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Geoffrey

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  1. Ah yes, stick-on velcro might well do it, good suggestion (and I just saw some in Rymans' stationers)
  2. I feel nervous about using glue on the hardware! Velcro straps might work. I have looked at holders but the problem I have is what to attach one to as I already have a couple of mics (on a bar) and a wireless receiver on top of the camera (and the Tascam below)
  3. Thinking about this I guess some very good duck / gaffer tape might do it.
  4. Just ordered a Lumix 50mm lens for the S5. Took a slight risk using a new company GadgetWard UK but the price was very competitive (£378, free shipping) and the reviews of the company were generally very positive. There was a question upthread about a USB power block for the S5 and though I don't need it for that, something like it would be very useful for my battery hungry Tascam DR-70D. I have looked into a 10,000 mAh Anker job at £35 which I think will do the job fine but the issue is how to mount it with other things I already have to deal with. In many ways it would ideally go sort of attached to the front of the Tascam or even under it, next to the tripod mount, but beyond resorting to superglue, I cannot think of any way to do this. What I don't need is any more arms or brackets or whatever as I have nowhere for them to go without things getting silly (and I go handheld quite a bit). Any ideas? The Anker is small (about the size of a playing card) and light (180g)
  5. Thanks for the detailed replies Mark and Mr SMW. Definitely moving towards the 50mm Lumix (helped by it being the cheapest!). Also intrigued by experimenting with a cheap manual vintage lens as long as I can work out what adapter I would need. I have noticed occasional warpy edges with IBIS on the 20-60 but only in quite extreme situations (i.e. zoomed right in and high wind making staying still impossible) and even then you had to look for it to notice it. Does anyone use the other image stabilisation features on the S5? I have always stuck with just IBIS.
  6. So maybe the 85mm then? Thinking about it an 85mm could be useful. The only thing there is that I quite like to get physically quite close, so an 85mm would then be much too close (this is very clear from Shane's video). What is my normal range is a good question and one I have considered. I guess a few feet (single figures) from the subject but it does vary quite a bit from very close to distant. I do use zoom a little but often I stick with either zoomed out fully or slightly in to avoid any image distortion (and as you the dictated higher aperture values). This is also because handheld, with heavy zoom this increases the handling wobble markedly. But then would this instability be the same problem with a prime lens like the 85mm? I am not clear on this. I use zoom much more on the tripod and then tend to be further away. The other factor is image quality - prime lenses produce better images, no? But is that, that big a factor? I don't tend to do aps-c crop as I shoot 50p HD. I may move to 4k in future but am not in a hurry as I am not geared up for the file sizes and processing power at the moment. 1080p 50fps on the S5 looks great to me anyway. Given everything I do wonder if a 50mm might be best. rather than the 85 (also happens to be a lot cheaper). Hm, decisions.
  7. Yes the video is very good. I watched his video on the Panasonic S Series Prime Lenses as well and it made me think one of these might be a good purchase. I have the LUMIX S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 so the question is which one would be a good complement to that? The 20-60 actually has the closest focussing distance compared to any of the prime lenses (12cm) so can't improve on that so I am thinking either the 35 or 50mm? Then there's the 24 and 85mm . . .
  8. Very useful info thanks folks. I will definitely try the 1-area + face option. So far my work using CAF is solely based around keeping a talking head in focus, with me (and them) moving around a bit to add some dynamism, all hand held, all outdoors (sometimes in quite challenging, off-the-beaten-track environments). I rarely use zoom but do move away sometimes for a longer shot or let the subject walk away. I like using ultra close-ups too so you see the real details of a face. I think the best bit of advice here from SMW is to keep the camera steady as much as possible and nothing too rapid; don't ask too much of the CAF system basically even if you think it should better. I only use the one camera, and one lens (S 20-60mm F/3.5-5.6), with a Tascam 4-track mounted underneath for a stereo pair of DPA 4060s mounted on top (for good ambience - very important to my stuff) plus a radio mic receiver (Sennheiser G4), connecting to a COS 11D on the subject. I run a line out from the Tascam into the S5 as back-up and guide for audio syncing. I can very easily lift this off a tripod as a single unit and go handheld and this is crucial freedom to be creative without lots of faff. I can get phasing issues with the mic set-up but having the radio mic and stereo pair on separate tracks, I can fix any of this in post if need be. I would like to expand my lens collection but am a bit unsure what I would really benefit from as have little knowledge, and they are not cheap. Like most I like shallow depth of field when focussing on the subject but also deep focus when capturing vistas as cutaways and for longer 'pastoral' passages. I also like real close-up detail of natural things like leaves etc
  9. Thanks very useful info. I have rarely used tracking AF as have little need for it. I did look at the S1H but at twice the cost of the S5 (and yes, the weight) it was no good for me. I have not tried using 1-area with human detect on, always used just human detect but will give it a go. What is the real difference? The (potentially) smaller focus window of the 1-area? Presumably you have to point the 1-area at the person and then the human detect kicks in? But if they move outside the 1-area, what happens then, the focus still follows them? Do you use 'Quick AF' or 'Fast' 1-Area moving speed? I have not quite worked out what these really apply to and not sure they have any real effect on CAF.
  10. Well yes it does close the gap faster but I think because you are moving, the lock on the subject seems to stick better maybe because since you and the camera are moving it is keeping check on it more? Might just be luck though but I like the effect anyway. But I do admit, because I am relatively new to using CAF, I have less high expectations of its capacity perhaps. One thing that has helped is that lock on the subject you can do that the video outlined some pages back. Given your experience here - do you have preferred CAF settings (I mean the fine tuning settings deep in the menu)? EDIT: apologies I just see you have already posted these. Very useful, thanks. I shoot 50p (1080 - don't have the gear for 4K editing) so that is good.
  11. Do you think it worse with tracking people coming towards the camera than going away from it? With people coming towards you, one thing I have found is if you walk slowly towards them at the same time it works much better.
  12. Sound points. I am wondering about price differences here too. I bought the S5 because it was noticeably cheaper than Canon and Sony brands of seemingly similar ilk. I had always been a Canon man till the S5 but the cost, including a lens, and features (compared say to the Sony A7 and C300 - a have used a C100 extensively which has no human detect CAF) made the S5 the one. I had read about the CAF and its issues but wasn't bothered as till that point, I almost never used CAF being a tripod only / old-school observational doc film sort. But funnily enough all the talk about CAF on here made me curious and I began to explore it and it has been a revelation and got me into a different kind of more spontaneous filmmaking which I like but still feel quite a novice at. So I feel a sort of debt to the Panny CAF! No doubt in time I will want something better and it would be good to experience a more reliable system to compare sometime.
  13. Yeah, understood. I admit to having little experience on other cameras with CAF (or V-Log) but have read the Sonys are 'better' but I do wonder how much better in the conditions you describe (V-Log etc)? If 85% = 0%, in effect for certain situations, what percentage success is OK, as none of them work 100%? We do ask quite a lot of these machines! My impression from the OP was they wanted a cam for holidays and stuff and I would say the S5 CAF is totally fine for that (yeah you get a bit of pulsing too but not much and only really notice it if you look for it which most people wont). Maybe this is the difference - total professional reliability versus more general use, use where some technical failures don't matter. The question I would have there, is the S5 a fully 'professional' camera to be totally relied on? Given the price, I would say it is definitely not and so should be judged accordingly
  14. I really do not agree with this. You just have to practice with it. i have used human detect CAF loads and with a considerable success rate. It isn't a 'coin toss', it is user experience and practice that gets it to work best. I get it that some cannot be bothered with this and just 'want it to work' but the S5 is all I have so I persevered. And it does work. That is how it stands.
  15. I have been using the S5 human detect continuous AF quite a lot recently. I shoot using the CineD2 profile (standard kit lens) and mainly outdoors, hand held. It works pretty well and am a bit baffled by the criticism it gets here. Maybe that is because people expect 99% success with it when in reality it is more like, I dunno 85%? I suppose with crucial commercial shoots this becomes an issue. But, with practice you get to know when it falls over - mainly too dark or too bright and movement is too rapid (so practice with it really does help like most things). Avoid that and it works the vast majority of the time very well and I love the look it gives. In fact as I have got experience with the S5 generally, I have grown to love it more and more, faults and all.
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