The JAG35 electronic follow focus is a motorized focussing system that is controlled via a thumbunit.
After I had seen it at NAB this year and tested some similar products I wanted to take a closer look at this device which lies at one tenth the price of some of its competition while still delivering a working solution (with some trade-offs).
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We’ve reported about the exciting Sony HX9V before and after several weeks of testing we have put together this video review for you.
Albeit not offering manual controls this tiny camera delivers stunning images in full HD 1080p50.
In this review we discuss all the video aspects of the camera and give you our personal opinion on the...
Breakfast was at 6pm and the whole thing was a big lesson. We’ll come back, better prepared and ready to give you the finest possible coverage next year.
The image on the left shows me with my favourite piece of equipment during the whole show. Johan, the inventor of the Easyrig saw me as I walked around on the floor all day and lend the Turtle X to me with a smile. I could use this tool for the remaining 3 days and I must say it became my very best friend. ...
Remember the Rolling Shutter plugin by British Software company The Foundry? I guess the name speaks for itself.
Well apparently they have something new for DSLR people in the works. Their new stand alone application STORM has been a very useful on set tool for RED shooters since March. By mid 2011 this software will support all Canon HDSLR cameras and give us some handy features like timecode, organisation, tagging, basic grading, even editing and then edl (universal editing format to save stuff) to Final Cut etc…
Very good on set workflow. Will they have Rolling Shutter implemented? I don’t know, but that would be cool.
You can check out the 15 day free Trial on their website. The application costs $375...
This is one of the last NAB 2011 videos by cinema5D, yet it’s one of the more intriguing new products we’ve seen. Especially if you’re into LED lighting this one could be very interesting for you.
Where I come from (Austria) Dedo Weigert is a name well known in the film industry. His lighting company carries the same name and you can find their stuff right next to Arri and KinoFlo lights in production houses.
This year Dedo Weigert introduced the “Felloni” LED panel which they have developed under their partner company Dedotec (a bunch of electronics and precision mechanics specialists) and some other foreign technicians and named the series TECPRO. It’s all very confusing with the names I know, but the result is a pretty decent LED lighting solution.
Here’s what this light can do:
- very high CRI of 84
( = good light color)
- half the price of most other LED panels
- water resistant (rainproof)
- lightweight and robust fixture
- Detachable/Extendable dimmer (included)
- Foldable diffuser (included)
- Uses 24 watts (half of most other panels)
- more output than most other panels
- magnetic frame for filters
- V-Mount battery plate 14V
- Sony NP-F battery plate 7,2V
- Ac input 12V (mains ps included)
Normal version either tungsten or daylight:
US: should be around $900
Europe: around 600€
You might say that’s a lot, but if you know LED panel prices this should shock you. There is also a Bicolor version (continuosly adjustable from tungsten to daylight) for around $1000. The 1×1 LED series by Litepanels is a great tool but I think at $2600 they will have to do something about their pricing.
TECPRO also has a high output (576 leds instead of 324) version for around 1000€ and low profile versions (for ceiling mount) as well and all of them are available in 15°, 30° or 50° angles (spot/flood).
In Europe the lights are more commonly available. For example here.
Wired DMX control unit:
And here’s one more mindblowing gimmick:
I roughly remember one of the major developers of the Felloni telling me that you can control I think some hundred thousand of these units simultaneously via a wireless DMX module across 1000-1500 feet (400 meters).
Price and availability for these units is not here yet, but it certainly won’t be cheap.
Famous Dutch gear company Vocas also presented a few new products at NAB this year. Bas Ladru’s mother language might not be English, but rig making surely is, as past experience shows: Their handheld DSLR rig, won our editors choice award last year when we tested several handheld rigs.
Bas showed me a very simple lens support unit that could come in very handy if you’re working with longer lenses. It comes with the great Vocas snap-on handle that sits on one side only.
The new rail support works for the Sony F3 and Panasonic AF100 cameras and allows for a quick switch between 15mm and 19mm rods.
The Vocas gear is extremely solid, durable and lightweight, but comes at a price. While the announced products are not yet available, the full DSLR handheld rig costs about $2100.
Bas also mentioned that their modules are designed with versatility in mind and 80% of the dslr gear can be used with other cameras as well.
Here are some audio cables that might come in very handy. Most of them will transform your audio level from your audio recorder to match your dslr input and there are others that do more fancy stuff.
Here’s one of the cables I found useful: The DSLR-550D-HOCF takes your magic lantern loaded EOS 550D usb video output and turns it to a normal (3.5mm female headphone jack) audio signal.
[UPDATE] I realized that this cable is actually just an adapter usb to 3.5mm, no electronics involved. Most of the other cables incorporate electronic modules to control audio levels.
You can buy these cables here....
As we announced earlier this month Cineroid has presented their new EVF at NAB 2011.
While the interior seems to have stayed the same as also the name with the same prefix of EVF4… suggests, the exterior has turned to a more durable metal casing and different input output models.
Cineroid was the first company to introduce an EVF and as we’ve seen in Johnnies review before also the tests at NAB showed that the quality of this 800×480 3.2 inch screen is very good and it’s easy to focus (keep in mind that not only resolution but also screen and evf chip quality is important to get focussing right).
Here’s a video with Joseph who shows us some of the many new features and menu system.
As far as I can tell we’re the first here to present pricing and availability of the new units. See below.
Available June 2011:
Metal / HDSI loopthrough:
EVF4MSS – $1399
Metal / hdmi in – HDSDI out:
EVF4MHS – $1249
Available May 2011:
Metal / hdmi loopthrough:
EVF4MMH – $999
Already available (“older” units that came out some months ago with same screen):
EVF4Le – $799
hdmi in only:
EVF4Be – $649
Cineroid EVFs are/will be available at the following resellers throughout the wolrd: Cineroid where to buy...
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