The Benefit Of A Zoom

1st March 2017Lenses

Prime lenses are smaller, lighter, cheaper, faster and optically superior to zooms. So why bother using a zoom? There are some instances where a zoom might just be the better choice.

BSC Expo 2017

6th February 2017Events

The British Society of Cinematographers held it’s annual Expo at the Battersea Evolution Centre in London this weekend just gone. The Expo is a great opportunity to see new products being showcased and to catch up with colleagues and acquaintances.

Budget Cinema Zooms

24th November 2016Lenses

Often, cinema zooms cost more than the camera they’re mounted to. This year however, there’s been a sudden wave of budget cinema zooms introduced, aimed at the owner/operator market and priced accordingly.

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam

2nd November 2016Film Fests & Comps

This weekend I was invited with wildlife filmmaker Leanne Gater to attend the Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The festival boasted over eighty films, showcasing the best wildlife documentaries from around the world.

Full Frame Cine Primes

21st October 2016Lenses

Since 2008, filmmakers have been in the market for full frame cine primes. Lenses that cover the larger format yet still offer all the mechanical advantages of a proper cinema lens.

Which RED camera?

14th October 2016Cameras

RED Digital Cinema this week introduced two new cameras, bringing the total number of DSMC2 cameras currently available to five. But let’s compare them. What’s the difference between them all?

Zeiss Contax Compared

19th August 2016Lenses

How do the Contax lenses fair compared to it’s contemporaries? Let’s look at the Contax line compared to other Zeiss lenses both new and old: the Super Speeds, Classic (ZE/ZF.2) and CP.2s.

Skye in My Røde Reel

7th July 2016Film Fests & Comps

In May I was invited by director Chris Cronin to shoot a little film with him called ‘Skye’. It’s a social drama with a sci-fi, superhero twist and was made to compete in the My Røde Reel competition.

Choosing and Adapting Zeiss Contax

20th June 2016Lenses

Vintage Zeiss Contax lenses can be repurposed for modern cinema use. This article goes into detail about these lenses and how to go about picking and adapting your lenses.