Field Test II: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN for MFT

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.… Read More

Field Test: Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f/1.2 DG Nocticron

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… Read More

Field Test: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN for MFT

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… Read More

Calibrating the Zhiyun Crane Gimbal

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… Read More

Hands-On: Lumix GH4 + Metabones Speed Booster XL + Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

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… Read More

Lumix GH4 + Metabones Speed Booster XL + Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

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,… Read More