How to budget smartly for professional video and cinema gear
“Should I buy this piece of gear?” I see this posted often, and since I’m in possession of at least a few gray hairs, I’m asked the same question on a pretty consistent basis. People often spend inordinate amounts of time curating and writing out a long and often well-researched gear list that they’re thinking about buying. It could be a camera... Read more
Shipping in late July, the lenses are available individually or as a two-lens set or as part of a seven-lens set
Sigma has announced pricing and a ship date for its 14mm and 135mm T2 FF Cine Prime lenses. Shipping in late July, the lenses will be available individually or as a two-lens set or as part of a seven-lens set.
Priced at $4,999 each, the full-frame-compatible cine primes are available in Canon EF, Sony E and PL mounts, and can shoot up to 8K, with 180-degree... Read more
High-res sensors and lenses are changing more than the video market, and among them is RED’s Weapon 8K system
A portrait captured as a frame grab from the RED Weapon 8K camera. Photo by Vincent Laforet
At the RED booth at CineGear, I had the chance to catch up with photographer/videographer Vincent Laforet, who had some of his recent photographic work on display on the walls of the booth. Laforet is a former Canon Explorer of Light, and his early work with... Read more
New camera system will arrive in 2018, offer more versatility
Sony has taken the interesting step of pre-announcing a new CineAlta camera setup to assembled journalists, and later to the public, at the CineGear trade show.
Announcing a new full-frame system that is currently in development and scheduled to be released “in early 2018” the company said that the “next gen” system will be a... Read more
Concerned about traveling with your laptop and expensive camera gear? Learn about the best ways to handle the ban on laptops in airline carry-ons
Checking your laptop and camera gear on international flights appears likely to become the norm, not the exception.
You probably know that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has banned devices larger than a smartphone from airline carry-ons on flights to the U.S. from several airports in the Middle East and Africa. Recent news reports suggest... Read more
The 16-35mm F2.8 GM is the final lens in the E-mount F2.8 G Master series, while the 12-24mm F4 G covers the widest angle among all full-frame E-mount glass
Sony launched the new wide-angle 16-35mm F2.8 GM and 12-24mm F4 G lenses against the backdrop of the company’s first-ever gathering of Sony Artisans and artist community. In an advanced look, we were able to spend a day shooting with the two new lenses.
Sony 12-24mm F4 G lens
Chrome against a backlit sky is often a great place to catch flaring and... Read more
Handheld LED provides constant light, flash and many features of the bigger systems, in a compact package
The flexibility of LED lighting sources and the creativity of the companies producing lights for video and photographic purposes has ushered in a era of sophisticated lighting solutions that can do things that older continuous lightings sources were incapable of doing.
At NAB, we took a look at the new Rotolight AEOS ultra-portable LED, a compact version... Read more
Classic lens design brings feeling to digital cinematography
The CW Sonderoptic lens was tucked toward the rear of the central NAB hall, but packed with attendees nonetheless. Many were probably drawn by the legendary red Leica “dot” and many others by the lure of the image characteristics of the Leica Thalia lenses on offer.
While a lot of the conversation at NAB is about the sharpness, resolution... Read more
Update to powerful video-recorder super-charges audio recording
We’ve been spending a lot of time with audio gear recently, developing an article for HDVideo Pro about portable audio recorders for the DSLR and mirrorless shooters. Many neophyte cinematographers quickly grasp the basics of appropriate video settings and capture, but find that themselves running into the limitations of in-camera audio.
I stopped... Read more
We catch up with Manfrotto on the ground and in the air
In one of those bits of coincidence that comes with attending trade shows, I’ve just had an extended conversation about Manfrotto and their product development cycle from Marco Vidali, the company’s head of Manfrotto’s U.S. distribution. Striking up a conversion as I uploaded these shots of the company’s bags as we sat next to one another on... Read more
From cameras to LED lights, many ARRI products are designed to have new features added via firmware update—and a ton of them were announced for NAB
ARRI is one of the most legendary names in the cinema world, with a legacy that stretches back to 1917, way before the founders of many of today’s hardware companies were born. Franz Wieser, VP of international marketing, gave us a booth tour, and while it might it might not look like ARRI has many new products at the booth, this is largely because... Read more
Canon’s NAB booth is filled with hotly anticipated products—and some surprises
In 2008, Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II ushered in the era of DSLR-based cinema video and ushered in a sea change of innovation in the cine market. Just under a decade later, and the NAB show floor is full products that were developed as both a direct and indirect reaction to the new market that Canon helped foster. From lenses to rigs to accessories, the... Read more