Shooting Infrared Using A Fuji X-Pro1 With A Rokinon 8mm F2.8 Fisheye Lens

I have devised a way of using the very popular Rokinon 8mm F2.8 fisheye lens that comes under several other branded names including; Samyang and Bower. The photo included is of no great interest. In fact it’s just a photo taken at the rear of a house. But, the significance of the actual image lies in the fact that it is an infrared photograph taken by using a 8mm fisheye lens on an unconverted Fujifilm X-Pro1.

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Surely a filter cannot be fitted onto the front of the 8mm fisheye lens? So how did I do it, I hear you ask? The answer is after the jump, but lets just say that, this is going to be one of those try-it-at-your-own-risk kind of posts :)

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Massive Flood Of New Lenses From Rokinon, Gives A Strong Push For Cine Mirrorless Lenses

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know how much we fancy the Rokinon (US) or Samyang (rest of world) line of lenses. Having a strong focus on prime Rokinon lenses deliver some great quality at affordable price.

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Now Rokinon announces a flood of new lenses and an update of mounts for existing lenses with a strong focus on mirrorless and MFT cameras.

Here is a short summary of types, speeds and focal lengthes, for the full breakdown hit the jump:

Mirrorles: 10mm f/2.8, 12mm f/2.0, 8mm f/2.8 Fish-Eye, 8mm T3.1 Cine Fish-Eye

MFT (added mounts): 35mm f/1.4, 24mm f/1.4, 8mm f/3.5 Fish-Eye, 8mm T3.8 Cine Fish-Eye, 14mm T3.1 Cine, 24mm T1.5 Cine, 35mm T1.5 Cine, 85mm T1.5 Cine

DSLR: 8mm T3.1 Cine Fish-Eye

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New Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Compared – Comes Out On Top

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Earlier this year, Sigma generated a good amount of noise throughout the photography community when the company stated the intended target competition of their upcoming 50mm F/1.4 lens: Zeiss’s $4,000 55mm Otus. That can either result in us getting one a big leap in quality for lenses on the market at a (hopefully) more consumer-friendly price, or it can end with us having some serious trust issues.

Just recently, Xitek has posted the first few pictures of the Sigma lens engaged in tests with three other lenses: the Sony Planar T 50mm F/1.4 ZA SSM, the Nikon Nikkor AF-S 58mm F/1.4G, and the targeted Zeiss 55mm F/1.4 Otus. (cheapest of which is ~$1500). [Read more...]

Creating Slick Video Flare Effect With Crystals And Broken Filters

If you are looking for an old vintage soft look for your videos, here is an interesting and fun idea. Use a crystals on top of a broken lens filter.

Lindsay Adler of Creative Live shares a pretty neat trick where she uses a broken UV filter as a mount for a cheap crystal. The light break and diffracts when hitting the crystal and creates a soft image and if you are lucky a reflection.

While we have shared a similar idea using a nylon bag, I must admit that this in-the-camera 70s effect has a different quality to it.

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Why Your Kit Lens Isn’t as Bad as You Think It Is

One of the things that I try getting across to my students is that despite all of its amazing capabilities, the camera is just a box. Yes, it is programmed with a seemingly limitless number of exposure combinations, but when all is said and done it’s just a box. It has no artistic intent. We have to speak its language, telling it what we see, in hopes that the image in our head matches the image in the box. It is a box with a cylindrical window on the world. It’s the quality of that window that is often the subject of raging debate. Nikon or Canon? OEM or third party? Everyone has an opinion. Interestingly enough, the one thing that many– if not most– agree upon is that kit lenses should be avoided like the plague.

I completely disagree. I say go dig that kit lens out of wherever you’ve hidden it and put it to work. For those of you who’ve somehow been convinced that your photography can’t possibly be of adequate quality until you drop money you don’t have on a lens you can’t afford, I say that nothing could be farther from the truth.

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