[•] FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO

Fujifilm have finally released the RAW converter image software.

Download:

https://fujifilm-x.com/x-stories/fujifilm-x-raw-studio-features-users-guide/

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After install and running the software you can only use this program if you connect your Fujifilm camera. Which is a bit of a letdown as I prefer just dropping my SD card into the computer and not add this extra step for post processing. Also this puts pressure on using the camera port all the time which in my opinion adds more wear and tear on the connection port.  (Please fix this Fuji don’t lock us out of software/hardware like Apple) This type of restrictions drive me away from companies/products.

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Must make sure you set the menu in camera “Connection Setting” – “PC Connection Mode” to USB RAW Convert.

Now you will see the RAW images as seen in screenshot.

On right hand side ” Conversion Settings Pane” drop down list choose Jepg or Tiff. In my case I wanted Tiff. And any other correction just change them as desired to suit your needs. The Film simulation is a fantastic option if your your camera settings are set as standard.

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Right Click on thumbnail “Convert”

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Convert is straight forward though I encountered a few shut downs with the SD card and computer  as there are some bugs to iron out.

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Once converted your lovely readable Tiff or Jepg File is ready for Post in any software editor or if happy upload to desired social media.

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Ill take the Tiff to Adobe Bridge as I want more control on editing.

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Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Clarity and Saturation are examples of further imaging tweaking I like to add to an image.

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This was just a quick test photograph sample that was back lit and wanted to see how Fujifilm have evolved their end of processing the RAW. The results are promising so far. Just the SD card issue connecting and reconnecting is something that I need to address.. Maybe drop the images onto the desktop and run the software straight from a folder will be the best option.

Only gripe as I said connecting the camera every time to run software is painful. Wish we could just register our camera’s serial number to the software.

Photo: Fujifilm GFX50S with Canon FD 20mm – Adaptor Fotodiox – with camera in the new 35mm Format Mode. The beauty of using older lenses like the 20mm Canon FD works exceptionally well as you can see in the photograph. The bokeh is beautiful.

Thanks Fujifilm for the converter its much appreciated.

 

 

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[•] Fujifilm GFX50S 35mm Format Mode

GFX50S 35mm Mode

As Fujifilm have released the new firmware 3.0 this is a quick setup guide for 35mm Format Mode.

The new firmware feature makes it possible add and edit lens profile information within the GFX50S menu when standard 35mm lenses are attached with an adaptor .

Step 1) Attach adaptor to Lens (My choice adaptor is the Fotodiox Pro FD-GFX)

Step 2) Attach Lens & Adaptor to camera

Step 3) Turn on Camera – Press Menu (Camera picture or Third menu down) Page 2 – “Mount Adaptor Setting” – OK – “Lens Registration” OK – Lens 1 Enter “Focal Length Setting” i.e 17mm

The setup I decided on were as follows:

Lens 1= 17mm ,

Lens 2 = 20mm,

Lens 3 = 24mm,

Lens 4 = 28mm,

Lens 5 = 35mm,

Lens 6 = 50mm

Step 4) Make sure 35mm Format Mode is :ON in other sub menu.

Note: Make sure the lens on the camera is selected with Lens registration so that the lens matches with the photographs EXIF data.

 

Firmware Here:

http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/firmware/gfx/gfx50s/index.html

 

 

 

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[•] CanonEmotion

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[•] CanonEmotion V2

Do you feel and see emotion in photography?

Many lenses have purpose and with that purpose can bring emotion. That emotion can be in the type of photographer or the type of photograph that is captured. The key to this emotion can also be found in the right lens selection.

Each lens can focus on any specific area whether its Macro for the up close and intimate or a wide for the sweeping nature feeling landscapes or the handy prime focal length for the aggressive street photographer not fearful of taking on the challenges of the street and last but not least the telephoto for the shy and or stand offish photographer trying to capture that timid animal in the wild.

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[•] CanonEmotion

I consider Canon FD to be phenomenal lenses and this project is not only of rediscovery but a reminder of the exceptional quality and performance.  The introduction of mirrorless cameras has made the impossible possible. Many of these beautiful lenses were discarded by many with the introduction of the Canon EF mount  lenses that are widely used today in the photographic world. But no more will they sit idle waiting to be used now is the time to dust off the lens caps and put these beautiful lenses back to work.

Do you feel emotion with photography produced by a certain lens and what is your favourite?

Photos taken with Canon 5D mark III with 24-105mm F4L

Aperture: F11, Shutter: 1/160sec, ISO: 320 And Edited via Adobe Bridge to Photoshop Special Editing.

 

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[•] Frankenstein Video Rig

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A Frankenstein Video Rig consists of a mix of camera parts that are not from one specific manufacturer. Here is a Sony A7II mirrorless camera with the 28mm Canon FD lens adapted via a Metabones FD to E mount adaptor.

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On top for pro res video recording is the Atomos Ninja 2 recorder connected via HDMI cable. It is an excellent combination for video and stills and probably my favourite full frame mirrorless camera on the market.

The cage is by SmallRig and the add on is the SmallRig monitor mount that can fix the monitor in any fixed angle position.

Lightweight and very run and gun for video. Perfect for travel videography. Easy to add a couple of 15mm rods and follow focus if you wanted to expand the rig further.

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5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilisation otherwise known as IBIS is on this camera making it a perfect combo with legacy glass. Overall performance is amazing and if you want further information on the Sony A7II just go to the home page and click the Sony A7II link.

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[•] Building a video rig on a budget and eliminating issues Part II

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Welcome to Part II

Testing the completed build. The important part to building a video rig is testing each component either for failure or preventing breakage. You must be able to trust your gear when running and gunning. Cold weather and metal can loosen and I’ve had top lights simply slide and jump out and fall to the ground and hot weather sweaty hands can easily drop a setup. That 1 metre off the ground can do some serious damage.

I don’t know if people realise but getting into video and camera work takes a huge amount of your time and add on top of that video editing . Many years ago all you had to worry about was battery life and recording time limits. Was fun watching 45 minutes go quickly in an interview hoping the last 5 minutes people would end a sentence so you could jump and and ask for a tape change. How good are SSD’s now videographers are so lucky.

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Many years ago all you had to do was put a tape into the camera and hit record and tweak the white balance, exposure and contrast in edit. Now the whole process is much more complex with more options in the way your footage looks and feels. LUTS known as Look Up Tables offer endless styles to your footage and can be put directly via the Atomos Assassin and can save time editing if shooting in a particular LUT. The other option is to shoot in a flat profile like S-Log for Sony or V-log for Panasonic that extends your editing leeway even further.

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Cable Management – Most cables i like have a 90 degree bend to decrease the likeliness of breaking the connection. If its a straight out cable you’ll find being careful wont cut it and using gear and a combination of fatigue will result in breaking something. Also zip ties or cable holders help reduce breakage. The GH4 and Sony camera are notorious for micro HDMI ports and break very easily it was a breath of fresh air when the GH5 came out with a standard HDMI port.

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Power Supply – FOTGA DP500III V-Lock V-Mount Battery Power Supply System Plate can be found on eBay or Amazon prices vary depending on extras like a dummy battery specific to your camera. Mine came with a Sony A series dummy battery and the GH4 one is still on it way. So this issue I had was limited battery on the Atomos Assassin and the chance to set up unlimited & uninterrupted power supply is very appealing. The battery is a V – Mount Power- U 95Wh/14.4V and There are a few other choices with more ranges 130Wh 150Wh 190Wh 260Wh and they extend battery time even further. For now the 95Wh suits my needs but never worry about battery life ever again with this setup.

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Vertical grips are from a previous camera rig setup salvaged from the Edelkrone Modula 5 which is discontinued I only wish the actual ends of the grips had 15mm fixings to reduce the weight further but they are very sturdy with the whole piece connected across the two 15mm rods. Both handles can be angled back and forth or point down depending on the way you shoot. Overall the rig is quite balanced. No rattle test was done and SmallRig will win many hearts in this category. Carbon fibre 15mm rods would even take the weight down a little further.

SmallRig shoulder pad is awesome there’s two types I preferred the straight off the back as this setup reminds me of using the Canon XL2 video camera but this setup is far more comfy and well made. Really nice soft padded and fabric you would find on camera bag straps. Very clever. Only thing is don’t expect to hold this setup onto your chest if you wanted that holding position. The aluminium is like a point even though there is some padding but maybe some talk to Smallrig they might come up with another version that collapses the back with a locking mechanism that goes flat and then returns to original position if putting the camera back on the shoulder.

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Only thing missing now is the follow focus to this setup. This is a bit of a stretch as the anamorphic focusing is at the very end of the lens. Using the SLR Rangefinder is another hurdle but hopefully the Fotga DP500III QR A/B Hard Stop Follow Focus works as it is possible to switch the wheel on both sides of the unit. Maybe a Part III will be added and include filters.

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The tripod I’m using is pushing the limit with weight so I can only recommend stepping up to something bigger like the Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 Video Head with 535 Carbon fiber tripod. but if you have to get a tripod its at the top of the list to not skimp as you want to be confident it wont tip over when working in the elements.

If this has helped give some insight into the joys of video camera work feel free to comment. If you have found a solution to this never ending problem give a shout out below in the comments.

 

 

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[•] Building a video rig on a budget and eliminating issues

 

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The main goal of any video rig is definitely the budget. There are other challenges to mention but lets find out the issues of building such a rig.

So far I’ve been hit and miss but hopefully after you read this you’ll be pointed in the right direction for your own build.

Doing a test build helps prevent you going too far back to the drawing board. You can learn a lot from watching TV shows like American Chopper when you see them build a bike. In some ways it makes sense to do a test build in my case for a camera rig but if you get it too wrong would you punch through a wall like on American Chopper 😉

Starting with the Panasonic GH4 currently in my opinion the best 4K video camera/recorder for value. The problem is utilising the HDMI output with a recorder which will add to the cost. Lucky the prices of external recorders have come down a little and for me I was lucky to pick up a discontinued Atomos Assassin for $895 on the Christmas sales. (Previous Post is available for reading on Atomos Assassin)

Here are some of the hiccups I have found along the way. Cages.. Cages have become maybe my nemesis. Since hitting the scene the last few years SmallRig offer a range of cages but for every camera upgrade you will have to upgrade the cage to suit. In the test build I did start with a C- cage that SmallRig used to produce/manufacture but I found out the hard way it didn’t work. The problem was that the cage twisted with the added weight so it was shelved and replaced with the proper GH4 SmallRig cage. I do like this cage setup and as full coverage allows for rosettes and handle mount to both sides.

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The SmallRig handles are excellent I can’t fault them and they make a range that are fully CNC machined to a premium version with leather grips for added comfort. Some bolt on top of the cage for a permanent build and some use like I have with a clamp making it quick and easy for removal and great for packing up a kit for travel.

The Matte box on the end of a kit is the most difficult to choose. Bright Tangerine make the best that I’ve seen but the premium price will push many of us out but if you get the chance have a look at their selection online website they look amazing. After some more searching I stumbled on the JTZ DP30 Carbon Fiber model and its worth a look and prices are not insulting. Build quality is very good and they offer the swing away mechanism for lens changing in the way its constructed. There’s a few options and I wanted to future proof my build by choosing the “4×5.65” version or you could go with the “4×4” version to lower cost even further. I went with the wider filter as I didn’t want to be restricted with using wide angle lenses.

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The main reason I choose the JTZ matte box was the top handle as I have not seen any other matte box on offer that has an ergonomic edge over any other brand. I just see myself holding the rig more from the top.

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If you are wondering what the lens setup i’ll start with the Metabones FD to MFT mount adaptor then Canon FD 35mm concave lens and then the SLRMagic x50 Anamorphot adaptor and last add on the end the SLRMagic Rangefinder.

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Anyway for now the next step is power setup/management and to eliminate potential follow focus issues and find the right filters to install into the matte box.

This for me is a bit like building a motorcycle. Would you watch a TV show with cameramen building a camera rig in a garage all sweaty and covered in tattoos? Maybe.. Maybe not. lol

Prices as of Jan 2018

Panasonic GH4 Body: $1220
SmallRig GH4 cage: $115
SmallRig Handle: $118
SmallRig Rods: $19
JTZ DP30 Carbon Fiber 4×5.65″ Matte Box: $666

 

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[•] Atomos Assassin with SmallRig Monitor Case

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Successful anamorphic video test with Panasonic GH4 and Canon FD with Anamorphot X50 adaptor. The colours are rich and vibrant and the added bonus of monitor mode in HDR with scene brightness range adjust is very cool.

Custom LUTs (Look Up Table) with Panasonic VLog is such a great feature in the Atomos menu it makes creating video footage a dream in the field. I’ve always said setup in the field is the best way to produce your content and if done correctly minimises the amount of work done in the edit suite.

As a side note I removed the red bumper cover supplied buy Atomos. It is great that they offer the cover but it was loose and fitting wasn’t as neat or professional looking. SmallRig do a great job and the mounting rail is just excellent. So many options with this cage design making the rig setup endless possibilities.

The Atomos Assassin improves video quality out of the camera via HDMI cable and offers 10-bit colour resolution, 4:2:2 colour accuracy and visually lossless ProRes video codec. Other features include No record time limit as you can record to SSD drive and extra bonus of Focus Assist and Exposure tools.

If there was any recommended tool for the videographer an external recorder/monitor is considered an important piece of kit.

 

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