More Tests On The Way

shark-s1-sliderFollowing up on my field tests of the Leica Nocticron and Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN, I’m currently in the process of shooting with the Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95. Even at a distance of a few feet, shooting at f/2-f/2.8, the depth of field is razor thin, so, of the lenses I own, it’s going to be one of the more challenging to work with. The Nokton’s sweet spot is from f/2.8-f/4, so I may switch out my Hoya NDX8 for the Tiffen .6 (which I don’t want to do, as Tiffen is little better than window glass) or bump the ISO up to 400. Things are usually pretty slow around here until the weekend, so hopefully, I can post a clip come Sunday evening or so. I’ve been toying with the idea of testing out all 12 lenses in my collection, we’ll see. Meanwhile, I promised a review of the iFootage Shark Slider S1, which will be replacing my Edelkrone Slider Plus Small, so I’ll be using that for all of my tests as well. Not only is the Shark much longer than the Small, but because it has a flywheel mechanism, it is much easier to get smooth shots. I took it out this morning, along with the iFootage Wild Bull T7 tripod, quite a lot to lug around in the heat. But once on location, setting up the slider is a breeze, and I found the only limitation was my Weifeng tripod head, which has been leaking sticky goo now for a while. I already placed an order for the Manfrotto 504 HD, not necessarily my first choice, but the other fluid heads I was considering all came bundled with legs, and I’ve already got a tripod.

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