Hands-On First Impression of the Fujinon GF 30mm f/3.5

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Jul 022020
 

Fujifilm’s newest lens for the G mount is coming soon and it offers a mid-range prime between its two current options.

The go-to wider primes for Fuji’s G mount are the Fujifilm GF 23mm f/4 R LM WR and the Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR. This left a reasonably sized gap between the two which could be filled by the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR, but that would be giving up a prime for a zoom. If you’re like me and you gravitate towards primes wherever possible, that wouldn’t be an option.

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Atomos and Z CAM Release 5.8K and 4K ProRes RAW Recording for Z CAM E2 Series of Cameras

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Jul 022020
 

Atomos and Z CAM just released an update that enabling 12-bit 5.8K Apple ProRes RAW over HDMI recording on the Atomos Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder for the Z CAM E2-F6E2-F8, and E2-S6. For the Z CAM E2, E2-M4 and E2 C Micro 4/3 cameras, you can record in 4K ProRes RAW to the Ninja V. Also part of the update, Atomos released new camera control functions for all Z CAM models that allow crucial features to be set from the Ninja V via the monitor’s touchscreen. Let’s take a closer look at it.

Atomos Unleashes ProRes RAW Recording to All Z CAM E2 Cameras

Atomos is on fire recently! In less than a week, the company announced Apple ProRes RAW support for the SIGMA fp, the FUJIFILM GFX100, and all Z CAM E2 cameras today. However, during our cinema5D Virtual Show, we already had a conversation with Dan Chung from Atomos to talk about the upcoming ProRes RAW recording capabilities of the “regular” Z CAM E2 camera.

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Makayama Flat Color Camera App for iPhone now Available for Purchase

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Jun 152020
 

The app Makayama Flat Color Camera was released last month. This software is a new iPhone app to shoot flat color profiles to prevent over-exposure in highlights, create options for color correction, reduce blow-out in highlights, extend the dynamic range, and deliver better control over color tones and subtle details. The “Flat Color Camera” App is available for $5,49 in the App Store now. Let’s take a closer look at this new app.

Makayama Flat Color Camera - From Grading to Post-Production (Credits: Makayama, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Makayama Flat Color Camera – From Grading to Post-Production (Credits: Makayama, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

While all the post-processing of the frames from the sensor usually takes place inside the iPhone – when using the Camera App – and the user can only alter the result within stringent limits of the consumer-grade H.264/HEVC coded footage from the iPhone, Makayama presents users with an attractive new solution.

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Are Canon’s Rumored Super-Telephoto Lenses a Serious Threat to Olympus?

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Jun 142020
 
Are Canon's Rumored Super-Telephoto Lenses a Serious Threat to Olympus?

The rumored Canon lenses coming out have got a lot of us talking and pricked up a number of ears. One set of ears it ought to have pricked up, however, is Olympus’ — and here’s why.

Some of you may know that earlier this year, Olympus was kind enough to send me to Costa Rica with their new OM-D E-M1 Mark III to review it with the help of some of South America’s staggeringly diverse wildlife. From the first pre-trip presentation, it was clear the direction Olympus had been going for some time was the one there were intent on staying on: wildlife and sports. Their micro four thirds sensor puts a lot of people off — not least because of its age now — but it comes with at least one perk, and it’s a big one: effective focal length. With the 300mm f/4 IS PRO lens on the aforementioned body, I was shooting at the full frame equivalent of 600mm. Then, when I added the 2x teleconverter, I’m shooting at the equivalent of 1,200mm on a full frame body, something that is not easily or cheaply done!

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Ocean Video GlareGuard 5.0 for BMPCC 4K and 6K – Foldable Sunshade

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Jun 072020
 

GlareGuard 5.0 is a foldable plastic sunshade for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K from Ocean Video. It attaches to the camera via magnets and a metal frame (the same one used for Kinotehnik LCDVF BM5).

GlareGuard 5.0 – Sunshade for BMPCC 4K and 6K. Source: Ocean Video

The 5″ screen of Blackmagic Design’s Pocket 4K and Pocket 6K cameras is fairly large, but not quite bright enough to be usable in sunny environments. On a side note, a brighter screen would drain the battery quicker and shorten the already very short battery life of the camera, so maybe this is a good compromise.

There are, however, some third-party solutions to improve the screen’s usability in harsh light. Some companies, like Tilta and Smallrig, are making a sun hood that can be screwed on the camera’s cage. Others, like for example Kinotehnik (watch our video interview here), make magnetic viewfinder loupe to attach to the screen and help with precise manual focusing and usability in bright conditions. Ocean Video recently presented another solution called GlareGuard 5.0.

Ocean Video was founded in 1994 by Richard Goodman and Jeb Johenning. The company specialized in an on-set all digital video record-playback systems (video assist solutions). More recently, Ocean Video created a custom sunshade for RED camera monitors (both 4.7″ and 7″ versions) called the GlareGuard. Now, the GlareGuard sunshade got adapted for the BMPCC 4K and 6K cameras.

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Canon 1D X Mark III Review and Sample Footage

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Jun 072020
 

The Canon 1D X Mark III has been shipping for quite some time and with its capability to record up to 5.5k RAW video internally, it promises to be a leader in its class. Together with the upcoming EOS R5, Canon is showing muscle flexing and an explosion of technical generosity. To me, it looks like a true come back for the creator of the VDSLR segment and a former leader of that field.  

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Hollyland Cosmo M7 7″ High-Brightness Wireless Monitor Introduced

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May 252020
 

We had a conversation with Lawrence Leigh from Hollyland during our cinema5D Virtual Show to talk about their all-in-one wireless monitor: the Hollyland Cosmo M7. This 7-inch touchscreen features a built-in wireless receiver and is a straightforward director/client monitor or for a focus puller. Let’s take a closer look!

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Hollyland Cosmo M7 Features

Lately, we’ve seen more and more wireless all-in-one monitors in the market, like the SmallHD Bolt series or the Vaxis Storm Focus, for example. Hollyland is joining the competition with its new Hollyland Cosmo M7. These wireless monitoring solutions are exquisite because the wireless receiver is built-in the monitor, which means you just have to power it, and the monitor connects automatically to the wireless transmitter on the camera. Right now however, it is only officially compatible with Hollyland transmitters.

The Cosmo M7 features a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200. The screen has a maximum brightness of 1500 Nits and a viewing angle of 178°, which should be enough for outdoor use. As I previously mentioned, everything is built-in the Cosmo M7, so it is very compact at 19.2cm x 12cm x 2.5cm (without external antenna and batteries) and lightweight at only 1.65lbs/750g.

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The Canon EOS R5 Should Be Priced Less Than $4,000

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May 252020
 
The Canon EOS R5 Should Be Priced Less Than $4,000

Before anyone gets the wrong idea, I should clarify that the title of this article is a suggestion and not a claim. 

Recently, there has been some speculation about the price of the upcoming Canon EOS R5. Although no official numbers have been announced yet, there was a rumor that originated from an Australian retailer, suggesting the price will be $6,700. For many people, including myself, I’d say that’s a pretty reasonable price point, considering what this camera could offer. At that price point, the EOS R5 would be the cheapest full-frame 8K video camera on the market that also shoots raw. The few alternatives cost significantly more (when you consider the full setup required), and the R5 is likely to offer some brilliant options for photographers too.  

I’m sure some of you will disagree with how fair that price is, however, it’s difficult to argue, considering what the camera is set to offer. Despite this, I still think the price of this camera, when released, should not be any higher than $4,000 mark. 

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RED Komodo Update – Price, Pre-Release Custom-Color Version, PDAF

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May 212020
 

RED Komodo is getting close to its release. While we still don’t have final confirmed specs of the camera, we now know the price will be around $7.000 for Stormtrooper (white) edition and around $6.000 for the regular black version which comes after that. Before Stormtroopers, RED will ship limited custom-colored Komodos for $7.000 or slightly above that. According to Jarred Land, this will happen already on June 1st, 2020.

RED Komodo Stormtrooper version will cost around $7.000 Source: RED

When hunting for new information about RED Komodo, in addition to REDuser.net, Jarred’s social media accounts seem to be the right place. Recently, Jarred Land, president of RED Digital Cinema, posted some useful information regarding RED Komodo on his Instagram account.

It has been a while since we last posted an update on RED’s latest compact cinema camera. Since then, there have been a few interesting updates, so let’s get into it.

RED Komodo – Sale Starts with Limited Pre-Release Colored Version

In his post on Instagram, Jarred wrote that the production of RED Komodo is back on track after the interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the new safety protocols, it is, however, going much slower. Jarred further wrote that in two weeks, RED will start selling the first batch of cameras in “super limited low quantities”. The post was written on May 17, so I suppose this will start on June 1, 2020 (as May 31 is a Sunday).

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DJI Mavic Air 2 Review & First Look – 4K 60p, 1080p 240fps

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May 192020
 

DJI just announced the Mavic Air 2, its new generation of the popular consumer drone, which boasts 4K 60p video at 120Mbps and 1080p at up to 240fps slow motion, 48 Megapixel photos, 8K Hyperlapse function, a fly time of up to 34 minutes and enhanced autonomy features, and more. Let’s check it out!

Mavic Air … Two Years Ago

The original Mavic Air was launched over two years ago, and at the time, I flew it in Monaco at DJI’s launch event, and it offered video images with less compression than the more expensive Mavic Pro (Mark 1), in a much cheaper package. 

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CAME-TV Boltzen Q-55S Mini Bi-Color Fresnel LED Introduced

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May 192020
 

There are numerous choices to be made when it comes to proper lighting. Budget, space, available manpower, the list goes on. If you’re a solo shooter you’re likely giving the nod to flexible, lightweight, budget-friendly solutions. In that case, the new CAME-TV Boltzen Q-55S might be worth a close look. It is a focusable, bi-color 55W LED unit with numerous power options in one compact unit.

Boltzen Q-55S

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MOZA Mini-P Cross-Platform Gimbal Launched

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May 142020
 

The highly compact new MOZA Mini-P gimbal should hold everything from a tiny action camera through to a Canon EOS RP.

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The MOZA Mini-P gimbal has been launched. Image: Gudsen MOZA.

The gimbal market is a highly crowded one, and while designs are improving all the time, there is still a need to stand out from the competition. Yesterday the MOZA Mini-P gimbal was launched, and the company claims it is its most versatile device so far.

The principal stand out feature is that it can be used with small action cameras like the GoPro or the Sony RX0M2, but also with mirrorless cameras such as the Canon EOS RP and Sony a7R III. Of course there are some limitations in that the lens combo you use on the latter must be light enough not to overload the device’s rated maximum payload of 900g. For example a Sony a7R III with a Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE lens. However regardless of this, it does make the Mini-P quite an attractive proposition, particularly when it comes to travelling light. See the chart below for the full camera compatibility list:-

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Lindsey Optics Large Format Director’s Viewfinder – Interview with Dwight Lindsey

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May 142020
 

During our cinema5D Virtual Show, we had a conversation with Dwight Lindsey – CEO and founder of Lindsey Optics – about their latest Lindsey Optics Large Format Director’s Viewfinder. This lens finder is used to preview shots without any electronics inside, and it covers formats from Super-35 up to Alexa 65. Let’s take a closer look at it!

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Lindsey Optics Large Format Director’s Viewfinder

The cinema5D Virtual Show is an excellent occasion to learn more about new high-end products. The Lindsey Optics Large Format Director’s Viewfinder that was announced last month is no different.

The main advantage of a “mechanical” lens finder compared to a smartphone, for example, is that it is 100% reliable. There are no electronics, so no battery, no glitch, no reboot, no digital contrast enhancement. What you see through it is the view the lens is going to give to the camera. Also, by looking directly into the viewfinder, you get a much more “immersive” feel to what the shot will look like, and you can adjust the eyepiece diopter to your vision from -4 to +4.

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Sony Unveils the World’s First Camera Sensors with Built-in AI

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May 142020
 

Sony today unveiled the world’s very first image sensors that have artificial intelligence capabilities built-in. The sensors are capable of processing captured images and extracting intelligent metadata at high speeds.

The upcoming IMX500 and IMX501 intelligent vision sensors can be paired with cloud services, and having built-in AI “reduces data transmission latency, minimizes any privacy concerns, and reduces power consumption and communication costs,” Sony says.

The IMX500 and IMX501 are backside-illuminated 1/2.3-inch sensors that have resolutions of approximately 12.3 megapixels and 4K/60fps video capabilities, and they’re expected to be priced at ¥10,000 and ¥20,000 ($93 and $187), respectively.

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QooCam 8K Review – The Best Consumer 360 Camera Yet?

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Apr 082020
 

The QooCam 8K is the world’s first consumer 8K 360 camera. After using it for a few weeks, I can now tell you and show you how it holds up.

We’ve previously covered the specs and promised features of the QooCam 8K a while before it started shipping. There can often be a gap between what is promised, and what is delivered. This is especially true for early adopters of almost any complex, high tech device. It can also be very exciting. The first recipients of the QooCam 8K have been able to follow regular updates to add features and capabilities. That doesn’t stop people being very vocal about things that aren’t working yet of course. Kandao are still rolling out the updates for this camera, and it gets better, and more refined with each one.

A Solid Step Forward for Consumer 360 Video

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Firmware Update – Bug Fix & 23.98p Added

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Apr 082020
 

Canon has just released a firmware update version 1.1.0 for its flagship EOS-1D X Mark III camera that fixes an issue that would cause the camera to freeze. For filmmakers, this firmware update adds 23.98P frame rate in 4K UHD and FullHD recording modes. Let’s take a closer look.

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Image credit: Canon

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Firmware Update Version 1.1.0

Canon just released a firmware update version 1.1.0 for its Canon EOS-1D X Mark III that fixes an issue users started to report in March 2020. Indeed, the camera could freeze when the electronic level was set to “Show” in the viewfinder display, and you pressed the shutter button or the AF-ON button. The 1D X Mark III is a high-end (and expensive) camera, and the last thing you want to see is a bug that locks it up. Below is a video that explains the issue.

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Arma Orbital Non-Rotating Front For Lomo And Hawk C-Series Anamorphics

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Mar 112020
 

It’s fairly common for vintage lenses to have their quirks.

Aesthetic quirks are usually embraced, it’s often why a particular lens is a selection in the first place, but mechanical quirks can be a whole different beast.

Some older lens sets require little modification to get up to spec – conforming all front diameters to the same size for ease, or using a thicker focus gear because one of the lenses telescopes a little.

But there are some popular lenses out there that are particularly tricky. Take the Lomo Round Fronts, for example, they telescope (substantially) as you focus and the front of the lenses rotates.

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Should You Invest in Large Aperture Lenses That Have f/2.8 or Larger?

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Mar 052020
 
Should You Invest in Large Aperture Lenses That Have f/2.8 or Larger?

Buying a beautiful f/2.8 lens zoom is tempting. Large apertures are always better. If you’re using primes, a f/1.8 or f/1.4 is even better. But is that expensive large aperture lens really necessary for your photography? 

The first lens I bought next to the one I got with my camera was the beautiful white Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM. Its name is a mouth full, basically meaning it has that amazing f/2.8 aperture over the complete focal range. It is white, it is large, it is heavy, it looked good on the camera, and people were impressed by this huge white expensive looking lens.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Announced – Impressive Stabilization and Photo Features

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Feb 132020
 

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is a new 20.4MP Micro Four Thirds camera with an impressive image stabilization system that compensates up to 7.5 shutter speed stops when paired with a compatible stabilized lens. There are many professional photographic features such as 50MP handheld High Res shot and Live ND. The improved autofocus works for video as well. The camera records only H.264 8-bit 4:2:0 video internally up at to DCI 4K 24fps.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III. Source: Olympus

Along with Panasonic, Olympus has been a proud propagator of the Micro Four Thirds system for years. Panasonic, who lately invested a lot into their full-frame L-mount LUMIX ecosystem, has been known for a more video-centric approach to their cameras. Olympus, on the other hand, mostly offered better features for photographers. With the recent announcement of the new Olympus camera from their OM-D line, it seems to continue this trend, although there are some minor improvements in the video capabilities as well.

Blackmagic Pocket 4K and 6K Get New Camera V6.8 Firmware Update

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Feb 042020
 

Blackmagic Design just released the new Camera V6.8 firmware update for both Pocket 4K and 6K cameras. The new firmware improves camera stratup times and USB PTP control performance, and it fixes the issue with slow mounting of media containing large number of clips. Further, it fixes the issue with EF lens stabilization for the Pocket 6K camera.

Blackmagic Design Camera v6.8 for BMPCC 4K and 6K released. Image credit: cinema5D

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K both offer very nice image quality for the price. Although the cameras do have some shortcommings, which often need to be adressed by third party solutions (powering, media, etc.), they have gotten quite popular among filmmakers. To know more about these cameras, or to refresh some features and specs, make sure to check one of our older articles:

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