JSD Labs: Panasonic GH5, Möller 32/2x Anamorphic, and the Beholder DS2A testing
2017 Oct 04 By answer 0 comment

Full stats: Camera: Panasonic GH5, 60fps 4K, ISO 1600 mostly, SS 100 always. V-LOG, Firmware 2.0 with Anamorphic IS and IS lock. Lens: Pentax Super Takumar 50mm 1.4, used at f/1.4 and f/2.0 Anamorphic: Möller 32/2x 0.5+ and 3.0+ diopters. Filmed near Yokohama Station, Japan. This ended up being a pretty epic combination. I’ve had the Beholder DS2A for a few weeks now, but I’ve been dealing with weather, flaky people, and health issues that have kept me from making this video. I hope to have a full review of the DS2A soon, but I have to focus on…

Yokohama in 8K – A Panasonic GH5 6K Photo Mode Anamorphic Exercise
2017 Aug 26 By answer 0 comment

Becoming impatient waiting for Panasonic to release the firmware update with full resolution Anamorphic mode, I decided to take Friday off and try to get some good shots around Yokohama using the 6K Photo mode. It didn’t end up going as planned, but I decided to upload a few shots anyway. In order, the shots were filmed at Yamashita Park, Osanbashi Pier, the Landmark Tower Sky Garden Observatory, and Ishikawacho Chinatown. As luck would have it, it ended up being one of the hottest, or the hottest days of the summer. It made it hard to move around, focus…

May Showers, iPhone 7 Plus, Mavis
2017 May 13 By answer 0 comment

(Vimeo) Still working on a lot of things at the moment, but I had to go out and film/upload something in the meantime. It was pouring rain today. I have a high-quality camera that is water resistant that does slow motion. Let’s put it to use! The whole video was shot on the iPhone 7 Plus using both cameras. It’s attached to a selfie-stick (I get these things for free from distributors all the time. I have 4 of them) and filmed at 1080p 120 fps using the Mavis app. Edited in Adobe Premier and lightly color corrected. Music…

JSD Labs: Aivascope and Focuser 8 – First Test
2017 Apr 17 By answer 1 comment

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/214292200 I had a full scale review of the Aivascope planned. And then this happened: It was the middle of my shoot day. I was taking off the Magfilter when it slipped out of my hand. Only fell 10 cm or so, but flipped on the way down. Right now it’s on it’s way back to Lithuania to be repaired.  I will continue my tests when it returns. As for the video above, I wasn’t planning to make a video with those shots. But I had to put together something while I wait. It’s not the best, but…

JSD Labs: Anamorphic at f/0.95
2017 Mar 26 By answer 0 comment

(Vimeo) One thing that I learned since getting into anamorphic is that fast apertures and anamorphic adapters do not mix. Most adapters will rarely work faster than f/2.0, with a lot of them going around 2.8-4.0. The fastest full anamorphic lens ever made is the Panavision 50mm f/1.0. Well, I think my 17.5mm f/0.95 has it beat. My anamorphic is an unbranded 1.33x from the 90’s. While it may look like something from the Century Optics line, it’s more similar to the Sony VCL-W169. I have modded it a bit and it now has a filter ring, and have cleaned…

JSD LABS: IPHONE 7 PLUS NIGHT ANAMORPHIC VIDEO TEST
2016 Dec 26 By answer 0 comment

(vimeo) It’s been awhile since Mavis updated their app to take use of both of the iPhone 7 Plus’s cameras. I had a bit of time, so I went out to try filming some night shots with the iPhone anamorphic rig. Some key differences and changes now are better PID settings on the Beholder for this rig, the ability to shut off the OIS, and the ability to lock things like shutter speed and ISO. I wasn’t trying for perfection for this shoot, as I wanted to see what ISOs worked on the iPhone. It’s not really known for…

JSD labs: 2.0x Anamorphic Rig Tests
2016 Nov 17 By answer 2 comment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZgbG634Ef4 (vimeo) Finally getting around to doing some test shots and setups with my anamorphic stuff. I recently picked up an Elmoscope-II and a SLR Magic Rangefinder to make the filming process a bit easier. I had done some tests with my other lenses (they’re on instagram) so I wasn’t completely lost as to what to do. But I still ran into some challenges. I originally filmed with a clamp and lens support on rails… but on the first day of shooting I had a few scary moments with the lens just… falling out of the tightened clamp. I NEVER…

Hello Yokohama.
2016 Sep 15 By answer 0 comment

Wasn’t planning for this to be my first upload, but all my main projects are taking more time than I planned for various reasons. I never get tired of city visuals in Japan. This was mainly practice using the 1080p  120 fps feature on my Sony RX100IV. I wandered into main areas of Yokohama with the camera on my Beholder DS1 and just filmed whatever. It has no post stabilization and no additional time warping or remapping. Just re-interpolate the 120 fps to 24 fps and this is what you get. Aside some issues with color correcting (something I…