Wednesday, March 17, 2010
A: I would recommend 3 different lenses. The first is the most basic lens which you will use the most. The is the standard 50mm f1.8 prime lens also known as portrait lens.
Next lens will be another prime lens. You either get a 85mm f1.8 http://photo.net/equipment/canon/85-1.8
or a 100mm f2.0 http://www.lensplay.com/lenses/lens_data.php?lensID=21
These two lenses are zoom lenses and will give you shallow depth of field when you want to shoot with your camera further away from your subject, still giving you the blurred background. Then you will want a multi purpose lens. This lens can be a zoom 28mm-80mm f4.5-f5.6 cheap lens. This lens is the most flexible but much darker than the prime lenses so it requires more light to give equal brightness. For use with a 35mm DOF adapter you will want to get the older SLR lenses for film because these lenses are made to project the picture to a 35mm film which is much larger than today's new smaller sensor DSLRs (the EF-S Canon lens and DX Nikon lens). This will minimize the dark areas round the corners of the screen also known as vignetting.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Comments from Users
"Hey Greg,Sorry I didnt send you an email letting you know, but yes, we have received them. I put the 5 micron glass in. I am very happy with the results. IN outdoor lighting with the supplied(Letus35) screen I could not close the 35mm lens down below f5 or 6. I did a test where I closed the lens down close to f20 with your screen and still had a somewhat usable image. This will be great for when we are shooting outdoors and need to buy ourselves some focal range. The image overall looks very clean also!!Thanks so much!!
"Hi Greg,I got the adapter and it works great. I've got to get a smaller lens, as right now I've got a canon zoom and the whole thing is quite big. Or I've got to get some major support for the lens before I use it. I'm going to try and rig something with mirrors so I can see correctly. Love how it works! Thanks for your great work! I'll recommend you to anyone. Could you tell me what exactly the red button on the motor does? Thanks again,Susan"
Desert City Film Works
5025 Los Robles Street
Los Angeles, Ca. 90041
"Hello Greg! Thanks for your DOF adapter, it already got to our post office here in Prague. I have one week of shooting behind me. I am still learning, but the results are great!! On HF100 a have a visible hotspot, I can avoid it by using a bigger zoom. I playing around with settings, the best results I get with AV mode f2.0 (using CANON EF 50mm/1.8 II lens) + increasing EXPOSURE (+4). Cine mode does not look so great. I decided to buy small LCD TV green (7“) to see what I am shooting, because it is hard to have everything in focus and good composition with the picture upside down :). Maybe I can create my own Vimeo account, I will let you know. I am really happy with your GT35pro!"
"This is an amazing 35mm adapter for the price. The picture quality with the 5 micron is outstanding. I used the Nikkor 17-35mm/2.8 and got a beautiful image from corner to corner in such an affordable adapter. Hats off! Wow! I also tried the Nikkor 80-200mm/f2.8 lens and got brilliant image quality. I would say the Nikkor 80-200mm/f2.8 lens really compliments this 35mm adapter.The only problem being that the camera lens is supper long with the two attached."- John
Already received the adapter this week. YOU DID A GREAT JOB. I'm very happy with it now, I have made several tests, and it seems to workprefectly now. Also the quality of materials and finish now, is superb. Many many Thanks
I have already sent you the shipping fees.
Many thanks for your support, you're really a great and talented guy. I will keep you tuned on how it's going with the adapter on my nextfilms.
David XarachDirector de Cine / Filmmaker
Productor Ejecutivo / Executive ProducerMariachi Style Filmswww.mariachistylefilms.com
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Congratulations To Wes Roberts and Team Jumpcut for your winning Film
Wes Roberts, Director of Team Jumpcut email to me:
"As promised I wanted to follow-up and let you know how using the "Tay-dapter" worked on our 48 Hour Film. And my experience was --- fantastic! I think the finished HD product says most everything for itself; watch "Charlie's Nuts" -> http://www.teamjumpcut.com/
The adapter was consistent and provided no problems at all. It worked perfectly with my HV20, and I was able to shoot without any problems. I used everything from an 18mm wide angle to a 600mm ultra-telephoto without vignetting (unless I wanted it!). Most of the film was shot using my 1.4 50mm and my 1.8 85mm - but I rarely shot them all the way open. It says a lot for your device that I was able to see the weaknesses in my cheap wide angle, and conversely I could also see the quality of my fast nikkors! I have viewed the film on a huge 1080i TV, and even seen it projected in a movie theater and it held up to both environments.
I heartily recommend your adapter. I spent a lot of time looking at the footage demoed by other budget adapters and I thought I saw something in yours that seemed to fit the bright, pro-image I wanted to create, and I am happy to say that I was right.
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"HOW TO SHOOT WITH A 35mm DOF ADAPTER"
2) Always use a 50mm prime (fixed) lens as your main lens and other prime lenses eg. 28mm, 35mm, 80mm. Zooms will also work but they are much darker and will not allow you to shoot in much lower light. Some zooms exhibit vignetting on 35mm adapters. The vignetting will be worse in low light and you might notice grain. Best lenses to use are f1.4, f1.8 and f2.8 lenses.
3) Use a tripod to shoot because you have to turn off the OIS. Shooting handheld with 35mm adapters can be done but the person needs to be very steady. I also recommend my GT-Viper rod support so you can balance it well on a tripod and not overtighten the vertical movement screws on your tripod damaging it.
4) Always make sure your ground glass is clean. Very light dust will disappear when the vibrating motor is on but larger dirt will show up as circle spots on your footage.
5) Make sure your motor is turning when shooting and always carry a spare battery. I never liked the idea or rechargeable battery on a 35mm adapter. You will be in trouble if your battery dies in the field.
6) For the best footage, make sure you have lots of light. Any DOF 35mm adapter eats alot of light.
7)Recommended shutter speed to shoot at is 1/50 for PAL or 1/60 for NTSC. Shooting at high shutter speed makes the grain of the ground glass appear in your footage. The gt35pro series of 35mm adapters allows you to shoot at shutter speeds up to 1/200 but this is not ideal as you loose lots of light. See point number 6.