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    RED fan

    Yes, this is sadly surprisingly common. Too often even the non-audio parts of the menu/settings I know better than an A.C.! Although wasn't the case here, as it is his personal camera so the DoP really knew his camera well. Just hadn't had as much experience shooting it in anamorphic mode. By a bit of a coincidence I ended up shooting with the same guy and exact same camera again on a different project this week. This time though he was just using Canon glass, not anamorphic lenses. Result: a quiet camera!
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    Oscar Sound Tech-lavs Re-visited.

    Any one compared the Senal UTM-86 with the Oscar SoundTech lavs? Or with other such lower ish budget lavs. As I noticed they're on sale at B&H for the next couple of days: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1272800-REG/senal_utm_86_35h_lavalier_mic_with.html Only $80 each ($120 price reduction according to B&H)
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    Sonosax SX-R4+

    One of the many strengths of the SX-R4+ is how teeny tiny it is (I'd much rather carry around a SX-R4+ all day every day than a 688, Deva, or an X3), so in a way it is nice they're designing a compact one to match it. (but they've mentioned it could be expandable, for those who want it bigger)
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    Sound Devices MixPre-3 vs Zoom F4

    Indeed, the original F8 has seen some extremely attractive prices as they're clearing out stock before the new F8n arrives, which only makes the case for the F8 even stronger! Yes, you won't be ending up with just a delayed but clipped recording of course. But it will actually work as a beneficial limiter on top of the existing limiter the F8/F4 already benefits from. Yes, the M series does not interest myself at all on a personal level. But anything which helps Sound Devices enter new markets to gain new revenue and a wider user base to support more R&D is only a good thing for all of us.
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    Sound Devices MixPre-3 vs Zoom F4

    Yes the MixPre series has a better headphone amp than the F4/F8. However.... the F8n is going to have an improved headphone amp, as Zoom really takes feedback to heart. Additionally I haven't found the F4's headphone amp a deal breaker for me, it is rarely ever ever my biggest concern on set, and the general ambiance will contribute to a far worse S/N than the headphone amp itself. Important to remember that neither the MixPre series or the F series will be better than the other in every way! If a headphone amp is my biggest compromise I need to worry about then I feel I'm doing well in my choice of recorder! And like I said, if you can go for the newer F8n then even this shouldn't be a worry. At least in an upgrade from the Fostex to the Zoom F4 you won't be moving back in headphone amp quality! In the context of what you've been using already all the time in the past you can really be sure that the F4 won't be a big concern for you. Plus you could always consider something else like the popular 7056 is very common and affordable. (which is what I use. I don't have any experience with the Ultrasone HFI-650 myself)
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    Sound Devices MixPre-3 vs Zoom F4

    No matter what you choose, it will be a big leap forward over the old Fostex. Which MixPre are you considering? There are 6 MixPre recorders now! And which one you're considering makes a big difference when comparing against the Zoom option. As even with the MixPre price range the MixPre3M vs the MixPre10T are at completely different price points! Way far apart. If you can at all stretch the budget to buy the Zoom F8n then I'd highly recommend it, it will easily be the "best" sub $1K recorder on the market when it ships for most people. However if the budget is tight then it is very hard to go past the Zoom F4. I've been using the F4 myself as my main recorder since it was released, been almost nothing but fantastic for me :-) The Zoom F4 is the same price as the MixPre3M (SD's cheapest option), and fairly obviously the F4 is vastly more suited for our needs as a location sound recordist if you're on a tight budget than a MixPre3M is (or even the more expensive MixPre3). Historically SD has had quite good resale values (although given enough time, even those will fall down low. Look at what a 7 series goes for on eBay vs new price back in the day) due to the relative low volume of them but high ish demand for them. But it is tricky to predict if this will keep on applying to the MixPre series into the future? Personally I'm skeptical that you'd be able to sell a MixPre series say three ish years into the future and only lose a little on the sale, I expect depreciation will hit harder than that, as Sound Devices are surely selling a lot of the popular MixPre series so in the future there will also be many many more MixPres on the secondhand market than usual and additionally they're feeling tough competition from Zoom. So I'd base your decision less on what you feel you'd get from re-selling it in the future, and more on what best fits your needs now.
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    Advice for a novice

    You described exactly what happened to my CS3e once. Just stopped working (maybe because it was a rainy day?! Dunno, was barely raining! More like a teeny bit of occasional mist). Not a problem though, I just switched over to my Aputure Deity for the rest of the day and everything went smoothly. But then the next day the CS3e was perfectly fine again! And has now been over a year of regular usage with the CS3e without any problems at all (except one more day, which was RF hell for everything! Not just the mic). Sometimes those weird almost unexplainable events "just happen". :-/ So you need to be prepared.
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    Advice for a novice

    I used to use a 416 as my main everyday mic, as I'm good friends with a pair of brother directors who I can borrow their 416 from whenever I like for however long I like. But now I use a CS3e as my day in day out shotgun, and perfectly happy to have an Aputure Deity or my Audio Technica AT4073a as my emergency back up or "danger" mic. If a person sees a 416 at a great price it makes a lot of sense to grab one, but does it make sense to pay full price for a brand new one? I don't think so, we're spoiled for choices now.
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    Zoom F8n.

    ronmac, that is the original F8, and I've already seen it go on special for as low as US$650. This isn't at all unusual to see for stock to be cleared before a new product arrives. (They're not going to be selling both the F8n and F8 together, production on the F8 will stop)
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    Rechargeable Batteries for TX

    I do wonder if there is a Chinese source we could buy equivalents AA, just like these LADDAs, for those of us without a local IKEA store to go to.
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    Rechargeable Batteries for TX

    That sucks! I wonder why not? They surely must be pretty popular!
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    Sony UWP-D11 kit mic creates noise when used with G3?

    It is not a big deal at all. Just buy any new lavs with the correct connector at the end.
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    Zoom F8n.

    Read the rest of my post for context. It is in the context of your wet hiring out your kit "a recorder" (nothing specific) with yourself on a job, if you choose to bring your 633 or you choose to bring your Cantar X3 then you're going to get exactly the same "basic kit rental" for it (whatever it is you normally charge). Sure, I'm just objecting to mixing up pre-amps with limiters as that is muddying the waters, when they're two distinct things (although yes I'll accept the ADC is linked in to the performance, you can't easily separate that out). And I don't think the sound of the F8 is particularly hard to judge, when for 3yrs now there has been tonnes of work done with it (there are a *lot* of F8 recorders out there! Made up a quarter of Zoom's sales, even though they've got thirty products or so in total?!), and plenty of comparisons and reviews down online. They're not hard to find online. For instance here is a recent one, which do you think is which: https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=1w3Ops4Doj2gvV546h4YB4ypoFk3gnz1M
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    Zoom F8n.

    You are charging for "a recorder" (this is a hire as a standard part of your kit rental, obviously not as a dry hire out of an individual item. Naturally if you're a rental house, then it makes sense to pick differing rental amounts for each item). You'd also charge the same for a 633 or for a Cantar X3, even though this also costs 5x more that the first one. False. If you turn the limiters off, or record sounds which are not loud enough to engage the limiters, then you can ignore the limiters when it comes to judging specifically the preamps themselves.
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    Zoom F8n.

    Yes, and I wish the discussions would focus on that instead. As I think clearly the pre-amps are not the main problems with the F8n (or F8/F4).
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    Zoom F8n.

    Imagine we lived back in the days when "talkies" hadn't been invented and we still had a very large number of piano players at theaters playing pianos. The vast vast majority of these working piano players would not need to own Steinway. Yes for sure, the top 0.1% of them would own a Steinway (although most would still aspire to own one, just like I'd aspire to own a Cantar etc), but the vast majority would not. Yes, as a couple of decades ago the pre amps could sometimes be quite bad, especially in low end gear. Thus it was very important in the past to discuss pre amp quality in great detail. But lately for the last few years they've been pretty good, even in cheap recorders like say a Sound Devices MixPre3. So I'd say now in 2018 we've got better things to focus the majority of our attention on than the pre amps of a recorder as they're already near enough there.
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    Zoom F8n.

    Yes exactly, even say a 633 can be a "compromise" decision in the area of economics/weight/size/whatever. Nothing is 100% perfect 100% of the time. We're just discussing which compromises are appropriate or not. No, I was meaning in an overall discussion of the F8n. (of course I don't think TC impacts the sound itself! Unless the TC implementation is very very very faulty) My point was that we'd had several posts in a row focused in the discussion specifically of pre-amps, and to then include limiters under the definition of pre-amps is to muddy the waters. (especially as we don't even know exactly how the limiters of the F8n will perform in reality, but we know how the pre-amps will perform as they're the same in the F8n as in the F8) I'm certainly not saying that limiters don't matter in the overall assessment of a product, what I am saying though is it is disingenuous to say because the limiters are better that thus the pre-amps are better.
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    Zoom F8n.

    Sweet news for "F8 original" owners, the F8n app will work with the F8 as well! (hopefully this mean app bug fixes, as it has been a long time since the iOS app had an updated! Plus general usability improvements) "The F8 will be compatible with the F8n app which will include some updates!" Follow the link for the original source info from Zoom themselves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtIfSGcm4fk&lc=z22div4yopvwvlyoc04t1aokg4stwhpuyygordywqnhdbk0h00410.1528212173721520
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    Zoom F8n.

    Now it just sounds like you're redefining the question to suit the argument about the "inferiority" of the F series pre amps. Limiters is a separate discussion, just like discussing the timecode stability, or battery life, is a separate discussion. I'm not saying however they're not worthwhile points to discuss though about the F8n, just that it can muddy the waters if you're mixing them up together rather than being clear in what you're discussing specifically.
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    Zoom F8n.

    Because if you're engaging the limiters then you're primarily testing the limiters rather than the preamps. Which is an entirely different discussion.
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    Zoom F8n.

    Exactly, for the typical shoot then once the pre amps reach the level of a MixPre or F series recorder you've hit diminishing returns and they're no longer the weakest link in the chain in the grand scheme of things.
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    Zoom F8n.

    There are people who'd argue that MixPre3 pre amps would sound as good as those in the Sound Devices 6 series. And any minuscule differences there might remain? You won't be able to tell by the time you get to the end of the finished product. Exactly. I'd argue for the vast bulk of the work done then the differences between pre amps between many of these recorders are just lost as rounding errors next to the bigger influences upon the practical final result. Is rare indeed to see on jwsoundgroup arguing for lower rates! 😅 Instead I'd believe no matter if you're using the F4 or a 633, if you can get the job done, then you should be targeting the same rates. Not lower!
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    Zoom F8n.

    Yes the various SD pre amps are all a little different but broadly we can say they're kinda similar. No one would fire you for say using the 552 pre amps instead of the 688 pre amps (assuming the 552 was an appropriate choice in the first place, perhaps it is just a simple boom straight to camera). And we can probably agree the F8 is in the that same broad category with the rest, in that it has top notch pre amps. And if we dig into the details that is splitting hairs or even just subjective.
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    Zoom F8n.

    Have been reading the manual, and this confirms the F8n can supply power to the FRC-8: https://www.zoom-na.com/sites/default/files/products/downloads/pdfs/E_F8n.pdf Which is nice, as the F4 could do this but the original F8 could not.
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    Zoom F8n.

    Zoom won't have moved backwards from the F8 I am sure. And the F8's was on par with say the typical Sound Devices' preamps as well Interestingly, I see that Zoom is also launching a new PCF-8n bag alongside the new F8n as well. This is a good thing, as I feel the original F8 bag was a flawed product, that even the F4 bag was an improvement upon. (but even the F4 bag wasn't perfect, and is why I upgraded from it) You can see a hint of what the new bag is in this pic here (for instance that zipper and velcro to split the two segments apart is new):
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