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  2. Hello everyone! My name is David and I'm a long time Newsshooter reader - first time posting to the forums! I've been a shooter/editor for over 20 years. Started in broadcast news, worked in corporate production for a while, and even taught a few years at UCF. Currently, I just took a new job in the Orlando area any my new employer is creating their first in-house video production position. I spent the last few weeks researching gear and so happy when they approved my budget without any changes! I'm building out a field production kit (hello Canon C300 mkIII!) and a photo kit (to pair with an R5) and we're currently looking at spaces to build a studio - where I'll be leaning towards PTZ cameras since it's just me for now. Thanks to the newshooter team for this wonderful resource!
  3. Hey everybody, I need someone in New York who will order a LEMO connector for me and solder it onto my camera's (existing) DC cord for a reasonable price in a reasonable time frame. Do you have any recommendations?
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  5. Hi, I’m from Canada just north of Toronto, just north of the hwy 89 snow pillow. Retired (highly recommended) interested in setting up basement vlogging studio.
  6. Using any adapter with a third party lens is usually going to involve some compromise.
  7. I think that would be fairly unlikely, especially anything that is likely to cause any issues.
  8. I had a friend test a Sigma lens using the Sigma MC-11 and they had the asme issue pop-up. Still photography is good but video AF either doesn't work, or hunts forever. Rendering it useless. Apparently this was an existing issue before the A7sIII was released as well. Seems like the only solution is to use e-mount lenses.
  9. Through the opening where the stud goes in. I'm not suggesting that grit will enter into the fluid parts, but the cavity that holds the pin.
  10. I don’t get the last comment. How are you going to get grit inside the head?
  11. I'm quite sure that the fluid head performance is going to be to Satchler's usual standard and the new system clearly is quicker to operate than the knob and bolt style, but I do have reservations about the new locking system. There's obviously a grip and cam system that provides for tensioning, but when you consider where the pin is located and where the locking lever is located, that's quite a distance, especially when you compare it to the accessory plate that has the locking lever near the pin. Still, all you need is a bit of grit inside the head and the lock will likely not work. Personally, I wouldn't ever use such a system in an outdoor environment such as desert, bush or beach.
  12. Dear Mr Rowe, Thanks for your reply. Actually, Metabones uses reverse engineering to program their adapters to "understand" the Sony codes and translate them into Canon commands and vice versa. When Sony releases a new camera, they only ensure that it conforms to the E-mount communication protocol which ir is more or less proprietary. Since the A7S3 is a new camera, perhaps it uses a combination of commands that the Matabones adapter doesn't understand. The A7S2 used contrast based autofocus, which is slower but the A7S3 is using phase based autofocus. Possibly the commands passed to the lens are different and Metabones doesn't recognize them or simply reacts too slowly. That's why Metabones will have to get an A7S3 and test it with their adapter to ensure that it understands the commands. Regards, Jean
  13. I own the Panasonic S5 and have been using it for about 2wks now. It is a fantastic camera and I know Matthew already did an extensive review of it, but I still thought I would share my user experience so far and there are a few nuggets in here that you won' t find anywhere else. I also briefly owned the Canon R6 and my experience with it was so terrible that I took it back within 2wks so this review is also a comparison between my user experience with the R6 vs the S5. I know there are already endless YouTube reviews, but I thought I'd share my thoughts on my experience so far; completely unbiased, unsponsored and as someone who will use this camera for everything from music videos to weddings and if all goes well I might even use it for photo shoots. Since there is so much that I like about this camera I've decided to just put my dislikes first because it is such a short list. THE BAD The Grip - This is my biggest dislike. holding the camera is so uncomfortable. The grip is really shallow and the strap mount sticks out and digs into your hand when you are holding it in a landscape configuration. Not so much a problem with video for me since I use the back display, but using the viewfinder for images is very uncomfortable. I'm going to try getting a dual battery grip to see if that improves it. The R6 by comparison feels like it was custom molded for my hands. The Lens Mount - I knew this going into it, but there are so few native Panasonic lenses for this camera that I will have to use an adapter which I hate doing. I know more lenses are coming but they are very expensive and everything I've read says the Sigma versions focus very slowly. I would love a Voigtlander fully manual 35mm lens for gimbal work like I have for the GH5. I have no idea yet what I will do for photography or if I will ever trust this camera for paid photo shoots. The Battery - I don't understand the battery at all. It fits the GH5 and has contacts for the GH5 yet for the S5 the contacts are on the other side? Why didn't they do what Canon did and simply make a higher capacity battery with the same contacts? Not only are spare batteries impossible to find right now, this means all of my GH5 batteries won't work in this camera....so annoying. Checking Focus While Recording - it is not possible to zoom in while recording to check focus. This isn't a big deal for b-roll and gimbal work, but its definitely not a good thing when doing interview work or long form recordings such as for long events. Lenses - This is turning into a bigger problem than I thought. I have the L mount to EF mount adapter but it does not support continuous AF. To get continuous AF you need to buy native glass...which of course is very expensive and limited. So if I truly want to consider this camera to be both a 5DIV replacement as well as a GH5 replacement I'll need to invest in L mount lenses since I need Continuous AF for photography. Lens Behavior With Adapter - With the Sigma adapter different EF lenses behave differently. With a Sigma EF lens and with some of the Canon lenses the punch in to check focus works automatically when you turn the focus ring. With some of the Canon lenses you have to manually push the zoom button. Also, the focus throw distance and speed settings only work with native L mount glass. Ok, short list over now lets get to the stuff I care about that made me realize this was truly the camera for me. I first ordered the R6 and returned it (horrible user experience for my needs) so I am going to kind of compare my experience with the S5 to the R6 since they probably kind of are targeted to the same buyer and since it is hard to ignore the Canon hype machine even when you know about the R6's overheating issues. THE GOOD No Overheating - Ok we all know that but I had to put it out there anyway. This was the number one reason I returned the R6. The S5 on the other hand shoots glorious 4K until the card fills up (some limitations of course for 10 bit and 60FPS but it does have unlimited modes). Even if the R6 didn't overheat you would still hit that 30min limit and every single 4K mode overheated. Dual Slot Video Recording - The S5 gives me every option I could want and even a few I don't care about. The R6 will only record to a single slot. Electronic Level Meter - The S5 has it....of course, and it actually stays on while recording video. For some crazy reason the R6 disables the electronic level from showing on screen while recording video; isn't when you are recording the main time you need to know if the camera is not level? XLR Audio Module - As annoyed as I am at Panasonic for the battery situation, the XLR module from the GH5 works with the S5 so all is almost forgiven. The R6 of course has nothing for XLR. I tested the module today, the S5 recognized it instantly and the audio was perfect. Free VLOG - Ok "Free" is a very generous term, but it does not cost extra. And this is real VLOG not some flavor that just flattens the profile, unlike the R6 which currently ships with CLOG. Canon said CLOG3 was coming in the future, but who knows if it will actually include the R6 or when "the future" really is. Body Quality - The S5 actually feels slightly lower quality than the body of the GH5, but that could be because it is lighter and smaller. Regardless, the quality feels way better than the R6. Sync/Desync Photo/Video Settings - It took me a long time to find, but it is possible to separate the photo and video settings and you even get to pick which ones stay synced with the other. When running and gunning you want shutter angle, VLOG, etc for video and shutter speed, Natural profile, etc for photos. You can set it so that they are completely separate, not all cameras let you do that and even the R6 did not let me pick which settings to keep in sync (i.e. keep just ISO the same between the two). Dial Position - It is great to have the video mode and Manual photo mode side by side on the dial. The R6 had them at literally opposite ends of the dial....very annoying. Dedicated Buttons - There is a dedicated ISO button and a AF/MF switch on the lens. The R6 had neither. I use the AF / MF lens switch all the time, its the fastest way to be 100% certain all of the AF stuff is off, especially if you are switching between photos and video. Video Footage - The footage out of the camera so far to me in with my very limited testing is incredible, I didn't think Panasonic had it in them. The colors are perfect to my eyes, the codecs are super easy to play back in VLC and actually easier to edit in Davinci Resolve than the GH5's footage. Both 4K60FPS and 4K30FPS play smoothly even after color grading. So far the footage grades as easily as the R6 footage with the added benefits of not needing proxies. Codecs - You get to pick H.264 or H.265 and still get to shoot in VLOG and 4:2:2 10bit. For some crazy reason Canon with the R6 forces you to shoot in H.265 if you want to use CLOG. I will happily sacrifice a little storage space to never have to try to edit H.265 again. Manual Focus Features - I hated the focus rings on the Panasonic MFT lenses, they were non linear which made manual focusing nearly impossible. I ended up getting manual Voigtlander lenses instead. Panasonic has fixed that big time; not only can you now pick linear you can even pick how many degrees to go from stop to stop. I think the R6 let me pick linear but not the focus throw. I do miss Canon's 3 little triangles when manually focusing, to me that's still the best MF guide in the industry. On my S5, focus peaking doesn't seem to work; its on but I can't see it so I have to play with that some more. Timelapse Photography - Ok I had to throw this one in there. Maybe other cameras have this, but this is literally the first camera I have ever owned that lets you do a time lapse in body without an intervalometer AND that lets you take more than 99 images. That's always been a pet peeve of mine for most cameras. For 5 seconds of video at 30FPS a camera needs to take 150 images....a limit of 99 images never made sense to me. Wireless Flash Control - Another pet peeve of mine answered by Panasonic, it can wirelessly control up to 4 flashes without needing an additional transmitter. Of course I'll never use this feature since I already have a complete flash system, but for someone starting out this means even less gear to lug around and to buy. Big Red Recording Box - Who hasn't thought they were recording when they weren't? I turned on the big red box right away (as soon as I found it). This is great, and will definitely help in the future. The R6 of course didn't have this. LVF Button - I didn't understand how important this was until I shot with the R6. It was so annoying in the R6 to have to pick view finder or back screen display. If you picked view finder you had to go into the view finder and navigate back to the setting to change it back. If you picked auto, the screen kept shutting off on me when the camera got to close to my hand or body. Maybe you could map a custom button but I like leaving all of them at their defaults. For the S5 if you want to turn off the viewfinder sensor just press the LVF button...switch to just the VF press it again, switch to auto press it again. So easy to disable/enable one or the other. Auto mode is terrible, switches off the screen all the time if anything gets near the sensor. BASE / RANGE Zebras - There is a pretty cool feature in the S5 which is the BASE/RANGE option which lets you set a zebra pattern based on F stop which maps to a VLOG percentage. So from now on when exposing for people with no gray card I'm going to turn that one on until there are zebras on the people's faces which means they are properly exposed. Vertical Video - I found by accident that the S5 even does vertical video. So if you are shooting something that you only plan on showing on Instagram...something like a quick BTS for a shoot, you can film it vertically and it will play full screen on Instagram. Gimbal Setup - I combined the S5 with the Canon EF 24mm F2.8 and I now have a smaller lighter gimbal setup than I did with the GH5 and the lens itself cost less than my Voigtlander manual lenses. The downside is the manual focus ring doesn't feel anywhere near as good as it did on the Voitlanders. Aspect Guides - Finally....someone has put this in. It wasn't a big deal back in the day, but now with Instagram, Facebook, Etsy, etc. aspect ratios are very important. Instagram needs a 4:5 aspect ratio otherwise you get boxes on the sides or you have to cut off some portion of the original image. This awesome feature will let you compose in camera the composition that you will use on Instagram and Facebook without having to guess or leave tons of crop space. Here is my neutral list, either I don't really have an opinion yet either way, or I haven't tested the camera enough to feel good or bad about it. Photography Capabilities - I'm still kind of neutral on the photography department. The lens situation is a real issue for me, and losing continuous AF when using the EF adapter is a real concern. If the image quality can match the R6's and my 5DIV it may convince me to get a few dedicated L mount lenses for photography. Auto Focus - I never used it in the GH5 but this time around it is different because I want to try the photography features as well. In my brief testing, the AF worked fine for photography as long as continuous AF wasn't needed. It still has the hybrid AF option where you half press the shutter button for the initial focus then can fine tune it using the focus ring so that's good enough for me for video. Menu System - It is improved a bit over the GH5 but still nowhere near as intuitive to me as Canon's menus. I have set up my custom menu so that makes it way easier but some of it is still confusing especially since some settings are still shared between the photo and video profiles; for example if you turn on the mic level meter it is still there even when you are in photography mode. CONCLUSION Final Thoughts - This camera makes me wish I was a travel photographer/videographer. It has so many uncompromised features that would be so useful when traveling that you could practically literally bring just this camera, a wireless flash, XLR module, a few lav mics, variable ND filters, a small video light, travel tripod, and shoot just about anything photo or video. I'm already thinking about projects that I want to shoot with this camera vs the R6 where all I could think about was if it would even make it through the shoot.
  14. I don’t think anyone can speak for long term durability until the head has been out in the wild for a few years. I found out as much information as Sachtler was willing to divulge. Having tried it out I personally found it a lot easier to use and a lot better in terms of fluid head performance than other 75mm fluid heads I have used previously. I think like anything new people need to try it out in person to see if they like it or not.
  15. Clearly all of these things would have been tested to some degree, but they can't really replicate every use scenario. Did they test the system if exposed to salt water conditions, mud, dust and grit? This is where problems can arise in that the pin itself is far more complex than a simple threaded bolt. And who knows how many moving parts and nooks and crannies there are inside the head. The copper bushing at the base of the pin already points to a sacrificial component, but were any foreign muck to get inside the head mechanism, can it be easily cleaned? And how careful do you need to be with the pin, in outdoor conditions, so that it doesn't accumulate grit etc and pass it on up the chain? It also appears that it's only friction that prevents the head from turning on the pin, so will wear of the locking mechanism affect the ability to remain solidly in place? As a side note, much is being made about getting the fluid head low to the ground, so I tested my tripod that uses a 100mm bowl and a short locking knob, and I have to say that there's not much in it between the two. The differentiating factor is the height of your fluid head. I measured mine and from the ground to the plate it's 25cm. I'm also somewhat surprised that they didn't make the fluid head a flat base unit and use the ball adapter that's available and make it a screw-on component (given that it has the same mechanism built in) so that the fluid head could then be easily transferred to other devices in the regular way. This would also allow older fluid heads to be adapted to the newer system if people desired. But more importantly, if something did go wrong with the locking mechanism, it would be far easier to change over one or the other, or both, and not have to get a fluid head repaired and be without for who knows how long. With a flat base fluid head, there's always a backup available.
  16. Definitely would be interesting to see if the internal grip on the pin loosens over time... and if so, can it be repaired. I can only assume Sachtler have thought of this, and tested as best possible! Bit of a shame if there isn't a way to tilt on the flat base.
  17. I'm always interested in the engineering aspects of how things work and no mater how many videos I've watched or websites I've read, not one explains how the mechanism actually works. From what I can tell (only a guess) is that the pin and lock mechanism is really nothing more than a reverse application of the traditional bolt and knob mechanism. It appears as if the pin is 'relatively' loose in the tripod mount, allowing the ball to tilt, and when the locking lever is applied, all that happens is that the pin is drawn in tight rather than having a knob tightening a bolt. I'm only assuming this to be the case as one comment I read noted that when using the flat adapter plate on say a slider, there's no tilting adjustment available with the head, that needs to be done with another attachment. If what I have noted is true, then that leads me to consider the long-term durability of the locking mechanism. A screw and knob system is pretty infallible, as it's really only one moving part that adjusts for wear over age. This mechanism seems far more complex and there's no indication on how it adjusts for wear, that it can be adjusted, and whether things can become 'loose' internally over time. I look at the mechanism in a similar way to locking clamps on a tripod leg, they do loosen over time, but can be re-tensioned quite easily. This is a completely new design, so why isn't there more information regarding how it works and analysis on whether it actually is better?
  18. freddert

    Sony PMW-F3

    Do you still have the FZ Mount 18-252mm servo zoom lens?
  19. Is this two bots having a conversation with themselves?
  20. +1 for the Zeiss CZ.2 series. Neutral, sharp, good mechanical. Duclos also sells a rehoused 70-180mm rehoused Nikkor, similar price point.
  21. So it's officially time... https://www.red.com/komodo To be honest, I'm really tempted to give it a try. Especially after those gorgeous shots from CVP:
  22. Hi! Graphite is quite good for the beginner, but as you have recognized yourself, graphite is not for every purpose. I can therefore recommend the cross-platform open source application Grafana. It is often used for monitoring applications combined with relational databases. Grafana gets its data from several data sources, e.g. Prometheus, InfluxDB, PostgreSQL and also Graphite. There are many different display options, such as tables or diagrams (e.g. pie chart). The display options can also be extended with plugins. With Aiven as a provider for Grafana you have a fully managed analytics and monitoring solution. With this you can integrate it into a cloud of your choice and your existing workflows.
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