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EOS Bodies / Re: Cinema EOS C200 & C400 at NAB? [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2014, 12:20:17 PM »
How peculiar... I had one of those nights where all you dream about is work.... And in yesterdays dream I was working on a C400....
Gotta love syncronicity... :-)

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As someone who has not shot any video on my DSLRs, can someone explain to me the value in spending 4k on a 50mm zeiss lens to mount on a DSLR that is going to down sample the image to 2 mega pixels?

Because its not all down to dslr now is it.... The Otus will work wonders on a RED or Sony F55 and handle very well...

Have you seen the focus throw on the Sigma? Its litteraly like 20 degrees or something like that.
For video, being able to find focus very accurately manually is key. If moving the focus 2-3mm means moving sharpness 1-2 meters then the lens is useless for accurate focus. That whole in and out of focus thing that comes from people with no experience or proæer gear.... Its not charming, its bad craftsmanship.

The Otus performs close to the ultra primes, its solid metal all the way, the focus ring is incredibly smooth and the focus throw is around 270 degrees and damn precise.

If I was only shooting stills and needed AF, I would consider the Sigma. But since I mainly do video on various cameras from dslr to sony yo red, the Sigma makes NO sense what so ever.

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50 1.4 cine on the left, 10 in the middle and 35 on the right.

Took them long enough to make that standard 50mm..................

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: March 15, 2014, 04:04:43 PM »
I think it is the image quality at 1.4 that sets this lens apart. Beautiful bokeh is ruined by lack of quality in the in-focus part of the image; there's non of that with this lens.

The 85 1.2 has been described as 'astoundingly good' in the centre at 1.2 but compare it even at 1.4 to the Otus and it's like night and day.

As you stop down the superiority will fade; and all lenses start to gravitate together at f11 in terms of resolution.
I agree that it is when shot wide open it really shine. But compared to other lenses I have used (and have) I would say that it is in a class of its own from 1.4 to 4.0.

The thing with these kinds of debates and the "camps" that arise, also heavily depend on what your needs are….

The AF people will never find a way to justify this lens….. the people who constantly venture above F8 (for what ever reason) will find it hard…. and the people like me, who work both as a cinematographer but also a commercial photographer, are happy that we can get something that operate similarly to the other Zeiss primes, with premium image quality and handling. Seriously….. The Otus handles way better than ANY dslr lens I've ever had for video / film work. I almost find it that much better than Zeiss' own ZE /ZF series, even though those also have a nice throw.

Since I work most of my shots below F4 for narrative work, the IQ of the Otus is great to have.

I totally agree that for some things you'd probably go for some other lens…. heck, for run & gun viral stuff I mostly grab my Canon zooms since high apertures wont make it worse… atleast according to the client.

So…. just like some people will happily invest in a set of Ultra Primes from Zeiss, a set of CP.2s or Canon CN-Es then there are also people like me and Eldar who don't mind spending on the things that give us what we need.

NO dslr lens has what I want or need except the Otus. End of story. Even if the Sigma Art comes in with great IQ, it will still be a stills AF lens with, for me useless and in precise focus throw. So I wouldn't even consider that… and for stills work, if I need better than what the Canon lenses can provide, I'd jump up to Phase One instead, for both amazing resolution and detail but also way better color rendition than dslr.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: March 02, 2014, 03:28:21 AM »
You might as well check out the group I made with Otus videos and will continue to add to as people upload videos with otus lenses

https://vimeo.com/groups/229279


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Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 26, 2014, 04:06:40 AM »
I don't regret one second buying it…. it really is that good. I did a test against some other lenses we had lying around and while some of them were ok in the center at 2.8 Most of them were crap in the corners.

The so-called great value for money 50 1.8 looks terrible compared to the Otus… really down right terrible, and it feels equally as terrible operating. I never understood why people were so hyped over this Canon 50 1.8, but I guess that is needed when all you can afford is that.

I'll be picking up every Otus lens as they come out… as simple as that. But I fully acknowledge that some people are depending on AF to get the job done. I'm not… and if I am I'd still choose expensive L lenses over cheap non-L.

The thing is…. I shoot a lot of video. Actually video has become my main business by now. So I need something that operates well for video and even L lenses dont do that. The throw is too short and the sharpness fall off looks ugly, often the bokeh as well.

There's a reason that most major cinema releases, heck even Sundance and Cannes short films are shot on Arri Master / Ultra Primes or Cooke lenses. Because even though they are completely manual, the operate better, they are consistent in look and light transmission and that nice long throw for pulling focus.

Yummy.

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Portrait / Re: We, The Photographers......Self Portaits..a Who's Who on CR
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:27:07 PM »
Took this one partly as selfie, partly to test the Zeiss Otus which I had brought on my hike up this "little" fjell, Freikollen, near Kristiansund Norway.

The Otus, while clearly marked with distance numbers, it took quite a few to nail a sharp one ;) No smiles, sorry, I just don't do that without looking goofy.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 18, 2014, 06:03:14 PM »
…Or get crushed by the wave….

Canon does HAVE to respond to GH4. It just got listed in Danish shops at the following price points:

1750 dollars / 1050 pounds / 1275 euros.

This is for 4K that turns into 1080p 10bit 4:4:4. Why the heck would I buy a Canon DSLR if I needed a hybrid camera?

That's why Canon has to respond and has to soon, otherwise I'm going to ditch all my EF lenses and go Nikon.
Man, I'm almost bugged out that I got the EF version of the Otus instead of the Nikon :/

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Lenses / Re: Unscientific lens comparison (Otus vs. Canon EFs)
« on: February 14, 2014, 06:36:03 AM »
And here's a video comparison….

https://vimeo.com/86693454

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Lenses / Unscientific lens comparison (Otus vs. Canon EFs)
« on: February 14, 2014, 05:25:24 AM »
So I was asked by a friend of mine if I could do a simple test… and simple it was.
I took what EF lenses we had lying around and included the Otus in the collection.

The result is an unscientific test done on the 5D3.


The following lenses are in the "test":
Canon 70-200 2.8L II IS USM (@ 70mm)
Otus 55 1.4
Canon 24-70 2.8L II  (@ 50mm)
Canon 24-105 4L (@ 50mm)
Canon 50mm 2.5L macro
Canon 24-70 2.8L I macro (@ 50mm)
Canon 85 1.2L
Canon 17-35 2.8L (@ 35mm)

Settings:
- Iso 200 ( 24-105 @ iso 400)
- 5600K
- 1/50s
- F 2.8 ( 24-105 @ 4)
- Light from window on the left. Small styro plate on the right which doesn't go all the way up, hence the dark top right corner on many of the shots.

Raw files with NO correction… I turned off sharpness and noise reduction completely in Adobe Camera Raw. I repeat… this is raw data.

Link: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/18962406/Archive.zip

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... a state-of-the-art fibre optic network ... the 100Mbps network ...

Huh?

Surely they mean mbit? 100mb/s would be 800mbit/s, which is pretty damn fast......  My own connection is only 60mbit/12mbit hehe.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Zeiss Otus 55mm 1.4 video shot in Canon raw.
« on: February 10, 2014, 09:15:26 AM »
It wasn't only stills I did while in Norway, I also shot a bit of video.

It was entirely shot with the Otus 55mm 1.4 (in my case the ZE version).

https://vimeo.com/groups/229279/videos/86311252

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Panasonic Lumix GH4 ...
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:28:24 AM »
Now that I think about it, there is a feature missing from the panasonic. A... full frame sensor...  ;D

Which you need for what? On paper (and in the example video) the GH4 delivers far more than the 5D mk III gives now.
I'd gladly make the switcht to Panasonic when Metabones get the Speed Booster done. This price point is ridiculously low for its capability.

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Photography Technique / Re: How (and Why) I Took the Shot #1: Overlook
« on: February 09, 2014, 10:59:38 AM »
Allow me, the always contrast to back padding, to toss in some critique.... Before I read a word, I didnt know didly squat about you, who you are and what you do and I didnt have the faintest idea what you wanted to signify with that shot.

Normally youd say a picture speaks a thousand words, in this case I feel more like the picture needed a thousand words in order to carryit across.

So is it succesful? Within a small back padding community... It might be, but as a work of art or communicative piece it falls very short. It reminds me of some of the shots of my very first film roll I shot.

So yes indeed, photography is a matter of taste and apparently also a lot about knowing the artist in this case.

Sorry, I dont want to be harsh, but it also gets sickening to see thread after thread celebrating mediocraty. For some reason the internet is riddled with the idea that one is not allowed to critize unless its based on something positive.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: February 08, 2014, 07:38:00 AM »
Wauw.... So many beautiful words I dont know that I apparently need to know to take a photo.

Here I always thought if it works it works.

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