WoMP: <$1,000 Camera 22Jan13

WoMP: <$1,000 Camera

In this episode of Weapons of Mass Production we compare a few sub-$1,000 cameras to see which is best-suited to motion picture/video use. The cameras were: Canon T4i with 18-55mm kit lens ($899) Sony NEX-6 with 16-50mm kit lens ($998) Panasonic GH2 with 14-42mm kit lens, both stock and with...

WoMP: Action Cams 08Jan13

WoMP: Action Cams

In this episode of Weapons of Mass Production we compare a couple of the best action cams. It’s that time of year again:  when I go to run a couple cameras through the paces and shoot tons of crazy stuff on them that is probably well beyond their original intent.  A full narrative piece...

WoMP: Zooms 13Nov12

WoMP: Zooms

We got a lot of requests in the comments to talk about lenses, so here’s our first forray into that realm.  What kind of stuff do we look at when it comes to lenses?  And how do the manufacturer brands (Nikon & Canon) stack up against the cheaper 3rd party lenses? Clarity &...

WoMP: iPhone 5 05Oct12

WoMP: iPhone 5

Doin’ It With The Lights Out: While the Nikon D3s isn’t the shiniest/newest camera off the line, it still has class-leading ISO performance.  That’s about as good as it gets.  The iPhone dragged it’s shutter to a half-second in order to get an exposure.  That’s...

WoMP: Sound Recording 19Aug12

WoMP: Sound Recording

This episode of Weapons of Mass Production really focuses on sound recording techniques.  One of the things I was trying to do was make it fairly brand-agnostic.  The only make/model I call out is a cheap piece of crap.  The point is that recording clean field sound is much more about...

WoMP: Greener Screen 31Jul12

WoMP: Greener Screen

This is the latest of my not-quite-safe-for-work-but-ultimately-harmless camera/filmmaking/review show thing (I need to work on that pitch). We focus on greenscreen, and in particular finding just the right shade of paint.  It actually ended up being immensely challenging. Some background: ...

The F%^&ing Nikon D800 vs. Canon 5D mkIII Shootout Part II 18May12

The F%^&ing Nikon D800 vs. Canon 5D ...

This is part 2 of my previous test. It is even more idiotic, but I find the results very interesting, particularly for stills shooters. Pedantic analysis below. Test 7: Got Bits? This is my favorite test. I might have to come up with a normalized (repeatable) version of this. Because I think...

The F%^&ing Nikon D800 vs. Canon 5D mkIII Shootout 04Apr12

The F%^&ing Nikon D800 vs. Canon 5D ...

This was by no means a comprehensive test, but I did try to make it as (i) real-world relevant as possible, (ii) accurate, (iii) idiotic. For my rambling analysis of the tests, read on.  It’s pretty boring though.  You’ll probably learn more and be more entertained just watching...

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