Mike Kobal

July 24, 2012

Sony RX100: first studio video clips, 1080/60p, incredible!

Jessi M’Bengue from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

UPS delivered the Sony RX100 the morning of my photo shoot with Jessi M’Bengue and I unpacked it while hair and make up was being done. A real pocket camera, featuring a large 1″Cmos sensor, a Carl Zeiss 28-100mm equivalent, a maximum aperture of 1.8, image stabilization, full manual video controls, af/manual focus with focus peaking and image stabilization, dream specs for such a tiny camera.
size comparisons after the break

Filed under: Models Fashion,Video Beauty,Video Fashion — mike.kobal @ 12:25 am

July 19, 2012

Nikon D800E: Studio Editorial: The Wanted: 100% crops


If you happen to walk by a newsstand, check out the 10 page story in the current issue of Soma magazine. My first editorial with the Nikon D800E. A few of you have emailed asking how it compares to the 5D mark III
more after the break

Filed under: Models Fashion,Video Beauty,Video Fashion — mike.kobal @ 7:58 am

July 17, 2012

A possible game changer: the Canon 40mm f2.8 pancake lens

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It’s summer time and I am planning a quick escape to recharge, away from my city, the web and 4G signals. To travel light, efficient packing is key. This should be simple with the Sony Nex-7, the 16mm pancake with wide angle adapter, the 18-55mm kit lens-mainly for video- and the 50mm f1.8 for low light/shallow depth of field and a compact tripod. Small footprint, big on image and video quality. The Nex-7 boasts one of the best APSC sensors, regardless of all the sensor goodness and stunning DXO ratings, it just can’t compete with current full frame cameras in the real world and I am a little irritated because I have no idea what lays ahead, landscapes, portraits, snap shots, street or night shots in the rain -and I want to be ready for anything.

Filed under: Gear Reviews — mike.kobal @ 3:09 pm

July 5, 2012

Quick Moiré comparison: Nikon D800E, Canon 5D mark III and the Sony Nex-7

Once I realized the D800E would not enthrall every video scene with moiré I decided to explore it further. The first clips looked very promising, however, focus was on shallow depth of field and skin. When shooting stills, moiré and anti aliasing concerns across discussion forums are overblown topics. Of course it can occur and could be problematic. Especially when shooting fabrics, roof tiles, metal grids, more after the break

Filed under: Gear Reviews — mike.kobal @ 9:03 pm

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