The Simple Magic Lantern RAW Guide (Part One): Shooting RAW

The simplest and quickest guide to understanding Magic Lantern RAW and how to install it. Part One covers the basics and installing Magic Lantern.

Comparing Camera Systems for Feature films

Thinking of buying a camera for your next low-budget independent feature film? Below is a comparison chart of five systems to help you decide. The cameras are the Sony PMW-F3, the Panasonic AF100, the Canon 600D, the Canon 5D Mark II, and the old and outdated JVC GY-HD111E. Click on the image to enlarge:

How important is Mirror Lockup and a Cable Release?

I’ve always wondered how much of a difference a tripod, mirror lock-up and a cable release would make to the sharpness of my images. So, I decided to test for myself. Test Parameters and workflow: Canon 550D with 18-55 IS II Kit lens at 55mm f/8 at ISO 200 and shutter at 1/60s Shot in […]

Dynamic Range comparison of RAW v/s video mode on the Canon 550D

Does a DSLR output the same dynamic range in stills mode (RAW) and video? I decided to test for myself to see if that was the case. Test conditions and steps (RAW): Camera: 550D. Lens: EFS 18-55 3.5-5.6 II at 35mm (56mm on the APS-C) Aperture: f/8; Shutter: 1/30 sec (for both still and video); […]