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Lomography

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All right Rob, we're talking about cheap lenses. And then, gently place it and turn and it will click into place.

Lomography

All right Rob, we're talking about cheap lenses. I think we should start with one of the most cheapest and biggest cult followings out there. >> Yeah, the Lomography lenses and the Lomography system. If you do a little research online, you'll find that there is a huge cult behind Lomography. I think of Lomography as sort of Russian toy camera. >> Yeah. >> That's kind of what I think of it as. And there are modern versions of it and people making new stuff for it and, you know, making new changes. But that's kind of a background. And the thing about these lenses, is when you pick it up, you wonder to yourself, is this from my kid's like Fisher Price kind of camera? >> Yeah.

>> The fact is that they are really sort of lightweight, plastic-ky, cheap lenses. And the results that they have though are really fun. I found myself kind of being addicted to the look. Now, I just want to be clear about one thing, is that a lot of apps out there. >> Yeah. >> You know, photo apps out there for phones and tablets have actually really kind of gotten behind this kind of look as one of their starting points. A toy camera look. >> Oh, absolutely. A toy camera effect, or sort of the wide angle lens, I mean, this is almost the inspiration for Instagram >> Absolutely. >> As Lomography, and I wanted a way to put that on to my cameras.

Now, what I was excited about, was these were released for the micro 4 3rds standard. Now they haven't done them for Canon or Nikon, but with micro 4 3rds these can go on a lot of different cameras. >> Yeah, that's true Rich. They could go on a lot of cameras from Olympus, they could go on a Blackmagic Pocket camera. Really any camera that's going to use that micro 4 3rds sensor, even like a Panasonic cam. >> Yeah, GH3, GH4, there is lots out there and there are of course, adaptors from micro 4 3rds to other cameras. because these are, what we would call, dumb lenses. >> Yeah. Yeah. >> LIke, if you look at the book, there is no electronic communication with these lens.

>> Nope. >> This is just a mount. So, you can adapt this from micro 4 3rds to just about anything. Because this is a 100% manual lens. All right, what do you have there? >> Well, I got this 12mm but, Rich, there's a lot of controls on these lenses. And let's get this mounted on to a camera, one of the ones you have mounted on a camera. And why don't you walk us through the various controls that we have on these lenses. >> Well, on the back side there, why don't you open that up? >> Sure. >> There is a little pocket where you could a colored gel. Now, some of you are going to be like, why in the world would I put a color gel into the camera? I could do that in post but what's the advantage or disadvantage of gels? >> Well, the advantages is that, you kind of have that effect baked into the shot that you take, right? And you are ready to go and you don't have to do any further post process and if you don't want.

Because you have sort of stylistically already set it up. The obvious disadvantage is that you've already set it up and that you sort of have that baked into kind of the shot. It's kind of a cool sort of approach to things. And the way that gels allow you to do is alter the color temperature of what you're getting on the entire frame or even a portion of the frame. Now on these lenses. They're very thin pieces of plastic gel that just kind of slip into the back there and of course, they're going to affect the entire frame. >> Yeah, now once you've got that in there, you just take that and line it up with the camera. Now you use the dots, so pretty simple.

If you take a look at that, there is a dot on the lens. >> Yeah. >> Line that up with the dot on the camera. And then, gently place it and turn and it will click into place. >> Mm-hm. >> Now you got all these other controls. These controls are really for still work. >> Yeah. >> This is if you want to do multiple exposures, manually, pulling down, how long the iris stays opened. Again, that's all for still photography work. For video, you're just going to pull that switch on the bottom to open it up. And that, basically, allows you to lock that into place so it stays open.

>> Got it. >> So, pull the trigger and then pull the lock. >> Okay. >> And then, once you've got that, you can actually just adjust. This particular one is designed to go from 0.2 meters out to infinity. Now, there's no other marks on there. >> So just know that it's really close or really far, and everything else, you're going to have to just kind of guess. >> Well, that's the beauty about these lenses is they're not made for optical precision. You're not going to find them you know, with a top Hollywood dp on a million dollar budget film where everything you know, accuracy is, is critical.

These are all about having fun and getting unique and different looks out of your footage. >> I see this being great for action sports, for getting fun stuff with a music video look or promo's. And you know, the ability here by having three lenses in the kit and, and might I add this kit is less than a $100. So this is one of those things where it's like, well, that would just be fun. A fun wide angle lens. A fun sort of standard lens. You know, we just have these different options here and a fish eye. This is going to really let you get some variety to the shots and they are all pretty fast at 1.8.

So, these lenses let a lot of light in. If you look at that, it just pretty much passes everything straight through the back. So, a lot of light goes through and as you mentioned Rob, you know, you can have the gel in there. >> Mm-hm. Or you could pull it out. It's all optional. But that sort of colored, stylized soft focus, dreamy focus look is kind of indicative of the Lomography. >> Yeah. And just one last note about the gels themselves is that they're very easy to lose. So when you sort of take them out of their filter pack there put them right back in. Also when you're actually swapping your lens off your camera, in the case of we were using the Blackmagic Pocket camera here.

I, I've actually had it happen when they're not pushed in all the way. That I'm just kind of puttin the camera in and the next thing you know this actually falls into the body of the camera, yikes. Touches the sensor. So just be a little, extra careful when your putting them in and attaching them to the camera. >> All right. Well, that's the Lomography lenses. Let's take a look at a couple more.

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  1. 12m 52s
    1. Using filters for your lens NEW
      43s
    2. Clear filters NEW
      3m 44s
    3. Color filters NEW
      2m 25s
    4. Polarizer NEW
      2m 11s
    5. ND filter NEW
      3m 49s
  2. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome to Video Gear Weekly
      2m 31s
  3. 15m 50s
    1. Developing GoPro time-lapses
      1m 17s
    2. Importing
      3m 56s
    3. Processing
      6m 46s
    4. Evaluating footage
      3m 51s
  4. 5m 35s
    1. Creating a panning time-lapse
      48s
    2. Building a timer head
      1m 37s
    3. Using a pro head
      2m 3s
    4. Setting up the cameras
      1m 7s
  5. 19m 17s
    1. The Garmin Vibe Elite
      1m 10s
    2. Beneficial features of the Garmin Virb Elite
      6m 8s
    3. Drawbacks of the Garmin Virb Elite
      5m 3s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      6m 56s
  6. 11m 13s
    1. Small lights
      54s
    2. Battery operated lights
      3m 43s
    3. Lowel Blender
      2m 41s
    4. Lowel Portable Spotlight
      3m 55s
  7. 26m 35s
    1. Professional headphones
      1m 20s
    2. When to use and not use headphones
      4m 39s
    3. Types of headphones
      7m 19s
    4. Additional headphone features
      8m 21s
    5. Why you may want to use multiple headphone types
      4m 56s
  8. 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
  9. 11m 24s
    1. DJI Quadcopters
      2m 35s
    2. Calibrating the Quadcopter
      2m 12s
    3. Flying Strategies
      2m 48s
    4. Evaluating the Footage
      3m 49s
  10. 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
  11. 6m 57s
    1. Keeping Your Gear Safe
      46s
    2. Keeping Gear Dry
      3m 0s
    3. Using Camera Wraps
      1m 11s
    4. Using Lens Wraps
      2m 0s
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 11m 23s
    1. DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      52s
    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
  17. 7m 59s
    1. Using a loupe
      1m 0s
    2. Attaching a loupe
      2m 18s
    3. Adjusting the diopter
      4m 41s
  18. 16m 2s
    1. Charging on the go
      52s
    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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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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