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as a nature doc timelapse cameraman, I've done quite some timelapse transitions in the past, and it has been fun. Mostly ;)
I still enjoy doing and teaching them in a classic ramping style using great tools like DSLRdashboard, and LRTimelapse with it's awesome keyframe ramping/grading features. And there are many more tools and gadgets on this emerging cinematic field.
However, since many moons there is one system on the Market, that outperforms them all: Mike Posehn's GBTimelapse (with EMOTIMO).
At start this powerful program may seem difficult and complex and it's Windows based, but after a while using it I love it. GBT is beautifully thought out in every detail, and extremely powerful where it count's most: excellent results and ease of post processing. Additionally, used with Brian Burlings EMOTIMO head (tuned with GBT firmware), GBTimelapse shows an outstanding performance. Perfect for demanding documentary filmmakers and timelapse creators.
As a long time fan of the AFS Nikkor 14-24/2.8 (best Contrast, Coma, Aberration and Sharpness performance - especially at open aperture) and many more Nikon G-Lenses, I wanted to use GBT's legendary AutoRamp cine feature, introduced this summer, but with Nikon's aperture ring less G-Lenses.
Mike's new Cine Auto Ramping with the EMOTIMO's 3rd Axis control, enables perfect, GPS backed, sunset-sunrise ramping: Not only ISO and Shutter (extremely smooth with excellent bulb accuracy) are ramped, but also the APERTURE is ramped too. Deflickered and controlled in realtime via a very clever algorithm. Furthermore, the timelapse in progress can be controlled at all times in GBT's preview window.
So - Voila! The first G-Lens cine prototype adapter is here with me, out on the mountains working whenever possible, thanks to Novoflex of Germany, which got in at the Project.
What was first a draft of an adapter cine interface on a piece of paper turned after some months into a great prototype.
See the prototype in action in the Video.
If you are interested, drop me a note at my website Christophmalin.com. I am evaluating having more of these Novoflex G-Lens cine adapters produced, but first I need an idea how many of you would be interested.
- Emotimo TB3 black
- Novoflex Macro Slider
- 6D, AFS Nikkor 14-24/2.8
- Novoflex Cine Prototype
- Apple MacBook Air (Parallels Windows 7)
All the best