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Zeiss Exo lenses pros and cons

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

exo lens

 

exo lens 1

 

 

 

 

The good

The Zeiss name lives upto its standard.

The Iphone lenses deliver excellent photo quality & video quality.

No artifacts and great sharpness. No distortion and vignetting.
The lenses are well constructed in aluminum and glass. The frame to hold the lenses is sturdy.
The bad

The screw mount can be awkward for quick swaps.

The bracket mount blocks the camera’s flash and

you’re bound to lose the tiny back caps. And they’re pretty expensive.
The bottom line

Great lenses that have increased the flexibility of shooting on the Iphone. A great set of lenses for serious photographers who are ready to spend. The lenses will be a big boon for guerilla film makers, people web streaming using iphones etc.

 

Zeiss EXO lenses for the Iphone

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

The old saying “you get what you pay for” definitely applies to Zeiss’s new ExoLens system.

exo lens

 

The lenses are all sharp, with no light loss or color artifacts. It combats nasty problems like distortion, vignetting and chromatic aberration. As you’d expect, the lenses are well constructed of aluminum and glass. In fact, with their bundled lens hoods attached, they look like a set of miniature of the Zeiss’ high-end Otus line.
We at Accord Equips, are often asked why should someone buy or rent such expensive lenses? These lenses, though expensive, will add lots of flexibility to Mobile photographers and mobile filmmakers. Iphone has one of the best cameras and these lenses are the perfect partners for Iphone photography.

 

The Exo lenses screw onto a sturdy metal frame that is easily slip on and off your phone. It includes a 1/4-inch tripod mount socket and a slot on the top for attaching other accessories, such as an external flash etc. Mind you, the frame can be mounted only after stripping the Iphone cover.

 

 

 

Presently 3 lenses are available :      exo lens 1

The wide lens (0.6X)

The Exo wide angle gives you scene coverage equivalent to roughly 18mm. There’s the normal distortion you get around the edges of wide-angle lenses, but surprisingly little flare or fringing.

 

The Telephote lens (2X)

The telephoto lens is equaivalent to 56mm. Its great for portraits, something that the normal lens isn’t great for.

 

The Macro lens

And the macro lens works at various focus distances — unlike most phone macros — allowing for image coverage of 1 to 4 inches. It can be a little tricky at first to dial in the manual lens focus while the iPhone tries to auto focus, but it’s quick to master.

 

While the lenses are great, the screw mount can be awkward for quick swaps, the bracket mount blocks the camera’s flash and you’re bound to lose the expensive tiny back caps.

 

Are the Exo lenses worth their money? We felt that they will be a big boon for guerilla film makers, people web streaming using iphones etc. So yes, worth the money for serious photographers and film makers.

Sony E mount 85mm G master Block lens

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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Lens Sony 85mm Block
Mount E mount
F 1.4
Min focus distance 80cm
Blades 11

 

Overall

Sony E mount 85mm G master Block lens gives great sharpness and Bokeh & capture great details. So it’s a great lens.

 

Advantage of Sony E mount lens

-          Native AF system.

-          Benefits from all of Sony’s features including Eye AF

-          Works perfect with Sony A7s II, Sony A7R II, A7R, A7s etc.

 

AF / MF switch

-          AF/MF switches

-          Programmable Fn button (defaults to Focus Hold).

One can set the button to activate Eye AF for natural and easy access to the setting during use.

 

Operations

-          Rubberized focus ring helps you operate the lens smoothly

-          Improved focus-by-wire system helps these lenses to have a more natural feel does not seem to ramp up or down in speed depending on how fast you turn it.

 

Aperture ring

-          The integration of a physical aperture ring, allows to be clicked or de-clicked with a switch which makes it a great option for video shooters, as well as photographers.

 

Physical details

-          The small ridge on the bottom of the lens ensures that the lens’s aperture and focus rings are not lying directly on any surface when the camera is laid down.

 

Some Cons

The lens is slower than other native options due to the use of an older, and louder, Linear SSM system to move the large elements precisely, which could be changed by using the Direct Drive SSM available in many current models.

 

Chromatic Aberration at F1.4

There is a noticeable amount of chromatic aberration on high-contrast edges at f/1.4 which could of course be easily corrected in post

 

Tips : It gets better as you stop down, peaking at about f/4-5.6, where it will optimize the performance. Vignetting is also very well controlled and flare is nonexistent.

 

Focus Ring

There are still no witness markings on the lens and no hard end stops which makes them less appealing for use with follow and remote focus units.

They would work well with smaller handheld gimbals rather than larger Steadicams and gimbals

 

Sony A7s ii – Our take

Friday, May 13th, 2016

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Sony A7s II is great for shooting documentaries (due to its low light capability) and for films (due to its 4k capability with Slog 3)

It is markedly improved over the A7S. The newer version adds

- Built-in 5-axis image stabilization

- Records 4K video internally with full pixel readout (on SDXC memory cards)

- Records S.log 3

- Bigger Magnesium Alloy chassis gives better grip

Video record button can now be set to a function button  sony a7s II

Other advantages

- High ISO – 100-102,400. Goes upto 409600. (Good results upto 64000)

- Built in wifi capability to connect with a smart phone or tablet

- Records 120fps at full HD

- Possible to charge the camera via USB port

- Sensor – 35 mm full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm), Exmor CMOS sensor

Recording format

- A7S II uses a 12.2MP full-frame chip (4,240 x 2,832 pixels)

- Records on XAVC-S codec at 3,840 x 2,160/25p at 100 Mbps / 8 bit

- Colour sampling 4:2:0

Lens Mount:  E-mount

Audio In: 3.5 mm Stereo minijack

Audio Out: 3.5 mm Stereo minijack

Video Out: micro-HDMI

Battery: Rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50

 

 

Blackmagic – 4K : Our Take

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

blackmagic camera-4k by Accord Equips

Light weight
Versatile Super 35 sensor
Global professional shutter
Precision EF mount flexibility
Built in touchscreen
Built-in uncompressed audio recording capacity

Please note
Blackmagic 4K raw is not as powerful in low light
conditions
Built-in battery and its relatively short runtime.

Overall
For any sort of professional 4K raw video production you
could possibly want to do in-studio or in a controlled
field setting, this is a superb camera that will cover
your needs extremely well &
Deliver some truly fine quality video footage.