1. Colorist Rob Bessette of Finish Post presents an overview on the art of color correction with a step-by-step look at the finer points of Black Magic Design's DaVinci Resolve.

    For more information about Rob Bessette, visit finishedit.com/rob.htm

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  2. XXX NITE test available here : vimeo.com/30165718 XXX
    MFT Wide and Fast !
    Noktor / SLR Magic Hyperprime 12mm f/1.6
    The Daylight tests

    I've just received this afternoon from SLR MAgic their new wide and fast angle, a 12mm f/1.6 (24mm in 24X36 eq.) in a Micro Four Third mount.
    This is, to my opinion, an incredible lens, fast and wide, and there is no visible distortion. The focus and aperture rings are very smooth. It is all made in metal.

    XXX There is in my test a small vignetting in the outside shots due to the use of a 62mm L.C.W variable ND filter (with a 58mm/62mm step up ring). To avoid the vignetting you'll need a 67mm or a 72mm filter with the right step up ring, because remeber this is a wide lens ! I'll try with this combination later XXX

    -The lens has 12 aperture blades like cinema lens.
    -The 1.6 is a T stop aperture, eq. to f/1.4 aperture ! ( thephoblographer.com/tag/noktor/ )
    -No visible distortion and optical correction instead of digital so people look normal at edge of photo.
    -No vignette (you'll need a step up ring for filters...)
    -When macro the lens is 3cm from object only !!!!

    The 12mm lens is a whole different lens than the Magic Toy 11mm. it is a lot better but at the same time it is not the same price. it is $500 US. it is very creative but has good performance as well. Macro ability is amazing on this lens.

    - Lens length 2.92 inches
    - Front filter thread 58mm
    - Weight is 325 grams

    In EU and US the lens will be SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 with a SLR Magic black ring. (TBA. around End November or December)
    In other parts of the world it will be the Noktor HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 with the Noktor green ring -the one I'm using for this test (available in October)

    From Andrew from SLR Magic : "It had been a big challenge designing this lens and living up to the Noktor Ultra Fast Lens name. F1.6 is the largest aperture we can get this UWA lens to go. It works great indoors but flares when there is strong light. When you stop down to f2 there are no more problems. It was a debate for us if this was a good decision or not. Making this lens F1.6 with some flaws or make it F2 or F4 with no flaws wide open but smaller aperture."

    GH2 24P
    Nostalgic mode
    Noktor / SLR MAgic Hyperprime 12mm f/1.6
    Apertures between f/1.6 and f/5.6
    L.C.W Mark II 62mm ND variable filter for the outsides shots + step up ring 58mm to 62mm
    Shutter speed : 1/50
    All the shot @ 160 asa except in the stairs.

    Music : The Stranglers "Peaches"
    Thanks to SLR Magic and Andrew :)

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  3. We've seen the trendy jar opener being used as a follow focus, but it's just a kitchenware product, disguising itself to be a camera equipment. Sure it's cheap. But do you really want that colorful rubberband to loosen during a shoot?

    Introducing VARAVON's Sling Follow Focus. Aptly named for its resemblance to a sling shot, it tightly fits on ANY lens size available and can also be used for zoom purposes. The simple functionality itself should be a buzz but the price point? That's something you're not going to wan't to miss out on.

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  4. The Sound Devices 302 is a three-channel mixer that features a compact size and intuitive design. All the controls that are needed for operation are located on the front of the unit, making it easy to operate even when in a bag.

    Layout on the front panel is built for quick operation. You should be aware that input two has a slide switch above it that reverses polarity. It is a common mistake to activate this thinking that it is a filter. When activated, the switch turns off input number two, so make sure to check this setting.

    The audio quality of the 302 mixer is excellent. It packs a lot of features into a low profile unit that is rugged and lightweight. This time-tested mixer will provide years of reliable service in any configuration.

    For more info on the Sound Devices 302 Mixer, visit the product page: abelcine.com/store/Sound-Devices-302-Portable-3-Channel-Field-Mixer/

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