Camera manufacturer Pentax (now Ricoh Imaging) has been rather quiet in terms of video functionality on their DSLR’s. With the new Pentax K-3 that brings a lot of innovation to the stills side the movie recording side has received some promising improvements as well. cinema5D took the Pentax K-3 for a spin and has some insights on its video capabilities. ...
Sony just launched the Alpha 5000, their low-end Compact Interchangeable Lens APS-C Camera which will be available from March for only EUR 500 (suggested retail price).
As the holiday season comes to a close, so do retailer sales. B&H and Canon are wrapping up a large sale on DSLRs and lenses tomorrow (04/01/2013), here I’ve highlighted the most popular and significant DSLR/lens combos in the sale for filmmakers.
The rebate price (in red) is what’s advertised on the B&H website, the checkout discount (black) is what you get when you add any item to cart. This is an additional discount on top of the initial rebate and is listed like this due to items having a MAP (Minimum Advertised Price)....
One could certainly argue about which DSLRs are best for video, but it’s a fact that these three are the most popular and still valid choices in 2013. This makes today’s big discount on these cameras at B&H a very welcome one.
These after cart checkout deals will show up once you start the payment process.
[UPDATE]: B&H has now also added a deal for the Canon EOS 6D. The 6D has some aliasing issues but does have a large sensor just like the 5D if that look is what you’re into:
(Note: The offers end on October 26th) ...
It’s official. While rumors have been making the rounds that Sony would be introducing new mirrorless cameras along the lines of the famous NEX’s, it wasn’t clear we’d see them coming so soon.
Sony just announced two very potent new cameras that go head to head with the Leica concept we liked and also take on some of the bigger DSLRs as well. ...
Now that’s a first for an interchangeable lens camera: Samsung just announced the Galaxy NX, which is powered by Google’s almighty Android operating system. (It’s not called DSLR because technically it does not have a mirror – although that doesn’t make any difference for filmmakers anyway!)
Recently, Canon announced the availability of the long-awaited 25p 4K firmware for its filmmaking-focused DSLR, the Canon 1DC (watch my Canon 1DC review video here and our comparison to the Sony F55 here). So far, the camera was only able to record 24p in 4K, basically making it irrelevant for any TV production in Europe and other PAL countries around the world (which rely on 25p/50i workflows and broadcasting).
This makes the camera a whole lot more interesting to filmmakers and production companies in said countries. However, if you think you can download the firmware update and install it yourself, you are mistaken: Canon requires you to hand your 1DC over to a Canon-certified service center to perform the upgrade....
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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