01 April 2017

ANTICIPATION | SLR Magic 8mm f/4

SLR Magic 8mm f/4

This is a special lens, for the micro four thirds system. A lens so wide, so light, so economical, has not existed until now.

Personally, I produce more content with a lens when it is:

Light, so I have it with me even when I’m not expecting opportunities.
Economical, so I am willing to use it in situations where it could be lost or damaged.
Easy to operate, so handling the lens does not interfere with my creative process.
Optically interesting, so I can discover its character and learn to use its strengths.

This is exactly such a lens!

It’s nominal optical performance peaks in the range f/5.6-f/8. By default I use f/8. For video, on my Black Magic Design Micro Cinema Camera, or my Z-Cam E1, I use mostly f/5.6-f/8. For photography, if near constant edge-to-edge detail is important for the impact of the image -rarely- I would lean towards f/11. If light is a little low, f/5.6. F/4 is best when minimizing the ISO setting is a priority.

I just love the straight diverging lines of this ultra wide lens. In stills, it can create a feeling of presence in the scene, in video, a sensation of acceleration or hyper awareness.

In a short time, I have become attached to this lens. I enjoy holding it, feeling the smoothness of the focus and click less aperture rings, smiling at its small size and weight, and appreciate what it does with light. The files interest me, motivate me to edit, and make me want to take the lens out again.

I can recommend this lens and wish the same experience for you! 

31 March 2017

Recommended Filming Equipment

Please support my work, at no cost to you, by using these links to my recommended equipment.

Cam 1 | Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera | http://amzn.to/2nvoSjH
Cam 2 | Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera | http://amzn.to/2A45bbN
Cam 3 | Z Cam E1 | http://amzn.to/2zkLedw
Cam 4 | GoPro Hero 6 | https://amzn.to/2CBNCTw
Cam 5 | Ricoh GR II | http://amzn.to/2lvrA7Y

Stabilizer 1 | Zhiyun Tech Crane M | http://amzn.to/2nF3BmQ
Stabilizer 2 | Zhiyun Tech Crane V2 | https://amzn.to/2ISTW7Z
Stabilizer 3 | FeiYu Tech G6 | https://amzn.to/2QeVAol

Lens 2 | Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 | http://amzn.to/2nJQjaD
Lens 3 | SLR Magic 8mm f/4 | http://amzn.to/2wvohoY
Lens 4 | SLR Magic Hyperprime CINE 10mm T2.1 | https://amzn.to/2IRXxDw
Lens 5 | Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 | http://amzn.to/2A4jRrq

Manfrotto Nano Clamp | http://amzn.to/2nEmUOJ
RAM Mounts double socket | http://amzn.to/2nErDzZ
RAM Mounts 1” ball | http://amzn.to/2mWlDpe
RAM Mounts 1” Tough-Ball | http://amzn.to/2nEwdyb
Silicone Self Fusing Tape | http://amzn.to/2oFr4Jy

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 | http://amzn.to/2y74s6k

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