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    The Sony definitely has issues with skin tones and that is one of the main reasons I am moving away from the FS7. The feature set on the FS7 still holds up against the offerings from other manufacturers but I just find the color lacking. 4K is plenty of resolution for me...what I am looking for is more DR and better colors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Straw Man View Post
    I don't mean to sidetrack the topic, but Milan or Mitch, could you elaborate on a bit of info in that link: "Footage shot at 200fps can be improved by exporting from the Panasonic P2 viewer." I haven't used p2 viewer much and am not familiar with its ins and outs.
    I think this might have been an issue before, when that codec was new and not supported by some NLEs, which made the HFR clips look bad. AFAIK the codec is now supported. With that said, the raw HFR with an O7Q is still much better than the internal codec, the image is sharper and without compression artifacts.


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    Another thing:
    I just got my Varicam LT back which I had rented to a colleague here in Stockholm. He used it for a seven day shoot of an instructional video with many hours of recorded material. His assistent, who was operating the camera, said that he had never used such a flawless combination of equipment before. Everything just worked without any issues. They were also very happy with the dual ISO, which helped them a lot. Last time they did similar work they used an Amira.


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    Hi, do people here have experience on the LT vs the Varicam 35 version.
    We have an offer on it, and we are wondering if that's the right direction to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaoloP View Post
    Hi, do people here have experience on the LT vs the Varicam 35 version.
    Same sensor, but the Varicam 35 has more frame rate options. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTj82yTRpqE

    Quote Originally Posted by digitalinnovations View Post
    The Sony definitely has issues with skin tones and that is one of the main reasons I am moving away from the FS7...
    The LT is in another league in that regard. Sony has made some really great/cinematic cameras (F3, which I own and is still produces the best HD images out there, F35, Venice) but the FS7 is not one of them imo. The FS7 is a workhorse, but the color science is not its forte.

    The feature set on the FS7 still holds up against the offerings from other manufacturers...
    There are differences between the FS7 & LT that might be a factor. The LT does not have automatic focus, for example. Perhaps others can point to other differences (I don't currently own either).

    There is no other camera in this price range that beats the LT in my opinion (currently $10K until the end of September). I hope that Panasonic continues to develop it and hopefully it can get more traction in the marketplace.

    Some LT reviews:
    1. Viable alternative to Red/Arri: https://nofilmschool.com/2017/05/rev...nic-varicam-lt
    2. https://www.newsshooter.com/2016/06/...solo-shooters/
    3. Pro Video p.1: https://www.provideocoalition.com/re...m-cine-camera/
    4. Pro Video p.2: https://www.provideocoalition.com/pa...review-part-2/
    5. Varicam LT lens tests (praises the LT in comparison to Arri/Epic-w at the 14:25 mark): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgbHlvFm6mk
    https://www.4kshooters.net/2017/02/1...hros-and-more/

    https://www.cinematography.net/Panas...-UHD-2017.html

    Sample raw files (select the Varicam LT folder to download): https://www.myairbridge.com/en/#!/fo...415jcXW5hOa9SM
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos13 View Post
    There is no other camera in this price range that beats the LT in my opinion (currently $10K until the end of September). I hope that Panasonic continues to develop it and hopefully it can get more traction in the marketplace.
    Oh disregard in case you read. Watched the video and you're right.


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    With the price drop promotion the Varicam LT is really tempting.

    I've got a current thread re: the C200 as I'm currently considering moving on from the Ursa Mini Pro. The C200/500 ii are appealing as I do a lot of travel and will reduce some weight. The LT is only a few hundred grams heavier, but would allow me to ditch the Zoom H6 (haven't yet come to truly trust the audio recording on the Ursa). I love the LT image and for the work I do (mostly corporate doc) it seems like a really robust option.

    I have a couple of questions for the owners out there.

    How is the quality of the control panel as a monitor? I'm not a big fan of EVFs and would likely use an external monitor at times (especially in the case of recording raw), but to keep the package as small as possible is the monitor acceptable for focusing?

    The Varicam seems to only come standard with AB mount, but I already own a stack of V-Lock batteries. Can it come with w V-Lock mount instead? It seems the body just comes standard with AB, and it seems a waste to take this off and throw in the trash to install a V mount.

    Can 2K Prores 4444 be recorded to SDXC?

    Thanks.


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    Here is a fairly balanced review of the Varicam LT

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chWJW-Q6utk&t=184s

    They loved the image, were not overwhelmed with the display and thought the startup/reboot times and frequency less than ideal.
    It loves batteries .... which should not be a major issue with corporate doc ...

    Good luck finding one ... backordered everywhere ... and I doubt due to a long line of buyers. Too many new new thangs to tempt
    the public ...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Pears View Post

    How is the quality of the control panel as a monitor? I'm not a big fan of EVFs and would likely use an external monitor at times (especially in the case of recording raw), but to keep the package as small as possible is the monitor acceptable for focusing?

    The Varicam seems to only come standard with AB mount, but I already own a stack of V-Lock batteries. Can it come with w V-Lock mount instead? It seems the body just comes standard with AB, and it seems a waste to take this off and throw in the trash to install a V mount.

    Can 2K Prores 4444 be recorded to SDXC?

    Thanks.
    You can use the small monitor for focusing since the image can be magnified, but you can only magnify it in the center. So if you're setting the focus and recording it works fine, if you have to change focus while recording you'd be much better off with a better monitor.
    There is a focus tool (with small squares) which is very helpful and can be used with the monitor.

    It always comes with an AB-mount but you can either get an AB>V-lock adapter or just exchange it to a V-mount. I changed mine to a V-mount and it works great. It's easy to change it.

    No, you have to record it to P2. I prefer shooting in 4K/UHD since I've noticed that the 2K footage (no crop) is more prone to have colour moiré in it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    Good luck finding one ... backordered everywhere ... and I doubt due to a long line of buyers. Too many new new thangs to tempt
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    Ha thanks... I didn't realise all of the price reduction articles were from months ago. Probably give it a miss and wait it out until NAB.


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