I See Sparkles And Fireworks

See the world through confetti-colored glass and other new offerings from Schneider Optics
By Neil Matsumoto
Founded in 1913, Schneider Optics is one of the leading manufacturers of industrial and photographic optics, as well as lens accessories. At NAB 2015, it was no surprise that they displayed some nifty new products. A true legend, Ira Tiffen has been developing specialized optics for film and television production…

SmallHD Releases Innovative Monitor/Viewfinder Combo

The 502 Monitor and Sidefinder EVF will help you get the perfect shot
By Neil Matsumoto
No, it’s not the new iPhone, it’s a monitoring system for cinematographers! We stopped by the SmallHD booth and got a nice intro to their new 502 monitor and Sidefinder EVF combo. Regarding the monitor, the 502 is a new platform for the company. The 5-inch display delivers 1920 x…

SmallHD's New 5-inch Monitor

SmallHD, known for its excellent HD field monitors, announces the 502, the first offering in its new 500 Series of 5-inch Full HD on-camera monitors
By Neil Matsumoto
Often overlooked on the set, proper monitoring is one of the most important aspects of digital filmmaking. Since most cinematographers are creating the look of the film on set, you really need to know what you're capturing, especially in terms of focus. SmallHD has quickly become one of the most…
You know a camera is good when nearly all of the best camera accessory manufacturers start to build specialty rigs and accessories specifically for the system. The Sony FS7 is one such camera and has been taking the documentary and indie film production world by storm. Schneider Optics just announced…

Get In Focus

Manfrotto expands their video accessories line with its first follow focus
By Neil Matsumoto
Achieving critical focus is one of the most difficult filmmaking skills to master and for professional camera assistants, a good follow focus is a must have tool. Manfrotto, a leading manufacturer of photo and video tools, just introduced its first follow focus, the MVA511FF. Created with precision and flexibility in…

Vision Quest

Dolby Vision and new 4K monitors from Panasonic, Canon and Sony are pushing the boundaries of professional on-set monitoring
By Ian Blair
Monitors have often been treated like second-class citizens intruding in the glamorous world of movies, commercials and TV—respected, but largely unloved. But that's all changing, as movies, TV and commercial production run to embrace high-resolution digital video and CGI. Now, the lowly monitor has become a star in its own…
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