I wanted to try shooting anamorphic video using the Surui 50mm lens on my Panasonic Lumix G9 but wasn't sure how to go about "unsqueezing" the video once it had been shot. Luckily, I found an excellent Momentum Productions You Tube tutorial that explained the process very well. What made it even easier was that the narrator was not only using the same Surui lens but also Topaz Labs' Video Enhance, an app I acquired on sale in December and have only begun using recently. After having shot a few test videos using the 128GB cards I mentioned in yesterday's post, I tried using the procedure outlined in the tutorial and found it worked perfectly. As a result, I'd definitely recommend the tutorial to anyone planning to shoot anamorphic video.
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I purchased yesterday at B&H a new add-on for my MFT Panasonic Lumix G9, the Sirui 50mm f1.8 Anamorphic 1.33x Lens. As you can see from the link, the lens is now once again selling at full price, but I was lucky enough to get mine at a sale price of $498.90, a discount of more than $200. I had never previously heard of Sirui, let alone seen one of their products, and I was happy to find the lens was a well constructed piece of equipment built entirely of metal. I took a few practice shots in Central Park after returning home and the lens appeared to work perfectly. When I have a bit more time I'll "unsqueeze" the images in Photoshop to see for myself the widescreen anamorphic effect. Eventually, I'll post sample photos here on the blog so viewers can judge for themselves. What I'm most interested in, of course, is discovering how well the lens performs when shooting 4K video.
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
I received an email from Mediachance yesterday announcing an upgrade to its AI Photo & Art Enhancer, an app I have already discussed favorably in a previous post. According to the email it is no longer necessary to have a dedicated GPU installed on one's computer in order to run the latest version of the app, numbered 1.1.0. The software will now also run on a CPU, albeit at a considerably slower speed than that which can be achieved through the use of a dedicated GPU. This improvement isn't of particular importance to me since I already have an advanced NVIDIA GPU installed on my Acer Concept D7, but it will be of interest to those limited to a CPU.
The same email went on to announce the app's new AI Noise Reduction Model for photos shot at high ISO's. Again, this isn't of interest to me personally since I already work with the Elite version of PhotoLab 5 that makes use of DxO's Pure Raw technology to achieve incredible noise reduction and in addition have installed on my computer excellent noise reduction apps from On 1 Software and Topaz Labs. Nevertheless, the new features make AI Photo & Art Enhancer an even greater value at its introductory price of only $28.
Monday, June 13, 2022
I mentioned in an earlier post that I bought last week a used Nikon 70 - 300mm lens for my Df. I had an opportunity to work with it on Thursday evening when I attended an outdoor performance of a New Orleans blues band at Lincoln Center, part of its Summer for the City festival. The music was excellent, but unfortunately I failed to make a note of the band's name. At any rate, the lens performed flawlessly and that, of course, was what was most important to me.
Saturday, June 11, 2022
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Saturday, June 4, 2022
- June 2 - Andrew Kavanagh - Creating Digital Art
- June 9 - Bobbi Lane - Dragging the Shutter
- June 16 - Brett Wells - Introduction to Macro Photography
- June 23 - Darlene Hildebrandt - Custom Dodging and Burning
Friday, June 3, 2022
Until yesterday I had never heard the name Cewe, a German company which turns out to be, at least according to its website, "Europe's leading photo service provider" with retail outlets not only all across Europe but in Japan as well. What caught my eye, however, was the announcement of its Photo Award 2023, apparently the largest photo contest in the world and free to enter to boot. The prizes, totaling more than 250,000 euros, are certainly impressive with the top winner receiving a 15,000 euro "one of a kind trip" of choice, 7,500 euros worth of photo equipment, and 2,500 euros worth of Cewe products. Aside from the chance for prizes, contest entrants can feel they are helping a good cause as Cewe promises to donate 10 cents for every photo entered to SOS Children's Villages.
Contest details and rules can be viewed at the link above. There is also an impressive gallery of photos well worth viewing.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2022
- Stacked BSI 26.1 mpx sensor (the stacked design reduces rolling shutter and motion distortion for improved video performance while the BSI design reduces noise for better low light performance)
- 64-bit processing with X-Processor 5
- 4K 120p and 6.2 30p video with recording times up to 90 minutes
- Improved autofocus and image stabilization
- In-body image stabilization