Bassman2003

Lives in United States United States
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Has a website at www.metroplexmultimedia.com
Joined on Mar 2, 2006

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Lan: For some reason this feels more like a 3d render than a video to me. Not sure why...

I think the stabilization software is giving the video an unnatural feel.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 03:56 UTC
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princecody: 8k? Really bro 🤔 Majority of peoples computers barely can handle editing 4k.

I am sure it will arrive at some point but I do not see a need to accelerate the timeline. (other than to sell cameras...) CPUs can barely keep up with 4k material and I do not see Intel breaking any records with each new generation. Just seems forced from my point of view. Quality over quantity imho.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 15:13 UTC
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princecody: 8k? Really bro 🤔 Majority of peoples computers barely can handle editing 4k.

The problem with 8k is the same problem with 4k, speed and heat which lead to cropping of the sensor. Look at the 5D IV. Who wants an 8k camera that needs a massive crop just to exist? The megapixel race ported over to the video world...

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 13:29 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)

Thanks for showing the differences between jpeg and RAW even if it is not a favorable comparison. I am neutral in this space but I have to wonder if you had a D5 or 1DX-II if the color differences would be this drastic? Given that the camera is aimed at event or sports shooters, I would think that jpeg quality would be way up there on the priority list. Just sayin' that a $4,500 camera should not have this big of a difference between the two when it comes to colors being represented properly.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 00:44 UTC as 44th comment
On article Sony a9 first look videos (301 comments in total)
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munro harrap: The idea Sony is ahead is weird. Here we have a throwback to 24MP. This alone signals competitors to continue leading the field. I use a D8. Do you know what a D8 is? Well its the D800 of course, spring 2012. Nikon pro machines are still at D5 same price and near enough the same resolution. Because 36-42-50 MP is Endgame, they restrict pro resolution deliberately to be able to continue to "offer more" in future upgrades until real world practical resolution is obtained, whilst my pics outclass in size and detail resolution all such machines, so HOW Sony CAN get away with this is all around you as Nikon and Canon pro gear is as bad, at double D810 prices.
In a decade all who bought lower res machines now will be kicking themselves, as any video aspect is irrelevant as usual when far better machines for filming exist already.

How much is an A7S and and A7R together? About the same. Battery life better? Shrugs and exits left......

The camera is at 24MP because pro sports shooters do not need more resolution. The higher the resolution the slower the readout speed. So it makes sense NOT to have a 40+ MP sensor in a sports camera... This is labeled a sports camera, not a 5D or D810 replacement. It is in direct competition with the 20,2 MP Canon 1DX-II.

No need to shrug, just understand.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 22:37 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1189 comments in total)
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Trees: The rant against "hybrid stills/cameras" is a bit confounding to me.

As a working professional who lives in both the stills and video world, I'm not sure a lot of the haters "get" how media is created by organizations and the realities of timelines and budgets.

I've shot on video cameras that cost tens of thousands of dollars. They're great when you have the time, budget, and personnel for a big VIDEO project. I've shot stills with film and digital of different formats. Great when you're shooting ONLY stills.

But... When you need to shoot stills AND videos quickly or to document an event easily, I'll take a mirror-less hybrid any day. I've shot around the world and sometimes, you don't want or need a hulking stills or video camera. I'm not the only one who's noticed that smaller/lighter gear sometimes allows you to get better shots because either you blend in or non-professional talent are less intimidated by smaller cameras.

Swiss army knives are popular for a reason...

I just read over the interview and it mainly seems to mention that Olympus decided to make their camera more of a still oriented camera than video oriented camera. There has to be something more that I missed...

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 14:01 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1189 comments in total)
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Trees: The rant against "hybrid stills/cameras" is a bit confounding to me.

As a working professional who lives in both the stills and video world, I'm not sure a lot of the haters "get" how media is created by organizations and the realities of timelines and budgets.

I've shot on video cameras that cost tens of thousands of dollars. They're great when you have the time, budget, and personnel for a big VIDEO project. I've shot stills with film and digital of different formats. Great when you're shooting ONLY stills.

But... When you need to shoot stills AND videos quickly or to document an event easily, I'll take a mirror-less hybrid any day. I've shot around the world and sometimes, you don't want or need a hulking stills or video camera. I'm not the only one who's noticed that smaller/lighter gear sometimes allows you to get better shots because either you blend in or non-professional talent are less intimidated by smaller cameras.

Swiss army knives are popular for a reason...

57 even, is it your position that if the GH5 did not have video capabilities you would have more of a desire to purchase the camera? And you would expect the price to be lower in that configuration?

Prices for ok, good, great & exceptional image quality are already defined in the photography market. The GH5 falls directly in the center of this price scheme. I do not see how it realistic to think Panasonic would release its flagship still camera (with or without video) at a discounted price.

For all that GH5 has, I see it as a great value but that is through a professional's eyes. Meaning I can spend $2,000 for the body and go create images I can make money with. Giving a great ROI.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 15:06 UTC
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I own 128 cameras: This is Sad, I just selected these guys as my manufacturer of choice in 2014. I'm fully outfitted with a GH4, GX8, GX850, and 7-9 lenses. I have cages, lighting for it and was about to drop a grand on the new Atomos releasing this month.

Guess I'll take the loss, hurt my back again and move back to Nikon. But where's my 4K then? Sony maybe, Canon -No, Pentax - No. Not Olympus.

Thanks Panasonic - You just can't trust these guys.

Yes, they are not going out of business! They are just focusing their future strategy. Your Panasonic cameras will continue to function and they will make cameras into the future. Which new cameras end up being made is the question.

I know a lot of folks like m4/3rds but in my view, tying themselves to this format was an overall negative move for them in the long run. Yes m4/3rds gives them some product separation but I think it will always be compared to full frame and APS-C as a secondary format. Shoot the arrows at me but that is how I have always seen their market situation.

Would they be selling more GH4s and the new GH5 if these cameras had APS-C sensors? I think so. Next to the a6300/6500 the GH series will always have the uphill battle to justify not needing the lager sensor.

As a longtime Panasonic pro video camera shooter I always want them to succeed but It is hard to go up against the offerings from Sony these days.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 19:45 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 sample footage (81 comments in total)
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BJN: Choppy pan, what shutter speed?

The sage Ebrahim speaks! Great comments. I remember you from DVInfo many years back.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 13:47 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 sample footage (81 comments in total)
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BJN: Choppy pan, what shutter speed?

@ Richard, you should not have changed anything. It was a nice piece and shows the GH5 well. 24p is tough and judder is tough to see on a little LCD. When I film in 24p I have to flip a switch in my mind and try to minimally move the camera. I see this as kind of a mentality of shooting primes instead of zooms. You learn you can get the job done in a different way and sometimes it looks better because you are thinking more.

24p is more difficult when shooting live, unscripted events.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 20:46 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 sample footage (81 comments in total)
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BJN: Choppy pan, what shutter speed?

2) The best way to learn is to try different camera moves in both and look at them on both 24p and 60p timelines. You can acquire in framerates and you can export in framerates. Set your camera to 24p and try to shoot without seeing judder. These are the techniques of filmmakers.

Two common methods of hiding judder are moving the entire camera and following motion so the viewer focusses on the subject and does not notice the background is juddering. i.e. somebody walking across the frame. The camera follows this person and you do not even notice the background. If the person was not there you would focus on the juddery background...

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 20:43 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 sample footage (81 comments in total)
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BJN: Choppy pan, what shutter speed?

@Brightside - I think "panning" in general does not good while shooting in 24p. When I say panning I mean rotating from a fixed position (tripod). When you see this type of shot in the movies they are usually moving the camera while it is rotating. The little bit of camera movement helps diffuse the 24p judder.

I tell these two things to everybody that wants to learn about 24p:

1) NFL Files vs Live. This is an American Football reference but if you watch a football game live it is the 60p look. If you watch an episode of "NFL Films" it is the 24p look. 60p for the present and 24p for stories and "the past".

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 20:42 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 sample footage (81 comments in total)

Nice and clean at those ISOs.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 04:38 UTC as 15th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 sample footage (81 comments in total)
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BJN: Choppy pan, what shutter speed?

The choppy look or judder is actually the 24p frame rate. Nothing to do with shutter speed, rolling shutter or the quality of the pan. With 24p panning from a fixed position just does not look good. The camera is moving faster than the framerate, it just can not keep up. This is a technique for faster framerates like 50p/60p. The proper way to do it is to move the entire camera, not rotate it.

Cinematographers just know how to get around the pitfalls of 24p by using techniques to hide or eliminate the judder.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 04:35 UTC
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Bassman2003: I like the shots and the camera looks interesting. I see a little yellow cast to all of these photos. Does anybody else see this?

I am not casting stones here. Just saying what I see. I have heard of yellow casts being associated with Sony products in the past, but that was only through forums which you do not know if it can be trusted.

As a video & stills shooter, this camera looks great. But my Canon 5DMKIII and accessories has been paid for long ago. Hard to leave a system.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 17:21 UTC

I like the shots and the camera looks interesting. I see a little yellow cast to all of these photos. Does anybody else see this?

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 14:58 UTC as 23rd comment | 7 replies

No doubt they have an uphill climb but so does every camera maker these days. Basically you need to bring the goods to keep people buying. They have already reaped the rewards from having a unique product. Now they need to have the best product to get upgrade and new sales.

I would hope for a better lens that moves beyond the perma-fisheye look at the wide angle. 4k60p sounds like a given. I think they have room to improve and can do it but companies do not often go there.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 23:23 UTC as 9th comment
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1578 comments in total)
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Hellraiser: tip to Sony - make a proper DSLR with A mount and stop beating this dead horse (SLT)

I think this camera competes quite well with Canon. As a long time Canon user who shoot a lot of video as well, the Canon MKIV does not have the innovation that this Sony has. I have to look at the business side of things as my MKIII & II have been paid off for a long time. So switching would be a lot of cost but feature wise, I think Sony is trying harder than Canon.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 14:36 UTC
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theSUBVERSIVE: Do the people that buy the FZ1000/2000 really want the extra reach?

I really like the FZ2500 and it's a nice B-cam for a Panasonic video combo but I would had preferred something more in line with what the RX10 had before with a constant f/2.8 and less reach but I've seen a lot of people knocking on that RX10 for having less reach, so maybe it's just me.

The lens not moving back and forth is pretty nice for balancing in a gimbal but in this case, although the RX10 III costs considerably more, it still has more reach and brighter lens.

The built-in ND is awesome to have, even more for video when you want to keep the shutter speed at 180 degrees shutter angle. It's not quite what I wanted but it's still pretty good for what it is.

I would be for a faster lens but I think from a marketing point of view it would tough for them to sell a 5x zoom in a fixed lens situation.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 00:15 UTC
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theSUBVERSIVE: Do the people that buy the FZ1000/2000 really want the extra reach?

I really like the FZ2500 and it's a nice B-cam for a Panasonic video combo but I would had preferred something more in line with what the RX10 had before with a constant f/2.8 and less reach but I've seen a lot of people knocking on that RX10 for having less reach, so maybe it's just me.

The lens not moving back and forth is pretty nice for balancing in a gimbal but in this case, although the RX10 III costs considerably more, it still has more reach and brighter lens.

The built-in ND is awesome to have, even more for video when you want to keep the shutter speed at 180 degrees shutter angle. It's not quite what I wanted but it's still pretty good for what it is.

I would say no. As a video person myself and an RX10 II owner, I think anything over 200mm is kind of a waste with video. Let face it, most of the time these cameras are going to be used handheld. too long of a lens just makes hand held footage difficult. The long lens makes me think of travel camera instead of maybe using for something work related. Which is fine, it is not billed as a pro camera.

But, constant f2.8 is always more important than the ramping lenses in my book. I hope the RX10 IV goes back to the 24-200mm design to keep the larger aperture.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 18:21 UTC
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