Giants pass on high-profile free agent, move forward with in-house options

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Farhan Zaidi has a type.He showed it with his first free agent signing –switch-pitcher Pat Venditte– and he’s continued to show it with each subsequent addition to the Giants roster.“They were one of the first teams to reach out,” Venditte said of the Giants. “They were in the first wave, the first couple days of free agency.”As dozens of journeymen free agents wait for the phone to ring this February, a reliever with limited big league experience who happens to be the most …last_img

A Gathering of Soles — Geocache of the Week

first_imgShare with your Friends:More A modest Difficulty and Terrain rating means you can eliminate at least one thing, you don’t have to climb to the top of the tree to find the cache. But with many shoes in arms reach it is still a tough cache to boot. The logs tell stories of epic redemption, avenging DNF’s, sorting through many shoes old and new, and little history from local cachers.  Location: New York N 43° 21.916′ W 078° 20.942′ One log that stood out to us was coincidentally by the username AdequateFootwear: Traditional GC5A4AA by Shootingstar & Wolf Don’t shoe wish your next smiley was a Geocache of the Week? Check out this List of all the Geocache of the Weeks and plan your next outing! A 45 minute drive from Niagara Falls in NY exists a roadside attraction that’s toe-tally unique. It all began when Diane Bane threw nine pairs of her shoes into the trees in 1986. Rumor spread that if you tie your shoes together, threw them into the tree, and they landed on a branch your wish would come true. People followed suit and hundreds of shoes and many years later, in 2014 a geocache was tied into the tradition.center_img Are you in good caching spirits? We hear there’s a ‘Gathering of Soles’ for those looking for a smiley in Western New York. This cache is laced with trickery and no easy feet to solve. Hundreds of shoes have been thrown into these four trees since the 80’s, which means there are a lot of misleading hiding spots. No need to stick your tongue out in frustration though, most geocachers meet their sole-mate and walk away with a new hop in their step. “There is only one good, geocache, and many evil, red-herrings.” – Sockrates If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. Difficulty: 2 Terrain: 1.5 “This one, as the other cache said, was much more extensive and had a lot more to search through. (But somehow it took a lot less time.) In any case, since I was nearing 1000 caches, I decided to make this into my 1000th cache—it was a perfect fit for my caching name of AdequateFootwear! The cache actually happened to be in the very first one I looked at, but I didn’t find it there at first and it took a little time to get back to it. I very much enjoyed the cache and the area. TFTC!” SharePrint RelatedThis one is a shoe-in. — Tree of Soles (GC27XEW) — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 26, 2014In “Community”Tomb Raider – The Sequel — Geocache of the WeekMay 2, 2018In “Geocache of the Week””In mezzo agli alberi morti” GC2308M – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – March 5, 2012March 5, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

What’s the Difference Between Lens Mounts?

first_imgWant more content on film gear? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.The Best Camera Options for Production Company StartupsReal Cinema Lenses You Can AffordJust How Expensive Are Real Cinema Lenses?Did this article help you understand the difference between lens mounts? Let us know in the comments below! Nikon F-Mount: An Oldie but a GoodieNikon’s F-Mount is a widely popular camera lens mount that was developed and introduced back in 1959 for use with 35mm format single-lens reflex camera. While the design of the lens mount has changed some over the years, the Nikon F-Mount is probably the most versatile in terms of backwards compatibility, as it can be used with many F-Mount cameras dating back to the 1960s.In this video from WOOP Productions, we can see the powerful imagery that the Nikon line of cameras can produce.Much like the EF and PL line of mounts, the Nikon F-Mount has a long list of lens manufacturers that support it. This list includes Nikkor, Zeiss, Schneider, Samyang, Sigma and Tokina.Native F-Mount CamerasNikon D810Nikon D750Nikon D7200Nikon D5200RED EPIC DRAGONRED EPIC MYSTERIUM-XRED SCARLET DRAGONRED SCARLET MYSTERIUM-X You have several options when it comes to lens mounts. Let’s explore each one and talk about the differences between them.Top Image Courtesy of Blackmagic Design (MFT, EF-Mount and PL-Mount)Have you always stuck to only one type of lens mount? Have you been curious about other lens mounts and wondered how they stack up to the mount you use? Well, you’re not alone. In fact, for years on end I only stuck to one type of lens mount. Luckily, over the last few years I’ve been able to explore each of the main lens mounts. This got me wondering: Does the general filmmaker know the difference between these types of mounts?Let’s list out the most commonly used lens mounts, explore each one, and then compare them. Hopefully we’ll learn something new about mounts and the lenses we use.Canon EF-Mount: The StandardUsed by more filmmakers and video producers than any other mount, the EF was introduced by Canon in 1987 and has gone on to become the most versatile mount on the market. The largest reason for this wider adoption is Canon’s massive reach in the DSLR market for both photographers and indie filmmakers.The video below from Morgan Jouquand was shot in 2014 using a Canon 5D Mark III with 24-70mm & 35mm EF-Mount lenses.Its main feature is derived from its name Electro-Focus (EF), which allows small motors in the lens to give users auto-focus. Another major draw for the Canon EF-Mount is that it has a long list of third-party manufacturers. This list includes cinema heavy weights such as Zeiss and Schneider as well as Tamron, Sigma, Tokina and Rokinon.I’ve used EF lenses for nearly 10 years now, and this will likely continue for at least another year or so. Eventually I’ll move onto the PL-Mount, but, as of now, the EF offers me the best lens options for full frame cinematography at a relatively inexpensive price.EF-Mount CamerasCanon C500 4K Cinema CameraCanon C300 Mark IICanon C100Canon 5D Mark IIICanon 6DBlackmagic URSABlackmagic URSA MiniBlackmagic Production CameraBlackmagic Cinema CameraRED EPIC DRAGONRED EPIC MYSTERIUMRED SCARLET DRAGONRED SCARLET MYSTERIUM-X ARRI PL-Mount: Hollywood MainstayIntroduced by ARRI in 1982, the PL-Mount is the definitive lens mount option for Hollywood films, both big and small. The PL-Mount uses a durable flanged mounting system, which allows it to be securely locked in place and hold heavier lenses without issue. This means that a long, heavy-duty telephoto lens can be attached without fear of it stripping away from the mount.Here is the trailer for the new Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, which was shot using an ARRI ALEXA and PL-Mount lenses.In terms of film production, the PL is only rivaled by the EF & PV-Mounts. But, like the EF-Mount, it has a healthy third-party manufacturing pipeline. However, unlike EF, PL-Mount lenses can be extremely expensive and are usually reserved for major film production. Manufactures of PL-Mount lenses include, but are not limited to: Zeiss, Angenieux, Fujinon, Cooke, Schneider, Sony, and Illumina.PL-Mount CamerasCanon C500 4K Cinema CameraCanon C300 Mark IIBlackmagic URSABlackmagic URSA MiniBlackmagic Production CameraBlackmagic Cinema CameraAJA CionRED WEAPON DRAGONRED EPIC DRAGONRED EPIC MYSTERIUM-XRED SCARLET DRAGONRED SCARLET MYSTERIUM-XPhantom FLEX 4KSony F65 4KARRI ALEXA XTARRI ALEXAARRI ALEXA MiniARRI AMIRAcenter_img Micro Four Thirds Mount: The New Kid on the BlockThe final lens mount that we’ll look at is the Micro Four Thirds Mount, the new kid on the block that was developed and created by Olympus and Panasonic. There are advantages and disadvantages to using this lens mount and the sensor it accompanies.The incredibly composed Budapest Cityscape from The Delivery Men was shot using the Panasonic GH4.The positives are that it’s lighter, smaller, and the flange focal length is shorter. Because of this, the lens options are much cheaper on average than any other lens options. Now, the biggest disadvantage is the fact the sensor of a Micro Four Thirds is 75% smaller than a full-frame sensor.Currently the only manufactures to make lenses with a Micro Four Thirds Mount are Panasonic, Olympus, Rokinon, Sigma, Tokina, Tamron and Bower.Micro Four Thirds Mount CamerasPanasonic GH4Panasonic GH3Blackmagic Pocket Cinema CameraBlackmagic Micro Cinema Camera Sony A & E Mount: Confusion AboundsWhen it comes to the Sony line of mounts, confusion can overcome a filmmaker quickly. The A-Mount is the old standard at Sony, being introduced by Minolta in 1985. It is widely used with the Alpha line of cameras that includes the A7S and the soon to be released A7R II.Then, when the NEX line of Alpha cameras began to be released, Sony introduced an entirely different lens mount in the E-Mount. This mount has been used in cameras such as the FS100 and FS700. To make things even more confusing, Sony’s CineAlta line of cameras uses a combination of FZ and PL-Mounts.You have probably seen this video on our site before, but that’s only because it’s insanely well-composed. Gateway to the Ganges by Brandon Li was shot using a Sony A7S.Dave Pardue at Imaging Resource did a great job of making head or tails of this whole mess with his post back in January 2014, after Sony announced the dropping of the NEX branding. As of now, E-Mount lens options include Sony, Zeiss, Rokinon and Sigma exist. On the A-Mount side, lenses are available from Sony, Rokinon, Sigma, Tokina, Samyang & Bower.Sony A-Mount CamerasSony A99Sony A77 IISony A65Sony A58Sony E-Mount CamerasSony FS700Sony FS100Sony A7R IISony A7RSony A7slast_img read more

Humiliation in hockey: India finish with five defeats at Olympics

first_imgBelgium struck thrice to hand India their fifth consecutive defeat in the preliminary league of the Olympic men’s hockey competition in London on Tuesday.Goals by veteran Jerome Dekeyser (15th), Gautier Boccard (47th) and Tom Boon (67th) set up Belgium’s second win which lifted them to third position in the group with seven points while a winless India finished sixth without a point and will play for 9-12 positions, their worst-ever finish in the Olympics.India’s league campaign thus ended on a sad note as the team failed to show any improvement even against a team that was considered the weakest of the six in the group, but Belgium showed that under Aussie legend Colin Batch’s coaching, they are a side making good progress.For the fifth time in a row, India failed to display any kind of plan or panache to give hopes of a victory as they came up against a Belgian outfit that was better organised in the defence and very fast on the break.India did enjoy a few moments of supremacy, but yet again the forwards were abysmal at the finish while Belgian goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch was simply unbeatable on the day, bringing off several great saves.The major difference between the two teams were that Indians, as in the past, depended too much on individual skills that were plentiful but totally ineffective against the Belgians who combined better, both in the defence and attack.Though India had the better of exchanges in the first-half, success eluded them. Belgian goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch had a few busy moments and came up with a couple of good saves while the upright too denied India.advertisementHowever, it was Belgium who held the upper hand at the start as they troubled the Indian defence repeatedly with fast attacks, one of which saw Dekeyser slotting home from the top of the circle following a swift move down the middle.As in the previous games, it was lax marking that allowed the Belgian forwards a lot of space to make their play and the Indian goal survived two penalty corners that were poorly executed.At the other end, India managed to seize the initiative in the latter part of the first-half when they came up with some pleasing moves. However, once inside the striking circle, it was the same old tale of failure to finish.Shivendra Singh saw his deflection come off the post and then Vanasch managed to get a glove to another attempt besides blocking a 21st minute penalty corner to frustrate India.The trend continued on resumption with India unable to convert their second penalty corner as Vanasch, displaying quick-silver reflexes, deflected Sandeep Singh’s drag-flick.The Belgians then retaliated with a counter-attack that ended with Boccard finding the boards with a reverse hit after a series of passes inside the scoring circle. The Indian defenders again were loose in their marking and goalkeeper Bharat Chhetri let the ball in between his feet.The second goal effectively closed the match for India and though they tried hard, success eluded them. The Belgian citadel enjoyed slices of luck, especially in the last quarter when the desperate Indians applied pressure, but again to no effect.Belgium effectively closed the match with a late strike as Boon sounded the boards with a reverse hit even as a backpedalling Indian defence was caught on the wrong foot.last_img read more