Choosing the make of the lenses you use on a project is one of many ways to create a look. The quality and characteristics of a lens add to the flavor of the image, and is one of the many ways to impart your look as a DP. It’s one of my favorite choices a DP can make on a project: which make of lenses will I use for this specific project?
One of the elements that adds to the characteristics of this choice is the contrast and color rendition in a lens, so I wanted to take a deeper look at ARRI/ZEISS primes. Both Master Primes and Ultra Primes have been a staple in our industry for a long time and complement each other extremely well. While there are differences between them that I’ll discuss, the lenses can in fact be interwoven.
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DP Logan Schneider stopped by our Cine Gear booth this year with a couple of new items that will be sure to please ACs.
First, we checked out his filter tray that holds a 138mm close-up filter. This tray was born out of Logan’s desire to get closer focus on a lens without having to tape the filter to the front of it. The tray takes up the same space as two filter stages, and boasts quick and easy installation.
Logan also showed us a bracket to hold the Preston MDR, which is the brains of the Preston Wireless Focus system. As cameras get smaller, having a place to secure the MDR can be a challenge; however, this bracket locates itself between the camera and the on-board battery. Taking the MDR on and off is as fast as taking a battery on and off, plus the added weight on the back also helps to balance the payload of the camera. The bracket is available for both the MDR2 (Anton Bauer/V-Lock) and MDR3 (Anton Bauer/V-Lock).
Watch the video above to see these new accessories in action!
Recently, I had the opportunity to check out the Bright Tangerine Revolvr follow focus. We sometimes think of these types of tools as pretty basic, despite being indispensable on set. However, the first thing that strikes you about the Revolvr is the attention to detail in its design. Bright Tangerine has not only incorporated new ideas in the design, but also in how their follow focus can be accessorized.
Since I live in Southern California, it can be easy to forget that the rest of the world has cold weather; fortunately, the Revolvr is quite easy to use while wearing gloves. To illustrate this point, I chose to wear set gloves for this entire video. In this blog, I’ll take you through some of the key features of the Revolvr, with attention to Bright Tangerine’s interesting interpretation of tools associated with the follow focus.
In this video, Tilta North America CEO Yang Shao introduces the TiltaMAX line of high-end camera cages and powered accessories. Up first is their Advanced Cage for RED’s new WEAPON camera. This is a complete and very robust-looking solution providing a myriad of power and I/O options for the camera. Different pieces of the cage contain pin contacts that, when assembled, allow power to be routed through the cage itself, without cables, unifying power distribution via the main battery on the back of the camera. Many of the accessories receiving power from the cage, such as their wireless focus system, can be controlled via Tilta’s hand unit. Soon camera controls themselves, such as exposure, ISO and white balance, will be controllable remotely via their hand unit.
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In this Tech Talk, Rainer Hercher from CW-Sonderoptic joins me for a discussion of Leica’s new cinema products for NAB 2016. They’ve added the 40mm focal length, highly prized by many DPs, to the Summicron-C lens set. Summicron is Leica’s trade name for lenses that open to a T2 (or f/2 for stills lenses). Also new is a 15mm lens that will be available in October. This brings the Summicron line to 11 primes in all. The Summilux family, which all open to a T1.4, also has 11 lenses, but there are some minor differences in terms of focal lengths between the two lines.
Another new product is the Leica Cine Macrolux, a purpose-built macro diopter for digital cinema applications. Leica used a simple but highly precise optical design that yields no perceivable light loss, even when stacked. The Macrolux will fit any Summicron-C or Summilux-C cine lens (or any lens with 95mm front outer diameter). For more information, and to see these products in action, watch the video above.
Today I met with Chrosziel’s Timm Stemann, who showed us their MagNum wireless lens control system, which has gotten some well received updates. The system features dual-band frequency selection, so you know you will have a strong signal even in places like the NAB show floor, which has an extremely crowded spectrum. To help select the clearest channel, the hand unit features a spectrum analyzer that gives the operator a visual representation of what channels are safest to use in the area. The MagNum system has a ton of accessories available, from gooseneck lights and belt holster attachments, to the new Zoom Rocker attachment to incorporate mechanical stepless zooming.
Timm also shows us the new digital lens motor offered by Chrosziel, the CDM-100, compatible with their MagNum and Aladin MK II, as well as third party brands. Watch the video above for more details.
I’m here at the 16×9 booth today speaking with James Lee who has some nice updates to Movcam’s wireless system to show us. The system features three-channel focus, iris and zoom (“FIZ”) control and a hand unit with a touch screen and storable lens mappings. Operating either hard-wired or on the 2.4GHz band, the unit features settable focus points and even vibrates when a focus point is reached.
What’s new is a laser-based rangefinder system that can accurately read and report distance data up to 200 feet away. Additionally, it can actually control the focus system, which means it can be used for auto focus, perfect for applications such as cranes, gimbals and drones. Subjects can also wear a small electronic tracker which will keep that person in focus. Focus distances can be offset, for example, to keep a subject’s eyes in focus even though the tracker may be on their belt or in a pocket.
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