Watch How ‘The Mandalorian’ Literally Moved Mountains with StageCraft

This Making of The Mandalorian video further Illuminates its astonishing innovations

During the ambitious production of Catch 22, legendary director Mike Nichols wanted to shoot only during “the magic hour.” He had a lot of cache at the time (hey, it’s not often you are coming off making The Graduate), so he was allowed to do this.

But it was kind of crazy because it meant paying a star-studded cast and full crew to wait around and do… whatever… while only working about 3 hours a day. Stories included the biggest names at the time spending their days playing tennis or swimming while waiting around to shoot, all on the production’s dime.

Hollywood sure has changed.

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How Good Are Legacy Lenses on Canon Mirrorless Cameras?

How Good Are Legacy Lenses on Canon Mirrorless Cameras?

Canon’s mirrorless lenses have been very well received and lauded for their high optical quality, but they are also quite expensive. Can you get good results by adapting some of their older and much cheaper lenses instead? This great video shows you what you can accomplish with one of their most legendary older lenses.

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Cosina Unveils Voigtlander 60mm f/0.95 Lens for Micro Four Thirds

It’s been an exciting day for Micro Four Thirds shooters. Not only have budget brands Yongnuo and Venus Optics officially joined the standard, but Cosina Japan has unveiled the Micro Four Thirds mount Voigtlander Nokton 60mm f/0.95.

This manual focus lens joins a few other Micro Four Thirds Voigtlander Nokton lenses like the 42.5mm f/0.95, which are aimed at low light photographers and those who want to squeeze as much bokeh as possible out of their MFT cameras—even more so given that it’s the longest focal length in the series with a 120mm full-frame equivalent focal length.

Optically, the new lens is made up of 11 elements in 8 groups, and boasts a stepless 10-blade aperture that ranges from f/0.95 to f/16. Minimum focusing distance is 0.34m (~1.1 ft) and the maximum magnification ratio is 1:4 (or 1:2 full-frame equivalent).

Here are some sample images captured with the new 60mm f/0.95, and published by Cosina Japan:

The lens was only announced through the Cosina Japan website, so we don’t currently have any official US or European pricing or ship dates. According to the release, it will retail for 145,000 Japanese yen, approximately $1,300, and is set to start shipping (in Japan at least) in April of 2020.

To learn more, visit the Cosina Japan website and keep an eye on the online retailers to see when it becomes available here.

Is It Worth Upgrading to the Nikon D780 From the D750?

Is It Worth Upgrading to the Nikon D780 From the D750?

The Nikon D750 is a highly popular and respected camera, but at almost six years old, it was almost certainly ready for an upgrade. Thus came the D780, which looks to be a solid performer that should be able to tackle a wide variety of shooting scenarios. Is it a worthwhile upgrade if you already own the D750? This great video answers that question for you.

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The Best Filmmaking Deals of the Week (2.20.20)

Headlining our Deals of the Week, Accusonus is running a huge sale where you can save hundreds on its ERA 4 audio repair software.

This week in filmmaking deals: There are a few opportunities for you to save a little bit of money on some great gear, like a $50 discount on the Atomos Ninja V 5″ touchscreen recording monitor, a $67 discount on the Rotolight NEO II on-camera LED light, and a $40 discount on Moment’s 1.33x Anamorphic lens for DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone. However, if you’re looking for big savings this week, check out the Accusonus Audio Repair Sale, which can save you over $600 on the ERA 4 Bundle Pro and over $230 on the ERA 4 Bundle Standard, respectively. Finally, Adorama is running a special on the Aputure LS C300D LED light that saves you 16%.

Atomos Ninja V 5″ Touchscreen Recording Monitor

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International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020: The Gaze of the Old Filmmaker

Tyger Tyger burning bright, In the forests of the night: What immortal hand or eye,  Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? — William Blake As one of the centerpiece programs at the 49th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), “The Tyger Burns” was a canny display of un-hipness. What a joy it was to pay repeated witness to such a mammoth series of movies so gleefully, so wilfully out of touch. What better way to undercut the widespread love of emerging voices, new talents and young geniuses than to turn to aging, even senile artists who have either fallen […]

Learn About a Variety of Sports Photography From This Excellent Critique Video

Learn About a Variety of Sports Photography From This Excellent Critique Video

From rodeo, to baseball, to lacrosse, to soccer, sports photography is an incredibly varied genre with something in it for almost everybody. If you are looking to improve your sports images, you should definitely watch this video in which a seasoned sports photographer critiques a vast range of images and offers a ton of helpful tips and advice.

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Vazen announced 28mm T2.2 1.8x Anamorphic lens

The Vazen 28mm T2.2 1.8x Anamorphic lens has finally launched! This lens is the second anamorphic offering from Vazen. The original anamorphic lens released by Vazen was the 40mm. Both lenses are the first anamorphic primes lenses purpose-built for the Micro Four Thirds camera sensor. Perfect for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, Panasonic GH5, and ZCam E2. Vazen 28mm Anamorphic Lens

When they Vazen first announced their 40mm anamorphic lens they spoke of a three-lens set. The last lens to be released by Vazen is a 65mm. Word is the 65mm will take a couple more months before it is released. If you look at the two-lens product photo you may see the 40mm is quite a bit larger than the 28mm. Usually, in my experience, wider lenses tend to be larger than mid-range lenses. This difference in size and weight may prove Vazen is continuing to improve their lens designs. The new Vazen 28mm T2.2 is less than half the weight of the 40mm and only weighs 1.59 pounds. Vazen

The important question? How the hell does it look! Well, I do not know because I have not shot with it yet, but if dive into Vazen’s website I can see a few examples for a few different shooters.

Why 1.8x and not 2x or 1.33x?

Apparently the 1.8x anamorphic squeeze is better for the Micro Four Thirds sensor sizes because it makes for a 2.39:1 aspect ratio when shooting in 4:3 modes. This will be the 2.8K anamorphic mode on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. IMHO I am not a huge fan of cropping into the Pocket 4K sensor. When you shoot this way it means you are not getting anywhere near the full Micro Four Thirds sensor area to shoot anamorphic. Then, cropping in and shooting on a 28mm 1.8x anamorphic is kind of a weird space focal-length-wise. Of course, this is just my opinion and your experience may differ. Vazen

Pricing for the 40mm and 28mm is $3250 for each individual lens. If you buy the two as a set you get a $400 discount.

Technical Specifications:

  • Focal Length: 28mm
  • Min. Focus: 2.7’ (0.82m)
  • T-stop range: T/2.2 – T/16
  • Filter Thread: 77mm
  • Front Diameter: 80mm
  • Dimensions: 3.2”x4.2” (80 x 107mm)
  • Weight: 1.59 lbs (0.72kg)
  • Mount: Micro Four Thirds M43

Influencer Faked a Glamorous Trip to Bali by Taking Photos in an IKEA

YouTuber and Instagram influencer Natalia Taylor recently pulled a prank on her 2 million plus followers that shows just how easy it is to “fake it till you make it” on social media. Namely: she faked a whole trip to Bali… by going to IKEA.

“It’s been said that life on the Internet isn’t always what it seems,” says Taylor. “Especially in today’s day and age where it’s so easy to pretend to be anyone you want to be. And today, I’m putting that to the test to see if I can fake an entire vacation by posting false photos and Instagram stories.”

Taylor has more than enough followers (and likely income) so that she has no need to fake a trip to an exotic location. This is just an exercise in seeing if her 321K+ Instagram followers would fall for this all-too-common trick. So, together with photographer Ally Amodeo, she got all dressed up and made up, walked over to the nearby IKEA superstore, and tried to take as many glamorous photos in the store’s fully furnished displays as possible before things got too awkward to take.

To make things even more convincing, she also took some Instagram story videos with her phone and set up a whole timeline using easy to find videos on the Internet so she could further prove her point that it’s oh-so-easy to “fake it till you make it.”

They vlogged the whole thing, which is hard to watch (and apparently was even harder to stomach in real life) but here are the 8 photos that they captured and posted to Taylor’s Instagram account “from Bali”:

The on-camera-flash style is pretty garish, and they even intentionally left in a few IKEA tags after editing the shots, so you would think that not many users fell for the prank… but you would be wrong.

She posts the photos as she’s filming the YouTube video at the top of this post, and from beginning to end, nobody questions the lie. There are plenty of “heart eyes” emojis, recommendations of places to visit, and compliments—but not a single follower said anything that even implied they were suspicious that she was trying to pull something.

Watch the full video up top to see the prank from start to finish. And if you want to see a higher-quality, more inspirational spin on this kind of photo shoot, check out our coverage of Lowes “Ugly Places, Pretty Portraits” challenged that spawned a whole movement of people taking glamour shots inside stores like Lowes, Michaels, and IKEA.

(via LADbible via DIY Photography)