DJI Zenmuse X7: The First Super 35mm Camera for Aerial Cinematography

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Mar 112020
 

DJI just announced the DJI Zenmuse X7, the world’s first Super 35mm camera optimized for aerial cinematography. It’s designed primarily for the DJI Inspire 2 drone and features interchangeable lenses as well as a new DJI Cinema Color system for greater creative freedom in cinematography.

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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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The Sigma fp Will Get Cinemagraphs, 120fps RAW Video, and More in Major Firmware Update

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Mar 042020
 

Sigma has announced a forthcoming firmware update for the full-frame mirrorless Sigma fp that will add some very impressive features including cinemagraph functionality, Full HD 120fps RAW video capture, HDR shooting, and more.

The official announcement was posted last night as a sort of “preview of coming attractions.” Slated to be released in Summer of 2020, the Firmware Update Ver.2.00 will improve the Sigma fp by adding support for six important features:

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FUJIFILM X-T4 Hands-on Review – The Good Has Just Become Much Better

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Mar 022020
 

The new FUJIFILM X-T4 has just been released, promising to be one of the more interesting cameras to be delivered during 2020. If you are like me, an owner of the FUJIFILM X-T3 who wished for a little extra, then the wait is over. Enhanced performance, combining the advantage of the now discontinued X-1H (stabilised sensor) and articulating LCD screen, can now be found within this newcomer camera. Prepared to be impressed by what seems to be the best all around small and lightweight APS-C sensor camera that can shoot video, currently in the market? 

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Micro Four Thirds Alliance Expands: Venus Optics, YONGNUO & MEDIAEDGE Joining

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Feb 282020
 

The Micro Four Thirds System standard just added a few new members: YONGNUO, MEDIAEDGE and most notably Venus Optics just joined the standard. The latter company is responsible for the well-known Laowa brand. In the year 2008, Panasonic and Olympus originally jointly announced the Micro Four Thirds System. Since then, it has grown to 44 alliance partners, as listed on their https://www.four-thirds.org website.

Lens Collection from the MFT System Standard Group (Credits: Olympus Corporation / four-thirds.org)

Lens Collection from the MFT System Standard Group (Credits: Olympus Corporation / based on an image by four-thirds.org)

Some words about the companies that just joined the formation:

Venus Optics

Venus Optics (i.e. Anhui ChangGeng Optics Technology Co., Ltd., better known under their brand Laowa) is a company that was formed by photography experts and lovers in China in 2013. Since then they have created a wide range of photography lenses with lots of specialized products. Among the newest photography lenses are the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT, Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT, Laowa 17mm f/4 Ultra-Wide GFX Zero-D and the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO. The newest cine lens is the Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine lens, which according to the company, is the widest t/2.9 lens that unrestrictedly covers full-frame and even vista vision size (larger than full-frame) at the same time. Among these specialty lenses, the brand presumably became best-known for their Laowa 24mm f/14 2X Macro Probe lens (our review here). For more information, feel free to take a look at https://www.venuslens.net

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Hands On with the Fuji X-T4: Trying the IBIS, 240fps Slow Motion, and More

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Feb 282020
 

I didn’t have a terribly long time with Fujifilm’s latest hybrid shooterbefore it was released—it was only about a week for what you see shot below—but thankfully, not too much has changed since the previous X-T3, and what has is obvious and easy to evaluate.

Compared to the X-T3, the X-T4 is still weather resistant, still shoots 10-bit 4k internal F-Log at 60p, and maintains much of what made its predecessor great. Fuji has simply added a few things that make it an even better tool for the hybrid creators like myself. 

These additions are what I’d like to discuss. Furthermore, given my rather limited experience with the new gear, I want to keep these initial thoughts succinct. 

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FUJIFILM X-T4 Hands-on Review – The Good Has Just Become Much Better

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Feb 262020
 

The new FUJIFILM X-T4 has just been released, promising to be one of the more interesting cameras to be delivered during 2020. If you are like me, an owner of the FUJIFILM X-T3 who wished for a little extra, then the wait is over. Enhanced performance, combining the advantage of the now discontinued X-1H (stabilised sensor) and articulating LCD screen, can now be found within this newcomer camera. Prepared to be impressed by what seems to be the best all around small and lightweight APS-C sensor camera that can shoot video, currently in the market? 

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Sony Xperia 1 II and Xperia Pro Announced – New Generation CineAlta Phones with 5G

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Feb 242020
 

Sony has just announced their new flagship smartphone – the Xperia 1 II. It comes with a Snapdragon 865 processor and 5G connectivity, and the 21:9 CinemaWide 6.5″ 4K HDR OLED display. The phone has three 12MP rear-facing cameras (16mm, 24mm, and 70mm) and many useful functions for photographers and filmmakers. Sony has further announced the development of a new Sony Xperia Pro for professionals. Lastly, they have announced the mid-range Sony Xperia 10 II.

Xperia 1 II Smartphone announced. Source: Sony

Last year in July, my colleague Johnnie tested the Sony Xperia 1 phone with Sony’s “Cinema Pro App”. Now, the Japanese electronics giant has announced a new generation flagship phone – the Xperia 1 II. What are its features and specs?

Sony Xperia 1 II

The Xperia 1 II (Mark II) is Sony’s new flagship smartphone. It will feature the Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G connectivity, a 4.000mAh battery with wireless charging, and USB Type-C connector. It comes with IP65/68 water resistance and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on both sides.

When it comes to memory, the phone has 8GB RAM, 256GB internal storage and it supports microSDXC memory cards with up to 1TB capacity. Good thing is that, unlike most competitors, Sony decided to keep the 3.5mm audio jack. The phone also features two front-facing stereo speakers. The dimensions of the phone are 6.5″ × 2.8″ × 0.3″ and it weighs 6.4oz.

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The Three Main Advantages of Sony Cameras Over Fujifilm

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Feb 242020
 

Last year, Usman Dawood of Sonder Creative decided to switch systems from Sony to Fujifilm for both his stills and video work, but he didn’t end up doing it. In this video, he shares the three main reasons why the switch never happened—in other words: the three “major” advantages of Sony cameras over Fuji.

The point of this video, says Dawood, is not to trash on Fujifilm or turn people off from the system. His goal is to inspire change in a company he respects a great deal.

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StabiLens – Counterweight System for Lens “Hot-Swapping” on Gimbals

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Feb 212020
 

The StabiLens is a lens counterweight system for gimbals. It allows filmmakers to match the center of gravity of each lens in a kit, and allows for faster lens swapping when on a gimbal. It consists of a gimbal ring and a set of tungsten and steel weights. The StabiLens is already available for pre-order.

StabiLens counterweight system. Source: StabiLens

Last year in September, I wrote an article about Quickdraw by Reflex Cinema – lens counterweight system for gimbals, which lets users add weights to all lenses in your kit to match the heaviest lens. The purpose of Quickdraw was to make switching lenses on a gimbal easier as well as faster.

Recently, I came across the StabiLens counterweight system, created by US-based filmmaker Zac Miller. It basically does the same thing, but features a slightly different design. Let’s take a closer look at it.

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Rokinon XEEN CF Lens Line Expanded By 16mm T2.6 and 35mm T1.5

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Feb 212020
 

The ‘compact and flexible’ Rokinon XEEN CF line has been expanded by another two lenses. The new 16mm and 35mm now make up a family of 5 of these smaller and lighter lenses. 

In September last year, Rokinon made the initial announcement of the XEEN CF Lens line.

With that announcement, the 24mm, 50mm and 85mm arrived – with promise of a 16mm and 35mm in Q1 of 2020, and here we are!

The new 16mm (T2.6) and 35mm (T1.5) slot straight into the line up, and are available in 3 mounts (PL, EF and Sony E).

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Sony Axes Mirrorless Camera Features Due to Parts Shortage: Report

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Feb 202020
 

Sony has reportedly canceled features that were set to be released in an upcoming mirrorless camera due to a scarcity of parts that its other businesses are competing for.

In an article titled “Sony Is Struggling With PlayStation 5 Price Due to Costly Parts,” Bloomberg reports that there isn’t enough flash memory to go around between Sony’s video game, smartphone, and camera products.

“The company’s biggest headache is ensuring a reliable supply of DRAM and NAND flash memory, with both in high demand as smartphone makers gear up for fifth-generation devices, according to people familiar with Sony’s operations,” Bloomberg states.

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Yongnuo and Venus Optics Officially Join the Micro Four Thirds Standard

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Feb 202020
 

The 12-year-old Micro Four Thirds standard just got a nice third-party boost today. In a joint release, Olympus and Panasonic announced that three new companies were officially joining the group: Yongnuo, Venus Optics, and a B2B company called Mediaedge.

Mediaedge isn’t terribly relevant for photographers, but both Yongnuo and Venus Optics have released Micro Four Thirds compatible products before.

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The Affordable 21mm f/1.5 for Leica M and Mirrorless: A Quick Review

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Feb 182020
 

Cheap lenses are getting better, faster, and more interesting these days. So, how’s this wide angle for Leica M mounts?

The TTArtisan (not 7artisan though as Burling says in the video, they share a factory…) 21mm f/1.5 is for Leica M mounts and can be adapted for other mirrorless bodies. It’s only a few hundred dollars brand new, it’s wide, it’s fast, and it’s just another entry in to the recent spate of affordable manual focus lenses. But are they any good?

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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.

Canon EOS Rebel T8i Announced – the Entry-Level DSLR Is Still Alive

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Feb 132020
 

Alongside the announcement of the impressive Canon EOS R5, Canon also introduced a new entry-level DSLR camera: the Canon EOS Rebel T8i, also known as EOS 850D for European shooters. This new DSLR camera features the same 24.1MP APS-C CMOS image sensor as its predecessor, the Rebel T7i, and is seen by many as Canon’s commitment to its line of DSLR cameras with EF-mounts. Let’s take a closer look at it!


Canon EOS Rebel T8i – a T7i Revamp?

The Canon EOS Rebel line of cameras originally came out in 2003 with the Digital Rebel/300D. But, some of you probably remember more of the Rebel T2i/550D that came out in 2010 (here’s my colleague Nino’s review of the T2i/550D from 2010). Indeed, the T2i featured the same image sensor as the EOS 7D. Also, it was one of the first affordable DSLR cameras capable of shooting 1080P videos. Fast-forward ten years ahead with the recent announcement of the Canon EOS Rebel T8i.

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This Week’s Top Deals for Filmmakers – Sony a7 III, Canon M6, LUMIX S1, S1H, GH5, and G9, Sachtler Tripod and More

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Feb 062020
 

There are a couple of new, interesting deals for filmmakers available. We have selected the best offers of filmmaking gear from our partners’ online shops for this week – including Sony a7 III, Canon M6, Panasonic LUMIX S1, S1H, GH5, and G9 cameras, Sachtler tripod, SSD, HDD and more.

I went through the current deals on our partners’ websites and have selected the best offers currently available, which I think could be interesting for you. First, there are B&H offers listed for our readers based in North and South America, and then there are a couple of deals from our European partner CVP. By shopping at our partners’ stores, you are supporting cinema5D through our buy links, as we get a small affiliate commission when a purchase is completed.

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FUJIFILM X-T4 Announced and FUJIFILM X100V Launched

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Feb 052020
 

During the third X Summit in London, FUJIFILM announced the development of the FUJIFILM X-T4. Otherwise, there is currently no information at all about this new camera. Also, the new FUJIFILM X100V, a camera designed mainly for photographers, was launched. Finally, for filmmakers, three new lenses for GFX and X-Mount cameras were announced. Let’s take a closer look at it! 


FUJIFILM X Summit 2020

FUJIFILM is one of those Japanese camera manufacturers who takes the video capabilities of their mirrorless camera seriously. As such, we have decided to share with the community their X Summit meeting happening in London, live.

A year ago, almost to the date, the 1st. X Summit was held in Dubai, and that is where past GFX medium format camera concept ideas, along with a working prototype of their GFX 100 were shown. Since then, lots of water has flown in the Thames river. The successful GFX 100 is already shipping (watch our two parts documentary on how this camera is being made by clicking here and here). Additionally, as promised during this X summit, the FUJIFILM X-T3 is continuously being updated with new firmware, adding features and improvements to our camera of the year 2019.

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Fujifilm Announces the X100V: Major Upgrades to the Beloved Camera

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Feb 042020
 
Fujifilm Announces the X100V: Major Upgrades to the Beloved Camera

The Fujifilm X100 line is a favorite of many photographers, and today, the company has announced the X100V, the fifth iteration. It comes with some significant upgrades over the X100F; check out what the camera has in store!

I’ve always loved the X100 line; I owned an X100S for several years, and it was probably the most fun (particularly the unique viewfinder) I’ve had with a camera. Over time, the X100 has gone from quirky but capable camera to quite the portable powerhouse. Check out the specs of the new X100V:

  • Enhanced grip, ISO dial, and lens barrel
  • Optional weather resistance with AR-X100 adapter ring and PRF-49 protection filter
  • New two-way tilting touchscreen (1.62 million dots)
  • Newly designed 23mm f/2 lens (35mm equivalent)
  • 26.1-megapixel X-Trans 4 sensor with back-illuminated design for increased dynamic range
  • Four-stop internal ND filter
  • Hybrid viewfinder offering .52x OVF or 3.69-million-dot OLED EVF 
  • 95% coverage OVF with parallax-correcting frame lines and electronic rangefinder function
  • 4K video at 30 fps and 1080p video at 120 fps
  • Weight: 16.9 oz (478 g) including battery and SD card

Altogether, the X100V looks like a worthy fifth installment in the X100 series. What do you think of it? 

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