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Saturday, October 3, 2015

100,000 Visitors on DerranNL!

Normally I wouldn't post about stats, but I couldn't let this milestone pass by unnoticed. This site just reached 100,000 visitors, something I never held possible when I started writing my first post.

Below you will find all the reviews I've posted so far and there's still lots more to come! So thanks for visiting, commenting and sharing my posts and reviews. It's what keeps this site going. Thank you!!

Click on any of the images to read the full review.

Sony SEL24240 FE Zoom Lens
Review of the Sony FE 24-240mm OSS Zoom Lens
Nebula 4000 Lite 3-Axis Gyro Stabilizer
Nebula 4000 Lite 3-Axis Gyro Stabilizer Review
Sony a7S Hands on Review
Sony a7S Hands on Review
Sony SEL1018 E-mount Wide Lens
Sony SEL1018 E-mount Wide Lens
Vinten Vision Blue3 & blueBridge
Review: Vinten Vision Blue3 & blueBridge
Radian Pro Wireless HDMI Video
Review: Radian Pro Wireless HDMI Video
Blackbird Camera Stabilizer from CMR
Review: Blackbird Camera Stabilizer from CMR
Glidecam HD-2000 Review with Video
Review: Glidecam HD-2000 Review with Video
Vinten Vision Blue Review
Review: Vinten Vision Blue
Steadicam Arm & Vest and the Blackbird
Review: Blackbird Stabilizer on the Steadicam Merlin Arm and Vest
Petrol PR410 Raincover
Review: Petrol PR410 Raincover for the NEX-FS100
FotoMagico 4
Review: FotoMagico 4

Friday, September 25, 2015

The NEW Nebula 4200 5-Axis Digital Gyroscope Stabilizer

Nebula 4200 5-axis digital gyroscope stabilizer

Recently Filmpower Inc. announced the Nebula 4200 stabilizer that will become available soon in three different versions. A pro, a lite and a 5 -axis Nebula 4200. Just a few weeks ago, I wrote a review about its predecessor, the Nebula 4000 3-axis stabilizer and included a few pointers on how to use the software to try and get the most out of this already great product. I've been more then pleased with the performance of the Nebula 4000 and was able to capture some incredible smooth footage with it.

The Lite version will be somewhat similar to the Nebula 4000 but this time it will have a more stable platform to stand on and you can balance your camera on it without the need of tools in just three minutes. That's a major upgrade since it can be kind of a hassle with the Nebula 4000 sometimes. And I'm not sure, but it looks like it would be possible to upgrade the lite version to a pro or a 5-axis version through a quick-release system below the yaw motor. Unfortunately I haven't been able to confirm this yet. The pro version requires two handed operation, which will make it possible to work with heavier cameras. The maximum payload will be 1.6 kg / 3.4 lbs for all versions. Now, the 5-axis version seems to be a real special one:

Friday, September 11, 2015

Sony Announces the New Alpha a7SII

The new Sony a7SII with 4K internal recording

IBC just started and Sony already has exiting news for us! They just announced their highly anticipated Sony a7SII mirrorless digital camera. It has the same 12.2MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor as its predecessor (the Sony a7S), but as expected the new a7SII has internal 4K recording. It also features 5 axis stabilization like the Sony a7RII has, higher dynamic range and an improved XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF which supposedly offers the world's highest viewfinder magnification.

No word yet on availability, but pre-order starts Sep 17 at a price of $2,999.00.

Quick overview of all the new features:

  • Internal 4K recording to XAVC S (up to 30fps)
  • Internal 120fps to 1080p
  • clean 8-bit HDMI output in 4:2:2
  • 5-axis optical in-camera stabilization for expanded shooting possibilities
  • Ultra-high sensitivity up to 409600 ISO with low noise across the whole range
  • Wide range of professional movie functionality including S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3, new Gamma Assist Display, enhanced Zebra Function, Full HD 120fps recording and 4x/5x slow motion recording and full pixel readout without pixel binning in full-frame format
  • High-speed AF with enhanced accuracy in wide-ranging scenes and advanced shooting functions

And here are the full specs of the Sony a7SII:

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Filming with the Sony FE 24-240mm Lens

I took the Sony FE 24-240mm lens (review here!) with me during the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, to try it out in the field. While taking lots of pictures, I also tried to shoot some footage whenever I had the chance to see how the lens would perform. Everything was shot without a tripod using OSS. The resulting footage can be seen here:

Pictures that I took at the Tour de France with the Sony FE 24-240mm can be found here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

REVIEW - Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Zoom Lens (SEL24240)

Click here for more information about the Sony 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS zoom lens
Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Zoom Lens (SEL24240)

About three months ago Sony announced 4 new full-frame FE lenses and one of them really caught my eyes. The Sony Fe 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS lens. For APS-C type cameras there are plenty of zoom lenses available to choose from, but there aren't many full frame zoom lenses on the market which are able to cover such a broad focal range. In fact, they are quite rare. The Sony FE 24-240mm is able to capture very nice wide-angle shots at 24mm and has 10x zoom capabilities to capture images up to 240mm! I've been eagerly waiting for such a versatile lens to hit the market and I'm very exited to be able to share my thoughts and comments on this new Sony lens with you.

Like I've said before in my other reviews, I'm not going to spend too much time about the technical aspects of things, nor will I share sample pictures taken with it at my secret camera laboratory underneath my house (which doesn't exists BTW). I'm going to look at it from an user point of view with real life picture samples and footage, so you know exactly what to expect from this lens. There are plenty of great sites out there that can show you diagrams, graphs and lab-results if you search for them and they can certainly be very interesting to have a look at. So grab your favourite cup o' joe and start reading!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sony Alpha a7RII (ILCE-7RM2) Mirrorless Digital Camera Announced!

Sony's new flagship: the Sony A7RII (model: ILCE-7RM2)

Sony has just announced the A7RII Alpha mirrorless digital camera and it's amazing! A big step up from the Sony A7R, with impressive ISO (although the Sony A7s still takes the lead on that one), 5-axis image stabilization like on the Sony A7II and it can capture 4K (QFHD 3840×2160) video  internally! It also features the world's first back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor which is able to capture 42.4MP approx. effective megapixels. Sony never cease to amaze me.

Friday, June 5, 2015

THIS is the Netherlands / Holland - Video

I just uploaded a new video! This time it's a video about where I'm from: the Netherlands. You know, that little country which is easily overlooked on a map.  Famous for its tulips and windmills, but also the healthiest country in the world and home of the tallest people on this planet.

All footage is filmed from a helicopter with spectacular results. Camera operator is Evert Cloetens. Helicopter is flown by: Wim Robberechts & co and Heli Holland BV. The footage is from the popular Dutch TV show "Nederland van Boven.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pictures from the Sony A7s

Sony A7s as a stills camera

It's no secret that I love my Sony A7s full frame camera. I've bought it to use it as a filmcamera, but it makes me forget about the photographic capabilities this little mirrorless gem has. Even though this camera "only" has 12.4 megapixels, it actually exceeds my former photo cameras who all start at 16 megapixels. I always looked at it as a fantastic filmcamera with a nifty function to take pictures. You know, like some of the older video cameras that have the ability to take a "picture" at the press of a button during filming. These pictures never looked good and it's save to say this feature never got really popular on video cameras.

Monday, April 6, 2015

REVIEW: Nebula 4000 Lite 3-Axis Gyroscope Stabilizer

Sony A7s on the Nebula 4000 Lite 3-axis gyroscope stabilizer

Last week I received my Nebula 4000 Lite from Camera Motion Research. This is a 3-Axis gyroscope stabilizer from FilmPower that I've been really interested in. A few months ago I saw a video online of someone (test) flying a Sony A7s in front of mirrors and I could hardly believe it was real. A MōVI / Ronin like device, only a lot smaller, single handed operation, lightweight and affordable. About two years ago the first (noticeable) handheld gyro-stabilizer was introduced and it took the market by storm. With this device you were able to get Steadicam like shots, only it's all relying on electronics instead of "analog" balance. It makes it very easy to get nice moving shots with your camera, even when you're working in unfriendly Steadicam conditions. It enables you to get even more creative shots and it doesn't take months or even years of training to be able to use it properly. Now, only two years later, we can get all of this great technology in a small and lightweight device that you can easily carry around with you. It's incredible to see how fast things are changing in the world of filmmakers.

Ah yes, filming in the old days. Much simpeler times...
The Nebula 4000 Lite can be used with cameras weighing up to 1KG / 2LB, making it the perfect companion for your Panasonic GH4, Sony A7s and similar sized cameras. They even include a special mount which will help fly your smartphone on the Nebula. It also comes with a nice custom case with strap, charger and a battery that has been fitted inside the handle. The Nebula only weighs 800 grams which is virtually nothing.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sony Announces 4 New Full-Frame FE Lenses!

Joyful news from Sony today! They added 4 new full-frame FE (E-mount) lenses to their line-up. A fast (f/2) 28mm lens90mm f/2.8 Macro LensSony-Zeiss Distagon 35 1.4 FE Lens and a 24-240mm OSS Lens. Especially this last lens caught my eyes.

I was seriously missing a good all-in-one lens from Sony when it comes to the full frame E-mount selection. Having a 24mm on the wide end of a full-frame camera is very decent but having the ability to zoom in to 240mm makes it very interesting, especially with added features like optical image stabilization and no less than five aspherical elements. It's also dust and moisture protected. Sounds like a perfect companion for my beloved Sony A7S full-frame mirrorless camera. It isn't a cheap lens, but considering the other options you have right now when you need a nice amount of zoom power on your full-frame camera (like the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS lens or going with a Metabones Mark IV adapter and Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens), the price doesn't look that bad anymore. On the contrary!

Below you will find all information about these new FE Sony lenses. And perhaps nice to know, you can pre-order all these lenses right now!