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Intro image for article Behind the Lens: Canon Compact Servo 18-80mm
Tutorials & Guides
The Canon Compact-Servo 18-80mm T4.4 lens is the newest release in Canon’s extensive lens lineup. The lens was designed to bridge the gap between their EF still zooms and their cinema zooms, blending features from both form factors. This lens fills an important space for documentary cinematographers looking for a small, inexpensive lens with high functionality on a wide range of shoots. The zoom range of the lens is great for all-around verite shooting, covering the most-used standard focal lengths.
Intro image for article At the Bench: Angenieux Optimo Style 48-130
Tutorials & Guides
I had a chance to look over the new Angenieux Optimo Style 48-130mm lens, a hotly anticipated addition to the Optimo Style series. As a lens in the Style series, it is designed to complement the 16-40mm and 30-76mm zooms.
Intro image for article At the Bench: Cartoni Focus 22 & Maxima 30 Fluid Heads
Tutorials & Guides
Today I had the chance to check out the new Cartoni Focus 22 fluid head system. This head will fit a wide variety of cameras accommodating payloads from 6.5 to 48.5 lbs.
Intro image for article Behind the Lens: Fujinon Cabrio 20-120mm
Tutorials & Guides
Fujinon recently released the Cabrio 20-120, an economical version of their popular Cabrio Compact Lenses. Despite being smaller and lighter, the 20-120 is still a member of the elite “Premier” series of Fujinon lenses, offering exceptional optical performance across the board.
Intro image for article At the Bench: ARRI SkyPanels Firmware 3.0 Overview
Tutorials & Guides
In this video, Jem Schofield of theC47 takes you through some of the most significant new features of the 3.0 firmware update for ARRI's SkyPanel series of lighting fixtures (including the S30-C, S60-C, and S120-C).
Intro image for article Behind the Lens: Canon Cine-Servo 17-120mm
Tutorials & Guides
The Canon Cine-Servo 17-120mm made some waves when it was released in 2014. Finally, we had an ENG-style servo lens with a long zoom range for Super 35 sensors shooting in high resolutions. This made a lot of people happy in the documentary and TV world, eliminating the need to carry multiple lenses and bringing us back to broadcast camera / lens design. Let’s take a deeper look at this lens.
Intro image for article At the Bench: A Closer Look at the Freefly MoVI Pro
Tutorials & Guides
Freefly’s latest handheld gimbal stabilizer, the MoVI Pro, has been rebuilt from the ground up to improve upon almost every aspect of the original family of MoVIs. There is very little on the system that has not been given the deluxe treatment; from the integrated tuning stand by way of the ring with attached feet, to the dual battery system allowing hot-swapability.
Intro image for article Canon Log for the 5D Mark IV
Tech News
Many will remember the excitement surrounding Canon’s release, in March 2010, of a firmware update for the 5D Mark II which added 24p to the camera’s already ground-breaking video mode (the 5D Mark II was the first “full-frame” DSLR with 1080p video recording). This mid-lifecycle enhancement is perhaps most responsible for igniting the DSLR video revolution.
Intro image for article Handheld Cinema Camcorder Comparison Chart
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A new category of single-operator, handheld camera has recently established itself in the tier between traditional ENG/broadcast cameras (based on 2/3″ sensors) and the single-chip Super35-sensor digital cinema cameras we cover extensively in this blog. This current crop of higher-end, all-in-one cinema camcorders use one-inch sensors and have generous zoom ranges, and they’re all capable of recording UHD (the 16:9 version of 4K, 3840×2160 resolution) – most even have high-speed capabilities as well.