Hanse Inno Tech – Celere 36mm HS uncoated “B”

Celere

Hanse Inno Tech GmbH sent us one of their four different Celere HS 36mm uncoated prototypes. Since uncoated lenses aren’t supposed to excel at sharpness or flare resistance, we decided to make a rather unscientific test. This was a run-and-gun shoot with the purpose to test the contre-jour performance and the look of the lens flares. Also, we wanted to enjoy the last days of summer! Continue reading

Theater Company Laut & Lyrik lit-up with the Fiilex K416 Light Kit

The Challenge: creating a light set-up to shoot photos of a group of twelve performing and moving actors and single portraits of each of them in front of black background in a short time slot. Equipment: Fiilex K416 Light Kit, 210cm diameter octagon softbox, RED Scarlet Dragon, rehoused Sigma Art 18-35mm T2 and 50mm T1.6.
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Tutorial: How to Prepare a Beer Bottle for Product Photos and Packshots

Staging a beer bottle (or any other drink) for photo or video, especially for commercial purposes, requires lots of work and preparation. It’s kind of a cosmetic treatment to turn an averagely looking swing-top beer bottle into an awesome looking drink which you instantly desire when you see the photo.
Here’s a short tutorial how to primp a bottle for the perfect packshot in six steps:
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Fiilex K416 Light Kit – How to Light a Beer Bottle

For the packshot of our last commercial film for a local brewery, we got to test an LED Light Kit by Fiilex.

The Kit

The Fiilex light kit comes in a handy trolley case and weighs less than 20kg. Our demo set consists of four lights, namely P100, P180E, P360EX and P200 Flexjet. The lights can be run via AC adapter or Batteries (P-Tap). Many accessories like light stands, barn doors, gel holders, dome diffusors and Fresnel lenses with a handy magnetic click mechanism make it complete. Thanks to a special adapter, a fiber cable can be used to draw a tiny spot with the P200 Flexjet.
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Hanse Inno Tech’s BNC Easy Click

BNC Easy Click

Once a BNC connector is plugged in properly, it fits tight and solid, which is rather nice. But as soon as you have to plug and unplug the connector several times a day, this procedure starts getting annoying. Many cameras’ HD-SDI outputs are located in quite safe but hard-to-reach places, especially when the camera is fitted into a cage or equipped with additional battery plates. It often requires some patience, fine motor skills and sometimes even headlamp to find the right position for the connector. But there are great news for ACs! With their BNC Easy Click adapter, Hanse Inno Tech developed a handy device which allows to attach BNC cables with one flick of the wrist.
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RED’s H2O OLPF, ewa marine’s underwater housing and HIT’s new Celere 25mm T1.5 prototype lens

There’s something special about underwater footage that’s hard to explain: we all have seen underwater footage over and over on National Geographic TV and with the rise of GoPro cameras, the technology is in everyone’s hands. Still there’s this fascination when you watch underwater footage, especially the footage that you shot yourself on a RED Dragon. You can feel the excitement when the camera starts recording, still in a dry and safe environment, and then gets dropped into the cool wet of a pool. The water that splashes onto the front filter of the underwater housing when the camera slowly descends under the water surface thrills us over and over again.
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