At Photokina 2016, Leica presented an intriguing cinema camera concept – The Leica Leicina VC. With a vague definition by intent, the purpose of this design is merely to open up a look into the future of Leica cinema cameras. Leica Leicina VC The Leica Leicina VC concept borrows its design and name from their old 8mm Leicina camera dating back to the age of compact analogue filmmaking. Even though the device is called a “Viewfinder Concept”, during my talk with Tommaso from CW Sonderoptic (see video above) I realized that this is more than a viewfinder, or even a director’s viewfinder for that matter. The purpose of this design concept is first and foremost to hear what people imagine as the future of Leica cinema cameras and cinematic tools; a study that should spark ideas and the imagination. The Future of Leica Cinema Cameras? The Leica Leicina VC could potentially kick off an interesting debate, but I still wish Leica had been more specific in terms of what they had in mind with this tool. We can clearly see a trend that professional cinematic tools are getting smaller and smaller. The Arri ALEXA Mini comes to mind, but the popularity and relevancy of devices like GoPro’s and DJI Oslo’s, or even 4K mirrorless cameras are a testament to the same movement. It is no question that Leica has jumped on the train to create tools for filmmakers. Just yesterday we talked about the future of medium format video cameras. Check out my article if you haven’t read that already. So far Leica offers video features in both the Leica SL and Leica S, and with a presentation like the Leicina VC it is probably safe to say that we will see more Leica cinema cameras in the not too distant future, and I for one hope to see some advancement in this area at the next Photokina 2 years from now. Exciting times for cinema camera enthusiasts! What do you think about Leica’s Leicina VC concept? Where will they take this and how would you imagine the future of Leica cinema cameras?Read more
Canon is displaying their prototype of 8K camera at Photokina 2016. This crazy setup shows a complete working 8K solution from start to finish. The Canon 8K Cinema EOS camera presented here is part of Canon’s complete demonstration of their vision of an 8K future. The camera is hooked up to a prototype 10″ 4K on-camera display and an 8K monitor as well as an 8K printing solution for stills. The camera body of this 8K prototype is actually a slightly modified C300 mark II body with an 8K super35mm sensor developed by Canon. It is connected to a prototype debayering box that distributes 4K signals to 4 Convergent Design Odyssey recorders for high quality recording. Canon 8K Camera Prototype at Photokina 2016 Compared to the RED Helium solution, Canon’s current setup is huge and will most definitely not look like that as a final product. As cameras get smaller and smaller, we might see all that technology packed into a camera body similar in size to the Canon C300 or recent Canon C700 we talked about during IBC. At this moment, the Canon 8K camera prototype has no internal recording. The current recording format is 8K RAW 60fps. This results in over 10TB of data for every hour of footage. Surely this is not the end of development, but rather the beginning of what lies ahead in the 8K area for Canon cameras. Like many other companies, they have recently been focusing on providing solutions instead of products, and we’re curious to see where exactly will Canon be taking this technology 4 years down the road. Do we need 8K? Certainly not (yet). But as technology progresses further and we see storage and speeds of systems increase by the month, we might see a working 8K workflow in the not too distant future that can certainly open up greater possibilities in post production, flexibility in live boradcast and more, even though as an end format we might not need that 8K too soon. Companies are certainly pushing in that direction. The question is: will they convince us to go along?Read more
Blackmagic Design created a lot of buzz with the introduction of their camera line in 2012 when the Blackmagic Cinema Camera was announced. Due to the popularity of these cameras there was also criticism raising in some areas and users had questions regarding things like firmware updates, quality control and design decisions. In our frequent visits to the tradeshows we often presented these questions to the technicians and spokespeople of Blackmagic and had very interesting conversations off camera that helped us understand some of their decisions. This time at IBC a few weeks ago we had our camera with us and sat down to have an honest chat with Tim Siddons from Blackmagic Design. We’re happy Tim took the time to answer all of our questions in detail and that we can share this with you, giving you some more insights than the usual product presentation talks. Please let us know what you think in the comments below. Do you have more questions for Blackmagic that we can ask next time we meet them? The sponsors for our Tradeshow coverage were:Read more
The Lytro Illum is the long anticipated camera that brings light-field technology to a professional level. Light field technology allows you to precisely choose your desired focus point in post production so there’s no need to focus on your lens. Sam Tellman also talked to us about the possibilities of Lytro video in the future. If you’re interested in the science behind lightfield technology check out this article we wrote a few years back when Lytro was first introduced. The amazing thing about the Lytro Illum is that this camera is no more a toy, but now gives you full creative possibilities that we have never before seen in photography. Sam Tellman elaborated how Lytro Video may soon revolutionise the way we shoot video. Not only would there be no more need for focusing, but also things like slight changes in perspective and single sensor 3D would become a reality. Just think about the possibilities like enabling the viewer to decide where to focus when he watches a movie instead of the clumsy way 3D currently works. This technology may very well revolutionise the way we watch movies making their brainwash power even more effective. Yay. The Lytro Illum is available for pre-order and it will arrive at the end of September and cost $1.599 (including the F/2.0 lens).Read more
Among other rumors (which I find too vague to mention here) on the 5D mk3 canonrumors recently wrote: February 2012 would be the earliest for an announcement that will address the 5D line. If we picture February 2012 as an announcement date for the mk3 then May/June would be realistic release dates as Canon usually announces several months prior to release. Considering that 3 years have passed the development and improvement of Canon video dslrs has gone very very slow. The 5D mark II still almost matches and in some aspects exceeds the video capabilities of all the other (later) Canon hdslr cameras. Usually we see a different stills camera come out with just the same video functionality in it and all the major problems we don’t like so much. Video still seems to be treated as a side effect to these dslrs. Well, somehow it’s legit, after all these are still cameras that come out of the stills factories of Canon, so maybe one could say: “Why should they care, they develop for photographers.”. We seem to finally have come to a point in time whereRead more
Hi dear cinema5D community, Aside from the changes that evolve from video cameras coming out with large sensors as I explain here, cinema5D itself is also on a turning point in a positive way: During NAB 2011 (last week) a lot has changed for us: Jared Abrams, who was employed on cinema5D to write the news for over a year has been released by me last monday (Thanks again from my part at this point for all he has done for cinema5D and the community). That was the day NAB 2011 started. I’ve had to shift a lot of my resources and power to temporarily take over the news writing myself and decided to cover the NAB as a one man crew (instead of 4 as planned). cinema5D has suffered from a lack of quality, moderation (big thanks to all mods at this point, if anybodys’ it’s my fault work has been too much for only a few) and I haven’t been able to listen to the members as much as I would have wanted to, and it’s all my fault. The reason is that it was simply too much to handle for one person, on not enough budget, and as a “side job” next to my professional work as a filmmaker and double-degree at the Vienna filmacademy (I’m studying with Haneke and Berger so I have to take this seriously as well. They are important filmmakers where I come from). I WANT to make this place really great for all of us. I’ve managed to be able to dedicate more time to this site now and during NAB I have met a lot of people who I couldn’t find anywhere else before to collaborate with. I’ve realized that getting connected and to go out and meet people is extremely important in this blogging, forum, twitter (I still don’t know how that thing works guys, maybe someone can explain) “business”, and I wasn’t aware the people I was looking for (in Austria) were there at the trade shows. The next steps for cinema5D are: – finding news people (if you feel you wanna blog for cinema5D please contact me here: firstname.lastname@example.org –> Only highly motivated people accepted.) – user feedback program (you will be able to rate each other with “+” and “-“, directly next to a post. This way we can see which people contribute better or worse to this forum. Easier to filter good info and find good people on here.) – All camera sections will be merged. (The way this will work is: You will have to decide which camera model you’re writing about upon creating a new topic. When reading you can “filter” which camera model’s topcis you would like to see. This should avoid all the confusion about the many camera models (with a growing number) coming out and allow for easier navigation and reading.) Cheers to all of you out there, rebels on a low budget, indie, inspired, motivated people Let’s keep on rocking the filmmakers world, Your admin, Sebastian WöberRead more
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