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The RJ Matte box technically isn’t bad, because it’s exactly what you should expect for $58, and what you get for that price isn’t available for even close to that amount anywhere else. So despite plenty of issues i have it, i consider it a useful purchase i know i’ll have work for it.
Consider it a very cheap alternative to using an external flag, tape, duvatine, or whatever else you tend to use to get rid of a stray bit of light getting into your lens]]>
Lens filters help us to achieve looks that the camera may not be able to achieve on its own. The primary types of filters every filmmaker should be familiar with are the NDs, or Neutral Density, and Polarizers.
ND filters do nothing but reduce the light coming into the camera, and this is important when you’re in a bright situation, especially if you want to maintain a shallow depth of field. The only way to open up your aperture to narrow your DOF is to reduce the light coming in, and NDs are just about the only on-camera way of doing it without messing with your ISO and Shutter, which could alter your image. NDs come in stops of strength, and are usually labeled as .3 per stop. so you can get a .3 ND, a .6, .9, 1.2, etc… My favorite to have around is the .9 or 1.2, because in a bright sunny condition they can let you get your aperture down to about f4 or under. I don’t prefer an insanely shallow DOF, but if you so desire you can get stronger NDs, or stack them. Most prosumer and professional cameras have NDs built in, but DSLRs certainly do not, so if you’re holding a DSLR for video, you’ll be needing a couple. Tip: see what your largest lens’s filter size is, buy NDs for that size, then buy step down rings for it to fit onto your smaller lenses. Save some $$
Polarizers are great because of the magic they work. That magic is the removal of reflections, that’s right, these filters in most situations can kill off those nasty reflections off of any reflective surface. You can instantly see why they are great to have around! The image shows you what i’m talking about
Here you can start to browse for some ND filters
Amazon ND filter search
What’s that? Stupid sun giving you lens flares? I think we got a fix for that! It’s called a matte box, and it excels at keeping out those stray hard lights which give you those nasty flares. They are also quite good at holding square lens filters. Though to be honest i never used them, so it’s just light control for me.
The one in the video is from cinecity, it’s the same Chinese hunk of plastic sold around ebay and several other retailers. while it does get the job done, i’d recommend finding something a tad better. A little less plastic perhaps. This one tends to lean a bit backward as well. If you do go for the cheaper model, make sure it at least has a french flag, better yet also side flags.
Two brands you might want to take a look at are VEEDION and TrustMT]]>
What you need to know about lenses and how to use their info to determine focus]]>
Clearing up just what crop factor is and how sensors relate to depth of field]]>
Filmmaking can be tough, luckily there are a lot of toys out there to help us out. Here we go into what a camera rail system does]]>
Overall a great find, if the construction holds up it’s a winner.
The flip up design is what really sold me on this vs competitors, i don’t really need a diopter but still it’s nice to have. and the optics look quite good along with edge to edge view-ability of the LCD. You will get fogging but as you can see i poked a hole at the bottom to help with air circulation. I will likely just buy some anti fog spray to seal the issue.
Overall, this unit is a big win, of course you shouldn’t compare it to $1000+ pro units, but it feels like a lot more than the price tag suggests and i feel that many people in the indie budget range will have a hard time justifying paying 2,3,5,8x the price for higher end units.
the most important thing is that the gearbox is great. it has some dampening, which for most of you out there with other budget units will appreciate that it does not freely spin if you give it a whirl. this helps make sloppy lenses feel a bit better.
The gears are pretty nice too, i have to use them on a shoot or two to see if i truly like them.
Here we’ll go over what types of lights you can use, how to identify quality ones, and some general things you should know before going out and shooting with any of them]]>