Camera and Lens Round-Up
Chicago Illinois USA
CreativeCOW.net. All rights reserved.
The best part of the show for me is seeing all of my friends and the many bovines that come out to the desert for a change of scenery, the food, and yes, all of the new tools. Rather than start with my top picks, I am going to highlight the cameras in ascending order as I see their importance in the overall market, saving my favorite for last. From there, I'll take a look at some of my favorite lenses and support gear.
While Panasonic's AG-3DA1
camera was in wide use at the Panasonic booth, I did not see any additional models anywhere else on the show floor. [For more on the AG-3DA1 see Steven Bradford's coverage of that camera in his article.
] With limited controls for interaxial adjustments and convergence, I imagine that a lot of bad 3D will be shot with this camera to start. Hopefully people learn quickly that having less control while shooting means that you need to plan for control to be exercised in post.
SONY HDCAM SRW-9000
Jeff Cree from Band Pro touted the new Sony HDCAM SRW-9000 by pushing it all the way to the Las Vegas Convention Center's North Hall and back to the South Hall on a J.L. Fisher dolly. This update to the CineAlta line is now available with a 35mm-size sensor and PL lens mounts. Recording to HDCAM SR tape, the 9000 is a rock solid addition to an increasingly tapeless world. It has actually replaced 16mm for many of the episodic shows being shot on the East Coast. I expect it to be a mainstay in episodic TV for quite sometime , allowing productions to continue with their familiar HDCAM SR workflows, and also maintaining the shallow depth of field from film-style lenses and production techniques.
VISION RESEARCH PHANTOM FLEX
Mitch Gross of Abel Cine Tech brought in two different beauties, the first of which was the Vision Research Phantom Flex®. This new addition to the top of the line of my favorite line of cameras offers a maximum frame raster of 2560x1600, with capture of 2800 fps @ 1080, and 6100 fps at 720p. It is the first of the Phantom line to offer automatic black balancing, a mechanical shutter, and, finally 4:4:4 Dual Link Video and Timecode outs from the camera. That Auto Black Balance is a big deal, freeing Phantom users from the tedious task of constantly having to black balance before every shot or suffer an annoying static pattern noise in the footage.
Vision Research Phantom Flex
|Related Articles / Tutorials:|
Robert McLachlan: Cinematographer for Game of Thrones
Robert McLachlan is the cinematographer of Game of Thrones, Westworld and Ray Donovan, and he joins commercial director and Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli to share behind the scenes stories from some of his most iconic scenes including The Red Wedding and The Loot Train Battle.
Feature, People / Interview
DJI Mavic Pro In Depth Review - The Best 4K Drone?
VFX guru Tobias Gleissenberger was so delighted with the DJI Mavic Pro 4K drone that he bought (yes, bought) that he was inspired to take a break from making tutorials to create an in-depth review of this compact, lightweight, consumer drone offering terrific value. No, it's not a platform for your digital cinema camera, but if you're looking for a fast, fun, integrated 4K camera drone packed with features, the Mavic Pro might be for you. This review is delivered Surfaced Studio-style, with wit, high energy, and details you won't find anywhere else.
Beautiful 8K Timelapse of Norway's Four Seasons
One year of planning, one year of shooting, and four months of post-production is a lot of time to spend on a single timelapse, but photographer Morten Rustad‘s creation SEASONS of NORWAY captured this 8K masterpiece by travelling a total of 20,000
Join Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli and his special guest, David Klein, ASC, cinematographer of Homeland and True Blood. David is here to talk all about it all. His love of realism has defined a generation of filmmaking and he continues to execute it flawlessly with his work on Homeland. David talks with us about all his gear and lighting choices, shooting hand-held effectively and how the best film education is to simply shoot something.
Feature, People / Interview
All Eyes on IBC 2016 for Cameras and Lenses Galore
What’s that you say? An IBC that’s not only relevant, but downright exhilarating?
This used to not be news, of course. However, in recent years, IBC has too often become simply an opportunity for European audiences to see products already announced at NAB. In 2016, however, the focus swings sharply to Amsterdam, especially when it comes to cameras and lenses. IBC 2016 is shaping up to be one of the most dramatic trade shows for cinematographers, broadcasters, and videographers in years. Join Creative COW Editor-in-Chief Tim Wilson for a speedy overview of some of the highlights.
Depth of Field: Gregg Toland, Citizen Kane and Beyond
Whenever somebody equates "shallow depth of field" and "cinematic look," it's important to remember that the opposite is also sometimes true. Creative COW Editor-in-Chief Tim Wilson celebrates the work of Gregg Toland, ASC, born this week in 1904 -- the first master of extreme depth of field in movies like Citizen Kane and The Grapes of Wrath that forever changed what is possible for humans to do with cameras. This reprise of a classic article from the Creative COW Archives also offers a look at what Toland's approach to cinematic composition can mean for YOUR shooting.
New Trends and Technology at Cine Gear Expo 2016
Cine Gear Expo 2016 exhibits open Friday June 3 and 4, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California with major screenings, filmmaker panel discussions, groundbreaking techniques and new equipment premiers that are sure to influence the filmmaking industry. Catering to the world’s top motion picture, video and new media visual artists, Paramount’s prestigious back lot is the ideal setting for professionals to meet with colleagues and nearly 300 top equipment vendors to see live demos and get their hands on the latest gear. Take a look at how this year's hottest trends are shaping up.
School, Teachers, Italian Neorealism & a Few Soviet Films
In this exclusive interview, generously granted to Creative COW by the Gamma and Density Journal, during his lifetime, Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, sat down with Yuri Neyman, ASC to talk about his life as a cinematographer. We remember the genius.
Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, 1930 - 2016 - Remembering the Genius
Winner of an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the long list of official accolades for Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC doesn't begin to illustrate the impact his work has had on generations of artists around the world. Friend, colleague, and Global Cinematography Institute co-founder Yuri Neyman, ASC shares some of his memories with us.
Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Yuri Neyman, ASC