Archive for April, 2013
Attention: This post is a copy of the original blog post on my personal blog.
The music video for “DEJA – Struck by the Light” came around at the right time to make it a camera test for the brand-new Sony F55. The target audience for the song are teenage girls, and I think few of cinema5D readers fall into this target group, so I don’t blame you if the music is not for you – but if it is, please support the artist Deja by buying the song via iTunes or Amazon....
The firmware update for the Canon 5D Mark III scheduled for April 30 has just been leaked by an unknown source. It enables the camera to output clean HDMI, and according to Canon “HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal”....
Shooting with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera can help you create some very nice shots, but it can also be a hassle. Unfortunately some needed features are still missing. And this doesn’t change with new firmware version 1.3.
The firmware update can be downloaded now via the Blackmagic support page.
New feature in firmware 1.3: - SDI outputs interlaced video when frame rate is set to 1080p25 or 1080p29.97 and overlays are turned off
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera was presented in April of 2012. Still many users feel that some essential firmware functions are missing. Hence the much anticipated firmware update 1.3 seems quite disappointing and raises a lot of concern among filmmakers as it prolongs the wait until at least the next release. ...
We really loved the Metabones Speedbooster adapter, a device that transforms any aps-c sized sensor to a full frame lookalike and gives us one full additional stop of light. Here’s R.J.’s take on the Speedbooster with a version for Nikon cameras.
Cinematics, a company based in Shenzhen, China, offers several solutions to get you a “CINE stlye” lens, no matter what. A full 50mm F/1.4 Canon mount cine-style lens as seen above costs only $800. Whew. So what’s the deal here?
Even thought the jpeg compression is beyond comparison on these images, this lens seems to look very nice. It’s big, it has lots of writing on it, large gears, and most importantly: it’s big.
This lens, which has some similarities with Canon’s $5000 version of a 50mm cine lens, is actually a rehoused Canon 50mm photo lens. Cinematics uses photo lenses like the Tokina 11-16mm (as seen below) and lenses from other manufacturers (Canon, Zeiss, Nikon, Contax), does some modifications and rehouses them. ...
John Brawley, an Australian director of photography who helps Blackmagic with the development of their Cinema Cameras, has just released the first footage from the much-anticipated Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. He used it for “about an hour” at his local market and put together some shots in Final Cut Pro X.
It’s impressive that this tiny sub-$1,000 camera is able to record in ProRes (he used the ProRes film mode) with 13 stops of latitude with a Super 16mm sensor.
Lenswise he used an IS stabilized Micro 4/3 lens, the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8, plus a Hoya ND16.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is available for preorder from B&H – link see below! ...
NAB 2013 has been over for over a week now, and it’s time to reflect on what this year’s big trends were. It definitely wasn’t a year of huge innovation in the camera sector (despite the S35 Blackmagic Design 4K camera), it felt more like an evolutionary step. 4K is definitely still the buzzword whereas 3D seems to be almost dead. (Watch NextWaveDV’s NAB 2013 “bloggers breakfast” where we discussed much of that together with our friends from other blogs by clicking here.)
Nothing is as sexy as new cameras for readers, but the one trend that clearly was showing this year was camera stabilization, in various forms: there was a lot of noteworthy innovation in a sector that was ripe for innovation. New sliders, jibs, copters and handheld rigs stole the show....
Sigma just announced one of the fastest zoom lenses for DSLRs that we have ever seen – the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens for APS-C sensor DSLRs.
It’s the world’s first constant f/1.8 zoom lens. A typical speed for high quality zoom lenses is f/2.8, so 1.8 is a big step up from that (don’t forget, after all aperture is an exponental value, meaning that every stop more gives you twice the amount of light. The only fast zoom lens that comes pretty close is the Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0, but that’s a Four Thirds model.
It makes a HUGE difference to have faster lenses, even if it’s only a one or two stops more. And so far, one of the biggest problems of zoom lenses was the fact that they were nowhere near as fast as fast primes (that typically come in at f/1.4). Sigma’s new f/1.8 zoom is only half a stop away from that – pretty impressive.
UPDATE, June 14:
Pricing is out and it is spectacularly low for such a fast zoom lens – $799!
It is available to preorder from B&H now. Available July 31....
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