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Now that the Sony a7S is out in the field and shooting, we thought it would be a good time to put together a lens and accessory guide for this powerful new addition to the line of Sony mirrorless cameras. With a cutting-edge full frame sensor design that utilizes large pixels, the a7S is able to capture images up to 409,600 ISO. It also has an S-log gamma curve and is able to capture 14 stops of dynamic range, making it ideal for low light and for creating a cinematic look under high contrast situations. Additionally, the a7S can output 4K video via HDMI up to 60p and HD up to 120 fps. 

…continue reading Lenses & Accessories for the Sony a7S

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Canon has just unveiled the successor to their popular C100, the EOS C100 Mark II. This new camera offers several valuable modifications and upgrades to both image quality and functionality. While keeping the same Super 35 sensor as the original C100, the advanced Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor in the Mark II interpolates HD from the 4K sensor, much like the C500 processes 2K information. The camera separates the RGB output from the camera’s 8.3 Megapixel CMOS imager into three individual 8 megapixel signals (as opposed to 2MB in the C100) for noticeably improved image quality. It also has a new debayering algorithm to help minimize moiré and reduce video noise even at high ISO speeds. (ISO range 320 to 102,400). 

Canon has also increased the Mark II’s recording capabilities with the incorporation of the MP4 format, in addition to the existing AVCHD format. Simultaneous recording of both codecs to two different cards is also supported, great for those with numerous post requirements. Both modes allow you to record to a maximum frame rate of 1080p60, with the MP4 mode also supporting Slow and Fast recording up to 60 fps.

…continue reading Canon Announces New EOS C100 Mark II

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Expanding on the 17-120mm Cine-Servo lens introduced at NAB, Canon has just announced the new CN20x50 IAS, which features a whopping focal length range of 50mm-1000mm at T5.0 to T8.9. A 4K-ready S35 lens with an image circle of 31.4mm, the lens is available in either a PL or EF mount, and features a 1.5x multiplier for additional reach of 75mm-1500mm. As a member of the Cine-Servo family, the 50-1000mm also supports the same communication protocols – Cooke /i Technology is included with the PL model, and Canon EOS with the EF model.

…continue reading Canon Introduces New CN20x50 50-1000 Cine-Servo Zoom Lens

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Panasonic has now released official pricing on their highly anticipated VariCam 35 and HS. The all new VariCam system, which Andy got his hands on at NAB 2014, features breakthrough functions like dual native ISO and in-camera color grading, as well as a unique modular design in which the 35 or HS camera head and recording module can be separated and interchanged. With a 4096×2160 Super35 CMOS or a 2/3″ 1080p high-speed sensor that preserves the renowned VariCam look, Panasonic’s new VariCam platform has been building a lot of buzz. 

…continue reading Panasonic Announces Official Pricing for VariCam 35 & HS

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If you’ve paid a visit to our NY or LA showrooms recently, you may have noticed the newly expanded audio sections. We created these displays so that our clients could go hands-on with a variety of microphones, mixers, and other audio equipment before deciding what fits their project best. Since we all know that getting audio right in the field can sometimes be a challenge, it’s always important to make sure you’re using the right tools for the job, like the Sound Devices MixPre-D field mixer

…continue reading At the Bench: Using the Sound Devices MixPre-D Field Mixer

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The new Sony UWP-D series wireless audio transmitter and receiver feature a full metal construction, reliability and range of digital signal operation, simple menus, and several unique features and accessory options that make them an ideal solution for capturing high quality wireless audio.

The UWP-D series features a true diversity receiver utilizing dual antennas. This allows the receiver to always select the antenna with the strongest signal, stabilizing reception, which in turn minimizes RF interference. The receiver’s digital design offers improved range over analog wireless systems and eliminates static in the event of a signal drop out.

…continue reading Sony’s New UWP-D Series UHF Wireless Microphone System

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Wooden Camera has always been known for innovative accessory ideas. In this video, Ryan from Wooden Camera shows off their new Director’s Monitor Cage, which is a height-adjustable, lightweight system that can accommodate a wide range of monitors, including popular ones from TVLogic, Convergent Design, and SmallHD. The Director’s Monitor Cage also has mounting options for a Gold Mount or V-Mount battery plate, as well as mounting for wireless video. It can be worn on a lanyard and quick-released on and off of a C-stand. 

Ryan also showed off their Recorder Slide, which accommodates external recorders such as the Atomos Shogun, Convergent Design Odyssey7/7Q, Codex, Blackmagic HyperDeck, and Ki Pro Quad. The Recorder Slide articulates in two places, allowing the operator to configure it in many different positions, and has mounting for a Gold Mount or V-Mount battery plate as well. Watch my video above to learn more about these versatile new accessories.

 

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