Testing quite a few things in this short! Got a new Glidecam HD4000 and a Samyang 14mm f/2.8. I'll review each below. Also decided to mix two distinct media styles (electronic music and tricking with extreme vintage film styles) to see the outcome. An interesting mix, I think! What are your thoughts on it?
The Glidecam HD4000 is completely awesome when used correctly. Once you have it balanced, with lots and lots of practice your footage will rock! I think I did alright considering I'd never picked one up before. It took about 45 minutes to balance, and for starters, I'd recommend using slow motion for your first test project. This will give you a good idea of how slow (or fast) you'll need to move when shooting in real time to get the same effect. I shot this in 720p at 60fps, then conformed to 24fps for super slow motion.
When shooting with glidecams (or any other method of stabilization), the wider the angle of the lens, the better. This will show more movement in the shot, and your footage will look smoother. Depending on your camera and whether it has a crop factor or not (mine does not have a full-frame sensor, and the crop factor is 1.6x on the 550D) try to get as wide of a lens as possible, without any distortion. Fisheye footage would NOT look good here. Save it for the skate vids and podcasts. The 14mm on the T2i produces footage that looks like it was shot on a 22mm lens.
I currently own the Samyang 35mm, 14mm, and 8mm, and I love them all.
The Samyang 14mm f/2.8 is a great lens. The Canon equivalent costs $2200, and with the Samyang only ringing up to $400, it really challenges the Canon lens for video. Now for photos, forget it. There's no autofocus or data exchange from the lens to the camera, so shooting photos on this lens is totally possible, but not nearly as practical. For video, it's awesome. The lens uses a real glass element, which makes the footage incredible sharp. (On the closeup of the face, look how sharp the 35mm f/1.4 is) All in all, for filmmakers this is a must-have if you need a quality wide-angle lens. All metal build, external aperture ring, and built-in lens hood make this product pack a punch!
I always recommend shooting in CineStyle or neutral color styles when filming to achieve a cinematic-looking foundation. I shot this in neutral (I needed more density in the low end to curve the RGB in the low end, achieving a "faded" look).
When shooting with Samyang lenses, I've noticed a couple of things. The sharpness is awesome. What a plus! It almost makes the image look like it was shot on a higher quality camera. These lenses tend to be a little warm, and a little saturated for my taste. Canon lenses actually desaturate the image in-camera, and Samyang lenses tend to oversaturate when shooting in neutral or standard picture styles. BUT! When shooting in CineStyle, Samyang lenses deliver accurate color and saturation, and it serves as an excellent place to start when color grading. (You can literally go ANYWHERE from there).
That's my two cents!
Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i)
Samyang 14mm f/2.8
Samyang 35mm f/1.4