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David C. Smith

Scenes from the BTS SH1 taken on 8/1/19 in Los Angeles USA
Shot with Panasonic DC-G9
Photograph by Kevin T Gilbert
© 8/1/19 {credit}


David C. Smith


David C. Smith: Cinematographer, Cinema Technologist, CEO and creator of DrivingPlates.com LLC, the world leader in 360 motion environments for driving scenes in television and films.  Recent projects include Bohemian Rhapsody, The Post, The Irishman, Narcos, This is Us, and hundreds more.  From the success of DrivingPlates.com, David and his business partner created Third Law Productions: a full service production company specializing in VFX production services.  Under the Third Law moniker Smith has provided set extensions, 360 elements, VR R&D and custom camera systems for projects such as Joker, Creed II, Man in the High Castle, and Stranger Things.  Since Third Law’s inception in the fall of 2017, they have produced a first person VR short, three feature films and a feature length documentary.  Third Law was also awarded a Clio in 2018 for their work on the 360 Behind the Scenes featurette for Mission Impossible: Fallout.

David’s background is in cinematography, with over twenty five years of experience, he has lensed over a dozen feature films and numerous national commercials for companies such as Keystone, Meguiar’s, and Jaguar.  In addition, he’s DP’d many reality based shows such as Living With Ed, Overhaulin, Car Crazy, Punk Payback and Are You Faster Than a Redneck, which required a staggering 45 cameras including 7 units shooting simultaneously.

Throughout his career, David has always been a forward looking technologist and inventor.  In service of a creative vision, he has continually innovated the techniques and tools for bringing a story to the screen.  The patented camera array at the foundation of DrivingPlates.com is one such innovation that has become the industry standard.  With an eye toward the needs of the next generation of content, Smith is pursuing multiple endeavors that promise to impact narrative production for decades to come.


The gear he has used




  • DJI Ronin 2 for everything else not drone
  • Atlas Lens Co. Orion Anamorphic lenses in focal lengths of
    • 32mm T2
    • 50mm T2
    • 65mm T2
    • 100mm T2
  • Xeen 24mm on Drone . http://xeenglobal.com/
  • Tilta Nucleus Follow Focus


  • Formatt Hitech 4 x 5.65″ Firecrest ND 1.8 Filter



  • Motocrane Ultra


Sony Alpha 7R IV Winning the GOLD Award of 91%!

Sony A7R IV

Ergonomics & operability

  • Improved ergonomics including bigger, better buttons
  • Impressive high-resolution viewfinder
  • Limited touchscreen implementation
  • Menus still awkward to navigate


Image Quality

  • Impressive resolution and detail capture
  • Slightly noisier than its predecessor at the highest ISO values
  • Excellent JPEG sharpening and good color, but high ISO noise reduction takes a small step backwards
  • We’d like to see an option for the electronic front-curtain shutter to automatically disable above a certain shutter-speed threshold (leaving EFCS enabled can negatively impact out-of-focus areas of your images)



  • Users can choose to capture 4 shots to cancel the Bayer filter array and get better detail from 60.2MP files, or capture 16 shots and combine them on an editing computer for 240MP files
  • Works with strobes, but the fastest shutter speed available is 1/8 sec
  • No motion-correction severely limits the range of subjects it can be used with
  • Cumbersome ‘Imaging Edge’ software is required for best results (the camera cannot combine its images internally)


AF & Speed

  • Real-time Tracking continues to impress with ease-of-use and effectiveness
  • Incredible autofocus accuracy while shooting single drive, but accuracy drops during burst shooting
  • It’s best to switch out of tracking in very low-light or backlit situations
  • Even slight mis-focus is made more obvious by the very high 60MP resolution
  • Burst shooting speeds drop noticeably when shooting uncompressed Raw
  • UHS-II slots do offer a speed benefit, but large uncompressed Raw file sizes mean the buffer still takes a while to clear



  • Offers both full-width and (roughly) APS-C crops for both 4K and 1080p
  • Cropped footage offers detail benefit, but full-width 4K still looks good
  • Plenty of capture tools
  • Still only 8-bit footage, even when output over HDMI
  • Real-time Tracking of faces and eyes now available while shooting video – but you have to make sure to enable touch-to-track focus
  • Fn menu and button behavior can be configured differently for movie shooting but exposure settings carry over, slowing stills/movie switching


Comment from Richard Butler (who attended the launch event in US)

The Sony a7R IV is a hugely powerful camera which, with a bit of configuration, makes it remarkably easy to shoot perfectly-focused 61MP images. Improvements to the AF behavior and ergonomics make it the most pleasant Sony to shoot with so far, in my opinion. It feels less sure-footed away from its core role, though, with burst shooting and high res mode not being quite so effortless. It’s also not as slick as it could be for switching between stills and movie shooting, if that’s something you need to do quickly.


Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
  • Plenty of resolution, good dynamic range and noise performance
  • Excellent autofocus tracking implementation
  • Generous grip, very good button-and-dial feel
  • Large, high-res electronic viewfinder
  • 10 fps max burst shooting with AF
  • Class-leading detail in 4K video
  • Excellent AF tracking in video
  • Updated weather-sealing measures
  • Dual UHS-II card slots
  • Great battery life
  • Users can now choose their AF area display color, making it easier to see
  • ‘Focus Priority’ option to focus at wider apertures in low light is welcome
  • Good JPEG sharpening, noise reduction and color
  • Incredible customization options
  • Ports galore
  • Pixel Shift yields up to 240MP images
  • Robust wireless connectivity
  • In-camera charging + power
  • Large file sizes mean lengthy card write times, even with very fast cards
  • General interface lagginess persists
  • Burst shooting hurts AF accuracy
  • Slightly noisier files than predecessor
  • Touchscreen is under-utilized
  • Exposure settings carry over between stills and video; they shouldn’t
  • 4K video maxes out at 8-bit files
  • 10 fps only gives 12-bit Raws with compression applied
  • Clumsy Raw compression
  • No in-camera Raw conversion
  • Touch-to-track implementation should recall setting between stills and video
  • Can’t switch to video until buffer clears
  • High resolution increases visibility of camera shake and AF misses
  • No Pixel Shift motion compensation
  • Pixel Shift workflow is cumbersome
  • No flash AF assist grid

Sony A7R IV


The Sony a7R IV is among the most capable cameras we’ve tested. It makes a compelling case that the days of choosing between speed-oriented cameras and resolution-oriented cameras are coming to an end. It wouldn’t be our top choice for sports and action purists (all those megapixels result in many megabytes of storage), but for those users that need this resolution on a regular basis and want to be able to photograph fast-moving subjects when necessary, the Sony a7R IV is the best option on the market right now.


Credits: https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-a7r-iv-review

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BenQ Professional Designer Monitor PD3220U

We were invited to the media launch of BenQ’s latest 4K HDR range  products – which includes the Professional Designer Monitor PD3220U on 12 March. Other newly released products included the Gaming Curve Monitor and 4K HDR P3 Display Projector.

But what we were more interested in was the PD3220U! This was an addition to the current PD series with monitors  “designed for designers”. The PD series targets graphic/animation designers where every detail has to be of pristine condition! BenQ has been actively working with more than 100+  international photographers in getting to know their workflow, pain points and unmet demands, offering them color management solutions via the monitors they introduce and upgrade over time. No doubt, their monitors have received many praises from all over the world!

One thing that BenQ places a huge importance on is color. The color experts  in BenQ have introduced a new technology – AQCOLOR where it ensures accurate colors for professionals – wide color gamut, meeting industrial standards and increasing workflow efficiency for photographers alike. Now you can edit/design in ease without worrying about the colour alteration your monitor may cause! Another special feature that places BenQ above the rest is their concern for consumers’ eye care, their monitors contains flicker-free technology and low blue-light which protects the eyes of BenQ monitor users  from further damage due to prolong usage of the screen!

There are currently 2 monitors in the PD Series – PD3200Q and PD2720U.



New Designer Monitor – PD3220U

– 31.5 inch, 16:9

– UHD 3840 x 2160 IPS panel

– 10-bit, 95% P3, 100% sRGB

– Thunderbolt 3 technology

– HDR 10

– MacBook mode, CAD/CAM mode, Darkroom mode, Animation mode, DualView

– Thunderbolt 3 daisy chain technology for dual monitor

– Hotkey puck for quick accessing of OSD & Customised shortcuts

There are a total of 3 series for different user types:

1. PD Series (Design Professionals)

2. SWseries (Photographers)

3. PVseries (Pro Colorist)

More information can be found on https://www.benq.com/en-sg/monitor.html

In trying to meet the different demands of consumers, BenQ proactively provides solutions in display and color technology. As for the PD3220U, they saw an increase in the number of Apple Mac users who assumes that the Mac provides the best quality in terms of on-screen resolution. Now, with the PD3220U you can connect your Mac and obtain the same quality as the Macbook has in itself on your PD3220U screen.
For more information regarding BenQ products/prices, do drop us an email at enquiries@alanphoto.com.sg, call us at 6384 3592 or drop us a message on Facebook or Instagram @alanphoto_sg

Sony A6400

The Latest Sony Alpha Series of 2019 

Recent release announcement made by Sony:

The all new A6400 has been announced. This was produced as the successor of the A6300 and not the A6500 that many thought Sony’s new announcement was about.

The Alpha A6400 in itself contains a 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor with a front-end LSI that combines with the same BIONZ X image processor as the A9, A7R 3 and A7 3. At the same time, delivering an ISO sensitivity of up to 102,400 and processing speeds 1.8x faster than its pre-decessor AKA Alpha A6300.

Sony A6400 has the same hybrid AF system as the bigger boys in the Alpha series and claims that the A6400 also features  the “world’s fastest autofocus at 0.02 sec”. Additionally, Sony have also  introduced an all new Real-Time Eye AF with AI-based subject recognition. This is said to provide photographers with even more accuracy in comparison to the current Eye AF system.

The A6400 also comes with an all-new selfie flip up touchscreen that features a 3.0-type LCD with 921k-dots of resolution – a feature many vloggers and youtubers would love. Also, the A6400 also includes a hot shoe mount, a microphone jack, and 4K video recording at 24 or 30 fps.


The A6400 will be sold as a Body, a starter kit that includes body and a 16-50mm F2.5-F5.6 lens or a more advanced kit lens bundled with the 18-135mm F2.5-5.6 lens.


Release date and price updates in Singapore  have yet to be known.

But do register your interest here to keep abreast of the latest updates on this new Mid Range Mirrorless Camera below!


Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF

Purchasing new lenses from parent brands do carry a hefty price tag and can potentially break a bank when we are trying create and achieve more through photography.

Providing camera users with a more affordable price tag on lenses is what Samyang pledges to do, and we are proud to announce that Samyang Optics have recently made the announcement of a new lens for EF users!

Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF 

Samyang AF 85 mm F1.4 EF with Hood

Samyang AF 85 mm F1.4 EF without Hood

Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF is designed with a bright aperture of F1.4. The new 85mm is formed of 9 elements in 7 groups, with 1 Hybrid aspherical lens. It also has Ultra Multi Coating, a feature used to reduce ghosting and lens flare. This lens provides smooth out-focusing and beautiful bokeh effect with excellent center resolution

The AF 85mm F1.4 EF lens is equipped with a variety of Samyang’s most advanced lens technologies, making it ideal for a variety of shooting situations – portraits, outdoor, pets and more. It is also lightweight and compact, weighs only 485g without lens caps and hood, maximizing portability and usability.

This compact and lightweight AF 85mm F1.4 lens will be available globally from July 2018 and a suggested retail price will be SGD979

We are opening pre-orders for this lens, send us a PM on Facebook or DM us on Instagram @alanphoto_sg to let us know!

Samyang AF 24mm F2.8 FE

Many might be familiar with the Samyang 35mm F2.8 FE being the tiniest lens produced by Samyang to date. The tiny but mighty lens have earned itself the BEST CSC PRIME LENS for the TIPA World Awards this year.

Samyang 35mm F2.8 FE deemed to be a great lens for street and travel! The Autofocus lineup by Samyang has received great support all over the world. We are excited to announce that Samyang has recently released a new Autofocus lens!

Samyang 24mm F2.8 FE

A new, budget autofocus lens for Sony shooters. a Full Frame Sony E Mount lens with a competitive price compared to Sony’s option. This lightweight wide-angle lens inherits the renowned image quality of Samyang’s wide angle series and also delivers a quiet, fast and accurate autofocus system. To give you a better idea of the lens, think about the Samyang 35mm F2.8 FE but now with the ability to capture wide shots!

Tiny But Wide

The Samyang AF 24mm F2.8 FE weighs in about 3.3oz and measures about 1.5 inches long withoutthe hood and rear cap. Designed with 7 elements in 7 groups – the lens delivers a high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image. Three aspherical lenses and two high-refractive lenses along with an Ultra Multi Coating help minimize chromatic aberrations and unnecessary light dispersion.

Best Partner for Everyday Photographers The compact and light-weight design offers the portability and comfort needed for a long day. This lens would be the best choice for daily photographers who want to capture everyday moments with a high-resolution. The Samyang AF 24mm F2.8 FE features the both a fast and accurate Auto Focus and the minimum focusing distance of 0.24m, it’s ideal for outdoor events and also close-up photos such as travel, sports events, ,landscape, selfie, pet, portrait, food and etc.

Photo credits: Minhyung Chua

Photo credits: Nic Taylor

Photo credits: Nic Taylor

Photo credits: Ryan Guelmaoul

Samyang AF 24mm F2.8 FE will be available in stores from July 2018 at all authorized dealers.


Alan Photo’s Lunar New Year Opening Hours

Dear Customers,

Please be informed of our opening hours during the Chinese New Year Festive

15th Feb (Eve)  – Early Closure of all outlets at 2pm 

16th Feb (CNY Day 1) – CLOSED

17th Feb (CNY Day 2) – CLOSED

18th Feb (CNY Day 3) – CLOSED

19th Feb (CNY Day 4) – Resume to normal operational hours 

Here’s wishing you a Happy and Prosperous Chinese New year!


[What’s New] Panasonic GH5s

Panasonic has just recently released a new mirrorless camera in continuation of the GH series.


  • 10.2MP high-sensitivity MOS sensor with multi-aspect and dual native ISO (400 & 2,500) with a range from 160 – 51,200; extendable to 80 – 204,800.
  • Unlimited in-camera recording of C4K: 60p50p 8-bit, 30p25p24p 4:2:2 10-bit, 4K: 60p50p 4:2:0 8-bit, 30p25p24p 4:2:2 10-bit. 1080p up to 240fps and C4K 60p VFR.
  • 4K Anamorphic professional video production interchangeable lens camera system with high performance, durability, and mobility.
  • TC In/Out / Synchro Terminal (via included BNC cable), 3.5mm Mic Jack with Line Input, 3.5mm headphone jack 2.5mm remote socket, HDMI Type A Socket, USB-C 3.1 Socket.
  • Dual SD Card slots (UHS-II U3 Compatible), V-LogL pre-installed, and 4K HDR hybrid log gamma support.


We are accepting pre-orders for the GH5s.

ETA for stocks will be 2nd week of Feb 2018

Panasonic GH5S SGD 3799

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