Sony A7s Custom Eyecup Tutorial

I’ve been good web friends with Michael Schmidt for a long long time. We’ve tweeted back and forth well before DSLR VS started. Solid guy Michael is, and recently he put together a great little tutorial on how to hack together a better eyecup for the Sony A7s:

All you need is a Hoodman HoodEYE eyecup for Glasses for Nikon Round Eyepieces and the round adapter you can take from the SEAGULL Multifunction Eyecup Set.

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Sony A7 Sale: Save $200

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If you’ve been meaning to pick up a Sony A7 now is a good time. With the Sony A7 sale, you save $200 letting you get you’re hands on an A7 body for $1498 at B&H Photo Video and Amazon.
With this sale comes the question, should you buy one? Where do you guys think this camera lands in the current line up? Do you think it has a place with cameras like the A7s, GH4 and current crop of other cameras?

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How to get 2 Cameras, 2 Lenses, and 2 Tripods for under $3000

I recently got an email question from a reader asking me what gear would best fit his needs. I thought I would share my answer with you guys. After talking a little, we came up with this wish list for a kit.

The idea camera. Hardly under $3000 though.

The ideal camera. Hardly under $3000 though.

Kit Wish List:

  • Needs to be under $3000
  • Decent low-light capability
  • Two Cameras would be important
  • Will need to do slow motion
  • Lenses need to be included
  • Tripods have to be in the kit

If you ask me, thats a tall order for that budget! Luckily, he would be shooting music videos, so audio equipment wouldn’t have to be a big part of the kit.

The hardest part for me was to get two cameras with decent slow motion AND lenses to fit within the budget. But I was able to make it work!

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Shooting a documentary with the Sony A99

Daniel SmukallaThis is a Guest Post by Daniel Smukalla, Director of Sedae.

 

 

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These days, there are so many great cameras on the market, which is why I had such a difficult time last year deciding upon which one to purchase to shoot the Korean documentary “Sedae”. Originally I wanted to get a video camera, since video is my primary purpose, but flexibility with time lapse was also needed to tell the story of “Sedae”. In that regard, DSLRs are superior. However, I wasn’t ready to commit to a DSLR. I would shoot with them, and loved the images, but still felt limited since it was missing many of the features that I wanted from a video camera. Once I was ready to buy a camera though, the Sony a99 came on the market, and it convinced me of its ability to do video.

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New Cameras From Sony: A7 And A7R

Sony just released the first full-frame mirrorless cameras that take interchangeable lenses. And here is what they look like…

Sony A7

Absolutely hideous I know, but what we fine inside this camera makes it a major hottie. This camera excites me because of the small ergonomics and specs that Sony have combined into one camera. In the past if I want to shoot and look like a tourist, I had a plethora of APS-C and MFT cameras to choose from, but no full-frame options. Now I have a full frame option that has a ton of lens options. Nice.

I already have some projects in mind that this camera would be perfect for… Going to chat with my pals at B&H to see if I can get a loaner and do some stealthy shooting for you guys.

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A Great Time to Buy a DSLR

Seeing all these video DSLRs on sale for the holidays has me remembering when I was looking for my first video capable DSLR. 3 Years ago it was either the Nikon D90 (720p? Yuck), Canon 5D Mark II or the Canon 7D (brand new at the time). Back then it took at least $1500 to get in the game if you wanted 1080p. 3 years later its less than half that. AND there are several models in each price bracket.

Black friday is over, but there are still several great deals on HDSLRs. It is a great time to be alive for filmmakers and photographers!

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Full Frame Camera Options… Check… What’s Next for Large Sensor Cameras?

The age of full frame sensors is upon us. Just this week Canon announced the 6D. Thats the 5th full frame camera announcement in the past week kids… Only a little while ago there was really only one solid, full frame camera that could be used for video use (the Canon 5D mark II). As of today there are now TEN (check out the lineup below). And half of them are around $3k.

Here is where I want to hear from you, now that full frame has becoming available to all, whats next? And please for the love of pete don’t say 4k…

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Big Deal Cameras from Sony and Nikon

Things are getting ridiculous… First it was the Canon 5DmkII, then everyone made an HDSLR, then we had the awkward AF100, Sony’s FS100, and from there it just got out of control. To add to the madness, Sony and Nikon have announced new cameras. There are easily 5 stellar cameras in every price range now its a good time to be alive.

So here a breakdown of whats new.

Nikon D600

  • Now the cheapest full frame, video enabled camera.
  • Clean HDMI out.
  • Mic AND headphone input/outputs.
  • $2,100.

Sony Announces the NEX-EA50

I am actually fairly interested in this camera. Yes its big, yes it has an ENG style, but the thing looks like a great work horse for those of us shooting events or have to adapt in unpredictable shooting environments.

Why I dig it:

  • Big sensor with more than a box around it.
  • XLR and normal audio settings.
  • Shoulder mount.
  • Legit video zoom lens (yes its lame for most things, but its nice to have).
  • Buttons. I like buttons.

You can pre-order the Sony NEX-EA50 on B&H today. Camera is expected in October.

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Episode 37: Sony A77 – Not It’s Time.

First off I have to apologize for taking so long to get this review up. I had this camera in for review the same time Dave Dugdale did and he posted his quite a while ago. Check out his review below as well. Unlike Dave, I did not shoot a lot of footage with this camera. Sure I dinked around with it but whenever I reached for a camera to shoot something I chose the 7D, or the Sony 5n. That should say a lot about what I think about this camera.

My general synopsis is this: Cool new focus and EVF tech, slow camera, ISO cap at 1600 ain’t cool, the cropped sensor turns me off. These things may have been accepted back in the “dark ages” when we didn’t expect better video features from DSLRs but that time is no longer. Think I am totally off? Whats your opinion?

If you are seriously considering getting this camera for video use please watch the whole review.


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Its A Good Day to Be An Independent Filmmaker

If the prospect of filmmaking tools being available in mass at your finger tips does not make you giddy with excitement than I don’t know what will.

The Beginning

We have seen what can happen when a camera with a large sensor is offered to consumers for under $2,000. And we are only getting started. These low cost large sensor HDSLRs have not only excited the poor and humble but professionals like Shane Hurlbut, Vincent Laforet and Rodney Charters. Many of whom have decide to shoot exclusively with HDSLRs.

To Be Continued… NOW

The introduction of these little cameras has been the beginning of a revolution, but in the big scheme of things they are just a twinkle in the eye of a big change towering over the film industry and how we think about video.

At NAB 2010 we saw the continuation of large sensor interchangeable lens capable cameras. Panasonic and Sony being the main players. But Just this week Sony showed a new Sony camcorder currently in development. A camcorder with an APS HD CMOS sensor and the ability to use interchangeable lenses. Sony also introduced their ultra compact DSLRs which also sport a APS HD CMOS sensor. Kids… this is just down right sick. A camera the size of a wallet that can produce incredible video quality. Below is a video teasing us with images of interchangeable lens camera systems.

Important Things to Consider…

While all these tools are a revolutionary move forward, one thing that is more important now than ever is structure and education. Just because we can shoot at f/1.2 and can shoot cinema level images does not make us better filmmakers or filmmakers for that matter. Structure is going to be everything from here on out.

Its a good day to be an independent filmmaker.