Samyang Unveils New 85mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens for Canon RF Mount

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May 282020
 

Following last year’s release of the AF 85mm f/1.4 FE for the Sony E Mount, Samyang/Rokinon today unveiled a version of the lens for Canon’s full-frame mirrorless RF Mount. According to Rokinon, the new AF 85mm f/1.4 RF is “arguably the best value, high performance and affordable autofocusing portrait prime available.”

Optically, the Samyang/Rokinon AF 85mm f/1.4 RF looks to be identical to the Sony FE version. There are 11 elements in 8 groups, including 1 Extra Low Dispersion (ED) element and 4 High Refractive Index (HRI) elements to cut down on chromatic aberration and allow for a smaller lens design, respectively, as well as the company’s Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) to eliminate ghosting and flare.

The lens boasts a 9-blade circular aperture, and the only ‘decoration’ on the lens barrel is the AF/MF mode switch. For autofocus, the lens uses a Dual Linear Sonic Motor (DLSM), which you can see demonstrated in the video below created for the Sony FE lens launch:

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Pentax Officially Unveils Long-Awaited FA* 85mm f/1.4 Lens for the K-Mount

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May 282020
 

After first showing off the lens over a year ago, and sharing a few more teasers during a livestreamtwo weeks ago, Ricoh has officially unveiled the HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm f/1.4ED SDM AW—a “next-generation, high-performance” portrait prime for K-mount DSLRs.

The lens is only the second prime to be added to the “Star series” of high-performance lenses for digital cameras, and like its 50mm f/1.4 predecessor, it promises to deliver “extra-clear, high-contrast images with edge-to-edge sharpness.”

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Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 6.9.3 Firmware Update

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May 272020
 

List of updates are as follows for Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.9.3:

  • Add language localization support.
  • Add slider and 1/3rd stop increments when adjusting ISO.
  • Add common off-speed frame rate options above slider.
  • Add ability to embed custom LUTs in Blackmagic RAW clips.
  • Add sidetone level adjustment.
  • Add improved ballistics and scaling of audio meters.
  • Add choice of -18 or -20dB reference levels for audio meters.
  • Add ability to remap the HFR button.
  • Add ability to disable function and HFR buttons.
  • Add ability to remap VTR and Ret buttons on B4 lenses.
  • Add quick media switching from the heads up display.
  • Add support for HDR metadata in SDI output.
  • Add ‘LUT’ icon to status text overlays.
  • Add ‘PRE’ icon to status text overlays for preset timecode.
  • Add 2:1, 1:1 and 4:5 monitoring frame guides.
  • Add customizable frame guides.
  • Add ability to lock timecode to SDI Input.
  • Retain jam synced timecode after power cycle.
  • Improved jam sync timecode accuracy after playback.
  • Improved stability when using external or program reference.
  • Improved compatibility for embedded audio on SDI outputs.
  • Improved accuracy of status text on SDI outputs.
  • Improved ND filter status text.
  • Improved auto exposure speed and performance.
  • Improved media formatting user interface.

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Sony Announces the ZV-1: A Compact 4K Vlogging Camera With Fully Articulating Screen

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May 272020
 
Sony Announces the ZV-1: A Compact 4K Vlogging Camera With Fully Articulating Screen

Sony has just announced the launch of the ZV-1, a compact camera that’s ready for vlogging out of the box.

The ZV-1, available for pre-order for $748 and due to ship on June 11, is a lightweight, compact camera featuring a one-inch sensor and a fixed 24-70mm equivalent lens, complete with optical and digital stabilization, and capable of shooting 4K at up to 30 fps.

The major specifications:

  • 20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • ZEISS 24-70mm-equivalent f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • UHD 4K30p Video with HLG and S-Log3 Gammas
  • 3.0″ Side Flip-Out Touchscreen LCD

Notably, the LCD touchscreen articulates fully to the side. Other features include a built-in ND filter, eye-detect and face-detect autofocus, and a 3.5mm microphone jack.

The camera seems to blend the compact size of the RX100 III — as well as the same lens — but stealing many of the powerful video features of the a6100 and a6600.

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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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Image credit: Hollyland

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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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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Adobe Creative Cloud Video Apps Updates – ProRes RAW Support and More

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May 202020
 


Today Adobe announces a new release for their Creative Cloud video and audio applications, including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Character Animator, and Premiere Rush. Available today, the updates offer support for Apple ProRes RAW, new creative tools in After Effects, workflow refinements in Character Animator, and performance improvements, such as faster Auto Reframe in Premiere Pro. Adobe also claims to have improved the performance and stability of their software.

Adobe Announces New Versions of CC Video Apps. Source: Adobe

Adobe CC Stability

As a former long-time Premiere Pro user I know that stability has not always been that great. This time, during their virtual press conference, Adobe emphasized the performance and stability of their apps to be their top priority. The changes they have made include a shift to more frequent updates and introducing the public beta program to better incorporate user engagement and feedback within the development process.

As Adobe said, its video applications run on a wide range of systems across platforms. That flexibility, however, brings the risk of stability issues with various configurations across hardware, software, operating systems, and GPU. Their research into crash statistics and causes showed that a large percentage of problems stem from insufficient hardware specs or out-of-date drivers. Adobe admits that it shouldn’t require expert knowledge for a user to keep their system running smoothly.

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In Praise of the Mamiya 645, the Perfect Compact Medium Format SLR Camera

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May 202020
 

When it comes to shooting on medium format, you’d be forgiven for thinking that starting out involves a heavy investment. The Mamiya 645 Pro, by contrast, is refreshingly affordable and the modular design means you can tweak your setup to your heart’s content.

Shane Taylor of Framelines has put together this short video explaining why he chose the Mamiya 645 Pro for his latest street photography project,t which resulted in a printed zine. As Fstoppers’ own James Madison will testify, the Mamiya 645 Pro offers medium format quality in a very compact body and, as Taylor mentions, it even shoots 35mm film. And if that’s not enough to get you tempted, be sure to check out the thoughts of photographer Nick Carver, who was looking for something smaller than his Mamiya RB67 but that wasn’t a rangefinder.

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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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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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Atomos Announces 12-Bit Apple ProRes RAW Support For Z CAM E2 Camera

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May 142020
 

Atomos has just announced that the Atomos Ninja V 5″ HDR monitor-recorder will support ProRes RAW recording from the Z CAM E2. The Ninja V will be able to record 12-bit Apple ProRes RAW at up to 4K60p. We caught up with Dan Chung from Atomos to learn more about it.

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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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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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