The king of ultra wides just stepped into the ring of cine-line lenses with a very bold claim. The Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens is the newest lens to come out of Laowa. The “Zero-D” supposedly stands for zero-distortion, but at 12mm how is that even possible!? After playing around with the lens for a while, I can officially say, I’m blown away by this lens.
It seems like not too long ago we reviewed the Irix Cine 45mm, and we were blown away by the outstanding performance. Just a couple of months later, we managed to get one of the brand new Irix Cine 15mm T2.6. And Let me tell you, if this is the pace and quality of the lenses, Irix is a force to be reckoned within the industry.
So, Covid-19 is upon us and we are staying home. Alone. This means that we make a lot of content and meetings in front of a monitor and a webcam.
If you are a photographer or a videographer, you know that the lights you use, matter at least as much has your webcam. I thought it would be nice to take three lights and show them in front of a monitor. Now, these are lights that are either low-priced or that you already have lying around anyways. Without further ado, here are my top three photography lights to up your online meeting game.
If you are a long time reader of the blog, you know that we are very interested in power solutions. This is why I wanted to share this IndiPRO deal with you. It has the Universal Power Grip (video review above), a half-cage and a DTAP charger. I think it is well worth the $475.00 list price, but at $249.95 it’s an absolute steal.
If you’ve been following the blog, you know we are big fans of the Litra Torch, so we are happy to share that you can now get it for almost 50% off.
If you are unfamiliar with the light, it’s a tiny light (think GoPro session size), which has a very long throw and an incredibly bright beam. You can think about it as a mini flashlight. The cool thing though, is that it is daylight balanced and has a CRI of 90 (not as good as the “standard 95, but good enough for most still and video uses). You can check a short review we did at the bottom of the post.
This light usually sells for $89.95, but right now, B&H is selling it for $49.95; this is almost a two for one deal.
The only caveat is that this is not the “standard” version, but a drone version, so the magnet on the back of the light has been removed, so to not interfere with the GPS. It is still a great bargain if you are looking for this type of action light.
Irix has recently expanded their cinema line of lenses by the addition of a new wide-angle lens, the 15mm T2.6. We have received one of the first batches of this lens, and we started putting it to the test. The results so far are very promising.
As of right now, IRIX has 3 Lenses in their cine-lens lineup. They have the 45mm T1.5, which we reviewed here, the 150mm T3.0, and their 11mm T4.3. With the addition of their new 15mm T2.6, we see that IRIX is slowly building quite the portfolio of lenses. At first, I wondered if the 15mm would maybe be a little too wide and close to the 11mm. However, after some thinking, I thought that this lens would have a lot of use-cases for super 35 and my Blackmagic P4k.
We recently released some footage of Laowas 9mm f5.6 Dreamer. This Full-frame rectilinear lens blew us away, but we needed to get more footage to really understand the lens.
It seems like a silly concept to describe how wide 9mm is. However, the first time you open the camera you realize, WOW!… that’s wide. Most of the time, when using the lens you end up looking around to see JUST how wide it is! I found the perfect shot to describe it!
I’ve first seen the IRIX cine 45mm at PPE last year, when tradeshows were still a thing. On paper, it looked incredibly impressive for $1,200 so I was really hoping to take it for a spin. A few weeks ago, I got my hands on one and took it for a ride. TL;DR – The IRIX 45mm cine in an amazing deal for its price, with some nice features and a look that reminds me of the Zeiss CP.2 signature look.
The Laowa Venus Optics 9mm Full-Frame Lens f5.6 Dreamer is just one of Venus Optics’ newest upcoming lenses. At 9mm you’re probably associating it with a fisheye. This lens, however, is rectilinear by design. We got our hands on an early pre-production model and took it for a spin. Turns out 9mm is incredibly wide
It seems Coronavirus has taken another one. The SXSW Festival has just announced that they are canceling the convention. SXSW is a major event hosting everything from tech, to music, to films. The Austin based festival officially canceled their annual event for the first time in 34 years, as they shared on Twitter.