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    DFason got a reaction from Trek of Joy in FX3 Mini Review - almost a little marvel   
    Cant say enough good things about the Siii as well. While not perfect it is an incredible tool. I also have fell in love with the smaller file size and look of the photos. I really try to stay with 640 or 12800 as well. 
    Frame grab for a short I am working on. Crazy bright day on the boat. 
     

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    DFason reacted to barefoot_dp in Nanlite FS300 watt LED (bowens mount) 349$   
    Nice! I think I'm going to get an FS150 to compliment mine.
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    DFason got a reaction from barefoot_dp in Nanlite FS300 watt LED (bowens mount) 349$   
    Thanks so much for this thread! Just ordered my 300. First shoot next week! 
    -Dave
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    DFason got a reaction from Simon Young in FX3 Mini Review - almost a little marvel   
    Cant say enough good things about the Siii as well. While not perfect it is an incredible tool. I also have fell in love with the smaller file size and look of the photos. I really try to stay with 640 or 12800 as well. 
    Frame grab for a short I am working on. Crazy bright day on the boat. 
     

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    DFason got a reaction from TomTheDP in Nanlite FS300 watt LED (bowens mount) 349$   
    Thanks so much for this thread! Just ordered my 300. First shoot next week! 
    -Dave
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    DFason reacted to barefoot_dp in Nanlite FS300 watt LED (bowens mount) 349$   
    Used it on a shoot for the first time today. I was slightly worried about the fan noise beforehand but didn't even notice it on set. Certainly not enough to make me want to perform surgery on it and if there is any hum in the recordings, it should be nothing that a bit of noise reduction can't fix.

    I had a setup that was pretty much worst case scenario - a moderately wide shot looking out a window in to midday sun on a very bright day. It maxed out the FS300 but I was able to get a decent amount of wrap and fill on the subject. Lost the sky due to shooting in Rec709 (client request) but managed to keep most of the detail in the trees. I feel like if it had been log I could've saved the sky... maybe.

    It's a lot of light output for the price!

     

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    DFason got a reaction from IronFilm in Blackmagic Micro Cinema Super Guide and Why It Still Matters   
    If anyone is looking for a micro package I have one for sale! I would love to sell to someone on here that would really appreciate the camera. 
    -Dave
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    DFason reacted to kye in Most underrated cameras?   
    No surprises here, but I'd say it's the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera.
    A modular cinema camera under $1000 brand new, uncompressed Cinema DNG RAW at 60p, and a beautiful image.  
    The image doesn't look like that second generation iPhone or camcorder that Canon love to imitate when clipped either..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMb6CR781Kc
    With Resolve it superscales to 4K beautifully too.  You don't actually want 4K, you just got trained by the camera brands that 1080 is bad because they compress the absolute living crap out of their images - no-one is rejecting the Alexa 1080p because it's not 4K!  With great quality RAW images you can push and pull them in post and they keep on giving and this is pretty darn close to that...
    Plus it's the easiest camera to grade that I have ever seen.  Great images just appear when you drop a LUT or CST onto them, rather than struggling for hours to get good colours.
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    DFason reacted to mojo43 in Panasonic S1 Alzheimer's vid   
    Hello, I wanted to share with you a vid we filmed over a day a few weeks ago about Alzheimer's. Let me know if you have any questions about it.
     
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    DFason reacted to Thomas S in Sony A7S III – 10bit vs 8bit 4K/60p   
    A lot of this is due to 32bit float color space in NLEs. As long as the 8bit has enough to not have posterization the 32bit float will likely be able to fill in any gaps as the image is pushed hard. Grading is much easier for math to fill in gaps than say upscaling an image.
    In the case of upscaling new pixels can be averaged but averaging doesn't work for fine details like a hair. Grading however we are trying to prevent posterizing.  That is done through smooth gradients.  Sometimes averaging surrounding values does perfectly.
    For example if you have a color of value 200 and another value of 250 its easy in grading to averaging an in between value of 225 which still creates a nice smooth gradient.
    Where 10bit is important is making sure the shot is captured well the first time.  Once you have posterization it will always be there and no 32bit float processing can magically make it go away. Visually ion the shot has no posterizing than no matter how hard it is pushed it likely never will have any or pushing the 10bit would show just as much. Thats why 32bit float was created.
    10bit is a lot like 32 bit audio or 16 stops of DR that are graded down to 10 stops.  We record more so we have it and can better manipulate it.  Most of the shots above likely would have still looked good with 6 bits. You need a very long and complex gradient to break 8bit.  It can and does happen.  The more noise the camera has the less it will happen because of dithering. I think this is partially why Sony always had such a high base ISO for log.
    Finally 10bit never promised to have better color, more dynamic range or less compression artifacts. Thats not what bit depth does.  Its all just about how many different color samples can be used across the image. The single and only real side effect is posterizing. Many computer monitors at one point were only 6 bit panels even if they claimed 8bit.  Most never really noticed unless they did something like use the gradient tool in Photoshop to span a full 1920 wide image. In the case of the clear blue sky image in the article that wasn't even a difficult gradient. Most of the sky was a similar shade of blue. To break 8bit you need to create a gradient going from 0 blue to 255 blue across the full 3840 pixels for 4k video. That means there is a unique blue sample every 15 pixels if you create a gradient like that. So your sky needs to go from black on one end of the screen to bright blue on the other side. Not always realistic but you can shoot Skys around dusk and dawn that spread the values out a lot more than mid day. By comparison 10bit has a unique blue color sample every 3.75 pixels for UHD video.
    It doesn't even have to be something that covers the full screen.  If you have a gradient over 100 pixels from 200 blue to 205 blue that still means a new blue sample every 20 pixels.  Even though the screen area is very small. I develop mobile apps and when I add a gradient I run into the same problem trying to do a subtle gradient across something like a button. The gradient needs enough range to cover the area of pixels or it will look steppy. 10bit and higher is a safety net or guarantee to likely never have any kind of posterizing. In the professional world thats important and nobody wants surprises after the shoot is done.
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    DFason reacted to markr041 in Sony A7S III   
    This commissioned skateboarding video was shot using the fx3, but it used the features that the a7s iii has: 120p 4K, all intra-codec to minimize motion artifacts, IBIS, good AF, and the parfocal behavior of the 28-60mm lens.
    The expressions of the skateboarder as he fails over and over and then nails it, twice, are the foci.
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    DFason reacted to heart0less in The Resolve / Colour Grading resource thread   
    Take it with a grain of salt, BUT despite the clickbaity title (which is totally intentional), it's a solid piece of advice and shows how a professional DP tackles basic color grading.
     
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    DFason reacted to Mr. Freeze in Filters?   
    Just like dehancer, it only supports mac.os
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    DFason reacted to MrSMW in Sigma Fp L adds long awaited phase-detect AF   
    With the larger of the grips available, or the cage inc. grip from Smallrig, plus the EVF, pretty much...which is why you then have to ask yourself the question, "what does it do, that something else does not?"
    Maybe it's the colour science or some other aspect?
    Maybe because you are just one of those people that say "damn convention!" and just make it work.
    I've just looked at the work of twice voted best wedding videographer in Europe and he's moved to shooting the FP handheld from Black Magic.
    Some will want to rig it out, but for me, the appeal of it is pretty much straight out of the box, other than the smallest hand grip attachment which barely adds any size. Bare bones simplicity.
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    DFason got a reaction from kye in Alternatives to original BMPCC (Super 16 look)   
    I almost sold my micro the other day with prices so high but I just can't do it. Every time I shoot with outside I am blown away with the IQ. I love my Siii but there is something so nice about the micro. 
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    DFason got a reaction from BenEricson in Alternatives to original BMPCC (Super 16 look)   
    I almost sold my micro the other day with prices so high but I just can't do it. Every time I shoot with outside I am blown away with the IQ. I love my Siii but there is something so nice about the micro. 
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    DFason reacted to androidlad in Sony Product Announcement - 26/01/21   
    Here comes the king:


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    DFason reacted to Video Hummus in Sony Product Announcement - 26/01/21   
    Thats ARRI Alexa levels of rolling shutter and approaching ARRI Alexa levels of dynamic range as well.
    Seems to me, based off Gerald's hands on with it, that it is perhaps worth the price tag for people that don't want or need a flip screen and wants a hybrid camera that does it all, at least the best one so far.
    I wonder how FX9 owners are feeling now?
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    DFason got a reaction from Emanuel in Sony A7 series - help me choose   
    If you browse the FM forums you can normally find a used A7iii for $1300 and under. I've even seen $1150-ish with low shutter counts.
    While I love my Rii the 7iii is the better buy. The battery life alone is well worth it. Unless you need the extra MP having a smaller file size sure is nice on the hard drives. 
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    DFason got a reaction from TomTheDP in Sony A7 series - help me choose   
    If you browse the FM forums you can normally find a used A7iii for $1300 and under. I've even seen $1150-ish with low shutter counts.
    While I love my Rii the 7iii is the better buy. The battery life alone is well worth it. Unless you need the extra MP having a smaller file size sure is nice on the hard drives. 
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    DFason reacted to herein2020 in Sony Product Announcement - 26/01/21   
    Truly and without a doubt the best camera demo video I have ever seen.  Sony may have finally figured out that having random YouTubers who call themselves cinematographers shoot demo cat video footage with their flagship cameras wasn't doing them any justice. I hope they do a BTS on the making of this video, I'd love to see how much rigging was needed. I remember the C300III BTS, they used about $200K worth of rigging and a full production team for their demo video and it didn't come close to comparing to this.
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    DFason got a reaction from Vintage Jimothy in Sony Product Announcement - 26/01/21   
    Few things to note. They did not blast demo units to YouTube people. This is incredible. For someone that has invested in Sony glass over the years it is great to have a versatile hybrid camera by Sony. I am looking forward to seeing more over the coming months. 
    This is the first Sony video that I've been impressed by the look. Same color as the FX series with Cinetone. I like it! 
     
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    DFason reacted to MrSMW in Sony Product Announcement - 26/01/21   
    I’m looking forward to all the ‘Why I Switched’ videos on YouTube when the thing gets launched.
     
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    DFason got a reaction from Emanuel in Sony Product Announcement - 26/01/21   
    Few things to note. They did not blast demo units to YouTube people. This is incredible. For someone that has invested in Sony glass over the years it is great to have a versatile hybrid camera by Sony. I am looking forward to seeing more over the coming months. 
    This is the first Sony video that I've been impressed by the look. Same color as the FX series with Cinetone. I like it! 
     
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