If you’re on the lookout for places to shoot models in Saigon that are safe, quiet and won’t break the bank, here are a few suggestions.
The Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts in district 1 (above), built in the early 20th century by a French architect, has some lovely light. Admission for photographers is 300,000 Vietnamese dong for up to five visitors.
Saigon University in district 5 is free of charge to photographers.
The Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine in district 10 has beautiful natural light and striking design, making it perfect for portraiture. The entrance fee is 120,000 Vietnamese dong.
I’ve always thought the Fuji X-T2 would be a great narrative filmmaking camera, but it’s taken a back seat to my Panasonics for the past year. As it happens, I’m planning to begin work on a documentary next month and it occurred to me that this would be a great opportunity to try out my Veydras on the Fuji. Out of curiosity, I searched online for footage shot with the Veydras on a Fuji camera, to no avail. What a coup! To be the very first person to make a film with the best budget cinema lenses available today along with the color science of Fuji’s renowned X-Trans CMOS sensor! Maybe I could convince more filmmakers of just how tasty those Mini Primes are. After all, the soon-to-be released Fujinon MK zooms run nearly $4,000 apiece. I went ahead and ordered three mounts from Veydra’s website. Shipping charges were a little steep – $85.00 – but no price was too high to pay for a shot at five minutes of internet glory, and I assumed that would be overnight delivery. That was two weeks ago, and I still haven’t received anything from Veydra. Looking over their website again, I realized that there were no tools for checking order status; no order history; no estimated delivery date – nada. It was at that moment that I started to wonder: do those X-mounts really exist? And if they did, why was no one shooting with them?