Using a neutral density mount adapter to shoot video at wide apertures in bright light


posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT


We have covered the work of photographer and videographer Mathieu Stern mostly for his videos on old and unusual lenses, but he also creates tutorials. His latest tutorial is a quick video on how to shoot video using fast lenses in bright light.

In the video below, Stern employs a Canon 55mm f/1.2 FL lens, which can be purchased used for between $50 and $90, to show off the very cool FotodioX Vizelex Pro ND Throttle mount adapter (available for around $100 in a variety of mount to mount combinations, such as Canon FD to Sony E and Nikon F to Sony E). The ND Throttle lens mount goes between your lens and camera body and allows you to adjust its neutral density power by rotating the throttle. It offers between 1 and 10 stops of ND effect. This is useful when wanting to keep your shutter speed at 1/50s for 25p video or 1/125s for 60p video but still record video at a fast aperture and get cinematic shallow depth of field.

To see more lens mount adapters from FotodioX, click here. For more videos from Mathieu Stern, check out his YouTube channel.

(Via DIY Photography)