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So i said i'd post some stills, these are basically ungraded. This frame is in a sequence with car lights, i like the tonality of this very subdued moment. Shot 12bit to manage shadow tonality.

Modified Sigma's smaller grip to allow it to hold a T5; haven't printed it yet so not so sure how comfortable it is.

Ah gotcha. I'm not really directing this at you but just to anyone in general who isn't aware or wants to learn more, and I'm probably being a 'stickler for accuracy' here but obviously a sensor/

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On 7/27/2020 at 6:55 AM, alanpoiuyt said:

 

You might consider getting a Blackmagic Video Assist to record Braw from the FP instead of buying a new computer and lots of storage for the cDNG files. All 3 cameras will record Braw. My 2014 fully specced Macbook Pro handles Braw fine in Resolve. Of course you won't need the Video Assist for the BMPCCs.

Hello! What the generation of BVA will be able to record braw? Can I buy the cheapest 1st generation for this? Thanks.

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3 hours ago, Nimatu said:

Hello! What the generation of BVA will be able to record braw? Can I buy the cheapest 1st generation for this? Thanks.

I believe you if you have the latest firmware for the BVA and the FP you should be all set. Maybe double check with Blackmagic design support.

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On 5/12/2021 at 11:38 PM, Nimatu said:

Hello! What the generation of BVA will be able to record braw? Can I buy the cheapest 1st generation for this? Thanks.

Only the 12g versions can record Braw. 

Is anyone here using EF lenses on their FP? I want to get the  MC21, but it just seems so expensive for what it is. And I think Fotodiox stopped making their adapter. 

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On 5/17/2021 at 9:33 AM, Anaconda_ said:

Only the 12g versions can record Braw. 

Is anyone here using EF lenses on their FP? I want to get the  MC21, but it just seems so expensive for what it is. And I think Fotodiox stopped making their adapter. 

Yes, I have used the EF 35mm f2.0, EF 28mm f2.8 and EF S 18-135, EF S 10-18, EF S15-85. All work well with the MC21 adapter - stabilization and push-to-focus-AF. Examples:

 

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Yesterday I unexpectedly shot quite a bit with my FP and 5inch Video Assist. Man, what a combo! It's so small, and lightweight. The person I was filming told me half the time, he didn't even notice I was rolling, and of course when I put it next to my Pocket4k footage, it grades exactly the same, or possibly better. Very easy to match.

I was thinking of selling the FP, because for the types of things I shoot, cDNG is just not viable (longform interviews). But then a deal for the VA12g came up, and I thought it'd give it a try. Now I'm completely sold. With this setup, I've turned a great camera that's was no fun for me to use, into a very fun, take anywhere cine-cam.

My shoot yesterday was very unexpected, but I happened to have the camera in my satchel with a 28mm f2.8 FD lens. It was a dream setup, that I'm basically going to take everywhere from now on.

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I just updated to V3.0 and wow, what a great update. Every button on the camera is now customisable.

With my setup above, changing any settings in the quick menu means moving the VA out the way. But now I can have ISO on the front dial, shutter on the left and right buttons, volume on up and down. Then all the buttons along the bottom can be a whole host of over functions.

To top it off, it also gives real 24p UHD cDNG. Jeez.

https://www.sigma-global.com/en/cameras/fp/?tab=support&local=firmware

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18 hours ago, Anaconda_ said:

With my setup above, changing any settings in the quick menu means moving the VA out the way. But now I can have ISO on the front dial, shutter on the left and right buttons, volume on up and down. Then all the buttons along the bottom can be a whole host of over functions.

I really love the way you set it up; I've done something similar with my original Pocket Cinema Camera when using it on a glidecam and it's a great solution. These updates to the fp really have me seriously considering it as my next camera. I currently use an A7iii for stills but never for video (just not worth it, I can get so much better footage from my old Pocket or Micro Cinema cameras), but for travel I'd like to be able to use just one camera for stills and video. The fp has some drawbacks in the stills department (mainly the e-shutter) but there isn't any other hybrid camera that appeals to me. And since I only use adapted lenses I'd just need to get new L-mount adapters to use all my existing lenses with the fp.

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Are there any, current or former, 5D3 ML Raw users shooting with the FP now?

In some ways, the FP feels like a sidestep, but there are some features... shutter angle, waveform monitor, dual gain iso, the smaller size, etc... that makes it very appealing.

However, I still feel like the FP would be an intermediary, or side camera, for me until there's a true 5D3/ML Raw equivalent camera upgrade released.

The R3 sounds very promising... but also very expensive.

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On 6/10/2021 at 6:59 PM, Andrew Reid said:

What about the 1D X Mark III? Internal Canon RAW on a DSLR. It's definitely closest to 5D3 RAW in terms of image

I was thinking about that. The footage from the 1DX3 looks fantastic. I'm kinda hoping the R3 will either be cheaper, or drive the price of the IDX3 down.

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