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Now Rich, if you've been around sort of >> I'm using a Nikon here, same idea.


Now Rich, if you've been around sort of specialties kind of fun lenses for a while. >> Yep. >> No doubt you probably heard the name Lens Baby. >> Yeah. >> What is a Lens Baby? Well, they've been around for a long time. And the original Lens Babies were sort of a bellows type system. And you literally bent the lens. You could push in or out. >> Yeah. >> It was a lot of fun. It was kind of like in an accordion. >> Yeah. >> And it would produce weird looking results except when you let go, it didn't hold its shape. >> Right. In sort of the, the look that you got from original lens baby was kind of part tilt shift, part toy camera.

They gave you very out of focus areas, some noticeable sort of corner distortion in the image. And it created some very cool looks, but it was hard to repeat what was going on in the shot. >> Yeah, and they've sort of stepped that up. So now they make what's called the Composer. >> Yep. >> Which is essentially what holds the Lensbaby. >> Okay. >> And you see that we've got a lens in there already. >> Of course. Let's start by attaching it to the camera >> Okay. >> I'm using a Nikon here, same idea. And it's got a little dot so you just line up the dots. >> Okay >> There we go. And then, you can swap out the center optic by just taking the tool.

Lining that up and twisting. >> Yeah, the cool part about this Rich. Is that the actual cap for the sort of container that it comes in, is actually the ability to twist on the lens itself. >> Yeah and in the middle there, this is really old school. Like you want to understand aperture. >> Yeah. >> You actually have physical aperture ring. So take a look through that. >> Yep. >> Nice wide lens, right? >> Absolutely. >> But shooting outdoors? >> Going to overexpose the image. >> So we have here a whole collection of actual, magnetic aperture rings.

>> And this is such a cool way to visualize aperture. In other words, sort of the you know, higher apertures. Guess what? The circle's getting smaller, right? >> Yeah. >> Wider apertures, the circle's getting bigger. >> So we can just take that and essentially just drop it in. >> Yep. >> And it snaps into place with a magnet. >> Absolutely. That's really cool. >> Now we do the same thing here. This is a very similar lens to which you have there. I'll just put a smaller aperture in. There we go >> Okay. >> Drop that into the middle, now you want to be careful, because this is essentially a direct path to the sensor at that point. >> Absolutely. >> So, don't do this outdoors where it's dusty.

>> Sure. >> And you line that up and then just take that lid and turn it in. Go ahead. >> Okay. So just kind of line this up, right here? >> Yep, and turn it a quarter turn that way. >> There you go. >> And it should lock in. Yep, it locks into place, you see the notch is lined up. >> Yep. >> Now, what's interesting about this. Is that this is designed to bend. >> Yeah. >> And so, if you have this straight it just behaves like a cheap prime lens. But if I tilt it to the left there, well then one area is going to be in focus while the other side is really shallow. >> Yeah and this is kind of a, a tilt shift type effect.

And again, the whole sort of you know, theme about all these cheaper lenses is that. That give you kind of fun look, and this is definitely a fun look. I'm sure you've seen tilt shift type photography and tilt shift type video even on the Internet. It's become very popular over the past couple of years. >> I use it with time lapse a lot. >> Yeah. >> And I'll tilt it down like that, so that the nearer things are sharp, while farther away or tilted up. >> Absolutely. You know, the reason that this is much cheaper than you know, sort of traditional tilt shift lens is because it just doesn't offer the precision. In terms of, you know, moving about the lens by a millimeter to the left.

>> Right. >> Or up and down. That kind of stuff. It manually requires you to do it, but the thing that I find really interesting too about this, Rich. Is not only can you position and move the lens however you want. But then with this ring right here on the inside of the camera, you can just twist that. >> And lock it. >> And lock it down so that way the lens doesn't actually move. So it has a high level of repeatability for getting a shot. >> And what's nice there is once you've locked it down then you can start to manually pull focus with this which will work in a video situation. And that's nice because with it locked down you're not going to accidentally bump it.

>> Absolutely. >> So a fun system with basically exchangeable innards, if you think of it that way. And they sell a variety of different inserts so you can build your kit out over time. Now, we've got one more cheap lens to look at. It's from a company called SLR Magic and we'll take a look at two of their offerings next.

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Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman

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  1. 12m 22s
    1. What is a Parabolic Slider?
      1m 22s
    2. Building the Slider
      1m 41s
    3. Setting Focus
      1m 4s
    4. Adjusting the Speed of Movement
      2m 13s
    5. Evaluating the Results
      6m 2s
  2. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome to Video Gear Weekly
      2m 31s
  3. 11m 24s
    1. DJI Quadcopters
      2m 35s
    2. Calibrating the Quadcopter
      2m 12s
    3. Flying Strategies
      2m 48s
    4. Evaluating the Footage
      3m 49s
  4. 26m 53s
    1. Ultra fast primes
      2m 26s
    2. Benefits of using fast primes
      6m 25s
    3. Challenges of using fast primes
      10m 22s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      7m 40s
  5. 6m 57s
    1. Keeping Your Gear Safe
    2. Keeping Gear Dry
      3m 0s
    3. Using Camera Wraps
      1m 11s
    4. Using Lens Wraps
      2m 0s
  6. 38m 18s
    1. Introduction to the Panasonic GH4
      1m 31s
    2. Beneficial features of the Panasonic GH4
      7m 42s
    3. Drawbacks of the Panasonic GH4
      6m 18s
    4. Menu options of the Panasonic GH4
      13m 59s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      8m 48s
  7. 15m 6s
    1. Making everyone look their best on camera
      1m 30s
    2. What does a makeup artist or stylist do?
      3m 31s
    3. Products used to fight shine
      5m 8s
    4. Applying Anti-Shine
      4m 57s
  8. 16m 49s
    1. The adaptable GoPro
      1m 7s
    2. Stealth
      3m 57s
    3. Adding filters
      3m 1s
    4. Shooting Anamorphic footage
      2m 19s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      6m 25s
  9. 21m 17s
    1. Introduction to the Zoom H4n
      1m 52s
    2. Recording to an iPad or iPhone
      4m 21s
    3. Attaching directly to a camera
      4m 28s
    4. Using a Tascam recorder
      5m 12s
    5. Recording to a laptop
      5m 24s
  10. 11m 23s
    1. DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
    2. Beneficial features of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 9s
    3. Limitations of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 15s
    4. Essential accessories for the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter (Field)
      4m 7s
  11. 7m 59s
    1. Using a loupe
      1m 0s
    2. Attaching a loupe
      2m 18s
    3. Adjusting the diopter
      4m 41s
  12. 16m 2s
    1. Charging on the go
    2. Starting out fully charged
      2m 24s
    3. Using an inverter
      4m 0s
    4. Using a solar charger
      2m 36s
    5. Using a battery pack
      2m 13s
    6. Strategies to extend battery life
      3m 57s
  13. 23m 6s
    1. Cheap lenses
      1m 40s
    2. Lomography
      5m 28s
    3. Fujian
      2m 26s
    4. LensBaby
      4m 6s
    5. SLR Magic
      2m 26s
    6. Evaluating the Footage
      7m 0s
  14. 20m 1s
    1. Sony a7
      1m 24s
    2. Beneficial features of the Sony a7
      6m 19s
    3. Drawbacks of the Sony a7
      5m 42s
    4. Menu options of the Sony a7
      6m 36s
  15. 12m 11s
    1. What is a Tripod Top Slider?
      1m 8s
    2. Attaching the slider
      2m 17s
    3. Mounting and balancing the camera
      1m 36s
    4. Shoot strategies
      5m 7s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      2m 3s
  16. 14m 8s
    1. Remotely controlling cameras
      1m 5s
    2. Setting up the CamRanger
      4m 18s
    3. Panning with the CamRanger PT Hub
      3m 32s
    4. Evaluating the results
      5m 13s
  17. 12m 38s
    1. What are camera rails?
      1m 26s
    2. Adapting a tripod to hold multiple cameras
      3m 13s
    3. Shooting strategies
      2m 2s
    4. Using a micro rail
      2m 51s
    5. Evaluating the shots
      3m 6s
  18. 10m 26s
    1. What is a micro tripod?
      1m 29s
    2. Mounting a phone to a micro tripod
      2m 15s
    3. Mounting a GoPro to a micro tripod
      2m 1s
    4. Mounting a DSLR to a micro tripod
      1m 54s
    5. Evaluating the results
      2m 47s
  19. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing the Blackmagic 4K
      1m 30s
    2. Beneficial features of the Blackmagic 4K
      5m 7s
    3. Drawbacks of the Blackmagic 4K
      4m 14s
    4. Menu options of the Blackmagic 4K
      7m 5s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      4m 53s

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