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Alright, we have some of our cheap lens footage loaded. Let's just take a quick look at some of the properties. I'm not so concerned about the motion, just some of the, the static frames should work real well. >> Yeah, let's, let's go ahead and take a look at some of the Fujian lenses first. >> Yep. >> So say that the rim company is named after. >> Fujian. >> Fujian, there we go. I'll just go ahead and make this a little bigger and so we take a look. And this is just a little slide move. And the thing I notice about this as I, as we scroll through it, is that it definitely has a distinct character. It almost looks like 70's-esque to me. >> Yeah. >> It has a little bit of a, sort of a, a grittier type feel now.
This was shot on a BlackMagic Pocket Cinema camera in log mode, so that's why it does look particularly flat. But what I like about this is that it has sort of a gritty look. That's the only way I can describe it. It appears that, you know, it's, it's, there's detail, but not overdetailed. And I think it actually, actually has a pretty nice kind of cool look. >> Yeah, no I'm happy with it. This is one of favorite lenses that I have. It's one of my cheapest. >> Here, here's the same lens, just a quite, just a different shot. >> Yeah, and it's handling the motion of the flag pretty well there. That the shallow depth of field worked pretty well.
I mean, it's nice, the detail came through. >> Yeah, I would agree. Next up, we got the lomography lenses and here is a lomography 12 mill. And then we have a little bit of a 24 later so let's go ahead and take a look at this. Our exposure product could have have been a little bit better on this one, but that's okay. you know, this is obviously a flat look, and I think, I'm noticing that the lens is flat, but I know that you're having a harder time visualizing it in your head. >> Yes, it's all my fault. >> Whether it's the lens being flat or, it's the actual the actual camera itself. So what I'm going to do, is just go ahead, and load up the lumetry look here real quick.
So let's go ahead and search for lumetry. There it is. And I'm going to apply that to the shot. And when I do, I can go ahead over to my effect controls and pick a lut. So, we have a couple of free luts here and I'm just going to go ahead and choose one of these black magic film to video type looks. I'll go with the basic look. It's basically just a 3D cube. I'll go ahead and accept that. >> Looks a lot different. >> Yeah, looks a lot different. And you'll notice that if I go ahead and play that bigger. Now, I'm definitely getting kind of that toy camera type look in the shot. >> Yeah. And I really like sort of the crispness, the punchiness there, while the shadows are really rich.
So I think it's a lot of fun. I mean, this is definitely one of those shots where the lomography plastic lens blows out the highlights. And we were shooting a bit hot here so we could either shoot lower or, just embrace the low tech look. >> Totally. And let's just go ahead, just for the fun of it, let's go ahead and apply that effect to the Fujion shots that we had earlier. And you can see that it still has that kind of gritty look that I was talking about. Does feel a little 70's to me, but I like it. I think it works pretty well. Here's the, here's the flag shot. Knot in log. >> Yeah. >> And I, I like it.
I mean I like these lenses. I mean I think that they give a certain character, or a certain element to it. Now let's go ahead and take a look at a couple more of the lenses that we have here. So took a look at the lomography 12 mil. Here is the lomography 24 mil. We'll go ahead and apply our lut to that as well. Interesting, I really like these lomography ones as I think that they give kind of that fix, you know, sort of, toy camera type look with those nice strong purples, and the reds, and they look, they look pretty cool. >> The chromatic aberration here in the fringing is harsh, but it's part of the charm.
This is a low tech look. And it works well with the subject matter. I really like how that chain is coming through. >> I would absolutely agree. Alright. And then we have a lomography fish eye. Holy smokes. >> That is a fish eye. >> That is something that's definitely a fish eye. Let's go ahead and we'll brighten that up there a little bit, and let's go ahead. >> That is a look straight out of Instagram. It's, it's kind of funny to say it's out of Instagram since Instagram was copying lomography. >> Yeah and the thing I don't like about this lens is obviously the barrel distortion. I mean, but you're going to get that in a fish eye lens.
I'm just not a big fan personally of the fish eye look. But I could see a use for this. And again, it has that vintage feel to it, everything about it, from sort of how the sort of the blurring's going on over here on the left hand side of the frame to the chromatic problems, it's a cool look. >> Yep. >> Next up we have SLR Magic Lenses, and you can see between these, this is obviously the longer of the two. And these are again shot on a Black Magic Pocket Camera so I'll just go ahead and paste that in to both of these. And let's take a look at how those look.
>> I would say that in this case, and these are the, this is the same camera body with different lenses. It's important to note for this test we shot the same subject matter with different lenses on the same body because we really wanted you to get an idea. I have to say that this one has a very different feel. I like it. It just feels a little bit more modern and punchy. >> It does. I mean, if you compare it real quickly to the other examples of this. Going back to say, you'll notice here like on one of the lomography lenses, look at the side with reds and the purples there.
And then look at it down here, you'll notice that that red and purple, it's not so much purple, it's more orangy and more rusty. So I think that you're right, that this lens is a little more true to sort of a reality without kind of shaping that color as well. And the same thing here, when we look at the the wider version too it looks pretty good. >> Yep, alright, well I really like what we got here, different lenses on the same camera, and I really want to point out an important detail, which is that the lenses can greatly affect the color, so make sure you keep that in mind.
Now, here we're switching bodies, this is the lens maybe lens on the Nikon, a bit flatter but, really interesting with shallow depth of field there. And really the, the edges are getting pushed off. It's interesting how that's in focus and that's so out of focus. >> Yeah, I mean, this is a really unique look. Really good, I think, for if you're doing television work for like work where you know, you're doing a dream sequence or something like that. You don't have to invent this post and all that blurring, it's just there. Color wise, it's real, pretty true to reality. I mean there's nothing that's objectional about here.
You know, I wouldn't say it's the most color perfect lens that I've ever looked at, but that's not the point with the Lensbabies. Is that, they're all about sort of the, the look of sort of the tilt shift kind of bellows type look that you get with the lens. >> It's interesting here how we've pushed the whole right edge out of the frame by simply bending the lens. And, you know, this is kind of nice here, a little more subtle. He didn't do as much bending, just a little more of a tilt down so the top edge is a little soft. >> Yeah, you can see right there as he was actually shooting, he was bending the lens so you can kind of get a real time look. So if you are following somebody around you can have things kind of distort around them, which is kind of cool.
>> Yeah, and this is kind of interesting the character that it brings to the shot here. And it does have a little bit of focus controls. So I think that this is an interesting to put in your bag. >> Yeah. >> And that Lensbaby system is available for a lot of different cameras, including some of the Sony and the Fuji mounts out there. So, if you are shooting and feel left out that you don't have access to some of these specialty lenses, Lensbabies are available for a lot of different camera systems. Alright well, we walked you through a bunch of cheap lenses, and I can guarantee you in the future, we're both addicted to buying lenses. As we find some more cheap fun lenses, we'll bring them back to video gear weekly.
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