I have to admit, the Red Scarlet is a pretty impressive camera. Now that the Scarlett is out and about, the feedback seems to be rolling in. If you’re thinking about buying or renting one for an upcoming shoot No Film School has a great list of things to know before you jump into the Red Scarlett world.
Take a look over at No Film School.
If you’re shooting in a windy outdoors area on a shoestring budget, you might want to think about bringing along that fuzzy seat belt cover from your car. KrotoFlik found a simple solution for removing unwanted wind noise by using their seat belt cover as a deadcat. All it takes is a cheap cover (you can find them over at amazon for around $6) placed over the windscreen and shotgun mic. To see the results of their test fast forward to the 2:00 mark in the video above. It’s pretty impressive.
Thanks to DIY Photography for the heads up.
With the release of the Scarlet-X and the C300, sensor size has been the talk of the town. To help put things in prospective, Prolost posted this great visual of how each sensor stacks up against each other. Now I know that the larger sensor doesn’t necessarily mean the better camera, but still interesting to see how they all look together.
For more info, check out Prolost.
Cameron Texter found an easy and affordable way to create his very own lensbaby/bellows style selective focus lens using a few simple parts: a macro extension tube, a macro filter set, a pipe clamp and some electrical tape. A bit of effort and few bucks can go a long way instead of spending $100 on the real deal lensbaby lenses.
Check the video above to see how the camera is put together, or check out the in depth instructions over at DIY Photography.
Here at the CrumplePop, we’ve been looking for a way to better organize our lenses. Luckily for us, DIY Photography posted flickr user Stargazer95050’s genius way of organizing his lenses. After finding shoe organizers at IKEA, he had the brilliant of idea of giving his lenses the shoe treatment by placing each of them inside the rack’s pockets. Also the rack is completely mobile, allowing you bring it along on shoots and attach it where you please.
A pretty simple (and cheap!) solution to a common problem. Thanks to DIY Photography for the heads up.
Vimeo Video School has been regularly releasing quick little tutorials on some complicated DSLR subjects. Their most recent definitely fits right in that category, crop factor. Crop Factor is how different lens and sensors (full frame and APS-C) can effect your frame. It’s slightly difficult to put into words but the video above definitely gives some pretty concrete examples of it’s effect.
To check out a more in depth look into crop factor take a look at Vimeo Video School’s latest post.
Benjamin Eckstein and a few Boston area shooters decided create a video that might help to put the lens debate to rest. They tested a bunch of different lenses from Tamron 17-50 f2.8 ($450) all the way to the Cooke s4 35mm f2.0 (approx $18,000) to see which delivered the best on the AF-100.
Obviously a simple comparison video won’t end the war of words on which lens is best, but its nice to see a bunch of different lenses back to back to compare how each looks. Each lens handles differently as well, so it’s hard to make a venture at which is best without using them yourself.
For all the details of the shoot check out Eckstein’s blog.
I’ll be honest, many years ago I saw someone using a contraption like this and was immensely confused. Now it takes a web video to put it all together for me. Interesting idea for stabilization and cheap too. All it takes is 1/4″ bolt, string and washer to get rid of vertical bounce.
Thanks to Filmmaker IQ for the heads up.
Vimeo Video School posted a cool tutorial by Bobby Pierce, the DIY Bike Mount. Using a couple of screws, washers and a reflector mount, he made a simple mount for a flip style camera. Undoing the reflector and adding a screw with a rubber washer to stabilize the camera is all it really takes. It’s an extremely cheap and easy process.
In the past we’ve used a GoPro mounted to a bike and had great results. Although this seems pretty versatile and doesn’t require that specific of a camera. It’s pretty cool to see how many options you have when using this mount as well.
For more info check out Vimeo Video School’s post. Also see take a look at the different examples of what people have shot using the mount. They’ve come up with some pretty interesting ideas.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Legos are the greatest DIY tool of all time. Friedemann Wachsmuth built this beautiful Super-8 projector using a set of Lego Technics, the reel spindles, a lamp and the lens.
Not only is it fully functioning but it’s a really slick looking design to boot.
Seen at Gizmodo.