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Voigtlander 75mm on Sony Nex 7

May 5, 2013 by Cameras, Gear, News, Reviews

Continuing my search for portrait lenses on the Sony Nex 7, I found a mint condition Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 LTM on ebay for around $400. This lens is in Leica Thread Mount (LTM) and was designed for rangefinder cameras. I already owned a LTM to Sony Nex adapter so I bought the lens. There are also Leica M mount versions of this lens if you have a M to Nex adapter. I imagine resell value will be a little higher for a more current lens mount like the M over the old screw mount.

Voigtlander has been making lenses for over 250 years. It is now owned by a Japanese company Cosina which has started to reinvigorate the lineup with new lenses aimed not only at rangefinders but the mirrorless segment as well. They recently released an update to the 75mm with a 1.8 aperture but because of the larger glass needed for this design it’s significantly bigger than the older 75 f/2.5 and it sells for around $700. I decided that the weight and price ratio added to the compression of an approximate 110mm (35 full frame equivalent) the older f/2.5 was the better choice for me. … Continue Reading

NAB 2013

I didn’t make it to NAB this year but here are some stand out pieces of gear that caught my eye.

Black Magic has done it again with their Pocket Cinema Camera. It’s a super 16 sized sensor in a small point and shoot sized camera that takes micro four thirds lenses. Black Magic is definitely creating disruptive technology and keeping everyone else on their toes. I love that this camera utilizes the non proprietary M43 lens mount which means you can use some of the nicest small lenses on the planet (like the Olympus 45 and 75) as well as being able to adapt most DSLR or cinema lenses. Expect a Redrock Micro cage shortly. … Continue Reading

The Definitive Sony NEX 7 Video Rig

October 21, 2012 by Cameras, Gear, News

I’ve been shooting a lot lately with the Sony NEX-7. It’s become my favorite camera due to it’s size, image quality and ease of use. With the tri-nav control knobs it’s hands down the most intuitive camera I’ve ever used. With some added accessories, I’ve been able to dial it in to become a great video rig even when shooting vertical videos.

I’ve been a proponent of vertical video since my first video test on the Canon 5D MKII in June of 09. Cinematographers pretty much refuse to shoot vertical even when the finished product will be used vertically. They shoot 4K in horizontal format and then crop in post. Photographers have an advantage here because we are used to vertical imagery for magazines so it’s an easy transition for motion magazines. Don’t believe me that vertical video has a place in the market, just check out the iPad special collection Esquire put out called “The Esquire Covers Film Festival“. They’ve been at the forefront of motion magazine covers from the beginning and it’s great to see them all in one place.

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Nokia Faked Mobile Phone Video Footage Using a DSLR

September 6, 2012 by Cameras, Commercials, News

A clever catch by T.C. Sottek writing for tech blog The Verge.

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Olympus OM-D 5 Axis Image Stabilization Helps Photographer With Tremors

I’ve been keeping an eye on the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 since it was announced. The smaller form factor, weatherized body with 5 axis image stabilization and pocketable M43 sized lenses makes a very exciting package. Their 5 axis image stabilization is really raising the bar. This technology has allowed a photographer with a palsy or tremor to overcome his physical limitations to shoot sharp photos and smooth video. It’s great how technology can improve peoples lives. … Continue Reading

2 New Canon 4K Cameras EOS-1D C and C500

Today Canon officially announced two new 4K cameras, the C500 and the EOS-1D C. Both shoot 4K digital video with the C500 utilizing the cinema form factor and ergonomics of the C300 and the EOS-1D C in HDSLR form factor. I have to say that when I saw the 1D C HDSLR at the C300 Paramount event I thought it was magic pixel dust that wouldn’t be released for a while. I’m really surprised that this is coming out so soon and at the same time as the 1Dx and 5D MarkIII. Between these cameras and the new zoom cinema lenses, Canon is really keeping the candle burning at both ends at their factories and R&D labs.

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