something to be a shot that screams LOOK AT ME I'M IN SLOW MOTION ISN'T THIS AWESOME) For sports, the advice I got was to shoot ~120p unless you know you're going to want sound for that shot, in which case shoot normal speed, eg for huddles or pre-post-game interactions.  This was from @Mako Sports and makes a whole lot of sense and makes it really easy to know what modes to use when you're out shooting.
    I also didn't want to pay for UHS-II cards, so am limited to the above bit-rates, but YT is only something like 25Mbps in 4K, and much less in 1080, so the difference between 150Mbps and 400 is probably inconsequential unless you've got a distribution deal of some kind.
    Plus, if you must spend money, read this thread first......
    I think there should be some kind of rule, like every lens should cost at least half of what your camera body costs......  
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    stv reacted to Shell64 in Upgrading from the Panasonic G7   
    Fellow G7 user here. Honestly, I would use the money toward better glass, lighting, etc. Now this all depends on if you don’t already have these. But if you don’t, or have them but they are lower end, consider going this route. Maybe by an 18-35 and viltrox speedbooster, and an aperture 120d or something. I’ve been tempted to upgrade my g7, but I’ve decided investing in hq glass and lighting is a better investment. 
    If you are fine with lighting and lenses you have, I personally think that your next camera really depends on your shooting style. Doing turn and gun?  Need a complete, ultra-reliable package with great IBIS?  Gh5/G9 is for you. Don’t need IBIS and want larger sensor/better stills?  XT3 for you. Really we can’t determine this for you. It really depends on your shooting style. 
    Honestly I still think the g7 is fine. I would invest in better glass and lights. You will notice more improvement there. 
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    stv reacted to kye in Upgrading from the Panasonic G7   
    Looking at options is great, but you end up trying to compare if IBIS is better than having an extra 1.35 stops of DR, and you get no-where.
    My advice is to:
    Understand the offerings in terms of what features they offer Review how you work and what features on offer actually matter Review if there are any limitations in how you work that would be eliminated (eg, IBIS makes going hand-held an option for some people) Evaluate the tech against your requirements and how you work No point buying a camera because it works better for someone else and gets great reviews for doing things that you don't do.
    And remember that when you're reading reviews most people who write reviews are review writers and may not actually do anything else except make reviews.  Which is why vloggers only review cameras as vlogging cameras....
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    stv reacted to newfoundmass in Upgrading from the Panasonic G7   
    You'll notice an improvement in IQ on all those cameras, for sure, though the G7 is still has a very good image. What kind of work are you doing? 
    For me personally I lean towards the GH5 because the IBIS and all of the video centric features. I do a lot of handheld work, and the IBIS allows me to get stable footage with a stripped down set up. It's kind of the Swiss army knife of cameras, it can handle pretty much everything you throw at it. The 1080p on the GH5 is also fantastic. 
    Still if the X-T3 had comparable IBIS and didn't have the recording limit I'd be very, very tempted. 
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    stv reacted to Anaconda_ in Upgrading from the Panasonic G7   
    I'm in a very similar position, wanting to upgrade my take everywhere camera from my loved GX80 to something with a mic input at the very least. IBIS is amazing, but I think there are other things in a camera that are more important. (codec, bitrate, etc.)
    For a few weeks, I've been to-and-fro-ing between the Fuji XT30, XT3 and XH1 (and every now and then the Sigma FP, but I'm pretty sure that's ruled out after a conversation in that thread).
    XT30 is amazingly cheap at the moment, and similarish in size to the GX80. - But I feel like if I go with that, I'll be pining over it's bigger brother in a couple months.
    XT3 has the best video specs of the three with 10bit DCI 60p and the best 1080/120p
    XH1 tops out at 8bit DCI 24p, but it does have IBIS.
    As for Black Friday deals. I'm not sure if it's the same where you are, but in Europe Fuji has a €200 cashback on many of their cameras. This will last until 5th Jan, so it can give you more time to think about it. I think the worst thing you could do is rush into a decision just because there's a sale. After all, if you're only now upgrading from the 5-year-old g7, this next one will likely need to keep you happy for another 5 years. There will be another sale in January, then an easter sale, then summer sale.
    @thebrothersthre3 - XT3 can shoot in h264 as well, unless you want DCI60/50p - any other resolution or frame rate is fine for h264
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    stv reacted to thebrothersthre3 in Upgrading from the Panasonic G7   
    The jump in IQ is definitely more noticeable with the XT3. 

    The GH5 has the best 1080p though, virtually no moire/aliasing. The XT3 is definitely more prone to moire and aliasing but less so in 4k. The XT3 definitely is ahead in the 4k department having 10 bit in 4k 60p. Its 120p also beats the GH5's imho. The extra stop and a half of dynamic range is noticeable on the XT3 coming from the GH5, even more noticeable coming from a G7.

    If you have a slower PC the GH5's H254 10 bit is nice, especially in 1080p. 10 bit H264 200mbps All-I runs nicely in premiere. Fuji you are stuck with H265 which is a bitch, but if you have a better PC its no problem. 

    If you can link up with some local video people and test out the cameras that's always the best way. You'd be surprised how many people would be willing to do that. 

    I think you'd definitely appreciate either camera. The IBIS on the GH5 can be magical. 
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    stv reacted to Andrew Reid in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I think a lot of you (all of you?) come to this thread to learn more about the camera, so I'll save my lengthy apologies for a blog post.
    It's not been my finest hour, but frustration will do that to a man.
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    stv reacted to Andrew Reid in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I am certainly not bigger than a camera company, or more important than Blackmagic and I think people may have seen the hysterics as a bit silly.
    I accept that yes, possibly I have shot myself in the foot.
    Having said that, EOSHD is bigger than me as well and is a real community. I was standing up for the community and not just for myself.
    This was a perfect storm for me. A combination of several factors which caused me to get upset enough to write that article...
    First the Canon EOS R launch and the new levels of invasive of PR offensive we are seeing from the camera companies to quell dissent and turn even Caleb Pike into a "it's not perfect but WOW what a great camera" kind of guy. Rather than the person he should be, a "1.8x crop sucks" kind of reviewer.
    Secondly the overwhelming feeling of shithead sycophants climbing above my site, in the VIP lane, completely undeservedly.
    Thirdly the geographical positioning of the Blackmagic event, it being on my doorstep.
    Next the fact Cinema5D were paid to fly in. I could have walked in.
    Finally, the John Brawley factor on here and the lack of support from most of my own readers, honestly all this is enough to give someone a nervous breakdown.
    It's hard to really get across how I feel, because it is a weird situation and I think the internet is a bit weird as well. In real life, people don't say the things I say or say the things to me that I have had to put up with. People need to calm down, myself included.
    It's only a camera.
    But I do feel the future of camera and tech journalism is at stake. In fact it may already be absolutely dead. And the most depressing thing of all is that the reader is fine, unawares, and on the most part notices no issue.
    No, that wasn't my intention.
    Yes I have dug myself into a very silly hole.
    I'll be the first to admit that.
    Yes Johnnie at Cinema5D is laughing his business head off as we speak.
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    stv reacted to John Brawley in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    Andrew, the comments about grading weren’t intended for you specifically.  Read the post.  I was talking in generalities about recent facebook groups I’d left and a similar entitled tone here. It was not a personal attack but you chose to take it that way.
    Cmon, I shoot these shots for BMD for exactly this purpose. To be downloaded and graded.  If I was truly precious about it I wouldn’t do it again and again would I ? 
    You’re throwing a tantrum, publicly, because you dind’t get an invite to a BMD event that is seems like few even knew about.
    Somehow you think that’s got something to do with me so you went and wrote a post about me. A really lovely piece too.
    I’ve said it already a thousand times.
    I don’t work for them.  
    I don’t have that much to do with them day to day.  Last contact I had with anyone at BMD was weeks ago.  
    It’s not my job to make sure YOU get some attention from them.  That’s on you to make that case.  
    And by the way, this kind of childish unprofessional behaviour is exactly the kind of reason any company would think twice about working with you.
    Instead, you launch a highly personal assasination blog post as well as numerous personal attacks because I dared to try and explain that to you in a way that you thought wasn’t deferential enough ?
    You don’t do this for free.  You sell something.  I don’t but you actually do.
    Having traffic come to this site means you have a greater chance of selling something.
    You sell LUT’s and you sell guides and you use the traffic here to do so. So don’t pretend all this free traffic is somehow a favour to BMD and free publicity.
    I didn’t even see the post you made about the BMD footage till your personal attack on me,  but I noticed when I read your BMD post you’re mixing in a bunch of references to LUT’s you’re trying to flog.
    How about this...
    Delete every single post of mine.  All the IP that I’ve posted and shared on this forum? All those posts where I’ve shared my knowledge and experience.  
    Go ahead and put your money where your mouth is.
    JB
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    stv reacted to anonim in Greetings from Mediterranean... or please share vacation clips   
    I always hesitate to comment something that is so widely explored... so, as my best (and nothing special clever) I'd say that maybe the best answer is to try as much as possible solutions. It really depends of type of shots, usage, scenario, possible control over circumstances, monitoring solution, decision about AF or MF etc...  Except for walking shots, I think that GH5 IBIS is safely enough for near all creative tasks if you have ultra wide lens in front (I had no it in above case – but I found that in some other occasions I had success even with running with 10mm m43 lens). Although gimbals are so popular, and with the reason, they are, of course, clumsy... I think that we have to have at least two cameras for comfortable usage of gimbal, one of which might be permanently tied with gimbal - constant putting on/off camera with balancing is not something that I enjoy.
    Actually, I'm in process of selling my Zhiyun Crane 2... Even if I have no prospect of usage of gears just for, say, two months, I'm selling without regret such expensive and fast-loosing-value technical adds... Who knows what will be the next... Olympus with even better Ibis? Or DJ Ronin S mini? 
    What I find the most important is - impression that you have imagination to resolve tasks and problems in the creative way, which is power that is impossible to buy!
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    stv reacted to tellure in Greetings from Mediterranean... or please share vacation clips   
    Nice stuff stv, I thought the film effects and leaks were well done.  Especially when the leaks were timed to the little bursts of static in the music (unless those were added in post?).  I agree with anonim about the structure of the train travel breaking up the stops for travel moments was really effective.  There were a few train station shots that lasted a bit too long IMO but overall well done.
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    stv reacted to mercer in Greetings from Mediterranean... or please share vacation clips   
    Yeah I enjoyed this very much. I love a good vintage look so that was also appreciated. What kind of overlays did you use? Also what lens/es did you shoot with? Obviously the G7 is working good enough for you, but if you’re looking to upgrade, I’m sure the IBIS of the G85/G9/GH5 would definitely help a lot with any shakes you’re encountering. And if you want some rock solid video, the Olympus IBIS is even better than Panasonic’s. I had the E-M5ii for a spell last year and I almost had to try really hard to get shaky footage.
    Anyway, if this is what you are capable of as an “armchair enthusiast,” I can’t wait to see what you do when you get up from that comfy chair.
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    stv got a reaction from mercer in Greetings from Mediterranean... or please share vacation clips   
    Hi, I've been a longtime lurker on this forum but never had a reason to contribute as I have next to zero experience in film making and cameras despite being quite interested in them. I guess you could call me an armchair enthusiast; I watch and read a lot of stuff online but haven't really acted on any of it. That said, last year I went on a trip to Japan and set myself the task of recording a bunch of footage with the intent to produce some kind of "travel" video clip. I soon realised that the process wasn't as easy as I initially thought it was going to be as I struggled to get any smooth stable shots. Just about everything I shot was marred with micro jitters and vomit inducing shakes (I was travelling light and did not bring a tripod). In an attempt to salvage my barely usable inconsistent clips, I did what all good amateurs do and threw on an excessive amount of overlays and light leaks to try and create the overly used "old school vintage film look". I know it's probably below the standards of this forum but here's the result.
     
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    stv got a reaction from tellure in Greetings from Mediterranean... or please share vacation clips   
    Hi, I've been a longtime lurker on this forum but never had a reason to contribute as I have next to zero experience in film making and cameras despite being quite interested in them. I guess you could call me an armchair enthusiast; I watch and read a lot of stuff online but haven't really acted on any of it. That said, last year I went on a trip to Japan and set myself the task of recording a bunch of footage with the intent to produce some kind of "travel" video clip. I soon realised that the process wasn't as easy as I initially thought it was going to be as I struggled to get any smooth stable shots. Just about everything I shot was marred with micro jitters and vomit inducing shakes (I was travelling light and did not bring a tripod). In an attempt to salvage my barely usable inconsistent clips, I did what all good amateurs do and threw on an excessive amount of overlays and light leaks to try and create the overly used "old school vintage film look". I know it's probably below the standards of this forum but here's the result.
     
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    stv got a reaction from webrunner5 in Greetings from Mediterranean... or please share vacation clips   
    Hi, I've been a longtime lurker on this forum but never had a reason to contribute as I have next to zero experience in film making and cameras despite being quite interested in them. I guess you could call me an armchair enthusiast; I watch and read a lot of stuff online but haven't really acted on any of it. That said, last year I went on a trip to Japan and set myself the task of recording a bunch of footage with the intent to produce some kind of "travel" video clip. I soon realised that the process wasn't as easy as I initially thought it was going to be as I struggled to get any smooth stable shots. Just about everything I shot was marred with micro jitters and vomit inducing shakes (I was travelling light and did not bring a tripod). In an attempt to salvage my barely usable inconsistent clips, I did what all good amateurs do and threw on an excessive amount of overlays and light leaks to try and create the overly used "old school vintage film look". I know it's probably below the standards of this forum but here's the result.
     
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    stv reacted to anonim in Greetings from Mediterranean... or please share vacation clips   
    Maybe it will be nice to share fast unpretentious vacation-shots around the world... At least I'm always glad to see them, so that's mine last one.
     
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