Lens attachment manufacturer Zunow have unveiled their latest wide angle lens attachment at IBC 2016: the WCX-100 for fixed lens cameras. Achieving wide angles when using a fixed lens on a 2/3 inch or 1 inch sensor video camera can be difficult at times. Zunow have a family of 5 lens attachments that widen the field of view by 20% with very low distortion. This video features the WCX-100 model. You are able to fully zoom through on the fixed lens from wide to telephoto with the attachment on, which is an advantage for shooting ENG style news reporting. The WFK-95 is for 4K cameras like the Panasonic DVX-200 and widens the field of view by 0.8x, which makes the image 20% wider. It has a front filter thread of 72mm for use with conventional filters, with a short length of only 35mm. The other lens attachments in the family include – WCX-80 which is compatible with 62/72mm size lenses. WCX-100 wide angle conversion lens which is compatible with 72/77/82mm size lenses. WCX-200 wide angle conversion lens which is compatible with Sony EX Bayonet mount. SWA-06 is a super wide angle attachment, increasing the field of view by 0.6x, compatible with 72/82mm size lenses. The lens attachments are available to purchase now from CVP, with prices ranging from from €536.00, and B&H from $449.00. What do you think of these lens attachments, and would they work for you? Let us know in the comments.Read more
This is the first NAB in years where we’ve not seen a new camera announcement from Blackmagic Design. But the company doesn’t hesitate to introduce innovation in other fields. Besides their 4K disk recorder monitor that we already covered, Blackmagic also announced the complete re-write of their Ursa Mini Camera operating system, new micro converters, a dedicated studio viewfinder for the Ursa Mini and more. News from Blackmagic Design Sorry, no new camera whatsoever. But nevertheless, the guys over at Blackmagic Design had some fresh products and updates to show at this year’s NAB in Las Vegas. Maybe the company has learned from the past few years that it might be smart not to push things too hard and only to announce new products as they become available, or at least, almost available. Blackmagic Design’s Tim Siddons talks us through their latest announcements. New OS for URSA First of all, there is an entirely new user interface coming to the URSA range of cameras. Written from scratch, some annoying bits and pieces will be things of the past once this update is released “later this year.” Hopefully rather sooner than later, as it comes with some handy features such as the support of 17-point 3D LUTs, multi-user presets, variable white balance control (no more baked in presets) and a neat feature called smart shutter angle selection tool. It’s designed to determine the most appropriate set of shutter angles to use for your given area or frequency of voltage input, respectively to reduce flicker in your shot. This update will be free of charge and will become available for the URSA mini range first and then for the original URSA camera. New Blackmagic studio viewfinder and software for URSA Next up, there is a significant update for the URSA range of cameras. Blackmagic Design announced a new software update which allows you to control the camera remotely via an ATEM studio mixer or any other production mixer which is capable of handling the URSA control protocols. In addition to that, Blackmagic Design introduces a new studio viewfinder. It’s a 7″ screen with dedicated hardware controls and a neat variable resistance mounting solution which gives you total control of the viewfinders position. It’s not a touchscreen (like the one on the URSA itself), but it has it’s own control system which includes nice to have features like peaking, contrast, brightness (controlled via dedicated knobs) and software features like zebra, false color, guides, meters and assignable buttons. The Blackmagic Studio viewfinder will be available in July and will retail for 1,795$. New line of micro converters The family of Blackmagic Design’s Mini converters is growing. No, sorry. Actually, it is shrinking as the new line of converters is called micro converters and due to their size this new naming is quite reasonable—these boxes are more or less the size of a matchbox. For now, there are two micro converters available: SDI -> HDMI (with loop through on the SDI input) HDMI -> SDI (with two SDI outputs) Both converters are USB powered so the idea is to have them ready whenever needed even without an outlet in reach. Just use one of your power bricks for your phone. Yes, it is out of battery, again. These converters are available now, and they retail for 85$ each. Resolve 12.5 There is another free update for their flagship grading suite, DaVinci resolve. It comes with a lot of new features, and even more, bugs were squashed in this release. The company claims that there are more than 1,000 improvements and more than 250 new features implemented in this version such as HDR support for example. A lot of developing went into the editing side of resolve, which is a necessity I would say but it’s nice to see it improving! In the end, the question is this: What is easier—having an industry standard grading suite at hand and still have to develop an editing suite on top (DaVinci Resolve) or vice versa (Adobe Premiere Pro? The race is on! Make sure to visit Blackmagic Design’s website for all the details and announcements regarding NAB 2016.Read more
By now, almost everyone might have heard of the Metabones Speed Booster, a brilliant adapter that allows you to achieve a full frame look on a cropped sensor (APS-C or Super35) camera – particularly Canon EF lenses on Sony E or Panasonic GH2/3/4 cameras. The Speed Booster uses high quality glass that “compresses” the full frame image from the full frame EF lens to the smaller imaging area of the sensor, thereby even gaining over one full stop of light. In essence, it makes your lenses effectively “wider and faster”, which is nothing short of amazing. My Metabones Speed Booster Ultra “lives” on my Sony FS7, on which I can use my ZEISS Compact Primes or any Canon EF L lenses using the Speed Booster Ultra and the aforementioned benefits. Following a similar concept in a higher-end package, the newly announced IB/E S35 x FF Expander does something similar to the Metabones Speed Booster, but exactly the other way around: It’s meant for S35 lenses that are used on larger sensor cameras, like for example the RED Epic/Weapon. It’s a fact that many higher-end professional film lenses are S35 only, because they were created to expose the S35 negative of film stock, which is about half as big as the “full frame” 35mm from photo stills cameras (first used for filmmaking with the Canon 5D Mark II, most popular nowadays with the Sony A7 series). However now there are also higher-end cameras like the RED Epic on the market, which offer a sensor that is larger than S35. While the RED offers a crop mode at lower resolutions, in order to utilize the full resolution of the sensor you had to use “full frame” lenses so far. It makes a lot of sense to introduce that concept to the higher-end market, because this adapter further increases the compatibility of lenses to cameras. IB/E Optics created the S35 x FF Expander to facilitate common PL mount S35 lenses, and as we can hear in the video, the “camera side” offers an interchangeable mount which effectively also makes this a PL adapter for all your cameras (however please be aware that there will be flange distance related issues on some camera and lens combinations, meaning you cannot always achieve back focus with all lenses on all cameras – this needs to be tested before you set your eyes on a particular combination for a project!). More details on the Band Pro website. It will be available in December and sell for $6900.Read more
Here’s something that you might even find cool if you don’t need it. Atomos, the makers of the famous Ninja harddisk recorder just announced their Atomos Connect converters. These devices can’t shoot your movie, but they can almost do everything else. Not only do they convertRead more
Here are some audio cables that might come in very handy. Most of them will transform your audio level from your audio recorder to match your dslr input and there are others that do more fancy stuff. Here’s one of the cables I found useful: The DSLR-550D-HOCF takes your magic lantern loaded EOS 550D usb video output and turns it to a normal (3.5mm female headphone jack) audio signal. [UPDATE] I realized that this cable is actually just an adapter usb to 3.5mm, no electronics involved. Most of the other cables incorporate electronic modules to control audio levels. You can buy these cables here.Read more
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