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    Never heard of a culset. Googled it and look at what I found:http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/26785843My short answer is that I shrink MFD by using the 135mm. Statistics: Posted by jbtaylor — Tue May 26, 2015 8:16 pm
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    That is a fantastic bokeh. What is the MFD on that beauty? Have you tried "cutting it short" by using a culset? I did precisely that recently on Rokinon and here is how it looks. Nothing compared to your shots but then... No one can take away my right to be dumb right? I was […]
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Alpha 55 1080p HD video – snow in Scotland

This video was made on December 23rd using the Alpha 55 (AVCHD recording) hand held, with SS enabled, and the Carl Zeiss 16-80mm zoom. This video has been uploaded in full 1080p HD and can be viewed at high resolution if you have a fast enough connection. The soundtrack is a classical guitar piece I wrote ten years ago, on the last day of the year 2000, when snow was falling by moonlight which I guess the music represents a bit better than mid-day.

Some camera-mic sound has been left in place for two of the takes, and the shot of the stone wall uses active phase detection AF during video. This was not possible for most takes, as the snowflakes falling made the focus constantly change as they passed the focus zones!

Hope you enjoy it! The camera got very wet with snow – you can see where flakes landed on the lens filter – and ended up being wiped down many times. Eventually, after going into a shop for a few minutes, everything steamed up. But it seems fine after letting it dry out and warm up. It was not very cold, around 1°C for snow to be falling like this.

– David

2 comments to Alpha 55 1080p HD video – snow in Scotland

  • admin

    Manual focus, as commented in the text. The snowflakes kept changing the autofocus as they passed the AF sensor positions. You can have all the snow you like!

  • tfd

    Beautiful video and music. Has me inspired to do some winter photography – we just need a little snowfall here in NY (Long Island). Were you using manual focus for most takes?