Equipment Reviews

Two Nights With the DJI Ronin. Pre-Review

Two Nights With the DJI Ronin. Pre-Review

Loading Playing with the DJI Ronin today for a shoot for the next two days. Thinking the A7s would be good but might be to light #videoproduction #filmmaking @ezdrone View on Instagram I was excited to finally play/use the DJI Ronin handheld gimbal. I’ve demoed a few at NAB but never used one until last […]

October 18, 20140 Comments
Benro H8 Fluid Head Hands On Review

Benro H8 Fluid Head Hands On Review

Benro H8 Fluid Head Hand On Review from Erik Naso on Vimeo. Benro introduced a couple new fluid heads this year. The 75mm H8 $609 and 100mm H10 $729. These are more expensive and are considered a high end product in the Benro fluid head line. I decided to try out the H8 since I’m using 75mm bowl tripods for the […]

August 16, 201410 Comments
Sony Alpha A7s Hands On Review

Sony Alpha A7s Hands On Review

Updated July 27th. Go to Picture Profiles for the new additions. Thanks! Sunset Cliffs. Sony Alpha A7s 120fps and Full Frame from Erik Naso on Vimeo. I finally had an afternoon free to get some shots. I decided to go to Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach CA. It’s a beautiful area. Okay. Truth be told […]

July 16, 201435 Comments
Testing The Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM ART Wide Open With The C100

Testing The Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM ART Wide Open With The C100

This article isnt a full review but more of an experiment /test and my impressions of the Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART. After having a pre order in since the first day the 50mm was announced I received it a day after a big commercial shoot. I was so bummed! It would’ve been a perfect shoot to […]

June 7, 20148 Comments
My Panasonic GH4 Has Arrived. My First Impressions

My Panasonic GH4 Has Arrived. My First Impressions

I was lucky to have my pre ordered GH4 arrive today from Texas Media Systems much sooner than I expected. It wasn’t supposed to be here until the end of April. To my surprise Texas Media Systems emailed me with a tracking number and the next day it arrived. So cool! I love new cameras! I […]

April 24, 201418 Comments
GenusTech Mini Jib Pre Review And First Impressions

GenusTech Mini Jib Pre Review And First Impressions

I finally was able to get out and set up the GenusTech Mini Jib. I have been on the mend from shoulder surgery and it has taken a little longer than I expected to get back to shooting. Big thanks for all the help I got today from Andy and the mystery shooter. LOL! As […]

March 20, 20146 Comments
Building A Zacuto Recoil Rig. My Hands On Review

Building A Zacuto Recoil Rig. My Hands On Review

I’ve been on a quest to build the perfect camera rig for some time now. In fact I wrote a blog post on just that! Using several different bits and pieces to create a well balanced shoulder mounted rig. I got so close but just never had one system that absolutely worked. I basically quit […]

February 10, 201412 Comments
Canon 70D With Dual Pixel CMOS AF. My Two Part Review

Canon 70D With Dual Pixel CMOS AF. My Two Part Review

I decided to break this up into two parts. This first part will cover my thoughts on the camera and shooting stills primarily. I have a few tests on the video side done but haven’t gone out to really shoot yet. Please come back  for the review that will cover the video side of the […]

January 21, 20146 Comments
Tiffen 82mm Variable ND Filter Test

Tiffen 82mm Variable ND Filter Test

I wanted to get one variable ND filter to fit all my lenses, so I went for this massive  Tiffen 82mm Variable ND Filter. It is BIG but for a reason. The wider outer optic  helps reduce vignetting at wide angles. I have several step down rings so I can use the filter with all my […]

January 1, 20148 Comments
Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Monitor Packs A Punch In A Small Box

Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Monitor Packs A Punch In A Small Box

I recently bought a new Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15″ with Thunderbolt 2. I needed a better laptop for editing with Premiere Pro. Since my mid 2010 did not have a CUDA enabled GPU I wasn’t getting the performance I wanted. Another reason to upgrade is for the new and really fast USB 3 and […]

November 20, 20133 Comments
LaCie eSATA Hub. The Thunderbolt Bridge For eSATA Drives

LaCie eSATA Hub. The Thunderbolt Bridge For eSATA Drives

I recently bought a mighty sweet 15″ 2013 Retina MacBook Pro. It came preloaded with Mavericks and for the most part I like it a lot! Mavericks is a little different and gave me some issues installing CUDA drivers. Apple hasn’t certified a lot of drivers yet so Mavericks didn’t want to install updates I […]

November 16, 20133 Comments
GH3 Battery Grip For Only $70 & It’s Awesome!

GH3 Battery Grip For Only $70 & It’s Awesome!

I love it when you find a great deal. I love it even more when it’s also a great product! That happened when I found this GH3 battery grip on eBay. I usually have low expectations when I find after market products and no offense but some of the Chinese stuff can be iffy, but not […]

September 24, 201310 Comments
Fhugen Honu GH3 Video Cage Hands On Review

Fhugen Honu GH3 Video Cage Hands On Review

The Photography and Cinema Fhugen Hono (pronounced as Fusion) is a custom designed GH3 cage. Yes it’s made specifically for the GH3. This is great because it fits the GH3 like a glove. You have access to all the features and all the compartments of the GH3 without any issues.   Universal cages could have issues […]

September 22, 201310 Comments
Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 10. Hands On Review

Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 10. Hands On Review

  Is it a backpack? Fanny pack? or a messenger bag. Well, the TurnStyle bag takes some of the features from all three,  When you need to go light and move fast the TurnStyle 10 delivers. I used it for several days and it was a joy to work with. The first time I slipped it over […]

August 28, 20131 Comment
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Review. Style And Function All In One Bag.

Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Review. Style And Function All In One Bag.

I have a few Think Tank Photo bags. They are very well built and well,  just plane work great! In the past I’ve struggled with shoulder bags. They tend to be bulky and a hassle to work with, so I used backpacks mostly or rolling bags. These are great for getting you from place to […]

August 19, 20130 Comments

Lens Talk

New MFT Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens

New MFT Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens

  Check out this 40-150mm f2.8 beauty! This is the first I’ve seen of this lens so I’m just giving you guys the info I find out and boy do I want to test drive it! It has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 80-300mm for covering a wide range of telephoto lengths and has […]

October 2, 20140 Comments
Zeiss Brings New Line Of Full Frame Lenses For Sony E-Mount With Loxia

Zeiss Brings New Line Of Full Frame Lenses For Sony E-Mount With Loxia

One of my biggest issues with the A7s is lenses. Sony has a great sensor but limited native lenses to go with it. Now Zeiss has a new line of manual lenses for the E mount alpha line. I think this is great for Sony but these lenses are manual focus only. No auto focus. […]

September 2, 20141 Comment
Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA . The Next Generation

Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA . The Next Generation

My first Metabones Smart Adapter with Speed Booster came in the mail last week. The Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds. I’ve been waiting for several years to be able to use my Canon lenses with the Panasonic MFT mount. That adapter has been a long time coming. Sure we have a few other choices but […]

September 2, 20143 Comments
Sigma ART 18-35mm Firmware Update Improves Autofocus With C100

Sigma ART 18-35mm Firmware Update Improves Autofocus With C100

The very popular Sigma 18-35 has a firmware update that fixes the autofocus issues it has with the Dual Pixel AF on the C100. My friend has done the update and reports that the 18-35 is as fast as a Canon lens now and is also much quieter when using the Dual Pixel AF. Thats […]

August 26, 20141 Comment
Metabones Firmware Update For Canon EF Adapter Improves Performance with Sony A7S

Metabones Firmware Update For Canon EF Adapter Improves Performance with Sony A7S

Today Metebones released an update to the MARK IV Canon EF Adapter. The update can be performed by the user so no need to send it in. One bummer for me is it requires a Windows PC. I couldn’t find a Apple OSX version. Looks like I have to wait until later today to perform the […]

August 13, 20140 Comments
Testing The Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM ART Wide Open With The C100

Testing The Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM ART Wide Open With The C100

This article isnt a full review but more of an experiment /test and my impressions of the Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART. After having a pre order in since the first day the 50mm was announced I received it a day after a big commercial shoot. I was so bummed! It would’ve been a perfect shoot to […]

June 7, 20148 Comments
Xume Filter Adapters And Hoya PROND Filters. Match Made In Heaven

Xume Filter Adapters And Hoya PROND Filters. Match Made In Heaven

Hanging out on DVXuser.com I found two very cool products. The first is Xume quick release filter adapters, and second is the new Hoya PROND Neutral Density filters. Put these two products together and you get this. I never liked using screw on ND filters with stills lenses. They are clumsy and slow. Really kills […]

May 22, 20141 Comment
New Canon Lenses. 16-35 F4.0L IS & 10-18 F4.5-5.6 IS STM. Interested?

New Canon Lenses. 16-35 F4.0L IS & 10-18 F4.5-5.6 IS STM. Interested?

When I heard Canon had a couple new lenses coming out I of course got a little excited. I love new lenses. My bank account doesn’t but my cameras sure do! Then I found out what they are. Canon 16-35mm F4.0L IS. Interesting & 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM. Maybe?The excitement settled down a little. I […]

May 19, 20147 Comments
Which Lenses Should I Buy For My GH4 or GH3?

Which Lenses Should I Buy For My GH4 or GH3?

The GH4 is shipping now and the next big purchase if you don’t already have them is lenses. This list could get really long because the GH4 can take so many different lenses due to its Micro Four Thirds Mount (MFT). Add an adaptor and you can practically use any lens on the market. This […]

April 29, 201412 Comments
Super Speedy Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM. Preorder’s Priced At $949

Super Speedy Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM. Preorder’s Priced At $949

  The new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM is now available for preorder and the final price is $949. There has been a lot of talk about how awesome this lens is and Sigma themselves say it’s as good as the $4K Zeiss OTUS. Thats a strong statement, so we will have to see when it gets […]

April 11, 20142 Comments
Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 Zoom Lens. ENG Style Optics Available in EF and PL

Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 Zoom Lens. ENG Style Optics Available in EF and PL

What a sweet looking lens. I have wanted a lens like this for a long time and I can see renting it for special projects since the price is around $33,000. With a removable servo grip to use the lens in a cine configuration is brilliant. Canon got this one right with a swappable EF […]

April 2, 20140 Comments
The Best Little Canon Lens I’ve Bought In A Long Time

The Best Little Canon Lens I’ve Bought In A Long Time

So what lens is it? The new Canon 40mm 2.8 STM. What? That pancake lens? Oh yes. Check out this spot I shot with it. I can’t believe how good it is. Sharp as you would want and virtually no distortion. This is a 40mm full frame lens. That means it’s not considered a normal […]

March 8, 20146 Comments
Sigma Introduces The 50mm 1.4 DG HSM ART Lens and 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro

Sigma Introduces The 50mm 1.4 DG HSM ART Lens and 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro

I said a few weeks ago to a friend that I think 2014 is going to be a big year for Sigma optics and today Sigma announces a new ART lens. The 50mm 1.4 DG HSM ART. I love the new ART line and the 18-35 is one of my favorite new lenses. This fast 50mm […]

January 6, 20140 Comments
New Samyang 10mm f/2.8 Lens For APS-C/DX

New Samyang 10mm f/2.8 Lens For APS-C/DX

The new 10mm looks like a nice piece of glass and it’s fast at 2.8. The 10mm will give you a 109.5° field of view with APS-C cameras and a minimum focus around 10″. This will be a popular lens due to its speed and low distortion as well as cost. I dont know the street price […]

December 13, 20133 Comments
Sigma 18-35 Parfocal Test.

Sigma 18-35 Parfocal Test.

So far I’m really liking the Sigma 18-35 lens. I used it on a new Investigative Image promo and it worked perfectly. Wide open this lens is very sharp and the overall image is fantastic. I have no issues that it’s a APS-C lens either. I needed the range that this lens has. I look […]

November 2, 20134 Comments

Featured Posts

Odyssey7 & Odyssey7Q New V3.10.100 Firmware Has Lots Of Added Features

Odyssey7 & Odyssey7Q New V3.10.100 Firmware Has Lots Of Added Features

Looks like a nice free update and what better way to get this info than from a puppet! Press Release ODYSSEY7 & ODYSSEY7Q FIRMWARE V3.10.100 RELEASED Today Convergent Design releases a firmware update for the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q. This release adds features, improves current functions and fixes some previous issues. The following is a summary of […]

October 29, 20140 Comments
AJA CION Will Have A “Flat” Profile But Does That Mean Log?

AJA CION Will Have A “Flat” Profile But Does That Mean Log?

Today on DVXuser.com AJA Senor Product Manger Jon Thorn answered a few questions from users.  The thread title “Is The CION Ever Going To Ship?”  With in two hours Jon hoped on the thread to answer some of the questions and elaborate on the CION. It’s very cool Jon did this since many folks are eagerly […]

October 19, 20140 Comments
Two Nights With the DJI Ronin. Pre-Review

Two Nights With the DJI Ronin. Pre-Review

Loading Playing with the DJI Ronin today for a shoot for the next two days. Thinking the A7s would be good but might be to light #videoproduction #filmmaking @ezdrone View on Instagram I was excited to finally play/use the DJI Ronin handheld gimbal. I’ve demoed a few at NAB but never used one until last […]

October 18, 20140 Comments
Building A Rig For My GH4. Parts. Lots of Parts!

Building A Rig For My GH4. Parts. Lots of Parts!

I’ve been messing around with parts I already owned to try and rig up the GH4 for more advanced shooting. Advanced meaning using an audio person and capturing sound into the GH4. Also having better monitoring options for different environments like shooting outside. Here is what I have so far and it works pretty well. […]

October 2, 201412 Comments
Panasonic GH4 Gets Another Firmware Update. V2.0. Anamorphic Anyone?

Panasonic GH4 Gets Another Firmware Update. V2.0. Anamorphic Anyone?

This is an interesting update. Panasonic added a few new features. Nothing ground breaking but if you have anamorphic lenses you might enjoy this update. In addition to 16:9 aspect ratio you now have 4:3/3:2/1:1. Time to look for some lenses to play with these settings. Unfortunately Anamorphic is only available in NTSC 29.97. Booooo! I’m […]

October 1, 20143 Comments
Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Gets Big Price Break. Now $1795

Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Gets Big Price Break. Now $1795

Convergent Design is celebrating the success of the device by slashing 20% off The Odyssey7Q.  It’s now available for just $1795, more than 20% less than the standard price. This is for a limited time. so if you’ve wanted one it’s a good time to pull the trigger. The Odyssey7Q is available for just $1795, more […]

October 1, 20140 Comments
GoPro HERO4 4K. Holy Cow!

GoPro HERO4 4K. Holy Cow!

Just take my money! I think I read this about a hundred times so far. The HERO4 4K is stunning. Not only does it shoot 4K at 30fps it actually looks great. In the demo video the night and low light shots look pretty darn good. I want to play with this GoPro! Heck I […]

October 1, 20143 Comments
G-Technology Unviels New 64TB 8-Bay Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solution

G-Technology Unviels New 64TB 8-Bay Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solution

This thing is massive! The new G-Technology  G-SPEED Studio XL packs a maximum of 64TB in this 8 bay RAID enclosure. Perfect for compressed 4K editing. I sure could use this monster RAID box. I have way to many drives. With Thunderbolt 2 you can get speeds up to 1350MB/s. Configurable in RAID 0, 1, 5, […]

September 30, 20140 Comments
Atomos Shogun Delayed Until November For Firmware Tweaking

Atomos Shogun Delayed Until November For Firmware Tweaking

I was poking around the web and stumbled on this bit of info. I’m trying to get it confirmed but for now this is what I got. UPDATE. I spoke to Atomos today and the delay is due to firmware tweaking. This could be added features too since it’s all in the firmware. Either way […]

September 30, 20142 Comments
$300 Rebate On The Panasonic Lumix DMW-YAGH Interface Unit

$300 Rebate On The Panasonic Lumix DMW-YAGH Interface Unit

The Panasonic Lumix DMW-YAGH Interface Unit for GH4 retails for $1,997.99 now it has a $300 rebate bringing it down to $1,697.99. To be honest I still think it’s overpriced  and I’m not buy one at this time. It offers a lot but the functionality is hard to work around. The big one for me is it needs to be […]

September 29, 20140 Comments
Sony XDCAM PXW-FS7 Official Pricing And Pre Order Now Available

Sony XDCAM PXW-FS7 Official Pricing And Pre Order Now Available

The Sony XDCAM PXW-FS7 is now available for pre order and the price is $7999. for the body, viewfinder and grip. No media and also no mention of battery. Some of the pro cameras don’t come with them but hopefully the FS7 will. If your intrested in buying you you need to factor in media. The […]

September 17, 20141 Comment
Canon 7D MARK II Released. It’s For Photographers First

Canon 7D MARK II Released. It’s For Photographers First

The new Canon 7D has been released today. I think it looks like a wonderful stills camera but video users aren’t going to get excited about it. I’ll give you three reasons and they are all listed below. Full specs can be found HERE. Movie Type MOV (Video: H.264 or MP4: Intra frame / inter […]

September 15, 20145 Comments
Sony Introduces The New 4K PXW-FS7 XDCAM Series Camera

Sony Introduces The New 4K PXW-FS7 XDCAM Series Camera

Sony has been busy for sure this year delivering new cameras and the new PXW-FS7 looks to have features in a price range that stands alone. Sony´s new XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP formats, each supporting 10-bit 4:2:2 recording (XAVC-I, 180fps; XAVC-L, 120fps). Recording in UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, slow motion up to 60fps […]

September 12, 20145 Comments
The First Footage From The New Panasonic Varicam 35

The First Footage From The New Panasonic Varicam 35

Welcome back Varicam! This is the first footage released from the Panasonic Varicam and it looks stunning to me. I like the varied shot types from low light to studio and nature. It really covers the full spectrum of shooting scenes and they all look really great.   I’ve always liked the look of the […]

September 9, 20142 Comments
GH4 & Metabones EF to MFT Speed Booster & A7s Together. Hands On Review

GH4 & Metabones EF to MFT Speed Booster & A7s Together. Hands On Review

When the new EF to Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster came out I jumped on it. I’ve been waiting a long time for an electronic adapter that didn’t require a battery so I could use my Canon EF lenses. The wait is finally over. As you can see I’m happy and so is my reporter […]

September 4, 201411 Comments

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