Early this year, Atomos released the Connect SDI/HDMI convertor. It’s a portable convertor that comes in two flavours – the Connect H2S (converts HDMI to SDI) and the Connect S2H (converts SDI to HDMI). It’s a fantastic little device, and has been somewhat overlooked since its release earlier in the summer. Now, there are a few products out there that perform the conversion task, but the majority are not portable. Despite being small devices, most require AC power. This immediately bumps the Atomos Connect towards the top of the list for fieldwork. But Atomos didn’t simply just add a battery; this is a well-designed bit of kit that’s made to fit seamlessly into any professional workflow that requires this conversion.Read more
Andrew Reid made this nice lowlight capability comparison between the new Canon 5D mark III, last year’s lowlight wonder the Sony FS100 and the all-time classic Panasonic GH2 camera. Three test scenes shot in dark rooms at a ex-factory building in the east of Berlin. Minimal lighting – in scene 1, pearly strip light, scene 2 is iPhone torch, scene 3 is a reflection of petrol station lights in a mirror. Lenses – Leica R 35 2.8,50 F2,90 2.8 (apart from scene 2 which is Samyang 24mm F1.4 on both cameras) The 5D Mark III used here is modified. The OLPF (anti-aliasing filter) and IR-cut filter is removed for a resolution increase bringing it closer to the Sony FS100 and Panasonic GH2. No sharpening in post required. Sharpening in-camera was turned off. All footage direct from card, no grading. Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. 1st scene is to test noise and resolution. 2nd scene is to test ISO 12,800 performance. 3rd scene is to test handling of highlight and noise in the lows via EOSHDRead more
The Sony NEX-FS700 is currently the most anticipated new camera body that will shoot 240fps slow motion and offer many other convenient features at a priecepoint around $8500. See our full article on the camera specs here. The video above is Peter Prevec‘s full test video. He had a chance to shoot with a pre production model and we’ve seen excerpts from this footage in Sony’s FS700 promo video that was shot by a crew of filmmakers around Den Lennie from F-Stop academy.Read more
The era of large sensor news shooting is coming Videographers like Dan Chung from DSLR News Shooter or Johnnie Behiri are news shooters that have early adopted the benefits of HDSLRs and large sensor cameras for their work. As we know by and by the limitations of these cameras are lessened and it seems like finally a company has taken the step to break the final frontier: The Fujinon Cabrio 19-90mm T2.9 PL lens is the first ENG style motorized zoom lens for large sensor cameras. I don’t know about you, but I miss the days of limitless videography with ENG style video cameras. The development of lenses that would help us use large sensor or HDSLR cameras in a camcorder like fashion seemed like a logic development that never happened. Until now! The Cabrio has servos for focus, iris and zoom and a bunch of other standard ENG features like wireless control or adjustable back focus. It fits a wide range of large sensor cameras like the Sony FS100, the new FS700, the Sony F3, Canon C300, or even the Arri Alexa or RED cameras. Here’s the catch: In terms of affordable filmmaking it’s totally unaffordable with its rumored $38,000 pricetag. But hey, this is just the first of its kind, if people find this kind of product useful and it definitely is then we’ll most likely see more ENG lenses for large sensor and hopefully also HDSLR cameras some day soon. via DSLR News ShooterRead more
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
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