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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Concentrating on Vintage glass

Good evening folks, we've been concentrating on Vintage Glass lately. So many inexpensive fast primes out there that are easily adaptable to other systems makes it easy to build a nice set of primes fairly inexpensively piece by piece. Our next video will likely be no exception, more than likely it will be a Vivitar 135mm F2.8 in Canon FD mount. Most of my vintage primes are Canon FD mount in fact tho I have adapters for Nikon, Pentax-110 and even C mount. Hoping to fill the holes in my Canon FD mount prime collection but patience is needed to find them at good prices. For example lately I've been pricing 85mm primes....... So far it's looking more cost effective to get a used Rokinon 85mm than a vintage one which kinda bugs me out. Having a vault full of vintage is NICE tho and of course once I've got a complete set I'm sure then the bug to get the fastest primes will take over. Keep your lenses in good shape they'll last a long long time and continue to produce stunning images.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Teleconverter for Video?

While going thru some of my camera gear I stumbled across an old Vivitar .43 Wide Angle Teleconverter. Sice I already had my Canon 28mm FD Lens on my Sony I decided to shoot some video with it to see if it's useable , the results shocked me frankly. I don't think I'd use this for Stills but seems quite useable for video. Some Footage of the Teleconverter in action

Thursday, November 20, 2014

C mount lenses

C mount lenses can be inexpensive yet excellent way to expand your arsenal of looks for your videos. My current favorite C mount lens is the Fujian 35mm F1.7 , this is a lens made for a 2/3" sensor but works well on the BMPCC, various Micro 4/3 camera's and even some Sony APS-C cameras like the NEX5. I hope to see more and more releases of lenses like these in the coming years This shows 2 c mount lenses in use on a BMPCC. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Way down the Mississipi close to New Orleans

Rendering another glimpse at New Orleans, this time a nice shot Way down the Mississipi close to New Orleans ;) back beyond Jackson Square not far from Cafe DuMonde and the heavenly Beignets

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Well I just finished reading the book "The Casquette Girls"($0.99 kindle edition) which was very nice read. So now I'm in a Vampyre mood so giving Shayne Leightons book "Of light and darkness:the vampires daughter" a shot. Bonus is it's currently FREE for the Kindle.

Contemplating springing for Kindle Unlimited for $9.99 a month
Below a photo of The Old Ursuline Convent which figures into The Casquette Girls story quite prominently ;)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Some thoughts on possible upcoming events on Sons of Anarchy :-)

Some CRAZY Theories on whats to come on SOA this season No insider info, no little whispers from the set just the products of my deranged imagination. Comment below if you think I;m right or wrong or just a crackpot :-) My thoughts on what may happen on Sons of Anarchy this season

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

C Mount lens adapted for use on Sony NEX camera

I am pleasantly shocked that the Fujian 35mm C mount lens does not vignette on the Sony NEX series camera even tho it has an APS-C sized sensor which is many times the size of the 2/3" sensor this lens was designed for. A happy discovery to say the least. The Fujian 35mm F1.7 lens was under $30 and the adapter another $7 or so. Definitely a bargain for a fast prime lens that gives a nice look to footage.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Slider in the sky

Latest video a nice slider shot of a lovely blue sky with some fluffy white clouds, shot on a Sony.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sunrise over Gravesend

Here's a couple of lovely images I shot a few mornings ago while walking about in lovely Gravesend Brooklyn. Captured as always with a mirrorless camera as I'm now a staunch convert to hybrid shooting since I love to shoot video as much as I enjoy stills. In the autofocus department I think Panasonic still edging out Sony a bit and both are miles ahead of the Canon EOS-M.

The EOS-M on the other hand becomes quite the little movie camera once you install Magic Lantern on it. In upcoming posts I'll discuss Magic Lantern more and more as it truly unlocks the potential of the tiny little EOS-M , which some liken to a tiny mirrorless version of Canon's T4i albeit with slow autofocus. I wish Magic Lantern had the ability to change autofocus speeds like it can change video acquisition bitrates to upto 3 times its original spec.

A couple of lovely images I grabbed a few mornings ago. Hope you folks enjoy them

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Early Halloween

Yesterday afternoon I visited The Old Gravesend Cemetery here in Brooklyn and shot some lovely footage. I edited it together with some nice music from Youtube's Create library and a nice greeting for the viewers. Please take a look if you enjoy films in the Horror vein tho really no scares in this footage.
The old Gravesend Cemetery was established sometime around 1658 and it is believed that the founder of Gravesend, Lady Deborah Moody is among those buried here. The cemetery is not open to the public and access is available by appointment only.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Quadcopter..... WOW!!!

My buddy bought one of these DSLRPro Phantom 2 Quadcopters, was testing it during lunch today. Quite impressive for capturing Airiel footage with a GoPro on a Gimbal. Pricey beasts but the footage possibilities are amazing. The GoPro 4k footage makes me drool. I am equally impressed by the fact that there is an iPad app that will let you create a flight plan for this to follow. The video effects possibilities of a motion controlled camera are no small thing and the $2000 or so price tag fairly insignificant when thought of in these terms tho I've not looked too deeply into the possibilities of this Quadcopter for fear that I become mesmerized into purchasing one myself. I think for the time being it far more prudent to pay someone to get the shots I need with one than for me to invest in my own. to have a peek at it being used. I'll link his footage once he posts on YouTube.

Here's my buddy's footage from same day

A still taken of my friends DSLRPRO Toronto quadcopter

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nope no BMCC YET but........

So, I know I said I'm looking for a Black Magic Cinema Camera to replace my Pocket Cinema Camera but instead I pulled the trigger on two tiny buggers. I got a nice deal on a new Canon EOS-M Which I'll be putting Magic Lantern on to enable shooting raw, as well as a Sony NEX-5n.

The Canon with magic lantern installed also will output clean video, at an odd size, via the HDMI which will also let me record direct to my Black Magic Hyperdeck Shuttle. The odd size is 1620*910 and should scale nicely to 1080p ;)

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera is Gone Long Live the Black Magic Cinema Camera

Well my days with the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera have come to an end, now I'm trying to find a good deal on a nice used Black Magic Cinema Camera, not so much for the 2.5 K resolution but for the ability to simply pop SSD drives into it and record. In the meantime I'll be using my Panasonic's for filming my YouTube videos. Hope to see you there.

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