by Jakub Han | 24th October 2016
The new Sony a6500 cage from LockCircle has just been announced. Available from the end of November, it offers an asymmetrical design with lots of mounting possibilities. The full name – LockCircle Cinematic Production Cage 6500NY. Film equipment company LockCircle have recently introduced their new Cinematic production cage for the Sony a6500. It seems very similar to their cage for Sony’s previous model, the a6300. The new Sony a6500 mirrorless camera is a little bit bigger than the a6300. The official dimensions are: Sony a6500: 4.7 x 2.6 x 2.1″ / 120.0 x 66.9 x 53.3 mm excluding protrusions Sony a6300: 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.9″ / 120.0 x 66.9 x 48.8 mm excluding protrusions So you probably would not be able to fit the new a6500 into the old cage. You will be able to fit the a6300 into this cage, however. The Sony a6500 cage from LockCircle features a tight “Asymmetrical Design Approach”, meaning you can hold the camera ergonomically with your right hand using the original grip on the camera body. A total of 103 (!) 1/4”-20 and 4 3/8”-16 threads are available for mounting various accessories and camera handles. The 6500NY cage integrates the MicroPort micro HDMI / USB connectors locking clamps, and the popular LockPort Flex (micro to full-size HDMI output), used on the Birdcage A7 and A7M2. The 6500NY cage camera-plate has a Meta-Block mount for Metabones and an IMS-Block for IMS-Mounts designed to achieve good follow-focus work. IMS mounts are available for E-MOUNT to Canon EF/Nikon F (with positive-lock concept), PL-Mount, Panavision, BNCR, Leica R and Leica M, with others mounts coming soon. The original pop-out camera flash works with the 6500NY cage without limitations. Vertical camera mounting is available as well as a modular 15mm rods baseplate. This new Sony a6500 cage weighs only 200g (7 o.z.) without accessories, and has several threads to mount the (AC) tape measurement hook. Sony a6500 Cage LockCircle 6500NY Highlights: Asymmetrical cage design Right hand camera grip/control with original Sony ergonomics Birdcage Top Grip handle and Boombooster compatible accessories CNC machind from billet aluminum Genuine titanium screws MicroPort and LockPort Flex HDMI/USB port savers Meta-Block mount (adjustable) for Metabones monolithic mounting IMS-Block for IMS- Mounts for serious cinematographers needs Several IMS Professional lens mounts available Focal Plane thread for AC measurement hook Compatible with Sony a6300 The LockCircle Sony a6500 cage will be available for delivery from the end of November 2016, with prices starting from $299.00 + shipping and tax (€279.00 + VAT).Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 13th October 2016
If you’re a proud owner of a Sony a6300, you might be in desperate need of some sort of audio interface due to its lack of a headphone jack. Saramonic has your back here with the release of a very compact and very affordable audio mixer. Meet the Saramonic CaMixer. The Saramonic CaMixer This little audio interface could be just what you need if you’re after a a small, lightweight and affordable audio solution. Saramonic claims it is brand new, but actually it looks very familiar to me. Last year they released a very similar audio interface, the SmartMixer, intended to be used with smartphones. It’s a little more expensive, as it comes bundled with a smartphone holder and a grip. The new CaMixer comes in professional black rather than in consumer red. Spot the dfference! Saramonic CaMixer (left) and SmartMixer (right) Anyway, the functionality for a device like this is still very relevant, as a lot of smaller cameras like the Sony a6300 or even the freshly announced Sony a6500 lack a decent headphone jack for monitoring audio. You also get two detachable directional microphones plugged into 3.5mm mic inputs, a phantom powered mini XLR jack and of course an audio out port for connecting the Saramonic CaMixer to your camera. A lot of stuff for such a tiny preamp device, indeed. The Saramonic CaMixer can be mounted directly on top of your DSLR or mirrorless camera via the built-in cold shoe. This setup could help you get the next run-and-gun interview right, taking out the guess work when it comes to audio. It’s a bit cheaper than it’s last year twin, since it’s just the mixer itself without any accessories except a provided mini XLR to XLR adapter and a mini jack output cable. Back and front of the CaMixer. It’s powered via a standard 9V battery. On the front side you can toggle 48V phantom power for the microphone inputs on and off and there is a built-in LCD display, too. This is a very handy feature for such a tiny device, as it helps keeping your camera screen real estate as uncluttered as possible. There’s a volume control too, of course. We will take it for a test ride for sure, and I’m very curious how it performs in real life! The CaMixer weights just 156g (5.5 oz) and is powered by a standard 9V battery. The device itself is $129 and it’s available for purchase directly via Saramonic, the smartphone version is available at B&H. Might this tiny thing be your next upgrade in terms of audio? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
by Adam Plowden | 6th October 2016
The new Sony Alpha A6500 with superior image quality, touchscreen, 4K over sampling with no pixel binning and 425 AF points was just announced alongside the updated Sony Cyber-Shot DMC- RX100 V. With a growing number of professional photographers and videographers using Sony’s mirrorless line, plenty of updated features have been included in these new flagship models. The Alpha A6500 The Sony Alpha A6500 sports a 24.2 MP sensor with redesigned front end processing, allowing for over sampling with no pixel binning from it’s 6K sensor (20MP equivalent) to achieve a sharp 4K image. It can record UHD (3840×2160) in 24/25/30p at 100mbps, as well as HD slow motion in 120fps at 100mbps also. Still images can be pulled from video clips too like we’ve seen in the GH4, in 8MP from a 4K video clip and 2MP from a HD video clip. It has a whopping 425 AF points, as well as 0.05s autofocus speed that can be controlled using the touchscreen at bursts of up to 11fps for 20 seconds. This is ideal for video, where users can ‘lock focus’ on a subject and track it through the frame. Auto focusing technology has got much better recently, so it will be interesting to see tests tracking and following subjects while recording. A new buffer has been added for long bursts of continuous shooting, as well as play back of photos and video clips. A new feature for the A6500 is the Slow & Quick mode that can capture frame rates from 1fps to 120fps in 8 steps, offering 60x quick motion and 5x slow motion. Slow and Quick is also included in the FS5, so it’s great to see Sony adapting the tech for cameras that videographers are using. The recorded clips can also be played back in camera, without the need for post processing. Sony has also included 5-axis in-camera stabilization like the one found in the a7S II and a7R II, optimized for the APS-C sensor and compatible with both E-mount and A-mount adapted lenses. The stabilization claims to compensate the equivalent of 5.0 stops of a faster shutter speed. The A6500 would be an ideal camera for gimbal use, or as a B-camera for those shooting with an a7S II, a7R II or FS5. Detailed specs of the Sony Alpha A6500 – 24.2MP APS-C sensor (1.5x crop factor). E-mount 5-axis in-camera stabilization (compatible with E-mount and A-mount lenses). 4K up to 30p at 100Mbps HD up to 120fps at 100Mbps 425-point auto focusing Slow & Quick frame rate control. 4K and HD photo pull from video clips. Touchscreen controls 0.05 second auto focus speed High density focus tracking New buffer for faster continuous photo bursts and quicker image playback. ISO range from 100-25600 (up to 51200 expanded). No headphone out. Menu redesign with grouped features. Check out our real world review and first impressions of the A6300 here, but how will the A6500 fare in low light? Our lab tests will show that in the coming future, but for now, check out our previous article on how the A6300 copes in low light scenarios. Also, if you’re undecided about getting an a7S II over the new A6500, check out this article on how the a7S II compares to the A6300. The Sony Alpha A6500 can be pre-ordered now from B&H for $1399.00, and will be available in the USA and Canada from November, and in Europe from December. The Cyber-Shot DMC-RX100 V The RX100 V is a 21MP, 1 inch sensor compact camera, with a 2.9x optical zoom and aperture of f/1.8 – 2.8. It has a built-in 3-stop ND filter which is fantastic for keeping the shallow depth of field in high brightness, and can record in 4K UHD up to 30p at 100Mbps. It has a full sensor readout with no pixel binning when recording 4K, for sharp images and minimized moire. It will be interesting to see if this produces an ‘overly sharp’ image though. Slow motion frame rates of up to 960fps can also be recorded, as well as up to 120fps in HD. Like with the A6500, you can pull stills from video clips at 8MP from 4K video and 2MP from HD video. The RX100 V also has similar fast auto focusing capabilities as the A6500, with a 0.05 second AF speed and 315 AF points. The auto focusing can track a subject, another handy feature for filming. Detailed specs of the Sony DMC-RX100 V: 21MP 1 inch sensor Fixed 2.9x optical zoom lens Variable aperture from f/1.8 – 2.8 No pixel binning when recording 4K 4K video recording in 24/25/30p at 100mbps. HD video recording up to 120fps XAVC and AVCHD video formats with varying frame rates. No headphone out. We took at look at how the RX100 IV fares for filming, here are the first impressions and review article. The Sony Cyber-Shot DMC-RX100 V can be pre-ordered now from B&H for $998.00, and will be shipping this month. A new underwater housing model, the MPK-URX100A, will also be available in November for around $350 in the USA and in Canada, $450 CA.Read more
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