by Nic Divischek | 22nd April 2017
The new GoPro Fusion is a virtual reality camera capable of capturing 5.2K video. Content producers are being given the chance to enter a pilot programme to take the new product for a spin. Virtual Reality has already kicked off like a storm, with big companies such as The New York Times and DiscoveryVR at the forefront. The immersive photos and videos are a social media gold mine, and many have jumped to get their share of it. GoPro themselves introduced the Omni – a six camera array – a few years ago, while others have resorted to Back-Bone to modify their GoPros with 220-degree FOV lenses and additional 2, 3 or 4 camera arrays. According to GoPro founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman, GoPro Fusion has “the ability to capture every angle simultaneously… as though you had six GoPro cameras fused into one, whether filming for VR or traditional fixed-perspective content, Fusion represents the state-of-the-art in versatile spherical capture.” Have a look at the GoPro Fusion promotional video below: Content Producers can register for a pilot programme on their website. For everyone else, GoPro plans a limited commercial release of Fusion by the end of 2017, with details on pricing and other specifics provided at launch. We will be taking a closer look at GoPro’s new product at NAB this year, so be sure to tune in for more details. Do you want to get your hands on a GoPro fusion now? Will you be applying to the pilot programme? Let us know in the comments!Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 17th May 2016
Thomas Fletcher has done it again. The author of countless popular camera comparison charts has compiled an up-to-date lens comparison chart for both aspherical zoom lenses and anamorphic primes. Lots of lenses and a PDF This time around, it’s the optical side of things which caught Fletcher’s attention. He compiled two different charts—one of them solely covers spherical zoom lenses and the other anamorphic prime lenses. The lenses listed in these charts are sitting on the high-end cine side of things but nevertheless these guides can be extremely helpful in order to get a rough overview of the current market. Thanks, Thomas! 2016 spherical zoom lens comparison chart The requirement for being listed in this chart is quite simple: All lenses must be available in PL Mount and currently sold. So you won’t find cheaper (no, that doesn’t necessarily mean bad) lenses in here such as Canon EF zoom lenses. I think you have to decide for one segment of the given market, otherwise, this chart would be a combination of far too massive and a little too confusing to be of any use. Maybe that’s why there’s no spherical prime lens comparison chart. That would be a long list, for sure. 2016 anamorphic prime lens comparison chart To many of us, shooting anamorphic remains the holy grail in image aquisition. It’s an optical process which is nearly impossible to achieve digitally in post, so gather your money and choose wisely! Conclusion It’s not easy to keep track of each and every lens on the market, so comparison charts like these can be a huge relief. Sure, they shouldn’t be considered as complete or as the final word on the subject. However, they can serve as a decent starting point and that alone can be very helpful at times. As I said, a comparison chart for spherical prime lenses would be super helpful, too, but I think you would have to break it down into several segments in terms of price range, sensor size, coverage and so on. In the end, I think the sheer size and complexity of the end result would likely hinder its usefulness somewhat. If you want to dig even deeper, here you can find the 2012 comparison chart Sources: twitter.com Download the PDF’s (Google Drive): spherical zoom lenses, anamorphic prime lensesRead more
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