Roderick Balle

Roderick Balle

Lives in Australia Byron Bay Hinterland, Australia
Works as a Macadamia Farmer
Joined on Jun 29, 2010


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On article An introduction to video tripods (39 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Miller ftw.

I picked up a Miller DS5 second hand for A$400. Tripods generally age well as there isn't much to go wrong with them, so buying a quality used one is a good option.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2019 at 02:42 UTC
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Anoop kumar: Nowadays AF is the most important thing than any other features. 'proud of our cameraness' with crappy auto focus...? most crappy AF in recently released cameras...😜

@Grapejam, no tripod, just a shoulder mount ENG style. It's a proven technique and has been used in news and sport for 40 years.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2019 at 08:17 UTC
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Anoop kumar: Nowadays AF is the most important thing than any other features. 'proud of our cameraness' with crappy auto focus...? most crappy AF in recently released cameras...😜

I've shot main straight motorsport in which a continuous focus pull is required as the cars come towards you. Never needed a dedicated focus puller. It just takes practice and skill. In fact, I've shot video for 20 years with manual focus and no puller. Your contention that manual focus requires are puller is complete bunkham.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2019 at 05:15 UTC
On article Photokina 2018: Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix S1R (653 comments in total)
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Marcus Sundman: "Panasonic tells us that every aspect of the camera was decided upon on the basis of detailed customer feedback"
So the lack of PDAF is because of "detailed customer feedback". How detailed can the customer feedback be if they ignore the most common criticism they ever got?

This is not aimed at Vloggers - the GH's do that, and Pros don't take selfies.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 09:41 UTC
On article Photokina 2018: Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix S1R (653 comments in total)
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Plagen: Ugly as sin...

All my sins are really good looking......

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 02:20 UTC
On article Photokina 2018: Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix S1R (653 comments in total)
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unbelievable: Great, a mirrorless the size and weight of a Tiger tank that makes the Medium format X1D look dwarfish... :-(
The good news: They are listening to customers. So, we want:
A) The GM5 II, a tiny MFT camera with a (non-sequential) high res EVF and decent grip at a weight of 200g (body only).
Something like: lens mount + lens ==> [=] __|| <== grip
(Oh gosh that looks an awful lot like a MFT version of the a6000... indeed. A grip like the canon M50 will also do, but since we want it small and lightweight the above format seems more appropriate)
The combo won't be unbalanced if you fully exploit the benefits of MFT, which are 1) lightweight and 2) tiny lenses. Did I mention lightweight? )
You can skip video, wireless, NFC, GPS. No need for high FPS but fast AF is of course a must. Pair it with a fast tiny 10mm (yup 20mm eq), tiny 25mm or a tiny 150mm (300mm eq) prime and everyone is happy.
B) A pedestal for the S1R so we can run around it while taking photo's with the GM5-II

Tiny cameras have tiny batteries. Stick a hi res EVF in a GM5 and you'll kill the battery life. You have to live with some compromises when you want to go real small.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 00:41 UTC
On article Panasonic S1 and S1R: What we know so far (884 comments in total)
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Vignes: DFD is based on CDAF... I thought Pana will take this opportunity to go the PDAF way.
played with G9, the C-AF doesn't lock before doing a bit of hunting. and in low light it's even more obvious.
But Leica also use CDAF and their lens are tuned for CDAF... So it that the reason why Pana went the CDAF way?
well you don't get everything in one package. Canon has great DPAF but they have a crop 4K.

My Oly 75 focuses lightening quick on my G85.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2018 at 07:41 UTC

Wow, great specs for the S series, but the big surprise was the new 10-25 constant f1.7 lens for mft.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2018 at 11:13 UTC as 75th comment | 11 replies
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SmilerGrogan: Fantastic piece. Information packed, even-handed. NBC should hire him to run the 6 pm news.
I’m very confused why people say their computers will choke on 4K high-bit rate footage, that is what proxy workflows are for. You edit with lower-resolution files and then conform to the originals when it’s time to render.
Trying to edit full-res footage is suicide.

For Proxies, I don't lower the resolution, but use a very low 4k bitrate - around 8mp. They even look surprisingly good.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2018 at 11:39 UTC
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Boissez: Interesting... No IBIS makes this a non-starter for me though. But it's great to see that Canon now takes video-shooters more seriously.

With a 1.7 crop in 4k video, and massive rolling shutter, this camera is definitely not aimed at "Serious Cinematographers".

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2018 at 12:28 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4436 comments in total)
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105012: I'm a little surprised that the Leica SL from 2015 still has a higher resolution EVF (4.4M vs 3.69M).

It's not really cost, but power usage. Higher res uses more power. It's why you often see in smaller mirrorless models with a smaller battery, lower res EVFs or field sequential ones.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 08:45 UTC
On article Nikon counts down to new mirrorless (977 comments in total)
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PDD: Samsung sold NX1 system to Nikon???

Sony has been in Broadcast television for donkey's years. The BVH1100 came out in 1977, a tape machine incidentally, that they still support with spare parts. Thus they have been in electronic imaging far longer than either Nikon or Canon.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2018 at 00:49 UTC
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s1oth1ovechunk: How is this comment thread bringing out so many insufferable "should-have-used-a-bigger-sensor" twats.

Go do something with your lives other than being a critic on the internet.

I disagree entirely that you can't use m43 at sun up and sun down. Although not wild life shots, my gallery has images taken at those times. I also think m43 is perfectly fine for wildlife photography, and the majority of shots taken in the video are fine.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 07:07 UTC
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Mateus1: Tiny 4/3 sensor in big body for landscape and wildlife is nonsense:,691,777,ha,f

*checks gallery of monster sensor user* Oh wait there isn't one.....I guess a tiny sensor is better than no sensor at all.....

Link | Posted on May 29, 2018 at 20:24 UTC

Sharp wide open, across the frame from edge to edge, and end to end. Other galleries I've seen shows it renders colours nicely as well. Difficult to fault.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 10:41 UTC as 18th comment
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J A C S: One of the problems with slow telephoto lenses (yes, f/5.6-8 eq. is slow) is weak background separation. This is not such a problem with, say, 50mm eq. FF lenses of this type like 100-400/4-5.6 are on the slow side, as well and faster lenses are very expensive.

Yeah me too - agree with amtberg, not JACS.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 10:18 UTC
On article Sample gallery: Nikon 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR (127 comments in total)

Centre sharpness, contrast and rendering look nice. No idea about the corners from this shoot though. The heavy vignetting gives the images a tunnel like quality - not hugely appealing in my eyes, but each to their own. I wonder how a G9 with the PL 50-200/2.8.- 4 (100 - 400 equiv FL) would compare at around 5x cheaper?

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2018 at 03:03 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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Androole: I like how their HyperPrimes are made for Micro Four Thirds, but their MicroPrimes are made for E-Mount, and are much bigger and heavier.

Oh, the joys of branding.

I have the 12mm T1.6 Hyper Prime, and until I bought the PL 8-18 it was my most used lens. Stopped down just a smidge off max aperture it is very sharp, and has a nice warm rendering that matches well with the Nocticron when editing video footage of the two lenses. I still use it when I need a wide angle in low light situations, as it is a lot faster than the PL 8-18 at the same focal length. I'm very loath to get rid of it, as it is as rare as hens teeth in Aus, and I only paid A$500 for it.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 10:03 UTC
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Astro Landscapes: I for one hope "they" continue supporting at least a few OVF DSLR lines, for those of us who actually LIKE seeing the real world through a prism when they raise their camera to their eye.

Personally, for what I do, everything that mirrorless technology offers can be accomplished by simply flipping the mirror up and doing it all in live view. Pentax has already demonstrated that even IBIS can be offered. Canon has demonstrated with the 5D4 that on-sensor AF can be fantastic on a DSLR too.

Really, aside from the wider, slower lenses that can be made smaller and lighter when working with a shorter flange distance, ALL of the "mirrorless advantage" only exists if you need it when the camera is raised to your eye.

The good news is, even if we are now entering the Nikon F6 era of DSLRs, the existing or remaining DSLRs will still be so dang good, I'll probably not go wanting for much else for a very long time...

@saville. Flipping the mirror on a DSLR does not equate to "everything that mirrorless technology can offer" - not even close. This seems to be a very common misconception amongst OVF users. You're way behind the times guys, and investigating the benefits of a modern EVF might be something worth doing - you could be pleasantly surprised.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 03:37 UTC
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Mastering Light: Wow there is a lot of delusional posts.

The fact is a good percentage of ILC users prefer an OVF over a "digital" looking EVF and can use the LCD anytime they want.
EVF fans can say what they want but they can 'tchange people's minds.
And even if their market share drops to 40% (it is well over 50% currently), they are only two major players. Mirrorless has 5 major players and Canon without trying is #2 ahead of Sony in some markets.

So in a few years it will be more of the same. Canon will have 50% of the ILC market, Sony will have 12-14 (that has not changed for 10 years). Canon will offer buyers the choice of an EVF or OVF and Sony will not. There will be a lot of mirrorless camera makers (Fuji, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus and Sony) fighting for 45-50% of the ILC market and Nikon, Canon and Pentax fighting for 50-55% of the market.

In 5 years most pros will still use DSLRs and a tiny few will still fight to use film.

"The fact is a good percentage of ILC users prefer an OVF over a "digital" looking EVF and can use the LCD anytime they want."

Far from fact at all. Equating an EVF to an LCD back screen suggests you've never looked through a modern EVF.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 01:59 UTC
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