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The Canon EF-S 17-55mm and Canon EF-L 24-105mm lenses have been a staple in documentary film productions since the advent of DSLR cameras for video. They are compact and light lenses that cover a great range and pack easily into small configurations. While they fall into a different category of any other lens in the series, I felt it was important to look at them both as a point of comparison to the other cinema zooms, but also because we will continue to use them on their own as well as in addition to the other lenses in the series.

…continue reading Behind the Lens: Canon EF-S 17-55mm & EF-L 24-105mm Zooms

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Topics Canon, Featured

Canon has just unveiled the latest member of the Cinema EOS line, the C200, and we were fortunate to receive a sneak peak. Like the name suggests, it sits between the popular C100 and C300 Mark II but brings many notable firsts to the family. Immediately, the dual SDHC / SDXC card slots are obvious carry overs from the other cameras, but the addition of the CFast 2.0 slot brings a new internal Raw recording option called Cinema RAW light. Coming in at a third of the bandwidth of the Cinema RAW options from the other Cinema EOS bodies, this new flavor of raw recording promises increased quality and image adjustability in a world of fast-paced production. Features like Dual Pixel Auto Focus have been improved with the addition of the touch screen EVF, also a first.

Check out the above video as Jesse Mineo and I talk about the many features of the new C200, which starts shipping in August.

If you’re going to be at Cine Gear, be sure to check out the C200 at the AbelCine booth #157 in the NY Street Exhibits!

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Our annual Post-NAB event that we held in NY earlier this week was a success — we had a great turnout and more gear than ever before. During the event, we tried something new and streamed interviews with some manufacturers directly to Facebook Live. If you missed those interviews, don’t worry, you can watch them all below!

…continue reading Live from NY: It’s Post-NAB 2017

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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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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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When Canon announced the Compact Servo 18-80mm T4.4 last year, it was also announced that it would be part of a family of lenses. Today, the Compact Servo 70-200mm T4.4 joins the ranks as the second lens of the series. With particular attention to usability, the 70-200 is physically identical to the 18-80, down to the placement and gear pitch of the focus, iris, and zoom rings. It utilizes the same optional hand grip unit, and like its sister lens is a parfocal design. Optically it also pairs well with the Cinema Prime lenses and is compatible with the Canon 1.4x and 2.0x Extender.

…continue reading First Look: Canon 70-200 Compact Servo

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The C300 Mark II‘s dual-pixel technology provides reliable and predictable autofocus. We now have the ability to dedicate autofocus to skin tones only, subjects coming in and out of frame, or multiple subjects in the same frame. The C300 Mark II also gives users lots of options for autofocus. As of firmware version v 1.4.4.1.00, we now have autofocus with the Canon 17-120 servo zoom. A free firmware update for the 17-120 lens is required to use autofocus with the C300 Mark II. This update can be done at a Canon service center or at AbelCine’s New York or Burbank locations.

…continue reading At the Bench: Autofocus Updates for Canon C300 Mark II & 17-120

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