‘Refuge’ is the First Narrative Film Ever to Be Exclusively Lit by Moonlight; Recorded with Sony’s a7S

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The Sony a7S is well known for the quality of its groundbreaking high-ISO video, with an endless amount of test videos posted online.

Back in September of last year one video rose above the rest when Carbon Studios released a short film lit entirely by moonlight, aptly named ‘Moonlight’.

Blown away by the video, a director by the name of Sam Shapson said he “felt compelled to apply what they’d accomplished to narrative”, and the result is the first narrative film ever to be exclusively lit by moonlight. Of course this film was also recorded with the a7S.

Unlike ‘Moonlight’, however, which was mostly recorded using ISO 12,800 and just two scenes used settings of up to 32,000, ‘Refuge’ was shot at ISO 51,200.

The resulting video is, unsurprisingly, far from perfect, but the camera’s low light capabilities are absolutely incredible.

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Canon 5Ds Teardown

All photographs Roger Cicala, Lensrentals.com, 2015

All photographs Roger Cicala, Lensrentals.com, 2015

When Lensrentals.com first got the first Canon 5Ds and 5D sr cameras in stock, Aaron and I immediately started screaming that we wanted to take one apart. It turns out we received enough 5Ds cameras to let us have a day with one to do just that. Of course, we don’t expect to find out anything amazing and revealing. We expect it will look pretty much like the Canon 5DIII and 7DII on the inside. But hey, you never know. Plus we’ll be repairing these soon enough, so we might as well find our way around now.

If you want to do some comparisons yourself, you can compare this to our Canon 5D III teardown and Canon 7D II teardown. Or if you’d rather follow along from home with your own 5Ds go grab your screwdrivers and let’s get started!

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Sony: Canon Adopted Lenses AF Speed On Canon DSLRs And A7RII Is A Close Match

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It seems that Sony is going after Canon shooters and are trying to make an enticing offer that will allow Canonistas to keep their lens collection while moving to a A7R II system.

In a recent (somewhat promotional) interview between (Sony Artisan) Thibault Roland and a top engineer from the recently announced A7R II crew, the engineer claimed that with a full firmware upgrade and a good lens adapter like the Metabones Mark IV, Sony’s are a tight match for AF speed vs Canon DSLRs:

We were confirmed that AF of Canon lenses was “much faster than before. With adapters (and in particular with a firmware updated Metabones mark IV) Canon lenses are almost as fast as on a Canon body”

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Meet the Sigma 24-35mm DG HSM; The World’s First f/2 Full Frame Zoom Lens

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Sigma’s Art lens lineup continues to impress with the introduction of the 24-35mm f/2; the world’s fastest constant aperture full frame zoom lens.

The focal length struck some people as odd, others were disappointed it wasn’t the rumored 24-70mm f/2 lens, but if this lens is as good as Sigma says it is it could easily replace 24mm, 28mm and 35mm prime lenses for those who do not need the f/1.4 aperture.

The company calls this lens “another notch on Sigma’s belt for pure photographic innovation”, and I couldn’t agree more.

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Leaked Images Reveal a Full Frame Sigma 24-35mm f/2 ART Lens; Coming “Soon”

sigma_24-35f2_001Sigma has hit it off big time with the ART series of lenses and if these leaked images are real it seems the company has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

For years now there has been talk about a rumored 24-70 f/2 lens coming from Sigma, and this might be the lens behind all the chatter.

While disappointing that the focal length doesn’t go all the way to 70mm, Sigma has done an amazing job lately with its lenses and I don’t expect this one to be an exception.

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Ricoh GR II Announced; No Touchscreen and Rather Disappointing

Ricoh_GRIIMaybe I’m missing something here, but the Ricoh GR replacement was officially revealed and I’m not quite sure why.

I mean, the camera includes some nice specs for a compact camera, but Ricoh has had 26 months to work on the GR II and there’s not much to show for it.

Below are the full specs; maybe you’ll disagree and I’m still numb from the crazy upgrades packed in Sony’s a7R II.

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Canon PowerShot G3 X Comes With a Hefty Lens and No Buffer Lag

Canon_G3XCanon’s Latest premium compact camera has been announced today, joining the G1 X Mark II and G7 X.

Boasting a 25x optical zoom, equivalent to 24-600mm in 35mm terms, the camera’s lens makes it not-so-compact, but sports and action shooters will enjoy the long zoom combined with 5.9 frames per second and no buffer lag (probably just for JPEGs).

The 20.2MP 1″ CMOS Sensor and the DIGIC 6 Processor are said to enable high-resolution, low-noise images up to ISO 12800, but does it justify the rather hefty price tag?

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