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I caught up with Les Zellan of ZGC and Cooke Optics to hear all about their new S7/i “full-frame plus” lenses, a new front-anamorphic zoom, and a new variant of the Anamorphic/i primes with modified coatings to provoke more cinematic flare. Stay tuned through the end of the video to see the new line of Panchro/i lenses, Cooke’s own reproductions of the classic Speed Panchro’s from the golden age of cinema.

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Topics Audio, NAB 2017

Brian Walker of Sennheiser was kind enough to join us for two videos. First, he shows us the MKE 440, followed by the EK 6042.

The MKE 440 is a shotgun microphone with a bit of an interesting twist. It is one mic featuring a pair of MKE 400 capsules to create a stereo perspective. The MKE 440 was designed to be mounted directly on top of a camcorder or DSLR, so it features a cold shoe mount as well as a 3.5mm audio jack. Sennheiser will also offer a stereo 3.5mm to XLR adapter for cameras with more professional audio inputs. The mic is powered using two AAA batteries, which will provide about thirty hours of power.

…continue reading NAB 2017: Sennheiser Updates

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Thomas Fletcher of Fujifilm joined me to discuss the new Fujinon MK 50-135mm T2.9 Cine-Zoom Lens. This is a telephoto companion lens to compliment the recently announced 18-55mm T2.9. The new 50-135mm shares the same weight, length and diameter of the 18-55mm. It also shares the same par-focal design, with minimal breathing and no aperture ramping. Like its “shorter” brother, this lens will be offered in a native E-mount for Sony cameras like the FS7II.

The Fujinon MK 50-135mm T2.9 will start shipping in July. Watch the video above to learn more.
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Topics NAB 2017, Power

In this video, I’m joined by Jose Flores of Core SWX to tell us about some new and exciting battery technologies they are showing off this year.

The first product Jose shares with us is the new HCM9, a Hypercore Mini battery featuring a 12A power draw, 98Wh capacity and both a USB and a PowerTap for providing power to accessories.

The Fleet charger has also received some upgrades, including a bump in charging speed, solidifying its place as the fastest charger on the market. One of the newest and most innovative features include a Safe Fly mode, which intelligently discharges your batteries down to 25% to adhere with FAA requirements. Make sure to watch the video above to learn more.

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Topics Arri, NAB 2017

I spent some time at the ARRI booth today talking to Chase Hagen, Phil Vischer and Hendrik Voss about the company’s new products and updates. We managed to cover a lot of information. Check out the video to learn about:

ALEXA SXT-W — ‘W’ for wireless, adding a rich first-party wireless feature set to the ALEXA SXT, including camera control, color grading, video transmission, and more.

Diopter Frame & Stage — accessory diopter trays to make working with these powerful lens modifiers easier. The Stage model features a friction wheel for rotating a split diopter.

ARRI Master Grips — with SUP 5 installed on the AMIRA or ALEXA MINI, the Master Grips now provide fine-grained control of focus and iris on Canon EF lenses via a Master Grip thumbwheel.

WCU-4 — ARRI’s wireless hand unit has received a software update (SUP 3) enabling wireless upload of lens table files to ARRI cameras, footage playback, and customizable user setups. A new Lens Table Marketplace allows for the exchange of lens table files by camera department crew, as well as visualizations and ratings of different lens files.

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I stopped by the G-Tech booth, where Matt Bennion showed me their latest update to the EV Series G-Speed Shuttle XL.

The G-Speed Shuttle XL is now available with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, allowing for up to 1500MB/s transfer rates. The Shuttle XL is an 8-bay RAID enclosure which, by default, is configured with with six hard drives and two EV bays. The EV bays can be populated with any EV compatible accessory, like the RED Mini-Mag reader Matt shows us, as well as Atomos Master Caddies and SSD drives.

This product will help DITs to manage offloading footage and creating backups without a confusing array of readers and a mess of cabled drives. The G-Speed Shuttle XL is compatible with all of the latest offload software, such as ShotPut Pro, Silverstack and Hedge, but footage can also easily be dragged onto the drives in a more plug-and-play sense, however, you will not have the benefit of a checksummed or monitored copy.

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In this video, Andy Munitz from Sony shows us the slot-loading version of their dual-channel wireless receiver, the URX-S03D Slot-In. The Slot-In version of the URX-S03D is designed to mount vertically inside a purpose-built slot at the rear of shoulder-mount cameras, such as Sony’s shoulder mount broadcast cameras or F5/F55 cameras with Sony’s ENG/EFP Build-Up Kit. As with the standalone version of the URX-P03D, which is also compatible with Sony’s Multi Interface shoe system, the Slot-In version can receive two distinct frequencies from two separate Sony wireless transmitters.

Additionally, these units feature true double tuner diversity for a total of four tuners, two per channel. DSP processing is on-board, as well as A/D and D/A converters (the last stage of D/A is bypassed when loaded into a camera so that a pure digital signal is sent to the camera’s memory card for recording). Check out the video for more details on Sony’s range of slot-load solutions and build options.

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