[•] Movo VXR10 Universal Video Microphone Review

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You will love the Movo VXR10 microphone with its price at $39.95+ $6.86 Shipping & Import Fees Deposit to Australia. The other alternative is the Rode Mic Go or VideoMicro for price and sound quality but I prefer the Movo for the loud db pickup compact size and find the build quality exceptional. Overall the Movo is functional, mobile and lightweight. Does come with a deadcat sound screen which helps eliminate wind.

Key points from Amazon shop

  • Universal Compatiblity – Works with DSLR Cameras, Camcorders, Audio Recorders, iPhone and Android Smartphones, Tablets, & Laptops
  • Durable Aluminum Construction, Battery Free Design
  • Integrated shock-mount minimizes handling noise
  • Includes Microphone, Furry “Deadcat” Windscreen, Soft Case, 3.5mm TRS Output Cable (For DSLR Cameras, Camcorders, Recorders), 3.5mm TRRS Output Cable (For Smartphones, Tablets, and Mac)
  • 1 Year Warranty with USA-Based Support

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Conclusion

The Movo VXR10 is the best alternative in building an affordable functional video kit and will even impress the professional user. In the kit items include a neat leather style storage bag two audio cables, deadcat, red coldshoe bracket and microphone.

I have used and enjoyed this microphone so much a second one was ordered to be placed on a second camera.

To purchase link here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0723D3FVL/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0723D3FVL&linkCode=am2&tag=pazrahn-20&linkId=d92cdbbc93d49f6ad2bf4bc1ef35dde8″

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[•] 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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[•] 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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[•] p 🔺 z r 🔺 h n

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[•] The Infamous Peacock

[•] The Infamous Peacock

[•] The Infamous Peacock

I’ve been about 10 times to Symbio Wildlife zoo to try get a photo of this Peacock. He is either hiding or on roof tops and near impossible to get a decent photo. Today was scorching hot and summer is truly here. It must of been a tad hot on the tin roof with him hiding under this arena. Still I haven’t got him with his feathers out being a true peacock but did have on hand the Canon 5DIII with EF 50mm 1.2. Every other time I have taken the Fujifilm GFX50s as I really want a medium format photo of this bird doing his thing. Maybe next time ; -)

Camera Settings:
Aperture: 1.8
Shutter 1/800 Second
ISO: 640

The Canon 50mm still has a well held reputation as an excellent lens. Many say shooting at F1.2 is very tricky and depth of field will be very tricky to get spot on. I tend to close down 2 stops to F1.8 on some subjects especially on the peacock to show his beautiful feathers and let the rest of the lens blur out the unwanted background.

 

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[•] Finding a Minolta TC-1 film camera in today’s world.

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Look what I found today. On a day out in the corner of my eye I saw a lovely gentleman named Andrew snapping away with his Minolta TC-1. Often the best conversations are started with people holding a camera and today was the day.

Over the years many of us have seen interviews on YouTube with Bellamy Hunt from Japan Camera Hunter talk about camera’s like the infamous Ricoh GR1 but there is also another small camera that’s very very cool. For me its the Minolta TC-1. It’s an ultra rare occasion as I live south of Sydney and we just don’t see people shooting with film especially with this type of camera.

Not only does Andrew have this beautiful camera but as a surprise he pulled out a medium format Hasselblad 903 SWC with a Carl Zeiss 38mm f4.5 SUPER WIDE from his bag. That’s was in excellent condition and you will have to take my word for it. From one photographer to another and talking I found out he was a massive Leica collector right up to owning a Leica M9 that doesn’t get much use as he is an avid film photographer. This really made my day and hope he says hi on one of my pages.

So if your out and about and you see some one with a camera it is always worth it just to say Hi because you never know where the conversation will take you..

On writing this little story I wish I took picture of his Hasselbald to compliment the photo of the Minolta TC-1. On another note what is your favourite camera the Minolta TC-1 or the Ricoh GR1?

Note: Photo taken with Oppo A57 Phone (As the best camera is the one that’s with you)

 

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[•] p 🔺 z r 🔺 h n

 

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[•] K&F Concept Camera Bag Review

 

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With a new bag comes a new bag review. For a long long time well 12 years in fact I have used a LowePro version camera bag in the same style as this K&F Concept bag.

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The K&F version has two plastic pads on the base for when you put the bag down on the ground to protect the base and the fabric of the bag including the gear inside which I really like. The outside front has clips for a tripod to hold centre of the bag while walking. Balance in a bag is the single most important feature.

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There are some details I like about the bag including the cute little embroidered tripod symbol. LowePro as a camera bag is a forgotten dream the prices are just sickening when you can purchase this bag for $75 and the build quality I would consider substantially better. The shoulder straps are firm and hold their shape and on the back feels very comfortable. The front pocket holds a Surface Pro tablet with ease.

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The zippers can be undone with one hand so if your a one handed photographer this will definitely cater for you.

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The bones of the bag allow for two decent DSLR’s. In the photo you can see with a little customisation of the support pads you can fit a Fujifilm GFX50s with 32-64mm lens. Up top is a Sony A7II mirrorless for the little projects along with two primes lenses. And other sections hold a dust blower, Lens hood and SD card holder case.

 

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Extras include waterproof dust cover and would you believe a gift zip bag containing a dust blower, spray bottle for lens cleaning and cleaning cloth. Such a thoughtful well presented bag for any photographer.

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Overall Rating 10/10

This is one of the best bang for buck bags around including build quality compared to any other bag on the market.

If you get this bag you will be filled with joy.

Disclosure: I am not funded by this camera gear company. Just a one man band doing the far and in between gear reviews on items I have purchased.

 

Bag Here: https://www.kentfaith.com/camera-backpacks/USKF13.051_professional-dslr-camera-backpack-waterproof-11-81-6-3-16-54-inches

 

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[•] p 🔺 z r 🔺 h n

 

 

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[•] Getting up early for landscape photography to be defeated by mother nature.

Cathedral Rocks, Kiama Downs, NSW, Australia

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Dragging yourself out of bed kicking and screaming at 4am is the most challenging part of photographing morning sunrises. I don’t really kick and scream as I would wake the wife and kids but the old body has seen better days. Put your hands up if you can jump out of bed with a spring in your step. I used to have that special super power but lost that mojo a while back. One thing that does help and nothing better to kick start the heart is a delicious hot coffee and a piece of toast for breakfast.

Once on the road its dark and the thoughts are if the sky is clear from cloud and will there be an epic sunrise. Sunrises are like winning the lotto not that I have won lotto but a beautiful sunrise can make you feel like a winner.

The drive took about an hour south from Sydney to a place called Cathedral Rocks, Kiama on the NSW coast. this location is a hot spot for photographers and pretty much a pilgrimage for any photographer that wants to add a landscape photograph to their portfolio.

Walking south from Jones beach car park I found the tide was high with epic 6 foot waves crashing into the canyon where the cliff edge meets the sea. I had just set up and bam the waves came rolling in. Not cool when you are using two cameras and two tripods I had to pick up and run. Well I couldn’t run I was trapped but held onto the rock face like a mountain goat and thought to myself I’m getting the hell out of here. Both shoes were soaked and the jeans wet just below the knees. At the same time I pictured a rock fisherman yelling help and that’s the moment I knew mother nature had truly beaten me, then again I think I was beaten with a left hook when the wall of cloud covered the sunrise as I drove in to the location but I had to try take a few photographs.

The reason I had two camera’s was I’m testing the Sony A7II a mirrorless camera that can adapt older lenses with an adaptor and surprisingly produces lovely results.

Fun Photography Fact: Professional landscape photographers with a city gallery and large amazing prints spend days and weeks visiting a location to get that perfect photograph. Could you sit out in the wild with a tent and a few cans of baked beans and watch the world go by?.

The photographs taken were outside the dream location of where I would have liked of setup with camera gear but the results posted are different take compared to other photographers. (Feel free to google Cathedral Rocks, Kiama) Even if we fail as a photographer the plan is to take a photograph. And if a story along the way accompanies that one photograph at least we can share it.

 

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[•] Wet footprints in the sand.

Camera: Sony A7II with Canon 20mm FD F4 lens. Shutter: 1/8Sec, Aperture: F11, ISO: 200, Adaptor: Metabones FD-E mount.

Featured Photo: [•] Cathedral Rocks, Camera: Canon 5DIII with Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L lens. Aperture: F11, Shutter: 20Sec, ISO:200

I may of been defeated this time by mother nature but I will return like Rocky Balboa with the gloves off equipped with a medium format camera.

Note: It is dangerous photographing at these locations please advise loved ones where you are going and even better take a friend that can help as a look out. I grew up as a surfer and have a connection with this type of environment and reading the waves takes experience. Even the best of us can find it tricky in dealing with these types of weather conditions.

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[•] p 🔺 z r 🔺 h n

 

 

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