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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Masterclass in Why HFR fails, and a reaffirmation of what makes cinema magical

This is a very important essay by Vincent Laforet who started the HDSLR revolution with the short film: “Reverie.” “Many of you are likely aware that when a motion picture camera pans or moves too quickly – it can be painful for the audience’s eyes.  In fact on a 30-50 foot screen it can be impossible to see a sharp image or for the audience to lock onto something with their eyes if the movement is too fast.    This is something filmmakers and experienced DPs keep a very close eye on – in fact there are tables that show … Continue reading

An Early Present, The GH3: It Sounds Real Good

GH3 with X 35-100 f2.8

Christmas came a little early.  The Panasonic GH3arrived recently and I have been testing it.  One of the main reasons I wanted to get this camera is because of the improved audio. That is the subject of this review. Before I get to that,  a few comements. Following the GH2, the new GH3is almost a revolutionary camera. That is a camera that was designed for both stills and video equally. After Panasonic showed the GH3 at Photokina, I knew I had to buy one. The GH3 adds features that all photographers will like. I am impressed with the weather sealing and … Continue reading

Twice Nirvana: Lumix X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 Review

GH2 with X 35-100mm

Yes, there is nirvana, twice.  If you have following my site you would know that I have been very excited about two new lenses from Panasonic.  The other one of them has been introduced and it is just now becoming available in the US.  I had already purchased the the first one, the Panasonic Lumix X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Power O.I.S.  it has lived on my GH2 ever since.  After seeing the new lens at the Kenmore Camera show last month, I waited to till it was available.  Then out came my debit card and over a thousand and a … Continue reading

Hands On With The GH3

GH3 with 35-100

Recently I went to the Digital Photo Expo sponsored by Kenmore Camera near Seattle. There, at the Panasonic booth I saw the new Lumix GH3. The new Lumix G X 35-100mm f/2.8 lens was there also. Both the lens and the camera were recently introduced at Photokina in September and I have been wanting to see them. I am very impressed with both of these new items from Panasonic. The GH3 is an impressive camera. It is larger than the  GH2, but not that much larger and it fits much better in my hand because of the larger grip. Now I have … Continue reading

Apple releases Final Cut Pro X Update and It is Major

Apple has released a new version of Final Cut Pro X.  10.0.6 adds many new features.  I have upgraded already and will report back on FCPX in a future post. So let’s take a quick look at the list of new features. Expand multichannel audio files directly in the timeline for precide editing of individual audio channels Unified import window for transferring media from both file based cameras and folders of files Redesigned Share interface for exporting projects and range selections to one or more destinations RED Camera support with native REDCODE RAW editing and optional background transcode to Apple … Continue reading

Photog Denied Park Permit Because His Mirrorless Camera Lacks a Mirror – PetaPixel

I read a rather silly article over at PetaPixel: Photog Denied Park Permit Because His Mirrorless Camera Lacks a Mirror.  Having gone mirrorless since last December with the GH2, I took offense at this nitwit in charge at a Navajo Tribal Park, Antelope Canyon. I got miffed when I was not allowed to take my Olympus E-3 with a old Tamron 300 f/2.8 into so called public stadium called SafeCo field.  It is a private team that plays there so I guess they have the right to rule who shoots there.  They told me I looked to professional with my big lens. … Continue reading

The 35-100mm is an Internal Zoom

Panasonic Lumix G X 35-100mm f/2.8

Here is a photographic First Impression View of the new PANASONIC LUMIX G X 35-100mm F2.8 Power O.I.S. over at Popco. What I gather from these photos, like my old Canon EF 70-200 f/4 IS, the zooming is internal. The barrel does not move like my Lumix G X 12-35mm f/2.8.  This is wonderful for video shooters who want to add accessories like a matte box.

The R-Evolutionary Camera

The new GH3 is almost a revolutionary camera, if it was not for the GH2. The GH2 was the first hybrid camera. A camera that was designed for both stills and video equally. The GH2 set new standards for stills and video in one box. It does not compromise at a price that won’t break the bank. The Canon still cameras are compromised for video. The Nikon still cameras are compromised for video. The new Sony A99 looks very good but it is in a much more expensive and larger camera. The sensor is a full 35mm so it does not … Continue reading