August 2012

EXTENDED COVERAGE

The Angénieux Optimo 19.5-94 and 28-340 zooms offer image coverage of up to 31.4mm in diagonal, which makes them ideal as a choice for working with large-format-sensor cameras, S35 film, full-frame 5K with the RED Epic and more. The Optimo 19.5-94 4.8x zoom has a fast T2.6 aperture with a 329º focus rotation and more than 50 calibrated focus witness marks. Weighing 12.3 pounds, the front diameter is 136mm, and there’s a close minimum focus of only two feet, five inches. The 12x Optimo 28-340 includes a T3.2 aperture, a 327º rotation and over 70 focus witness marks while weighing approximately 24.4 pounds. The front diameter is 162mm, and there’s a minimum focus of four feet, five inches. Both lenses are available in PL or PV mounts, and they’re compatible with Angénieux’s 1.4x and 2x extenders for even more range. List Price: TBA. Contact: Thales Angénieux, (973) 812-3858, www.angenieux.com.

A VISION IN BLUE

The Vision blue5 pan-and-tilt head and tripod system from Vinten incorporates the same functionality as Vinten’s popular Vision blue pan and tilt head, only with a larger carrying capacity of 12.1 pounds to 26.5 pounds at the 100mm center of gravity. Infinitely adjustable Perfect Balance technology offers consistent movement and easy positioning of the camera, while LF drag technology, also infinitely adjustable, enables precise compositions and tailored tension. A high-contrast blue LED illuminated leveling bubble gives the system its name and provides for accurate setup in any lighting situation. The Vision blue5 head is available on its own or with a two-stage aluminum Pozi-Loc tripod and your choice of floor or mid-level spreader kit. List price for the complete system including head, legs, spreader and soft case is $2,850. Contact: Vinten, (888) 2-VINTEN, www.vinten.com.

GOING WIRELESS

With built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity, the JVC GY-HM650 ProHD handheld ENG camera captures in dual codecs, writing full 1920×1080 HD files to one memory card (affordable SDHC/XC media cards) while simultaneously outputting smaller, more Web-friendly-sized files to a second card, which then can be delivered wirelessly to stations and studios without the need for a microwave or satellite connection. The three-chip, 1⁄3-inch, 12-bit CMOS sensor captures HD/SD footage in multiple formats, including native XDCAM EX (.MP4), Final Cut Pro (.MOV) and AVCHD, and .MXF file support provides descriptive metadata attachments. There are HD-SDI and HDMI outputs for monitoring of footage, and the 23x-range 29-667mm (35mm equivalent) Fujinon wide-angle lens offers manual focus, servo zoom, iris rings, three ND filters and a removable hood, as well as autofocus with face detection and an optical image stabilizer. Other features include a 1.22-megapixel viewfinder, a 3.5-inch color LCD screen and Pre Rec retro cache for up to five seconds of precapture. A stereo mic, two XLR inputs with phantom power, a shotgun mic holder and a headphone jack with separate input for wireless mic receivers round out the audio capabilities. Announced concurrently, the GY-HM600 camcorder incorporates the same features as the GY-HM650 sans the FTP/Wi-Fi feature. Instead, it offers mirrored capture of footage to both cards for backup or client delivery. List Price: $5,695 (GY-HM650); $4,695 (GY-HM600). Contact: JVC U.S.A., (800) 526-5308, www.pro.jvc.com.

FOR-A 4K

The FT-ONE variable frame rate camera from FOR-A brings slow-motion capabilities to 4K-resolution video. With a maximum frame rate of 1000 fps, video is captured as uncompressed raw data on internal RAM memory before recording to two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each capable of storing up to 75 seconds of full 4K-resolution images for a maximum of 150 seconds of footage. One output channel can be set for full 4K output or four 1080p HD-SDI outputs while the other provides downconverted HD-SDI for live viewing. The FT1-CMOS color sensor also can simultaneously record and play back full 4K in 4096×2160 resolution. The FT-ONE uses a PL-mount lens and a global shutter system for eliminating skew, wobble and other artifacts. List Price: TBA. Contact: FOR-A Corporation of America, (714) 894-3311, www.for-a.com.

SUPER-SLO-MO

Offered as a single high-frame-rate solution for a variety of applications, including TV productions, new mixed media and scientific work, the compact Phantom Miro M320S digital camera provides a variety of motion effects with variable frame rates, including 1320 fps at the full resolution of 1920×1200 (common for computer monitors). The camera also offers 1540 fps at 1920×1080, 2250 fps at 1152×1152, 8490 fps at 640×480 and even higher frame rates all the way up to a massive 325,000 fps at 64×8 resolution. There’s high light sensitivity of 8600 T mono/1200 T color, 12-bit depth and 35mm-like depth of field thanks to a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor, as well as a minimum shutter speed of 1 microsecond and a minimum frame rate of 24 fps. The Miro M320S can be used with the optional Phantom Remote Control Unit for establishing recording settings and previewing footage with the built-in monitor, and configurations include 3 GB, 6 GB or 12 GB of RAM. The included solid-state Phantom CineFlash Storage system captures up to 240 GB of Cine Raw files, and there’s also an HD-SDI output for 720p, 1080psf and 1080i monitoring. List Price: Begins at $44,000 (Miro M320S); Begins at $5,000 (Remote Control Unit). Contact: Vision Research, (866) 450-7426, www.visionresearch.com.



THE PRIME ADVANTAGE

With an 18mm/T2.2, a 25mm/T2.2, a 35mm/T2.1, a 50mm/T2.0, a 75mm/T2.0 and a 95mm/T2.0, the six-lens Schneider-Kreuznach Cine-Xenar III prime set is designed to offer PL-mount 35mm single-sensor and film cameras very fast T-stops, high image quality and robust construction. The high-resolution, tele-centric lenses are built for even image brightness from corner to corner and minimized breathing, as well as a pleasing bokeh thanks to 18 iris blades. The operator-friendly focus control sports large, easily readable engravings and a 270º focus rotation for smooth and accurate adjustments. The lenses can focus at a close distance of only 11 inches from the sensor plane, and the set is built with the same housing dimensions and homogenous placement of focus and iris gears for familiar handling across the range and fast lens swaps when used with follow-focus systems and matte boxes. Excepting the 18mm/T2.2, the front filter diameter is a common 100×0.75mm thread for mounting screw-in filters. List Price: $48,410 (set). Contact: Schneider Optics, Inc., (800) 645-7239, www.schneideroptics.com.

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