Sony A7R – full frame T0.95 with the SLR Magic HyperPrime (and special guest, Leica Noctilux 50mm F0.95)

Sony A7R and SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm T0.95

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Currently the best (read expensive) full frame lenses for low light are the Zeiss Otus 55mm F1.4 and the Leica M Noctilux 50mm F0.95.

How does the SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm T0.95 rate as an alternative?

Read moreSony A7R – full frame T0.95 with the SLR Magic HyperPrime (and special guest, Leica Noctilux 50mm F0.95)

Prototype SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 samples on the GH2 (with comparison to Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95)

SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 - Prototype sample

One of my favourite lenses on the GH2 (if not the favourite) and the one that gets the most use is the Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95. It offers unrivalled shallow DOF on the GH2’s 1.86x crop sensor and superb low light performance.

However it is a photographic lens not really designed for cinematographers. Now SLR Magic are producing a cine lens rival for the same price – with minimal breathing, 10 blade aperture for smooth bokeh when stopped down and clickless aperture ring.

Read morePrototype SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 samples on the GH2 (with comparison to Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95)

The Shires – SLR Magic CINE 50mm T0.95 first look – the Leica Noctilux for cinematographers?

http://vimeo.com/38339934

The Leica M Noctilux which costs $11,000 is a full frame F0.95 photographic lens. The SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE T0.95 is a full frame F0.92 lens designed for cinematographers with Leica M mount which retails for $3,000 – a third of the Noctilux.

It is quite a different lens to the Voigltander Nokton 25mm F0.95 for Micro Four Thirds. It covers a full frame sensor and APS-C mirrorless cameras like the Sony FS100 and NEX 7 whilst the Nokton vignettes on anything larger than Micro Four Thirds. I shot the above film on the Panasonic GH2 with Iscorama 36 anamorphic attached to the SLR Magic CINE but I am also using it on my NEX 7 and Fuji X Pro 1.

Read moreThe Shires – SLR Magic CINE 50mm T0.95 first look – the Leica Noctilux for cinematographers?

Cosina Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm F0.95 – official!

Nokton 17.5mm F0.95

UPDATE: De-clicked aperture ring is on the lens for video, according to 43Rumors whom I am sure can read the original German better than I can! Good news!

This came out of the blue. Cosina are releasing a sister lens for the 50mm equivalent Micro Four Thirds 25mm Nokton F0.95.

The new lens will be equivalent to 35mm on full frame and features the same incredible aperture of F0.95 for extra depth of field control and low light performance on the GH2 and other Micro Four Third (MFT) cameras.

Read moreCosina Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm F0.95 – official!

Revealed – How to get clean ISO 6400 and 12,800 low light video on the GH2 and 5D Mark II

ISO 12,800 tips

1080p frame at ISO 12,800 from the GH2 – click to enlarge

The GH2 is the best low light DSLR. It is a myth it cannot compete with the FS100 or Canon C300. I am currently experimenting a lot with my GH2 and Nikon J1. I’ve seen some new opportunities with these… With the GH2 I am refunding my techniques for getting cinematic extreme low light at ISO 12,800 and F0.95. Due to the way CMOS sensors behave you are actually able to get a very film like ISO 800 grain over well exposed areas of an image and such is the F0.95 aperture on the Voigtlander Nokton and the high ISO, it is very easy to get an exposure in the dimmest of light. The noise is hideous in the lows and red / blue chroma channels, but you crush that noise out with a high contrast black and white picture profile and it solves the issue.

Read moreRevealed – How to get clean ISO 6400 and 12,800 low light video on the GH2 and 5D Mark II

One Last Ride – Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 goes anamorphic

So I’m continuing to explore Berlin, it is a fascinating place. Along the River Spree is an old abandoned theme park. Shuttered in 2002 after going bankrupt, the owners fled to Peru and were later arrested for drug smuggling.

Read moreOne Last Ride – Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 goes anamorphic