Video

Audio for Video

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Video is just photos strung together, right? You can just use the on-camera microphone and fix it in post-production, right? NO! Audio is the most forgotten thing during a shoot. When shooting video, even professional TV shows and films capture crappy audio. It’s something that a lot of people consider inevitable. In a big production, […]

Lenses and Optics

Everything but the Sharpness

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About 614 times a day I take a phone call or answer an email that is essentially the same question: “How sharp is this lens?” It’s no different in online forums (ok, actually forums are a lot worse) where pages of arguments drone on comparing the results of this bench-test lab review, these MTF charts, […]

Equipment

The II Conundrum

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First, things first: this is simply an editorial. So there’s no worthwhile knowledge in this article, just my opinions. A few years ago, when a new version of anything came out, here was the Lensrentals drill: Buy the new version, anywhere at any price because we couldn’t possibly get enough. Everyone would want one. Sell […]

Lenses and Optics

“This Lens Is Soft” and Other Facts

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In 2008, I wrote an article This Lens is Soft, and Other Myths that pointed out that lenses and cameras all have tolerance ranges and sometimes a given lens can be sharp on one camera body, and soft on another. At the time, autofocus micro-adjustment was a fairly new feature on camera bodies and my […]

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