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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This is the Canon 300mm f/1.8 — Yes, Such a Monster Lens Exists

Want to see one of the rarest Canon lenses in existence? Check out the Canon 300mm f/1.8. It’s an extremely huge and heavy lens, and so few exist that you’ll probably never come across one in real life. “The lens is used for photo finishes in horse races,” Emil Wiik Larsen of @canongearnerd tells PetaPixel. “It has an EF mount and weighs a ton.” Due to the fact that it’s a 300mm telephoto lens with a giant aperture of f/1.8, the front element of the lens is a ginormous piece of glass. This particular lens was used
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It Costs a Pro Photog Over $11,000 to Switch from Canon to Sony: Report

The groundbreaking new Sony a9 is one heck of a sports camera, and it’s cheaper than both the Canon 1DX Mark II and the Nikon D5. That must mean it’s financially smart to switch, right? Not so fast… Photographer Dan Bracaglia over at DPReview did an actual cost breakdown that reveals what it would actually cost a pro sports photographer to make the switch from Canon to Sony, and the totals are not encouraging. Bracaglia’s estimate involved a lot of … well … estimating. But it all breaks down to three basic steps. Step 1: Dan compiled the ‘ideal kit’
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Cooke Optics: new lenses and a metadata standard

Cooke Optics: new lenses and a metadata standard Cooke Optics, Panavision, RED Digital Cinema, Canon, Blackmagic Design, CW Sonderoptic, and Sony take steps to officially standardise lens metadata on /i Technology protocol at the same time Cooke Optics introduces the new S7/i lenses. Scheduled to ship from June 2017, the new S7/i Full Frame Plus prime lens range is designed to cover the emergent full frame cinema camera sensors, up to the full sensor area (46.31mm image circle) of the RED Weapon 8K. The new lenses – which, like all Cooke lenses, feature the beloved ‘Cooke Look’ – will be available in 18, 25, 32, 40, 50,
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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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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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Size Comparison: Sony a9 vs a7R II, Canon 5D Mark IV, and 1DX Mark II

One of the biggest selling points of Sony’s mirrorless full-frame cameras is how much smaller and lighter they are than comparable DSLRs, but does the new Sony a9 live up to that promise? Let’s see. The good folks at Camera Size have just added the Sony a9 to their comparison tool, allowing us to place it next to some of its main competitors and see just how much (if any) smaller the a9 is than the a7R II, Canon 5D Mark IV, and its REAL competition, the Canon 1DX Mark II. One thing you’ll notice right away is that the
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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:

Canon 5D Mark IV C-Log Upgrade Now Official, but It Comes with a Price

Rumors of Canon adding C-Log recording to the 5D Mark IV DSLR have been swirling around over the past month, but now it’s official: Canon today announced its official Canon Log feature upgrade for the camera. Unfortunately, however, it’s not free. Instead of a free firmware update or servicing, you’ll need to shell out $99 when you drop off the 5D Mark IV at a Canon service center in the United States. “With this upgrade, the EOS 5D Mark IV can achieve a cinematic look similar to what can be achieved using Cinema EOS cameras, allowing it to serve as
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Canon’s new 70-200mm for Cinema

Canon’s new 70-200mm for Cinema The new CN-E 70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S is a compact and lightweight 4K lens for ENG, documentary and budding filmmakers. Canon says the new lens is going to be affordable. The new lens joins the Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S and will create, for those interested, “a nice pair”, covering everything from wide-angle to telephoto. That’s the idea behind the announcement of this lens, which represents a bridge between traditional Canon EF lenses and CN-E cinema lense. In fact, it has developed to be the ideal choice for filmmakers and documentary shooters who
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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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Canon kits for the total solar eclipse

Canon kits for the total solar eclipse The blog ”A Total Guide to Totality” aims to be a resource for all photographers interested in documenting the moment the Moon fully blocks the light from the Sun. Canon created Solar Eclipse Kits for the occasion. On August 21, 2017, the Moon will pass between the Sun and the Earth, fully blocking the Sun from view for over two minutes to a large portion of the country. This natural phenomenon is called a total solar eclipse; this is the first one to race across the entire country in 99 years. The last one viewed in the United States occurred
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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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This is What Canon’s New Built-In Lens Lights Can Do For Ring Photos

Canon recently announced the EF-M 28mm STM and the EF-S 35mm f/2.8 IS STM, two macro lenses that feature Canon’s first built-in LED ring lights on their fronts. Canon says one of the advantages of the lights, which can be independently controlled on the two sides, is an instant improvement to macro wedding ring photos. Canon Australia made this 2-minute video in which professional photographer Gemma Peanut shows the difference the built-in Macro Lites can make on a diamond ring:
“Perfect for weddings, foods and portrait photography, the Macro lite will illuminate one or both sides of your
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Canon Will Release an 85mm f/1.4L Lens this Summer, Report

Canon portrait photographers listen up, you’re got some new glass coming your way. In a few months time, we will allegedly see a brand new lens added to the Canon L lineup of high-end glass: the 85mm f/1.4L. If you’re familiar with Canon’s L-lens offerings, you know that there’s already a high-end 85mm in the lineup: the 85mm f/1.2L. But if you can’t afford (or don’t want) to spend $1,850 on a portrait lens, Canon Rumors is now reporting with certainty that an 85mm f/1.4L is on the way. The lens will present a welcome challenge for
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$1,100 Camera vs $6,000 Camera: Understanding the Differences

As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” But how does that rule flesh out with DSLRs? Why is a $6,000 camera 6 times (and $5,000) better than a $1,000 camera? Photographer and filmmaker Peter McKinnon wants to show you. McKinnon—whose YouTube channel has exploded in popularity over the last few months—has a knack for creating the tutorials people want to watch and answering the questions people want answered. This video falls into the latter category, and it tackles one of the biggest questions: camera cost. Like any photographer, McKinnon gets a lot of questions about “what
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New Libec ZC-LP and ZFC-L remote controls

Libec announces ZC-LP and ZFC-L remote controls Presented as Libec’s most innovative remote controls yet, the ZFC-L and ZC-LP feature new solutions in terms of control, making them very easy to use. The new controls will be available in June. The new ZC-LP Zoom Control is a remote control for LANC (Sony, Canon, and JVC) and Panasonic cameras! The controller features an Invert Switch that allows users to change the zoom direction when the control unit is attached vertically (grip top) or attached upside down in an underslung position. That’s not all, though. Thanks to a new Double-Sided Zoom Rocker design, when underslung users gain the ability
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Libec announces ZC-LP and ZFC-L remote controls
Libec announces ZC-LP and ZFC-L remote controls
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Canon Unveils the EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens with Built-In LEDs

Canon just announced a new macro lens for its crop sensor cameras. The new EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is equivalent to a 56mm on a full frame camera and aims to bring affordable macro photography to the masses. The new compact and lightweight lens is now the widest-angle Macro option in Canon’s EF-S lens stable. It’s also the first EF-S lens to feature built-in Macro Lites that allow photographers to easily light up their tiny scenes. The built-in lights on each side of the lens can be adjusted in intensity to help give photos dimension. The Macro
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