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Leica SL and M lenses shoot Randolf Matthews’ latest music video

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Video seldom gets mentioned on MacFilos for one good reason. I don’t do video. I would certainly be interested in hearing from any budding bloggers who fancy writing about the video capabilities of cameras we are interested in — and that includes Leica, Fuji, Panasonic, Olympus, Sony, probably in that order.

  Randolf Matthews performing at the opening of the Leica Boutique in the Burlington Arcade, February 2014 (Image Mike Evans, Leica C)
Randolf Matthews performing at the opening of the Leica Boutique in the Burlington Arcade, February 2014 (Image Mike Evans, Leica C)

It’s encouraging, then, to find out that I do know someone who is a dabhand at video. That someone is Francis Qureshi of Red Dot Cameras who has just produced a music video shot entirely on the Leica SL with M lenses. That’s makes news for Macfilos and I am sure readers will be interested to take a look. 

This is the track “Jekyl” from Randolf Matthews’ new album, “Untamed” which was released on October 13. Randolf is a Leica user and I first met him when he performed at the opening of the Leica Boutique in the Burlington Arcade in February 2014.

I asked Francis for his views on the use of a full-frame camera such as the SL in comparison with smaller-sensor cameras which have been popular in the professional video world:

“Super 35mm/APS-C is a motion picture format standard, as the 35mm film would run vertically through the film motion picture camera bodies and thus there are a lot of incredible lenses made for the Super35mm image circle. In the past five years or so we have seen full-frame cameras with video come around and the cinema world is moving into full-frame and large-format professional cameras too, hence the Thalia Leica cinema lenses and such.

  Refuelling stop for Francis at this year
Refuelling stop for Francis at this year’s Biévres Photo Fair

“TV and broadcast companies opted for smaller sensors for the added effect of telephoto — especially for sport, so you will find that broadcast and ENG style cameras traditionally have smaller sensors too. 

“Thus, all these new mirrorless cameras follow these trends in both directions. I would say full-frame is still very desirable if you want that extra thin, large-format depth-of-field look.”

Francis has done a great job and has made the very best out of this camera and lenses. The video was shot in APS-C 35mm super mode using the Tri-Elmar 16-18-21, the 28mm Summicron-M ASPH (v1), the 35mm Summilux-M ASPH (v1, non-FLE) and the 75mm Apo-Summicron-M ASPH.

If you fancy your hand at video using Leica cameras why not call in to Red Dot Cameras and have a chat with Francis?

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    • Mine neither, David, but I have asked Francis if he’d like to write a couple of articles. Like you, I haven’t got a clue where to start, especially with the editing. Only last week I had to extract a traffic incident from the camera I keep in my car. I played around for ages until I could isolate the particular incident in iMovie. It doesn’t come naturally but I suppose I ought to learn.

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