Hands-On With Canon’s New Compact Servo 18-80mm T4.4 EF Lens

Combining the best features from other Canon lens lines to create an optic ideal for shooting handheld event and doc footage
Canon Compact Servo 18-80mm T4.4 EF
Canon’s new 18-80 Compact Servo lens is a unique new lens for several reasons. Canon took the best features from three of their other lens lines and magically blended them together into something incredibly useful to anyone who shoots handheld event and documentary footage. Canon recently shipped me an evaluation copy of the 18-80 Compact Servo to... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro (2016) Hands-On Video Review

It’s one of the most debated new portable Macs—is the MacBook Pro a must-have for creatives?
Apple MacBook Pro 2016
Our sister publication Digital Photo Pro reviewed Apple’s portable powerhouse computer when it was released last year, and now we’ll take you through its features in our hands-on video review. With an almost desktop-level of power, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is lighter and faster than the previous model (as is the 13-inch version). For video editors... Read more

TASCAM Triple Threat

Three new microphone recorders with internal microSDHC capture give DSLR, lavalier and battery-powered handheld-XLR users dual capture and plug-and-play operation without the need for an external recorder
At less than a quarter-pound in weight each, three new AAA battery microphones with direct capture to microSDHC cards for DSLR, XLR-handheld and lavalier systems from TASCAM.
At less than a quarter-pound in weight each, three new AAA battery microphones with direct capture to microSDHC cards for DSLR, XLR-handheld and lavalier systems from TASCAM. Announced this last April at NAB, TASCAM turned quite a few heads with the DR-10SG, an on-camera shotgun microphone solution aimed directly at DSLR users. With microSD support... Read more

New Announcements From Canon At CES 2017

Canon announces three new affordable handheld camcorders, a travel video kit and new flagship PowerShot camera, the PowerShot G9 X Mark II at $529 will be on hand at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, which begins tomorrow in Las Vegas
Canon CES 2017
The day prior to the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which runs January 5-8th in Las Vegas, Canon has announced brand new updates to their consumer lines of VIXIA camcorders and video-capable PowerShot fixed-lens cameras. With 1”, 20.2 megapixel sensor, the latest flagship in the PowerShot line, the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II ($529 for a... Read more

New Rokinon 20mm Cinema, DSLR And Mirrorless Primes

New full frame Rokinon $599 Digital Photo 20mm F1.8 and Rokinon $899 Cine DS 20mm T1.9 primes for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Micro Four Thirds and more joins three lines of available Rokinon digital lenses
New Rokinon 20mm Cinema, DSLR And Mirrorless Prime Lenses New full frame Rokinon $599 Digital Photo 20mm F1.8 and Rokinon $899 Cine DS 20mm T1.9 primes for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Micro Four Thirds and more joins three lines of available Rokinon digital lenses
Differing only in weight, length and iris, Rokinon has announced two similar but slightly different 20mm primes. Joining their separate Digital Photo and Cine DS families of prime lenses, the more expensive Cine DS Rokinon 20mm has a T-stop iris measurement of T1.9 while the Digital Photo 20mm has the almost exact same aperture at f/1.8. (T-stops quantify... Read more

Think Tank’s Mirrorless Mover Camera Bags

Large and yet low-profile, the affordable Think Tank Mirrorless Mover camera bags will carry mirrorless camera systems with multiple lenses all the way up to telephoto zoom
Large and yet low-profile, the affordable Think Tank Mirrorless Mover camera bags will carry mirrorless camera systems with multiple lenses
For mirrorless shooters, Think Tank has updated its line of Mirrorless Mover low-profile camera bags. Listing between only $34 to $69 by model in the line, the Mirrorless Mover bags culminate in the Mirrorless Mover 30I, which sports enough room to carry two to four lenses, including a large telephoto like 70-200mm models. With a new magnetic closure... Read more

K-Tek Audio Accessory Bags: The K-Tek Gizmo Bag Set

The $99 Gizmo Bag Set of K-Tek audio accessory bags for small gear like wireless systems, cables, adaptors, transmitters, batteries, lavalieres and more
K-Tek Audio Accessory Bags: The K-Tek Gizmo Bag Set
K-Tek, who made an appearance on my top ten list of best new products at last year’s NAB show, has announced a new set of three Stingray Gizmo Bags for only $99. The bags have see-through designs for sifting through contents without opening as well as transparent lid pockets for quick access to smaller items like memory cards. K-Tek Audio Accessory... Read more

New 624 And 8A MOTU Mobile Audio Mixers

New 624 and 8A MOTU Mobile Audio Mixers: portable and capable sound capture and mixing
New $795 624 and 8A MOTU Mobile Audio Mixers For Production And Live Events
Offering your choice of 32 channels of audio I/O in the MOTU 624 or 34 channels via the MOTU 8A, two new MOTU Mobile Audio Mixers are built for capturing and mixing top shelf analog audio. Inheriting many of the features and audio performance of the flagship 1248 and 16A interfaces, at only $795 per system, the MOTU Mobile Audio Mixers have console-style... Read more

Seeing In The Dark: Hands On With The Canon ME20F-SH

With a stellar top light sensitivity equivalence of more than 4 million ISO and a massive imaging sensor, Canon’s first full-frame video camera is capable of working in a variety of applications
The Canon ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera with full-frame sensor features insanely high light sensitivity and an extremely modular form factor. With the “M” standing for multipurpose, the very new Canon ME20F-SH camera is not only a cinema camera with the internal benefits of large-sensor capture, but also an extremely versatile video solution for... Read more

Three Monitors That Deliver The Details

Compact production monitors offer a light and affordable way to improve focus and exposure on set
Compact production monitors offer a light and affordable way to improve focus and exposure on set
Shooting with your camera’s built-in viewfinder or swing-out confidence monitor often leads to unfortunate focus and exposure mistakes. On the other hand, the thought of carrying around a large broadcast monitor to assist is inconvenient, if not impossible, in many production scenarios. Enter the compact, professional monitoring category, products... Read more

Raptor Cine Lenses From IB/E And Band Pro

Beginning with 100mm, 150mm and 180mm focal lengths, two companies are collaborating on the Raptor line of lenses for cinema cameras, capable of full-frame coverage for the new breed of large-sensor camcorders
Starting with a 100mm, 150mm and 180mm, the Raptor family of prime cinema lenses will cover full-frame sensors.
Starting with a 100mm, 150mm and 180mm, the Raptor family of prime cinema lenses will cover full-frame sensors. Featuring 1:1 macro magnification, a consistent T2.9 aperture across the lens range and full-frame coverage that’s large enough to cover the upcoming wave of large-sensor cameras from corner to corner, the brand-new Raptor line of full-frame... Read more

Immersed In Lytro Immerge

The Lytro Immerge light-field camera is almost here, the most exciting, and potentially disruptive, thing to happen to filmmaking in decades
rush hour, city workers going to work
In film production, the phrase “We’ll fix it in post” has always been synonymous with mistakes and failures. Just this month, I was on a commercial set calling for a live Bengal tiger to be shot in front of a greenscreen. Unfortunately, the spot’s director and production team were so enamored with filming the beautiful animal that they completely... Read more
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