RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Vintage lens review
Sigma 75-210 f3.5-4.5
Not sure what a was going to expect. I’m a big fan of prime lenses and this was my first zoomlens on a videocamera. Personal opinion? I was amazed. The lens makes such sharp footage. I like the contrast when shooting close, although the contrast kind of lacks when shooting distant shots. The lens is big and has some weight. I wouldn’t use it on a gimbal for that matter, but then again, zooming is out of the option then. When holding the lens you’ll notice right away that it is not just a simple lens. It’s quality built, made out of mostly metal. Turning the focus ring and zooming goes smoothly. All in all I am impressed. I have to confess though: I did not shoot footage while zooming. I guess that’s also a sign that I am used to shoot with primes only. This footage was shot with a BMPCC4K with a MD adapter.
Music: Two Moons – Bobby Richards
Tokina 135mm f2.8
Step back! That’s my advise. Not about the lens. I usually won’t use a lens higher than 50mm, so I felt like such a noob having to take way more distance from the object. I like handling the lens. I’m just not sure what my opinion is about the quality of the footage. I think I expected the footage to be more ‘sharp’, but hey, it’s a vintage lens. If you like softness in your footage and a lot of bokeh, this might be a portrait lens for you. What’s your opinion? The footage was shot on a BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k, with a MFT-FD adapter.
Music: On the island – Godmode
Asahi SMC Pentax 55mm f1.8
I’ve found this awesome prime on an online marketplace for about €30,-.
If you are looking for a good quality, low light, budget lens with character and a low depth of field, this is a go to lens.
The footage was shot on a BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k, with a MFT-PK adapter.
Music: Somnia I – Reed Mathis
Auto Revuenon 28mm f2.8
Thrift shops are sometimes home to treasures. I’ve found this prime lens at my local thrift shop. It is a low budget lens (cost me €20,-) but it has a specific look that might suit specific shoots. I’ve shot some video footage which you can see in this video. The footage was shot on a BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k, with a MFT-PK adapter.
Music: Auckland – VYEN
Vivitar 50mm f1.9
Online marketplaces are filled with vintage budget prime lenses. This is one of them. Although it is cheap in price, the quality is amazing! I’ve shot some video footage which you can see in this video. The footage was shot on a BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k, with a MFT-PK adapter.
Music: Feels – Patrick Patrikios
DIY + TUTORIALS
Print this cool, low to the ground, tripod!
I was searching for a small tripod that was only a few centimeters of the ground, but could hold some weight (at least 3kg’s). Shortly after my search I realized I could just as well design a tripod and 3d print it. The tripod I printed is used for my Pocket 4K camera, in a cage and with a big lens. All in all it should be about 2,5/3 kg, but I think the tripod can hold more weight (guessing 5KG). You can download the STL files by going to this page: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:471…
The software I’m using to slice up the STL files is Ultimaker Cura: https://ultimaker.com/nl/software/ult…
(FREE) Printer that I used: Creality Ender 3 Enjoy the tripod and don’t forget to like, share and subscribe!
Music: Koto San – Ofshane
Create your own focus ring!
In this tutorial I’ll show you how I create my own focus rings. The rings work for me with the Moza iFocus and my follow focus.
Online FREE 3d design program used: Tinkercad
If you have to convert the STL file to Gcode: Cura Ultimaker
3d printer used: Creality Ender 3
Equipment used: BMPCC 4k + SMC Pentax 55mm f1.8 lens
(I like working with vintage lenses)
Rode NTG 2 mic
Music: Cover – Patrick Patrikios