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  1. Yes, the megapixel wars are unlikely to end anytime soon. Funny how Arri stays out of the megapixel wars and yet is still the brand that everyone reveres, for good reason. I guess the latter is my point, hybrid cameras try to fulfil the needs of two camps and thus can't fully satisfy either, whereas cine cameras serve just one purpose. It's perhaps like what I still read from time to time about the BMPCC4K/6K where people complain about the cameras' inability to take photos, not understanding that they're not hybrid cameras; they're not designed to take photos. The stills option is not the same as in a hybrid camera. And I'm no cinematographer, but I'm so glad that my cameras do only one thing and do that quite well. I just wish my skills were somewhat better.
  2. I suspect that once the honeymoon is over, the reality of what follows will sink in. I don't see the point of 8K at this time, especially when it can't be recorded except in fits and starts. It's not just the storage requirements (both in-camera and as general data), it's the ability (or not) of your computer and NLE to process those files. And a lot of customers still only want 1080p, let alone 6k or even 4K. The 8K looks more like an attempt to plant a flag on the mountain and claim they were there first. Canon may have the bragging rights, but others will now be able to look at the results and say they can do better.
  3. All of the above is why I went for the BMPCC4K as soon as it was available for pre-order. My Olympus E-M1 MkII is ostensibly equiped in exactly the same way as this new R5 and which is why I hated it for video (I'm just not a fan of hybrid cameras). The external recording via a monitor is just another cost and who knows what formats can actually be recorded. It's by no means an inexpensive camera for many, yet lacks some fairly obvious features for what is being presented as primarily a video camera.
  4. I missed that part. Or are you referring to using an external monitor/recorder? I was thinking about recording directly to an external SSD.
  5. I have to say that after all the pre-release hype, I'm somewhat underwhelmed by what it offers. The much hyped features seem to be 8K, IBIS and AF, yet for a camera that appears to be aimed at videographers (I assume), it certainly lacks some basic features. It has no decent audio input, only a 'micro' HDMI output, limited continuous recording time, no external recording, no external power input, 12 stops dynamic range (?), 10 bit recording and a hefty price tag. I'm sure it'll sell like hot cakes, but for what?
  6. Curious also as to why all the formats have a recording limit (max 29.59 min). Is this about the EU limits on what constitutes a stills camera vs video camera? Reading further on in the review, it appears that it's all heat related. That's not very good at all.
  7. My nearest 'local' dealer is around a 400km round trip away (meaning virtually a full day gone). Everything video related (as well as many other things) are all bought online.
  8. When you noted battery life, you said it gave ' you 1 hour and 20 minutes of recording time when shooting 8K RAW and utilizing IBIS and autofocus.' Is this a real world test or just from the canon specs? I'm very interested in such figures because after nearly two years, people are still complaining about the battery life of the BMPCC4K which, when comparing battery apples with apples, isn't bad at all. In my own tests, using a genuine Canon LP-E6N battery, I can get 50 min of 4KDCI BRAW 5:1 recording. Wolfcrow managed 75 min of 1080p with the Panasonic S1. The former has a 14Wh battery and the latter a 23Wh battery. With a 23Wh battery the BMPCC4K would achieve 80 min of 4KDCI BRAW and, with a 48Wh IDX NP-F970 equivalent, gets over three hours continuous shooting. So I'm interested in how the real world tests pan out for these new cameras.
  9. Coming from a background as a professional photographer, this question is often raised by those who shoot nothing but JPG. I've always shot RAW stills and have found if far more flexible that JPG in difficult lighting conditions. When you can control the light, then what you shoot is a moot point. I find the same now when it comes to video, I am rarely able to control the lighting or do so ideally. The other thing that I've tried to explain to the JPG shooter is that RAW processors keep improving all the time and that shot you took years ago in RAW can now be re-processed even more than you could back when it was first taken, providing even better results. A JPG remains a JPG for life. Here's an example of what can be done with RAW, but could never have been achieved with JPG. JPG (effective): RAW Processed:
  10. As soon as the R5 is released, the interwebs will be full of complaints and then speculation as to what the R6 will bring and questions about when it will be released.
  11. I'm wondering whether someone could shed some light on this (pun intended). For some time I've noticed that so many movies, TV series, YouTube vlogs, example footage from cameras etc all seem to follow this similar path of lighting the scenes as if all that were available was a dim light bulb. Why is it that we've suddenly become fascinated by not lighting scenes so that everything doesn't look like a horror movie. I think the worst was what was reported as the last episode of Game of Thrones where barely anything could be seen by the average viewer. I've been watching old movies, from the 50s/60s, and the only time this dim and dark lighting is used is when it's a night scene and/or it's depicting what would be natural lighting for the times or scene. Even the candle lit scene from Barry Lyndon is clear and bright so that you can see the actors, but what I come across on a daily basis nowadays in today's films etc is almost a complete lack of light. I find it even stranger that YouTubers are adopting this same lighting style. When I do a YouTube post, I'm basically inviting people into my home and the last thing I want to do is make it look like I live in a cave lit by a single candle. I can understand that there's a place for such lighting, but what is this obsession with doing so just about everywhere?
  12. The market for video related accessories is growing significantly. I bought a couple of very cheap LEDs from Aputure maybe three or so years ago, pretty ordinary but worked OK, and now Aputure is recognised almost as a premium brand LED light manufacturer. Their Deity microphones are also fairly well regarded when it comes to say the indie scene. My two Aputure Amaran F7 LEDs are pretty good for the price and can punch out some decent light, and running off NP-F batteries, USB-C or 12V is not that common.
  13. Video oriented camera bags was one major frustration for me, as none of my existing stills camera bags were suitable for either of my rigs and I didn't want to break down the rigs just to force them to fit. But after a lot of searching, I finally found two bags that would do the trick and they work well for what I need. Both are very inexpensive and one is sold as a camera bage and the other as a lighting bag. Both are reasonably padded, but I wouldn't be using them for say checked baggage, but they have stood the test by rolling around in my 4WD while on bush trips, so as travel bags they are great. These are the two bags that I have: The small bag: The larger bag:
  14. If the VA can record BRAW, then it will certainly be a bonus. If not, I'll be contacting Blackmagic and asking why not. Using Blackmagic cameras, I think the VA will be like an extension of those cameras rather than just an add-on. Will definitely provide feedback. Yes, the range, quality and price of field monitors has changed dramatically in even just the last couple of years. Who would have thought that you could buy a 7" 2200nit monitor that worked well for just a few hundred dollars (like the Feelworld or Portkeys). Blackmagic is beginning to become a force to be reckoned with, in more ways than one.
  15. Every YouTube review that I've seen of the VA 12G HDR at least gives praise to the quality of the image, its clarity and brightness, so I doubt that will be an issue. As far as features go, all I want is a clear and bright screen that allows good composition and focusing in bright sunlight. And as far as functions go, the most that I'd use is the waveforms as I shoot nothing but BRAW, so the rest is fairly moot. The last thing I need to do is to constantly cycle through monitor features when I'm trying to film. And as for recording, having the backup option is not a bad thing. And when it comes to SmallHD (the SmallHD 502, 1000nit, with no recording costs more than the VA 12G) and others, so I had a look at several brands and didn't find them inspiring at all (hardly different to the Atomos); all of them were rather dim monitors as well, with none of them exceeding 1000nit. This convinced me to stick with Blackmagic and especially support a local company.
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