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  1. Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K Camcorder + ARRI Accessories On Ebay Price: $5,500.00 https://www.ebay.com/itm/124658333277?
  2. Sony Alpha A7S II 12.2MP Digital Camera - Black (Body Only) On Ebay Price: $1,295.00 https://www.ebay.com/itm/154504556056?
  3. Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens Black + 2 Lens On Ebay Price: $1,350.00 https://www.ebay.com/itm/USED-Sony-Alpha-a6500-Mirrorless-Digital-Camera-with-16-50mm-Lens-Black-2-Lens/164818839611?
  4. Sony PMW-F3 with FZ Power Zoom Lens SCL-Z18X140 On Ebay Price: $5,000.00 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-PMW-F3-with-FZ-Power-Zoom-Lens-SCL-Z18X140/402531277833?
  5. I just bought a Sony DSC-RX100. After a couple years shooting my personal projects on a Canon 7D, I needed something more compact that I could carry with me at all times, and the Sony DSC-RX100 looked like it could be the one. The great reviews, the ability to shoot 1080p at 50fps with a fast Zeiss IS lens, full manual control in video mode, focus peaking and a 16mm sized sensor convinced me to go for it!   My footage shot on the 7D improved quite a lot during the time I've been using it, knowing a camera's strong points and especially its limitations is very important to getting good images out of it, so the first thing I did with the Sony DSC-RX100 was to shoot some tests to help me decide which settings I'll be using when shooting video with it.   Like most people around here I learn so much from online reviews and discussion forums, and those have been a great help deciding my gear purchases, so I'm sharing what I learned from my tests as a way to return the favor and give something back to the community. There's been some good reviews of the Sony DSC-RX100 online, and some useful info spread around the internet, but I think this post will cover a lot of useful information for whoever's interested in this camera for video, and much of this info will also apply for any other similar camera.   I started by turning off all the automatic picture improvement options, as they usually degrade the quality of the image and make it less gradable, then I set the codec to AVCHD at 28mbits and 50p (PS).   SHOOTING MODE For video shooting I'd recommend setting the top wheel to video mode and then selecting video-M for manual video shooting The RX100 does have a dedicated Movie Recording button, and can shoot video on any Stills mode, but you might get aspect ratio and exposure changes once you hit the Record button in these modes. In video-M mode you'll get what you see on screen.   RECORD SETTINGS   The Sony RX100 can shoot movies in two different formats, MP4 and AVCHD. All MP4 options are below 1080p resolution though, so I won't get into those. In AVCHD mode however, we get 3 different 1080 options:   50i 24M (FX) (50i @ 24Mbps, Blu-Ray AVCHD disc compliant) 50i 17M (FH) (50i @ 17Mbps, DVD AVCHD disc compliant) 50p 28M (PS) (50p @ 28Mbps, Progressive Scan)   So it seems like we get 50i at 17Mbps and 24Mbps, and we get 50p at 28Mbps, but not really… The 50i mode is actually capturing 25p images out of the sensor and encoding them as 50i footage, this means that we do end up with interlaced footage, but since it was captured progressively, de-interlacing it will produce a clean 25p image!   So if we're looking for the best possible video out of the RX100, we should use 50i 24M for 25fps video and 50p 28M for 50fps video. In theory, shooting 50i 24M gives us the best bitrate per frame in this camera, almost twice as much as shooting 50p 28M. Shooting 50fps however would have neighboring frames changing less than when shooting 25fps, helping the encoder do a better job, but still the per frame bitrate is lower, and here's a comparison that shows is. If you look at the darker areas in the back where the window is, you'll see that the 50i version is slightly cleaner.     Here's an example of something in motion shot at 50i and 50p, the 50i frame was de-interlaced and as you can see there's no interlacing artifacts at all.     Considering all of the above, I think it's safe to say that the 50i 24M mode, which is in fact 25p @ 24Mbps, will give you best video quality out of this camera.   CREATIVE STYLES Creative Styles is the RX100's designation for Color Profiles. My first test was to choose the flattest Creative Style the camera had to offer, so I shot some footage of all the different styles.     After looking at all these different images, I decided to go with the Portrait Creative Style, as it seems to be the flattest of them all.   EXPLORING THE PORTRAIT CREATIVE STYLE Each Creative Style has settings for Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness that can be set from -3 to 3, so I shot some more footage using the Portrait Creative Style in a number of different settings.     Using the Portrait Creative Style at the minimum settings (Contrast: -3, Saturation: -3, Sharpness: -3) definitely (and obviously) seems to be the flattest style in this camera, but I had to check how well it graded and how it compares to using the default values (Contrast: 0, Saturation: 0, Sharpness: 0).     On the top left you have a frame shot using the Portrait Creative Style, with all the settings set to 0, on top right you have a frame shot using the Portrait Creative Style in its flattest settings (Contrast: -3, Saturation: -3, Sharpness: -3). On the bottom right frame I added some sharpness to the flat image, which responded quite well, and on the bottom left frame I added not only sharpness but also increased the Saturation and Contrast in order to match the top left frame (Contrast: 0, Saturation: 0, Sharpness: 0). The result is an image that matches in color saturation and contrast, but with a much nicer detail and less compression artifacts. It looks sharper and cleaner overall, which made me decide to use this Creative Style and these settings from now on.   SHOOTING BLACK & WHITE The following test is something I've been wanting to do for a while, regardless of the camera. The thinking behind this test was:   "If the camera is compressing B&W footage instead of color footage, maybe it can do a much better job at it since it doesn't have all the color information to process, so even using the same bit rate could give us better results."   Of course I don't know the details on the cameras' inner workings, but assuming the B&W Creative Style is applied BEFORE the footage is compressed to AVCHD, then this should work. Maybe.     So I shot some footage using the B&W Creative Style in its flattest settings (Contrast: -3, Saturation: -3, Sharpness: -3), which you can see on top left, and then some more footage using my new favorite Portrait Creative Style, also in its flattest settings (Contrast: -3, Saturation: -3, Sharpness: -3).   On the middle left frame, I increased the sharpness and the contrast on the image to make it less flat, and on the middle right frame I did the same, and also desaturated it. As you can see both images are different, since the B&W Creative Style's color conversion is not merely desaturating the image to create a B&W version, it's using a more clever process that also looks better, but anyway, the point here is to test the image compression and figure out which one gives cleaner results, so on the last test frames I increased the exposure by 2 stops to find out how well the images handled it. On the bottom left frame you can see how much cleaner the image shot with the B&W Creative Style is, compared with the one shot using the Portrait Creative Style, it's actually beautifully clean and overexposing it by 2 stops didn't show any ugly artifacts at all.   So my conclusion on this one is, if you're shooting for black and white, and you're sure that's the look you'll want (since it's kind of hard to color B&W footage if you change your mind afterwards), then using the B&W Creative Style will give you far superior results!   DYNAMIC RANGE OPTIMIZER The Dynamic Range Optimizer works when writing to compressed formats, such as JPG, MP4 or AVCHD. It has no effect when shooting RAW. Its purpose is to capture more detail in the areas that are more prone to get lost when using compressed formats, such as dark shadows. It works in the darker areas of the image, making them brighter and producing a flatter image, which makes it easier on the image compression to achieve better results. Here's a test scene shot using all the DRO levels available. There's also an Auto Mode, but I suspect it wouldn't give predictable results when shooting manual video.     The result is quite clear on every mode. Personally I think 5 is too much and might be actually degrading the image more than it helps, but lower settings definitely look not just useable but very useful in achieving a flat and clean image. I'd say using the DRO in its modes 2 and 3 would definitely help achieving a better flat image. I'll probably leave it at 2 all the time and increase it to 3 in situations with more contrast.   5DtoRGB I've used 5DtoRGB on Canon footage since the early beta versions, and I honestly don't understand how come it's not used by everyone. 5DtoRGB features one of the best YCbCr to RGB compression out there, and it's free!!! (the Pro version with batch capabilities costs $50 though)   5DtoRGB does a great job improving aliasing and compression artifacts and transcoding to 10-bit Prores (can also transcode do DPX image sequences and DNxHD files), or at least it did with Canon DSLR footage, so I thought I'd try it with the RX100.     The top frame is from the original AVCHD file and the bottom frame is from the Prores transcoded file out of 5DtoRGB. 5DtoRGB automatically changed the Decoding Matrix setting to ITU-R BT.709, so I assume that's the one to use with the RX100 (Canon DSLRs like the 550D, 60D or 7D used the ITU-R BT.601 Decoding Matrix, the 5Dmk3 however used the ITU-R BT.709). Looking at it like this there's not much of a difference, so I went looking in the channels.     The Red and Green channels looked quite clean in both versions, but looking closely at the Blue channel you can see how 5DtoRGB makes a pretty good job at smoothing out some of the compression blockiness, but mainly smoothing out the aliased lines you get on sharper edges. Using 5DtoRGB won't do any miracles, but when shooting to 8 bit compressed codecs, every little bit helps, and using it along with a flat Creative Style will definitely help you getting cleaner and better images.   SHUTTER ANGLE / SHUTTER SPEED The Sony DSC-RX100 has the annoying feature of only shooting 50fps (or 60fps on NTSC markets). On one hand it's great to be able to shoot 50fps at 1080p, but on the other hand, shooting 25fps at the same bit rate would probably produce better results with less compression. One of the advantages of this could be that you'd always have the extra frames in case you needed the slow motion effect, but unfortunately that's not quite the case, since the ideal shutter speed for 25fps real time playback is different than the ideal shutter speed for 25fps slow motion playback. If you're planning on shooting for 25fps real time playback, then you should set your shutter to 1/50, but if you intend to shoot for slow motion playback at 25fps, then you should set your shutter speed to 1/100.     Using a shutter speed of 1/100 for real time 25fps playback will not give you enough motion blur, and the motion playback will not be as smooth as it should. Also, playing back footage shot at 1/50 shutter speed at 25fps slow motion will have too much motion blur, making its motion look rather fuzzy.     Here's a sample file you can download yourself. This was shot at AVCHD, 1080 50fps with a shutter speed of 1/50, meant to be used on a 25fps timeline, playing at real time: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/8569573/rx100review/RX100videoSample1.mov     That's it for now, I really hope it helps some people out. I have some videos I can share later on if you're interested, and I also might update this review with tests of the different Steady Shot modes once I get to them. Keep in kind that these are only my findings and personal opinions, it would be great to hear from people with different opinions, or about settings you think would give better results.   Enjoy!
  6. Hello! Tried to sell my F3 a while ago, but at the time wanted to get enough to buy a suitable replacement camera. This time, due to a change in work, I don't care about replacing my F3 with anything else just yet. It is in mint condition with under 800hrs, comes with batteries, media, and bag/case. Imgur album here: http://imgur.com/a/smLRi I originally paid $3k for the F3, $1k for the Gemini, batteries for ~$300ea, plus all other accessories separately. In addition to the pics, I managed to pick up a loupe that fastens to the flip-out LCD on the F3. If you or someone you know is looking for a good workhorse of a 1080 camera with uncompressed log capabilities, please fire me a message with what you think is a reasonable price.
  7. Selling my F3 package to finance a more lightweight kit. All gear is in excellent condition, with very minor cosmetic blemishes in one or two areas. All Firmware is latest from Sony and Convergent Design's website. Shipping will be calculated from Langley, Canada. Pictures will be available soon. Kit includes: 1x Sony PMW-F3 with S-log upgrade and 3rd party cheeseplate on handle 1x 16GB SxS card 1x 32GB SxS card 1x Sonnet SxS to SD card adapter 2x Swit S-U63 Batteries 1x Kata Camera Bag 1x Fotodiox Canon FD to Sony FZ lens adapter 1x Gemini 4:4:4 DPX 2x HD-SDI cables 3x Convergent Design 256GB 1.8" SSD 1x Convergent Design 512GB 1.8" SSD 1x Convergent Design Universal Transfer Station 1x KWI USB adapter for UTS 1x Convergent Design eSATA transfer station 1x AC to 4-pin XLR power cable 1x 4-pin XLR to Alexa Lemo power adapter 1x Custom-built D-tap to Alexa Lemo power cable and power switch Looking to get $6450 CAD, open to offers or trades for reasonable C100MkII kit.
  8. Sony PMW-F3 HD EXCAM Camcorder, Super 35 Sensor, 444 Log Upgrade Complete On Ebay Price: $997.00 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-PMW-F3-HD-EXCAM-Camcorder-Super-35-Sensor-444-Log-Upgrade-Complete/224051253529?
  9. Sony PMW-F3 HD EXCAM Camcorder, Super 35 Sensor, 444 Log Upgrade On Ebay Price: $847.00 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-PMW-F3-HD-EXCAM-Camcorder-Super-35-Sensor-444-Log-Upgrade/224046896591?
  10. Sony PMW-F3 Full HD XDCAM SxS Camcorder w/ SCL-18x140 FZ Lens On Ebay Price: $2,500.00 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-PMW-F3-Full-HD-XDCAM-SxS-Camcorder-w-SCL-18x140-FZ-Lens-60-day-Warranty/274293032174?
  11. Sony HDVF-C30W viewfinder for f900 PDW-f800 700 F35 F65 HXC HDW HDC 1500 On Ebay Price: $1,300.00 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-HDVF-C30W-viewfinder-for-f900-PDW-f800?
  12. Sony HDVF-20A for F900 HDW-700 730 750 PDW-F800 F35 F23 950 HDC-1500 On Ebay Price: $750.00 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-HDVF-20A-for-F900-HDW-700-730-750-PDW-F800-F35-F23-950-HDC-1500?
  13. Codex M recorder package for Sony F23/F35/Arri Alexa/D21 cameras On Ebay Price: $2,775.00 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Codex-M-recorder-package-for-Sony F35-Arri-Alexa-D21-cameras-Otto-Nemenz/222318454636?
  14. Looking to sell my Sony F3 Camcorder with a Black Magic Video Assist 5in. UPDATED PRICE $1400 shipped The F3 has Slog 4.4.4 enabled. The BM Video assist allows you to shoot 10 bit in 24, 30, and 60fps progressive. Camera has built in ND's. Also allows LUT monitoring. Both are in very good condition. Sony F3 with 444 upgrade 1 original Sony Battery and Charger 8gb card and card reader Original Microphone XLR and D-tap power cables PL mount Nikon mount Minolta MD Mount 8gb SxS card and card reader BM Video Assist 5in 4 batteries wth Charger mini SDI cable I have lots more pictures just PM me, selling out of Eastpointe Michigan. I take paypal here is my feedback on ebay https://www.ebay.com/usr/pawlo.thoma
  15. Clearing out some stuff I don't use, this is a mint condition Metabones Nikon N/F to Sony E mount Ultra Speedbooster with 1 stop and .71X fov I don't have the container or box, will just be the speedbooster and both end caps with the support piece as shown Prefer local Los Angeles area pick up for $390 so you can see the adapter in person - can ship to US via PP with additional shipping and G&S fee
  16. In almost new condition. $125 gets it shipped to CONUS. International buyers okay but cost will be $120 + Shipping.
  17. Selling my slightly used a7rii. Shutter count is ~7800! The camera has a GGS Optical Glass screen protector installed since day one. Besides a few tiny scratches on the body (see pictures) it’s in perfect condition. LCD has no scratches at all. I’m not a professional so it didn’t get a lot of use. Asking for $1700 with PayPal. Comes with original box plus all extras that came with it. Two batteries, chargers, cables, strap, etc. This is a US version which was bought from Amazon directly. Additionally, I am including a Neewer Black Metal Quick Release L-Plate Bracket. eBay listing: https://www.ebay.com/itm/401498778302?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
  18. “Anyone can photograph nature”, a fashion photographer once said. “You just have to wait for the right light!” I disagree. In my opinion, there's more to that than meets the eye. This is the story of Latvian outdoor lifestyle photographer Filips Baumanis. This is me attempting story-driven filmmaking for the first time, as previously I've mostly done landscape and travel content (a seen on www.eaglewoodfilms.com). Shot on the trusty Sony A6500 and Phantom 4 Pro for aerials. Did all the shooting, editing, grading and sound design myself. Comments? Feedback? Fire away!
  19. Selling a lightly used zeiss batis 25mm f2. Feel free to message me if interested https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F292429417659
  20. Selling my Cinemodded 58mm. Never use the focal length when shooting, always go shorter or longer. Cinemodded by Duclous lenses. Lens is in perfect condition, no marks, dust, haze or fungus. Also including a B&W filter to go with it. Looking for $550.
  21. I have a great condition Sony FS5 that is a little less than a year old for sale. (I would rather not sale, but I am in between projects and the next one planned will require a very different setup than I use now.) It is in great condition, no drops, non smoking studio. The only problem in full disclosure is the small EVF on the back was bumped in the case a few months ago. It works fine, but the adjustment diopter gets stuck. Now honestly, I have NEVER used the little EVF. Too small for anything useful. You can adjust it and can see it fine. Otherwise, it is in great condition. Sony FS5 Body and original box contents. new currently $4750 For Sale at $3700 including PayPal and Shipping to the US. Fs5 Body and factory box contents (U30 battery, charger, AC adapter, LCD display, Grip, Remote, Mic Holder, Eyecup, etc) contact me through this forum or at ( newadam at mastersmedia . com )
  22. I will be in London from Sept. 07 to Sept. 11. For in person exchange. 1. Sony PXW FS5 (body) with paid raw option included Price: 3999 Euro / 3650 GBP 2. Sony PXW FS5 (body) with paid raw option included wo BoxPrice: 3899 Euro / 3550 GBP 3. CD ODYSSE 7Q PLUS WITH RAW Option + 2TB SSDs + Batteries Price: 900 Euro / 830 GBP 4. CD ODYSSE 7Q PLUS WITH RAW Option + 2TB SSDs + Battery Price: 850Euro / 780 GBP 5. SONY A7S MKII Price: 1600 Euro / 1500 GBP 6. SONY E MOUNT 55MM 1.8 Price: 430 Euro / 400 GBP 7. SONY E MOUNT 16-35 F4 Price: 600 Euro / 550 GBP 8. SONY E MOUNT 10-18 F4 Price: 450 Euro / 415 GBP 9. CANON EF 16-35 F2.8 L MKII Price: 500 Euro / 460 GBP 10. CANON EF 100MM 2.8 L Price: 429 Euro / 399 GBP 11. LAOWA 12MM F2.8 WIDE ANGEL LENS Price: 900 Euro / 830 GBP 12. METABONES SPEEDBOOSTER EF TO E MOUNT ULTRA 0.71X (wo accessories) Price: 299 Euro / 280GBP 13. METABONES SPEEDBOOSTER EF TO E MOUNT ULTRA 0.71X Price: 310 Euro / 290GBP 14. METABONES ADAPTER EF TO E MOUNT (WO GLASS) Price: 220 Euro / 200 GBP 15. ZOOM H6 Price: 220 Euro / 200 GBP 16. CORSAIR VENGEANCE RAM 16GB 2400MHZ Price: 65 Euro / 60 GBP For questions call +357 96 08 20 25 or email kev@kevklopper.com , its a Cyprus number but I will be in London from 07. Sep to 10. Sep for in person exchanges (available with same number). Cash and paypal accepted. Some work examples I have created with this system: www.kevklopper.com See dropbox link for all info (PDF in folders): http://bit.ly/2vGppax
  23. We went out to test a DIY rainmachine on top of a tractor. Learned a ton of shit, like backlighting is a must for rain and that the 5d mark III can indeed get waterdamaged (cost me 380 euros to repair it). Also that igniters for explosions can also freak out when they are under water.
  24. Selling the FS5 with the FS-RAW update installed, plus factory accessories and 2 additional large capacity BP-U batteries. Included: Sony FS5 Camera Body Accessories such as Charger, Remote, CD, BP-U30 Battery. 2 x BP-U90 Batteries (ExPro - last all day!) FS-RAW update Condition is great. There's a slight mark on top of the LCD and minor signs of use but nothing major that harms operation. Original monitor attachment changed to the superior one from SmallRig. Operation 12x10 hours. Price is £4399 + cost of shipping to anywhere in Europe. Bought from visuals.co.uk in the UK 10 months ago. Reason for sale is that I will be doing a different type of project this year where I'll be using small mirrorless cameras. I also have an immaculate Shogun Inferno Kit + 2 SSDs for sale at £1499. Message me if interested!
  25. For sale is a almost new Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens, i bought it this year (stil have receipt) and used it maybe 3 to 4 times, its an awesome lens and the AF on the a6500 is amazing but i almost never use it. It has no marks and is in perfect working condition, still have original box and all its accessories most of them never left the box. Price is 250€ Location is Portugal
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