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Chris Stiles

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  1. I just checked on my Mini to confirm - No love for 16:9 sensor mode, under both Project and Monitor>SDI. You'll have to desqueeze with your external monitors. It's a shame though - you will be chopping off a lot of active sensor area by shooting anamorphic in 16:9. Unless you're doing 1.3x anamorphic to 2.40:1 final ratio?
  2. Clean, brand-new eyepiece chamois. Nothing like dumping buckets of eye-sweat into a fresh chamois during these humid Southeast US summers.
  3. I can speak to ARRIRAW vs. ProRes. One time I pixel-peeped a project I had shot in RAW and was able to A/B the same frame in Raw and ProRes4444. The only difference to my eye was in the gradients from midtones to shadows. Raw felt smoother and cleaner - ProRes I could begin to see evidence of compression appearing like stairstepping as light would fall off into shadow. But man, I was at like 300% zoom, pretty ridiculous. I still shoot most everything ProRes on Alexa, but I prefer Raw for darker/moodier projects.
  4. Davinci Resolve has an adjustment in the Primaries toolbar (below the LGG wheels) called Midtone Detail, or "MD". Reducing this value will achieve the desired effect, and it's easy to tune to taste versus using their creepy face mask tool. I believe I just isolate the face with a power window and don't even bother qualifying the skin...
  5. Oddly enough, I have done that exact setup you are asking about, handheld, by myself with no AC. This was five years ago, and I was not that smart, but I pulled it off. Notice how the WPA-1 and top handle are all the way forward and I am decently comfortable. Also notice how there are NO accessories on the camera. No MB, FF, Wireless, etc. So yes technically you CAN do it but it's up to you whether or not you SHOULD do it!
  6. Yeah, the Black Arm + R2 combination works pretty great. I haven't taken the combo off-road yet but have done some high-speed whipping around (cornering and bumps at 60+mph) and the Black Arm can take a real beating. The combo works great on a UTV ("Side-by side") off-road vehicle. it sounds like for your project you won't be needing that kind of speed, and the Black Arm is designed to handle rough terrain. If you have budget to hire specialists, by all means do it, but I was doing a spec project and basically had to do all the testing/rigging myself, and it was no problem at all as long as you're given the time in prep. I had the time to pre-rig the UTV with all the speedrail I wanted, so that changing camera mount positions during production was super fast. Feel free to PM me if you want more details/BTS pictures/rigging tips/etc.
  7. Century 1.4x extender - PL mount. Optics look clean and bayonet operates smoothly. $475 Shipped CONUS. Photos
  8. Hi Chris, I am interested in these lenses, can you shoot me an email at: cinestiles@gmail.com ? Thanks! Chris Stiles
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