by Nino Leitner | 4th June 2016
A few days ago we brought you news of the recently unveiled Millenium DXL 8K. This beast of a camera is a collaboration between Panavision, RED and Light Iron, resulting in a incredible match between camera, optics, sensor and colour science technology. We caught up with Michael Cioni, CEO of Light Iron, who told us more about the Millenium DXL at Cine Gear 2016. Michael was eager to thank the filmmaking community after the announcement received such a warm response. And how could there not be one? The Millenium DXL marries the best aspects of each of the companies that made this product possible, making this really a dream-team camera. On the one hand, Panavision’s camera technology allows for a completely modular design. Not just in the physical sense, Michael explains, but also electronically, as the individual camera modules such as power, audio or communications, can be swapped and even replaced in the future without the need to develop a new camera body. The 8K RED Weapon sensor is a perfect fit for a camera like this, working in tandem with a legacy of over 60 years of Panavision lenses. Finally, behind it all, the Light Iron Color matrix works to replicate a highly stylised cinema look. Needless to say, we are all eagerly expecting the first sample footage from the Millenium DXL. The camera itself though? Not available until the end of the year.Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 2nd June 2016
The Panavision DXL large format 8K cinema camera is the latest gadget by a company that is well-known for their spectacular products. This one is certainly no exception, competing with the recently announced Arri Alexa 65 in the top-end large sensor digital camera arena. Panavision DXL – the best of three worlds This camera is special in many ways. Not only is it a very high-end large format cinema camera, it’s also a collaboration between three top-class companies in the moving picture industry. Panavison, Light Iron and RED have sat together in secret meeting rooms and workshops in order to create a high-end working machine for some serious filmmaking. Panavision optics and camera expertise, RED Dragon sensor tech and Light Iron color science: what a marriage! Make sure to watch the introduction video they’ve created: Specifications Almost everything about this camera is impressive. The features range from a built-in motorized lens control for their Primo 70 lenses (yes, without external motors!) to 6 independent SDI video outputs. Everything you need is tightly integrated in a very balanced and ergonomic package, with a very modular body in terms of accessories. Moving from tripod to steadicam? Not a problem. You don’t even need tools. It seems that a lot of real life field-testing went into this machine. the Panavision DXL 8K cinema camera The Panavision DXL shoots 8K .r3d RAW which is fully supported by RED’s workflow, and is even capable of shooting 4K proxy files in ProRes or DNx flavours simultaneously. Let that sink in: this camera’s proxy mode alone outperforms several existing professional cameras! Sensor Type: 16-bit, 35.5 Megapixel CMOS Resolution: 8192 x 4320 Sensor Size: Large Format: 40.96mm x 21.60mm (Diagonal: 46.31mm) Dynamic Range: 15 stops Max Frame Rate: 60 fps at 8K Full Frame (8192 x 4320), 75 fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456) Recording Codec: 8K RAW with simultaneous 4K proxy (ProRes or DNx) Recording Media: SSD (up to 1 hour on a single magazine) File Type: *.r3d (supported in RED SDK) Color Profile: Light Iron Color (compatible with all popular gamuts and transfer curves) Weight: 10 lbs. Additional Features 6 (!) independent video outputs Supports 6 independent 1D LUTs or up to 4 independent 3D LUTs Directly motorize Primo 70 lenses through wireless control Built-in wireless timecode for genlock (Ambient Control Network) Dual menus (Operator side, Assistant side) Advanced airflow system for superior temperature management Custom cheeseplate with integrated electronics Modular and tool-less quick changeover accessories Although packed full of features, the Panavision DXL camera is a rather light piece of gear, weighing only 10lbs. That’s quite impressive! Cooling is another thing the engineers must have had to think about a lot, as all that processing power and the gigantic sensor are bound to generate a lot of heat. They have come up with a clever airflow system which ensures both sufficient cooling and silent operation. Pricing and availability Ok, with all the good stuff out the way, let’s get to the nitty gritty. Unfortunately, this mighty new camera package won’t be available for sale any time soon. It will be a rental-only system just like its competitor, the Arri 65. If you happen to be an A-List DP or someone with a widespread LinkedIn network, you could get your hands on this the first quarter of 2017 at a price that is still to be announced. operator’s side of the camera Although this camera will definitely be out of reach for most of us, it’s nice to see where technology stands at the moment. If we’re lucky, some of its glory will trickle down to other, more affordable cameras in the near future. In the meantime, we will have to sit tight and see… while being insanely jealous. Check out their microsite for all the details.Read more
by Tim Fok | 4th November 2015
Newsshooter has reported a series of image tests on the soon to be released Leica SL. Accredited Camera Technician and Hollywood first AC Tim Arasheban conducted the shoot at Panavision with a pre-production Leica SL. Check out the video here. Mmmm, lens charts look pretty on the web, don’t they? Said no one. Download the original file from Vimeo for a better viewing, but be mindful that this is still a compressed export of the test. It indeed looks good from initial impressions, perhaps the remarks of someone with Tim Arasheban’s experience is more of a takeaway, here they are in a nutshell: Arri Alexa reminiscent tonal range, subtle and clean skin tones out of the box. Comparing to the C500 (recently used on a project) an estimated stop less in the shadows, and 1 to 1.5 less in the highlights. Softer than the Sony A7s but smoother tonal range, 10 bit output ‘above and beyond’ Sonys 8 bit colour. Very low rolling shutter in S35 mode, similar to 5D in full frame. Noise level similar to Sony A7S at ISO 3200. The 4.4 million pixel EyeRes viewfinder was also high in appraisal, billed as one of the best he’d seen on a camera system. The larger sized HDMI port got kudos too. The setup for these tests were the Leica SL body, shooting to L-Log (pre-production) 4K in S35 mode. ISO 800, shutter 1/50th at 24p. Recording was via the output to a Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q in 4:2:2 10bit. Latter being the key, the camera records 8 bit in-camera, 10bit unlocked via the output. Carrying such a heavy price tag you’d expect (even demand) that the Leica SL have a very impressive build quality. And this is so; it’s look like this thing will take some abuse. At this point it’s hard to see exactly where this will sit in the market. A price tag of over $7000 for the spec sheet is perhaps one only Leica could get away with. Reports like this are great in suggesting this is more than a nicely spec’d premium camera; that it may add value to productions that other systems can’t. Here’s the spec list for the Leica SL (Typ 601) Lens Mount: Leica L Sensor: 24MP Full-Frame Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 24 x 36 mm Movies: MOV, MP4 Memory Card Type: Dual SDXC/SDHC/SD Resolutions & Framerates: 4096×2160: 24 fps, 3840×2160: 30 fps, 25 fps, 1920×1080 & 1280X720: 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, 50 fps, 60 fps, 100, 120 fps Video Clip Length: Up to 29 Minutes Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo + Mono Focus Mode: Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S), Touch AF & Shutter Viewfinder Type: Electronic 4.4M pixel 0.66″ Screen Type: 2.95″ Touchscreen LED (1,040,000) ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 50-50000 Shutter Speed: 1/8000 – 60 second Interval Recording Yes Connectivity” 1/8″ Headphone, 1/8″ Microphone, HDMI A (Full Size), USB 3.0, X-Sync Socket Wi-Fi Capable Yes Battery: 1x BP-SCL4 Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 8.4 VDC, 1860 mAh Dimensions: (WxHxD) 5.8 x 4.1 x 1.5″ / 147.0 x 104.0 x 39.0 mm Weight: 1.86 lb / 847 g with battery Via NewsshooterRead more
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