Archive for the ‘Other’ Category

Jul
31
2014

Shane Hurlbut Offers New “Inner Circle” Subscription Service

It has been said that "magic is just science not yet understood." By that definition, Shane Hurlbut has already proven he's a magician of the first order as DP of big Hollywood films like TERMINATOR SALVATION and the recent NEED FOR SPEED.[adrotate group="6"] He knows…
Jul
31
2014

A7s and GH4 vs. Arri Amira? Really? Dynamic Range Compared

Panasonic's GH4 is supposed to have great dynamic range, but at least in this test from our friends over at Cinema5D, the Sony A7s mops the floor with it, coming in at 14.1 stops vs. just 10.9 stops for the GH4 (and 11.8 stops for…
Jul
31
2014

GH4, A7s “Just Stomped on my 5D3 and 70D”

Dan Watson over at LearningCameras.com has done a nice video review of the GH4 and A7s. He takes a holistic view of the two and picks a winner (punch line: GH4 in a well-reasoned and reasonable argument), but here’s the even bigger punch line:[adrotate group="6"]…
Jul
30
2014

Sony A7s Rolling Shutter Compared to Competitors

The chorus is growing louder by the day: Panasonic's GH4 and Sony's A7s are redefining our expectations for DSLR's as video cameras. Beyond one's preference for low light sensitivity vs 4K, [adrotate group="6"]there are a number of other tradeoffs to consider when determining which of…
Jul
30
2014

Life Imitates Art: Unpleasant Realities in Reality TV

Welcome to another short post introducing a longer, thoughtful one, this time by Hamilton Nolan over at gawker.com. The thing about it is not only the subject matter, but its weird tie-in to another post about the business side of Transformers IV.[adrotate group="6"] In both…
Jul
29
2014

Plaintive Tweet: Someone Really Needs to Do a Lens Recommendation List for the Sony A7s

@boxfx tweets: “Given the A7s is a full frame Sony camera, someone really needs to do a lens recommendation list. So many options, but no perfect choices” True dat.[adrotate group="6"] One of my main go-to sites for quantitative lens and sensor evaluations, DxOMark, often has…
Jul
28
2014

What’s Wrong with this Tweet? Depends Upon What’s Actually True in It

For serious videographers committed to Canon DSLR’s, thank goodness for Magic Lantern. As many of you know, this free firmware addon provides many of the desperately needed video functions otherwise missing from the Canon consumer and prosumer DSLR line, from software-enabled headphone monitoring to zebras,…
Jul
25
2014

Zack Arnold talking editing and fitness (what a combo!) on the next planet5D Podcast

I'm pretty excited about this one... hopefully you are too - not only do we get to talk to an awesome editor (see his bio below) but we also get to talk about your health![adrotate group="6"] About Zack Arnold Zack Arnold is a Professional Motion…
Jul
25
2014

$300 Million in 3 Days: Anatomy of the Market for a “Terrible” Movie

It is my pleasure to write a very short post introducing a longer, thoughtful one by Ben Kuchera and Chris Plante over at Polygon.[adrotate group="6"] Because in the end, all of our efforts in filmmaking – even when we ARE gearheads -- are about storytelling.…
Jul
24
2014

Canon Sensors with 14 Stops of Dynamic Range, Just Like Sony and Nikon? Well, Yes But…

Yeah, caught my attention, too. But this IS the take-away of Wojciech Toman upon testing Magic Lantern’s (yes, of course – why didn’t I think they were the answer immediately?) Dual ISO functionality.[adrotate group="6"] So: 14 stops of dyamic range from what are really 11…