The cinema5D forum has evolved: I present to you the cinema5Dreviews page that we’ve been working on. This is not a new forum page, this is a whole new section of cinema5D, uniquely programmed and embedded into the cinema5D platform. What is it? cinema5Dreviews is a growing database of reviews for filmmaking equipment. It is in Beta right now. What can it do for me? It has a lot of very valuable information on each filmmaking product all put in one place by fellow filmmakers. You save time surfing the web and you might find information you could have missed somewhere else. No more endless forum searching for reviews and opinions on products. It is all gathered in one place. ➔ Opinions by fellow filmmakers (which you can trace back because they’re forum members) ➔ the best video reviews gathered by you from YouTube and Vimeo, or add your own. ➔ prices ➔ ratings ➔ collection of product highlights ➔ currently sortable by star rating, price or name Who is filling the database? You. And any other cinema5D forum member can add to the database. If you have tried or own the product you can add your opinion and give a rating for the product. You can also add new products and can add details to existing products. Not only HDSLR HDSLRs are great, they’ve upgraded our clips, films, productions, but we’re also embracing all other low budget large sensor cameras and their accessories. More categories to come, please post your preferred categories in the comments to this article. It needs to be filled This database has just been born and it will become more powerful the more you feed it. Since we’ve written this software on our own and with an extremely tight budget we need some time and your feedback to work out all the glitches. It’s beta, so if something doesn’t work please be patient and let us know. That’s it. The more you use it the better and faster we can improve the platform to your benefit. Now go check it out and add a product or two: www.cinema5d.com/reviews/Read more
In film every minute lost costs money and nerves. That’s why professionals tend to use high quality equipment. This support system is not very affordable for the normal user, but for its quality and functionality it’s a very good deal for professional video and when you’re dealing with frontheavy cameras. The build quality and versatility of this support system is outstanding. Screws, materials, sliding, everything is smoooth. The 16×9 Inc Cine Base M15 is currently available for the Sony FS100, Sony F3 and Panasonic AF100. You can upgrade the support system to go with each model by buying the additionally available baseplates. The kit for each camera is currently $1045: Check out the 16×9 Inc. PL mount which we reported about at NAB 2011. For more information visit the 16×9 Inc. website. B&H has provided these exclusive phone numbers for you if you have questions or require assistance: US: +1 877 502 5839 and INTERNATIONAL: +1 212 465 0114Read more
I reported about the MTF EF-mount last week, a device that would soon enable you to use a Canon EF lens with your favourite large sensor camera (F3, FS100 or AF100). For a long time, well ever since these cameras are out people have been waiting for someone to develop a mount that will give them aperture control on Canon lenses. It was great news at IBC when MTF announced that they’d have a sub 1100€ unit available in a couple of months, but it looks like the company Redrock Micro has also been working this. And the price looks pretty interesting.Read more
After the really really enjoyable first episode of the Zacuto SCCE they have finally released the second of three episodes. Once again I cannot stress enough that if you’re a camera person you really shouldn’t miss the chance to see this beautifully edited piece of well done camera comparison! It is not only revealing to see how digital cinema (and analog film for that matter) cameras compare, and to hear industry professionals speak about their observations, but also a great great opportunity to learn about very imporant aspects of cinematpgraphy like signal to noise ratio, resolution, compression that is very elegantly explained in these tests. Episode 2, “Sensors & Sensitivity” of the three part series continues with tests covering sensitivity, resolution, compression and the relationship between them. It is striking to see how bad DSLRs performed in this par of the comparison. While they had some good performance in the dynamic range part of the last episode, this time around they fail hard and show their weaknesses. Not only does moire go crazy as we all very well know, but most importantly the images are literally destroyed at times by the line skipping characteristics of the current HDSLR sensors and their unhealthy compression pipeline. Here’s a list of all the cameras that were compared: – Arri Alexa – Sony F-35 – Sony F3 – Canon 5D Mark II – Canon 7D – Canon 1D Mark IV – Nikon D7000 – Weisscam HS-2 – Phantom Flex – Panasonic AG-AF100 – RED ONE M-X – 35mm Kodak 5213 and 5219 film Here are some quotes I felt were important: “(…) shocking in a way to see how the stills cameras don’t work at all (…)” “(…) wow, I thought the Canon would be more on than that (…)” “(…) this isn’t a test that advocates for one camera over another (…) you might have one camera that works really well for one situation and another camera might not (…)” “(…) as the budget changes we’ve had to (…) use the Canon’s cause we had to (…) seeing, especially the AF100 (…) and how it compared to the F3 and how they compare to the bigger cameras, that was the biggest surprise (…) a new option that we could do (…) that’s bringing the quality back up.” There’s one more episode coming out in August. Stay tuned!Read more
Well isn’t this something, a DSLR workshop in Vienna (among other cities), the hometwon of cinema5D. After we won the Oscar in 2008 the Austrian film scene is finally picking up the drive (we’re a little slow).Read more
Burgers squeeze a lot of stuff into a round flat thing. Maybe Erik Widding has picked up this idea and that’s why his device is called Birger. Wether that connection does or does not exist you can debate in the comments, fact is: The Birger Mount squeezes a lot into a mount adapter, as it will not only mount your EOS lenses to an FS-100 camera, but also work as a wired or wireless follow focus device. The Birger Mount uses your Canon lenses’ built in stepper motor to control focus accurately. We’ve seen a similar approach to use the lens motor instead of a follow focus device on the okii focus controller which is also being discussed in the forums. The Birger Engineering company has created a similar mount to get EF lenses on RED cameras about 2 years ago. The Birger Mount for the Panasonic AF-100 is set for a release at the end of May. According to Erik the mount for the Sony FS-100 will have the same featureset and could be available by the end of summer.Read more
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