The CN-E Compact-Servo zoom lens line expands with the CN-E 70-200mm T4.4 joining the CN-E 18-80mm T4.4
I reviewed Canon’s then-brand-new CN-E Compact-Servo 18-80mm T4.4 zoom lens back in January of this year, and I found it to be an innovative take on the Compact-Servo zoom lens, inventing a new category, the low-cost, Compact-Servo AF S35 lens.
I had a chance to put a prototype of the Canon CN-E 70-200mm T4.4, the new big brother to the 18-80mm,... Read more
Smart design, portability and optional motorized control make this a no-brainer for the video shooter
While the market for portable video sliders may be crowded, few units are as well designed and well engineered as the ProMediaGear PMG-DUO slider. CNC-machined from a solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum, the three members of the PMG-DUO product line (24”, 36” and 48”) offer a curved track on one side of the unit and a straight track on the... Read more
Collapsible, portable and durable, this carbon-fiber tripod is ready to take on video projects—anywhere in the world
Video tripods have never been known to be particularly light or particularly portable due to their need to provide stability for heavy, delicate camera equipment. Big beefy legs, a large center column and a heavy video head are the hallmarks of most models. This poses a bit of a problem for the traveling videographer, the person who’s looking to take... Read more
A look at the camera that ushers the company (back) into a new era of cinematography
When Blackmagic Design branched out from development of their color-editing and video-processing software to announce the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, few realized that it would signify the beginning of a range of video camera systems that would come to capture a large part of the budget-minded high-end cine and video space. The new Blackmagic URSA Mini... Read more
How to do more with less for one-man-band and small-crew shoots
Sony a7R II
I recently had a conversation with a videographer who was searching for cases for his lighting kit. When I asked what kinds of lights he wanted to bring on his shoots and what kind of shooting he did, he replied that he was looking for just the right case to hold his ARRI 650w, 300w and 150w Fresnels, as well as two Lowel Rifa lights. In... Read more
How LED technology will grow to new heights for 2017 and beyond
The increasing versatility and dropping production costs of LED lighting panels make them attractive lighting solutions in the broadcast and film industries.
Over the past few years, the tools we use to light for video have changed immensely. Gone are the days of needing heavy, heat-generating and expensive lighting sources for every shoot. The availability... Read more
A high-quality, versatile support that can stand up against the competition, literally
For the run-and-gun videographer, there’s little more annoying than having to unfold and extend the legs of a tripod just to get a quick shot. Many pros turn to monopods when they’re shooting light and fast, but the limitations of many monopods leave camera operators struggling to balance the gear and take a smooth pan.
Manfrotto’s XPRO aluminum... Read more
So long, F-stop, hello, T-stop! We shoot with the Cooke miniS4/i 32mm T2.8-22 on a Sony a7S II camera, and the results are amazing.
Have you ever wondered what a one-off cinema lens from a legendary manufacturer looks like attached to a Sony a7S II?
After visiting the Cooke Optics factory, we did, so we tried one out.
The results were lovely and left us at times amazed by the dimensionality, smooth rendering and quality. A Cooke lens of this type, the miniS4/i 32mm T2.8-22, is normally... Read more
Some recent events within the cinema and video production worlds are causing us to take a fresh look at our shooting media needs
Panasonic AU-EVA1 Super 35 Handheld Cinema Camera
Some recent events within the cinema and video production worlds have caused us to take a fresh look at our shooting media needs. You know, those cards and/or drives that we use to record our best efforts, dreams and wishes manifested as zeros and ones? Two different relatively earth-shaking events... Read more
A vintage Cooke Optics lens
Cooke Optics has been making lenses for 130 years, and their coatings haven’t changed much since the ’60s—that’s what contributes to the Cooke Look cinematographers want on their digital bodies, like RED and ARRI.
The coatings are like pixie dust and seen here (decades of them built up) on a flange. The flange holds... Read more