Canon 200-400m F/2.8 with Built in 1.4x Extender – 280mm-560mm Telephoto

   

Canon 200-400mm F 4L

The new Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender from Canon is a high-performance super-telephoto zoom lens, Ultrasonic Motor focusing, and three Image Stabilizer modes with a built-in 1.4x extender that converts the focal range and maximum aperture to 280-560mm f/5.6. The extender is located at the base of the lens and applied with a simple lever switch.

The optical construction has been optimized and incorporates one fluorite lens and four Ultra-Low-Dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range. Full-time manual focus override, AF stop buttons, a focus preset and a focus limiter function are available as well as a Power Focus mode to provide smooth, electronically controlled focusing that is well suited to video applications. The lens comes with a dedicated lens hood, accessory monopod mount, a drop-in gelatin filter holder and a fitted hard case for protecting and carrying the lens and its accessories. Available now for pre-order via B&H (click here).

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Canon 200-400mm F/4L IS with Internal 1.4x Extender switch (280mm-560mm F/5.6)

Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider

   

Many projects will require you to shoot solo, and operating a B-cam can be challenging if you want to add dynamic camera movements. This is the reason Redrock Micro has announced a One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider that automatically moves a camera back and forth while maintaining your subject in frame through a (parabolic) track.

Unlike other motorized slider systems, this does not require additional crew to maintain movement, focus, and most importantly offers silent motors. Pre-orders are available now via B&H (click here).

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Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider

Wooden Camera UVF EVF Universal Mount

   

EVFs (electronic view finders) are becoming more affordable and a standard feature with every professional video camera. EVFs allow the camera operator to adjust the eyepiece to a more ergonomic position regardless of where the camera is mounted. An EVF can be especially useful in bright outdoor shooting conditions. Popular affordable models are the Zacuto EVF, SmallHD DP4, Alphatron, and Cineroid EVFs.

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If you’re looking for one of the best EVF mounting solutions, check out the Wooden Camera UVF EVF Universal Mount. The universal mount can be used with practically any EVF available on the market and offers solid construction, and at the same time flexibility to position your EVF in any orientation.

The Wooden Camera UVF mount can be found at B&H (click here)

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Wooden Camera UVF EVF Universal Mount

GiniRig Pro 1500 Hand Held Shoulder Rig Review

   

Here’s a quick look at the Gini Rigs Bridge Shoulder Rig (for Red, Arri, Blackmagic). Gini Rigs offers high quality affordable systems for both small consumer video cameras to high end professional camera systems. More Gini products can be found at their eBay Store (click here).

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Gini Rigs Video Camera Stabilizer Systems

Convergent Design Odyssey 7/7Q NAB2013 Product Information

   

Here is some additional information about the new Odyssey OLED Monitor + Recorders from the NAB 2013 Show. The monitors are already available for pre-orders following the links below.


Convergent Design Odyssey7Q RAW Monitor & Recorder


Convergent Design Odyssey7 RAW Monitor & Recorder

Varavon Motorroid Universal Motorized Slider Upgrade Kit

   

The Varavon Motorroid kit is a universal upgrade kit designed to Motorize any video camera slider on the market. The system comes with two main parts that need to be attached to each end of a slider using a 3/8″ or 1/4″ threaded mounting port. The Motorroid features limiting switches on each end that can adjust the start and stop points preventing the slider from overrunning. The kit operates on 12V DC (battery not included) or can be powered from a wall outlet. The Motorroid will work on existing Varavon video camera sliders or can easily be retrofitted to work with other Video Camera Sliders. You can find the Motorroid Motorized Upgrade Slider kit on eBay (found here).

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Varavon Motorroid – Universal Motorized Slider Upgrade Kit

Discount on Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod

   

Currently there is a promotional discount for the Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage AL tripod. These tripods typically priced over $535.00 is currently being listed for just $479 on B&H (found here).

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Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head with 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader

Delkin Fat Gecko Suction Mount

   

The Fat Gecko suction cup mount allows users to secure cameras to motorcycles, cars, trucks, airplanes, or any other smooth, flat, non porous surface. The blend of rugged design and ease of use makes Delkin’s Fat Gecko camera mount optimal for use in a multitude of situations. Fat Gecko’s suction cups are so strong they can hold an *eight pound camera and the double knuckle design and 2-inch extension tube allow for 360-degree tilt, 360-degree turn, and 360-degree rotation for all the best filming angles in any activity. The 1/4 x 20-inch tripod mounting screw means users can use virtually any digital still or video camera on the market. In addition, the suction cups use a quick release function to make attaching and detaching you camera easy and fast. Find the Fat Gecko Suction Cup Mount (here on Amazon)

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Delkin Fat Gecko Suction Mount

BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera + 4K Production Camera

   

BlackMagic Design is once again the life of NAB 2013 announcing a new 4K Production camera and a Pocket Cinema Camera. The Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K is precision engineered for quality in an incredibly small size. You get a beautifully crafted design featuring a machined aluminum chassis, EF lens mount for interchangeable optics, high resolution 4K Super 35 size sensor, global shutter, visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes 422 (HQ) file format. With built in uncompressed audio recording you can record professional audio straight to the ProRes files and totally eliminate separate audio syncing during post production. Expected release date in July (pre-order now here)

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Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K

The small pocket cinema camera uses a native Micro Four Thirds Active mount taking full advantage of the Panasonic and Olympus electronic with aperture and image stabilization intact. Obviously most any lens can be modified to fit with the proper adapter. The Pocket Cinema Camera shoots in full 1080HD at various frame rates, and captures to ProRes or CinemaDNG (RAW) formats to an SDXC/SDHC media card. The new BlackMagic Desing Pocket Cinema Camera is available for pre-order and should ship in July 2013 (pre-order now here)

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BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera – In Stock

   

The BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera EF mount has been difficult to track down through retailers, but today Adorama has them in stock. Here’s your chance over at http://www.adorama.com/blackmagic-design-cinema-camera.

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BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera – In Stock

LockCircle Announces PrimeCircle Wireless Aperture EF Lenses

   

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The Prime Circle XE System is a complete range of innovative prime lenses with electronic aperture and wireless
control up to 300 ft, available in 10 different focals from 15mm to 135mm with a makro 50 and makro 100mm.

The Prime Circle XE lenses are world class optics (Carl Zeiss) in a high-end shape and cine-style ergonomics
with dedicated XE and XE-Z wireless controllers and a FZ intelligent mount (a micro 4/3 follows shortly).

Large focus scales (cine-style focus classic direction) on both sides of lens barrel for precise focus-pullers work,
and 95mm front mount across all the lenses sizes.

The optics offer magic cinematic feeling engineered by the most prestigious optical manufacturer in the world.

Based on the popular EF Mount the Prime Circle XE can be mounted on every EF Mount camera, or several
different cameras with FZ Mount or micro 4/3 with the XE System intelligent mounts.
Lenses aperture can be controlled wirelessly directly from the d.o.p. chair in front of the control monitor.

Modern EF Mount cameras can control directly the Prime Circle XE lenses aperture, or with the wireless
XE Controller it’s possible to control image exposure far away from the camera.

The XE System intelligent mount (adapter) offers the option to reach the same freedom with Sony FZ, Panasonic,
Blackmagic or other cameras.

The XE Controller is dedicated to Canon EOS cameras and the XE-Z Controller is dedicated to the XE System
intelligent mounts, offering a wide production choice across several cameras mounts.

The XE Controller has an integrated rechargeable battery for up to 18 hours of continuos shooting,
and offers LiveView On/Off, Focus function recalling wide open aperture for precise focus check,
also start/stop Rec is available.

The O-Led display can be checked in total sunlight or in total darkness!

The XE/XE-Z Controllers are really compact (pocket size)and heavy-duty for rough abuse
on movie productions.

The XE System Controllers features the exlcusive K-Link protocol for future applications
of “intelligent” accessories under development right now!

Prime Circle XE System: the wireless aperture kingdom!

For more information visit: www.lockcircle.com

Canon EOS C100 – Setup and Overview

   

Magnanimous Media has provided this detailed setup and overview of the Canon EOS C100. This is a great introductory camera much like the more advanced C300 or C500 that provides great low light image quality. The C100 only offers the AVCHD compressed image, but can easily be expanded by recording the output signal to an external recorder with higher quality codec such as the Atomos Ninja or new Odyssey 7.

The Canon EOS C100 is available for $6400 dollars and can be found via B&H (click Here)

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Canon EOS C100 Cinema Camcorder

Tascam DR-60D DSLR Audio PreAmp + Field Mixer

   

The new Tascam DR-60D specifically addresses the Audio shortcomings shooting with a DSLR Video camera. TASCAM’s DR-60D is the new audio recording solution for on-set filmmakers and videographers using DSLR’s. For years, filmmakers have been trying different methods for recording audio, using bulky recorders designed for music and trying to transform the inferior audio technology built-into DSLR’s. Now TASCAM has designed an answer that pros and amateurs alike have been waiting for.

The Tascam DR-60D is a brand new 4-track solid-state recorder utilizing TASCAM’s decades of experience. The recorder utilizes high-grade HDDA pre-amps, legendary AD converters, and a durable but lightweight structure and shape. This device will fit snuggly under any camera or into any rig, and record up to 96kHz/24-bit high quality audio straight to SD/SDHC media. Filmmakers have at their disposal two 1/4″-XLR Locking Combo MIC/LINE Inputs, 3.5mm Stereo MIC Input, Camera In, Camera Out, Line Out and Headphone Out. Both 1/4″-XLR Combo Inputs supply +48V Phantom Power and the 3.5mm Input supplies Plug-In Power for microphones requiring a bias voltage.

The DR-60D is incredibly easy to use, employing TASCAM’s very popular user interface and external controls for every major operation. The body structure, soft-touch keys and dials are designed specifically to help eliminate handling noise. The multiple record modes include, 4-Channel Record, Auto Record and TASCAM’s Dual Record “Safety Track” Mode make the DR-60D one of the most versatile recorders on the market. The new DR-60D is available for pre-order via B&H (click here)

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High Quality Audio Recorder + Mixer Integrated Linear PCM Recorder

Convergent Design Odyssey 7 / 7Q OLED Monitor + 4K Recorder

   

The Odyssey family is a professional 7.7” OLED monitor with high-end monitor features, including Waveform, Zebras, Histogram, Vectorscope, Focus Assist, False Color, Timecode Display and Audio Level Meters, and 1:1 Pixel mode. Odyssey7 includes HDMI I/O, and SD/HD/3G-SDI I/O; in both single and dual link configurations. As you have come to expect from Convergent Design, Odyssey is low power, lightweight and comes in a rugged magnesium case.

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The Odyssey7Q adds two bi-directional SDI’s (2-In, 2-I/O, 2-Out), enabling a 4K@60fps-ready option. Additional computational power supports recording/playback of up to four-compressed HD/2K simultaneously, support for one video stream up to 120fps and concurrent proxy and raw recording. Odyssey7Q includes a built-in Quad Splitter and Four-Channel Live Switcher.

Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q can be upgraded to a full professional recorder with the following options: Compressed (Avid DNxHD up to 120fps), Uncompressed HD/2K RGB 444 (up to 60p), 2K/HD Raw, ARRIRAW (full 16:9 and 4:3 support), and Canon 4K RAW. More about the new Odyssey 7 / 7Q displays can be found at http://www.convergent-design.com/Products/Odyssey7.aspx

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Sony FS700 with Laing M-02 Steadicam Vest

   

Promotional video for J. Cameron Bridal of San Francisco.
Model: Karina Cornelio
Wardrobe: Janice Siapno
Make-up: Claudia Ponce

This is a recent project shot with the Sony FS700 taking advantage of it’s super slow motion capabilities. For the Steadicam shots the FS700 is mounted to the Laing M-02 Steadicam and Vest System. This is the same Steadicam System I have used with the RED Scarlet. You can find the Laing Stabilizer Vest Kit via eBay (Click Here).

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Laing Camera Support M-02 Stabilizer Vest Kit – via eBay

Comparing Light Craft Workshop Fader ND Mark II vs DigiPro HD

   

Adding additional pieces of glass to your lenses can cause softness, but is most noticeable when using long zooms. A good quality variable ND filter will retain as much sharpness as possible and prevent excessive color shift while changing densities. In this test we compare how the original image appears with a standard 70-200mm F/2.8, with the Light Craft Workshop Fader ND Mark II, and finally with the Light Craft Workshop DigiPro HD.

The DigiPro HD retains more sharpness than the Fader ND Mark II from my examples and does not suffer the same color shift properties. These are just two popular variable ND filters on the market, and we will be testing more in the near future. More information about the LCW Variable ND Filters can be found via B&H (click here)

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Light Craft Workshop Variable ND Filters Fader Mark II & DigiPro HD ND

Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta Digital Cinema Camera – Rent It

   

The new Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta Digital Cinema Camera is one of the most exciting cameras released from Sony this year. Many professional cinematographers may be considering testing it’s abilities in the field. At a $16,500 price tag, it may not be something to dive right into a purchase, but here’s a chance to rent the Sony PMW-F5 as it becomes available today from BorrowLenses.com (find it here)

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Rental Rates Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta Cinema Camera