GearComments Off on Nikon’s New 500mm f/5.6 to Offer High-Quality Super-Telephoto in a Handheld Package
Nikonannounced the development of a new AF-S 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens last month, but now we finally get a look at it thanks to an image posted to Twitter by PhotographerPavel Bednyakov, whose photograph makes it look like the new 500mm could be easier to hold than Nikon’s 200mm f/2.
If you’ve ever shot with the Nikon 200mm f/2G VR II (or the earlier version), you’ll likely remember how it was more or less at the limit of what could reasonably be handheld for longer periods of time. Essentially, the Nikon 200mm f/2 is to we normal humans as the 600mm f/4 is to Dwayne Johnson. But that’s what makes this new “PF” technology so exciting, as it enables this 500mm in development to be smaller and lighter than anything else before it.
GearComments Off on Mounting a 70-200mm Lens on the Ronin S
I’ve always wondered what it would be like to mount a longer lens like an 85-200mm on to a gimbal and get footage with it. I feel like a lot of video we see shot on a gimbal is from a wide angle lens, but in this video we see something a little more interesting.
My curiosity about mounting a telephoto lens to a gimbal came from a while ago when I saw that the Inspire could mount different lenses. Being so into drones, I really wanted to have that ability and create this new look from the sky. Once I ended up with my Inspire 2, I began to learn how to fly a 25mm and 45mm lens which both double in focal length because of the micro 4/3 sensor. After a good amount of practice flying, I was finally able to achieve the shots I wanted and have been using this for a lot of my work ever since.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Panasonic EVA1 Guide by Barry Green now Available – For Free
Do you own a Panasonic AU-EVA1 camera? Tired of digging through YouTube and/or shady forums to get additional intel on how to squeeze the very last piece of performance out of it? Well, look no further. Barry Green has published a comprehensive e-book – An EVA1 Guide for free!
Almost every major camera manufacturer has its own industry specialist. One who knows every last detail of a given camera and spreads the word among the community. Sony has Alister Chapman, RED has Phil Holland and Panasonic? Well, Panasonic has Barry Green. And that exact Barry Green has just published an extensive e-book, an EVA1 guide.
Just as Alister Chapman’s guide to the Sony FS7 Cine EI mode, this EVA1 guide isn’t just a manual. It’s a comprehensive real-life guide to the camera. Since Barry Green is a professional in his line of work, this guide is far from real-life Youtube flicks which oftentimes come without too much insight.. This guide to the EVA1 covers everything there is: The camera body itself with all the connectors, buttons and dials, the menu structure, codecs and recordings formats, LUTs and looks, and everything else. All in one PDF. For a brief overview of the camera in question, watch the video below, also hosted by Barry Green:
GearComments Off on SLR Magic Anamorphot 65 Adapter Review – Your Alternative to Anamorphic Lenses?
Last month we reported about the new Anamorphot 65, an anamorphic lens adapter by SLR Magic that can mount to lenses with 82mm front thread like SLR Magic’s own micro cinema primes and FUJINON’s MK family of lenses. There is also a chance that by the time you read this review, this promising adapter will be available for preorder.
Nino, my colleague, caught up with Andrew from SLR Magic during this year’s CineGear to discuss the new product, yet it was time to actually test it and put it through its paces.
The Anamorphic Lens Routine
First thing first: Why should one actually consider “shooting anamorphic”?, well, the answer is clear. If you are looking to mimic the true aesthetic of cinematic looks, then shooting with an anamorphic lens is the way to go. As this is a product review I will not go deep into the subject anamorphic filming, but please consider heading to our cinema5D essentials episode where Li-Lian and I were aiming to explain what anamorphic filming is all about….
Ok, so if shooting with anamorphic lenses has the benefit of producing a unique look, why is it not too widely spread? In short: budget and training. TRUE high quality anamorphic lenses simply coast A LOT, far beyond the budget of most independent filmmakers. There are, of course, ways to track and purchase vintage anamorphic lenses, but this is not too easy. Speaking of anamorphic – I urge you to visit our friend and content contributor, Tito Fernandez’ YouTube channel, where he demonstrates a great deal of knowledge and shares valuable tips for anamorphic lens and adapter lovers.
GearComments Off on Canon Has Two Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras in the Works: Report
It’s not just Nikon. Canon is also reportedly planning to launch two different full frame mirrorless cameras in the very near future.
Canon Rumors is hearing that Canon will be releasing two full frame mirrorless cameras before the middle of 2019. And like Nikon’s rumored pair, Canon’s cameras will also arrive as a high-megapixel “flagship” model and a lower resolution, cheaper model.
The first camera to be announced will be a 30.4-megapixel mirrorless camera that could be “closely related” to the sensor found in the existing Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon Rumors writes. Canon said back in May that it’s finallywilling to cannibalize its DSLRs to play a bigger part in the growth of mirrorless cameras.
The second Canon full frame mirrorless body launched afterward will reportedly have a lower pixel count — possibly 24 megapixels.
GearComments Off on Magmod Launches Three New Revolutionary Lighting Tools for Photographers
MagMod has become known for pushing the boundaries of light modifier design. They always put quality, portability, and ease of use into all of their products. With the release of three new lighting tools, they don’t disappoint.
Magmod recently announced three new products to add to their lineup of existing products: a new MagBox, MagRing, and MagShoe.
MagMod’s past lineup of modifiers has always been extremely small and portable. The only problem is those small modifiers can’t produce the soft light found on larger modifiers. The MagBox aims to fix this. The MagBox is a 24-inch octabox that packs a number of revolutionary traits. The first is an integrated gel holder. So no more trying to tape gels to the inside of your softbox. The Magbox also has a built-in side zipper to make changing out gels simple and fast.
The most interesting feature of the MagBox though is in the diffusion panels. The first is a traditional cloth diffusion that you find on most softboxes. But the second is a new diffusion material they call the FocusDiffuser. This diffuser has a microstructure that focuses and directs the light forward. This minimizes spill similar to a grid but also increases the light’s effective output similar to a Fresnel lens. What you’re left with is a gridded softbox that now has a two-to-three stop increase in effective power.
GearComments Off on This Week’s Top 10 Deals for Filmmakers – Z Cam, Canon DSLRs, MacBook
There are lots of interesting deals for filmmakers available online. We selected the best 10 offers of filmmaking gear from our partners’ online shops for this week. Including Canon DSLRs, Z CAM E1, LED lights and gimbals.
I went through the current deals on our partners’ websites and I selected the op 10 offers currently available which I think could be interesting for our audience. First I listed B&H offers for our readers based in the US and then a couple of deals from our European partner CVP. You are supporting cinema5D by buying on B&H and CVP through our links because we get a tiny affiliate share. Let’s take a look at the offers.
GearComments Off on Diana Instant Square: The First Instax Camera with Swappable Lenses and a Hot Shoe
Lomography has unveiled the Diana Instant Square, a lo-fi toy camera that shoots Fuji Instax Square instant film. It’s the world’s first Instax camera to feature interchangeable lenses and a hot-shoe mount.
The camera is compatible with all of the lenses that have already been released for the Diana F+ instant camera, which shoots Instax Mini film. These include the 110 mm telephoto lens, 75 mm glass lens, 20 mm fisheye lens, 38 mm super-wide-angle lens, and a 55 mm wide-angle lens (which comes with a close-up attachment).
GearComments Off on Sony Unveils the 400mm f/2.8 Lens, a $12,000 Sports and Wildlife Monster
Sony has just unveiled the long-awaited 400mm f/2.8 G Master prime lens. The E-mount ecosystem finally has a fast super-telephoto lens designed for sports and wildlife photographers, andthe Sony a9 finally has a best friend.
The new Sony 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS is the first super-telephoto prime in the E-mount lineup. The existing Sony100-400mm G Master lens can provide the same reach, but it’s a zoom lens with a slow variable maximum aperture of f/4.5-5.6.
The lens is the equivalent of a 136mm when mounted on a Canon crop sensor APS-C camera.
Thanks to its internal design and technologies such as a Hybrid Aspherical element, the 85mm measures less than 3 inches long and is lightweight for its focal length (17oz/482g). The features (including Ultra Multi-Coating) also help reduce and control distortion and aberrations.
GearComments Off on Canon’s Next 18-55mm Kit Lens May Have a Built-In LCD Screen
It looks like electronic info displays are becoming a new norm for camera lenses. A new patent filed by Canon suggests that the company’s next 18-55mm kit lens will feature an LCD display.
New Camera first spotted the new Canon patent (JP2018005130A) for aberration reduction in an interchangeable lens. Within the document is an illustration showing what appears to be the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS III kit lens, and one of the reference indicators is for a “lens information display.”
The info display is found next to the AF/MF and IS ON/OFF toggle switches.
GearComments Off on Zeiss Accuses Samyang of Stealing Its Lens Designs
The renowned German lens maker Carl Zeiss has accused the South Korean lens maker Samyang of copying its designs. As a result, the Samyang lenses at the center of the dispute are being pulled by distributors and retailers.
The Swedish website Monitor reports that the Samyang Premium XP 50mm f/1.2 and 85mm f/1.2 lenses are the ones Zeiss has issues with.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on MIOPS Capsule360: The World’s ‘Most Compact and Versatile Motion Box’
The camera triggering companyMIOPShas just announced the Capsule360, a new app-controlled motion box that the company claims is the world’s “most compact and versatile motion box ever created.” It’s one motion system that aims to do it all.
Compatible with any DSLR camera, mirrorless camera, or smartphone, the Capsule360 can do pans, tilts, slides, custom movements, subject/star tracking, and 360-degree photography.
“For those filmmakers and stills photographers who want to go further than ever before with their projects, the MIOPS Capsule360 is the ideal companion,” MIOPS says.
The Capsule360 has 3 axes of motion: it can do pans straight out of the box, tilts with the optional L-Bracket, and slides with the Capsule Slider accessory.
The CanonEF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III lens features an Air Sphere Coating (ASC) for better flaring and ghosting control. Other features include the Optical Image Stabilizer with up to 3.5 stops of correction, fluorine coating on front and rear elements to help reduce smears and fingerprints, an inner focusing system with Ring Ultrasonic Motor (USM), one fluorite lens and five UD lenses that help to provide high-image quality, a minimum focusing distance of 1.2m (3.9ft), and a circular eight-blade aperture. This lens features 23 elements in 19 groups.
GearComments Off on The Camera You Should Want: Fstoppers Reviews the Sony a7 III
Sony has been making waves with the a7R III and a9, but a lot of photographers don’t need those crazy levels of resolution and frame rates. Instead, they look for a quality camera that can do almost anything asked of it at a reasonable price. The Sony a7 III may just be that camera, with an awesome feature set, excellent performance, and an aggressively competitive price. Check out our full review.
24-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor
693 phase detection AF points with 93 percent frame coverage
ISO range: 100-51,200 (expandable to 50-204,800)
UHD 4K 30p with HLG and S-Log3 Gammas (6K oversampling at 24p and 5K oversampling with 1.2x crop at 30p)
GearComments Off on Meyer Optik Goerlitz Primoplan 58mm and 100mm Manual Primes: Smooth to the Touch
As a photographer, your camera body is only half the battle. Lenses play a supreme role in deciding overall image quality. Today I got a chance to work with two new manual lenses from Meyer Optik Goerlitz, the Primoplan 58mm f/1.9 and the Trioplan 100mm f/2.8.
OK, I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of the latest trend of gear unboxing videos that have entered the world. Either they make me want to buy a new piece of gear that I don’t really need or they just make me wonder aloud, “Why am I spending 20 minutes of my life watching someone I don’t know, describe a product I can’t afford, and enjoy a benefit I am not getting?” But even old bitter me will admit that opening up the Meyer Optik Goerlitz lenses even made me consider making a video of my own.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Transform Your DJI Drone in a Handheld Gimbal With This Accessory by PolarPro
Everyone I know who shoots video dreams to own a gimbal if they don’t already. But did you know that if you have a drone, you actually already own a gimbal that you can use to shoot anything?
The role of the gimbal is to keep something horizontal no matter what. When flying a drone, it’s quite essential to maintain the camera stable and avoid any movement due to external elements or when flying it aggressively. However, a drone can also record videos and take pictures while on the ground. This means you can use it as a camera and take advantage of its gimbal to make super steady shots even if you don’t own a stabilizer for your bigger DSLR.
Cinematics International Company Limited is a Shenzhen, China-based company that has been manufacturing photography equipment out of its own factory for over a decade now. It was showing off its new lens-to-smartphone adapter at NAB 2018 in Las Vegas, which is where No Film School came across it.
GearComments Off on Fujifilm Unveils 250mm f/4 Lens and 1.4x Teleconverter for GFX System
Fujifilm today announced a new 250mm f/4 telephoto prime lens and a 1.4x teleconverter for its GFX medium format system (which currently consists of the Fujifilm GFX 50S camera).
Fujinon 250mm f/4 R LM OIS WR Lens
The Fujinon GF 250mm f/4 has a rugged, lightweight magnesium alloy barrel that resists dust and weather, and it is capable of functioning in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C. On the front of the lens is a fluorine coating that resists water and dirt.