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Dominik Bauch

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  1. I have two choices for dolly wheels (small platform dolly with around 100lbs of weight including Bazooka & camera package) Go kart wheels or double pneumatic wheels (i.e. 2 on each corner). On normal surfaces, wood floors, concrete, tiled floors (i.e. no off road or major cracks / bumps), which wheels tend to be more stable and give smoother results given these conditions? Any advice really appreciated.
  2. I have an option to round out a rental set of Cooke anamorphic i primes (32, 40, 50, 75, 100, 180) with either a 65mm macro or 135mm. To me the 65mm isn't really a big magnification and as I have a 50mm and 75mm in the set, I can just add a diopter and get similar results (albeit with some chromatic aberration around the edges but that can be nice at times and take the digital edge off.) I get that I can't focus to infinity but the weight penalty of this large lens leads me to be happier with adding diopters to regular primes. Am I missing something here as others have talked about the 65mm being special....? I'm leaning towards the 135mm as that's a built in close up lens, 100mm not quite there without a diopter and 180 is a little too tight. Looking for advice from anyone who has used these lenses a lot. Thanks!
  3. Thanks Tristan. Had a thought to try a hihat on a wooden board and use ratchet straps to secure the x, y & z axes. Possibly raising the board on apple boxes or something else solid. Unfortunately legit grip techniques are beyond my budget...
  4. Never worked with car mounts before, any help greatly appreciated. I'll be working with a roughly 40lb camera set up. Is the Matthews Brauer hostess tray solid enough? i.e. on Los Angeles roads... will it hold up well without jostling around. Ideally it's locked to the movement of the car. Is this the case? How about mounting in the back seat of the car, what's the easiest way to hard mount a camera for an OTS driver shot? Thanks
  5. For me renting for single days here and there is a huge Pain. Much easier and more flexible to own relatively low cost items so we can deploy easily and quickly without hassle. As long as they work well which is what I wanted to ask here.
  6. I like the look of the Proaim Spin Dolly. I can’t find any reviews online so I’m wondering about the quality and how well it actually works. Smoothness etc. Is the bazooka system stable? I plan to use roughly a 45lb payload. Wondering if there’s any flex or wobble with the Telescopic bazooka. Any experience or feedback on proaim dollys in general would be really appreciated.
  7. Super helpful, thanks so much for the detailed info.
  8. I won’t have a 1st AC around unfortunately, at least we o begin with. What are the best practice steps that I can follow to avoid any damage to either the mount or the lens?
  9. About to work with a 180mm anamorphic prime, pretty heavy. What are best practices mounting heavy lenses? I intend to use a lens support, just want to make sure I don’t over stress the PL mount by doing something stupid...
  10. Anyone know how the output compares between the Astera Titan tubes and the Quasar crossfade (daylight or tungsten). I love the potential flexibility of the Titans but I like the output of the Quasars (which I already own). Hoping the Asteras are close if not better.
  11. Just watched knives out. Yedlins tests looked way more like film that the movie. To me it looked super digital with overly sharp grain. All the interior shots had very digital looking blown out windows. Kind of surprised me given the hype.
  12. Thanks, 3/4 inch or 1 inch for wood? would you use washers?
  13. Can these be used with velcro? https://www.adorama.com/qsqbkt12.html Will Velcro hold the weight securely enough? Or are screws the old way to go. If so, what size works well, is a washer necessary? Thanks for any advice here.
  14. I'm thinking of using incandescent string lights like these for a shoot: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-Bay-12-Light-24-ft-Black-Commercial-Incandescent-String-Light-GLS-14J2-E26S-12/206561487 Anyone used similar and have any tips on the best kind to get. They will be used in a 2 car garage, so I don't want the light to overpower the room, more of an accent with the added benefit that they will cast some ambient light around. Going for a moody, low key look overall. Definitely don't intend to have them everywhere.
  15. Great looking show, would be interested too.
  16. Thanks, this is what I was thinking. Are there any good independent companies in LA experienced in modifying anamorphic lenses?
  17. Disclaimer: I have no idea about lens mechanics... In theory if you have a set of lenses that have very smooth bokeh but you wanted a more painterly, 'harsh' bokeh, i.e. similar to a Panavision C series where the out of focus areas seem to have more texture than with other lenses. How would you go about achieving this, is this a simple tweak or an entire redesign? I'm not talking about introducing noise or chromatic aberration.
  18. Looking into renting a set of anamorphic primes for a job. 32, 40, 50, 75, 100 are included but I've been given a choice of 135mm or 180mm to round off the set. I love the hyper stylized extreme separation that long anamorphic lenses produce; that very distorted out of focus BG bokeh feels super cinematic to me. I'm leaning towards the 180mm as I feel the 135 will be not all that different from 100mm but the 180mm has a chance to look very interesting and different. I've never used either lens before so, min. focus issues aside, in real world shooting (scripted interior / exterior) does anyone have any thoughts as to which would be the most useful / interesting?
  19. Actually I just got a Panasonic Lumix S1, matching FOV to anamorphic primes gets very close. Closer than Artemis for example. Thanks for the tips David.
  20. I did some camera tests for a project and generally 48fps was liked but my co-director felt it might be a little too dreamy and suggested 36fps. I’ve never shot this frame rate. Any considerations or issues that might arise as it’s not a direct multiple of 24?
  21. Thanks all for the tips, so what's the best work flow for anamorphic? Set 5D to 16x9, match horizontal FOV for full frame lenses to the anamorphic focal lengths I'll be using and then apply a 2.39 mask in PS on the output jpegs? Rough for sure but at least the horizontal FOV should be close. Is there a more accurate way to approach this?
  22. Thanks David, so in my case I would multiply by 1.3 if I wanted to go the crop factor route? But with horizontal FOV comparison, I would just take my cine lenses and find canon equivalent's that match? No other calculations necessary?
  23. For scouting purposes, I'll be using a 5D mkIV. I'll be using an Alexa Mini on the shoot and I've used my high school math to arrive at a 1.3x crop factor vs the mk IV. I've built a template in PS to mask out the Canon photos to equate them to the Alexa aspect ratio and resolution I'll be using. Question is, using the crop factor, how do I figure out what a full frame 50mm lens on the 5D would be equate to on an Alexa Mini. (To complicate things I'm using anamorphic lenses but that's just halving those focal lengths to arrive at the spherical equivalent for horizontal field of view...) Is it as simple as 1.3 x the focal length? I thought it might be more complicated as it's not like the traditional thing of using a full frame lens on a smaller sensor... kind of but not quite. Yes I have Artemis but we wanted to storyboard with lens compression and nicer looking images than Artemis spits out.
  24. Just got my Athos insurance renewal quote and it’s pretty steep to say the least.... Are there any other solid insurance options around?
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