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    Jonathan422 got a reaction from shooter in Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT for US$149   
    Is Laowa a generally good brand? Hard to keep up with all the companies.
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    Jonathan422 reacted to heart0less in Screw buying new cameras, after salivating over cine lens tests I'm spending real money on lenses   
    Well, there is no shortage of them, that I can tell.
    There is Tiffen Black Diffusion/FX and Schneider Radiant Frost, which (according to David Mullen) soften the image with minimal halation added.

     
     
    Not to mention a whole lot of Satins (Black Satin!), etc.
    Some good read here: https://www.thebroadcastbridge.com/content/entry/4071/its-time-sharpen-your-diffusion
     
    And last, but not least, a handy diagram from Tiffen:

     
    Someone already named it "Triangle of CONFUSION" and I think this term is extremely on point.
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    Jonathan422 reacted to Super8 in Mad Mike case   
    Was Evel Knievel crazy?
    The problem with your question is who determines who's crazy?
    The other problem is you making your question political. You sound like you're "politically motivated to judge people".   Sorry but that's not how it works. It's how you want it to work but - NO - that's why you have people that keep you checked and balanced.
     
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    Jonathan422 reacted to Emanuel in Mad Mike case   
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mad-mike-hughes-daredevil-and-flat-earth-theorist-killed-in-rocket-crash-2020-02-22/
    How's this possible in the XXI century?
    Isn't there a limit for freedom of thinking?
    Flat earth theorist !?? Are they kidding me?
    Aren't there mental health authorities in US? I mean US, but could be anywhere else. Seems pretty clear to me, there's a border between common sense vs (plain/full) insanity.
    Why not to simply forbid this kind of acrobatics? Last time I heard there are rules for drones to fly...
    IMHO society (that is, all of us) represented by the State is responsible for such loss.
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    Jonathan422 reacted to Mokara in Photokina 2020 - victim of coronavirus?   
    Keep in mind that although the mortality rate reported in the media is about "1-2" %, the number of people sick enough to end up in hospital is probably an order of magnitude higher. This virus is VERY serious and should not be taken lightly. As of right now there are 32,851 (82%) cases listed as "mild" and 7,098 (18%) listed as "serious or critical" (those are the folk in hospital or otherwise being cared by some sort of medical professional). The highest mortality rate is among those 80+, where ~20% of those infected are dying. That means that pretty much everyone in that age group who gets infected is probably going to end up in hospital.
     
    Also, the mortality rate is not quite how people are currently calculating it, because they are including those currently ill as well as those recovered. It should really be the ratio of deaths/(recovered + deaths), or 3,120/(48,284 + 3,120), which comes out to 6.1%.
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    Jonathan422 reacted to Michi in Why is the Sigma 18-35 f1.8 still not surpassed?   
    I would be ready to pay a grand for a 18-35 follow-up with IS and possibly a little more range. But I fear you‘re right. None of the manufacturers seem to care about APSC in this time. 
    While I have no intention to switch to fullframe anytime soon, many seem to do just that. So the market might just be to small...?
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    Jonathan422 reacted to EthanAlexander in ARRI's affordable camera?   
    RED's reputation has been hurt recently, so it makes sense for them to try to grab lower end customers with a cheaper camera that uses non-proprietary accessories. People thinking "RED sucks it's so overpriced" will probably be ok with the Komodo since it's so much cheaper. People who own one will likely stick with RED and upgrade to something more expensive later. It's what Mercedes does with the CLA or A class, for example - They're grabbing younger people with less income and building brand loyalty for later in life when the same customers have better paying jobs.
    Arri's reputation has been, and probably always will be, that it's just the best option for most situations. Part of that prestige is that the price makes it inaccessible by all but the highest budget productions.
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    Jonathan422 reacted to Geoff CB in ARRI's affordable camera?   
    I think that Arri are currently quite comfortable concentrating on and dominating the high end market.
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    Jonathan422 got a reaction from foliovision in Just purchased Fimconvert   
    If you use any EOSHD color settings you should always use the luts that are included and/or follow the instructions.
    If you're planning to use filmconvert it's best to shoot in unmodified profiles that are supported. Take a look at the different combinations for the A73 like "S Log 2 + Pro" or whatever they have and stick to those.
    But for the footage you already have why not download some canon and sony profiles and just see which one works best for you?
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    Jonathan422 reacted to Trek of Joy in RED Komodo   
    After spending some time tinkering with the Zcams at B&H a few days ago, can't see the Komodo's appeal unless you really want Red's raw or the RF mount. Raw, ProRes, CFast or SSD recording, lots of HFR options, two brilliant and incredibly tiny m43 bodies - one costing just $800 with raw capabilities, a 6k s35 body with a m43 or EF mount and two FF cameras that cost less than a FS5. Zcam posted on their Facebook group that a fully electronic E-mount is coming as well in the next few months. I'm sure the Red cult will be all over the Komodo, but in this space I'd go Zcam.
    Chris
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    Jonathan422 reacted to kye in Screw buying new cameras, after salivating over cine lens tests I'm spending real money on lenses   
    It's when the bright parts of the image create a kind of localised haze over the image.  
    The Black Pro Mist filters are a form of halation:


    You can simulate it (sort of) in post by taking the image, blurring it, then putting it over the top of the image at a very low opacity.
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    Jonathan422 got a reaction from odie in Who wants to be grateful?   
    cheap storage is big one for me. ssds and sd cards are really coming down. even c fast is starting to kinda
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    Jonathan422 got a reaction from kaylee in Who wants to be grateful?   
    cheap storage is big one for me. ssds and sd cards are really coming down. even c fast is starting to kinda
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    Jonathan422 got a reaction from IronFilm in Who wants to be grateful?   
    cheap storage is big one for me. ssds and sd cards are really coming down. even c fast is starting to kinda
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    Jonathan422 got a reaction from EthanAlexander in Who wants to be grateful?   
    cheap storage is big one for me. ssds and sd cards are really coming down. even c fast is starting to kinda
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    Jonathan422 reacted to kye in Screw buying new cameras, after salivating over cine lens tests I'm spending real money on lenses   
    It's possible with nano-coatings, but I suspect that that's not what they're doing.
    I've said above that I suspect there's two factors, resolution and halation, and I suspect that the skin smoothing is halation.  If you take a sharp image and apply a small amount of halation then it will seemingly smooth out much more subtle contrast areas more than higher contrast areas.  
    I suspect that this happens because we're much more attuned to contrast on skin than we are on clothing, just like we're much more attuned to the colour of skin, as such things told us who was sick, who was angry, and who might be romantically interested in us!  We don't have the same kind of tonal interest in the subtle variation of clothing or other non-human elements.  Applying a certain level of smoothing means things when its done to skin - people photographing fashion are interested in contrast on clothing but not on skin.  It's a different thing.
     
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    Jonathan422 got a reaction from MurtlandPhoto in Just purchased Fimconvert   
    If you use any EOSHD color settings you should always use the luts that are included and/or follow the instructions.
    If you're planning to use filmconvert it's best to shoot in unmodified profiles that are supported. Take a look at the different combinations for the A73 like "S Log 2 + Pro" or whatever they have and stick to those.
    But for the footage you already have why not download some canon and sony profiles and just see which one works best for you?
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    Jonathan422 reacted to kye in RED Komodo   
    Yes, two phrases come to mind...  "cautious optimism" and "hope for the best, plan for the worst"  
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    Jonathan422 reacted to MacVit in I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!   
    Hi friends! I fulfill the request of all who asked to show a phased color grading of Fujifilm F-Log (XT3). This is not a tutorial, but simply a process of color grading from the source to the final result.
     
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    Jonathan422 reacted to EthanAlexander in Metabones EF to RF Speedbooster! Komodo and EOS R suddenly looking pretty good?   
    I'm just trying to figure out how big the image circle is to see if it will work on the Komodo at 6K. I know it won't cover full frame. Are you able to test this?
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    Jonathan422 reacted to jpfilmz in Metabones EF to RF Speedbooster! Komodo and EOS R suddenly looking pretty good?   
    Field of view differences below. Same distance.
     
    4K
    iso 200
    Canon 50mm f1.8
    Standard Canon EF Adaptor f1.8 

     
    4K
    iso 200
    Canon 50mm f1.8
    Metabones Canon EF Adaptor f1.2

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    Jonathan422 reacted to EthanAlexander in Metabones EF to RF Speedbooster! Komodo and EOS R suddenly looking pretty good?   
    So @rawshooter's right it's def larger. "27.03 x 14.25mm (30.56mm image circle)" 
    It's only a ~2.5mm wider circle than Sony aps-c so maybe the speed booster will still cover it 
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    Jonathan422 reacted to EthanAlexander in Screw buying new cameras, after salivating over cine lens tests I'm spending real money on lenses   
    Update
    I still haven't had much time to use the new SLR Magics (10mm T2.1 and 25mm T0.95 MFT) because I'm in post on a tv doc, but I'm disappointed:
    In the stills I posted above, I was very happy to have the crazy T stop and get all that light, but upon further use I discovered the 25mm didn't focus to infinity unless stopped down to about 2.0. I'm not talking that it wasn't sharp wide open: it would focus about 25 ft in front of me and that was where the plane was. So I replaced it with a new copy and it's only marginally better. It can go about 40 feet I'd say wide open, and you've gotta stop it down to about 1.6 to get infinity. There's also a noticeable color shift when going wide open vs stopping down even a little bit.
    Then I figured I should make sure the 10mm doesn't have the same problem and it's a lot harder to tell since it's so wide, but I think it does. Just eyeballing it but it looks like it makes it about 100 ft max when wide open. WHAT? It's a lot harder to tell because overall I'd say it's just not a sharp lens, and we're dealing with a lot more depth of field, but come on it shouldn't have a problem focusing to infinity on a 10mm.
    So, very disappointed. Guess I'll be returning these. I was excited for the small size but it's not worth it.
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    Jonathan422 reacted to mercer in Screw buying new cameras, after salivating over cine lens tests I'm spending real money on lenses   
    This thread has really inspired me to take another look at my lenses.
    As much as I'd love an S1H or a C200, I'm definitely better off investing that money into lenses, filters, lights and support equipment. I may eventually trade in my Micro for a Z-Cam e2c when more footage comes out from it, but that's really the least of my concerns right now.
    Great thread, I hope it continues for a while longer. 
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    Jonathan422 reacted to newfoundmass in Z-CAM E2-F6 (Full frame 6K) goes head to head with Panasonic S1H (test by Flannel Ninja)   
    Yeah, once you're getting in that price territory the difference in price becomes a bit less of an issue, though there are exceptions. 
    I do think though that the versatility of the S1H is a difference maker more than price. Being able to just throw a lens on and start shooting will always be a nice benefit for a camera like the S1H. 
    I'm very glad that I was wrong about Z-Cam though. They're going to be market disrupters and that's a good thing.
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