Completely agree. Scratching my head wondering why no mention of sharpness in the article. The first thought I had was "wow that's blurry". You could get better sharpness that close with a cell phone camera. Maybe this is just a super niche 1-trick-pony lens.
Sigh... we need to stop equating a cinematic look with low contrast & low saturation. That's as easy (read: lazy) as somebody with a GH4 shooting in Cine-D and doing zero color correction in post. The most important takeaway from this video, IMO, is this: "it's about creating a consistent look". I don't think it's a cop-out. Having a consistent look shows you know what you're doing, whether you're producing a flat-color-profiled wanderlust #video for Instagram, or DP-ing a gritty Miami Vice-style bleeding-color short film.
A film I'm perpetually inspired by is Monsters, Inc. It is - in my opinion - Pixar's most wildly imaginative film to date, and it oozes with creativity without ever seeming too weird or "out there" to grasp. It nails that delicate balance of having an engrossing, relatable story while maintaining a fantastic otherworldly quality.
I'll vouch for Benro, I'm a big fan. I consistently use the Aero 4 for quick set-up travel videography. It's one of the best travel tripods with a ball head for balancing. No variable resistance for panning and tilting, though.
I also use the BV10 a lot in tandem with FS7, and it's fantastic. Delivers on variable drag and counterbalance. Build quality of the head is great, solid construction.
Benro is obviously not as expensive as other brands, but it packs in great essential quality in "budget" packages.
Agreed. I bet under the right conditions, this could produce some interesting video.