Wednesday, December 26, 2012

DSLR lens for video and film: an overview

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Everyone knows how important it is to have good lenses for making quality video and film. I've been searching for such lenses for months to make my investment on the right kit. My priority was to invest in such lenses that are future proof and can be adapted to as many camera bodies as possible. Well, after spending a substantial amount of time in research, I've found the following videos, blogs and articles  informative and helpful. 


A. Vimeo Video School has made few informative videos on lenses. Philip Bloom gave an important brief in the following video.

B. Vincent LaForet also made three videos on lens with Vimeo Video School. Find those videos below.

Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter posted the following video on Vimeo.

Caleb's following video is also very informative.

Michael Zhang posted a video on his blog on 5 Canon lenses. Here is his video.


DSLR lens for video and film: Nikon lens

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Finding right lens for DLSR video or filmmaking is a cumbersome process for many. Lens is the second most important kit for any photo or videographer. In fact it won't be wrong to consider lens as the first important kit as body changes in every few months, but not lens. Therefore your camera body may get out dated in few years time but the lens will remain valid and in use. Many professionals therefore consider investing more in quality lenses rather in camera body. However, finding right lens remains illusive for many. In this post, and couple more to come, I'll try to summarising what info is available already on the net so far.

For the independent or budget filmmakers there are few options. However, it all depends on your budget and affordability. You can also rent lenses if you are not planning to make your own lens kit or package. Here are some lenses most independent or budget filmmakers go for:

A. Compact Prime CP.2 lenses
B. Zeiss ZF lenses
C. Zeiss Contax lenses
D. Nikon lenses
E. Leica R lenses
F. Canon lenses

Nikon AI Series Prime Lens

In most cases prime lens is preferred than zoom lenses due to many aesthetic reasons and cinematic conventions. Now the question can be why Nikon. Well the reasons are many, but here are few:
01. easily adaptable to Canon
02. affordable
03. manual control
04. beautiful glass
05. well built
06. easy to transform to Cine mode

I'll dedicate a whole post on converting manual lenses to Cine mode later on. But for now on let's get more into Nikon Primes. Shane Hurlbut in a brilliant post mentions some of the Nikon Primes that can hold up to big screen.  But "the glass has a warmer tone...their focus range is short". Also you need to bear in mind that the focus rings turn in the opposite direction (counterclockwise) to many other lenses which can be daunting for focus pullers. The colour temperature, colour rendition, contrast, sharpness, IQ, focus throw, aperture control, distortion, focus breathing, contrast, how fast the lens is all depends and varies from lens to lens.

Recommended lenses:

A. NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens
B. Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS Lens

Cable Pike of DSLR Video Shooter has posted a brilliant video on Nikon AI Primes which I've found very informative.

Cable Pike posted video on the Nikon to Canon lens adapter which is very useful.

Cable Pike also made another video on Prime Lenses for video which is also informative.

I'm a fan of the video of Eyepatch Entertainment. Here are couple of videos on Nikon Primes.

Nice Lady Production has made a detail review on Nikon Lenses for the video. You can check it out in the following video.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Rule Boston Camera's video review on Blackmagic Cinema Camera

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This week Rule Boston Camera posted an interesting video to its Vimeo site bout how to make Blackmagic Cinema Camera work. Presenter Adam Van Voorhis, Rule's Equipment Manager, provided a practical look to the features of Blackmagic Cinema Camera. The guest presenter was Joe Marine, Managing Editor of NoFilmSchool.

Making Blackmagic (Cinema Camera) Work for You on 12.12.12 from Rule Boston Camera on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Sony's new generation 4K camera likely to be a hit

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The 4K filmmaking seems heated up after Sony's new line of 4K cameras F5 and F55 introduced in the last November. It looks like these cameras are targeted to compete with the RED. However, it is the filmmakers who seem more happy as these cameras likely to give them a bit more creative choice. Their price in the European market seems lower than the expected. Cinema 5D has a beautiful article on this. 

The following short film, Dig made by F55

Dig - Sony F55 from Fried Pixel Films on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Blackmagic Design released DaVinci Resolve 9 public beta

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Blackmagic Design has released new version of its popular color grading tool DaVinci Resolve 9 as beta. It comes up with newly designed user interface, and further camera and file type support. Other new features includes:
  •  a new streamlined project import, export and selection workflow, 
  • scrubbable media thumbnails to speed up shot selection, 
  • production metadata fields for entering on set shot notes
  •  larger color control palettes to give faster access to grading tools
  •  new clear graphical palettes for control of power windows, keys, sizing, tracking and stabilization, camera raw and data burn ins and many more.
Beta version can be downloaded:  DaVinci Resolve 9

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Canon released long awaited Firmware 2.0 for EOS 7D

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The long wait for the popular Canon EOS 7D users finally ended with the release of the Firmware 2.0. While users of other popular APS-C EOS DSLRs have been able to use Magic Lantern Firmware for professional video features, 7D users were unable to make use of them due to the double digic processors and other technical issues of the camera. The major new features of Firmware 2.0 are:
  • Manual audio level adjustment in movie recording
  • File name customization (similar to 5D3)
  • Improved maximum burst for RAW images (up to 25)
  • Maximum Auto ISO setting (ISO 400-6400)
  • GPS compatibility
  • Time zone settings
  • Faster scrolling of magnified images
  • Quick control screen during playback
  • In-camera RAW image editing
  • In-camera Image Rating
  • In-camera JPEG resizing
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