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A look at Clacton-on-Sea with the Panasonic S1 & Blackmagic RAW.

First outing with the Blackmagic Video Assist 5″ 12G HDR Monitor/Recorder. Shot in 5.9K RAW (5888×3312)) at 12:1 fixed compression with a resulting data rate of approximately 71 MBPS which is just over 14 seconds per Gigabyte.

All footage captured to an Integra 512gb UHS-1 SD card good for just under two hours of recording at 12:1 compression. The card is good for 180MBPS read and 150MBPS write in A2 mode but only good for about 90MBPS write in the Video Assist due to UHS-1 limits so it’s only good for 12-1 compression.

Shot with the Panasonic S1 & Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens.

We enjoyed our visit to Clacton-On-Sea in October 2022 and we were lucky to experience beautiful weather. The cooler October air and the bright sun brought a few headaches as the resulting heat haze rising from the sandy beaches caused a fair amount of distortion and Image softening on some shots which I hope doesn’t spoil your enjoyment.

I had a bit of fun with some FX in a couple of places so please excuse me!


35 free LUTs from Panasonic for V-Log. Link & demonstration.

A collection of various LUTs for V-Log provided free by Panasonic.

Available in various formats (see link below). Link, 35 free LUTs: https://pro-av.panasonic.net/en/cinem…

Basic V-Log – Rec 709 LUT: https://na.panasonic.com/us/resource-…

Demonstration clip captured with Panasonic S1, Sigma Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Sports DG DN OS Lens, Blackmagic RAW (V-Log).


FIGHT! Pigeons in a flap.

These two pigeons were having a fight.

Can you guess why?

  • 1. Territorial challenge.
  • 2. Lovers tiff.
  • 3. Don’t keep calling me a rat with wings.
  • 4. You slept with my wife/husband.
  • 5. A mugging.
  • 6. A lawful arrest.
  • 7. Got out of bed the wrong side.
  • 8. This will toughen you up son.
  • 9. Paid in bread by me to fight.
  • 10. ?

Filmed in Raw with the Panasonic S1, Sigma 150-600mm lens and Atomos Ninja V.


The speed of the Moon, how fast does it move?

The Moon appears to move very fast across the sky, but at what speed is it travelling?

All is not what meets the eye, this video might explain why.

Disclaimer: not remotely scientific or accurate but some may find it interesting.


Novoflex MagicBall 60mm tripod head review. Unique, is it the best ball head? Tripod hack included.

The Novoflex MagicBall tripod head is certainly unique but can it do the job? Is this possibly the way all ball heads should be made?

In this review I take a hands on look at the Novoflex MagicBall 60mm head AKA “The big one”.

Also, don’t miss the tripod hack that I use regularly, especially with a long lens.


Young Cormorant. Panasonic S1 and Sigma 150-600mm Sports Lens

Spotted this young cormorant perched on a floating “island” in the middle of a small lake in Essex. A proud beautiful bird who honoured me by displaying his open wings and making the clip even better.

This is the first time I have seen a cormorant in the wild and I’m grateful that the Sigma lens had enough reach for this shot.

I usually shoot in manual focus mode but the movement of the island was unpredictable so for the first time I used constant autofocus with bird recognition. The S1 {mounted on a tripod} stayed pretty much on target with just a couple of very minor hiccups, which all in all wasn’t bad considering the flowing water that sparkled all around the subject. As said manual focus would have been difficult so I’m grateful to have the shot.


A couple of hours in Southend-on-Sea with the Panasonic S1 and Sigma 150-600mm Sports Lens

Paid a quick visit to Southend-on-Sea during an unseasonably warm (19C) few days in march 2022. The sun heated ground rising through the cooler air caused a lot of heat haze. The visible distance out to sea was also affected which can be seen in the shots of the mile long pier for which Southend is famous.

Shot with the Panasonic S1 and the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens. All shots were using a fixed tripod but the appearance of sometimes significant movement and distortion was introduced by the rising warm air which in turn causes softening of the image.

The main challenge with shooting video with a long lens is the weather conditions. Heat haze and the wind have ruined many shots for me. Overcast days without wind is the ideal shooting conditions.


Lowepro Pro Trekker BP 450 AW II backpack used for the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Sports DG DN OS

I had trouble choosing a carry case for the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Sports DG DN OS as I was unsure of actual sizes.

As it turns out the Lowepro Pro Trekker BP 450 AW II backpack accommodates the lens well and the case is comfortable to wear.

I thought it may be of interest to others who may specifically have this lens. There are plenty of reviews about this backpack if you want more info on it’s other attributes.


Making the most of a bad clip. Please choose the grade you like.

I shot this lion footage recently in 6K Photo mode on the Panasonic G9 using the Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 pro lens. This V-LOG L clip doesn’t have much going for it but I only had one chance to capture what I could and ideally I would have got closer and been behind the fence instead of in front of it. Apparently the zoo have rules about this kind of thing, shame.

Is the clip usable and does colour grading help, you tell me, I look forward to your comments.


Test: Amazon Basics 72mm Polarising Filter CPL. An experiment in artificial voices.

A test of the Amazon Basics 72mm CPL polarising filter, which produces unexpected results!

As an experiment this is the first video that we have created from new completely with artificial voices. Your feedback is welcome!