Panasonic AF100 Needs Fast Lenses. Contax 50mm f1.4

Quick Takes

Here is a Quick Take on the Contax/ Zeiss 50mm f1.4 with the Panasonic AF100. As you may know we have been messing around with the Panasonic AF100 and now we have the Panasonic GH2. There is a huge difference between the two cameras. We have found that the GH2 produces a much more pleasing asthetic than the AF100. We are not really sure why the 1K camera looks better than the 5K camera,...Read More



I’m obsessed with shoulder rigs for DSLRs. Ever since I started shooting with a stills camera I’ve wanted to turn my camera into something that closely resembled the smaller cameras I used to shoot with, like EX1s. This, of course, is impossible. The only way to really get the camera to work for handheld work is to build it up on rails and get it on your shoulder, or at least wedged against your...Read More

Quick Take: Manfrotto 521 PFI Remote Focus And Iris Controller.

Quick Takes

Here is the Manfrotto 521 PFI remote focus and iris controller. It works seamlessly with the new Panasonic AF100 via the cam remote focus/iris port. It works with most of the Panasonic Lumix lenses and some other off brand lenses like the new Olympus zooms. Bot the iris and focus control are quite sturdy and will make adjustments easy and precise. There is a slight delay with the Lumix lenses we tested. However, I...Read More

10 Reasons To Stay Away From The Film Business.


I did not write this to sound bitter. In fact I am one of the lucky few that actually make a living as a Cinematographer. I just wanted to share some of the hard truths about this business. Here are just a few reasons to stay away from this industry. (if you can) 10 Reasons to stay away from the film industry. From a camera perspective. The hours are incredibly long, a typical working...Read More



Lens gears. The vital link between your camera and your follow focus. Assuming you even shoot with a follow focus, which you really should. A quick word on that. If DSLRs featured a locking pin on the base so they were held at two points by the plate they’re mounted onto then it wouldn’t matter so much. However, with that single mounting point DSLRs are very prone to swivelling left and right. Pulling focus...Read More

Admiral Radley “Ghosts Of Syllables” Music Video & BTS.


Admiral Radley “Ghosts of Syllables” The Video. Admiral Radley On Set BTS Video. Here is the music video I shot with Director Javier Grillo-Marxuach for Admiral Radley’s song “Ghosts of Syllables”. We shot it using a Canon 5D Mark II, A Canon 7D and a Canon 1D Mark IV with Zeiss ZE primes and Tokina zooms. We shot a little BTS on the day and then followed up with a short interview at the...Read More



I’ve been hyper critical of Zacuto on my own blog over the last 12 months and the main reason for this has been what I perceived to be a lack of understanding of the real value proposition of DSLRs. Zacuto’s gear is high-end and it’s expensive and yet they’ve been one of the biggest names championing the technology with their ‘Shootout’ series going on to win awards and their high profile relationship with Philip...Read More

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