The “L”

13 05 2010

In my previous post, I talked about my dslr rig and how audio plays an important role in delivering good videos.

Now, here’s something that will improve image quality significantly. I present to you my 2nd L lens ever, the great canon 50mm f/1.2. Big thanks to David Cheok who helped me get this lens from Ed Noorislam.

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

Here’s an iphone picture of the first image I took using the lens right after I got the lens (13/5/10), though you can’t really see the quality of the picture.

Wide open at 1.2

I tested the 50mm on video mode, and it was just amazing! I really love the colors, sharpness and the bokeh… Will try to post the video soon. In the mean time, here’s a still photo prior to shooting the video of my daughter.

My daughter Qisya

Another lens that I got recently was one that I’ve always wanted. It is the canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L. I got this from a forum member (bruneiforever forum) nick named Kulimpapat and this is my first ever L lens. This lens should help you during those moment where you’re recording video but you’re stuck with a prime lens and wished you had a decent zoom lens. At 24mm, it is not that wide and at 70mm, it is not that tight, but at both ends, it is sufficient.

Canon 24-70 L

Here’s another iPhone picture from the 24-70mm.

Qisya

I will try to post some pictures from these lenses soon. And in the coming posts, I will be talking more about video related equipments that I’ve gathered in the past months. In particular, I’ll be talking about my new Go Pro Hero HD cam, JVC HM100, the slider (similar to the glidetrack), Azden 325ULT wireless mic, and the one I’m really excited about, my new ProArm crane (the ProArm crane package is on it’s way to Brunei, and it is estimated to arrive in the next 2 weeks). So stay tune for further updates from me and expect to see sample videos in the coming weeks.

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My DSLR rig

14 04 2010

It is said that video with bad audio can kill an otherwise good story. If you have bad audio, you’re more likely than not to stop watching the video.

In weddings, speech, words, laughters and cries are all too honest and sincere. Of course you can hear all these in everday life, but it’s different in wedding environments. And when using DSLR in weddings, audio is a major issue.

With that in mind, I have set up a rig that allows me to use my DSLR and record clean audio at the same time using my Zoom H4n. Here’s a quick picture I took last night.

This rig can easily be mounted on tripods, glidecam or my shoulder mount. But I’m thinking of modifying it to make it into a handheld rig. I will post update as / when / if I get around it.

UPDATE:
Here’re a few more pictures showing my rig on my tripod, glidecam and shoulder mount.





Canon 5D MkII Short Film

21 02 2009

I got to try my brother’s new 5D MkII a couple of nights ago. I was just messing around, getting test shots with my gf, without having anything set in mind. It was just a random shoot, without having any additional lights or set up done. You can even see soo many distracting things on the table and around, like I said, no prior set ups were done.

I did the post in FCP, but it was just simple cuts and re-arranging the clips. No color correction was done. Clip you see is actually straight from the camera, with WB adjusted to about 3200-3400 to make the scene cooler.

Canon 5D MkII with 16-35mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8.

Tell me what you guys think. Thanks.