by Adam Plowden | 28th September 2016
Using a Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera for anything but drone work? This might be the accessory for you. The smaller the camera gets, the bigger the trade offs. In the case of the Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera, it was the button and menu functionality. Scrolling through the menu system to access the settings took way too much time. For those using the BMMCC for anything but drone or remote filming, this could be a saving grace. Take Control of the Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera The One Little Remote is a rig mountable button system that makes the menu and settings much more accessible. The buttons can be customized to adjust the ISO, shutter speed, white balance and the start/stop of recording. Designed by Phil Lemon after being inspired by Cheesycam, the remote focuses on easy access and speed, while not compromising on the price or a fancy product design. From $55 you can get yourself the remote that includes a rod attachment and cable adapter. Is this an accessory you need for your camera setup? Let us know in the comments!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 Tim Fok | 8th January 2015
Here’s another gimbal device for you: the Moza is an affordable 3-axis stabilizer, with a built in wireless transmitter and thumb controller for the gimbal. It weighs in at 2.5kg (5.5 lbs) with a maximum payload of 4.5kg (9.9 lbs). In terms of weight versus maximum payload, the Moza sniffs around the DJI Ronin and MoVi M10. Weighing 2.5kg (5.5 lbs) it sits between the two, a good 2kgs lighter than the Ronin, but a kilo on the M10. Payload is lower than both at 4.5kg (9.9 lbs) but still offers support for a healthy C300 sized rig. The orientation of gimbal is controllable by a wireless remote with joystick, this is positioned strategically on the cross bar for thumb access. The remote also has the ability to enable start stop recording and adjust focus. In the above video it does this with a Canon DSLR via USB. Moza developers boast of the hidden wired design, not only for the battery and remote control but for video transmission too. On the camera side you can connect to the Moza via HDMI, which transmits via a 5.8 G 200mW B-band Wireless Video Transmitter that is said to be good for up to 50M. Battery life is good for 2-3 hours (depending on which spec sheet you read) and the whole kit ships with a hard case as standard. At just over $2,200 the Moza offers a fair package for the price, entering a useful weight bracket that outgrows DSLRs and is comfortable with camcorders.Read more
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