I’ve discussed before how much I love using vintage lenses for photography, but what about videography?

I’ve been wanting to learn how to shoot good video for a while now, but a few things have always got in the way:

  1. I find video editing software needlessly complicated. It feels like you need a degree in computer science to work out which format you should be exporting to.
  2. Focusing¬†during video on a DSLR never worked for me. I couldn’t see whether my subject was in focus or not, so I ended up with lots of *almost* sharp footage.
  3. The Canon lenses I own with nice feeling focus rings are big and heavy meaning whenever I tried video I’d get a workout in at the same time.

However, recently a few new developments have given me a bit more enthusiasm.

Firstly, Adobe released Premiere Rush CC. It’s a no-frills video production app that makes the process of putting video together really quick and simple. Plus, you can just export it. Perfect.

Secondly, I bought some extra batteries for my Sony A7ii (basically essential – one battery lasts no time at all) and turned on focus peaking, meaning that I can focus basically any lens in any conditions. Perfect for stills, but even more useful for video.

Finally, I picked up an OM to NEX adapter, meaning I can shoot with my Olympus Zuiko lenses. If you’re not familiar with these, they’re basically very sharp, very compact vintage lenses. they also feel great to focus and adjust the aperture without having to fiddle around with any switches or camera buttons. I picked up my Olympus Zuiko 50mm 1.8 in Japan for an absolute steal, which you can read more about here.

All of this has meant that I’ve got a renewed vigour¬†for wanting to try video. Here’s my first attempt:

It’s short, but I’m really happy with how it’s come out. Expect a few more of these videos made with vintage lenses in the next few months.

7th November 2018

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