Te Very few lenses in the m43 catalogue have impressed me as much as the Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4. First of all, it is exceedingly difficult to design a micro four thirds lens of such parameters; and while there have been several very good wide angle primes designed for the system, none have exactly smashed... Continue Reading →
How Safari and Chrome are Damaging Your Colors and a Very Brief Discussion of Skin Tones
I'd been using MPEG Streamclip for years in order to reduce file sizes and upload times, but apparently, that's not such a great idea. Original Master File It came to my attention recently that the videos I'd been converting with MPEG Streamclip and uploading to YouTube have an unmistakably crimson appearance when viewed in Safari.... Continue Reading →
Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 Wide Open!
In my previous post, I talked a little bit about why fast primes are preferable to slow kit zooms for vlogging, one of the chief advantages being the ability to play with depth-of-field. In my first tests of the Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4, I was sitting a little further away from the camera and... Continue Reading →
Another Kit Zoom Rant
I just finished watching a lighting tutorial over at Max Yuryev's YouTube channel where he shows the difference between using a slow kit lens vs. a moderately fast prime. He was limited to f/5.6 on the variable aperture zoom, meaning he had to crank up the ISO to 1000, whereas with the prime, he was... Continue Reading →
Leica vs. Panasonic! Plus More Studio Lighting
https://youtu.be/k0VYnzHMv5A I'm still playing around with my new studio light, the Lishuai LED 100WB-56, a 100 watt monolight, along with a Godox softbox and reflector. The light is distributed under the Fotodiox name in North America. Last time, I shot while there was still daylight, this time I shot in the evening and the colors... Continue Reading →
Test: Lishuai LED 100WB-56, Leica 12mm f/1.4, Rode VideoMic Pro
For my first video with studio lighting, I'm using the Lishuai LED 100WB-56, a 100 watt daylight balanced fixture, along with a Godox softbox. Kelvin temperature was set manually in camera and Panasonic's Image App was used to focus and start recording. The video was uploaded straight to YouTube from the memory card. My studio... Continue Reading →
Which Zoom Lens for My GH5?
I can't recall ever seeing a negative review over at Mirror Lessons, but this is as close as it comes. To my shock and horror, they recommend getting the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 or the Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 rather than the heavily promoted PanLeica 12-60mm f/2.8-4. Just one reason being, the Leica 12-60 is really only... Continue Reading →
Sigma Art 18-35mm f/1.8 Lens Test on Hold
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Sorry to those who were expecting to see a field test of the Sigma Art 18-35mm f/1.8 with the Lumix G85, but looking at my clips, they only confirm what I already knew about the lens - that it really, genuinely is tack sharp from wide open with the Metabones Speed Booster... Continue Reading →
Pun intended! So I just bought my very first video lights: a Lishuai LED 100WB-56 and Godox Softbox for vlogging, a Lishuai 700RSV and Yongnuo YN216 for location shoots; and I'll be going to shoot a model in the park later this afternoon. I'll be bringing along the G85 and three lenses: the Leica 42.5 f/1.2,... Continue Reading →
Field Test: Fuji 90mm f/2 + Olympus 25mm f/1.2
As promised, a field test of the Olympus 25mm f/1.2 shot on the Lumix G85 and the Fuji 90mm f/2 shot on the Fuji X-T2. At $1,200.00 USD, not sure if I'd trade in my Leica 25mm f/1.4 just yet if you've got one: the Olympus is sharp, but it's no match for the Sigma... Continue Reading →
Field Tests of Olympus 25mm f/1.2 and Fuji 90mm f/2 Almost Complete!
I've almost wrapped up shooting with the Olympus 25mm f/1.2 with the Lumix G85 and the Fuji 90mm f/2 on the X-T2. As it turns out, both lenses are excellent. Although I'm finding myself using back button focusing more and more, the clutch manual focus on the Olympus is a wonderful feature, one I wish... Continue Reading →