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Gear Basics: Is Filming with a Pancake Lens a Viable Option?

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first_imgWhat is a pancake lens, and should you be using one? In this write-up, we cover everything you should consider before attaching one to your camera.When you’re first getting into filmmaking, the sheer amount of basic information you need to learn can be overwhelming. You may spend weeks learning how to capture audio correctly, only to discover that different microphones will have different polar patterns and capture sound differently — and the process starts over. The same goes for lenses. On a fundamental level, it can be easy to trip over something as simple as the terms for a lens. You can have a tilt-shift prime lens or a telephoto zoom lens with macro capabilities. If you’re new, it will get confusing quickly. Pancake lenses are no exception.“Pancake” is the colloquial term-turned-commercial name for short-barreled lenses. They are usually no longer than 35mm, rarely over 40mm in focal length, and will commonly sit at f/2.8, but you can find faster lenses on the market (the lens in the cover photo is a 20mm f/1.7). In regards to price point, they sit on the edge of the budget-friendly market, averaging about $200. The faster and better-built pancake lenses will, of course, increase the price and land at the bottom end of the intermediate market. How will it change my images?So, what exactly will a pancake lens do to your image? Will it flatten the image? Will there be a sweeping barrel distortion? No. A 20mm pancake lens will produce the same image as a 20mm full-sized lens (minus the disparity in the quality of the lens elements). A pancake lens is, for all intents and purposes, just a thin lens. That’s it. A short-barreled lens. It can be a thin prime, such as a Canon 24mm, or a small zoom, like the Olympus 14-42mm. But it will not alter the way that light travels through the lens to the sensor. Very few companies market short-barreled lenses as pancake lenses. The B&H listing may reference the lens as a pancake shape, or Amazon presents a variety of lenses when you search for “pancake lens,” but you’ll often find that the majority are not titled as such.Can I use One For Filmmaking?The quality of the pancake lens comes down to brand and glass. They are, after all, budget lenses, so don’t expect world-class glass. Further, the electronic functions like the autofocus and aperture changes are going to be clunkier than you’d see with a higher-end lens.That said, how are these as filmmaking lenses (there’s nothing to say that you can’t use them as such). In fact, the following travel video is the product of a pancake lens, and it looks beautiful.Of course, the most notable aspect of the lens is the size. As a result of its compact nature, we don’t get a focus ring to grip. Depending on the brand on the lens, you’re only going to have a focus ring at around 5mm, at most — if that. Canon and Nikon pancake lenses are quite notorious for very small focus rings on budget lenses.If you use a follow focus or like to pull focus with your fingers on the focus ring, you’ll find focusing impractical — but not impossible. You can find accessories to help with focus pulling, such as the DSLR Solutions Follow Focus. However, I often find that adding additional pieces of equipment to a tool designed to be compact defeats the purpose of buying that tool in the first place.I wanted a smaller lens to take with me when galavanting around the coast, and as a previous owner of a Canon pancake lens, I was worried about the lack of focus ring handling. However, the Panasonic 20mm 1.7 has quite a thick focus ring, making it very practical for manual focus. In the case of the 20mm, it actually accounts for at least half of the overall length of the lens itself. So, they are out there; they just require a bit of searching.Secondly, since the lens is compact and discreet, it’s not going to be the same quality as a Canon L series. The lens is going to feel light and cheap, and while some pancake lenses do have a metal housing, more often than not, they’ll be plastic. They also can’t resist accidental force like a more expensive lens. Conversely, due to the size and weight, dropping one will have less impact than dropping a heavy lens. (It is, of course, recommended that you avoid dropping lenses.)Finally, and while this shouldn’t matter if the images you’re capturing are good, some inexperienced clients think larger equipment automatically yields better results. Therefore, showcasing a DSLR with a “toy-like” lens may fail to impress and cost you the job. But, if you’re only just buying your first lens for your first camera, let’s not rush into job searching just yet.ConclusionUltimately, once you remove the commercial branding, a pancake lens is a budget prime or zoom lens. Whether that lens can capture sharp and vibrant images is up to the lens critics. But in regards to filmmaking, while it’s still a viable solution for vlogging and travel videos, for any kind of narrative work, the inability to wrap your fingers around the focus ring or attach a follow focus means this lens is not a suitable choice.Looking for more info on lenses? Check out these articles.5 Reasons You Should Purchase a “Nifty Fifty” 50mm LensBest Lenses for Gimbal CinematographyWhy Cinema Lenses Will Improve Your Next Film ProjectA Look at the ARRI/Zeiss Master and Ultra Prime LensesShould You Use Vintage Lenses on Your Next Project?last_img read more

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Pumaren sees PBA potential in Espeleta

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “My teammates were just trying to find me cause I was hot I just had to keep shooting. They just happened to fall in,” he said as he went on a perfect 3-of-3 sniping from threes.Expected to take a bigger responsibility for the Falcons this upcoming collegiate season, Espeleta isn’t putting much pressure on himself or to even fill up the absence left by Manganti as he hopes to continue being a part of something great under the tutelage of Pumaren.“We know what were capable of doing. All of us are just looking to contribute every night,” he said. “There’s no star player. We’re just playing as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The Fil-Am swingman on Tuesday showed a glimpse of what he can do, lighting up for Akari-Adamson with 19 points in the first quarter in the team’s 98-92 victory over Go for Gold in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Given the keys to the starting role, Espeleta made Pumaren look like a genius, leading his crew with 24 points, on an efficient 8-of-11 shooting from the field, while also grabbing five rebounds and two steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run Win-win situation for Macaraya as CEU, San Sebastian thrive in D-Leaguecenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The first time I took over Adamson, I really felt that he has a lot of potential. He has the PBA potential, but he just has to be in a better shape,” remarked the Falcons coach.The 21-year-old, though, shrugged off the praise and noted that his early explosion wouldn’t be possible if not for his teammates helping him as Akari-Adamson rode his blistering hands early. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESIt seems like coach Franz Pumaren didn’t really need much time to find a replacement for Sean Manganti.Left looking for someone to plug in the small forward position left by the senior high-flyer, Pumaren may have stumbled upon a gem in Jonathan Espeleta with the incoming third year ashowing signs of promise.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Ports of UstLuga and Kiel Ink Cooperation Deal

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first_imgzoom Russia’s commercial sea port of Ust-Luga and the German port of Kiel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in an effort to promote the development of Russian-German economic and trade relations. The cooperation has a goal to increase cargo traffic at the ports of Ust-Luga and Kiel, attract new customers, and create and develop relations between the Leningrad region and the German region of Schleswig-Holstein.The first phase of the agreement signed between the parties includes a new logistic service for cargo delivery between Germany and Russia which will be offered by Cis-Cargo GmbH and PUL Trans JSC.The new logistics service involves interaction on the principle of “one window” with a guaranteed term of delivery of goods, marked prior to shipment.The port of Ust-Luga operates the multipurpose terminal YUG-2 and the Auto-RailwayFerry Terminal.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Keep surprise on

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first_imgWith a focus on landscapes in Italian cinema, Perduto Amor will be screened. The 115 minute film was released in 2003. Directed by Franco Battiato, the film stars Corrado Fortuna, Donatella Finocchiaro, Annamria Gherardi and Tiziana Lodato.It deals with the sojourn of the protagonist Ettore Corvaja, a young Sicilian, between the mid 50s and mid 60s. In the first half of the movie, we are in the 50s in Sicily, and Ettore is a child who lives surrounded by women and seems to be always surprised of what happens around him. He grows between the joie de vivre of the time and the teachings of his mentor, aristocratic culture of the country. In the second part during the economic boom, 20 years later finally he is in Milan. DETAILAt: Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Chanakyapuri When: 22 December Timings: 2 pm onwardslast_img read more

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8 of the Coolest Projects to Come Out of X Googles Moonshot

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first_imgJanuary 23, 2019 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Since 2010, Google has dedicated resources to Moonshot projects, forward thinking endeavors designed to solve the world’s biggest problems. So what has the Alphabet-owned company been cooking up?To start, it’s not entirely a surprise that a division with an emphasis on science fiction is intent on making robots a reality. Not much is available to the public on this particular area, but according to the X website, “teams are investigating how machine learning can be used to teach robots new skills that will enable them to reliably perform useful tasks in unstructured environments.” (Alphabet formerly owned Boston Robotics.)So all in good time, we suppose.Read on for some of the most intriguing projects being worked on in X, the Moonshot Factory.Related: These Are the 10 Highest Paying Jobs at GoogleMakaniMakani energy kites, which look like model airplanes tricked out with a bunch of propellers and have the wingspan of a smaller jet plane, are X’s attempt to better harness wind energy. They can generate up to 600 kilowatts of energy, which is enough to power roughly 300 homes. So how does it work? The M600 kite is attached to a ground station, and as the kite is flown, the wind moves through the propellers and the spinning action generates power, which is then sent down to the grid via a tether.Glass Enterprise EditionThough the company’s first stab at Google Glass proved that we weren’t quite ready to wear computers on our faces in casual social settings, the Moonshot factory is currently working on Glass Enterprise Edition, designed with manufacturing and outdoor workers in mind. The idea is that Glass can be clipped onto safety goggles or shields, so if something needs to be repaired, for example, workers can use the display to read directions.Free Space Optics This project is working to bring high-speed internet to areas that do not have access without requiring extensive digging and the laying of lines. Essentially, free space optics is the utilization of beams of light to transmit high speed data between point A and point B. It is currently being implemented in Andhra Pradesh, a state in India.Waymo As of the end of the 2016, with more than 2 million miles in the books — roughly 300 years of human driving, including the first ride on public roads — Google’s self-driving car project graduated from X. Now named Waymo, its first public trial is currently happening in Phoenix, Ariz.Related: Three Things To Learn From Google’s Workplace CultureWingDeveloped in an effort to increase access to goods and reduce traffic and pollution, this effort to create delivery drones made its first real-world deliveries in 2014, bringing first-aid supplies, candy, dog treats and water to farmers in Queensland, Australia. In 2016, it completed what was at the time the largest and longest drone delivery in the U.S., when students at Virginia Tech got air dropped some delicious burritos. The project officially graduated in July 2018.Loon  Project Loon was developed to try a different way of connecting people to the internet — instead of wires in the ground, a network of stratospheric balloons. In 2017, Loon worked with Spanish telecom firm Telefonica to provide internet connectivity to people in Peru who had to leave their homes due to flooding. After Hurricane Maria in 2018, Loon worked with AT&T and T-Mobile to get more than 200,000 people in Puerto Rico back online.VerilyThis team is focused on improving medical tech, developing prototypes for smart contact lenses that could accurately measure biological markers in our eyes, nanotech that could potentially identify and latch onto cancer cells and wearables that could tell when those nanoparticles found the cells and eating utensils that could help users with hand tremors or limited mobility.MaltaOne way you probably didn’t realize you could store energy was in giant tanks of molten salt and chilled liquid. But Malta does just that, sending electricity back to the grid when it’s needed the most. The team is currently at work developing a pilot plant to show whether the tech can be used at a broad commercial scale.last_img read more

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Ottawa announces new shortterm measure ahead of the end of eTAs leniency

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first_img Travelweek Group Friday, November 4, 2016 Share Ottawa announces new short-term measure ahead of the end of eTA’s leniency period << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img TORONTO — With the Electronic Travel Authorization’s (eTA) six-month leniency period ending next week, the Government of Canada has announced a new short-term measure to help minimize travel disruptions for dual Canadian citizens.Starting Nov. 10, visa-exempt travellers (except U.S. citizens) will need an eTA to board their flight to Canada. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, will need a valid Canadian passport to fly to or transit through Canada.The new short-term measure, which will be available until Jan. 31, 2017, allows dual citizens whose second citizenship is from a visa-exempt country to apply for a special authorization that will let them board their flight to Canada using their valid non-Canadian passport.This measure is open to dual citizens who have an imminent flight to Canada (leaving in less than 10 days) and whose Canadian citizenship can be verified by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). If approved, the authorization will be valid for four days from the date of travel indicated in the application. Those not eligible for the authorization will need to contact the nearest Government of Canada office abroad to obtain the appropriate travel document.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“eTA improves the safety of Canadians by allowing us to check that travellers are admissible before they board their flight, preventing those who are inadmissible from travelling to Canada in the first place,” said John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. “We have been doing everything we can to inform affected travellers about these new requirements, and I am pleased that we can now offer a short-term measure to help get some dual Canadian citizens who are not familiar with this new requirement onto their flight to Canada.”The eTA entry requirement became mandatory for visa-exempt foreign nationals (other than U.S. citizens) travelling to Canada temporarily by air on March 15, 2016. However, a leniency period was put in place from March 15 until November 9 so travellers unfamiliar with the eTA requirement could still board their flight to Canada.Here are a few quick facts about the program:Applying for an eTA is a simple online process that costs $7. Canada.ca/eTA is the only valid site where travellers can apply for an eTA.More than 2.3 million eTAs have been issued since the application went live on Aug. 1, 2015.Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA and, as usual, must show their valid permanent resident card or obtain a permanent resident travel document from the nearest Government of Canada office abroad when returning to Canada by air.Citizens of the U.S. are exempt from the eTA requirement. U.S. lawful permanent residents need an eTA and must present a valid U.S. permanent resident card (Green Card) and a valid passport when they check in for their flight to Canada. Tags: Canada Posted bylast_img read more

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