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Film: No expensive lenses needed

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Blog, Feature | 0 comments

Film: No expensive lenses needed

Turns out (and i knew it a long time) a filmmaker does not need expensive lenses. With the expensive Prime Lenses a decent filmmaker is able to get consistency between different shots. Let’s face it: We’re not looking at the Hollywood scene, but merely at the whole of filmmaking (there’s more than Hollywood) including festivals, program cinemas, arthouse cinema and lots of variations, even B-movie. Speaking of myself as a filmmaker (as being a part of the short movie selection group at FILMZ Festival) i mostly observe the increasing quality (tech-wise) of the short movies but honestly, most of them lack good storytelling. If you compare movies such as Kung Fury or (a german short: ‘Kopfkino’ from Malin Koch) with other “Highclass” Movies such as recent blockbusters, you’ll get my point. While speaking of blockbusters – can we please find a new term for successful movies ? A good film is not “busting the block” anymore. As also written in ‘Avengers vs. Akira: A Video Exploration of What Makes Kurosawa a Master of Movement‘ it is the movement which lacks in most modern movies. You see lots of motion in Akira Kurosawa’s directing movies. They described it very well. Take a look for yourself: That’s only one part of the whole story. You don’t need expensive lenses, we can see in the recent test from RocketFilmSchool: That is one of the reasons why i like cheap, vintage lenses such as Pentax-110 or the Russian Combo. They give you freedom in expression as they are unique in their expression and capturing the moment. And as some other filmmakers mentioned, the Pentax-110 even works with Super35 Cameras such as Sony F55. So why not choosing them for your next short movie ?...

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Lenses for Blackmagic Pocket

Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Blog, Feature | 0 comments

Lenses for Blackmagic Pocket

After spending a lot of time searching, testing, buying, selling, cleaning and testing again, i’ve settled my basis collection of lenses for the Blackmagic Pocket Camera. Those include the “standard” sizes and i try to get everything below 2.0 (except the digital Lumix one) to have enough headroom in RAW on the BMPCC. 4mm / 1:1,6 – Rainbow Lens 10mm / 1:1,8 – P. Angenieux 12.5mm / 1:1,8 – Cosmicar 14mm / 1:2.5 – Panasonic Lumix 16mm / 1:1,4 – Cosmicar 25mm / 1:1,4 – CMD 25mm / 1:1,9 – Kodak Anastigmat 35mm / 1:1,7 – Fujian 50mm / 1:1,8 – Canon TV-16 On the right side of my lens case you find: 12.5mm / f2,0 – Russian MIR-11 20mm/ f2,0 – Russian BERA-7-1 50mm / f2.0 – Russian TAMP-41 I will provide a detailed footage of each of the lenses once i get my Blackmagic Pocket Camera back from repair.                          ...

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CagePro Upgrade 2.0

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Blog, Feature | 0 comments

CagePro Upgrade 2.0

To make make CagePro Cage for the GoPro3 more usable, i am in the process of adding Video Out and Audio In. As you can see, the modification is straightforward and easy to do with the right tools. I am only faced with some issues (which you might have an idea of): Sound is filled with hum noise when the Monitor is connected. If i remove the coax cable from Video-In, everything is fine. Lifting GND does not help, neither caps, capacitors or resistors (tried everything). It is definitely not related with the power input of the CagePro. I already ruled that out. It’s definitely coming in over the coax. Either it’s floating ground or some weird issue. Good thing is: Video Out works perfectly with BNC. Why i use BNC ? Gives the possibility to use T-Connectors and distribute the signal to a video transmitter plus the Monitor out. Pending: Find a good and doable solution for Audio In. Either i use 3.5mm plugs or XLR, but the space is limited inside the current cage. If you’re looking for technical information about the USB connector on the GoPro3, check cam-do.com. And the best: It’s available for rent starting 15.January 2014 This slideshow requires JavaScript.  ...

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