Two new mFT Prime lenses from Olympus

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Olympus have just unveiled 2 new fast prime lenses for the micro four third format. The 12mm f2 and the 45mm f1.8, these lenses are made with the Olympus PEN cameras but you can be sure they will make their way into Panasonic AF101 camera bags

  • M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 lens: This high-speed, single-focal-length, wide-angle lens is ideal for shooting high-quality, dramatic landscapes and street scenes in low-light conditions. It has a beautiful full-metal body and a snap ring that enables photographers to pan focus with a distance indicator.
  • M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 lens: This single-focal-length portrait lens has a beautiful shallow depth of field which allows for background blurring effects that are not possible with the 14-42mm kit zoom lens. The MSC mechanism is great for tracking a moving child or pet, and provides a quick and silent focus mechanism for movies and still photography.

These two lenses join the new movie & still compatible (MSC) ED m14-42mm II R f3.5/5.6 zoom lens (28mm-84mm equivalent) which comes standard with the new PEN kit as well as the M. Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm II R f4.0-5.6 lens, an extremely light, wide-zoom range with a 35mm equivalent to 80-300mm lens that offers versatility and portability.

 

 

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The Hampden success

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Yesterday was a great success for H Preston Media as John flew back to Malvern last night. John “We had a great day up in Glasgow, meeting mostly our regulars and some fresh faces as well. The Sony NX70 was the camcorder of the day selling three at the open day itself.

The Sony FS100 was also popular and when I swung the camera into almost darkness and set the camera to 21dBs of gail the jaws dropped and some customers were being swayed from potentially buying DSLRs to the FS100.

First to greet us was my old pal Jim Barclay and friend who were keen to see the Sony NX70 and were more than impressed.

 

Graham was next to not only to see the NX70 but bought one as well, Graham had already bought two MC50s last year and was very keen to match them with the NX70, having all the extra pro features like XLRs, gain and a smoother iris control.

Next to visit us were Shaun and Gino, Shaun had already bought an NX70 from us and is delighted with the camera, Shaun ” I thought the MC50 was good but the quality out of the NX70 in amazing”.

George and Wendy of GMW Productions were keen to see the NX70, they have two NX5s at the moment but the NX70 is more than appealing as a second camera to the NX5.

 

As the afternoon wore on we eventually had some time for lunch then it was the de-rig and John was taken to Glasgow airport.

Hampden was getting ready for the Neil Diamond concert during the day and will be a sell out as usual, hosting Take That the week before. I would like to thank Louise MacQueen, events co-ordinator for all her help in arranging the first open day in Glasgow.

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10am at Hampden Football Stadium…Today

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Come and see the latest offering from Sony the NX70 and the Super 35mm FS100. We will have 3 Blu-Ray players showing my Panasonic AF101 video, the NX70 review and the FS100 review, you will see for yourself the amazing picture quality from both camcorders especially the FS100 with it’s Super 35mm sensor.

Meet John Preston the man himself, we will be at Hampden Football Stadium at the Nevis Suite from 10 till 4.30pm…TODAY.

PS. FREE parking, FREE entry, FREE tea and coffee.

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Reviewing the Sony NEX-FS100

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Hampden Football Stadium, H Preston Open Day, Thursday 10-5pm all welcome

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INSECURE the music video..shot entirely with the Sony FS100

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I have a lot on this week with my review of the Sony FS100 near completion and the H Preston open day on Thursday at Hampden football stadium in Glasgow, more about this in a later blog today. I am producing a directors cut of the music video within the FS100 review and as usual it takes time to develop and hone such an edit but I think Douglas will be happy with the end result.
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Filming a Music Video with the Sony FS100

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I have partly produced a review of the new Sony FS100 over in Arran but came back to the mainland with a major lack of content showing the FS100 not only being used but shots from the camera itself. After a day or two racking my brains my sister Martine sent me an email telling me that her son Douglas had published a new single with iTunes called INSECURE http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/insecure-single/id444728785

That gave me an idea, Douglas had been thinking the same idea so we got together to produce a storyboard of Dougies ideas, slow motion, black and white, speed changes he was certainly a focused young man with specific shots in mind.

Things kicked off in Dougies first chosen location a penthouse flat in the centre of Glasgow with it’s Bang and Olufsen LED television that electronically swivels to give you a perfect viewing angle. I am using the new Glidetrack Hybrid slider with a Manfrotto DV head and the Sony FS100.

Dom and Fiona were the central characters and a charm to work with, Dom is in fact a junior surgeon in one of the major Glasgow hospitals and must swoon the nursing staff where ever he goes. Fiona a very pretty young lady who is a marketing manager for a major Glasgow firm.

The Sony FS100 was an absolute joy to work with, once again working outdoors I was using the 4x ND Cokin filter which allowed me enough depth of field without getting carried away.

We arrived at 1pm although the first shot did not kick off till 2pm and as you can see the pictures from the FS100 are stunning, this is a frame grab but the natural skin tones and lack of noise is un-real.

I was ably assisted by my long time friend Stewart who was a good sounding board and came up with some nice lighting ideas. This video grab is from the Sony NX70, I had Stewart record some behind the scene footage which I will edit in the morning.

Dougie was having a ball, basically he played his song via an iPod and mimed in sync to the lyrics, seven hours later Dougie called some of his friends to help us move about 500 yards from one flat to another.

This is Tonys flat, this is where the party was to be held and a further three and a half hours shooting taking us up to 10.30pm

The great thing about the large sensor cameras is your ability to work in either available light or with a minimal bounced ceiling light due the the cameras ability to have up to 15dBs of gain with little to no noise.

The crucial scene being explained to Dom, this video is about female insecurity with her boyfriend, if I were a girl I think I may be a tad insecure working with a modern version of Dr Kildare.

Twelve hours later and we reach the final scene back at flat one, I was shattered by now and just wanted to get to my bed.

 

 

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Review of the Sony HXR-NX70

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One Million hits and counting !

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Today sees our 1,000,000 hit or to be precise 1.002,750…fantastic, we have gone from 99 hits a day to 3,000 hits a day in just over the year, now thats the power of the internet.

Thanks again to everyone who looks in daily from all parts of the world.  Whats the secret you may ask, my candidness and sheer honesty about all sections of video production good and bad.

I rattle a few cages but if your blogging is honest and not fabricated people get to trust you.

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