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Battlefield 3

So while testing some things out in Battlefield 3, I decided to try and put something together in the short term, not story driven but just something that would be very very cool to watch.  So I did, and the results can be found in the Film Streams Section.

Or you can just watch it here!

Rokinon – First Impressions

So I purchased two Rokinon Lenses for my setup. I sold off my fixed lens camera and got another 60D and two lenses, more memory etc. I purchased both the 85mm Rokinon 1.4 and the 35mm 1.4 lenses. My first impressions are simply, WOW!

First, the 85mm. NOTE: these ARE manual lenses.

The picture is beautiful. I was amazed at how sharp and how paper thin the DOF was when using this lens. Because they are manual, the 85mm below anything 2.8 aperature requires a steady eye and quick micro adjustments on the focus ring in order to get a shot that is not blurry. That is just the way it is. I would confidently, without a doubt recommend this lens to the videographer using DLSR without hesitation. Keeping in mind that your focus pulls and framing are going to have to be done on your feet because there is no zooming beyond the physical which by default provides a much more professional look if you have a rookie behind the camera. So if you are a video guy, this is a MUST have lens in your bag. If you are a photographer mostly, I would suggest something like a Sigma 50mm 1.4 or the Canon version. I recommend the Sigma but both are really nice.

The 35mm…

Rokinon 35mm

This lens is absolutely beautiful and feels so sweet.. 2 issues.. One, mine broke on day two of filming. The aperature ring rotates but the interal gearing mechanism failed. Two, what I was able to shoot however came out beautiful. I have replacement on the way, (Amazon Rules) but what I was able to note with this lens are as follows:
For Videographers ONLY. If you think for a second you’ll be able to focus in on any object at 1.4 or even, sadly, 2.8, you’re in for one heck of a disappointment. This lens is absolutely, without a doubt, throw me down and kick the dog NOT for photographers. Unless I’m just missing something.

The 35mm on a smaller, cropped sensor camera, it was more like a 50mm lens but I was very happy with the range the crop gave me as far as field of vision. Some of the shots I got here around the house, the lens felt great, smooth with a beautiful look. For a price tag of $499, if you are really into photography over video, I would pass on this lens. But if you are doing anything independent film and want a look that is just amazing in low light, this lens is for you. I’ll let you know if that aperature ring was a fluke in the single unit or if they are inherent in the build quality. Only time will tell and I’ll scrap it if I get another broken one.

Posting a video with the 85mm. I think you’ll like it. 😉

Members Area is now working!

I’ve finally been able to get the Members area working without a hitch!  Great fun and was quite challenging to say the least.  Many of the different options you have with WordPress, clearly plug-ins are the way to go and most are free.  It is by far, the most robust website content management system I’ve come across and very easy to configure and work up once you get the hang of it.

That said, you now have pictures available to you for the 1,000 user registrations and the free photo for just registering.

Canon Rebel T3i with Hawk Viewfinder – Picture property of cheesycam.com

The photos now available in the Members Area were taken with a Canon T3i and the stock lenses. Can’t wait to upgrade my glass!

New Website Design and Launch

Hey Everyone..

As some of you may or may not be aware, things have been a bit slow here at ReliantFilms.net. That is not to say we have, I have not been busy. One of the things I wanted to share with you all mostly has to do with the film.  I’ll make a separate post about that later.  I can tell you that we’re in the scoring phase of the movie and trying to get schedules aligned.

Besides that, I also have been doing a lot more photography and graphics for other projects as well as a hobbyist. I had some thoughts while helping a friend do a new redesign on her site, which gave me other ideas. With this new website design here are some of the cool things we have going on.

  • Photography – More focus on not just film, but photography and art
  • Registered Users Giveaways – For each 100 registrations that are not SPAM BOTS, I will give away a new panoramic photo in the registered users downloads section.  A stats page will go up soon so you can keep track and that’s one photo for every 100 users.  1,000 users = 10 professional photos either taken by me or offered through a sponsor
  • Auctions – Photography and Art Auctions.  If successful, I will open the doors for other artists to place their auctions on the site and list them here for free.  Not to get ahead of myself too soon, but this will be a free service offered to registered users and will only pay a small commission to Reliant Films LLC., if the print sells.  More Details To Come!
  • Services – You can of course still hire creative services through Reliantfilms.net. Pricing and consultation are customer specific so you’ll still have to inquire about pricing.
  • Industry news – Teaming up with other Videographers and guest posters to bring you more information
  • Tutorial Section – For everything I’m learning, I’ll do my best to share it with you if I think it warrants a video
  • Social Media integration. I’m working with a developer who created this Premium Theme to get all that worked out.
  • PayPer View.  That’s Right!  When “Despondent” is completed, we’ll have a Pay Per View Section for the film.  It will either be located here at www.reliantfilms.net or on a sister site dedicated to the movie.  I’m working on integration and configuration now. PayPer View will also include other short titles and independent films at an extremely reasonable cost, in HD.
  • Forums – On the Way.  There is a security flaw in the current build I am using so updates and configuration will need to be done before we can do anything. The Forum is also an iffy thing and if there is not enough traffic, there are so many other forums out there to find information, I don’t want it to be a tool maintained but not utilized. We’ll see.
As I build out these features, I’ll keep you posted.