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    currensheldon got a reaction from ade towell in Blackmagic IBC Announcement   
    These new recorders are HUGE, in my opinion. Black Magic Raw is perhaps the best codec currently available that isn't made by Red. Beautiful 12-bit raw footage that can actually take up less space than ProRes LT or All-I 10-bit H264. I have almost bought Black Magic cameras many times just for the codec, but I edit in Premiere and don't particularly love their cameras.
    With today's update, I can continue to use the EVA-1 or C300 Mark II, record everything in the amazing BM Raw AND still edit in Premiere (though I should just switch to Da Vinci)! These recorders breathe some serious life back into cameras like the EVA-1 and C300II. 
    Pretty amazing that Black Magic would do this. They are really working to get people into their full workflow and using some part of their tools. They will sell a lot of these recorders, probably at the expense of a few Ursas and Pockets, but they will have a lot more people in their ecosystem now.
    Hats off, BMD. This is amazing. 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from Kisaha in Blackmagic IBC Announcement   
    These new recorders are HUGE, in my opinion. Black Magic Raw is perhaps the best codec currently available that isn't made by Red. Beautiful 12-bit raw footage that can actually take up less space than ProRes LT or All-I 10-bit H264. I have almost bought Black Magic cameras many times just for the codec, but I edit in Premiere and don't particularly love their cameras.
    With today's update, I can continue to use the EVA-1 or C300 Mark II, record everything in the amazing BM Raw AND still edit in Premiere (though I should just switch to Da Vinci)! These recorders breathe some serious life back into cameras like the EVA-1 and C300II. 
    Pretty amazing that Black Magic would do this. They are really working to get people into their full workflow and using some part of their tools. They will sell a lot of these recorders, probably at the expense of a few Ursas and Pockets, but they will have a lot more people in their ecosystem now.
    Hats off, BMD. This is amazing. 
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    currensheldon reacted to Video Hummus in Variable ND Filters   
    Those are solid choices. For the budget side, K&F is not bad for $50.
    I wouldn't recommended the Tiffen at all. Horrible blue cast at all settings.
    I would get the polar pro's but $300 is hard to swallow, especially when there is finally some innovation in the space. The drop-in filters that sit very close to the sensor are a neat idea. I wish they could somehow make them variable. I just think we are going to see some long term, solid solutions soon.
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    currensheldon got a reaction from Video Hummus in Variable ND Filters   
    Despite the silly branding, many tests have shown the Polar Pro to be one of the top variable NDs out there. And I'll attest that it has WAY less color cast and vignetting than my Tiffen variable ND. Along with not affecting picture quality that much, the Polar Pro also has very nice hard stops so you never get the dreaded x-pattern or really strong corner vignettes. 
    Another ND I'd recommend is the Aurora PowerXND Mark II - also has great hard stops and very easy to change ND strength with no x-pattern or vignetting. A bit more expensive than the Tiffen, but much cheaper than the Polar Pro.
     
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    currensheldon got a reaction from Amazeballs in How many sales are Canon losing from enthusiasts due to video shenanigans?   
    It doesn't have an RF Mount, dual XLRs, or an internal ND (either internal or with the adapter). So the Pocket 6K does not have all of the specs a C100 III would have. 
    I've tried out the Pocket 4k and all of the usability issues remain in the 6K version, 3 or 4 of them being fatal flaws (meaning, I won't use it professionally): 
    - terrible battery life
    - fixed screen that is difficult to work with and not daylight viewable
    - Terrible ergonomics and general shape.
    - Quite a few reports on random shut-downs (I had the Pocket 4K turn off on me more than a dozen times whenever the battery got close to 50%). 
    Currently, Black Magic makes cameras that give you a beautiful image with a fantastic codec and menu system at a GREAT price, but everything else is a bit of a disaster. 
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    currensheldon reacted to Avenger 2.0 in How many sales are Canon losing from enthusiasts due to video shenanigans?   
    Indeed. Perfect for a controlled environment where you (can) do retakes. But would never trust them in one-time events like weddings, etc...
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    currensheldon got a reaction from MochaP in How many sales are Canon losing from enthusiasts due to video shenanigans?   
    It doesn't have an RF Mount, dual XLRs, or an internal ND (either internal or with the adapter). So the Pocket 6K does not have all of the specs a C100 III would have. 
    I've tried out the Pocket 4k and all of the usability issues remain in the 6K version, 3 or 4 of them being fatal flaws (meaning, I won't use it professionally): 
    - terrible battery life
    - fixed screen that is difficult to work with and not daylight viewable
    - Terrible ergonomics and general shape.
    - Quite a few reports on random shut-downs (I had the Pocket 4K turn off on me more than a dozen times whenever the battery got close to 50%). 
    Currently, Black Magic makes cameras that give you a beautiful image with a fantastic codec and menu system at a GREAT price, but everything else is a bit of a disaster. 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from Mako Sports in How many sales are Canon losing from enthusiasts due to video shenanigans?   
    It doesn't have an RF Mount, dual XLRs, or an internal ND (either internal or with the adapter). So the Pocket 6K does not have all of the specs a C100 III would have. 
    I've tried out the Pocket 4k and all of the usability issues remain in the 6K version, 3 or 4 of them being fatal flaws (meaning, I won't use it professionally): 
    - terrible battery life
    - fixed screen that is difficult to work with and not daylight viewable
    - Terrible ergonomics and general shape.
    - Quite a few reports on random shut-downs (I had the Pocket 4K turn off on me more than a dozen times whenever the battery got close to 50%). 
    Currently, Black Magic makes cameras that give you a beautiful image with a fantastic codec and menu system at a GREAT price, but everything else is a bit of a disaster. 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from Video Hummus in How many sales are Canon losing from enthusiasts due to video shenanigans?   
    It doesn't have an RF Mount, dual XLRs, or an internal ND (either internal or with the adapter). So the Pocket 6K does not have all of the specs a C100 III would have. 
    I've tried out the Pocket 4k and all of the usability issues remain in the 6K version, 3 or 4 of them being fatal flaws (meaning, I won't use it professionally): 
    - terrible battery life
    - fixed screen that is difficult to work with and not daylight viewable
    - Terrible ergonomics and general shape.
    - Quite a few reports on random shut-downs (I had the Pocket 4K turn off on me more than a dozen times whenever the battery got close to 50%). 
    Currently, Black Magic makes cameras that give you a beautiful image with a fantastic codec and menu system at a GREAT price, but everything else is a bit of a disaster. 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from Video Hummus in How many sales are Canon losing from enthusiasts due to video shenanigans?   
    Canon could garner a good bit of goodwill by just simply releasing a mini C100 MarkIII with 4K 60p 10-bit, RF Mount, great AF (that’s a given), dual XLRs, etc. maybe somewhere in size between the C100 and XC15. Still small and light enough to put on smaller gimbals basically. 
    could just be their standard doc and one man band camera for $4500-5000. 
     
     
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    currensheldon got a reaction from Kisaha in How many sales are Canon losing from enthusiasts due to video shenanigans?   
    Canon could garner a good bit of goodwill by just simply releasing a mini C100 MarkIII with 4K 60p 10-bit, RF Mount, great AF (that’s a given), dual XLRs, etc. maybe somewhere in size between the C100 and XC15. Still small and light enough to put on smaller gimbals basically. 
    could just be their standard doc and one man band camera for $4500-5000. 
     
     
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    currensheldon got a reaction from New_E in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    This does look like an incredible camera. Raw over HDMI coming! That's exciting. 
    But... no announcement of price or release date? Very strange... 
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    currensheldon reacted to Andrew Reid in Panasonic S1H review / hands-on - a true 6K full frame cinema camera   
    I think you might be forgetting about the indy cinematographers who want full frame, an EVF, a more adaptable lens mount and steady handheld footage
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    currensheldon got a reaction from EthanAlexander in Sony a6100 and a6600 Announcement   
    If the Sony 16-55mm f2.8 at least had stabilization, they would have sold one to every FS5 and FS7 owner out there - awesome lens less than 500-grams, but without stabilization, it becomes way less useful for those cameras. Would much rather use the 24-105mm f4 from Canon/Sigma with a speedbooster and also have a greater range + stabilization.
    Since I greatly dislike Sony's color and image, I'm happy to see them stumbling. Hopefully more money goes to Panasonic, Sigma, and Fuji, all three which seem to be at least trying to make innovative and updated products. 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from Kisaha in Sony a6100 and a6600 Announcement   
    If the Sony 16-55mm f2.8 at least had stabilization, they would have sold one to every FS5 and FS7 owner out there - awesome lens less than 500-grams, but without stabilization, it becomes way less useful for those cameras. Would much rather use the 24-105mm f4 from Canon/Sigma with a speedbooster and also have a greater range + stabilization.
    Since I greatly dislike Sony's color and image, I'm happy to see them stumbling. Hopefully more money goes to Panasonic, Sigma, and Fuji, all three which seem to be at least trying to make innovative and updated products. 
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    currensheldon reacted to Andrew Reid in Sony a6100 and a6600 Announcement   
    Add to the shortcomings: same sensor, same terrible rolling shutter, probably same poor pixel binned 120fps quality as well and Sony's lovely "colour"
    If A6600 is a flagship they should be embarrassed.
    16-55 F2.8... Wow they finally got round to it. Shame it doesn't match the Samsung effort of 5 years ago though. That was F2.0-F2.8!
    Sony = new Canon.
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    currensheldon reacted to Geoff_L in Panasonic S1 V-LOG -- New image quality king of the hill   
    Just took delivery of this(brand new Sigma 14-24 f2.8 for l-mount). I needed a convenient wide angle for landscape, astro and aurora photo, and wild field "documentary" plan for video.
    The growing thread (for the Sony mount version) on the fredmiranda forum suggests this is one of the most spectacular wide angle lens. Some guys compare it to their Zeiss prime, others ditch their Sony G.
    Can't wait to try it. Oh, and "only", 795gr... well balanced with the S1.

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    currensheldon reacted to Trankilstef in Panasonic S1H review / hands-on - a true 6K full frame cinema camera   
    Prores Raw announced!! That was quick. 
    Not so cool for Z6 owners though as the upgrade is free here ?
    https://www.atomos.com/press-releases/atomos-panasonic-lumix
    OK this is without a doubt my next camera. I'm going to sell my A7III, keep my Ninja V and voilà! 
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    currensheldon reacted to newfoundmass in Panasonic S1H review / hands-on - a true 6K full frame cinema camera   
    I don't understand how specs can be disappointing when there isn't a major camera company doing what the S1H can do in this price range?
    It's fine if it's not for you, but to act like this isn't a major release that raises the bar is just crazy. 
    Every other company will have to match or beat the Panasonic. 
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    currensheldon reacted to Andrew Reid in Panasonic S1H review / hands-on - a true 6K full frame cinema camera   
    Yes, you can dial it down to 0 in V-LOG and it looks organic.
    Yes, it's there to lessen moire, rather than win the 48 megapixel chart test.
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    currensheldon got a reaction from deezid in Panasonic S1H review / hands-on - a true 6K full frame cinema camera   
    All the different features that Panasonic have put into this camera shows that they know what they are doing - not to mention all of the beefy codecs, frame rates, resolutions, bit-rates, etc. Plus the best IBIS in the game and now some of the finest lenses (their 50mm f1.4 is silly sharp and I'm guessing the 24-70mm f2.8 will be so as well). And with native Panasonic lenses on the S1, the AF is plenty good for many situations.
    Somehow, people still say Sony is better with its 8-bit 420 100mbps codec and horrid colors. I really don't get it.
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    currensheldon got a reaction from horshack in Panasonic S1H review / hands-on - a true 6K full frame cinema camera   
    In the Panasonic presentation, the presenter says it around 8:52. Newsshooter also reported the same thing. 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from Rinad Amir in Panasonic S1H review / hands-on - a true 6K full frame cinema camera   
    In the Panasonic presentation, the presenter says it around 8:52. Newsshooter also reported the same thing. 
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    currensheldon reacted to crevice in Panasonic S1H review / hands-on - a true 6K full frame cinema camera   
    I think what it comes down to is actually even more simple than that - which camera will have the better image? At this point in the race, Sony is close to dead last, if not dead last when it comes to how the footage actually looks - so it's hard to actually say how much improvement we will see with the new A7S. Their colors aren't great and the footage lacks the cinema look that I am seeing from these S1H videos today. Obviously these video today were shot with super expensive lenses and by professionals, but they still look very impressive with great dynamic range, great motion cadence, and great color - with a subtle softness and good highlight roll off. To me that gives a very pleasing cinematic look that I do not have confidence in Sony to nail.
    I am curious, who makes the sensor in the S1H? Is it Sony or Panasonic?
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    currensheldon reacted to Mako Sports in Panasonic S1H review / hands-on - a true 6K full frame cinema camera   
    That vari angle screen design is clever.
    They were able to get around canons ff mirrorless vari angle screen patent with it.
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