by Tim Fok | 15th August 2016
Upgraded from your mirrorless camera to a RED Raven, but still frustrated with up front ND filtration? KipperTie may have the answer with their 6 piece drop in rear ND filters. KipperTie first entered the filtration scene with their Infrared and Soft Diffusion OPLFs (optical low pass filter) for the RED Epic. They’ve continued their venture into ND filtration, this time specifically for the RED Raven. Unlike conventional Neutral Density filtration, the KipperTie Raven Internal NDs are drop in filters that sit between the cameras sensor and back of the lens. A simple grip tool is supplied that holds the filter tight until you release upon insertion of the camera. A neoprene edge ensures a snug fit around the sensor housing without damaging any part of the camera. Of course, adding any amount of glass between the sensor and lens is going to affect your focal distance. KipperTie therefore supply a set of self adhesive shims that sit around the contact point of the lens to ensure focus markings remain accurate. Rear filtration can be great for alleviating the need to add ND on the front by means of a mattebox or screw on filter. This is great if you are running about and changing lenses often, or need to save weight and could do without a cumbersome mattebox, making it perfect for drone use. If you do want to change the amount of ND, this kit comes in a set of 6: ND 0.6, 0.9, 1.2, 1.5, 1.8 2.1 are all included, meaning you have a range of 2 to 7 stops neutral density. I can see this workflow working well in addition to up front filtration. Proper filters are expensive: a set of 5.65″ Firecrest 1-3 stop filters are over $1200 for example. On a bright sunny day, you’d need a 4-6 stop kit too, therefore doubling your investment. Throw a KipperTie drop filter in the back instead, and you’ll be able to moderate fine exposure with your 1-3 stop front filters once again. The 6 set of KipperTie drop in ND filters comes with 6 shims, insertion tool and custom foam hard case, retailing for £460+VAT.Read more
by Tim Fok | 15th September 2015
Genus unveiled a very interesting product at IBC. The prototype is an electronic lens adaptor that will remotely control your lens and most importantly, offers an electronic variable neutral density filter. ND (or lack of) has been an ongoing saga in the compact camera body world. The DSLR filmmaker was highly trained in the fast operation of switching his/hers variable ND filter as they changed lens. This is a skill that has been carried through to the use of mirrorless cameras; camera manufacturers simply have not, and are not installing any kind of ND system in their compact stills/video cameras. Third party companies have tried everything to solve this issue; we’ve seen fader NDs, lens adaptors with in-built filter wheels, magnetic lens threads that enable fast mount and remove of filters; there hasn’t been a definitive solution. With the sensitivity of mirrorless camera nowadays, this issue is more apparent than ever. Genus have a working prototype that looks very interesting indeed, a remote control adaptor with inbuilt electronic variable ND. Our friends at newsshooter.com took a closer look at the new product: To be clear, this is a prototype. The black box that the adaptor currently sits on will not make the final cut; this is merely proof of concept. The ND works using a liquid crystal display that when voltage is applied you can accurately dial in the level of ND. We’ve seen the same kind of technology being implemented in the new Sony FS5 camera that works with a variable electronic ND system as well. Genus make a point of this not simply being billed as an electronic ND; it is a remote control lens adaptor. This means you can adjust the aperture and focus of the lens remotely, which is very useful where you can’t reach your camera (drone, crane) and/or you camera doesn’t offer any native wireless support for such features. Little is given away by Genus in the above interview at this point. It sounds as if they’ve had some issues with color shift (as with many variable ND systems) and won’t disclose anything on sharpness (or reduction of). The ND will be effective around 2 to 12 stops, the prototype is adapting Canon EF to Sony E mount, a very popular conversion in this sector however the interview leads reason to believe that other adaptors will follow. Genus are hoping to launch the product by BVE 2016 (February) if not by NAB 2016 (April). via/NewsShooterRead more
by Nino Leitner | 17th April 2015
At NAB 2015, Sony didn’t have any big camera news – the FS7 had their US premiere but it has already been in the market for a while since it was introduced about 6 months ago. However, we discovered something really interesting, an easy oversight, when Sony’s Bill Drummond was giving us a walk-through at their booth: the Sony X180, a semi-shoulder camcorder similar to the dated EX3, features an extremely intriguing feature that we have never seen in another camera before: It’s a unique kind of combination of an electronically controlled fader ND that automatically adjusts to the exposure set by the aperture that can be adjusted manually. The effect is an image that seemingly keeps the same exposure but the depth of field changes as the aperture is adjusted. This kind of combination is something we haven’t seen before in a camera and it allows creators to make shots that we truly haven’t seen before. For now, this is only in the X180 camera but we can clearly see this being implemented into future Sony cameras down the line. How and if this can be integrated into interchangeable lens cameras remains to be seen though.Read more
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