Not to be outdone by the strong Zeiss support for the native Sony FF E mount, Schneider Optics announces additional support for the Sony E mount in their new family of prime lenses specially designed and built for digital cinematography with full-frame sensor HDSLR, Mirrorless, and other professional cameras. Built in Germany by Schneider-Kreuznach, the new […]

I should call this video “Digital Blindz” or something, that horizontal banding is so bad. As an environmentalist, I applaud the conversion from incandescent light bulbs to fluorescent and the new LED digital bulbs.  The energy efficiency is so much better it can save a great deal on a monthly electric bill, and give even […]

Did you see yesterday’s article on the Exposure Triangle for still photography?  It’s here: http://thecameraforum.com/exposure-triangle/ For video cameras, the same rules apply.  There are 3 ways to control exposure internally on a camera, ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed or “Angle” as it is called on moving film cameras. For video, where movement is the rule vs the exception, the meanings […]

 Venus Optics, the Chinese camera lenses manufacturer based in Anhui, China, who last September launched the world’s first 2:1 Macro Lens with infinity focus, claims to have accomplished another first.  Venus Optics has just announced the world’s widest Macro lens for full frame cameras, the Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide-Angle 1:1 Macro Lens.  And boy, does this Laowa […]

Editors Note: With the rumor mill alive with speculation about a soon to be announced Sony A7R Mark II with a whopping 59MP of resolution, a discussion immediately came up with some of my professional photographer friends about where is the actual diffraction limit going to be with a Sony 59MP full frame sensor?  The limit being the […]

Perspective correction, or “tilt–shift” as it is often called, encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift. Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus (PoF), and hence the part of an image that […]

In days of old when men were bold, and DSLR video was not yet invented, to record video you would turn to a dedicated video camera. If you wanted to be a hybrid storyteller you wanted both photos and videos.  So you’d need to bring two cameras with you, a “still” camera, and a “video” camera.  And of course, all the […]

Life At A Snail’s Pace – Final from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. It is amazing what inspirational stories you can find to tell right from your own backyard. This short film actually started life as a macro still lens test, not a video. I wanted a macro still of the tiny bright red flowers Springtime always brings to […]

For regular all around shooting, I find the Contax Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Planar to be a bit too long for my video tastes. I have not spent nearly the time shooting this tight of a lens as I have with wider angle lenses.  On my other hybrid storyteller hand, for still portrait work the Contax Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Planar […]

Contax Zeiss Distagon 28mm F2 Sony A7S Test from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. I find it hard to believe, but it has already been over a month ago that I received the Sony A7S.  As I anticipated, hoped, and expected, it has been a very interesting camera to work with.  The better I get to know the […]

Matt Granger, from ThatNikonGuy.Com digs into the difference between F Stops and T Stops in this short presentation.  Just what is that difference, and is that difference important to us, you mite ask? In the science of optics, the f-number (sometimes called focal ratio, f-ratio, f-stop, or relative aperture) of an optical system is the ratio of the lens’s focal length to the diameter of the entrance pupil at the […]

I try to avoid switching lenses when walking places unless the focal length needed is predictable.  On the other hand I am not a big fan of slow lenses with variable apertures. The Fuji 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 offers an amazingly useful range (27 to about 200mm) at the cost of slower variable apertures. Somehow we have […]

Sleep, eat, taste wine and relax! – Shot on a Sony A7s from Johnnie Behiri on Vimeo. The Sony A7S is finally shipping and in stock at some of the largest camera retailers over this past weekend.  Credit to Sony, they said shipping would commence the first of July, and indeed it did the very […]

Now I See from Philip Bloom on Vimeo. WATCH TILL VERY END FOR COMPARISONS! Read the “evolving review of the Sony A7s” here: gopb.co/a7s Any use of the tip jar to help fund these reviews is always gratefully welcomed! Thank you!! Everyone had been saying the just out Sony A7s is a low light monster […]

The Art Of A Focus Puller One of the least expensive and most versatile lenses in any filmmaker’s bag of tricks is the 50mm lens. Check around, almost every manufacturer sells a “nifty fifty.”  Considered by many to be the default “normal” human vision equivalent, there are more 50mm lenses in existence than the next two focal lengths combined.  If […]

Panasonic GH4 24p C4K ‘Cine-D Profile’ Skintone Quickie test from Nick Driftwood on Vimeo. First you can ask the developer & product director of the Panasonic GH4 your questions here;- http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10019/ask-developers-of-the-panasonic-lumix-gh4-plus-answers-about-the-m43-format/p1 Now the video: Here’s a quick test Nick Driftwood put together from a string of new footage he’s shooting for the first of his […]