|JVC's Full HD Shoulder-Mount ENG/Studio Camcorder|
Monday, February 3, 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014
|Sony 10-18mm f/4 OSS Alpha E-mount Wide-Angle Zoom Lens|
It's been a while since Sony announced their new batch of E-mount lenses, but today I'm finally able to do a hands-on review of the much anticipated Sony 10-18mm super wide-angle E-mount zoom lens, compatible with the Alpha NEX cameras and NEX Camcorders. Now, I won't be doing this review from a scientific point of view. I'm a photographer and filmmaker and personally care more about how it is to work with in the field and seeing the results created with my own camera and settings, then talking about specs and lab-results. So if you were hoping to see some nice colour boards, diagrams, graphs and lab experiments, I'm very sorry to disappoint you! Luckily there are many sites out there that can show you exactly that and they can certainly be interesting to see. A comparison (with video) between the 10-18mm lens and the 16mm pancake lens with VCL-ECU1 ultra wide converter will be published on this site soon!
|SEL1018 in use on the Blackbird stabilizer|
The second surprise was the build quality. Except for the lens hood, there's little plastic parts to be found. The zoom and focus rings operate very smoothly, but unfortunately there are no markings on the focus ring and it doesn't have stops. However, it works and responds much better then the focus ring on the Sony 18-200mm NEX lens, which feels a bit more electronic-ish. When using the zoom ring to go to 10mm ultra wide, the lens will extend slightly. This is the opposite of what you might expect normally. The drawback of this, is that the lens will retract a bit when mounting the lens cap when you're in full wide. The lens is quite small when you compare it to a similar lens like the Tokina 12-24mm f/4 lens and it's only half the weight. The lens has a filter thread in front, so you can add a 62mm Variable Neutral Density filter or 62mm UV filter if you want. An option that was seriously lacking when using the ultra wide converter with the 16mm pancake lens.
Now before talking further about specs and performance of this lens, I'm going to share some sample images taken I took with this lens on a Sony NEX mirror less digital camera.
Friday, January 17, 2014
|Radian Pro Wireless HDMI Video From Camera Motion Research|
A few weeks ago Camera Motion Research, the manufacturer of the critically acclaimed Blackbird stabilizer (review here), launched their professional wireless HDMI video set for the US market and now they also made a version available for Europe! I've had the great opportunity to try it out the last couple of days and I'm happy to be able to share my experiences with you.
Radian Pro Wireless HDMI Video Set
The CMR Radian wireless HDMI video set is manufactured with Amimon WHDI professional quality chip sets for best uncompressed resolutions and frame rates up to full 1080P(60). The system has near zero latency and line-of-sight range of over 300 feet (90 meters)! A connection between the Radian transmitter and receiver is established in just a few seconds and it automatically selects the best channel to use. Even if you have never used a wireless system before, you will be up and running in no-time.
Here's a quick video showing how long it takes for the Radian Pro wireless video system to link the transmitter to the receiver. A longer video demonstration with the system in action will be added at a later point in time.
The Radian system is available in two flavours. The Radian Pro unicast for connecting one transmitter to one receiver and the Radian MC multicast for connecting one transmitter to up to 4 receivers simultaneously. The one I'm reviewing here is the unicast version. The system is shipped with many different parts. You'll receive HDMI and USB power cables, remote, power adapter and of course the Radian transmitter and receiver. All perfectly packed with a quick start guide. In order to be able to use the system you will need some kind of power and mounting solution for your camera and monitor, and that's what we're going to discuss now. So please take some time to (re)fill your favourite coffee mug and I'll wait here for you to return.
Friday, October 25, 2013
|The camera set is finally complete!|
Update - See the camera in action!
GoPro has announced their new and improved HERO3+ action cameras, available for pre-order, in two models with several new accessories!
Both the HERO3+ Black Edition and HERO3+ Silver Edition cameras are 20% smaller then the original HERO3 and their batteries last 25% longer. They have improved wireless performance (faster WI-Fi) when sending footage to your mobile device, an ultra-wide-angle glass lens and they are both compatible with the new LCD Touch BacPac, the new Battery BacPac, and the Wi-Fi Remote (which is included standard with the Black model).
Thursday, October 24, 2013
|Radian Wireless HDMI Video From CMR|
Monday, August 5, 2013
Thanks to John Brawley, we can all play around with some ungraded ProRes files from the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Lenses used: Olympus 14-35mm, the fantastic Olympus 7-14mm F2.0 ultra wide angle lens and the SLR Magic 35mm f/1.4.
We've been waiting for this for some time now and we are finally able to get some footage in to our editing systems and give it a go!
Friday, August 2, 2013
Further more, today the price of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera with EF mount and Blackmagic Cinema Camera with MFT mount have been reduced to only: $1,995 ($1000 instant saving)!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Yesterday the new GoPro app became available and I decided to make a quick video, demonstrating the new view and share functions of the app!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
|The GoPro Hero3 mounted on my bicycle|
I love what this little action camera is capable of and I'm working on a review which I'm hopefully be able to publish in the next couple of days. In the meantime, you can watch some of the footage I filmed in the beautiful city of Alkmaar.