A late afternoon and a beautiful model meet a Canon 5D MkII and a 35 year old Asahi SMC Pentax-M 50mm f1.4 manual lens. UPS had just dropped off the lens and I popped it on the camera and took my daughter out in the front yard for a quick test.
Legend has it that in the 1970s Asahi figured out how to capture a dreamy summer afternoon and melt it into optical glass. Let it age for a few decades and like a fine wine it mellows into warm mother's love. The shallow depth of field of this classic lens seems endless. I have nicknamed it "The Dream Master" and you can have mine when you pry it out of my cold dead fingers!
For this video I ran the lens wide open with a 77mm Fader ND on an adapter. I used a modified CineCity DSLR-23 shoulder rig, CineCity Follow Focus v2, a Hoodman viewfinder (with 3x magnifier) and, for the indoor shot, a Lilliput 7 inch monitor mounted on the rig. White balance color temperature was set manually in-camera. Edited in Adobe Premiere using the new insanely fast 64-bit real-time hardware acceleration in Premiere CS5, 30fps slowed to 24fps and beyond with time remapping, no color grading yet - this is how it looks raw out of the camera!
I'll use this as demo footage next week at NAB. Eventually I'll incorporate these clips into a longer project of Ripley imagery.