C300mkIII/C500mkII Essential Accessories

15th November 2020AKS, Cameras

As any filmmaker will know, the total cost of a camera is not just the body itself, but it will often require a number of additional purchases for the ideal setup. Let’s sum up what I think are the three best additions you can make to your C300mkIII or C500mkII.

Busting Speedbooster Myths

29th October 2020AKS, Lenses

I recently came across a discussion online about how a Speedbooster works. There was so much misinformation and conflicting statements that it compelled me to write this: I hope to dispel some of these mistruths and make clear what a speedbooster actually does.

Legendary Lenses: Helios-442

13th July 2020Lenses

I’ve begun a series of videos about ‘legendary lenses’ – unique, rare or otherwise iconic optics. This is the first episode – naturally it had to be about the ultimate vintage lens, the Helios 44-2.

IDX IPL and Imicro Review

25th February 2020AKS

Last week I got my hands on the brand new IPL and Imicro batteries from IDX to see how they compare to the other V-Lock batteries available.

Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 review

23rd September 2019Lenses

The Sigmonster. The Bigma. Green Machine. The Tank. This lens has many names; officially, it’s called the Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 / 400-1000mm f/5.6. The lens is ten years old, and yet so little is known about it – so I decided to try it out for myself.

Canon C500 Mark II vs Sony FX9

13th September 2019Cameras

Sony and Canon battle to become the new full frame cinema camera champion. Let’s look more closely at the new FX9 and the C500 Mark II and compare them side by side.

IDX vs PAG

5th December 2018AKS

Earlier this year I spent five whole days watching batteries drain and then recharge. It was so thrilling that I’ve decided to do it again; this time with industry favourites PAG and IDX.

Battle Of The Batteries

8th June 2018AKS

I compare a range of V-Mount batteries to see how well they perform in a ‘real world’ test. The basis of the test is simple – to see how long they can power a camera for, and how long they take to recharge.

DSMC2 Unified

22nd May 2018Cameras

Last night, RED announced some changes to their ever-evolving line up of cameras. It isn’t a new camera or sensor this time, but rather, they’ve shrunk the number of cameras, sensors, names and prices.

The Truth About Sigma Cine Zooms

7th May 2018Lenses

Much has been said about Sigma’s new cinema lenses – both good and bad. Particularly their high speed zooms, the 18-35 T2 and 50-100 T2. Sigma recently loaned me a pair of the zooms and so I took the opportunity to get to the bottom of things.