Famous Dutch gear company Vocas also presented a few new products at NAB this year. Bas Ladru’s mother language might not be English, but rig making surely is, as past experience shows: Their handheld DSLR rig, won our editors choice award last year when we tested several handheld rigs. Bas showed me a very simple lens support unit that could come in very handy if you’re working with longer lenses. It comes with the great Vocas snap-on handle that sits on one side only. The new rail support works for the Sony F3 and Panasonic AF100 cameras and allows for a quick switch between 15mm and 19mm rods. The Vocas gear is extremely solid, durable and lightweight, but comes at a price. While the announced products are not yet available, the full DSLR handheld rig costs about $2100. Bas also mentioned that their modules are designed with versatility in mind and 80% of the dslr gear can be used with other cameras as well. We have talked about the Vocas gear here and here and here. Their DSLR rigs are available in the US: here Or through other retailers listed on their website for the rest of the world.Read more
Daniel shows us 2 very affordable ikan follow focuses. The F3 is really a friction kind of device for the cameraman who wants the pulling all for himself. You can attach this to any lens and it will allow you to pull the focus with your “free” hand. The FGK is a conventional geared follow focus unit at a very competitive price. Both units are part of the ikan “Elements” system. As far as I can tell that’s a dslr camera support system with a lego kind of approach: You can create different setups out of many modular pieces. If you’re interested in this system you should check wether or not it can be easily collapsed and put together and let us know. Because in my experience rigs with many knobs and points of articulation can be difficult to work with albeit being versatile.Read more
Above you can see the first ever footage of yet unreleased Sony F3 . That’s a new $13k 35mm sensor camera. Why is a camera that expensive relevant to indie filmmakers? Because it shares the exact same image sensor as the much more affordable ($5k) Sony NEXFS-100 I’ve recently reported about. In combination with an Atomos or Hyperdeck kind of hdmi recording device we can get much higher quality (bitrate) footage at this price point than we’ve been used to so far. The video above was made and posted by Next Level Pictures. Check out their blog and website here. I find the footage breathtaking in quality even at a price of $13k. The F3 will be one major camera and the FS-100 will open new doors at $5k. In the course of Next Level Pictures’ post Vincent Laforet has also posted about the F3 and several other new high end cameras yesterday. During NAB he attended a screening Zacuto had organized. They called this event “The Great Camera Shootout 2011”. You could see testclips of the following cameras in a small tent and evaluate their power for yourselves, among them were our dear dslr friends: – Arri Alexa – Sony F-35 – Sony F3 – Canon 5D Mark II – Canon 7D – Canon 1D Mark IV – Nikon D7000 – Weisscam HS-2 – Phantom Flex – Panasonic AG-AF100 – RED ONE M-X – 35mm Kodak 5213 and 5219 film Each camera faced in-depth analysis in regard to it’s sharpness, low light sensitivity, exposure latitude, highlight detail, shadow detail, color quality, flesh tone reproduction, compression losses and shutter artifacts. Vincent Laforet reports that they did a second screening for himself and some selected people he had invited. Check out his personal winners, evaluations and thoughts on these cameras. Very interesting and revealing read. He calls the Canon HDSLRs “STILL A PLAYER GIVEN ONE FACTOR: PRICE AND AVAILABILITY”Read more
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