Small, Sharp, and Cheap: A Review of the Samyang 75mm f/1.8 Lens

Small, Sharp, and Cheap: A Review of the Samyang 75mm f/1.8 Lens

Samyang has begun to expand their lens lineup into the realm of autofocus while trying to retain their reputation for being sharp and affordable. One of their latest lenses, the 75mm f/1.8 for Sony E mount cameras, provides a unique focal length great for portraits combined with a wide aperture, all in a small package. This helpful video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of results you can expect from it.

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ARRI Fixes ALEXA LF Magnification Issue With SUP 4.3

ALEXA LF receives a minor update via firmware SUP 4.3.

ARRI has released a software update for its ALEXA LF cinema camera that fixes the behavior of the MAGNIFICATION indication. With version SUP 4.3, instead of orange lines, MAGNIFICATION icons will appear their place to the right of the image area. The update also improves compatibility with ARRI Rental DNA and Cooke /i lenses

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Cine Gear 2020 canceled

Yesterday we bought you the news that IBC 2020 had been canceled, well just one day later Cinegear has also pulled the plug on its 2020 event. Cinegear was originally scheduled for the start of June, and subsequently, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, it was moved to early October. Now, it has been entirely canceled. … Continued

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Tokina Cinema Vista One 135mm T1.5 & Vista One Upgrade Program

Tokina Cinema has announced the Vista One 135mm T1.5 Prime lens. The 135mm T1.5 joins the existing 6 lens set that features the 18mm T1.5, 25mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5, 85mm T1.5, and 105mm T1.5. This latest focal length now gives Tokina a very well rounded set with a god choice of focal lengths. … Continued

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5 Different Ways to Choose Where to Focus a Landscape Photo

5 Different Ways to Choose Where to Focus a Landscape Photo

Choosing where to focus in a landscape photo can be a tricky thing, with photographers often resorting to techniques like using the hyperfocal distance or focus stacking. If that is something you struggle with, this excellent video will show you five different ways to choose where to focus in a landscape image.

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #228 – Cash Rules Everything

A little something different for the regular listeners of the show.

We had planned to sit down with the VFX Supervisor of the crazy DIY Volume LED thing that has been all the rage over on instagram this week but alas our plans we thrown out last minute.  

Instead this week I started doing the breakdown for Moneyball for the Patreon community but thought with the length and size it might be nice to open it up this week and show the good folks out there what sort of things the Feature Film Breakdowns are covering.

Hopefully you are able to pull some gems out of the great cinematography work by Wall Pfister A.S.C. on this film.  It is always one of my go to examples for what a bit of style can do for a film.


Commercial Cinematography: The Foundation Course

If you are interested in Commercial Cinematography and getting the most out of Pre-Production than this course is for you. 

In the course I lay out a step by step plan of action to get on commercial production radars and raise the level of your projects by maximising the prep time you have at your disposal.

Check it out:

Commercial Cinematography – The Foundation

Patreon Podcast – A Star is Hot

To contrast the main breakdown this week I decided to take a look at something a bit different over on Patreon.

This week we look at A Star is Born shot by Matthew Libatique A.S.C. and nominated for a 2019 Oscar for Best Cinematography.

A very interesting visual approach and we dive in to some of the choices and how they pushed a the boundaries on this one.

To see the images and listen to the special breakdown podcast click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Moneyball – I Like It

Click the link below to follow along with the images:

Moneyball Breakdown

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April data shows mirrorless camera sales in Japan were down 75% compared to 2019

An illustration from BCN Retail showing the unit sales%age, by manufacturer, of Canon (Blue), Olympus (Green) and Sony (Red) from February 3 (far-left) to April 20 (far-right).

BCN Retail, an analyst firm that collects daily sales data of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras from online and in-person points of sales in Japan, has released its figures for April 2020 that show just how much the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to decimate the camera market.

Last month we shared BCN Retail’s March report, which showed a 50% drop year-over-year Unfortunately, it seems that was just the beginning. April 2020 numbers from BCN Retail show MILC sales are just 26.1% what they were April 2019 and down nearly half (49.5%) from the already abysmal March sales numbers.

While the decrease in sales is alarming, it’s not unexpected. Canon reported in its recent financial statements that it expected things to get worse before they get better and Nikon is expecting a dramatic decrease in sales as well due to the ongoing pandemic.

Unlike last month’s report, which covered March, BCN Retail doesn’t note whether or not Fujifilm is still on the rise (it was the sole company to increase its market share year-over-year), but BCN Retail’s April stats do show Canon, Olympus and Sony are still battling it out for market share in the Japanese market with only eight or so percentage points separating the three as of April 20, 2020.

A chart showing the top-selling camera models in April, based on BCN Retail’s data.

The market share of individual camera models also remains largely unchanged with more affordable crop-sensor cameras taking the top ten spots. As has more or less been the case for the past few months, the Canon EOS M50 takes the top spot, with the Sony a6400, Olympus Pen E-PL9, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III and Canon EOS M100 rounding out the top five. One newcomer is the Fujifilm X-T100, which managed to sneak in at the ten spot.

Photographer Beaten by Police Multiple Times, Charged After Photographing Them Enforcing Coronavirus Lockdown

Photographer Beaten by Police Multiple Times, Charged After Photographing Them Enforcing Coronavirus Lockdown

Activists are calling for all charges against a photographer to be dismissed after he was beaten by police multiple times after photographing them enforcing a coronavirus lockdown.

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