SONY a7s: Commlite Active Lens Adapter – no lens connections issues

6 Sep

So a lot of people with the (expensive) Metabones EF Lens to Sony NEX Smart Adapter (Mark IV) and even with the Viltrox EF-NEX II (for around 100-130 EUR) have odd lens connection issues so that the A7s does not boot up / screen stays black or does not allow to change aperture / iris especially after switching batteries. But with the Viltox I even sometimes had aperture / iris change issues all of a sudden while shooting.

And there seems to be no real solution to the issues.

So I just got the Commlite to test that one out… and so far it seems to work nicely… SO YES NO LENS CONNECTION ISSUES AT ALL!

Autofocus seem a lil bit better but not really…
but if u need AF you kinda have to go with nativ SONY FE lenses!

You have to a bit careful when you buy the Commlite there still are some old version out there that do not support Fullframe lenses … so make sure you get the new version.

Here are links to the adapters:

Metabones EF Lens to Sony NEX Smart Adapter (Mark IV)
metabones.com/products/details/MB-EF-E-BM4

Viltrox EF-NEX II
viltrox.com/en/Products/Lens_adapter/2013/0508/55.html

Commlite Auto-Focus mount adapter EF-NEX Black Version
commlite.com/en/disproduct.asp?id=41

shot with iPad Air (yes thats right! ;) … i don’t have any Canon DSLR anymore to use of that kind of stuff)

edited in FCPX

Audio / VO recorded via: Zoom H5 (USB Audiointerface mode)
and the Rode Reporter Microphone

MUSIC:
6th Sense (via FMA)
freemusicarchive.org/music/6th_Sense/

Profound
soundcloud.com/profoundbeats/dj-premier-style-beat-part-5

Anitek – Rooftop Serenade (via FMA)
freemusicarchive.org/music/Anitek/FreeQuency060/04_Anitek_-_Rooftop_Serenade

SONY a7s: 100FPS SKATES

6 Sep

 

So I wanted to “field-test” the new Camera Cage for my Sony a7s and also do some more slog2 “overexposing” tests. With that “task” in mind i came a across a local Skateboard-Contest-Event (Bring Da Truckaz 2014), so i thought, well why not just test some 720p 100fps as well. Here is the result.

All slog2 (settings below) and a mix of 720p100, 1080p50 and some 1080p25 all in a 1080p25 Project (PremierePro CC 2014) mostly all like +1.0 or +2.0 “overexposed” (so to be more specific: between 1 or 2 stops EV based on the camera’s spot meter) like it was suggested by David Carstens (newsshooter.com/2014/08/13/can-the-sony-a7s-really-give-good-skin-tones-david-carstens-has-the-answer)

Lenses used: Canon 24-105mm F4 (with the Commlite EF/NEX adapter), WalimexPro/Samyang 14mm T3.1 Cine FE

Color Grading was a basic layer of Colorista II to get exposure and contrast a lil bit more “natural” looking, then i used Film Convert with the ALEXA LogC source settings, film stock is Fuji Film 8543 Vivid (Film Color 50%, Curve 50%, Grain 10%) and a finally a lil bit of MagicBulletLooks for some vignetting and a bit more pop. I did add some 20-25% of sharpening as well.
Thanks to Ed David for the hint/inspiration for the slog2 and the basic FilmConvet settings:
vimeo.com/102244108
Slog2 PicPro from Kholi -
Black Level: 0
Gamma Slog: 2
Black Gamma > Range: Middle , Level: -3
Knee > Mode: Auto , Auto Set > Max Point: 95 , Sensitivity: Mid
Colore Mode: Pro
Saturation: +8
Color Phase -2
Color Depth > R+1, G-1, B+2„ C-2, M-1, Y-3
Detail > Level, -5 Adjust > Mode; Manual, V/H Balance: -2, B/W Balance Type3, Limit: 0, Crispening:0, hi_light Detail: 0
White balance > Manual > Grid setting B 1 (one to the left)
(dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?326049-A7S-PicPro-Settings&highlight=kohli)

MUSIC:

Stay With Me (Prince Fox Remix)
soundcloud.com/princefoxmusic/sam-smith-stay-with-me-prince-fox

Three Six Mafia – Twerk (JSTJR Bootleg)
soundcloud.com/jstjr/three-six-mafia-twerk-jstjr

Poldoore – In Your Head – In Your Head
soundcloud.com/poldoore/poldoore-in-your-head-01-in

Poldoore – That Game You’re Playing
soundcloud.com/poldoore/that-game-youre-playing

VYVCH – On and on
freemusicarchive.org/music/VYVCH/Royal_Treatment/11_-_On_and_on

SONY a7s – CAMTREE HUNT DSLR1 Camera Cage

6 Sep

 

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another camera cage i’m testing for the SONY a7s
quite big tho’ but quite “open” so to say … especially on the right side

also the battery compartment can be accessed with no issue

built quality is ok for the money (around 130 EUR) its a bit heavy tho’ but not too bad … i thing in its the closest in terms of dimensions and such to the Walimex Pro Aptaris XL DSLR Cage even though not as well made and in a way not as versatile and a bit bigger in size. you can remove the base rode mount.

will test/try it for a week or so … more soon

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LightLeakLove Giveaway

10 Jun

So to celebrate the release of ColorLove (LightLeakLove’s newest and biggest light leak collection ever, see more below), Light Leak Love teamed up with stock music distributor “PremiumBeat” to give away a great prize for video editors.
Valued at $285.99, this giveaway includes – ColorLove. The newest and biggest light leak collection from LightLeakLove.com
and  a $250 voucher from PremiumBeat.com to spend on royalty free music & sound effects.

This giveaway is open to all ages, countries and regions.

link

I used the LightLeakLove StarTrek Collection in the CONS SPACE MUSIC Best Of-ClipI did edit for CONVERSE / RED TOWER FILMS to “fancy up” the C300 footage I shot at that event:

I will do a lil tutorial about what and how I used in this clip at some point soon…so stay tuned!

Video

Review: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

5 Jun

This is a quick review of the new Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM with some “random” test footage I shot on my way to a client-meeting. Overall a pretty impressive Lens (especially for the Money) on a APS-C sensor like the CANON EOS 70D but also the Canon C100 since the Autofocus really work quite nice and super silent as well. It seem Canon had video shooting in mind by crating that lens.

Its sharp and has a nice overall look, there are no noticeable real nasty unsharp edges or corners like the Canon 10-22mm or the Tamron 10-24mm. The non-constant aperture is not really a big issue it seems, the iris works kinda smoothly. The lens just is not made for low light … thats all ;) Zoom-range is OK, I liked the Tamron 10-24mm for the 24mm but its nothing that i really miss on a super wider angle lens.

pro’s:
– makes optically nice & sharp pictures
– great wide-angle look
– great & silent Auto-focus works smooth in Video-mode
– good Images stabilizer (IS)
– good close focus range … almost macro feel to it
– works good for taking stills
– good price (around 270 EUR in Germany and $299 in the US)

con’s:
– manual focus ring is small and has no hard stops or markings on it so its a bit hard to manually focus
– non-constant aperture
– built quality is not the best / its not exactly weather sealed
– does not come with a Lens Hood

But thats it … it might not work as good on non auto focus cams and is not as super cinematic as a wide open Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 but then again the Canon EF-S 10-18mm is a pretty nice lens for the money after all.

It also is pretty great for taking stills:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/film-sound-color/sets/72157645024474373/

more info on the STM Focus “thing”:

http://petapixel.com/2013/08/26/video-comparing-canons-usm-and-stm-lenses-using-the-70ds-dual-pixel-af/

more info about the Lens:

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_s_10_18mm_f_4_5_5_6_is_stm

CONS SPACE 002 BLN … 1st clips

24 Jan

So a while back I was shooting for RED TOWER FILM a Documentary about a Converse Project called CONS SPACE 002 BLN.

It was located at a old abandoned factory in Berlin that was revived again by skaters and lots and lost of art. There is a full length Docu (70min or so) in the making and there well be a Teaser released soon.
For now there are two 1st clips online about Art and Music…. All shot on Canon C300, 60D, 7D and GoPro. Edit by a colleague and me in Premere Pro CC on OSX  on a Late2013 iMac and 2009 MacPro.

…more updates soon

Passion & Craft: Lucas Gilman – Adventure Photographer

24 Jan

A few weeks ago I had the chance to speak with Adventure Photographer Lucas Gilman in Berlin. He was there for a G-Technology event at the Apple Store in Berlin. We talked a bit about the passion and craft that goes in the work he does and about his work & “challenges” in the Video world.

Stay tuned for part two next month. He will talk more about his workflow and using the new MacPro since he had the chance to use it early ;)

Shot on Sony F3 using vintage Nikkor 35mm, 50mm and 85mm lenses and Canon 70D with Sigma 17-50mm f2.8

I actually used one tip I’ve got from Lucas for this Video … since it was kinda bad, grey and cold weather in Berlin everything kinda looked grey and cold but like Lucas said these are actually good conditions for Black and White shots. So his tip was: If the weather isn’t that great and all looks grey, make it black and white…and I think that worked out pretty nice ;)

So thanks for that tip, Lucas and for the time and thanks to the whole G-Tech crew in Berlin.

BTW I used a G-DRIVE ev via USB 3.0 on a 2009 MacPro with a CalDigit USB3.0 PCI-E card to manage the footage of the Sony F3 and 70D. I also used that drive for editing in Premiere Pro CC. It’s a solid little drive with transfer speeds like a big internal 3,5″ drive… pretty good!

some more info about Lucas Gilman:
g-technology.eu/g-team/lucas-gilman
nikonusa.com
apple.com/uk/aperture/action/gilman/

and his twitter-stream:
twitter.com/lucasgilman

EDITING 101: Reduce export time in Premiere Pro CC

14 Jan

So if you use like Magic Bullet Looks or any other “heavy & slow” plugins and want to reduce Export-times in Premiere Pro you should set your Sequence to ProResLT or any other good Master codec and work / edit with that Setting.

If you use like MagicBulletLooks and such you had to render while working anyways but you don’t have to re-render everything again with exporting. That happens usually if u don’t have “Use Preview” selected,

So to have this working properly you just select “Match Sequence” and “Use Preview” in the export settings and you are good to go.

Render-Times for this Sequence (GTX760):

with 1080p25 DSLR Seq. Preset = 16min 41sec
with 1080p25 PreResLT Seq. = 14min 42sec

Render-Times for this Sequence (GTX480):

with 1080p25 PreResLT Seq. = 14min 38sec

Render-Times for this Sequence (GTX480):

with 1080p25 PreResLT Seq. = 15min 35sec

Render-Times for this Sequence (GT640+GTX480):

with 1080p25 PreResLT Seq. = 19min 28sec
(it seems it uses the only the GT640 for openGL rendering)

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RENDER TIME WITH XFX Radeon HD 7970

(same 2009 MacPro, same sequence, same settings)

with 1080p25 PreResLT Seq. = 26min  37sec

(export time with Match Seq. + Use Preview was basically the same)
 

Rendertime with XFX Radeon HD 7970
in Windows 8.1, Premiere Pro CC, DNX 120 1080p Preset
32min 55sec

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Export-Time for this Sequence (GTX760):

with 1080p25 DSLR Seq. Preset / no “Use Preview” = 15min 40sec
with 1080p25 PreResLT Seq. + Match Seq. + Use Preview = 01min 51sec

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The Video-project in this “Tutorial” is actually a “real life” work project:

http://film-sound-color.prosite.com/124476/2094887/work/minidocu-city-leaks

BTW for your reference: I’m on a 2009 MacPro 4,1 with 2x4Cores, 24GB Ram, GTX760 4G GPU, OSX 10.9.1 on a SSD with Adobe Premiere Pro CC 7.2.1. Also have ny Render/Scratch disk on a 2nd SDD and also export to the other SDD.
Oh and here a link to on quick test export with a different project regarding that DNxHD gamma/REC709 issue:

ProRes Export (how it should look)

DNxHD Export (REC 709 gamma issue)

Music:
6th Sense – Both Nice
Robbero – Spheres

UPDATE II:

So i did a lil test (just for fun) to see if the HD7970 works better in FCPX, so i used 7toX to get the Project from PPro to FCPX
from PPro to FCXP

The Titels showed up as black video but thats ok I replaced that (did not expect to go through anyways) but other than that all good actually ….even though I “cleaned up” the Sequence a bit before … it was just like exporting as FinalCutPro XML opening that file in 7toX … importing that new XML in FCPX…. done! …now of course the MBL values und plugins do not show up but thats OK. One note on that: I had to update to FCPX 10.1.1. and re-installed MBL bcuz before FCPX 10.1 crashed a lot or even the MacPro went black and re-started … now in 10.1.1 all seems to work … render now and see what time i get in FCPX

So now the Rendertime:

FCPX Export-Time for this Sequence: 22min 20sec
(same 2009 MacPro with HD 7970, same sequence, same settings…only DenoiserII missing on the last clips)

your 3 favourite movies 2013?

30 Dec

So another year comes to an end…and a new one ist just about to start. Lots of exciting stuff happened … but even more awesome stuff will in 2014 ;-)

Now one questions I have for you guys is: what are your 3 favourite movies you’ve watched in 2013? 
It would be great if you let me know in the comments … maybe even tell why you liked the movie…

Thanks! …and have a great 2014! 

P.S. I might even try to publish a few more blogpost around here if I can ;)  

Canon 70D – ISO 12.800

23 Dec

So I’ve got a 70D the other day …. to upgrade / replace my 60D so to say.

Things change a bit on that cam. There is no movie mode on the mode-dial anymore its more like with the 7D … There is a movie/live view/photo switch on the right.

70D

70D

Anyway, I noticed that I can set / change the ISO range in the menu and even in Video mode I could set it to 12800 for maximum ISO.

70D

70D

70D

70D

But how good is it? … Is it useable? Well, i did some random test shots at a local Christmas market.

In the end it is by far no C300 or C100 by far and there is quite noticeable noise at ISO 3200 and more. But like others said before the noise is not as “awful” as with the 60D or 7D.

But then again, it’s no C300 organic looking noise. Depending on what you shoot and if there is enough light in the shot and especially with a wide open prime lens (like with in some shot in this case a 85mm at f2.0 or 2.8) you actually might be able to use some of the High ISO shots at 8000 or even 10.000, not every time tho’ and there will be some quite noticeable noise but I’ve seen worse.

At 12.800 it’s almost not really usable but you could get a shot you otherwise would miss. Almost all detail is gone tho’.

But again, I’ve seen worse or in the case of a 60D you would not be able to even think about those high settings at all. But see for yourself.

I did some quick basic “color grading” in Magic Bullet Looks and some basic noise reduction with DenoiserII…

You might be even able to “recover” / use more shots if you spend more time on Post so to say.

One more thing: In low light and with high ISO settings the Autofocus has a hard time since there is not much details left in the shot and the auto focus does not find a point to focus on it seems …most of the time.

One last thing: The 70D has a built-in stereo microphone on top or the viewfinder, it works nicely but it is picking up camera- and “user-noises” quite easily at times.

Over all it still is “only” a DSLR with Video mode but with nice autofocus options and a bit better ISO range.

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