Equipment Reviews

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, 201434 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, 20146 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
Canon CN-E Cinema Primes Hands On Review

Canon CN-E Cinema Primes Hands On Review

What do say when you get a email that reads. Erik. Would you be interested in reviewing the Canon CN-E Cinema Primes? Heck yes is what I said!. That’s pretty much how it went. Terry Nixon at Texas Media Systems sent me an email just like that. I think he was on a mountain bike […]

July 16, 20135 Comments

Lens Talk

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
New Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Lens Released. Sort Of.

New Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Lens Released. Sort Of.

The lens has been rumored then on October 15th. Sigma officially released the lens on their website for about five hours then the link went down and it’s still down. Not sure why it went down but the lens does exist and I did see it and gathered this info. I have, and like very […]

October 15, 20132 Comments

Featured Posts

$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
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
Atomos Releases New HDMI Start & Start Trigger & Timecode Standard

Atomos Releases New HDMI Start & Start Trigger & Timecode Standard

In the pro video world SDI is the standard and has been for some time. Every year more high end cameras with not so great internal codecs and are used by pros are released with HDMI outputs only. This is frustrating for several reasons. The main one is the connection is poor. The cable isn’t […]

August 8, 20140 Comments
Matching the GH4 To The C100 & C300 C Log. Can It Be Done?

Matching the GH4 To The C100 & C300 C Log. Can It Be Done?

I have a shoot that I want to use both the Canon C100 and the Panasonic GH4 together but I dont want to match these two cameras in post. I think it’s best to get the GH4 to match the C100 in camera as close as possible and tweak them in post insead. I got […]

August 5, 201416 Comments
Amazon has the Canon EOS 7D as “DISCONTINUED” Something New Coming?

Amazon has the Canon EOS 7D as “DISCONTINUED” Something New Coming?

The rumors have been flying about a new updated Canon 7D camera. We don’t know if it’s a whole new APS-C camera or a replacement for it. As it looks Amazon has the Canon 7D marked as “DISCONTINUED”  First announced on September 1st 2009 makes the 7D almost five years old. The 70D is such […]

July 26, 20140 Comments
Using the Sony Alpha A7s For News Topicals And Grading The Footage

Using the Sony Alpha A7s For News Topicals And Grading The Footage

During the month of July I’ve been shooting and editing news breaks that play in the Ellen show These are usually done with studio cameras and crew but they are in training with a new control room setup so I’m doing them for now. I could use a typical ENG camera but come on! Thats no […]

July 25, 20144 Comments
Things That Drive Me Crazy About The Sony A7s

Things That Drive Me Crazy About The Sony A7s

I’ve had the Sony A7s for about a month and It’s a fun camera with some great features, but I just can’t seem to get comfortable with it and a few things just frustrate me. Please understand that this is all my opinion and if you disagree with them that’s fine. I’m not a fanboy […]

July 20, 201460 Comments
Blackmagic Camera’s Get New ProRes Flavors With Firmware 1.8.2

Blackmagic Camera’s Get New ProRes Flavors With Firmware 1.8.2

Today Blackmagic released an update for the Blackmagic Cameras that give you several new flavors of ProRes. This is great for projects that don’t require the HQ version that creates very large files and also eats up your media. I like ProRes 422. It’s just right when I use my Ninja Blade with the C100. […]

July 17, 20142 Comments
Canon C300 $2K Price Drop and New Lease Deals.

Canon C300 $2K Price Drop and New Lease Deals.

Canon announced a few new deals on the C300 today. First is a instant rebate of $2000 bringing the C300 to $11,999. This deal is effective until September 30th, 2014. Next is some nice lease opportunities on the C3000 and some lenses too. I leased my C100 from Texas Media Systems. They got the paper work done […]

July 1, 20140 Comments
Using Prelude CC 2014 To Rename Those Pesky AVCHD Clips

Using Prelude CC 2014 To Rename Those Pesky AVCHD Clips

How many times have you got screwed by the AVCHD naming convention. It’s one of the biggest complaints I have with the C100 and any other camera that uses AVCHD. The format isn’t for pros, but that didn’t stop camera manufacturers from putting it in high end cameras. Renaming all the the clips Using Adobe […]

June 29, 20147 Comments

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