by Tim Fok | 13th February 2016
Redrock Micro has released a new product that gives digital filmmaking a retro makeover. The RetroFlex-S is a cladding for your Sony Alpha Compact cameras that converts your boring digital camera into a hipsters dream. The RetroFlex-S takes on the old school Bolex form factor: a pistol grip and rear viewfinder that provides the users with quite an attractive looking handheld setup. Developing on The RetroFlex Pocket Cinema, the RetroFlex-S is compatible with compact mirrorless Sony cameras like the NEX-3, A5000 and A5100 (not the flagship mirrorless a7R II and a7S II). The RetroFlex-S adds a nice screen loupe to the back of the camera, as well as a record start/stop button on the handgrip. The viewfinder has a diopter and are detachable via magnet frame. The RetroFlex-S cages compatible Sony cameras, offering a snug fitting protective and trendy clad as well as a cold shoe up top. Further more are a handful of 1/4″ & 3/8″ thread on the side for additional accessories as well as optional cable protector for the side ports. Design aside, the RetroFlex-S provides a lovely handheld form factor for the smaller Sony mirrorless cameras, the large loupe looks like a solid third point of contact and there’s function to the cage and grip as much as there is retro design. You pay a premium for the aesthetic compared to a typical cage/loupe/handle, the justification of that premium is purely down to individual opinion.Read more
by Tim Fok | 17th December 2013
We mentioned last week about the imminent order date of the Digital Bolex. Well, the camera is now officially ready for pre-order. Pre-orders from the Kickstart campaign of the D16 camera are currently in the process of being fulfilled, with fresh orders looking to ship in 8-12 weeks. “We are pleased to announce that our online store is now open to the general public for orders of D16 cinema cameras and accessories! We are offering a limited run of 500 cameras for pre-sale. These cameras will ship in 8-12 weeks. Our other accessories, such as apparel, camera bags, and batteries, will remain open from now on. We have a lot of great items, so even if a camera is outside of your budget right now, cruise on over to check out what we have in stock!” Digital Bolex are offering a couple of introductory offers, including a nofilmschool discount code and a package deal with the Switronix battery pack saving you $100 and $20 respectively. Check our their shop for a host of other accessories and apparel.Read more
by Tim Fok | 9th July 2013
Things have been very quiet over in the Digital Bolex camp. In March 2012 the Kickstarter campaign kicked up a lot of fuss (pun not intended), promising 2k raw DNG via a camera in form of a Digital Bolex, with a CCD global shutter. Since then little has been said, and Black Magic has taken to the stage with release of 4 competing cameras. (which ironically are not much farther ahead of Bolex in terms of public release). Apart from a specification list and clean cut branding, we’ve only had prototype pictures to lust over. Until yesterday when Joe Rubinstein of Digital Bolex posted the first sample DNG images from the camera. The images can be seen below, taken with a collection of vintage primes (in descending order) a 15mm Elitar Soligor, 26mm Kern-Paillard Pizar AR, and Canon 50mm 0.95.Read more
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