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    Nikon Z6, Tamron 45mm 1.8, Atomos Ninja V, Atomos Ninja Star

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  1. Mixture of 8 bit and external 10 bit. The first location is definitely 8 bit.
  2. So cool to have this thread created. Hope everyone is well; haven’t been active in a while. Still love my Z6. Super nice 8 bit image and if you nail your WB grades very nicely. Neutral with I-dynamic on high or Nikon flat with I-dynamic (for very extreme scenes) provides nice colors, decent flexibility and range in post. Grades nicely in Davinci. Autofocus is usable, nowhere near what the latest Canons and Sonys can do but still really solid. If you can get an Atomos Ninja Star you can record oversampled 6k>1080p 10 bit 422 prores which gives a beautiful image and grades just as well as anything out there. One of the best 1080p cams for the money in that regard. 4k 10 bit out of the HDMI to something like a Ninja V looks great; the image holds up with really anything else (Canon R6 II, Sony FX30, etc) but it’s not my favorite setup in terms of ergonomics, weight or battery management. Nice to have as an option but I’d much rather have internal 10 bit log. That being said, the internal 8 bit is great most of the time.
  3. Half of the shots in this video I shot are in 8-bit rec709 but graded in post. Learn your gear and 8 bit is just fine.
  4. FHDcrew

    Nikon buys Red?

    Glad I stayed in the Nikon system 😂
  5. You could go gyro stabilization? Get a cheap action cam and hotshoe mount it. Use it to log the data.
  6. Would love to see skin tones! I need to learn how to work with them given 8-bit limitations. That indeed always tends to be the trickiest for me to work on.
  7. Love this! I am coming to the same conclusion as I shoot in 8-bit rec709 more and more. And I find that having a color managed workflow helps a lot; the image is quite flexible when conformed to Davinci Wide Gamut; responds a lot like LOG does. And if my exposure and white balance aren't too off, the grading experience is great.
  8. @PannySVHSdid you shoot with your Sony F3 at all? 🤣
  9. Yeah I probably should focus on improving one thing at a time. Good advice!
  10. As far as 2024 Gear Upgrades, here is what I am considering: 1. Invest in more grip gear. This will be good as I can start playing with new lighting techniques and do more. 2. Possibly upgrade to the Sony A6700. Not sure about this yet, but I like the camera. For what I shoot the overheating is a non-issue. 3. If I do not get the Sony A6700, I may pick up a second Nikon Z6 used to use as a b-camera. 4. Get a new 50mm prime. Thinking of going for the super cheap Nikon 50mm 1.8g. The Tamron 45mm 1.8 is nice optically, but does not have the most consistent autofocus. I get much better results with first-party Nikon F-Mount lenses, let alone native Z lenses. Also, this lens has built in image stabilization, but because it is used in tandem with my Z6 IBIS, I find that with this particular lens the image stabilization is extremely inconsistent.
  11. Good year! Gear: I snagged an older Nikon 17-35 2.8 F-Mount lens for $350. Works very well, stabilization and autofocus both work surprisingly well for its age, and it has been a welcome addition to my kit. I also bought an Amaran 60d and snagged a Neewer RGB light for 1/3 its retail price from an auction. No new camera upgrades; 2024 is the beginning of my 3rd year with my Nikon Z6. Work: Started to get some good pay opportunities and get some nice consistent work. Started working for a nonprofit with a great working environment, producing a lot of promotional material. Enjoying this experience. Second-half of 2023 I focused a lot more on broadcast than on cinematography. Crewed some D2 College Football games and even did a basketball game recently. Also tried to learn my way around a 4 M/E switcher. I built a custom video switcher solution using OBS, Central Control, a Newtek Tricaster Control Surface, and a bunch of plugins. I use a cheap Blackmagic Decklink Quad in the mix and it works great given how little I spent on the whole thing. Skills: I feel that my style as a cinematographer became more established; when running and gunning I began to figure out what types of camera moves and whatnot I enjoyed the most and observed a level of consistency with my work which is always nice to see. That being said, I need to push myself more. I don't feel that I grew exponentially especially within the past 6-months. My favorite work of 2023: This one is a Baptism Recap Video I made, shot on my Z6 with the Tamron 45mm 1.8 and Nikon 17-35. All 10 bit prores to my Atomos Ninja Star. Graded in Resolve. I feel that this was the one I pushed myself the most in recently, both in terms of effects but also in learning to get better at sound design. A worship night hype video I made. Funny story: was planning to use my Ninja Star and shoot 10 bit. Accidentally formatted the CFAST Card in the Ninja Star (the ninja star itself formatted the card). I had a lot of files on this card as its 256gb. So refused to use it for the shoot because I had hoped to recover the data from it. In addition, the memory from my XQD Card was almost full, and it was a lot of files I needed to hang onto (dumb me didn't transfer them yet) so I had to resort to 8-bit 1080p 28mbps from my Z6. Video turned out fine, but I don't love the 1080p from my Z6. Does not grade as well as even the 8-bit 4k, let alone the external 10 bit. I will say I was happy with the final output.
  12. FHDcrew

    24p is outdated

    At the college I attend the broadcast director demands any promos/commercials for student media be filmed and delivered at 1280x720 at 60p. I hate filming in 60p and am less inspired by my visuals because 24p looks so much better to my eye. 60p should only be for sports. 30p for news. But 24p is great for commercials.
  13. I literally think it is just soft because it is a binned image. This always tends to be the case even on large sensor cams.
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