Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*

by JamesNYCJanuary 19. 2014 06:25

The Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* is one of the first lenses for Sony's fledgling full frame mirrorless system, and designed as a fast 'normal' prime to complement the Sony Alpha 7 and 7R. However at around $999, it costs several times as much as the 50mm F1.4 options for DSLR systems.

The FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* is one of the first three lenses available for Sony's full-frame E-mount system, having been announced alongside the Alpha 7 and 7R camera bodies. It's a slightly long 'normal' prime designed for everyday photography, and its relatively fast F1.8 aperture makes it a good choice for selective focus work or shooting in low light. Its 7-element, 5-group optical design includes three aspherical elements to minimise aberrations, which is unusual for this type of lens.

The 55mm is a large-ish lens for its type (it's 71mm / 2.8" long), but even so, when coupled with the A7 or A7R it's still more compact than comparable full frame SLR options (as the cameras themselves are slimmer). It's also decidedly expensive, at around $999 at the time of writing. It's pretty clear that this isn't going to be quite the same proposition as the inexpensive 50mm F1.8 primes available for full frame SLRs - it costs several times as much as the average 50mm F1.4.

The FE 55mm F1.8 can also be used on Sony's APS-C E-mount bodies, on which it will behave like a classic short telephoto 'portrait' lens. However most users of these cameras will probably find theSony E 50mm F1.8 OSS to be a better choice, as it's much cheaper and includes optical image stabilisation, while offering decent optical quality too.

Headline features

  • 55mm focal length
  • Fast F1.8 maximum aperture
  • FE lens for full frame Sony E-mount cameras (also works on APS-C E-mount models)

The 55mm F1.8 lives up to its Carl Zeiss branding, returning truly superb test results on the Alpha 7R. It's extremely sharp, shows little chromatic aberration or distortion, and has entirely acceptable levels of vignetting. In fact it comes very close indeed to the astounding (but $4000) Zeiss Otus 55mm F1.4.

 

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Shoot Straight with the Zacuto iPhone Point 'n' Shoot

by JamesNYCJanuary 16. 2014 00:57

Small, quick and portable! Now anyone can shoot professional video with the Zacuto iPhone Point’n'Shoot series. Zacuto now makes a model that will fit the iphone 5.

The quality of camera phones is growing exponentially every year, creating a whole new community of cinematographers. Whether you use your iPhone to save memories with family and friends, create behind the scenes footage, or make your name with a short film Zacuto has you covered. The Zacuto iPhone Point’n'Shoot couldn’t be simpler. Press your iPhone into the grip, snap the grip onto the handle then point and shoot!

Shoot Straight with the Zacuto iPhone Point 'n' Shoot from Zacuto on Vimeo.

Zacuto's iPhone Point’n’Shoot is the ideal handgrip stabilization system for shooting smooth professional video with your iPhone. Simply press your iPhone into the grip and snap the grip onto the Z-Grip Handle for stable shooting in a matter of seconds. Quickly breaks down into two pieces to fit into a pocket.

Get the version for iPhone 3 and 4 models here: http://store.zacuto.com/zgrip-iphone-pointnshoot/

Get the version for iPhone 5 models here: http://store.zacuto.com/zgrip-iphone-5-pointnshoot/

 

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A little house cleaning to start the year off

by JamesNYCJanuary 9. 2014 02:20

As mentioned in the our last 4 newsletters and again in direct emails to all of those on the 1ProCrew.Com Photo Production database, this past weekend I went through and deleted ALL of the user profiles that appeared to be abandoned, or those whose emails bounced back to us or elected to unsubscribe from our emails. All per the terms of service that everyone agrees to upon sign-up.

This makes it easier for all of those that take the time to create their user profiles to now be seen more often and show up higher in the search order.

In the future this process will be automated and users will be expected to interact with the 1ProCrew.Com database at least once every 6 months or their accounts will be deleted automatically.

For those that feel they were removed in error please feel free to re-add yourself to the photo production database.

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Marshall Electronics Offers Tiny $499 HD Camera CV500-MB

by JamesNYCJanuary 7. 2014 01:26

CV500-MB is 1.5 Inches Square, Delivers Up to 60p Full HD Video, Depending on Configuration

2MP HD-SDI 1080i/59.94 Broadcast Full HD Miniature Camera with 3.7mm HD MP Lens

 

  • Panasonic 2.2 Megapixel 1/3" CMOS Sensor
  • Megapixel Fixed 3.7mm 3MP Lens
  • 1080i/59.94 Broadcast (NTSC & PAL)
  • HD-SDI (BNC) & CVBS (BNC) simultaneous streams
  • 0.5Lux (color), 0.1Lux (b/w), 0.02Lux (Sens-up x30)
  • WDR (ACCE), DNR (2D+3D), Digital Defog, HLC
  • Privacy Masking, Motion Detection, Automatic White Balance
  • 12V DC (Marshall PN: V-PS12-500, sold separately)
  • 36.5mm x 36.5mm x 35mm, 50 grams
  • Also available in 1080p/60 (3G-SDI)
  • OSD Joystick on cable

The CV500-MB HD-SDI Miniature Camera is a uniquely small and powerful camera that meets the need for high resolution video for Broadcast applications. The CV500-MB provides full HD 1920x1080i/59.94 video for filming all types of Broadcast projects such as Reality TV, Extreme Sports, Documentaries, Stunt Filming, Hidden Cams, and others. The CV500-MB is only 1.5" (36.5mm) square, enabling unobtrusive placement or concealment.

These HD cameras incorporate a newly designed Panasonic 2.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor with video enhancement features such as Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), Digital Noise Reduction (2D+3D), High Light Compensation (HLC), Automatic White Balance, Digital Defog, Auto Day/Night, Privacy Masking, Digital Zoom, and Motion Detection offer effective tools for rich video quality in all types of applications. Marshall offers a variety of M12 mount lenses for specific requirements.

Other models available upon request: CV500-M 1080p/60(50) (3G-SDI), 1080p/30(25), 1080i/60, 720p/60(50) and CV510-MPH pinhole camera.

All camera versions can switch between PAL and NTSC (meaning 60 becomes 50 and 30 becomes 25) and can support a second simultaneous video stream over BNC output.

"The CV500-MB is capable of capturing difficult and compelling shots by going where other cameras can't go," said Marshall Electronics CEO Leonard Marshall in a prepared statement. "With the prevalence of reality and documentary television, a tiny camera with these capabilities is invaluable."

The mini-cam is built around a Sony Exmor 2.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor and a prime lens, and Marshall says it will offer other lens options to accommodate specific shooting conditions. Also on board are video-enhancement features including wide dynamic range, digital noise reduction, high light compensation, auto white balance, digital defog, and more.

Marshall says the CV500 is available now for $499, with colume discounts available.

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

by JamesNYCJanuary 1. 2014 00:01

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End of the year photo equipment sales, getting the best price.

by JamesNYCDecember 17. 2013 02:50


End of the year photo equipment sales, …getting the best price.

There is a little known fact when it comes to retail sales in the photo industry.
It primarily applies to more big-ticket items ($500.00 and above) that are targeted towards commercial advertising photographers, equipment rental houses, photo studios, photo assistants and digital techs; but specialty photo retailers will take the money of the average photo enthusiast too… “Because hey, green is green”.
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10 Ways to Focus Your Promotional Marketing Towards Clients

by John BerthotDecember 7. 2013 01:01

©2013 John Berthot Used by permission.

Question: As an artist, what is the best way to promote myself to get my work in front of the right art directors? What gets noticed/makes the most impact?

One of the most important aspects in promoting yourself as an artist is that you have a recognizable style that differentiates you from others in your field. This needs to be apparent to an art director in a matter of seconds.

Image Copyright: Everett Collection

1. Print Promotion Still Exists

There has been much discussion about the value of print promotion in a digital world. This time-tested method has consistently worked well for many of my clients.  Their success was augmented by researching those clients most likely to respond to their work. I advocate sending a carefully chosen amount of print promotion material to a select group of art directors.

The new Communication Arts photography annual has some fantastic examples of well designed self-promotion, along with the best advertising campaigns shot over the last year.

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The MATRIX - Lighting you were not ment to see

by JamesNYCDecember 3. 2013 03:15

Like my last post here are a few frames from the movie 'The Matrix', one of my favorites, and a few screen captures show the over head lighting used in the scene as well as the lighting for the final seconds of the movie.

As 'Morphius' tilts his head back we can see the ARRI 6K space light's (A.K.A. 'satellites') positioned behind the silk that was also flown above the set. This provides the very soft low lighting and creating the noticeable gradation in the fall off of the shadows. It almost appears that the tonal range is compressed. But if you examine the images you see that the tonality is full range and that the muted tones of the prop and set styling is what is creating the muted effect.

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Lighting - You can see it in their eyes

by JamesNYCDecember 1. 2013 02:48

As if sitting back and enjoying a decent TV or web series wasn't enough I have developed a habit of looking for lighting setups or production mistakes like boom mics showing up in shots, cables cutting through the frame or on set. But for the most part I'm interested in trying to figure out how a lighting of a shot was done.

Sometimes it's as easy as looking in the eyes or reflections in a scene. Below are two examples from the TV show 'Blacklist'. These are screen captures of: season 1 episode 8.

A large silk on a frame, looks like 1/2 stop, and probably a 2K or 4K HMI

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Zacuto Recoils - Shorter, lighter and perfectly balanced

by JamesNYCNovember 24. 2013 02:03

Until recently, Zacuto shoulder mounted rigs have been split into two categories.  One: inline rigs where your camera is in line with your shoulder and Two: offset kits where your camera is offset in front of your face. 

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Stuff people say

Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar. - Helmut Newton

 

"The Camera does not lie, Post Production and Publishers do". - James-ism 09/06/2013

 

"Papa, ... Music is your love, but Photography is your Religion." - Joya D. Hall-Sullivan | Age 10

 

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." - Richard Avedon - 1984

 

 "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison

 

"Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar." - Helmut Newton

 

"You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth." - Annie Leibovitz

 

"When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track." - Weegee

 

" The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world." - Orson Welles

 

"Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already." - Helmut Newton

 

"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. " - Nikola Tesla

 

"I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable." - Richard Avedon

 

"The first 10 000 shots are the worst." - Helmut Newton

 

“If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” – Edward Weston

 

"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi

 

"Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man." - Edward Weston

 

"If you want reality take the bus." - David LaChapelle

 

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams

 

"When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I’m human. It’s the same thing when I’m behind a camera. I forget I exist." - Robert Mapplethorpe

 

" Great photography is always on the edge of failure." - Garry Winogrand

 

"I don’t think photography has anything remotely to do with the brain. It has to do with eye appeal." - Horst P. Horst

 

"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work." - William Klein

 

"Avedon claims to have been the best photographer in the '60s - bullshit - Bob Richardson was - despite or because of being insane and strung out on drugs, I managed to do photographs that are considered iconic - being known as the 'photographer's photographer' means I lead and they follow - I'm broke and they are rich." - Bob Richardson

 

"If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success" - Will Smith

 

"Either take the lead or follow behind, just stay the fuck out of my way." - James Sullivan

 
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