Apertus AXIOM Beta Interview by Cinema5D

Cinima5D recorded a lengthy interview with AXIOM project leader Sebastian Pichelhofer. AXIOM is an open source camera project that lets you assemble your own camera. You can build an APS-C, 2/3, and 4/3 camera from their kit, but they are only beginning to deliver some of the promised stuff from their crowdfunding now, so it might take a while for them to deliver a complete package.

Keypoints by Cinima5D

  • Over 500 people backed their successful Indiegogo campaign
  • Magic Lantern was assigned to develop the “color science” behind the camera
  • The camera will actually have a few “color science options” to choose from, making it possible to change “film stock” at the click of a button
  • The philosophy of building a “Lego-type camera” hasn’t changed. One will be able to mix and match between different components like lens bayonets, sensor types and such
  • Two kinds of camera enclosures are in the making: a “Lite” 3D-printed version for users who need it now, and a robust version made of aluminium that will serve the majority of future users
  • The guys at Apertus are looking at an SD RAID recording solution for their camera, where users can swap the cards according to their needs themselves
  • EVERYTHING is open to the community to inspect and check, from cost of materials to the actual development status. See full details at the Apertus site here

If you’re interested in the project you can read more here. There is also sample footage from t camera available the here.

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Panasonic GH5 Reviews and Tips

The Panasonic GH5 is second to none at its price point for videographers and cinematographers, but it benefits quite a bit from an Atomos Ninja Inferno. While the Panasonic GH5 won’t replace a Sony FS7 the quality is really good.

Of course, shooting log comes with its own problems and some might have difficulty exposing properly HDR properly. Below you can get some hints on how to use an Atomos Ninja Inferno to properly expose  scene.

Unfortunately, the Pansonic GH5 does not come without issues. What some call a jitter or artifact I would describe as a chugging effect. If your video looks weird while panning watch the video below for some possible solutions to the problem.

Panasonic GH5: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Atomos Ninja Inferno: B&H Photo  / Adorama
Panasonic GH5 Film Maker Kit: B&H Photo

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Reviews

Maarten Heilbron released his lengthy Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II review and it is very positive but exposes a few flaws that might matter to people interested in purchasing one. Below camerahorder compares the OM-D to the Panasonic GH5, Fujifilm X-T2 and Sony a6500/6300. The only real complaint from both reviews seems to be the menu system that Olympus has devised, which is even confusing for Olympus shooters.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama

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Zacuto Panasonic GH5 Cage

The Zacuto Panasonic GH5 Cage has been finalized and is now available for preorder. This looks like an incredibly well thought out cage. The features are

  • Form Fitted Aluminum Cage
  • Removable Wood Handgrip with Cold Shoe
  • Unobstructed Battery and SD Card Access
  • Camera’s Hot Shoe Remains Available
  • Camera Mounted HDMI Cable Clamp
  • Zacuto VCT Pro Compatible Dove Tail
  • 1/4″-20 & 3/18″-16 Tripod Mounting Holes

Zacuto Panasonic GH5 Cage: B&H Photo / Adorama
Atomos Ninja Inferno: B&H Photo  / Adorama
Panasonic GH5: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic GH5 Film Maker Kit: B&H Photo

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Lok’s Panasonic GH5 Review

The Panasonic GH5 is a great camera, but it’s actually heavier than the Sony a7SII is basically the takeaway from the video Lok is calling a Review. Once you add a lens the GH5 setup is a little lighter, but there are a lot of variables to take into consideration. Pretty typical Lok video. I wish he concluded a little better.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic GH5: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Laowa 7.5mm f/2 vs SLR Magic 8mm f/4


image courtesy of Linghk

Just found an interesting comparison buried in my inbox that’s worth sharing. The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 vs SLR Magic 8mm f/4 comparison, done on the Olympus OM-D EM10 can be seen at DPReview and Flickr. The comparison simply consists of images and some discussion via the forums, but I also received another excellent review of the SLR Magic 8mm f/4 that is worth reading if you want more details here.

Regular Edition:
Black 7.5mm lens at B&H Photo / Adorama
Silver 7.5mm lens at B&H Photo / Adorama

Lightweight Edition for Drones:
Black 7.5mm lens at B&H Photo / Adorama
Silver 7.5mm lens at B&H Photo / Adorama

SLR Magic 8mm f/4: B&H Photo / Adorama

In a very short period of time m43 has received some excellent inexpensive options for photographers looking to shoot wide.

I think if I were picking one today it would be the Laowa 7.5mm, but you can’t go wrong with an SLR Magic lens today. Both companies have really improved their designs.

If you shoot video then these lenses become even better because the moving image hides a lot of the imperfections wide open.

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