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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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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

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.

NVIDIA CUDA & DRIVER for PPro CS 6.0.2 on MacOS 10.8.1

20 Sep

thats my CUDA status on my 2009 MacPro

 

if u run MacOS 10.8.1 / PPro 6.0.2
make sure u have CUDA 5.0.24 and Nvidia driver 1.3.4.0 (304.00.00f20) running really helps and makes PPro more stable! (not tested or even updated to MacOS 10.8.2 yet tho’)

QUADRO & GEFORCE MAC OS X DRIVER
http://www.nvidia.com/object/macosx-304.00.00f20-driver.html

NVIDIA CUDA 5.0 FOR MAC RELEASE
http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda-mac-driver.html 

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quick post: why i like & use TASCAM DR-40

13 Jul

Just a quick post about the features I like the most on the TASCAM DR-40


Recording non stop with 48V Phantom powered Mic (Rode NTG-1) on my #Tascam DR-40 … wait for it … 4h..42min..16sec … NON STOP! … and I still have standby time and can record internal stereo mic.

A/B stereo is really nice to capture stereo nat sound fx …love it more than x/y setup. You can switch from A/B to X/Y stereo mic setup really nice and quick.

And probably the best part on the DR-40 are the rock solid XLR inputs …nothing slips out!

That’s about it. A great & solid recorder for the money. The Inputs are a bit noises maybe (really just a bit) but that is no issue if u keep your levels nice and tight and there is a good Limiter as well. I don’t really care about all there other “fancy” recording modes. It’s just nice for recording for Shotgun Mic-Recording for interviews and stuff. And of course for SoundFX (Nat-sound) recordings.

Here is a example – a clip used the Tascam DR-40 with a  Rode NTG1 to record the interviews:

UPDATE: it’s all about audio

8 Apr

UPDATED APRIL 8, 2012 – (original post date: Aug 25, 2010)

Well, what can i say that’s where i‘m coming from … 13 years ago ( or even more ) i started in radio broadcast / radio production … and did lots of things with sound … i don’t want to talk about that work now … i want to talk about some essential gear you need to work with your sound.

…. read more

NAB has not even started yet …

3 Apr

… but as you all probably know by now there are announcements made basically every day now ;) … Sony just came out with new gear …. Panasonic is rumored to have some news in the next few days, Canon has an event just one day before NAB gets stated for “consumers” … Adobe has sneak-beaks every now end then …

Well I guess its kinda good to know what stuff you have to look out for at the show floor … at least I guess that is what all these companies are going for …. to start the buzz early so that nobody is missing some news / new gear. ;)

I’ll be there and hope to catch some of the new gear or even some of the unique stuff … and meet lots of cool people. I will cover some stuff but most likely after the show bcuz there will be a lot of buzz on other webpages like DSLR Newsshooter … they will do a better job covering the news from the NAB Show Floor.

I guess next week I will finish up my “Event-Schedule” so I can let you know what might be cool to catch in Vegas & NAB.

For now here some links to other webpages that did cover some stuff about the new Sony FS700 and NAB … check them out some good info right there:

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Den Lennie:  Sony NEX FS700 on location

Stress testing the FS700

wideopencamera.com: Sony NEX-FS700 – A Nerds Perspective

ninofilm.net/blog: Sony NEX-FS700 – unheard-of slow-mo capabilities & 4K later … for less than $10,000

Official SONY FS700 page

Sony Introduces Smallest And Lightest XDCAM Camcorder

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Biscardi Creative Blog: Tips for attending NAB 2012

visualedge.tv: NAB 2012: Hopes & Expectations

NAB 2012: Being Prepared

… this post will be updated!

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