Princess Diana – death by a million clicks

Photographers and tabloid paparazzi are said to have played a significant role in the death of Princess Diana in the 1990s. Now there are new revelations about the role journalists at the BBC played in her life and events leading to her death.

However, there is more to this story than meets the eye.

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Thoughts on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro – Tilt screen, EVF, built in ND filters – but why EF mount?

For a long time the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras have been a barebones experience to shoot with. Great codec and image quality but a lack of important other features (and not great build quality). Well Blackmagic has stepped up and beaten the mirrorless cameras to build-in ND filters. Yes in 2021 it’s finally happened! Well done camera industry. They have added a hinge to the screen as well. For an extra $500 you can get an EVF which slots on top. The battery also gets an upgrade from a smaller Canon LP-E6 to Sony NP-F570.

However one thing I find puzzling about the Pocket 6K Pro is the lens mount.

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Panasonic has not managed our expectations… GH5 Mark II / GH6 controversy

Above, 4K frame from the good old GH4, on my shoot in Berlin “The Machine”.

Fuss about nothing or bad omen? Following the events of yesterday Panasonic shooters are wondering why the GH5 is going to be re-released as a Mark II model after 4 years. Having rumours out there can’t be helped. However in my opinion Panasonic should be at least trying to manage our expectations far better. They cannot blame customers for wondering if a blockbuster GH6 is going to come out at all… The buck stops with them. Why bother with a GH5 Mark II if it is?

I just don’t accept waking up one day in 2021 to see a GH5 Mark II leaked out via 43rumors. It is completely unacceptable to have this anticlimax and so many doubts about future releases.

I want to be reassured and confident about that all-singing, all-dancing GH6 ProRes/RAW future.

I have a lot invested in Micro Four Thirds lenses. It is not that Panasonic hasn’t been generous in the past 4 years with firmware updates for the GH5 including V-LOG and I have nothing against the engineers in Osaka. They all deserve full credit in Japan for the amount of work they needed to do on the S series of full frame cameras and lenses at the same time as keeping Micro Four Thirds going; the S1, S1H and more all needed to be planned, designed, developed, marketed and manufactured. Now we are in 2021, but there is a big worldwide chip shortage. This could also impact most cameras that are due to be released, resulting in some quite long slippages, so to be clear once again I have nothing bad to say about the hard working engineers at Panasonic who are doing their best under difficult circumstances and during a pandemic too.

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Disappointing Panasonic GH5 Mark II specs leak in Japan – Where is the GH6?

Panasonic GH5 II rumour

Controversy is brewing!

Ever since 2017 an army of Panasonic GH5 fans and Micro Four Thirds users have been waiting for the GH6. They did not all go out and suddenly change to a $4000 Panasonic S1H. Our feedback has been continually piped to Panasonic HQ in Japan about needing a professional editing codec like ProRes, phase-detect AF, 6K, 8K or preferably 4K/120p would be a reasonable expectation versus the Sony A7S III and even an internal RAW codec like Canon now has on the EOS R5. Alas our dreams are probably ended by the fact our dream GH6 camera would have to cost $3000 with all that, minimum – and in the current market who is going to buy a 2x crop sensor camera for that much? Alas the never inaccurate Nokishita has leaked specs which suggest an almost identical camera will be re-released instead, with the same 20 megapixel sensor as 4 years ago. This strongly suggests there will be no GH6 for eager Micro Four Thirds punters to look forward to.

What’s going on? EOSHD takes a closer look.

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