Zhiyun has just announced their new handheld gimbal for mirrorless and DSLR cameras: the Zhiyun Weebill-S. This fresh stabilizer is a follow-up to the previous Weebill LAB, but it is not a replacement. Overall, the one-of-his-kind design is similar between the two. If it works, don’t fix it.
GearComments Off on A Comprehensive Review of the Sony a7R IV
The Sony a7R IV brings the company’s latest innovations and improvements to the popular line of high-resolution full frame cameras. Along with its new sensor come a bevy of new upgrades and refinements to existing features, making it an interesting choice for a lot of photographers. This comprehensive and thorough review takes a deep look at the camera to help you decide if it is right for you.
Coming to you from Maarten Heilbron, this excellent review takes a look at the Sony a7R IV. The a7R IV features lots of upgrades over the a7R III, the most prominent being the new 61-megapixel sensor, an upgrade of almost 50% over its predecessor. Along with the new sensor comes a better EVF, more ergonomic grip, more powerful autofocus, better weather-sealing, and more. The capability to fire at 10 fps at 61 megapixels is certainly a boon for many photographers, particularly wildlife photographers, who retain vast cropping capabilities with enough speed to capture animals in action, all supplemented by the capable autofocus system.
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on Sony a9 II Announced – More Speed for Pro Photographers, Same Video Specs
Sony just announced the a9 II full-frame E-mount mirrorless camera. Aimed at professional sports photographers and photojournalistst, the Sony a9 II is all about speed. It has the same 24.2 MP CMOS sensor as the original a9. The camera is capable of 20fps continous blackout-free stills shooting with AF and AE tracking with electronic shutter (up to 10fps with mechanical shutter). The new a9 II also features better in-body image stabilization, weather resistance, and gigabit ethernet port for high speed communication. Available in October for $4,500 (€5,400).
Sony a9 sits on top of the alpha series of mirrorless cameras. It is aimed at professional photographers, who does not require the maximum possible resolution (for those Sony has the a7R series), but who require speed and other useful features (for example sports photographers and photojournalists). The first generation Sony a9 was presented during NAB 2017, so it has been more than two years. Today Sony announced the a9 II. What are its specs and innovations?
As I mentioned above, the a9 series is all about speed. Sony a9 II (full model name: ILCE-9M2) features blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 frames per second (with electronic shutter) with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure tracking, 60 times per second AF/AE calculations. This applies for 1/125 sec. or higher shutter speed. In AF-C mode the maximum continuous frame rate will depend on the shooting mode and lens used. The number of AF calculations will depend on the lens used. A software update may be required for some lenses.
The high speed shooting can last for up to 361 JPEG images or 239 compressed RAW images (in “Hi” continuous shooting mode with UHS-II memory card), with no viewfinder blackout, allowing the photographer to follow the subject and action with no interruption to the EVF during picture taking. For times when mechanical shutter is preferred or required, the new A9 II has been improved to shoot at up to 10 fps, about 2x the speed of the A9.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Magic Cinema ViewFinder – Free Director’s Viewfinder App for iOS & Android
Magic Cinema ViewFinder is an application for iOS and Android devices that makes location scouting a lot easier. Although there are already a couple of apps in the market that do the same thing, the Magic Cinema ViewFinder is free. Let’s take a closer look at it!
Location Scouting with Your Smartphone
Back in the days, I used to take stills with a point-and-shoot compact camera while doing location scouting. Don’t get me wrong; it’s still relevant today. But, we now all have in our pocket a smartphone that features a capable camera, and that can launch dozens of apps to make your life easier. I use tools like Sun Surveyor to know where the sun will be at any given hour. Also, Green Screener is an excellent app if the job requires green screen lighting. But one of the most useful to me is Cadrage, which is a viewfinder tool for location scouting.
Action cams, GearComments Off on GoPro HERO8 Black, Mods and GoPro MAX Announced
One year after the release of the GoPro HERO7 Black and a couple of months after the launch of the DJI Osmo Action, GoPro is back with loads of new products: the GoPro HERO8 Black, a couple of modular accessories called Mods, and the GoPro MAX that replaces the GoPro Fusion. Let’s take a closer look at all these new products for action lovers!
GoPro HERO8 Black – If It Works, Don’t Fix It
The GoPro HERO8 Black replaces the previous HERO7 Black. Let’s start with the exterior design because there is not a massive difference between the two:
The HERO8 Black measures 66.3mm x 48.6mm x 28.4mm, whereas the HERO7 is 62.3mm x 44.9mm x 33mm.
The HERO8 Black weighs 126 grams, which is 10 grams heavier than the previous version.
You don’t need a frame to attach your HERO8 Black to all existing GoPro mounts. Instead, the two swapping mounts are now built-in at the bottom of the action camera. They are retractable, so you can fold them if you don’t need to attach your camera to an accessory.
The lens cover is slimmer and is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass which, according to GoPro, is “two times more impact resistant than previous models.” Gorilla Glass is the same type of glass that is used on iPhones.
GearComments Off on Canon Just Announced the EOS M200 and the Launch Video Is Fascinating
Canon has announced the launch of the EOS M200, a small camera featuring a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, Dual Pixel autofocus and 4K video. Canon has also packed in a few features that make it more accessible to those without a deep knowledge of photography who are looking to produce and share content quickly on social media. What’s more interesting, however is the marketing video itself.
When watching the video above, a few things jumped off the screen at me.
Connected But Still App-alling?
Web-ready content is key in today’s media environment and Canon is keen to push the M200’s wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. However, users can but hope that Canon is also taking steps to improve its smartphone apps which don’t have a particularly good reputation. Given that the example in this video shows a camera with the nickname of “EOSM200_C64D7,” Canon might still have a long way to go when it comes to understanding how to make something user-friendly.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Cooke S7/i 16mm Full Frame Plus and Anamorphic/i 135mm FF+ Introduced
If you value endgame-performance and money is nothing to worry about, Cooke has everything you need when it comes to cine lenses. At this year’s IBC, the company had two new lenses on display: The Cooke S7/i 16mm T2.0 Full Frame Plus (spherical) prime and the Cooke Anamorphic/i 135mm T2.3 cine prime. High-end glass for the high-end cine market.
The new Cooke S7/i 16mm T2.0 cine prime (spherical). Image Credit: cinema5D
Yeah, I know. I won’t spend a cool $25.000 on a single lens, either. But there is a high-end, money-no-object market in which you just want to get that perfect shot. Check out the shotoncooke.comwebsite for a brief overview of productions shot on Cooke glass. Do you want that Cooke-look? Well, you better get some Cooke glass, then! At this year’s IBC, Cooke introduces two new primes to their lineup.
During IBC 2019, we met Dimitar from CINE-X to talk about their new battery grip solution for the BMPCC 4K and 6K cameras. This CINE-X battery grip can be an excellent alternative to the official Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Battery Grip that was announced a couple of months ago. Indeed, the CINE-X version features additional D-taps and USB ports. Let’s take a closer look at it!
The back of the CINE-X battery grip features two Sony NP-F slots. Image credit: cinema5D
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Canon Unveils Entry-Level EOS M200 with Eye Detection and 4K Video
Canon has just revealed a new entry-level mirrorless APS-C camera. The Canon EOS M200 won’t blow anybody’s socks off, but it brings some useful upgrades to Canon’s popular entry-level mirrorless EOS M100, adding eye-detection autofocus, 4K video, and more.
The main upgrade between the two cameras is the Digic 8 processor, which allowed Canon to include Dual Pixel AF with Eye Detection on the EOS M200. Canon also added (cropped) 4K/24p video, 1080/60p, and automatic support for vertical video when you shoot in portrait orientation and export to an iOS or Android device.
Otherwise, the camera remains largely unchanged. You still get a 24MP APS-C CMOS image sensor, flip up LCD touchscreen for selfies, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth for wireless file transfer, and a compact, travel-friendly design.
Here’s a quick intro to the Canon EOS M200’s main features:
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Cartoni Maxima 5.0 and Master 25 Fluid Heads with 50kg and 30kg Payload
Cartoni is introducing two new professional grade tripod fluid heads at IBC 2019, the Cartoni Maxima 5.0 and the Cartoni Master 25, aimed at the cinema and broadcast communities respectively.
The tripod heads shown here somewhat continue the theme of Cartoni competing with other manufacturers directly, by trying to out-innovate rather than out-spec them.
Maxima 5.0 is the next step in the evolution of Cartoni’s Maxima series, following its predecessors the Maxima 40 (payload of ~ 40 kg) and 30 (~ 30 kg) and it’s improving on those quite a bit. The Cartoni Maxima 5.0 can handle payloads of up to 50 kg (110.2 lbs), weighing in at only 13 kg (28.6 lbs) itself. It will handle that payload throughout its +90 and -90° tilt range. The Cartoni Maxima 5.0 has a Mitchell mount, but can be adapted to use a bowl head. The sliding plate is compatible with ARRI, Sony and O’Connor. The Cartoni Maxima 5.0 features Cartoni’s patented counterbalance, which can be dialed in precisely and repeatably with the display on the head’s operator side. Additionally, there is a locking mechanism, that will prevent the head from shifting with the flick of one lever only. As Elisabetta Cartoni mentions in our interview, this new entry into the Maxima series is set to compete directly with the very popular O’Connor 2575 fluid head, which has become somewhat of a favorite among filmmakers using larger setups with long lenses. The Cartoni Maxima 5.0, however, is supposed to be even more precise and optimized for these use cases than the O’Connor head. We didn’t yet have the chance to compare the two, but we hope to do so at some point in the future.
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on Z CAM E2 S6, F6, and F8 Cameras – Shipping Soon with Optional Electronic ND Filter
Z CAM E2 flagship cameras will be shipping next month. The S6 (6K super 35), F6 (6K full frame), and F8 (8K full frame) will come in EF-mount and PL-mount versions (user interchangeable). All versions will support the optional electronic ND filter unit. Z CAM E2 S6 will additionally come in M4/3 mount version without the electronic ND filter support.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on ARRI Orbiter – Quick Look at the New High Output Directional LED Fixture
A few days ago, ARRI announced a new high output directional LED fixture: the ARRI Orbiter. During IBC 2019, we had the chance to take a quick look at this new modular fixture that should come out next year.
ARRI Orbiter – Image credit: cinema5D
ARRI Orbiter – Main Features
The Orbiter is ARRI’s latest modular and directional LED light that was announced a couple of days ago. You can read our full article here for more details about the technical specifications.
In short, here are the main highlights of this new light:
Features a six-color light engine for high color rendition and accuracy. It is possible to go from very warm color temperatures of 2000K up to super-cold 20.000K. You can also dim to light from 0 to 100% with no color changes.
There is a built-in color sensor for matching ambient light. The light is also weatherproof.
Thanks to the Quick Lighting Mount, you can switch the front optic. These lighting modifiers includes an open face modifier, a projection lens, a light dome, and light banks.
According to ARRI, the Orbiter is a potent light; its output is superior to a 2K Tungsten Fresnel.
4” full-color display, quick navigation buttons, Also, you can remove the control panel and use it handheld with a 5 or 15 m (16.4 or 49.2 ft) control panel cable.
Internal power supply, wireless DMX, and 3-pin XLR battery input.
The Tokina 135mm T1.5 Vista prime cinema lens was announced as the seventh lens in Tokina’s Vista prime cinema lens lineup. It features the same physical specifications as the rest of the Vista series and it comes in PL mount, EF mount, Sony E-mount, Micro four thirds mount, and LPL mount. Priced at around $9,000 it should start shipping in January 2020.
Tokina cinema lenses portfolio includes the original Vista prime series, the Vista One prime lenses (announced earlier this year), 100mm macro lens, and few zoom lenses. At IBC 2019, Tokina showed its new 50-135mm T2.9 MKII cinema zoom lens and the Tokina 135mm T1.5 Vista prime. If you are interested in the new zoom lens, check our other article. In this article, we only focus on the new fast 135mm Vista prime.
Tokina 135mm T1.5 Vista prime. Image credit: cinema5D
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Tilta BMPCC 4K and 6K Flipscreen & M.2 SSD Modification Kit
In somewhat of a surprise move, Tilta showed off a kit that will allow you to modify the screen of your Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K, to flip 180° up and 90° down. In addition to that the modification kit comes with a housing for an M.2 SSD drive that will bridge over to the cameras internal USB-C port and thus enable recording directly onto it. Furthermore the kit contains what Tilta considers an enhancement to the housing of the camera’s ports.
GearComments Off on SIGMA fp Update – Cinema DNG RAW Internal Recording and More
The SIGMA fp is very close to being in our hands. At IBC 2019 we talk to the Yamaki-san, creator of the SIGMA fp camera for a development update. The camera has come a long way since our last post about it, and SIGMA can confirm a number of specifications in our exclusive interview.
Back in July we reported about the surprise announcement about the SIGMA fp camera; the worlds smallest full frame, mirrorless camera. Check out what we found out in our article here.
The SIGMA fp hardware is now complete, and the camera itself is in production. SIGMA are still developing and fine tuning the firmware, which is in it’s beta stage.
SIGMA has previously used Foveon sensors in its mirrorless cameras, however this was not possible due to the required readout speed of the sensor. A CMOS sensor has been used instead.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Sony FE C 16-35mm T/3.1 G Full-Frame E-Mount Lens Announced
During IBC 2019, also announced a new E-mount lens to be added to its already comprehensive line-up of glass: the Sony FE C 16-35mm T/3.1 G. This lens is a cinema lens which can also be controlled with AF, and it is compatible with all E-mount Full-Frame cameras, including the recently announced Sony FX9. Let’s take a closer look at this lens.
Sony FE C 16-35mm T/3.1 G
The Sony FE C 16-35mm T/3.1 G is Sony’s latest G master Full-Frame compatible lens. Indeed, this lens is compatible with the latest Sony FX9 camera but also with every other Alpha camera and even the Sony VENICE.
Sony is already teasing other Cinema G series lenses.
The lens design consists of two XA (Extreme Aspherical) elements, three aspheric lenses, and two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glasses to reduce color distortions. On top of that, a Nano AR (Anti Reflection) coating should minimize lens flares and ghosting.
GearComments Off on Godox AD200 Pro Versus Geekoto GT-200, the Two Best Value Strobes
The Godox AD200 Pro is considered by many to be the best value in photography strobes but Geekoto recently created their own competitor, the GT-200. Is this new strobe a better option? Let’s find out.
The Geekoto GT-200 is slightly smaller than the AD200 because it doesn’t have a removable flash head. If you don’t need the extra flashheads, you’ll appreciate the extra room in your bag.
The Godox AD200 Pro comes with two flash heads; one speedlight style head and one barebulb style head while the GT-200 comes with a fix speedlight style flash head. The Geekoto comes with a removable handle that makes holding it easier.
Geekoto does sell a larger package that includes a softbox, light stand, grid, gels, and dome for $120 extra. These accessories are quite good and I believe they are worth the extra money.
The first thing you’ll probably notice is the compact form factor of the Zhiyun SMOOTH-Q2. It doesn’t fold like the DJI Osmo Mobile 3, but the side-by-side size comparison below is impressive. Once the Osmo Mobile 3 is folded, the form-factor is similar to the SMOOTH-Q2. Otherwise, the Zhiyun gimbal looks easier to transport and bring with you.
GearComments Off on Overview of the Sony a6100 and a6600 APS-C Cameras for Photo and Video
Sony has introduced two new crop-sensor camera bodies with the a6100 and a6600. Were they worth the wait?
In this first look at the two new Sony APS-C cameras, Dan and Sally Watson try them out for both stills and video and give their impressions. Sony also announced two new APS-C lenses alongside the a6100 and a6600, the E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS and E 16-55mm f/2.8 G, and the couple share the general takeaways after using them as well. Overall, these two cameras keep the APS-C line up to date for new Sony customers but lack any real head-turning features.
Apple, GearComments Off on Apple Unveils iPhone 11 Pro with Triple Camera and ‘Deep Fusion’ Technology
In addition to the dual-camera, “entry-level” iPhone 11 that Apple introduced today, the electronics company also revealed the much-anticipated triple camera smartphone that everyone has been expecting. Called the iPhone 11 Pro, it is the first iPhone to get the “Pro” monicker previously reserved for the company’s computers.
The iPhone 11 Pro will come in two flavors: a 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro and 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max. Both phones feature Apple’s latest A13 Bionic processor and an impressive new ‘Super Retina XDR’ OLED display that offers a reported 1,200 nits peak brightness and a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio while somehow also being 15 percent more energy efficient.