SLR Magic announced their new 35mm F1.2 and 75mm F1.4 cine lenses at Cine Gear this week. Nino spoke with Andrew Chan in Hollywood and had a look at the new lenses. Known for their innovative fast primes and anamorphic lenses, SLR Magic (AKA Noktor) are announcing a new pair of cine lenses for FE and E mount cameras in the 35mm and 75mm focal lengths with very fast apertures of f1.2 and f1.4 respectively. Not only that, they are extremely affordable at $499 each. It’s not everyday that you can get such a wide aperture and wide field of view lens for under $500, especially with the quality of SLR Magic lenses! They are fully manual with a de-clicked aperture. If you’re a filmmaker using a Sony camera such as the FS5 or FS7 (or smaller SLR or mirrorless) and desire that extreme shallow depth of field, these proprietary FE/E-mount lenses can certainly provide that wide aperture for really surrounding your subjects in bokeh. The choice of focal lengths and field of view are ideal for portraits, interiors, landscapes and architecture. The 35mm prime is always a go to lens for cinematography and video, and 75mm is an interesting choice similar to the standard 85mm which at f1.4 will be perfect for photographing and filming portraits. The lenses feature an all-manual design with built-in gears for use with follow focus systems. They are built for reliability and resilience, ideal when shooting in extreme conditions. Tech specs of the SLR Magic 35mm model Fast prime lens at f1.2. Compatible with FE and E-mount cameras. 9 elements in 8 groups. Minimum focus distance of 0.3m (30cm). Manual aperture with 13 blades. Min aperture F16. 52mm filter thread (non rotating). Black anodized finish. 77.40mm in length, 64.73mm in diameter. 535g/18.87oz in weight. Tech specs of the SLR Magic 75mm model Fast prime lens at f1.4 Compatible with FE and E-mount cameras. 6 elements in 6 groups Minimum focus distance of 0.7m (70cm). Manual aperture with 13 blades Min aperture of F16 52mm filter thread (non rotating). Black anodized finish. 78.68mm in length, 64.67mm in diameter 455g/16.05oz in weight. Judging from the high build and image quality of SLR Magic’s current line-up of both regular and anamorphic glass, we can say we’re keen to have a closer look at these lenses at Cine Gear. They will be available to see for the first time at the LA Cinematography expo at the ATOMOS booth, and will be available from authorized dealers by August 2016.Read more
Camera support and accessory manufacturer, Wooden Camera, announces a range of new products including a Wi-Fi Side Plate & V-Lock Wedge System. Wooden Camera is known for its flexible rigging, cage and accessory products. Today it has announced a barrage of new tools for use with their existing tools: The Wooden Camera Wi-Fi Side Plate: First up is the Wi-Fi Side Plate, which attaches to your RED Weapon, Scarlet-W or Raven and replaces the built-in antenna with an external, improving the signal range when controlling the camera via FoolControl. The Wi-Fi attaches to the right side panel, meaning it doesn’t block any access to other controls or products like the side handles or the included cover plate. The Wi-fi Side Plate comes in at $499 and is available from Wooden Camera for pre-order with shipping estimated at the end of July! The Wooden Camera Pass Through Top Plate: Next up is the Pass Through Top Plate, which attaches to the top of a RED Weapon, Scarlet-W or Raven, expanding its mounting capabilities with an array of 1/4″ and 3/8″ screw holes. The killer feature is a 26pin LCD Connection so you can mount your monitor, controls or viewfinder on it, as well as a 3pin trigger handle interface for when shooting with a grip arm. The Top Plate is available for pre-order now at $350, also with an estimated shipping of late July. The Wooden Camera V-Lock Base Station and Wedge Kit: Also announced is the V-Lock Base Station and Wedge Kit, a quick lock and release device that can hold accessories to the side of the camera. Also known as V-Dock, it’s deal for use with control units or other removable accessories. It also includes 1/4″, 3/8″ and accepts ARRI accessory mount pins for adding and combining a variety of equipment. The Base station and Wedge Kit can be purchased for $135.00, with extra wedges available for $55.00 if you’re using multiple accessories. Estimated shipping at the end of July. The Wooden Camera Smartphone Clamp Lastly is the Smartphone Clamp. It’s a holder for a range of phones up to the iPhone 6s in size, very useful if you’re also using the FoolControl app. It can be easily mounted on the plates by a magic arm, or with the V-Lock Base Station by attaching a wedge to the clamp. It comes in at $95, shipping is the same as above. So there you have it. Wooden Camera certainly introduced a multitude of accintroduce at CineGear to keep those RED beauties dressed nice and sexy for the summer. Stay tuned for a number of product news videos from CineGear which we’ll release over the course of the coming week.Read more
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