Lens Whacking

We took a trip up to West Hartford, CT to visit with family over Christmas break. We took the kids into town for a little day out on the town and this is a little music video to highlight the occasion. I had been wanting to shoot some video with my Fuji XE-1 which is a great stills camera. I still hadn't really seen what it could with video so I brought along two Canon FD manual focus lenses to try some lens whacking to bring a romantic feel to the story. Lastly, I applied a Film Convert color grade to finish off the look.

Conclusion: While it was fun shooting with the minimul weight and form factor of the camera, the rolling shutter is just too severe to use without some form of rig to stabilize the camera. The camera shoots in only one mode: 24fps 1080p. But since the camera has no manual controls for video a lot of shots are ruined since the exposure doesn't adjust for backlight and your shutter speed and ISO are always jumping around. Thankfully the lens whacking not only confused the heck out of the program but it also covered over any less than professional details and didn't impact the end result.

Shot with:
Fuji XE-1
Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 and Canon FD 28mm f/2.8
Edited in Final Cut Pro X
Graded with Film Convert

j vimeo.com/82931861

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