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Topics NAB 2017

NAB-Booth-Presentations

Our booth presentations were a big hit at this year’s NAB show. Featuring a range of topics from HDR and cinematography tools, to livestreaming and branded content, panelists included working cinematographers, technology specialists, industry experts, and more. Now that the show’s over, by popular demand, you can catch all our presentations in their highest quality versions.

…continue reading NAB 2017: AbelCine Booth Presentations Roundup

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Zeiss has had a line of reasonably priced cinema zooms for a few years now, but the introduction of the Zeiss LWZ.3 21-100mm takes things up a notch. The 21-100 covers a much longer focal length range than any of their other lenses, and is more than a pound lighter than its predecessors. The 21-100 will cover most of the documentary shooting situations you’ll find yourself in. But unlike the other Zeiss cinema zooms, the 21-100 only covers Super 35, so you can’t use this on your full frame cameras. Let’s take a closer look at the aspects of this lens.

…continue reading Behind the Lens: Zeiss LWZ.3 21-100mm Zoom

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Topics NAB 2017

NABroundup-2017

 

We had an exciting week of NAB activities and our technical specialists were busy covering the latest gear and announcements at the show. With so much to cover, we’ve rounded up all of our NAB blogs in one place for you to check out.

…continue reading NAB 2017: Roundup of Our Blog Coverage

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Canon’s CN-E Compact Zooms have been a great addition to documentary cinematography since their release five years ago. The image quality is superb and is a great choice for higher-end productions. They offer a comfortable size and weight, with a fast, consistent T2.8 aperture. This pair of lenses offers a great focal length range that will cover you in most shooting situations. Let’s take a deep dive into the look and feel of these two lenses.

…continue reading Behind the Lens: Canon CN-E 15.5-47 & 30-105 Compact Zooms

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Apr
Topics NAB 2017, Sony

I stopped by the Sony booth, where Joseph Schimizzi talked me through their recent updates. A big focus for Sony this year has been increased support for HDR, and with these updates they are making the technology much more accessible to a larger base of users, and a wider audience.

The first camera we discuss is the feature packed PXW-FS5, which is getting even more updates and future upgrade options. Sony will be adding Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) curves as a picture profile, and this update will be available for the PXW-Z150 as well. Three different HLG curves will be available. While Joe said the white paper has not been published yet, it looks as though they are set up for 600%, 800% and 1000% levels. Be sure to keep an eye out for the technical specifications that will go into detail on how to expose these various settings. Perhaps of most interest to FS5 shooters will be a decrease in the native ISO when using S-LOG3, down to 2000 ISO. This now falls in line with both the FS7 and F5, allowing all three cameras to be exposed the same. One final update on the FS5 side will be a future paid upgrade, enabling continuous recording at up to 120 fps in Full HD.

On the monitoring side, Sony has released a new HDR display. The new BVM-E171 is a 17-inch HD HDR display that conforms to BT.2084 standards and supports HLG. This is a companion offering to their flagship HDR monitor, the BVM-X300. This monitor is much smaller and lighter than its counterpart, making it much easier to transport and carry around on set.

…continue reading NAB 2017: Sony Updates

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At the Miller booth, I spoke with Joseph White about Miller’s new Skyline 90 Fluid Head. A design collaboration with storied tripod manufacturer Ronford-Baker, the Skyline 90 is a high-capacity cine-style head on a flat Mitchell base capable of supporting up to 165 lbs for really substantial broadcast or cinema payloads. It features 15 settings for drag, a large, easy to access counterbalance dial, and a unique fore-aft trim knob on the underside of the top plate. To see the head in action and hear more details, check out the video above.

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Topics Canon, NAB 2017

I chatted with Paul Hawxhurst about the new updates from Canon. As you might have heard, they are releasing a Canon Log update for their popular DSLR camera, the 5DIV. Customers have been asking for this, and Canon listened. This upgrade must be performed by a Canon factory service center and will cost around a hundred dollars. Moving forward, you will be able to purchase new 5DIV cameras with Canon Log pre-installed. This update is sure to make C-series users happy, as they can now integrate 5DIV footage seamlessly alongside their C300 Mark II or C100 Mark II clips.

Paul also talked about Canon’s recently released HDR reference displays, like the DP-V2420. These monitors feature an impressive 200,000:1 contrast ratio, as well as very impressive black levels for any screen, let alone one at 1000 nits like the DP-V2420. The displays also feature support for users to load their own custom LUTs. Canon also had a prototype version on display of a 30-inch size featuring an impressive 2000 nit maximum brightness level.

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