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A good lens can make all the difference when it comes to getting a good, sharp shot. I often tell some of the young guys and gals looking to get into filmmaking and photography that building a stock of quality lenses is the right way to go and not focusing too much on the camera. For some reason, none of them seem to follow my advice, I wonder why I even bother.
- Its sharp, extremely sharp!
- Images a punchy, with pleasing contrast to them without really being unnatural looking .
- The colour is vibrant and true.
- The bokeh is pleasingly smooth with perfectly shaped bokeh balls thanks to its 9 diaphragm blades.
- A lot bigger and heavier than most of the other nifty 50s you might own.
- Its not really the best suited lens for video since it doesn't offer image stabilization. But having said that, neither do the best of the best cine lenses.
- Its a bit more expensive than you might be used to when thinking about picking up a nifty fifty, but its a lot more than just some nifty fifty. If you consider what you might pay for a nice Zeiss lens then it would seem to be a bargain.
- I'm finding it difficult to find reasons to complain about this lens that I think I'll leave it at that.
- The build quality is hard to ignore. Full metal construction and premium glass.
- It boasts 9 rounded aperture blades
- This lens has IS (image stabilization) something a lot of run and gun videographer will really appreciate.
- It has no weather sealing, doesn't sound like a big issue but it might cause it to age less gracefully than some.
- Its EXPENSIVE! at a hefty $1500ish price tag, this is not a cheap piece of kit and considering that the Sigma 50mm 1.4 art is near as makes no difference $1000 US, its safe to consider it pricey.
This is a section for different camera related items I found interesting or worth talking about.
- As soon as I saw one I knew I would have to have it one day, didn't really care how much it costs or if it was any good, it just had to be mine. What am I going on about? The fantastically fantastical DJI Inspire.
This is the latest addition to the DJI quadcopter family and I have to say, it looks really cool. Unlike the phantom, the Inspire was aimed at more of the pro shooter type of person and not so much the hobbyist videographer that you would expect to find spying on the neighbours on a Sunday morning.
- The inspire comes with its own decent quality UHD camera that has a flat (LOG like) picture style sitting on a full 360 degree turning gimbal.
- The wings are able to turn up giving the camera a completely unobstructed view. No more cropping in your videos!
- The camera is free of lens distortion, saving you lots of time and quality in post.
- The system is much more stable giving you a lot more control in flight and when hovering in one place.
What's Less good:
- The price. Main reason I still don't have one. With a price tag of $2899, its not going to be for everyone, but definitely worth a look if you either have cash to blow or if you know you will make money just by owning one.
- Flight time is shorter than the phantom, about 18 minutes on the Inspire, but most pro shooters or someone on a mission will find it good enough for their needs. But for guys like me and I'm sure a lot of you out there, that wont be enough :-)
No 4k video is not something that was invented in 2014 but In my opinion, 2014 was the year of the 4k. Everything was coming out with 4k support, Tvs, camcorders even phones! It would be safe to say that 4k is a thing now and cannot be ignored.
- High quality sharp images
- Large tvs make a lot more sense now. I never understood why you would have such a huge tv screen with such a low pixel count. Now it makes a lot more sense to go and pick up a big 4k tv for your mother.
- Post production is getting much more expensive. Its a simple economics. An editor, colorist or post production expert working a year or two ago would get along just fine with the minimum requirements his or her software supports. But now with all the larger computer killing files that get sent your way, the grater the need becomes for an upgrade that will cost you bazillions! More and more post production studios (especially the small ones and freelancers) are finding they need to charge a bit more than they needed to to make the same income in the long run. And that's speaking from experience!
- Too much bloody 4k!
Now here is a section that could really go on and on until the majority of you will find yourselves blind or dead by the end of it. There were so many Cameras worth talking about from 2014, it was both a difficult and wonderful time to be a camera enthusiast. Difficult and wonderful for the the exact same reason, too many good options. As hard as it was for me to pick just two cameras for the prestigious best of the lot, I managed to narrow it down to the two I liked best.
- The price. The A7S is not a cheap camera, nor would it be called an expensive camera. It sits right in between the two, a comfortable amount to pay for something that you want.
- LOW LIGHT. To talk about the A7S and not talk about the flabbergastingly good low light performance would be stupid to say the least. There is simply nothing like it that has ever been made. This is a feature that a lot of indie videographer should really capitalize on. Lights are not cheap and this tool could really save you money.
- The image. The A7S sports Sony's fantastic SLOG 2 picture profile which has tons of information crammed into a flat ugly looking image. Ugly yes, but thats the point. With just a bit more effort in post, you can have a beautiful image with lots of colour and depth.
- Size. The camera is small and fits well in the hand without feeling fragile.
What's less good:
- Unfortunately no in camera 4k recording. It does have the option of 4k out though.
- Another problem that is often ignored is the 8 bit limit in camera and out. Though its not often an issue, you can notice some banging in skies and gradients when you push up the saturation.
- Very good image quality with 24 megapixels
- Fantastic dynamic range, especially when it comes to pulling up the shadows in post. The dynamic range is really good for video as well though the compression is not. Easy to fix with an external recorder.
- Full 60p in HD
- Flat LOG like video mode. I would say this is the best video out of any HDSLR on the market without a hack, and even then it still does very well.
What's less good:
- Only HD no 4k out at all
- Only 8 bit and less than good compression in camera footage.
- Not full metal construction.
- Sony FS7. One of the coolest camcorders that has ever been made. Its a true all rounder, good price, very good image and 4k internal
- Panasonic GH4. Another very good allrounder camera that is one of if not the best value for money cameras of 2014.
- Arri Amira. All the goodness of the Alexa without all the hustle. Its cheaper too.
- Sony A6000. This camera truly set the bar for the mirrorless photo market. A very versatile camera.
- Blackmagic URSA. This would be the best camera ever if it had just a bit more to it.
Thanks for checking this post out. What are your pics for 2014?