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Camera Tech talk thread for anyone to contribute to

Ongoing camera discussion thread covering i.e. new camera and lens models, features pro and cons, planned releases and camera accessories, gimbals, fast cards, monitors, etc

  • For starters: Angelbird 300MB/s write AV PRO SD cards vs Sony Tough SF-G4T 299MB/s write SD cards anybody with a preference or thoughts to share please?

    12 months ago
  • The real world comparisons, particularly robustness and reliability of different SD cards is incredibly important. I don't yet have much to base an opinion on. Please do share if you do.

    12 months ago
    • Angelbird 300MB/s write AV PRO SD cards do write at their advertised speed and so far I have not had even one instance of the dreaded error message come up when recording stops to tell you that the camera couldn't write to the card fast enough. This is the reason I stopped using several other cards in the past after buying and testing them only to find out that their write speeds were inflated and not accurate. Sony Tough SF-G4T 299MB/s write SD cards also have a true write speed as advertised and have never failed, they are slightly thicker than normal SD card because they are more robust by design to withstand being stood on, dropped, etc but why anyone would want to do this to a really expensive SD card I cannot fathom. ProGrade cards do not cut it for me as they top out at less than the 250 MB/s they are advertised as able to write at. Lexar Pro 2000x was my go-to for the last year but they do very occasionally cause a blown take when the camera decides that it can not write fast enough to the card, though when you go again they usually always then film without a problem, weird and could be a real liability if filming a live event where a retake wasn't an option. Importantly, all the new super-fast write SD cards have two sets of contact pins to be able to write faster too. Card readers need to be able to read both sets of pins to be able to transfer/dump at USB3 speeds. There are two things to beware of
      Firstly, there are loads of fake cards being sold even via Amazon and especially on Ebay so check out who the seller is first before buying, ie filmmakers would most probably never sell on fake cards, pay using Paypal or similar to ensure you can send fakes back and get your money back. Vitally important to test them quickly as soon as you get them to check that they are real before taking them out in the field to use. Most fake cards only have one set of pins though their label looks completely the same. Secondly, nearly every card manufacturer also sells slower writing speed cards, so do take care to make sure that you buy the correct card with the fastest write speed. I have another new super-fast write speed card on order and will add my review when tested.
      Importantly if you do not need write speeds of around 300 MB/s per second go with the much cheaper cards as the prices skyrocket for that extra little bit of write speed. More anon

      12 months ago
    • @Ray Brady Thank you Ray for a very useful overview. Quality over cost. Whilst not always the case, on balance the odds are that one gets what one pays for.

      12 months ago
  • I've only had a brief encounter with the Sony PXW Z280 camcorder, around £6,000 plus VAT. First impression is that it can mix seamlessly with pretty much any camera where megabuck lenses are not essential.

    Unlike the smaller Sony PDX 90 we talked of on the iPhone thread, which has a full frame sensor, the Z280 has three 1/2 inch CMOS chips.

    These new type fixed lens camcorders are mooted to be able to emulate an ever widening range of single perspective lenses.

    Would love to hear from users.

    12 months ago
  • Hi,
    Does anyone have an recent updates on the release or new reviews for the new Sharp 8K SLR 33mbs (+) MFT, M4/3, micro four-thirds camera, please?

    10 months ago
    • Sorry for the typo, 33 megapixels.

      10 months ago
  • After being a keen follower of the movement to hack Panasonic Camera's when it was discovered they had limited the quality and capabilities of the prosumer camera's a movement quickly created dozens of hacks to get around those limitations to create incredible slow-motion and unsurpassed bitrate output to SD card options I really loved that filmmakers were challenging huge corporations to deliver more. This had followed on from the Hackintosh movement where discontented individuals on tight budgets had created programs and shared them as freeware that enabled adventurous PC's users to run dual operating systems, yes that run the Mac operating system on comparatively budget PC systems with hardware, ram, and storage costing a fraction of the price. This was my world until I followed a Youtube tutorial five years ago which enabled me to buy a burnt high spec Mac, prone to overheating because of a design fault, for peanuts and by taking out the graphics card and managing to get it to resolder itself in my oven. After refitting it and adding a temperature heat monitor app and a Ram update's on subsequent Prime days the machine has been my main editing computer for several years now for five multi-award-winning shorts and two and a half features (fingers crossed three). Now I've found myself entering the brave new world of lens modding. Mixing parts of old lenses and anamorphic projector lenses to create budget anamorphic shooting options. With the advent of 3D printing, parts can be made inexpensively. So I'm reaching out to the ShootingPeople community trying to connect to anyone that has a 3D printer who might be able to help. Perhaps even a business opportunity for them to become a recognized 3D printer contributor or artist is now a new field in filmmaking crew lists and something very new on film credits on the imdb.com, anyone keen to step-up please do get in touch?

    10 months ago
  • Wow Ray wow!

    10 months ago
  • Many thanks, John but I cannot take any credit as I'm simply following the designs of genuine creative genius i.e. it was a guy called McCaffrey who created a Focuser and very kindly posted the 3D parts as 3D printer files for others to make their own, so I have the files but sadly I don't have a 3D printer. Hopefully, this is the start of a new field of cinematic DIY budget creative breakthroughs. Really hope that someone comes up with a budget tilt-shift lens mod. Really couldn't justify holding on to my expensive TS lens when they were worth several hundred pounds each and really miss not having them in my lens kit box. Imagine a tilt-shift adapter that would allow you to attach a multitude of lenses or maybe superfast lenses like Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm F/0.95. Nice!

    10 months ago
  • It's great stuff. Very democratising and empowering. The tools just get better and cheaper. The basic trade skills required are also getting quicker and easier to master because of it. It's even more about creative intelligence now rather than the 'one trick pony' production trades culture we're rapidly emerging from. Multi tasking 'high end' film makers are go!

    Instant "What you see is what you get" is a contender for the best training; and evolutionary technology is providing that.

    Thanks for sharing.

    10 months ago
  • Hi,
    I was wondering if any Shooters have been working with any of the prosumer 8K / 12K cameras and if so would they please care to share any lessons learned from shooting regarding pros & cons, lensing, data trasnfer and importantly workflow please. Revelant blatant self publicity is not only welcome but encouraged!
    In the meantime below is an excellent and highly informative Camera comparative article on DCW AKA Digital Camera World.
    www.digitalcameraworld.com/buying-guides...

    2 weeks ago