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12/03/2013
BMPCC evaluation: dynamic range
Testing DR on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera






12/03/2013
BMPCC evaluation: sharpness
Testing sharpness on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera






12/03/2013
Lens tests on the BMPCC
Testing some very interesting lenses on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera






11/07/2013
Image quality with the BMC and Premiere CC
Premiere CC now can work natively with DNG files from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Let's see how it looks...






08/05/2013
Shaving my Leitz Leica-R lenses
Some of them need some work before they can be used with a modern fullframe camera, or, in my case, with a SpeedBooster






08/05/2013
So, how good is this SpeedBooster thing?
Some tests to see if an APS-C sensor with a MetaBones SpeedBooster really is as sharp as a full frame sensor






06/06/2013
The Alhambra (with 5D2 and Tokina 11-16)
A night visit to the Alhambra with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 (designed for APS-C, but works as a great 16mm prime on full frame too)






05/03/2013
Flaat for the BMC
A picture profile for the BlackMagic Cinema Camera (just a bunch of very specific settings for importing the RAW DNG files)






05/03/2013
Optimal image quality with the BMC
A detailed look into several options for working with footage from the BlackMagic Cinema Camera






01/20/2013
Taking pictures with VERY old cameras
Taking pictures with the sensor from my Sony NEX-5N and some very old bellows cameras (from 1910 and 1917)






01/18/2013
Is full frame sharper than APS-C?
Given my lens set, will my images be sharper if I move from APS-C to full frame? I try to find out, empirically






01/18/2013
Lens tests (sharpness, full frame)
A new set of tests, this time with a full frame camera (a Canon 5D2)






01/18/2013
Lens tests (sharpness, full frame video)
A new set of tests, this time with a full frame camera (a Canon 5D2)






08/09/2012
My color guru: Stu Maschwitz
A set of links to some truly awesome posts by my color guru, Stu Maschwitz






07/19/2012
Flaat Shootout 2012
A torture test for the Canon 550D (T2i), the Sony NEX-5N, the Panasonic GH2, and the Nikon D800






07/19/2012
My take on the NEX-5N
A quick review of this nice little camera, which packs a great image into its nearly-pocketable size






07/19/2012
Flaat for the NEX-5N
This camera can't load custom-built picture styles, but I managed to get a nice image using some not-very-common settings






03/26/2012
Version 2.0 of my Flaat Picture Styles for Canon DSLRs
Rated by the number of stops of DR that they get, with one set based on Portrait and one based on Neutral, and tested on the 5D3






03/05/2012
High ISO and detail on the Canon 5D mark 3
High ISO shots from the 5D3 are amazingly clean: there's nearly no noise. That's in part thanks to noise reduction algorithms, and has a price: detail






01/29/2012
Sharpness and bokeh tests - new lenses added
Fellow Spaniard DSLR shooter and deep lensaholic Ignacio Sánchez lent me a bunch of interesting vintage lenses today, and I added them to my sharpness and bokeh tests






01/15/2012
An idea for RGBWK Bayer pattern sensors
If we're going to end up subsampling our color information anyway, we might as well do it directly in the sensor, and get better DR out of it






01/14/2012
Comparing ISO on different cameras
ISO values don't mean the same on all cameras - here I show, using footage from Philip Bloom's Christmas 2011 shotout, how it varies on different models






01/08/2012
Flaat Picture Styles for Canon DSLRs
Unhappy with all the previous options (like Technicolor CineStyle and Marvels Cine), I have created the Similaar suite of picture styles: Flaat 1 through 4






12/10/2011
Photography tutorial: macro
I just added a small section about macro photography






10/31/2011
Basic photography tutorial
A basic foto tutorial, which presents the fundamental aspects but avoids getting into more detail than strictly necessary
Also in Spanish (también en español)






10/16/2011
Equipment recommendations
My equipment recommendations to photographers and videographers: cameras, lenses, lighting equipment, audio equipment, accessories...






10/15/2011
Lens mount compatibility chart
A simple chart that tells you which lenses work on which cameras (specially useful for vintage glass)






09/26/2011
Notes on crop factor, DoF and FoV
How sensor size and crop factor affect depth of field and field of view: some theory, and a quick test






09/26/2011
Badly assembled lenses and image quality
Some sharpness and bokeh tests that show the kind of issues you'll find on a badly assembled vintage lens (it's a very common problem: check your lenses!!)






09/24/2011
Lens tests
Testing sharpness on all my lenses (Canon, Tamron, Tokina, vintage Carl Zeiss Jena, vintage Leitz for Leica) with The One Dollar Resolution Chart
Summary - by aperture - in video mode






09/18/2011
ND filter tests
Some sharpness and color shift tests with my ND filters (Tiffen screw-in, LCW Fader ND, resin filters for the Cokin P system)






09/15/2011
Bokeh tests
Bokeh tests, with all my lenses (Canon, Tamron, Tokina, vintage Carl Zeiss Jena, vintage Leitz for Leica)






09/10/2011
NEW VIDEO: Estepona 2011 (J+I)
A very relaxed day with a couple of friends - I think it's my best-looking flick so far






06/20/2011
Bokeh tests: different scenarios
With only a handful of lenses, I run some additional tests to understand the relation between focal length, bokeh quality and bokeh quantity.






05/24/2011
Filter tests
Some sharpness tests with my diffuser and polarizer filters (what they do, and how they affect image quality) (my ND filtersh have a specific section here)






04/30/2011
Picture Style Tests
Thoughts and tests on my journey to find the best picture style for my Canon DSLR - Initially I liked Technicolor CineStyle, but I'm using Flaat now






01/23/2011
Similaar Custom Cropmarks for Magic Lantern on the 550D
A collection of custom cropmarks that I created for Magic Lantern on my 550D (T2i), with different aspect ratios, markings and color schemes






09/26/2010
Similaar Quick Monitor Calibration Chart
A simple tool to help me setup my monitor at work: I want it to look nice, but I can't take my calibrator there, only play with brightness and contrast






09/11/2010
How many megapixels can I see?
An empirical test to check whether my eyes can see any detail beyond 1080p (2 megapixels). Download the video file and test your eyes too!






08/29/2010
How many megapixels do I want?
Some thoughts and empirical tests to try to shed some light on the neverending dispute of whether more megapixels means more noise






06/15/2010
DoF/FoV calculator
Quick and simple tool that calculates depth of field and field of view of a camera as a function of lens and camera settings - great for smartphones






06/15/2010
Notes on DoF and FoV
Some interesting stuff about Depth of Field and Field of View that I learned after programming my DoF/FoV calculator




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