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    Honestly, there are only really two advantages in technical terms to using stills mode for photography. One is shutter speeds, and the other is data rate.

    If you don't care about how much disk space you consume, and you're shooting slow movement, pulling still frames from your footage works great.

    Most of the time when I'm doing photography though, I end up with either much higher or much lower shutter speeds than what look in video.

    In landscapes especially when shooting f/64 style (which really needs a view camera to do right, even a tilt/shift lens only gets you half way there), typical exposure times are a minimum of 2 second, especially for magic hour, civil twilight, and flowing water shots.

    But... I've also pulled frames from clips that would have printed fine. At 24x30 or so, same as what I've done in the past with my A7R... but with the Epic-w the color is better.
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    Thank you Nick and Rakesh for the replies :).
    I have the Epic-W but not the Weapon so slow motion at 8k is out for me. That would have been more resourceful then 30FPS. I am going to have to print some stuff out and just see how it goes because the still frames have to be decent(or acceptable to client) quality as a print too.
    I have never had anything printed out so I wonder if its a complicated process to print. Any experience or recommendation for prints being delivered or showcased to client?
    Rakesh, the stills look different from capture in camera to post? or just to your eye(as you look at the monitor while capturing and look at playback)?
    Are you getting soft edges, blurriness around the subjects even with high shutter speeds(even though the movement speed can be captured)? That is what I am afraid of. Like ghosting on the prints.
    You capture your photography in stills mode only correct? Have you tried in Continuous recording mode?
    Thank you for your time,
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    There's no reason to expect anything different in stills mode than you'd get in film mode other than feeling more free to use non-cinematic shutter speeds and lower compression ratios due to the lower rate of capture.

    This is a frame pulled from some footage I shot; it wasn't intended for printing, it was intended for 4K masters, so we used 8K WS at 12:1 compression. While I would have used a different style of lighting and framing for a fine art print, I think it would make a decent print in spite of the 12:1 compression. 24x30, probably not; but that's one of the benefits of stills mode, since evn with the slower minimags, I can lower the compression to 3:1 for stuff that's specifically intended as photographs that I'm aiming to capture at print quality.
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    Awesome Rakesh, Thank you so much for your time. I totally get it.
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    No problem. I'm looking forward to doing a lot more photography, both motion and still, with my Epic-W.
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    Final I got to do some first stills on the Epic-W.












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