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    currensheldon got a reaction from Juank in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    With all the rage of full-frame video on the high-end (C700, Venice, Alexa Mini LF, Monstro, etc), pretty crazy there is a $4k full-frame camera that shoots 6K and does it in what will at least be a 10-bit codec (probably). No, it may not be what everyone wants, but it is quite the accomplishment.
    I really do think there are a couple of big features not announced today - probably just in case the A7sIII is announced in the next 3-4 months, Panasonic can come back and say "well, we've got that too!" - the flippy screen is a great example of something they didn't announce and yet, there it is... 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from ajay in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    Woah! And check out that fan vent.
    Also looks like it will fix my problem with the flip-out screen (blocking the ports or bumping into things that are plugged into the ports) - looks to have enough room to at least tilt 45-degrees or so without bumping into the HDMI chord and should clear the microphone and headphone chords completely (though hard to tell).
    Love the recessed grip. 
    I have a feeling this thing has some more goodies up its sleeve that Panasonic hasn't told us about yet. Let everyone talk about 6K and 10-bit for a couple of months and then drop a few more big things - still holding out hope for internal ND... 
     
     
     
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    currensheldon reacted to Andrew Reid in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    You make a lot of fair points, well done. I am not going to argue that much.
    I do think the S1 + Filmmaker Update is a good deal. Yes it has cons, as a system it is early days, the autofocus is a problem for many, many people... I get that, but let's not lose sight of the stuff we should be excited about, like the full frame sensor, doing oversampled 4K from 6K, really nice 10bit codec, V-LOG (from July), great colour science, market leading EVF better than even the Leica SL, superb ergonomics, articulated screen and huge battery. Also, it's a great stills camera for manual focus glass with that huge EVF.
    I think full frame 10bit 4:2:2 V-LOG and nice 1080p up to 180fps is something no other camera currently offers. Not Sony, not Canon, not Fuji, and when you consider it is $2500, that's a very good offer.
    I agree with your deal-breakers though. The AF situation will lose Panasonic a lot of customers. The lens situation is, shall we say, challenging when it comes to native stuff. Expensive, may be another word. Built in ND should be there on the S1H, but would add to the cost as well. I think Panasonic wanted to make an S1H based as closely on the S1 as possible without too much mission creep.
    I agree that larger screens we are seeing on a select few... BM Pocket 4K and Sharp 8K cams - would be great to have... but those cameras don't even have an EVF. Let's not decry the S1 for lacking a few niceties when it packs in a FAR more complete and well rounded feature-set.
    As one-man operator who needs AF, IBIS, built in ND, 10bit, 4K.60p, honesty you are not gonna find it ALL in one camera for $2000... Let's be real.
    Closest you will get is Fuji X-H1 or X-T3.... Maybe the A7 III... But not even these do all of that in one body.
    And if you go Blackmagic, you lose even more convenience.
    And good luck with an EOS R... You might need to buy new lenses to get any sort of wide end, if all you have is designed for full frame... And the rolling shutter is shit. No IBIS. No 10bit. No 4K/60p. No built in ND, the adapter is needed and it's not a pro piece of kit, sucks in dirt, not easy to go instantly to clear filter, and to top it all off, there's no kind of 120fps at all... Unless you count the 720p line skipped shite. I don't.
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    currensheldon got a reaction from PrometheusDM in Panasonic S1 Firmware Update   
    Wow! That's a really nice move by Panasonic - really looking after us early adopters. Suddenly now, this is definitely the best value for money pro mirrorless camera at $2500 (or so). 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from Simon Young in Panasonic S1 Firmware Update   
    I think B&H jumped the gun this morning and it appears they have the Panasonic S1 firmware update key available already (and it's free with an S1 purchase right now). Nothing really happens when you click it, but looks like it will be $199. 

    Sort of annoying you can get it for free with an S1 purchase after I bought mine already. I did get a free battery and battery grip with my purchase, but the battery is $86 and I'll probably never use the battery grip, so I think I'd rather have the free firmware upgrade... 
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    currensheldon reacted to Video Hummus in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    Yeah, this is spot on.
    I’m still excited for the release and hope there are some more surprises. I really enjoy Panasonic cameras. They get a lot right with ergos and menus systems, codecs options, and firmware upgrades. I enjoy using my GH5S way more than when I had a A7iii. I think the image looks way better and has more weight to it. I’m don’t put bokeh as high on my list as other people.
    I do wish though that if they can’t improve their CDAF then they should use PDAF in the meantime. I think the S1 has improved in that regard, not a leap, but a skip and a hop.
    I do wish they would continue to push the boundaries like they did with the GH5 2 years ago with things like built in vari-NDs in DSLR form factor. 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from Juank in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    Based on just what we know, if Sony released this exact same camera but as the A7sIII, people would be heaping praise on them. 
    - first mirrorless to offer full frame 60p in 4k
    - 10 bit for 24-60p in 4K (first ever) 
    - very very usable IBIS (unlike Sony’s)
    - Anamorphic shooting 
    - and oh, btw, the first camera to shoot full frame 6k under $30k... 
    - 14 stops dynamic range with Panasonic’s color science (which is way nicer than Sony).
    Still hoping for internal NDs, but we’ll see what else they put in here. This thing is PACKED full of features. 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from Towd in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    Based on just what we know, if Sony released this exact same camera but as the A7sIII, people would be heaping praise on them. 
    - first mirrorless to offer full frame 60p in 4k
    - 10 bit for 24-60p in 4K (first ever) 
    - very very usable IBIS (unlike Sony’s)
    - Anamorphic shooting 
    - and oh, btw, the first camera to shoot full frame 6k under $30k... 
    - 14 stops dynamic range with Panasonic’s color science (which is way nicer than Sony).
    Still hoping for internal NDs, but we’ll see what else they put in here. This thing is PACKED full of features. 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from New_E in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    Based on just what we know, if Sony released this exact same camera but as the A7sIII, people would be heaping praise on them. 
    - first mirrorless to offer full frame 60p in 4k
    - 10 bit for 24-60p in 4K (first ever) 
    - very very usable IBIS (unlike Sony’s)
    - Anamorphic shooting 
    - and oh, btw, the first camera to shoot full frame 6k under $30k... 
    - 14 stops dynamic range with Panasonic’s color science (which is way nicer than Sony).
    Still hoping for internal NDs, but we’ll see what else they put in here. This thing is PACKED full of features. 
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    currensheldon reacted to KnightsFan in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    Depends on when it's released. Z Cam has FF 6k60 with a planned October release. But I agree with everything you say. It shouldn't be taken lightly that this thing has specs well beyond any of the competition, as was the S1 for that matter.
     
    And there are a lot of specs/features that we haven't heard anything about. Rolling shutter? Even if it gets down to ~10ms that would be huge over other FF cameras. How about timecode? Or something as simple as two 1/4-20 holes on the bottom? Nikon is the closest so far, with a 1/4-20 and a locator pin. What if they add a mini XLR like the P4k? A DC power input would streamline a rig. I know most of those probably won't be present, but it's worth waiting to see before dissing it. 6k might be a headline feature, but I'm more interested in the multitude of little things that would make my life easier.
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    currensheldon got a reaction from KnightsFan in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    Based on just what we know, if Sony released this exact same camera but as the A7sIII, people would be heaping praise on them. 
    - first mirrorless to offer full frame 60p in 4k
    - 10 bit for 24-60p in 4K (first ever) 
    - very very usable IBIS (unlike Sony’s)
    - Anamorphic shooting 
    - and oh, btw, the first camera to shoot full frame 6k under $30k... 
    - 14 stops dynamic range with Panasonic’s color science (which is way nicer than Sony).
    Still hoping for internal NDs, but we’ll see what else they put in here. This thing is PACKED full of features. 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from webrunner5 in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    That seems like quite a bit for a mirrorless camera. If they can get internal NDs in there, have great pre-amps to eliminate any low level hiss from the XLR adapter (that the GH5 did have a bit of), and broadcast approved 10-12 bit codecs for $4k-$5k (or so), I do think that is game-changing. Nobody has anything even close to that in this size, form factor, or price.
    Yes, I hope there is some really game-changing extra surprises (like global shutter or 4k 120fps or internal compressed raw), but the above is still leaps and bounds ahead of everything else. There isn't even a manufacturer that offers anything better than 8-bit 420 in UHD.
    It's a bummer that people are dismissing the S1 when it is such a more capable camera than an EOS R or any Sony I've used (and way nicer image quality) - just because the AF can't perfectly track people sprinting at them, a situation I have never needed to film in my 7+ years making videos and films... 
     
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    currensheldon reacted to Castorp in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    Rubbish. It’s not just about autofocus performance. Ergonomics, build quality and reliability are equally or more important in a professional environment.
    Autofocus isn’t necessarily important at all for professional use. Depends on the job. 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from Geoff CB in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    Yea agreed - if it is really for filmmakers, then just make a true video camera with these specs. 
    The S1 is the true hybrid, so it seems strange that this would be called a hybrid version.
     
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    currensheldon reacted to BrooklynDan in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    I kind of wish that Panasonic would've let go of the mirrorless form factor for this camera. Strictly speaking, there is no good reason to give a purpose-built video camera a mirrorless-style body. It does not really fit with the way people operate cinema cameras. As a hybrid between still and video, OK. But for a dedicated cinema camera, I would've much preferred a LS300/VG900 camcorder-style body. It would make it much easier to accommodate the inevitable PL mount adaptors and pro battery plates. Also, XLR inputs and audio controls.
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    currensheldon reacted to Video Hummus in Panasonic announces the 10-25mm f/1.7 Micro Four Thirds Lens!   
    Well, I don't normally do this but I'll be first to preorder because I have a feeling this lens will be on backorder for awhile.
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    currensheldon got a reaction from Emanuel in Panasonic announces the 10-25mm f/1.7 Micro Four Thirds Lens!   
    Yea we'll see how much the L-Mount camera will be, but the GH6 + 10-25mm f1.7 isn't that much different than an S1 + 24-70mm f2.8, which would be way heavier, more expensive, and losing that very useful 20-24mm range. That is, if the GH6 can make sure to have the low light capabilities of the GH5s. And, chances are, the GH6 will be the most feature-packed $2k camera out there. 
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    currensheldon reacted to Django in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    Any camera that allows you to get the job done and get paid is a pro tool imo.
    Of course if you're doing high-end cinema, sports photography or have broadcast requirements, that may exclude most hybrid MILCs (at least as A-cams).
    The C200 is definitely pro gear even if it isn't Netflix approved or has a broadcast-friendly codec. 
    There is a indie feature film presented at Cannes festival this year making buzz that was shot on 4 C200s, another one last year was shot on couple A7S2s.
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    currensheldon reacted to Oliver Daniel in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    You’re right. 
    I know countless people using the GH5 for serious video work. I’m one of them and everybody is fine with it, and never questions it. I use it alongside the EVA1 and the GH5 performs brilliantly, every time.  
     
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    currensheldon got a reaction from webrunner5 in Panasonic announces the 10-25mm f/1.7 Micro Four Thirds Lens!   
    This is a very impressive price and weight. Depending on what the GH6 has will probably dictate whether I grab this or not.
    but I’d love something like this that is that much lighter than the Sigma/Metabones combo (which I stop down to f1.4-1.8 most of the time anyway).
    and the extra wide angle is amazing. Getting a 20-50mm (with AF) compared to something like 27-55mm is also very useful. Add on the GH5 1.4x punch in and you have a 20-75mm f1.7 - really impressive. 
    Almost makes me want to stay with MFT, but that new L Mount camera coming is going to be sweeeeeet
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    currensheldon reacted to IronFilm in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    Hopefully Panasonic realizes it makes more sense to cannibalize your products, than to let someone else do it. Like Sony did with the FS7 vs F5 (or F35 vs F23, or F3 vs F35, or F55/F5 vs F3, etc). 

    Also the Panasonic Varicam S35/LT are kinda getting old ish, so although they're still very capable and relevant, perhaps time for an update? 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from IronFilm in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    One rumor says it is "built like a tank," so I would think they are following their S1 mode of creating true professional tools. I'm all for that. But definitely a fan of small-ish form factors (FS5/EVA) over something like Ursa Mini Pro or FS7. 
    It is difficult to figure out where and how this will fit in the Panasonic lineup without hurting the EVA-1 or Varicam LT. Maybe Panasonic has decided it is better to have one massive hit and cannibalize yourself rather than wait for someone else to do it... 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from IronFilm in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    I'm very curious (and excited!) about what this will be, what it will look like, and where it will fit in Panasonic's lineup.
    If it is just an S1-C (cinema) with minor upgrades, that would be a bummer. However, if they could add internal NDs, I'm all in right away. Surely they'll add at least the higher-end codecs and All-I of the GH5, but that alone wouldn't excite me much. I tend to use the 10-bit 150mbps on the GH5 more often anyway for space reasons (and the S1 is already getting that with full V-Log). And, as Andrew noted, the H265 already on the camera is excellent. 
    So, I would think this camera would have to be something quite a bit more to be appealing - hoping for a FS5-sized full frame camera or an XC-15 style camera. Internal NDs, IBIS, 120fps in 4K, and an efficient raw codec (please BM Raw and not ProRes Raw), are all high on my wish list. 
    I just hope it's more of an FS5/EVA-1 form factor (or smaller, more LUMIX-y) and not a FS7 shoulder cam. 
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    Also excited that they'll have a working DP talking about her experience using it at CineGear, which may mean it is closer to being ready to roll than the GH5, EVA-1, or S1 were when they were announced (all announced with just basic details to sit there for 3-5 months). 
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    currensheldon got a reaction from Mmmbeats in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    Game-changing could also be a large amount of incremental improvements that result in one very amazing camera. 
    - The low light of the A7sII (or S1)
    - Codecs of the BMPCC4K (or equivalent)
    - Usability of the GH5/S1
    - 14+ stops dynamic range with full V-Log (EVA-1/Varicam dynamic range)
    - IBIS of S1/GH5
    - Internal NDs (never been done on something this small/compact - so pretty game changing)
    - 3-4 channel audio and great pre-amps
    - Timecode
    - 120fps+ in 4K, 24
    And maybe a couple of other surprises. that would do it in my mind to be game-changing... 
     
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    currensheldon got a reaction from PrometheusDM in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    Agreed. Very happy rumors point to it NOT having 8K. Unnecessary for another 3-5 years, I'd think for a camera at this level. Instead, they need to focus on making our 4K workflows easier and even better: internal NDs, compressed raw, other great codecs ("streaming service and broadcast approved"), still compact enough to use on handheld gimbals, timecode... etc.
    If it can offer those things and make my EVA-1 unnecessary, then a bit bigger than the S1 is perfect. 
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