The digital film look on a budget – 10 years after the Arri Alexa, what gets closest for cheapest?

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Hard to believe it, but EOSHD is nearly 10 years old!

2010 was a big year for digital cinema. The 5D Mark II was in full stride kickstarting DSLR filmmaking. Arri’s first proper digital film camera the Alexa was released and revolutionised filmmaking at the highest levels. Now all these years later I’m still looking – not for the sharpest, highest K, most featured packed modern camera but for a camera costing less than $1000 which has the most Alexa-like image.

Not on a technical level, of course, but in terms of the feel of the images and how cinematic the end-results are when viewed on the big screen.

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Nikon Z7 is at EOSHD HQ – better video than Sony?

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I was able to find a Nikon Z7 in Berlin and decided to shoot with it at least until the Z6 comes out, when I’ll reassess whether it is worth 3800 euros. Nevertheless, this camera tells us 90% of what we need to know about that one too.

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Photokina Part 2 – Panasonic S1R hands-on (sort of) plus Fujifilm X-T3 / EOS R hands on / Blackmagic Pocket 4K shipping news

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All of the following photos were shot with my Canon FD 85mm F1.2 from 1976 on the Fujifilm GFX 50S. Medium format at F1.2?! Yes, it works and no vignetting!

I am really interested in what Fuji is doing at the moment, but with the most interesting cameras at the show just a development announcement and dummy body-design, we’ll have to wait a bit longer for them to truly reveal their cards.

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Photokina 2018 Part 1: Panasonic S1 and S1R full frame 4K/60p and Fujifilm GFX 100MP 4K Medium Format. WOW!

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This will be a short part 1, as I am about to get on my way from Berlin to Cologne to see all the new stuff at Photokina for myself! It’s been a mammoth few weeks for camera announcements and these two top them all.

First from Panasonic we have the first ever full frame cameras to shoot 4K/60p, beating Sony to the punch. Their A7S III is STILL not yet announced. The Panasonic S1 and S1R are probably why! For video they beat every full frame camera past, present and future!

Second we have the Fujifilm GFX 100MP development announcement, which will be a 2019 $10,000 medium format mirrorless camera. They also have a cheaper 50R “rangefinder” style GFX body at the show ($4500) but that is 1080p only like the GFX 50S it’s based on. It is the 100 megapixel one I am really interested in.

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Fuji X-T3 may feature Samsung sensor, as South Korean giant gears up to supply 8K FULL FRAME sensors to Japanese

Check out the behind the scenes on Black Swan’s Matthew Libatique ASC Fuji X-T3 shoot here at FDTimes. Great read!

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Back in June I reported on the joint sensor development between Fuji and Samsung. You can read all about that ISO Cell project here. This was 100% not a rumour.

Now you may look at the X-T3 and wonder where the new 26MP sensor comes from.

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Fuji X-T3 announced with INCREDIBLE codec – 10bit 4K 60p 400Mbit ALL-I H.265

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Video on the new X-T3 is quite a surprise and shows how seriously Fuji are taking filmmaking, even on their most photographer-orientated cameras. Film Simulation goes 10bit for the first time on the X-T3, along with F-LOG (internal) and a future firmware update later in the year will add Hybrid LOG Gamma and BT.2020 colour.

There are big improvements to the sensor, to speed up the rolling shutter to 17ms in 4K/60p which puts it in the realm of dedicated pro movie cameras.

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