Monday, April 22, 2013

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Sony E 35mm f1.8 and Sony E 10-18mm f4: A Very Good Standard and a Wide Zoom | Ben Boswell | DxO Optics
Positive review of these two lenses for Sony NEX cameras, note that the scores might not seem that impressive, but they do well compared to similar lenses. I'm intrigued by the 10-18mm f/4 [$848], though the 35mm f/1.8 [$448] looks good too, importantly, both support optical image stabilization.
If you own a Sony NEX camera and are looking for a wide angle zoom lens and a standard then these are the two. To put their quality into context here are the best similar lenses to fit on a Panasonic Lumix, the Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm f1.4 and the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH. With the slightly smaller Micro 4:3 sensor in the Lumix camera these two lenses are equivalent to a 50mm and a 14-28mm, so a very close match.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC Lens Hands-On Preview | ePhotoZine
A look at this just announced lens, but not really a review.
The lens is a solidly built lens with a metal and plastic construction, with rubber grips making it easy to adjust zoom and focus. The rear lens mount is made out of coated brass, and the lens feels extremely well built with a decent weight. 

Copyright Infringement and the Culture of Suing Artists Into Submission | DL Cade | Peta Pixel
The talk is called “The New Prohibition,” and it discusses the myth of the original idea, the complexities of fair use copyright law, and the culture of suing artists in order to force them to settle out of court, no matter how strong their case is.

Cinephilia and Beyond | tumblr
110 of the world’s top cinematographers discuss the art of how and why films look the way they do. Cinematographer Style is about the Art and Craft of Cinematography. It is about how everything, from life experiences to technology, influences and shapes an individual’s visual style.

Phone Snoop. Sweeps Promo C300 Rokinon Cine 85mm T 1.5 | Erik Naso | Vimeo
Everyone seems to like this Cine lens. At $349 it's a great price for a reasonable lens.
I shot and edited this in a few hours. I've had the The Rokinon Cine 85mm T 1.5 for a few weeks but didn't have a shoot that required a 85mm lens, well the time came today. Other lens used was the Canon 24-105.I'm working on comparing the Rokinon with the Zeiss CP.2. Yes a $350 lens to a $4000 one. Who will come out the winner? Follow along on my blog. I'm updating with videos and samples as I go.

Premiere CS6: Broadcast Colors Filter | Larry Jordan
Now that we know how to read scopes, there’s still a basic problem: today’s digital cameras shoot video that is fine for the web, but the white levels they record are too hot for broadcast, cable, or DVD.
In addition, programs like Photoshop allow us to create colors that are fine for the web, but excessively over-saturated for broadcast, cable, or DVD.

Tilta Now Has New US Distributor | Erik Naso
Not sure what's going on with Tilta rigs. They were distributing thorough "Team Tilta" but then that stopped and now at NAB they say they are distributing through someone else. All sounds a bit odd, though I know a Tilta owner who is very happy with the rig:
I went to see the Tilta booth at NAB today to ask them how customers in the US can buy their products. They now have a new Distributer Intellytech located in Denver CO. Hung at Tilta doesn’t have much info as to what they’re going to have in stock yet or pricing.

Trends of NAB 2013: Camera Stabilization | Cinema 5D
Nothing is as sexy as new cameras for readers, but the one trend that clearly was showing this year was camera stabilization, in various forms: there was a lot of noteworthy innovation in a sector that was ripe for innovation. New sliders, jibs, copters and handheld rigs stole the show.

Shure VP83/VP83F Shotgun Microphone with Build In Recorder | CheesyCam
The new Shure VP83 and VP83F are ultra-lightweight yet durable, with all-metal construction designed to Shure’s legendary quality standards. Additionally, both provide superior RF immunity and include highly directional supercardioid/ lobar polar patterns to reject unwanted off-axis audio.

Roger Deakins, what advice do you have for aspiring Cinematographers? | CinefiiChannel | YouTube
"You have to have your own perspective, your own way of seeing."

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