ASTON VILLA VSNORWICH CITYAston Villa have won only one of their past 23 Barclays Premier League games and will be aware that no team with 13 points – Villa’s total – or fewer from 24 games (based on three points for a win) have avoided relegation. However, Norwich last won at Villa Park in the inaugural season of the Premier League, in November 1992. Since that 3-2 victory, Norwich have drawn three and lost three at Villa.LIVERPOOL VSSUNDERLANDLiverpool are unbeaten in their last seven league games against Sunderland, who have gone 284 minutes since scoring against the Reds. The Black Cats have lost five and drawn two since they last won against Liverpool, at the Stadium of Light, in March 2012. Sunderland, are still without Younes Kaboul but Sebastian Larsson undergoes a test after a month out.NEWCASTLE VSWEST BROMNewcastle have lost just once at home to Albion, in December 2011. Overall, the Magpies have won six and drawn two of their nine home Premier League games against the Baggies. Albion have lost only one of their last six league games but three of those were draws. Their goal in the 1-1 draw with Swansea on Tuesday night was their first in three league games.SOUTHAMPTONVS WEST HAMSouthampton held Arsenal to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, their four successive clean sheet, their best sequence since November 2014. Saints have now gone 388 minutes without conceding. West Ham have lost only one of their last 11 Premier League games, a run extended by the 2-0 midweek win over Aston Villa. However, six of those games were draws.STOKE CITY VSEVERTONStoke City are going through a difficult time. In the space of a week they have gone out of the Capital One Cup – at the semi-final stage – and the FA Cup and, on Tuesday they lost 3-0 at Manchester United, their third game without a win and third without a goal. Everton have a poor Premier League record at Stoke; they last won there in September 2008, while drawing four and losing two of their other six games at the Britannia Stadium.SWANSEA CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACESwansea are unbeaten in their last three games in the Barclays Premier League, winning seven points from a possible nine. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, lost 2-1 at home to Bournemouth on Tuesday, the club’s fifth defeat in a row and seventh game in the league without a win. It is Palace’s worst sequence of defeats since they lost seven in a row between September and November 2013.
If you’re just starting out as a filmmaker or DP, these three prime lenses are the most essential to start with.First time filmmakers often start out by shooting on zoom lenses, because that seems to be the logical choice. After all, most DSLRs come with a kit lens (which is almost always a zoom), and some filmmakers have experience with camcorder-style cameras that had a fixed zoom lens on them. But eventually, most of these same filmmakers make the jump to prime lenses.Prime lenses offer far more bang for your buck in my opinion. They’re typically much higher quality, faster, and sharper than their zoom lens counterparts — not to mention they’re much more affordable. So when you’re ready to invest in some primes, these are the three you should start with:Please note that these focal lengths are based around a full-frame sensor. If you have a cropped-sensor camera (such as the Blackmagic Pocket Camera), you’ll want to take the crop into account to get a lens with an equivalent focal length.28mmThe 28mm lens offers a slightly wider-than-normal field of view, and is usually the widest you’ll need to go in a real world shooting situation. While it can be helpful to have an 18mm or 24mm in your kit as well, the 28mm is far more versatile, as it can be used to capture extremely wide landscape shots, or moderately wide interiors.Here’s a look at the 28mm lenses offered by B&H Photo: 28mm lensesCheck out this in-depth review of the Sony FE 28mm f/2 lens from Jay SonyAlphaLab:50mmIf I had to pick a single lens to shoot everything on, it would be a 50mm. This focal length is considered the closest to the human eye’s field of view, and therefore can be used in so many different environments. From a close-up on a single actor, to a 2 or 3 shot on a group, the 50mm will have you covered and will probably be the most used lens in your kit.Here’s a selection of 50mm lenses from Adorama: 50mm lensesCheck out this video from DigitalRev where they cover some of the ins and outs of choosing a 50mm lens:85mmWhen you need to capture long lens portrait-style shots, there’s no substitute for an 85mm. In my opinion this is the best focal length for framing faces, and preferable even over the popular 135mm focal length. The reason being is that when you shoot with a 135mm lens you need to position yourself so far back from your talent to get them framed up properly. An 85mm gives you that nice short-telephoto look, but still allows you to work in a smaller space.Take a look at all of the 85mm lenses offered on Amazon: 85mm lensesHere’s one more video from DigitalRev where they compare Canon and Nikon 85mm lenses:What lenses do you consider must-have? Share your thoughts in the comments below. read more
Even as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis made claims of his government having solved several lingering problems pertaining to Kolhapur district, protests from the Opposition greeted him during his Mahajanadesh Yatra on Tuesday.The NCP youth wing, late on Monday, put up a number of billboards along the route of the rally, accusing Mr. Fadnavis and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) government of deceiving the people. According to the police, unidentified people also blackened hoardings of Mr. Fadnavis and BJP State president Chandrakant Patil, who is also Kolhapur’s Guardian Minister, ahead of the rally. The police removed the hoardings before the Chief Minister’s convoy passed through those points.The NCP youth wing spoofed the Chief Minister’s statement in Marathi, “Meech parat yein (I will return as CM)” by putting up posters saying “Mee pastavtoy (I am regretting)”, meaning that the people of Maharashtra were regretting voting the BJP to power.On Monday, workers of the Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) hurled Kadaknath breed chickens and eggs at the Chief Minister’s convoy in Sangli district to protest the government’s alleged foot-dragging in the Kadaknath poultry scam. Mr. Shetti and the SSS have been demanding that the Enforcement Directorate investigate a poultry firm that they claim has cheated farmers of ₹550 crore by promising to help them rear the Kadaknath chickens. Meanwhile, at road shows at a number of points in Kolhapur, Mr. Fadnavis reiterated the government’s plan to undertake a project to divert excess water from flood-affected areas to parched regions like Marathwada.Claiming that his government had completed a number of irrigation projects that had been hanging fire, he also said that it had kept its promise of making Kolhapur a toll-free district. read more
The Government has discreetly warned its ministers against using private aircraft belonging to industrial houses for personal visits. An aircraft is the coolest way to a mantri’s heart for an industrialist with a file to clean. Recently, a powerful minister from Maharashtra took off to Johannesburg, South Africa, on a,The Government has discreetly warned its ministers against using private aircraft belonging to industrial houses for personal visits. An aircraft is the coolest way to a mantri’s heart for an industrialist with a file to clean. Recently, a powerful minister from Maharashtra took off to Johannesburg, South Africa, on a Mumbai industrialist’s private jet to catch a sporting event.Postscript: The BJP leaders are no exception. Top leaders, including Rajnath Singh, flew to attend Arjun Munda’s swearing-in ceremony at Ranchi in another Mumbai industrialist’s fancy airplane. read more