I've been shooting on the Lumix platform for a good few years now, but unfortunately my camera has begun to exhibit an electrical fault that is beginning to create problems. Card writes are becoming occasionally erratic, gain levels are all over the place, and certain other components of the process are... unpredictable. Couple this with some physical issues(Lens ring slip is creating some serious issues), and it's a recipe for eventual disaster. I've been trying to head this off for a while, but I have not had much in the way of success.
I had attempted to get back up and running at full power this year, pushing the studio to its fullest, but unfortunately, 2020 happened. Which means that for the safety of myself and anyone I work with, I've had to keep the studio closed. Unemployment SHOULD have picked up the difference. However, they have not done so, instead finding every possible way out of helping those of us most effected by the pandemic situation. All of which is to say, I've exhausted my options a bit.
I had a fund up a while back, not honestly sure why it disappeared, but here we are. It hadn't gone anywhere, and wasn't well written, so it's no real loss, but still. I imagine it was an inactivity thing.
The goal is to try to get to the point where not only can I replace the camera I use(A GH4 from Panasonic), but replace it with something more functional and competitive in the modern market. The goal is to move to a full frame unit(Ideally an A7R4, or barring that, if we can only make it so far, an A7III, from Sony), with the remaining difference used to cover a decent lens, and/or the necessary secondary tools, i.e. battery blocks, a new flash remote(Sony's hot shoe's a BIT different), etc., and the percentages that I'm sure the site will try to skim from the whole campaign, because of course they will. Going full-frame will move what I do forward in a BIG way, and moving to a more modern platform will help to allow me to take some technical leaps as well.
Every little bit helps. Every single dollar is a step forward. I know this is a big goal, but I can hope.
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