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Intro image for article A Practical Look at the Canon Sumire Primes
Tutorials & Guides
I recently got a chance to take a closer look at Canon's premium Sumire cinema prime lenses. In this video, I'll provide some historical context for their development, an overview of design and performance, and many examples of their aesthetic and optical characteristics.
Intro image for article ARRI Knowledge Base: Mastering the Wireless Ecosystem
Tutorials & Guides
In this video, I give an in-depth look at ARRI's Electronic Control System, including video transmission, camera and lens control, and other wireless solutions. I discuss technical best practices, interconnectivity, and advanced integrations.
Intro image for article AbelCine FOV Tool 2.0
Tools, Charts & Downloads
AbelCine's FOV Tool 2.0 is here! This update to our original, and very popular, FOV (field of view) Comparator allows you to compare camera and lens combinations, including a variety of sensor sizes, recording resolutions, and aspect ratios. Of course, the new tool features the latest cameras and even more lenses.
Intro image for article The Benefits of Canon's New RF Lens Mount
Tech News
In October of 2018, Canon introduced the EOS-R, the first in a new line of full-frame mirrorless still and video cameras along with a new lens mount, dubbed ‘RF’. Unlike the familiar EF mount, which debuted in 1987 with the original EOS series of film cameras, Canon’s new mirrorless mount provides a greatly reduced flange focal distance — also known as flange depth or registration distance — along with a higher bandwidth data pathway between bodies and lenses.
Intro image for article The State of Full Format Production
Tech News
We all know the moment... when a film cuts to a close up and the depth of field is so narrow that we immediately lock onto the lead’s eyes. The character's emotions and place in their world are so clear to us, the audience, as we experience this moment with them. We are not bystanders; we are participants. The image is intimate, organic, and just like that, we get goosebumps.
Intro image for article Testing ARRI's New Signature Zoom Lenses
Tutorials & Guides
In late September, ARRI introduced a new line of Signature Zoom lenses in focal lengths of 16-32mm, 24-75mm, 45-135mm, and 65-300mm. All feature full-frame coverage and fast, constant apertures of T2.8. The 65-300mm is also available with a dedicated 1.7x extender, for a 110.5-510mm range and maximum aperture of T4.95 when mounted.
Intro image for article The Best Podcasts for Filmmakers
Tutorials & Guides
These days, you can name almost any subject and find a great podcast on that topic. This holds true for filmmaking as well. From podcasts designed for general film lovers to super technical ones from industry insiders, there truly is something for everyone. In this post, we've curated a list of our favorites, based on input from our technical specialists and other members of our team.
Intro image for article Shooting with ZEISS Supreme Prime & Cinema Zoom Lenses
Tutorials & Guides
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 At the Bench: A Closer Look at ARRI's Lightweight Matteboxes
Tutorials & Guides
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.