So, I did a quick test with my new wide angle lens. While there are certainly better ultra wide angle lenses out there for MFT cameras, the Venus Optics Laowa 7.5mm MFT Lens is a great start if you don't already have one. At under $500 dollars, with an F/2.0 aperture, and the ability to accept threaded filters, there's a lot of value. Otherwise I'm also a big fan of the 7-14mm lens (seen here).
Although it's more than twice the price of the SLRMagic 8mm, I find this lens is far better in every way, and worth saving up for. With it's tiny size and weight, it's a perfect lens to use on the new Pansonic GH5 when flying a single handed gimbal.
While the Laowa 7.5mm lens performs ok at F/2.0 which will help you in dim lighting, you'll achieve better results as you begin to stop down. My video example was shot outdoors on a bright day and this allowed me to stop down past F/8. And by shooting 60p, I was able to increase my shutter to 1/125th and shoot without an ND Filter. Just in case you're wondering I was experimenting with the GH5 CinelikeD Profile and then added color in FCPX.
What camera geek doesn't enjoy a fun novelty item? These little Fake Lens Table Drink Coasters protect the finish of your furniture, but stack together to replicate a Canon lens. Available in 3 different colors. Could be a fun gift idea for photographers.
This seemingly innocuous replica of an 85mm lens is composed of five coasters held together by magnets. The coasters can be easily split apart for use, and them brought back together to rebuild the disguise. Silicone pads on the top and bottom of each piece help absorb moisture and keep your drink from sliding.
Replica lens separates into five drink coasters
Hidden magnets hold the pieces together when not in use
Silicone top and bottom prevent drink and coaster from sliding
Most people have heard about Gen Energy V-Mount Batteries earlier this year at NAB or the Cinegear Expo touting their 'Shock Proof (drop proof)' design, but here's a quick video talking about other clever features you'll find in these V-Mount batteries.
Outside of feeling confident you won't break your battery throwing it around in your gear bag, I like the Gen Energy's ability to reset the protection out in the field (without placing it back on a charger), and how you're able to leave the Battery Meter LED Lights on. This can be handy if you have it working on an LED Light and you need to glance at the power from a distance.
The little features found in Gen Energy batteries definitely give a sense that this company has an attention to detail and are working hard to put out a high quality v-mount battery. When comparing the price + capacity versus other popular brands, I would say it's pretty much comparable. It's neither cheap nor expensive. But if you're specifically looking for a robust battery with exceptional battery management built in, I see no reason not to consider the Gen Energy v-mounts -
available at B&H (found here).
For the most part, the Sony A6500 Image Stabilization works pretty well. But there have been rare occasions where I catch a quick stutter in my video footage. I don't really feel like it's been a big problem, but in any case Sony's latest firmware update improves (or fixes) image stabilization during movie mode(found here).
The Falcon Eyes DVR-160TVC LED Ring light is good for closeup type work that needs broad diffusion. Color temp adjustments and quad section controls allows for more creativity, while the option to power from Sony L-Series batteries are a plus.
One issue I have with the Falcon Eyes DVR-160TVC is the camera bracket always needs to be attached in order to mount the light to a stand. When putting it back in it's case, you'll have to go through the hassle of dismantling the bracket. I personally think it would have been better if there were an optional mount placed directly on the LED ring light - even a simple 1/4"-20 thread.
The diffusing panel over the LED bulbs cuts down about half the light output. It would have been nice if there was a quick and easy way to remove the diffuser when you want extra light output.
Overall the DVR-160TVC LED Ring Light offers some good features and good CRI color. But at close to $200 US (found here), it's definitely on the high side of other LED Ring lights and is going to leave a lot of room for other options for people to consider. But not many of those options offer bi-color temp adjustments or quad section controls, so that's may be something to consider as well.
So many of today's digital accessories run off of Sony L-Series batteries there's no reason why you shouldn't have them available as part of your gear. And for the next 7 hours you can get in on this huge discount for Anton Bauer's NP-976 6600mah batteries (that's a huge capacity). Seriously though, you'll be missing out on this deal if you don't pick up a few of these. Save -$40 OFF, now just $39.95 each.
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