by Adam Plowden | 11th September 2016
“Taking things back to basics” says Bas Ladru from Vocas, who are announcing the new Vocas follow focus they’ve are presenting at IBC 2016. Designed with single DSLR and mirrorless shooters in mind, this new follow focus has switchable rotation, added smoothness dampening for accuracy and the focus marking has been removed to reduce the cost and make the unit smaller. The follow focus Vocas had on display is a prototype, with the finished product available later in the year. Features of the new follow focus: The focus knob is extended to allow for a better grip while shooting with a shoulder rig, again improving the stability. Added smoothness for use with photography lenses for more precise focus pulling. No play between the handle and the gears for added smoothness by removing all the internal gearing. Gear ratio of 1:1. Again with a focus on keeping costs down, the follow focus doesn’t have a quick release. Instead it simply slides to allow for lenses to be changed or removed. The new Vocas follow focus will be available from December this year with a price of around €650 ($730). Like the look of the new Vocas follow focus? Let us know what you think in the comments!Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 14th April 2015
Yesterday we reported about the new Blackmagic URSA Mini that appears to be a big step up in terms of ergonomics to the previous Blackmagic cameras. We were particularly interested in how Blackmagic thought about the evolution of their cameras and we’re happy to see how they’ve put an effort into the new camera design. In this interview we talked to Simon Westland who took us through some of the ergonomic features with a special focus on the new OLED viewfinder they produced. I got a quick look through the viewfinder and while I’m surely reserved in the interview, I can tell you that the image is very impressive with no disturbing elements of the eyepiece or distortion as seen on other finders. For $1500 the Blackmagic OLED viewfinder will surely kill many other products in this market. It’s a steal and it might also work with other cameras (not confirmed). We then went on and also looked at the Blackmagic Video Assist. This is a small 5 inch monitor that takes SDI and hdmi signals, loops them through and records in ProRes onto an SD card. Fascinating, because other solutions of this kind cost 2x the $. For $500 Blackmagic seems to have another hit in terms of the specs at least. We’ll test all these products in depth when they’re out. For now we’re waiting for the items to be delivered as scheduled in late July. The Blackmagic URSA viewfinder is available for pre-order for $1,495 HERE The Blackmagic Video Assist is available for pre-order for $495 HERERead more
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