Leon Smits

Leon Smits


Camera operator, cinematographer and director of photography in Vienna, Austria

About Leon

Volunteering to help out as hobbyist camera operator for low-/no-budget independent short films, behind-the-scenes work and internet shorts/sketches (YouTube/Vimeo) with shoots in Austria or The Netherlands. Always looking for people with creative minds and fresh perspectives to come together and collaborate with on projects. For me it's all about getting those shots. With minimum crew I can take on the tasks of Camera Operator, Cinematographer, Director of Photography and Photographer (Still) as needed.


Mainly this is for myself to keep track of what I've got going on, but it might be nice info on what I can bring to the table on collaborative efforts. My main gear includes:

- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 (4K video, V-LOG L, 5-axis body image stabilizer), DC-G9 (4K video, 5-axis body image stabilizer), DMC-GH4 (4K video, V-LOG L), DMC-GX80 (4K video, 5-axis body image stabilizer), DMC-G7 (4K video), DMC-GH2 (hacked bitrate; check Personal-View.com), 2x Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC; shoots RAW video), Olympus OM-D E-M1 (5-axis in-body image stabilization), ImagineVision Tech Z Camera E1 (4K video, Z-LOG), YI M1 (4K video) and Nikon D5300 (the APS-C outsider here) camera bodies

- Bunch of native lenses to Micro Four Thirds (MFT/M43) such as a Veydra Mini Prime cinema lens set (12mm, 16mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm T2.2's; E-mount adaptable). The Voigtländer 17.5mm f/0.95 MFT, SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 25mm T0.95, Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO, 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, 17mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8, 60mm f/2.8 Macro & 75mm f/1.8, Panasonic Lumix 12-32mm, 12-60mm, 14mm f/2.5 II, 20mm f/1.7 II, 25mm f/1.7, 30mm f/2.8 OIS Macro, 42.5mm f/1.7 OIS, 14-140mm (1x GH2 kit lens, 1x GH4 kit lens) & 100-300mm (with custom r-roesch.de lens collar), Leica 12-60mm f/2.8-4, 15mm f/1.7 & 42.5mm f/1.2 OIS, Sigma EX DN 19mm, 30mm f/2.8 & DC DN 30mm f/1.4, Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT, Zonlai 25mm & 35mm f/1.8, Zhongyi / ZY Optics 24mm f/1.7, 25mm f/0.95 & 42.5mm f/1.2

- Then the Nikon 18-55mm II, 35mm f/1.8 DX, AF(-S) Nikkor ED 17-35mm f/2.8 D, 28-70mm f/2.8 D, 80-200mm f/2.8 D, 28mm f/2.8 AI-s MF & 35-70mm f/3.5 AI-s, Tokina AT-X PRO DX 11-16mm f/2.8 II, AT-X PRO FX 16-28mm f/2.8, AT-X 535 PRO DX 50-135mm f/2.8 & AT-X PRO II 28-70mm f/2.6-2.8, Walimex Pro 8mm f/3.5 II fisheye & 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift and Sigma ART 18-35mm f/1.8 (for Nikon, with Metabones Speedbooster XL Nikon - M4/3, RJ Lens Turbo Nikon - M4/3), Contax Zeiss Distagon 25, 28 & 35mm f/2.8, Tessar 45mm f/2.8, Planar 50mm f/1.4, Sonnar 85 & 135mm f/2.8 (Zhongyi/ZY Optics Lens Turbo II EF - M4/3 & K&F Concept C/Y - EF), Leica Summicron-R E55 35 & 50mm f/2 (K&F Concept L/R - EOS) + many other vintage/legacy & C-mount lenses, regular Kent&Faith (K&F Concept) & Fotga adapters + anamorphic lens Kalart Victorscope 2x + IronGlass Adapters modded Helios 58mm f/2 (anamorphic insert, flare line, de-clicked, focus/aperture gears, EF-mount)

- B-roll camera's: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 (4K video), GoPro HERO5 Black, HERO4 Black, 2x GoPro HERO3 Black, YI 4K action cam, 2x Xiaomi YI sports cam, SJCAM SJ4000, SJ4000 Wi-Fi, M10

- Blackmagic Video Assist (5" monitor + 10-bit FHD ProRes recorder)

- Feelworld F570 (5.7" field monitor w/ 4K signal/histogram/anamorphic de-squeeze)

- Lilliput Q5 (5.5" field monitor w/ histogram/waveforms/vectorscope/SDI)

- Lilliput 663/O/P2 (7" field monitor w/ histogram/waveforms/vectorscope)

- ABCRig.com GH4 cage kit (cage/shoulder rig) + Smallrig G80 cage + GH5 cage + NATO handle

- Ginirigs Custom Rig7

- Pilotfly H2 handheld gimbal stabilizer + handlebar + RM-1 remote

- Glidecam (generic model S-60)

- Tiffen - Yuneec & Steadicam VOLT smartphone stabilizer

- Snoppa M1 smartphone stabilizer

- Sirui N-2004 tripod, FT-717AH fluidhead

- Velbon Rexi-L, FHD-52Q fluidhead

- 2x Cullman Magnesit Copter mini tripod incl. CB2.7 ballhead, Leofoto MT-01 w/ LH-25 & Manfrotto Pixi

- Table dolly w/ Beike ballhead

- RatRig Jib Express (w/ slider add-on) & V-Slider Mini

- Velbon QRA-3 Q/R system for all mentioned gear

- 3DR Solo quadcopter w/ gimbal (HERO4) and mRo GPS u-Blox Neo-M8N upgrade

- Parrot Teleprompter & Teleprompter 2

- 2x Zoom H1 microphone recorder

- RØDE VideoMicro w/ Micro Boompole & Videomic Me

- Takstar SGC-598 videomic with deadcat

- Aputure V-Mic D2

- HTDZ HT-81 shotgun microphone

- Ohrwurm X high-end ear-located stereo mic

- 77mm filters: Tiffen Ultra Contrast 3 & Smoque 1. Breakthrough Photography CPL/ND. ZOMEI CPL/ND. Fotga CPL/ND

- Datacolor Spyder 5 ELITE

- 2x Godox SL60W LED video lights (Bowens S-type)

- Aputure AL-H160, AL-198 & AL-198C LED video lights w/ 2 stands (König KN-LS10) & 1 ministand (PhotoSEL ST121)

- Patona spare batteries for all cameras + NP-F970 Premium batteries for powering accessories

- Memory cards: mainly SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC 64GB 95MB/s, 280MB/s & 300MB/s

- Caden camera bags: M5 backpack, M2, M1, M0 shoulder bags


Hobbyist/enthusiast keen to gain some more field experience in cinematography as camera operator. Make sure you can provide: script, shotlist, locations/sets (permission/waiver), actors (+ wardrobe/make-up), (legal) props, lighting (if req.), audio (if listed not sufficient), editing/post-production, hosting, et cetera.



Languages: English, Dutch (native), German (, French)

Driver's licence: yes, vehicle: no

Broad understanding of: Adobe Photoshop, photography & design. Familiarizing with Davinci Resolve Studio, Adobe Premiere Pro & After Effects

Name: Leon Smits

Lives in: Vienna, Austria

Company: Cinemenic

Occupation: Camera Operator, Cinematographer, Director of Photography and Photographer (Still)

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