Following 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... Continue Reading →
Just as in my previous tests, this clip was shot on Book Street, near the Saigon Central Post Office in Vietnam. This time, half the shots were made with the Zhiyun Crane brushless gimbal stabilizer, the rest with the camera mounted on the Edelkrone Slider Plus Small and iFootage Wild Bull T7 carbon fiber tripod.... Continue Reading →
When I did a search on YouTube, most of the 'tests' I saw of the Nocticron were of weeds and garbage (literally), with shutter speed set at 1/000 second (because the uploader didn't want to shell out for an ND filter); or set exclusively at f/1.2 (WTF?), when stopping down to f/2.8 gives you 30... Continue Reading →
When I was younger, I used to collect classical music, and I'd buy records based on reviews in publications like the Penguin Guide to Classical Music and Gramophone magazine. When I'd get home and listen to their recommended recordings however, I was often dismayed by what I'd heard, and ended up throwing away a lot of money... Continue Reading →
Balancing a camera lens combination like the Panasonic Lumix GH4 and Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 on the Zhiyun Crane is a simple task which even most novices can accomplish in a matter of minutes. Nevertheless, when the gimbal is exposed to extreme changes in temperature, it is still possible that during operation, the... Continue Reading →
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I'm tired of reading comments in the forums that Panasonic's color science is crap. I am not a professional colorist, but I find the colors of the GH4 to be quite pleasing. Perhaps if I'd used Filmconvert, the results would have been even more impressive.
When I first heard about the Metabones Speed Booster, I was still shooting with the Lumix GH3, and while the idea of using an adaptor that not only increases the speed but also reduces the crop of full frame and APS-C lenses on micro 4/3 cameras appealed to me, there were several factors holding me... Continue Reading →
I've been testing the Speed Booster XL 0.64x Canon mount with the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 for the past week or so and resolution is incredible. I might have purchased a Metabones focal reducer back when I had the Lumix GH3, but without focus peaking, it would have been very difficult to use in dim light,... Continue Reading →