Francis Sawyer

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Francis Sawyer: Great. Let us know when Resolve supports the industry-standard raw codec: ProRes Raw.

It's not clear. Maybe, but on the other hand they support Redcode. Don't know about Canon's "Raw Lite."

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 09:16 UTC
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Francis Sawyer: No gears for focusing rigs. Fail.

It's time to stop pretending that there's a necessary distinction between motion-picture and still lenses. It's all about ripping off the cine shooter. Period.

Aw, can't stand up for yourself and demand better value? Fine. But stop whining when others do and make you feel bad.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 09:13 UTC

No gears for focusing rigs. Fail.

It's time to stop pretending that there's a necessary distinction between motion-picture and still lenses. It's all about ripping off the cine shooter. Period.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2021 at 07:23 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
On article Irix adds 30mm T1.5 lens to full frame cine line-up (17 comments in total)

I few times I've mocked lens manufacturers for issuing ANY manual lens today without focusing gears on them. It's just dumb.

In response, people whined that they didn't want them on their still lenses... but couldn't provide any good reason. Well, take a look at the geared rings on these. If these guys can recess the gears like that, everyone can... providing even LESS of an excuse not to have them.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2021 at 01:03 UTC as 1st comment
On article Irix adds 30mm T1.5 lens to full frame cine line-up (17 comments in total)
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shutterbugnx: Wide-open sample: https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/iG5RswwkJbX3c9oVuz66bU.jpg
From: https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/irix-cine-30mm-t15-review

Looks to be slightly soft at maximum aperture, but very impressive image quality nonetheless.

I don't know. The haloing along edges looks pretty sus. Look at the front edge of the dish, where's it's nearly in focus. The white smear reminds of Rokinon/Samyang shìt that rendered a bunch of footage totally unusable, even when NOT wide open. I ended up shooting the rest of the movie on Canon still lenses, which at least delivered crisp & beautiful images despite being a pain in the ass to work with.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2021 at 23:48 UTC
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Michael Long: I'd really hoped that the next gimbal would support iPhone's MagSafe out of the box such that no clamp was needed at all.

I may get one and then get an additional mount on which I can do some surgery and see if I can attach one of Moment's MagSafe mounts to it.

Why limit the product to Apple's dumb gimmick?

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2021 at 23:08 UTC
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dr8: The video shows device being used in "landscape" orientation. Even the party-goer selfies - how can 99.9% of cell phone users possibly make sense of this product?

THE OP WAS BEING SARCASTIC.

A-duh.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2021 at 23:08 UTC
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Kit Lens Avenger: At least this flighty junk has rescued "gimbal" from linguistic oblivion.

Some of us were literate before DJI and these so-called gimbals.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2021 at 23:06 UTC

YAAAAAWWWWWNNNNNNNNN

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2021 at 23:03 UTC as 4th comment
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FujifilmXT3: Jordan will want this

Whatever that's supposed to mean.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 09:16 UTC
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martuyn: Whats the point in 12K, can't show it anywhere. Concentrade on 4K thats usefull.

You're seriously trotting out this embarrassing argument? You DO realize that most standard-def TV shows were shot on film, right?

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 09:15 UTC
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Razor512: They are taking too long to come out with 16K cameras. 12K is getting pretty old and lacks the detail to properly convey the overwhelming cuteness of river otters, lynxes, foxes, raccoons, mountain lions, and various other forms of extreme cuteness.

I know, right? It seems like almost nobody appreciates micro-cuteness! Paramecia, skin mites, ticks... all such cute and cuddly micro-clowns that we all want to see more of!

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 09:14 UTC
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Nukunukoo: Waiting for BMPCC 8K Pro using the Ursa’s 12K oversampled sensor. And maybe ditch the EF mount…

In favor of what?

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 09:12 UTC
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fcracer: I love what this company does. I want to get into videography just to use Blackmagic’s products. DaVinci Resolve, being free, still blows my mind. I’ve used it for so many personal projects, and it keeps getting better and better.

FCP's limitation is that it sucks major åsś.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 09:11 UTC
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SteveV4D: This price drop makes the camera a very tempting purchase. Of course, like the Pocket 6K price drop last year, its a possible indication of something better coming, but then that's true all the time.
Blackmagic may not be in the same league of big hitters like Arri, Red and Canon for production work, but they are pushing technology and for those of us using them, great cameras with useful video features and a versatile codec that integrates perfectly with Resolve.

True. Sad that they chose to call their non-raw codec "raw," though. It really undermines public trust in their products, and it insults their customers.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 09:10 UTC
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MikeRan: Amazing technology. I’d love to know how they do it.
Yet still I wonder whether the lenses are sharp enough to resolve 80MP on a crop sensor, and how does one practically focus manually well enough? Perhaps this is useful for wide panorama type scenic shots where you can focus close enough to infinity and capture footage but there has to be some practical limit.

Even with a well planned shot and an experienced focus puller, how do you get 80MP sharp in video without robotic help?

(Not trying to be snarky. Genuinely curious how this is intended to be used.)

"The sensor is so tiny?" WŢF are you talking about? It's a normal cinema-35mm-sized sensor.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 09:08 UTC
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danieladougan: Blackmagic made a camera that almost no one was asking for, and now they're doing a fire sale on it.

Who has a computer that can edit 12K video anyway? Not many people. My six-core gaming laptop with a 6 GB discrete video card huffs and puffs editing 4K with proxies.

That argument is lame. People pìssed and moaned about Red's raw codec at first too, which was just as sṭupid.

But you're right: People want better low-light performance, which BlackMagic has spectacularly failed to deliver over the course of many years. Nobody was clamoring for 12K.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 09:06 UTC

Great. Let us know when Resolve supports the industry-standard raw codec: ProRes Raw.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 09:03 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with the Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM (385 comments in total)
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Thoughts R Us: It's starting to dawn on me just how small this lens is. Really nice work by Canon.

For instance, it's about the same size as the Sony 14 f1.8 lens. Obviously those are different types of lenses for different systems, but boy, that shows you how small this lens is. Yes, it's a slower aperture, but to have an UWA zoom be the same size as a prime, well that's pretty cool. (And it's about the same cost).

This lens is a winner. Very small size for what it is, an incredibly useful zoom range, including going up to the very useful 35mm length, and a really short MFD. And it takes 77mm filters. Very impressive and one of a kind on the market right now.

"your ready, day and night, to jump on that user"

Where's your elementary-school teacher? You've shamed him or her by not being able to spell baby words.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 08:23 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM (385 comments in total)

F4 for $1700? That sucks.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 08:21 UTC as 6th comment | 5 replies
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