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Intro image for article Mini LF Series: Shooting for HDR
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One of the major technology trends in 2020 continues to be HDR. As you may also know, Netflix has instituted a requirement that all original programming be finished in HDR (the Dolby Vision flavor, to be exact) — not unlike their 2015 edict that all original programming be shot with cameras from a growing list of bodies that capture at least UHD 3840x2160 natively. While a full primer on ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting HDR’ is beyond the scope of this article, I wanted to highlight one camera particularly well-suited to HDR capture (as well as satisfying the Netflix resolution requirements): ARRI’s ALEXA Mini LF.
Intro image for article ALEXA Mini LF: Wireless Camera Control
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The ALEXA Mini LF builds on ARRI's wireless control technology, which was introduced to the ALEXA line with the ALEXA SXT W. Each new ALEXA camera has advanced this capability, and the Mini LF is no exception. In this blog, I take a look at the various options available for wireless camera control and discuss the benefits of each.
Intro image for article Kitting the Sony FX9: Accessory Guide
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Any time a new compact lightweight camera like Sony's PXW-FX9 comes out, camera assistants and operators have to spend a fair amount of time thinking about how to kit it out. To that end I recently spent some time myself evaluating and analyzing the different accessories on offer for the new camera. I also conferred with our rental department to get the perspective of a typical camera house environment and use that to compare against the more specialized needs of an owner-operator or low-budget filmmaker. Combining this insight with my own experience as a 1st AC and documentary camera operator helped me create this accessory guide, which, while not all-inclusive, should serve as a good starting point for any new FX9 owner.
Intro image for article ALEXA Mini LF: The Power of ARRI's LPL Mount
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When ARRI debuted their “large format” camera series with the full-size ALEXA LF in 2018, it came with a new, and somewhat radical, lens mount dubbed LPL, for ‘Large Positive Lock’. LPL is similar to the classic PL-mount (itself also an ARRI invention) used on cinema cameras since the early 80s but with a couple of noteworthy differences.
Intro image for article Shooting with ZEISS Supreme Prime & Cinema Zoom Lenses
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As DPs, we often decide whether our project should be shot with primes or zooms based on the desired look and logistics of the shoot. However, there are plenty of times when we need to use both. Maybe we are handheld, shooting outside for some scenes, so zooms make the most logistical sense. Yet for other portions, we are shooting portraits or interviews, and we want the added optical quality, control, and stop of a prime. Then, our main objective becomes making sure the lenses match and will cut together cohesively.
Intro image for article Canon C500 Mark II Accessory Guide
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The Canon EOS C500 Mark II digital cinema camera features a 5.9K full-frame CMOS sensor, 15+ stops of dynamic range, Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, with support for Touch AF and Face Detection AF, a user-changeable lens mount (EF included), and more. Here are a few accessories that complement the camera and expand its functionality for virtually any production application.
Intro image for article At the Bench: A Closer Look at ARRI's Lightweight Matteboxes
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Recently, I had a chance to take a closer look at a few of the latest offerings from ARRI Pro Camera Accessories. In this video, I explore the versatility and functionality of the ARRI Lightweight Mattebox LMB 4x5 as well as the 138mm Diopter Frame and 138mm Diopter Stage. There is also a LMB 6x6 version available for 6” filtration that is very similar to the LMB 4x5 as both were designed for extreme modularity at minimum weight.
Intro image for article At the Bench: The Light Bridge CRLS Reflectors
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The Light Bridge has introduced the CRLS, Cine Reflect Lighting System. The system includes a series of C-Reflectors with various levels of diffusion applied to them. The CRLS can be used to create different lighting effects from a single lighting source. Any Fresnel, from a small tungsten lamp to a Leko, can be used with the CRLS.
Intro image for article At the Bench: Shooting with the Panasonic S1H & EVA1 Cameras
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Panasonic's S1H is a full frame mirrorless camera that offers cinema quality images and records in V-Log, Panasonic's logarithmic brightness curve, which captures the full dynamic range of the sensor. I was curious to see how well the S1H would cut with footage from an EVA1, so I decided to do some testing.