makofoto

Lives in United States South Pasadena, United States
Works as a cinematographer
Joined on Mar 11, 2003

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Ben Herrmann: I've been really stoked upon first hearing all of this awhile back (regarding the pending X-T100). The Fuji Bayer files are superb, but we've been relegated with having to do with the X-A series.

Unfortunately, both the X-A3 and X-A5 have LCD screens that have technology that seemingly feel (and look) like they are decade old. Images are almost impossible to see via the LCD in any type of brighter conditions (outdoors) - and those being either sunny or bright, cloudy conditions. Just got back from a trip where I used the X-A3 and the new 15-45 lens - and I swear that out of 95% of my shots (outside), I found myself guessing how to compose because the LCD sucked.

Now having an EVF makes all the difference in the world. Am happy to see Fuji raising the bar a bit for the Bayer sensor. I know I'll get one shortly after they are released. I'm betting this one will sell quite well.

I'm bettin' that DPReview has one for review already (surprise my Asssssssss).

I would have added a 18 mm OVF ... have one for my X-M1 and had one for my Ricoh GR

Link | Posted on May 18, 2018 at 22:15 UTC

All I need to know is whether it’s available in Black, and I’m all in, as a replacement for my dead X-M1

Link | Posted on May 18, 2018 at 22:13 UTC as 77th comment

Sigma recently announced there are now 2,000 different lens/camera adapters!

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 16:25 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On article Video: Understanding the science of camera sensors (72 comments in total)

I've always wondered why it's desirable to use still cameras at the lowest possible ISO, for the cleanest image, while pro digital motion picture cameras are typically rated at around 800 ISO. That is the point of maximum DR. But even for the cleanest files, for effects work, we would only drop down to around 400 iso. Since we use a low shutter speed for normal shooting, 1/2X the frame rate, ie. 1/48th to 1/60th of a second, we have to use a LOT of ND filters when shooting in sunlight, to maintain the preferred wider aperture look. Our ND packages often go up to 2.1.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 15:32 UTC as 31st comment | 8 replies
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Jorginho: The only mFt lens? Well there are no Sony E lenses (yes they can mount the EF lens but the FL becomes less appealing for sure). Moreover: there is no Fuji X-series lens at all. I don't think you can mount any of these on the Canon mirrorless cams let alone the Nikon1 series. So "only" mFT lens gives the wrong impression that mFT is left to the side a bit I feel.
I find it quite impressive when I see those lenses side by side and see how incredibly small the mFT lens is. Now sure these are very different lenses all together but the other three differ quite a bit from eachother too, yet they are not too different in size. A 4 mm F2.8 fish eye with that diminuitive size is seems quite a gift, if it performs well, from Laowa to the mFT world. I use their 7,5 mm Venus and it is a fantastic lens. Really well built, sharp and small.

Here are my first test shots with the 6.5 Opteka: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155446436629786.1073741899.548144785&type=1&l=ca9f5e1a67

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 14:58 UTC
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Androole: Once again, Laowa pushing limits. 10-18mm on FF is just straight up absurd. Absolutely ridiculously wide. The long end of that zoom is already well into ultrawide territory. The fact that it's only 500g is also really impressive.

It's a shame that the M4/3 lens here is a circular fisheye, which I can't imagine anyone actually asked for, but the other options are pretty cool, in an extreme sort of way.

Lack of imagination much? :-) Opteka 6.5 mm https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155446436629786.1073741899.548144785&type=1&l=ca9f5e1a67

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 14:58 UTC
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Jorginho: The only mFt lens? Well there are no Sony E lenses (yes they can mount the EF lens but the FL becomes less appealing for sure). Moreover: there is no Fuji X-series lens at all. I don't think you can mount any of these on the Canon mirrorless cams let alone the Nikon1 series. So "only" mFT lens gives the wrong impression that mFT is left to the side a bit I feel.
I find it quite impressive when I see those lenses side by side and see how incredibly small the mFT lens is. Now sure these are very different lenses all together but the other three differ quite a bit from eachother too, yet they are not too different in size. A 4 mm F2.8 fish eye with that diminuitive size is seems quite a gift, if it performs well, from Laowa to the mFT world. I use their 7,5 mm Venus and it is a fantastic lens. Really well built, sharp and small.

The 6.5 mm Opteka is wonderful. Tiny and very sharp. $129 on Amazon. I have it in FX mount for my X-T2.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 14:37 UTC

I Love Fisheyes! I’ve got six, in different mounts and for different formats. I’ve used the legendary 6 mm Nikkor, another fisheye that can see behind itself. (Good luck keeping your feet or tripod out of the shot!) I’ve never seen a shot from one that couldn’t have been done with a regular 180 degree fisheye. We did a time-lapse for California Pizza Kitchen with the 6 mm Nikkor. We ended up having to blow it up and crop it. We should have just used the 8 mm to start with. These 200+ degree fisheyes just make the image smaller.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 14:35 UTC as 35th comment
On article Sample gallery: Nikon 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR (126 comments in total)
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fjbyrne: Looks like a really nice lens and I wish I had something like it back when I was shooting sports. The built in TC looks very handy.

Wait. I shoot Sony. What am I thinking complementing Nikon? Is that against site rules or something?

hahahaha ... Sony ... try the RX10 mk4, with it's built-in 24/600 zoom. Not bad. I spent decades lugging heavy camera packages around, shooting mainly Formula 1 and World Cup Skiing. Now I love this all in one RX10! Doesn't have super shallow depth of field, but still very useable. Very Fast AF, but with instant on-barrel manual focus. Last weekend: https://images47.fotki.com/v1660/filen2vW/b5ac9/4/43793/4909192/03371.jpg

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 13:30 UTC
On article Sample gallery: Nikon 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR (126 comments in total)

No Wildlife Photographs ... because THAT is really difficult ... I'm finding ... and even 600 mm's is often not enough. :-(

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 13:25 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply

Please do a comparison test using that film versus the FujiFilm Acros film simulation in it’s Cameras. I haven’t used that film ... although I shot film for decades. Folks are upset but I love the Acros simulation!

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 15:24 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
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Arastoo Vaziri: There is no such thing as a "smartphone filmmaker".

Haven’t seen Soderbergh’s movie but TANGERINE is NOT Soft!

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 15:35 UTC
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Arastoo Vaziri: There is no such thing as a "smartphone filmmaker".

Hahaha ... so ignorant! Besides the terrific iPhone5s movie TANGERINE, Premier FILMMAKER Steven Soderbergh did https://petapixel.com/2018/01/30/steven-soderbergh-shot-latest-film-iphone-heres-trailer/

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 15:34 UTC

Just watch the Sundance Award winning movie TANGERINE, shot with their anamorphisizer and a iPhone 5s! I didn’t realize it was shot with that. I knew it was suppose to be low budget, so I assumed it was shot with DSLR’s. I was blown away when I researched it and found out about the iPhone!

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 15:30 UTC as 5th comment
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mahonj: What I find unusual is that Leica is the only company doing this.
It should be easy enough to do:
Run a batch of wafers without the Bayer filter and 1/4 wave plate.
Turn off all the Bayer and colour processing in s/w and firmware.
(OK , not That simple).
You might expect Fuji to do it with the X100 series as this already looks like a classic '60s rangefinder so it should fit well from a marketing perspective.

Silly, with the Fuji Cameras there is no Beyer filter and you have a wonderful B&W option built-in, including various B&W filter options. It’s absolutely marvelous.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 15:07 UTC

The Correct answer is FujiFilm camera’s with their wonderful Film Simulations, including Arcos with various B&W Filter options, plus of course RAW. Combined with their superb light weight 18/55 or faster 16/55, and the Author would not have experienced any of his frustrations.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 15:05 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply

My initial tests with the FujiFilm X-H1 show that it’s IBIS is not as effective as the E-M1 mk2 :-(

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2018 at 22:09 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply

What about Flare? Contrast? Breathing?

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2018 at 23:23 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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Stefan Sobol: Looks ok. A waterproof camera with an LCD back cuts a lot of the accessory costs down. A Hero 3+ Black still goes for about ~US$100 on eBay.

If only it is a rectilinear lens....

Got to keep up with the specs ... the higher end models offer a Linear option, and the other ones can be De-Fished using the free GoPro Studio software.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2018 at 18:50 UTC

We use a LOT of GoPros in the movie industry. I've used as many as 27on a NISSAN commercial. The reason GoPro's are worth the money to us is they offer ProTune, a low contrast, double sized file ... so we can match better with our Arri Alexa main cameras ... and they are reliably good and sharp. For years I've tested everything new that comes out. So often their lenses would not be sharp across the frame. Every GoPro has been fine. But yeah, for kids, I would recommend Chinese. Typical pile of gear: https://images14.fotki.com/v699/fileXmmG/caef1/4/43793/4909192/image6.jpg

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2018 at 18:48 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
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