Remember when we first heard about the Mosaic Engineering anti-aliasing / anti-moiré filter for 5D mark II in August of 2011? What a great invention that would solve our biggest problem with HDSLR. Now that the 5D mark III is out, healed from moiré problems, people have a good reason to upgrade, but then there’s the issue with the price: The 5D mark III is $3500, hefty for many HDSLR shooters. How good that the guys over at Mosaic Engineering have now officially started selling their filter for the 7D: The VAF-7D. This upgrade will set you back by $325, but put you into the aliasing and moiré free realm of the mark III. Versions for the Nikon D800, T2i/T3i and 60D are in production. LINK: Mosaic Engineering StoreRead more
Filming with the 5D mark 2 like a boss? Oh yes you are, with an amazing new invention by Dave Cubanski from Mosaic Engineering! It’s a $385 box shaped filter that you place between your sensor and lens that will apparently improve your 5D mk2 image to the max, namely removing the two major testicle itchers of our favourite no-update-in-sight-DSLR video camera: Aliasing and moiré. What are the downsides? It looks like the filter is causing a slight shift in your back focus meaning that the focus marks on your lenses could be slightly off. Also, Philip Bloom was talking about soft edge issues on wide angles in a pre production model he got for testing that have apparently been resolved. The filter is called VAF-5D2 and is currently only available in limited quantity and full production will come by Q4/2011. You might get one in their online store, but it seems to be down at the moment. If the site goes down it might be because I’ve been refreshing it too often… and I’ve got to get my Canon 5D2 back, maybe it’s not dead just yet. Director/ Cinematographer Glen Przybowski has had a lot of time with the filter over the last months and shot some test footage. See the videos below. A Canon 7D version is being worked on. via philipbloom.net, thanks AJ!Read more
Dave Dugdale from learningdslrvideo.com brings us a very nice Canon camera comparison once again. This time around he compares the 5D mark2 allstar hdslr camera to the 3 times more affordable Canon T2i (550D). So can the 5D’s video mode justify it’s price over the T2i? Dave doesn’t think so. What do you think? [polldaddy poll=5331617]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
Among other rumors (which I find too vague to mention here) on the 5D mk3 canonrumors recently wrote: February 2012 would be the earliest for an announcement that will address the 5D line. If we picture February 2012 as an announcement date for the mk3 then May/June would be realistic release dates as Canon usually announces several months prior to release. Considering that 3 years have passed the development and improvement of Canon video dslrs has gone very very slow. The 5D mark II still almost matches and in some aspects exceeds the video capabilities of all the other (later) Canon hdslr cameras. Usually we see a different stills camera come out with just the same video functionality in it and all the major problems we don’t like so much. Video still seems to be treated as a side effect to these dslrs. Well, somehow it’s legit, after all these are still cameras that come out of the stills factories of Canon, so maybe one could say: “Why should they care, they develop for photographers.”. We seem to finally have come to a point in time whereRead more
Filmmakers around the world have mentioned the Great Camera Shootout 2011, hosted by Zacuto many times this year, and while some people got the chance to see the resulting footage in full resolution in a theatre the rest of us has been waiting for Zacuto to publish it on the web. And finally, the first episode is here and 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! Not only is it a very scientific and accurate comparison of the current most important large sensor cinema cameras (DSLRs among them), but it also has comments by many DOPs with different backgrounds nicely woven into it to give you a great scope of observations and opinions. This first episode is all about Dynamic Range. The second and third episodes will be published in July and August of this year. The first screengrab on the left shows the people involved in the project. Professional DOP Robert Primes, ASC, designed and administered the full series of tests. 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 It is very interesting to see how well the DSLRs performed with measured 11,2 stops of exposure latitude and to see the differences and similarities of the Canon DSLRs to other large sensor cinema cameras. I think it’s great to get a feel of what the different cameras will do for you and where they’re missing out. The highly anticipated Sony NEX-FS100 was not part of the test, but it’s brother that shares exactly the same sensor, the F3 showed some very strong lowlight capabilities. In the next episodes the cameras will face an analysis in regard to it’s sharpness, color quality, flesh tone reproduction, compression losses and shutter artifacts. Jump to the article by Zacuto and the embedded video: Single Chip Camera Evaluation – Episode 1 I’m eager to hear what you guys think about the test, please share in the comments. Personally I must send a lot of respect to the people involved. Thanks for this great and enriching watch!Read more
If you watch this piece please make sure you see it in HD and full screen. I’m posting this not only because there are beautiful shots in it, but also because of it’s very cinematic feel. I think this is a great example of how dolly timelapse can add some breathtaking sequences to a video clip and give it that 1 million dollar look. The dolly used in this timelapse video was a $895 “dynamic perception” kit. This very affordable electronic slider is currently on back-order. I would guess the video above, which was posted last week and already has 450 thousand hits, produced some sales for the “dynamic perception” kit. There are many other similar dolly systems currently being sold and I’m sure many of you readers have links and experience on these for us. Please share your knowledge in the comments. [UPDATE]: The price on the dolly is $895, the deposit for preorder is $450.Read more
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