Posts Tagged ‘ Brevis

BBC Interview

I’ll be on BBC Radio Norfolk later today talking about my Ten Town Tour film about Kings Lynn. If you’d like to listen the BBC transmit live on the internet using the BBC iPlayer. I’ll be on around midday.

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The interview seemed to go okay, it was nice meeting Graham, Karen the rest of the BBC Norfolk team. If you missed the interview you can listen to it on the ‘listen again‘ feature of the BBC iPlayer for a few days or you can download an mp3 version here.

BBC Voices – Ten Town Tour

I was really pleased to be invited by the BBC to produce a 3 minute video as part of their Ten Town Tour project. The video had to be filmed, edited, written and narrated by the film maker so it was quite a challenge for me as I’ve not written a script before, let alone recorded my own voiceover!

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Hello 5D mkII – Goodbye brevis!

I’ve been watching with great interest the development of DSLR video over the last year or so and have recently decided to jump onboard myself. For nearly a year now the has Canon 5D mkII has been producing some awesome examples, but the biggest limitation with that camera has been that it’s fixed to 30 frames per second. That’s not the 29.97 flavour of 30p that’s common amongst video cameras but an exact 30 fps. Living in a PAL region where pretty much all video is 25 fps that makes it a bit of a nightmare to cut with footage from other cameras.

A few days ago I took the plunge and invested in a Canon 7D which addresses this problem by including multiple frame rates. The 7D doesn’t have as large a sensor as the 5D2 though but it still produces pretty nice video.

I also splashed out on a lovely set of L series lenses, a 35mm 1.4, a 50mm 1.2 and a 70-200 2.8 IS. You can’t beat good glass!

Once I started playing with the 7D I was immediately struck by the noise it produces in the image with an ISO rating over 200, it’s by no means terrible but it always seemed to grab my attention for some reason. I started to question whether I should have gone for the 5D2 which is reported to be less noisy. Then by sheer luck Canon announced that they are going to introduce multiple frame rates for the 5D2 next year. That was it, I had to change to the 5D!

The shop where I got the 7D were pretty good about allowing me to swap the camera, I obviously had to pay the difference of £288 and I’m pretty sure they palmed me off with an ex demo model but I walked out with a 5D2 earlier today.

My first shots with the 5D2 today have shocked me to be honest, they are so much better than anything I’ve managed with the Brevis adapter on my EX1. I think I’d even go as far as to say the images almost look similar to those from the EX1 but with a much narrower depth of field. There’s obviously a lot more going for the EX1 than it’s image though, and the 5D would never replace it as my main camera, but it’s certainly looking like it will mean the end of the Brevis adapter as my shallow DOF tool.

New video – “Winter Garden”

I’ve been shooting random clips in and around our garden over the last week and thought that I’d throw this together tonight rather than wasting them.

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Music and video are licensed separately under the Creative Commons “BY-SA” 2.5 license

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new video – “Small Things”

I’ve been on the lookout for a macro lens for a while now and earlier this week I managed to pick up a Micro-Nikkor 55mm f2.8 from ebay for £48… bargain! Along with the lens I also purchased a Nikon PK-13 extension tube which is designed to be used with this lens and doubles the magnification.