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Clair Denuages

Fuji xt-3 strong

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I just want to place this here. I use my xt-3 for corporate gigs under 15k of budget for a year now and been really happy with it. I also made a tv pilot with it. All recorded in 4k 200mbps 10bit. And macro shots in 4k 60fps 200mbps 10bit. For storage space and quality, it's a sweet spot. I rendered prores LT 1080p proxys to edit in Davinci. It's a great workflow. Basically, I got my money back with this little 1600$ camera and love the casual pictures I take with it. Anyway, you don't need to look at the future Canon 8k dslr camera because it will save in 4k h.265. Same thing. Fuji's xt-3 take a 6k raw image debayer and scale it down to 4k so you get a really great rendition of details.

 

much love for my litle xt-3 monster.

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Nice to see someone post about a Fuji camera.  I have an X-T3 and mostly love it for all the reasons you note.  I bought it to get into the Fuji system while bidding time for the X-H2 and a bit let down the X-T4 came first.  Really missing IBIS, need better battery life and ergonomics and there are some issues for me with the manual/autofocus functions which I hope will be addressed via firmware in the X-T3.  I'll post regarding those - I'd like to see what your thoughts are and perhaps you have solutions or work arounds.

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What is the focus issue? I personally use canon EF lenses with an adapter and native fuji fx lenses. I don't particularly have any issues. I look into a 5 inch monitor like the smallhd or ninja V with a LUT and focus peaking. Just regularly look for firmware updates on the fuji body. Also for batteries I am looking into the kessler batterie adapter that uses dewalt power tools cheap batteries. I could plug the monitor as well.

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Hi Tom, thanks for your reply.  I started another thread where I detail things.  I'm mostly shooting verité doc footage and want to avoid rigging the X-T3 up which is clearly what you're doing.  I have a base plate, rails and matte box I sometimes use when shooting interviews or for lock down shots but in those situations the problems I mention usually aren't an issue.  I mostly shoot handheld with the X-T3 and want to keep it small and light.  The battery grip improves ergonomics and battery life (even then batt life isn't great).

Question: are you using Resolve to generate your proxies (which can be slow) or an auxiliary program like EditReady and then match back to master?

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1 hour ago, mopixels said:

Question: are you using Resolve to generate your proxies (which can be slow) or an auxiliary program like EditReady and then match back to master?

I need 10bit in my proxy so I render in prores LT from Adobe media encoder sadly.

I use Resolve on a PC for editing and grading  (I edit in a 1080p timeline with the prores LT proxy). Then at delivery you can place all the native 4k footage in a different bin and ask Resolve to conform with the target bin. It's quite useful.

On a proxy note I didn't find any avid dnx flavor that was as light and 10bit to render to.

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2 hours ago, Giuseppe Vitellaro said:

What lenses are you folks using?

I go between x mount lenses for small jobs,  and PL glass on bigger ones.

 

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I'm using my pair of X-T3s more and more for smaller jobs. Since one can live on the Ronin-s and the other built up for tripod/slider/handheld work, it's a nice speedy workflow on set.

Since the camera NEEDS external monitoring anyway, I'm always just recording Prores masters (rather than relying on the internal codec). However, for anyone shooting h265 exclusively, I'd HIGHLY recommend you get yourself a GPU with hardware encoding/decoding of h265 video.

If you're working off a laptop, get an eGPU that will give you the functionality. Before, when I had a 12GB Titan X in my Mac Pro, I couldn't even begin to playback h265 footage - it was completely unusable. However now that I have a 16Gb Radeon VII instead (with hard video encoding/decoding enabled). I get buttery smooth playback from the X-T3's 400mbps 10-bit files.

It completely changes the equation.

And given the time it will save you in rendering out proxies/prores masters. The new GPU will pay for itself very quickly.

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