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
The Panasonic UX Series is set to expand their 4K camera family. With a standard and a premium model, these 1” sensor camcorders will feature a whole list of features, responding to the ever increasing demand for 4K professional video. Panasonic AG UX180 4K Camcorder Panasonic UX Series More similar to last year’s Panasonic AG-DVX200 than the VariCam, the Panasonic UX series just announced at NAB 2016 is a line of 4K capable camcorders thought of as an update to HD cameras such as their AG-AC90. Their 1” sensor will ensure a large depth of field, making this camera best suited for events and run & gun use. However, as was the case with the DVX200, both of Panasonic UX models will feature DCI 4K (4096×2160) recording capabilities at 24p. The standard model (AG-UX90) offers UHD up to 30p and HD up to 120p, with the premium model (AG-UX180) capable of up to 60p in UHD. Other advantages of the UX180 include dual recording in UHD and HD, IR recording for low light situations, 3G SDI and HDMI 2.0 outputs, and a 20x zoom lens as opposed to the 15x zoom on the UX90. Both models are currently under development, with an expected release date in the autumn of 2016. At a price of under $4,000 for the UX180, and under $3,000 for the UX80, both will fill Panasonic’s gap of professional camcorders below the DVX200.Read more
For different camera manufacturers, there are different “gurus” who have emerged over the years, or often decades. Those are users who dived deep into the technology of cameras early on, and have loyally stuck with one manufacturers over all those years, and thereby becoming the go-to-guys for that brand. For example, you might know Alister Chapman (and his amazing blog XDCAM-User), who’s name is directly linked to Sony camera technology – he’s the one who always knows first and best about everything Sony. Alister’s equivalent on the Panasonic side of things is Barry Green, the man who gained prominence through Jarred Land’s DVXUSER.com, an amazing forum site that emerged when the original Panasonic DVX100 was released in the early 2000’s. The DVX100A was my personal first “professional” camera, spending a good chunk of my student savings at the time on that MiniDV camcorder (which was one of the first ones to be able to record progressive frames – in SD, of course). Barry became the go-to-guy for anyone who was using this camera, which became a smash hit – all the DVX100 users were on there, sharing tips and tricks. As the world moved into DSLR filmmaking and later other higher-end professional affordable video cameras, forums like DVXUSER have managed to stay relevant to a degree as one of the most civilized and useful forums in our industry. To make a long story short – when Panasonic release the “rebirth” of the legendary DVX100 in form of the DVX200 (a 4K solid-state camcorder with a fixed lens) earlier this year (here’s our news post), it was clear that it’s only a matter of time before Barry releases his thoughts and tips for the usage of this newly developed and quite feature-packed camera to the world. And now, excitingly, Panasonic released a 279-page Panasonic DVX200 book by Barry Green, available as a free download from the Panasonic website (click here). Whether you’re in the market for this camera or own it already, it’s certainly the best and most comprehensive resource for this still very new camera. From Panasonic’s Press Release: NEWARK, NJ (December 10, 2015) – Panasonic has announced the immediate availability of Barry Green’s A Guide to the Panasonic AG-DVX200 Camera, a comprehensive reference e-book for customers and users of the new AG-DVX200PJ 4K large-sensor, 4/3” handheld camcorder. The book can be downloaded free at http://info.panasonic.com/dvx200-ebook.html. A Guide to the Panasonic AG-DVX200 Camera is an interactive digital book examining all the DVX200PJ’s features, settings and modes, as well as tutorials on some of the most common situations users will face. The book demystifies the functionality of all the DVX200PJ’s features, and explains when and why to use specific settings for best results. An extensive section of tutorials and essays covers a range of subjects from the simple to the advanced, including explanations on the benefits of 4K, working with the camcorder’s variable frame rates, using its VLOG-L mode, and how to use the waveform monitor and vectorscope. The full-color, 260+-page book has an abundance of photos, screen-shots and video examples of menu functions. Barry Green is an Emmy®-award-winning producer with four Emmy nominations for writing and producing television commercials and public service announcements. His technical background includes 13 years as a professional computer programmer and producer for Westwood Studios, creating some of the most popular video games in history. Green writes and produces award-winning corporate and industrial films, commercials, screenplays and films for Fiercely Independent Films Inc. and tours extensively as a public speaker and instructor. He also serves as partner and moderator for www.DVXUser.com, one of the world’s largest online communities for filmmakers, shooters, and content producers of all types.Read more
The Panasonic DVX200 is a micro four thirds 4K video camera that left many shooters both impressed & curious at NAB this year. As a successor to the famous DVX100 it promises all the joys of professional documentary style shooting combined with a cinematic look. German DP Sebastian Wiegärtner just published first footage he shot on a beta release Panasonic DVX200 camera. The shots look beautiful, the footage quality however looks both promising and disappointing. Wiegärtner writes: “Sadly the compression of Vimeo (…) is so high, you just really can’t judge the image. All I can say: This is the perfect camera for Documentaries and fast TV work stuff (…) Due to the M4/3 sensor it’s way easier to focus than with a Super 35 or Full Frame sensor. Almost everything shot full wide open. Native ISO of this camera is 500. While Vimeo compression always takes the best out of any camera footage, the softness of the lens and high noise and artefacts of the original codec is quite apparent even on the original 4K video file we downloaded from Vimeo. On the left there’s a 100% crop (pixel by pixel) of the 4K footage. There’s an obvious lack of detail and there’s also digital sharpening applied to the footage. The quality issues are also apparent in HD and it can be argued that this kind of makes the 4K scale a little unnecessary. On the positive side the shallow depth of field is visible and certainly gives any video footage a nice touch. As an HD camera for TV and documentary the Panasonic DVX200 might be just the right tool and a very ergonomic machine. At least that’s what another reviewer talks about: Richard Payne published a review of the Panasonic DVX200 only yesterday and had some extremely positive things to say, mainly about the ergonomics, handling and many options the device gives you. His background as a technical pre-sales manager for a Panasonic distributor make his first look review seem less objective, but there’s certainly a great deal of useful information in there: I’d recommend to take both reviews with a grain of salt. Wiegärtner was invited by Panasonic and Payne is affiliated with a Panasonic distributor. Until we have the camera in our hands (or you in yours) it’s hard to make a final judgement and weigh all the positive and negative aspects of the device. The Panasonic DVX200 certainly looks promising especially for TV and documentary production, but it’s uncertain if it can hold up to 4K and cinema camera standards. Stay tuned for more. The Panasonic DVX200 is not yet available for pre-order (July 2015).Read more
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