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Fuji brought the ‘Texas Leica’ back to life with their GFX-50R, a 50 megapixel medium-format monster with rangefinder styling. Probably our favorite flavor of medium format around the office. What’s your experience with medium format?
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Just because a piece of gear isn’t being marketed to you, doesn’t mean it isn’t useful to you. But also, just because a piece of gear may have amazing specs doesn’t necessarily mean it can accomplish what you hope. Today’s video is tied to the first part of that point. The footage is some stunning work by Jonny Engelsvolle (sirjonnycargo on YouTube) He rigged a Fujinon XA55 onto his Gh4, using a Fotodiox B4 to MFT lens adapter. This is a piece of equipment intended for news and sports media companies. Unless you’re in broadcast, you’d probably never touch this beast..
The lens is built for 2/3inch sensors (4x crop). This initially caused vignetting on Jonny’s build. But with a 2x extender, the vignetting was gone. The result is a lens with the characteristics of a 44mm-2415mm zoom on full-frame. That’s an incredible range that can frame a person head-to-toe from a few feet away at 44mm, then zoom in and compose someone head to toe from a mile away. I see some incredible artistic possibilities in that. I don’t know how Jonny got his hands on this unit, but it was a huge coup. He can use it to differentiate himself as a cinematographer and create distinctive images that virtually no one else is making. I envy him..
Similarly, there are plenty of old manual-focus Canon and Nikon lenses on eBay. These lenses still have a lot of value for money. And by digging around you can capture that value others are ignoring..
There’s a flipside though. We have to avoid hipsterism. Not all that is old, or weird, or obscure, is better. A lot of people drool over the Canon 50mm f0.95 lens.. But, there’s a reason the big makers don’t go beyond f1.2 anymore. Film strips are slightly curved behind the lens. This allows them to capture slightly more of the lenses’ maximum image circle. Sensors can’t “stretch” like this, and they miss the outermost light from the lens. This even applies to bokeh somewhat. The two or so stops possible beyond 1.4 are largely useless to current-gen sensors. So stop dreaming about getting Kubrick’s f0.7 on your A7sii. But, do keep dreaming about making Kubrickian zooms, because this crazy superzoom can do it with ease.
1 Woche vor
I’ve never felt more limited by the Instagram format than with this post. So many of the best color examples of deep focus required every inch of the cinemascope ratio they were shot in. The result of having to cut many great shots is a sort of random mish-mash of some of my favorites..
The irony of deep focus is that diopters are some of the cheapest gear to rent, and pretty easy to use. Deep focus is a stunningly cheap and powerful effect. It’s a perfect way for a low budget filmmaker to create more tense and potent imagery. But these days they’re rarely used on the indie level. And we all know why..
Bokeh has become a dominant trend. I love bokeh too, but it’s become almost a fetish among modern shooters. The reason this happened is that bokeh is the cheapest of all effects. There is no simpler way to create something pretty than to summon a bunch of glowing balls of light behind an attractive face. But our art is about more than pretty. In fact, pretty can often be a distraction from powerful..
The layering of images in deep focus is a great way to create tension. It roots the characters in the space and draws attention to the background. What’s back there? Is it a threat? This subconscious suspicion is most pronounced when a character is framed in closeup. The closeup makes us aware of where the character is looking. An immediate foreboding rises as we realize the character is unaware of what’s behind them..
Diopters can do more than suspense. Framing a two-shot with both faces in focus can be used to show a relationship. A dramatic difference in scale can show a difference in authority or power. An even framing can show intimacy or synergy..
The background doesn’t always have to contain a person. It could be an object or far off location. You can use the other half of the image like a thought bubble to communicate to the audience what the character is thinking. The simplest use of deep focus is to just bring out the beauty of a background while keeping a closeup. Stunning mountain ranges shouldn’t be out of focus. A great sunset shouldn’t be a bokeh ball. A deep tunnel of skyscrapers forming leading lines shouldn’t be fuzzed out.
In the grand timeline of my life, it was just three weeks. But when every day is spent seeing, touching and smelling something new, it feels like you can accumulate a lifetime’s worth of experiences in a short time.
Here’s Lex on Day 7, somewhere in Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The next day we would be at the peaks in the background. I’ll be a sharing a lot more from this trip soon.