In part one of this post I laid down a few home truths about this industry. Namely, experience wins, maybe not at first, but always in the end. A needy producer might hire an enthusiastic young buck with all the gear, but if they balls it up, then the old hand gets the job in the end and the producer gets burned. It doesn’t always work that way of course. Sometimes the young buck...Read More

Sony Nex 5N AVCHD 60P Conversion. Magic Bullet Grinder To the Rescue.


We have been testing out the new Sony Nex 5N camera for an upcoming documentary. The Sony Nex 5N will shoot 60P in 1920 X 1080. This is a first for a smaller interchangeable lens camera. Our first tests gave us some pretty bad results. We found that most of the problems lie within the transfer from 60P to 24P. To be more specific 59.94 FPS to 23.98 FPS. Here is a quick step...Read More

Quick Take. D|Matte 4×4 Clip On Matte Box. $250


Here is a Quick Take on the new 4 x 4 D|Matte clip on matte box. It has two tray-less filter holders. There is one rotating stage that will work well with a polarizer. The filters are held in place by two tabs. The clip on version uses an 86mm adapter ring. The D|Matte retails for around $250 and the sunshade and a Fotodiox 82-86mm adapter ring are included. As you can see in...Read More

Jared Abrams Reel


Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.Read More

Sony Nex 5N Camera Test Video.


The new Sony Nex 5N camera is a killer little interchangeable lens camera. We needed an ultra portable camera that I can always have with me at all times. We decided to not go the traditional camera test route and have a little fun this time around. Models in Bikinis instead of charts and ISO scales. We simply wanted to see how this little puppy would handle skin tones in varying light. We also...Read More

Sony Nex 5N ECM-SST1 Stereo Mic Test.


Here is a little quick audio test we did with Hazel Estrella, one of our models for our Sony Nex 5N test shoot. The built in camera mic is really bad. The Sony ECM-SST1 seemed like it might be a little better. There are no other options for on camera sound. Stupid Sony Mount. It’s not the greatest mic but will work in a pinch. I picked mine up at B&H for around $90,...Read More

Sony Nex 5N And Two Hot Models.


We wanted to have a little fun with our camera tests and getting really hot models in bikinis seemed like a great way to do it. On a whim I decided to test the new SonyNex5N with a few models. I booked four different models with various skin types from Model Mayhem. Only two made it to the party. Rather than scrap the test we decided to make the best of the situation and...Read More

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