We had our first Workshop Wednesday last night. I was really happy with how it turned out and I think the people that showed up were too. We had about ten people and they all got some hands on time with the Sony F-3. There were lots of questions and I even knew the answer to most of them. That said I am definitely going to try to make some tweaks. I spent a little too much time futzing around with cords and settings and the workshop could have been a little more planned out. I’m also going to try to make sure I have someone presenting with me for most of these so there will be a little more give and take. It was really interesting to see who showed up though. Everyone from directors and producers who didn’t know much about the camera to DPs who knew as much as I did or more. Finding a balance between giving a good overview of the subjects and getting into the nuts and bolts will be a challenge for future workshops but I think we can figure out how to provide a valuable experience for everyone
Had a client email looking for documentary style shooting options, he wasn’t too happy with e AF-100 or the FS-100 and wanted to try something else. Offhand, Billy mentioned that we have a scarlet package available. The client replied, “Red for run and gun work? You’re crazy.” After a few emails going over the options and realizing it wasn’t that crazy, the client wound up deciding to come in and do a test. It might sound nuts but the new Reds are starting to be practical for doc and ENG stuff. First of all, the Scarlet and Epic weigh about half as much as the Red One did and there are some great handheld rigs available. The Canon mounts offer autofocus and wide zoom ranges although a zoom rocker is still out. The cards will record forever without the weight and fragility of the red drives. The new red bricks are small and don’t go very long but the flip side of that is that they don’t weigh a ton. Audio is still a pain but it’s doable and most importantly, the Epic and Scarlet seem to be a lot more robust than the Red One. They definitely boot faster and seem to have fewer gremlins.
I have been pretty happy with the generic Canon batteries I’ve bought over the last few years and at 7 bucks (!) these are worth a try. Monoporice has been a good resource too, they have some amazingly cheap HDMI cables. Some of them have held up, some of them haven’t, now I just send out a spare with every cable and don’t worry about it if they come back broken.
The secret to generic camera gear is remember that these companies change manufacturers all the time, you’ll buy a product and have it be great and then buy the same product a month later and have it fall apart. This means there are some great deals to be had but it also means don’t invest too heavily at any one time and always get a spare!
Stray Angel is proud to announce that we are now renting the Canon 5D Mark III for all our customers in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. The 5D Mark III is the latest from Canon and has an amazing ability to shoot in low levels of light. This edition has improved in all areas for Canon a 60fps, reduced noise, HD output, AII-I Codec at 100mb, and CF and SD card slots.
If you’re interested in renting, you can check out the 5D Mark III on our website.
As I was shooting my circles of confusion video, I realized I had the perfect set up to show how bokeh works. I’m not sure how to pronounce it but hopefully I’m close;)