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Kendy Ty and the T2i - one guy doing amazing things with a 5 year old DSLR

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Kendy Ty shoots with a Canon 550D / T2i and Sigma 30mm F1.4. The results are staggering considering the 'low-fi' performance of the gear. If ever there was a spur to get out and shoot something, this is it...

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Pretty amazing that you would post this today. I have my 550D on my desk....had been considering selling it as I haven't used it lately, but thought I would see if I could install Technicolor Cinestyle on it (which has so improved my 5D3's capabilities). I think log is a BIG contributor to the "cinematic" look, the way the highs roll off.

 

This is a great post, Andrew. It's so easy to be a gearhead and get lost in the technology, rather than thinking about people and content. You are right that his approach wouldn't work on everything, but it sure works here (although there were places I wish he'd linger rather than cut away to the next shot, and others [the dance] where I might have used a wider lens]. The main takeaway is to get out there and shoot something.....

 

Thanks, and great blog.

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Great post Andrew

I think you should do more reviews/commentary on others work and how that relates to gear.
Lots of interesting observations. And a great response to the developIng GH4 discussion.

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When I had this lens for my 550d over a year ago, I thought it was too contrasty and off-colour compared to my Canon lenses and so returned it. It's maddening to think this guy has put it to such good use :D

 

And now im tempted to get a BMCC speed booster which would make the lens into a 38mm f0.90 on the GX7 I think?! Btw Andrew have you tested the Sigma 18-35 with the BM speed boosters on GX7?

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Crossposted out there (once people at times tend to forget they become geeks because of filmmaking) :

 

http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?288192-Just-got-a-new-camera-Sony-F35&p=1986436076&viewfull=1#post1986436076

 

Read the next post after yours on that forum...........willfully missing the point.  Some forums are just too frustrating to bother with.

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Yes he's great! I've followed him for a while, I think he moved to 600D recently (I did the same, better all round)

 

I thought he used VisionColor, it's the best picture style for 550/600 in my experience, a good balance between flat and grade-able, but apparently he's made a better one!

 

The limitation thing does really help sometimes. I like to just shot with the Zeiss 28mm F2 sometimes, as it does it all!

 

These are still great cameras, everything here bar the Aloosh vids is shot with them, and I stand by it:

 

 https://vimeo.com/jgharding/

 

At the moment I've been using C100 a lot, it's better than you'd think, but I still have a soft spot for the older Canons.

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His technique is very good except for the forced camera motion...

 

I am used to seeing the lazy eye high inertia motion that you get from a 15Kg shoulder cam 

 

His motion is more like a fly. For this I think it would improve if he strapped a 2kg training weight to the cam

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The Sigma 30mm f1.4 is a very good lens it was my standard lens on my 550d (its an aspc lens not a full frame lens),

I have shot about 10 pop videos with this lens and the Canon 50mm f1.4 which works well with it as a companion lens .

I still use the Sigma on my G6 as it is very sharp wide open for low light scenes and with the Lens Turbo EF to micro 4/3 adapter it is even sharper wider and now faster.....F1.0 and approx 21mm on the G6 ,which is great for all those Fincher style low light wide shots -

 

This just goes to show its not the camera its the person behind the camera that counts.

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It's funny, the other day while I was tidying up and sorting through an old hard drive, I found some of Kendy's videos I'd downloaded years ago, from when he was shooting pigeons around Paris on a little Canon Ixus 110. Inspired me to go out and get the same camera, which I ended up shooting 4 or 5 music videos with.

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Impressive footage from Kendy, I've use the sigma 30 1.4 too and it performed well.. however, it's not a matter of lens here, but of talented shooter ;)

 

 

A Drop In The Ocean:

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I' ve read on the the full article that you have tested the GX7 with Sigma 30 1.4 and the BMCC Speed Booster...could you please tell us if it is possible to use the BMCC Speed Booster on GM1 and G6 too? It would be very helpful, thanks in advance :)

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what his videos scream out is that the camera and the lens he is using are the least important aspect in the whole production.  His resources are likely spent elsewhere; socialising with fellow creatives, travelling and subconsciously scouting locations, living a cultured French lifestyle - he probably has parents who are also artistic or creative.  Writing, reading, watching independent cinema.

 

I imagine he's a guy who would decline an alexa 4:3 and a set of round fronts because it would hinder his apparent efficiency and holistic working process to film making.

 

I'd also hazard a guess Kendy won't even have realised he had a staff pick award or the notice a boost in vimeo plays thanks to this topic on eoshd.

 

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum we have the forum culture who are driven by the technology side of things.  Resources spent on things like:-

electricity, regularly upgraded computers and camera gadgets, socialising with other tech driven people in an artificial social environment, sitting at a computer desk rather than viewing the world, writing (forum posts), reading (forum posts), watching camera test videos rather than real films.

 

 

Obviously there are half way housers who are interested in both creativity and technology but ultimately having the technology and consuming taking up valuable time is going to impact on the pure creative aspect.

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I think the "Canon sucks" stuff got a little over done.  I picked up my refurb T3i for $300.  Magic Lantern was of course free.  The camera can make some nice images under certain circumstances particularly when considering the price.  I've been looking to upgrade to something substantially better but I'm not will to part with over $1,000 for somthing that still has faults.

 

I said this long time ago.  The problem that a lot of us had with Canon was videos like the one posted in this thread sucked us in.  We knew nothing about film making.  Of course now looking back I can see all the tricks.  The Canon videos used close ups, shallow depth of field, and of course grading to paper over a lot of the faults.  The sentence should read "Canon rebels make nice images" and then there should be a big asterisk which goes on to explain shallow depth of field, close up shots, and grading like crazy.

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what his videos scream out is that the camera and the lens he is using are the least important aspect in the whole production.  His resources are likely spent elsewhere; socialising with fellow creatives, travelling and subconsciously scouting locations, living a cultured French lifestyle - he probably has parents who are also artistic or creative.  Writing, reading, watching independent cinema.

 

I imagine he's a guy who would decline an alexa 4:3 and a set of round fronts because it would hinder his apparent efficiency and holistic working process to film making.

 

I'd also hazard a guess Kendy won't even have realised he had a staff pick award or the notice a boost in vimeo plays thanks to this topic on eoshd.

 

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum we have the forum culture who are driven by the technology side of things.  Resources spent on things like:-

electricity, regularly upgraded computers and camera gadgets, socialising with other tech driven people in an artificial social environment, sitting at a computer desk rather than viewing the world, writing (forum posts), reading (forum posts), watching camera test videos rather than real films.

 

 

Obviously there are half way housers who are interested in both creativity and technology but ultimately having the technology and consuming taking up valuable time is going to impact on the pure creative aspect.

 

I think most people if they could would get a camera that made their life easier and made their work look better.  Sadly a lot of us can't afford to so we shoot with hacked Canon Rebels.

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