Last shoot for the AF101 Blu-Ray DVD

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Here I am again this time up in Stirling filming a local football team that is now run by the fans themselves, my son Scott was doing a video blog on the club and I took the opportunity to get some extra footage for my “Heads Up” Blu-Ray DVD.

I have also decided to give you an SD copy in the same double case DVD holder as you would get with a Hollywood blockbuster title, this allows many of you to view the DVD and have the facility to watch the native HD Blu-Ray copy when you get a BR player.

I don’t think football sponsors would care for the shallow depth of field that the AF101 allows but personally I think it adds to the interviews, concentrating the viewing experience firmly on the subject.

I used the Nokton 25mm f0.95 for the first two interviews and the Canon 50mm f1.2 for the stadium interviews, wide shots were using the Lumix 7-14mm f4 lens and the training shots were done with the Lumix 14-140 f4.5-5.8 lens at 15dBs.

Once again I used the Ianiro “Minima” LED camera light to great effect with the mixed lighting you get in a football stadium.

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Sigma to make mFT lenses

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The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the development of new lenses for Micro Four Thirds and E-mount camera system.

As demand for compact system cameras increase, we intend to meet the requirements of users and develop new lenses for these systems, utilizing our advanced interchangeable lens development technology.

Detailed information including specifications, product names, pricing and launch schedules will be announced in due course.

A mockup will be displayed at Sigma’s booth during CP+, a camera and photo imaging show, held in Pacifico Yokohama Japan from February 9th, 2011.

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AF101 excels at 18dB

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This is unreal, during my extra material for my 40min Blu Ray DVD I recorded myself at 18dB, I have never seen a cleaner picture at 18dB in my life it’s jaw dropping. Earlier on this evening I filmed my wife taking the dog round the park in almost darkness and once again the pictures are fantastic considering they were shot at 18dB gain !

Look at the clarity of this bus under natural orange street lighting… I was using a 25mm NOKTON f0.95 and a 50mm Canon f1.2 L glass with a Kipon adapter. I am glad that so many documentary makers are taking this camera onboard as this will become the de-facto for lo-light filming, mark my words.

Here is a shot from BBC Panoramas “Forgotten Heros” shown tonight, the use of Sony’s NightShot looks terrible but if the documentary maker had had an AF101 he could have shot all the evening footage at 18dBs with a 25mm NOKTON f0.95 lens which would have avoided this old-hat low light grotty green NightShot. I do take onboard that this was shot last year and the AF101 has just appeared within the last two weeks.

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Win a copy of Barry Green’s Book (£69)

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I have one extra copy of Barry Greens book retail £69 to give away. You need to answer the following questions plus tell my why you have or intend to purchase an AF101. The AF101 comes with the usual manual plus part two as a PDF on a disc…Barry’s book tells you everything you did not know about the AF101 and a lot more besides, it has been my bible over the last 3 weeks and comes thoroughly recommended as a de-facto purchase when you buy an AF101.

You will get all the answers in my User Review

1. How long does it take to format an SDHC card on the AF101.

2. What is the widest aperture of the Voigtlander NOKTON lens.

3. What is the name of the pull focus device from BeBob.

A name will be drawn next week by Mike Tapa live on camera at BVE so don’t delay. PS. You can email me direct at or leave the answers in the comments box.

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Carl Zeiss to join the Micro Four Thirds System Standard

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Announced jointly by Olympus Imaging Corp. (President : Masaharu Okubo) and Panasonic Corporation in 2008, the Micro Four Thirds System standard has rapidly grown in popularity. Now, support for the standard is expanding with the decision of Carl Zeiss AG to join the Micro Four Thirds System standard, and the company is releasing lenses compliant with the standard.

For more than 160 years, the lenses of Carl Zeiss AG have been defining the state-of-the-art in optical technology. Now, as Carl Zeiss AG joins the Micro Four Thirds System group, ZEISS HD Video lenses will be available to users of Micro Four Thirds cameras, contributing to a vastly expanded product line and enhancing the joys of digital imaging with the Micro Four Thirds System.

As the originator of the Four Thirds System and Micro Four Thirds System standards, Olympus Imaging Corp. will continue to develop and enhance the product lineup for both standards to meet the diverse needs of our customers.

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Calibrating your BeBob FOXI at your own risk !

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Firstly can I add that this is not an official tweek from BeBob so this may invalidate your warranty, secondly you do this at your own risk, I have done it without any problems, I can also confirm that after the calibration the Lumix 45mm lens hits infinity as well.

Ok as many of you are now buying the AF101 and accessories one that has caused a few of us some problems is the BeBob FOXI… the pull focus and Iris adjust that sits on your tripod handle.

You need to turn the FOXI upside down on the tripod handle, there you will see 2 small calibration pots, the one on the top is the focus adjust…now to make sure you have the FOXI the right way the cable should be facing you and the focus knob facing to your left.

Using a small jewellers screwdriver turn the pot clockwise watching the picture on the LCD screen till the lens focuses on infinity…yes it’s that simple.

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AF101 Blu Ray DVD special for BVE £40…”Quick start Guide”

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As a first in the UK I am bringing out a Blu Ray HD tutorial DVD of the Panasonic AF101 as a show special for BVE 2011. Basically it’s a quick start guide for your AF101, going over menu settings, tutorials, lens guide and lots more we will have an updated version of my twenty minute review plus lots more fresh footage adding up to 35-40mins of HD viewing.

Not only will you see me testing the AF101 against the Sony PMW-350 in a low light showdown (+18dB) but I will take you on one of my corporate jobs and show you the AF101 from behind the scenes. I will be taking you through the various menus, how to switch the camera to NTSC, show you how to use Panasonic’s AVCAM viewer and how to get your clips into Final Cut Pro 7. There will be a section that only contains AF101 footage just to let you see the quality in HD.

I will be on the H Preston Media stand (K10) at Earls Court demonstrating the AF101. We will have limited stock of the Blu Ray DVD’s for the show but you can purchase a copy by emailing me at

Why wait for the show…I can also send a copy to you via my PayPay account, all you need to do is email me and I can send you a PayPal payment request.

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Sony F3 web resource NOW LIVE

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Just a note to let you all know that the Sony PMW-F3 web resource is now live, if any of you want to contribute to the site send me an email.

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Schneider mFT lenses looking to capture the AF101 market

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Schneider-Kreuznach has joined the “Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group” – a consortium of companies with the objective of improving the possibilities and quality of compact digital cameras. Developed by Olympus and Panasonic, “Micro Four Thirds” is a standard for lens mounts that is tailored to digital system cameras. “This standard has great potential. It simplifies and improves the options for compact digital cameras and offers an excellent opportunity for the industry as a whole, as well as for us as a lens manufacturer. We are working intensively on a corresponding series of lenses,” says Dr. Josef Staub, CEO of the Schneider Group.

The standard defines the sensor size, the lens mount together with the communication protocol, the aspect ratio and the flange back distance, as well as the optical requirements for production and construction. The industry standard has been developed deliberately without taking into account conventional lenses, cameras or sensor sizes. In this way, compatibility problems with older components are avoided as is the need to compromise when designing new components.

The forum standard policy means that any member company can make and distribute accessories for the system that meet the standard. It is therefore possible to combine components from different manufacturers.

HDW : This is good news especially for AF101 owners but the downside will be the cost, Schneider lenses are not cheap but if you want the best money can buy then look no further.

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Sony F3 web site

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Here is your first look at our new users web site for the Sony F3. I should be getting a Sony F3 in about three weeks time with three Sony Prime lenses and producing a user video review by the middle of March 2011. I hope to film a small drama with the camera as part of the review.

Spoke to Mike Tapa today and he has promised a Nikon to Sony F3 adapter while I am producing the F3 video review.

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