Adding C-Log to Canon 5D MkIV: NAB 2017 Video

At NAB 2017, Canon showed off C-Log for their 5D Mark IV DSLR. Now, this is a paid update to the Canon 5D Mark IV with a cost of $99.00. Owners will also need to send in their Canon 5D Mark IV to the manufacturer to install the update. For my dynamic range, around 12 stops, this seems like not a huge ordeal. In my opinion, it’s cool to see Canon put a feature in the 5D Mark IV that was originally in a much more expensive video camera. In the video below, Canon takes the time to show
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Bold Bags Introduces A New Bag: NAB 2017 Video

The BOLD Bag is a lighter than a Pelican 1510 soft camera case with an extremely rigid exoskeleton made from military grade materials. Think lighter and nearly as tough as any other case out there. Inside the bag, it’s open format. All the dividers have velcro on their ends and can move into different positions. On the outside of the bag, you can find places to expand the bag by adding an extension to fit the custom set-up you need.

Who Are Bold Bags

Their mission is to craft the strongest and most practical gear transport and protection products possible to serve
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Amazon’s Echo Look is Your Personal Fashion Photographer

Amazon has announced a new camera. Called the Echo Look, it’s a hands-free camera that you can use to shoot self-portraits that are triggered by your voice. The product is a combination of having a voice assistant, personal photographer, and fashion consultant. After putting together your outfit for the day, users can stand in front of the Echo Look and say, “Alexa, take a picture.” You’ll be able to see the resulting full-length portrait using the companion app on your smartphone. These photos can then form a personal lookbook, which is then used to suggest new clothing items
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Panasonic’s Secret Surprise Camera: NAB 2017 Video

This is not an official announcement. At least this is the feeling Panasonic is projecting at NAB 2017 with their new mystery camera hiding under a veil. So much drama! Is it too much drama? Maybe melodramatic? Who knows. See what Panasonic is saying… er not saying about their new camera.

Panasonic’s Missing Link

Panasonic has the VariCam LT which is a wonderful camera if not a little expensive for some owner/operators. Then Panasonic has the GH5 a mirrorless Micro 4/3 camera which is becoming very popular and is very affordable. Now, Panasonic has no camera in the mid-range.  Nothing.
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Bluetooth For Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro: NAB 2017 Video

AT NAB 2017, Blackmagic announced all URSA Mini Pro cameras feature built-in Bluetooth, but it hasn’t been enabled until now. The built-in Bluetooth allows shooters to send/receive commands from up to 30 feet away. To make the new Bluetooth support even more flexible, Blackmagic Design has developed a new open protocol and is publishing a developer API, along with sample code, for customers that wish to build their own camera control solutions. With a fully open API and developer support for URSA Mini Pro Bluetooth, owner/operators can go beyond the basic idea of the app. They can also build an iPad
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JVC GY-LS300 adds 4:2:2 internal 4K recording

At NAB 2017, JVC Professional Video just announced the free version 4.0 firmware upgrade for its GY-LS300CH 4KCAM Super 35mm handheld camcorder. This update increases color resolution to 4:2:2 in 4K mode recording and expands 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) output to include 59.94p and 50p. JVC is demonstrating the new capabilities at its booth C4315, from April 24-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. There are many technical details related to this upgrade that I’ll cover ahead. As I have covered in past articles, despite some innocent misinformation published on some dealer websites, the GY-LS300 (Amazon link Continue reading "JVC GY-LS300 adds 4:2:2 internal 4K recording"

Hasselblad X1D Review: An Expensive Gadget or a Worthy Performer?

Of all the cameras that sit in my camera bag, the Hasselblad X1D is the one camera that I never expected to purchase. But, after my Hasselblad H5 went in for repairs with no return date in sight (more on that later) and I faced an expensive rental bill to procure a replacement for a month-long photo project, I did some math and figured that I could buy the X1D, sell the H5 and put the money I’d have spent renting a camera into this sleek sports car of a camera. After a couple of phone calls and a few
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Blackmagic Announces A Huge Update To DaVinci Resolve 14

Today Blackmagic Design announced a whole helluva lot of improvements to DaVinci Resolve 14. They are calling it the biggest release in the history of the product, and an update that has been designed to be more than an incremental software update, but a complete revolution in post production. I can say after seeing the updates Blackmagic may not be dishing any hyperbole on DaVinci Resolve 14.  Check out their video highlighting what is new, or keep reading. Blackmagic is hoping the new DaVinci Resolve 14 will shake up the separation of toolsets in post production and offer a new
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DaVinci Resolve 14
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Panasonic Press Announcements at NAB 2017

Panasonic NAB 2017 Panasonic announced a new camera to the VariCam line-up. Will it be at NAB 2017? Nope, you will have to wait until Cinegear Expo in June to get your grubby hands on this one. What I, and likely you, can tell from the single silhouette image above is this new cinema camera will be smaller than the VariCam 35 and VariCam LT. I may even bet money this new camera is a similar weight and size to Sony FS5. For now, all we know is Panasonic has a new camera coming soon. Everything else about this new camera is a
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A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 6, “How the Audience Will See Your Work”

This is the sixth installment of a six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first HDR project successfully. Each day I’ll talk about a different aspect of HDR, leaving the highly technical stuff for the end. You can find part 5 here. Thanks much to Canon USA, who responded to my questions about shooting HDR by sponsoring this series.

There are several competing standards for HDR distribution. Each has consequences for the cinematographer and their work.

DOLBY VISIONTM

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This is What 20fps with the Sony a9 Sounds Like (Spoiler: Nothing)

Sony made quite a splash in the photo industry this week by announcing the new a9, a mirrorless camera that can shoot 24MP full-frame photos at a whopping 20fps. We soon got a look at what 20fps on this camera looks like. If you want to see what 20fps sounds like, check out the video above. Some DSLRs can shoot at relatively fast rates as well — check out 12fps with the Nikon D5 and 16fps with the Canon 1D X II — but with DSLRs you’ll have audible sounds from the mirror and/or shutter flapping up and down.
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A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 5, “The Technical Side of HDR”

This is the fifth installment of a six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first HDR project successfully. Each day I’ll talk about a different aspect of HDR, leaving the highly technical stuff for the end. You can find part 4 here. Thanks much to Canon USA, who responded to my questions about shooting HDR by sponsoring this series.
As a result of the research that went into writing this article, I’ve developed some working rules for shooting HDR content. Not all of it has
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A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 4, “Artistic Considerations”

This is the fourth installment of six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first HDR project successfully. Each day I’ll talk about a different aspect of HDR, leaving the highly technical stuff for the end. You can find part 3 here. Thanks much to Canon USA, who responded to my questions about shooting HDR by sponsoring this series.

HIGH CONTRAST IS HDR’S KEY STRENGTH

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A Guide to Shooting HDR TV, Day 3: “Monitor Considerations”

This is the third installment of a six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this five-part series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first HDR project successfully. Each day I’ll talk about a different aspect of HDR, leaving the highly technical stuff for the end. You can find part 2 here. Thanks much to Canon USA, who responded to my questions about shooting HDR by sponsoring this series.
There are several crucial considerations when choosing an on-set monitor:

Panasonic Unveils the Lumix DC-ZS70, a Compact with 4K and 30X Zoom

Panasonic today announced the new Lumix DC-ZS70, a “Travel Zoom” compact camera for people on the go. Inside the camera is a 20.3-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that can shoot 4K video. On the front of the camera is a 24mm ultra wide-angle lens that has 30x optical zoom. Turn the camera around, and you’ll find a 3-inch, 180-degree-tilting LCD screen with 1.04 million dots, which “allows users enjoy a variety of selfie shots including 4K selfies and panoramic selfies,” Panasonic says. Above the LCD is a 0.2-inch, 1.166-million-dot electronic viewfinder. Other features and specs
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A Guide to Shooting HDR: Day 2, “On Set with HDR”

This is the second installment of a six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first HDR project successfully. Each day I’ll talk about a different aspect of HDR, leaving the highly technical stuff for the end. You can find part 1 here. Thanks much to Canon USA, who responded to my questions about shooting HDR by sponsoring this series.
I shot my tests at the Mole-Richardson stage in downtown Pocoima. My goal: illustrate the differences between working in SDR and HDR on set. As there’s
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Fujifilm SQ10 is the First Hybrid Instax Camera: Digital Pics and Square Prints

Fujifilm has just announced the new Instax Square SQ10, a new hybrid instant camera that brings back the iconic square picture look popularized by Polaroid. The SQ10 is a hybrid camera because it can create both instant and digital photos. On the instant side of things, the SQ10 is the first Fujifilm camera to use the company’s new Instax Square Film format — 1:1 aspect ratio photos that measure 86×72mm. “The SQ10 uses a new INSTAX SQUARE Film format that delivers exceptional image quality with numerous artistic expressions,” Fujifilm says. “This new system takes the image quality of INSTAX to
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A Guide to Shooting HDR: Day 1, “What is HDR?”

This is the first installment of a six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first HDR project successfully. Each day I’ll talk about a different aspect of HDR, leaving the highly technical stuff for the end. Thanks much to Canon USA, who responded to my questions about shooting HDR by sponsoring this series.
There was no shortage of HDR displays on the NAB 2016 show floor. At each booth I sought out someone of authority and asked, “What do I—as a cinematographer—need to know about
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Solarcan: The First Commercial Camera for Ultra-Long Photos of the Sun

Want to try your hand at solargraphy and months-long exposures of the Sun without having to spend time making your own DIY camera? Solarcan is a new camera being developed just for you. Created by photographer Sam Cornwell, the Solarcan is aiming to be the world’s first mass-produced solargraphy camera that anyone can just buy and use immediately. The Solarcan is a repurposed 440ml aluminum soda can, which happens to be a perfect size for 5×7-inch paper. Instructions for use are printed directly on the camera. To begin an exposure after fixing your can firmly to an outdoor location,
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