Film lens vs. digital lens: what are the differences?


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I’ve worked with a lot of cameras, and I’ve always come back to ARRI cameras whenever I’ve had the chance. It’s just my artistic preference. I’ve been more agnostic about lenses, as one can put any lenses on any camera, and I’ve always felt that, in the digital realm, the camera makes a huge difference—possibly more so than the lenses.

I’m slowly changing my mind.

I still think the choice of camera is hugely important. It defines the look of an image at a very basic level. How a manufacturer builds their sensor and interprets its signal has everything to

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RED Announces DSMC2 Touch 7″ Ultra-Brite LCD Monitor


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Today, RED Digital Cinema® introduces the DSMC2® Touch 7.0” Ultra-Brite LCD Monitor to its line of innovative camera accessories. The new RED® DSMC2 Touch 7.0” Ultra-Brite LCD Monitor is a robust, optically-bonded touchscreen with Gorilla® Glass that provides the most intuitive way to navigate menus, adjust camera parameters, and review .R3D clips directly out of the camera.

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It offers a brighter, high-definition viewing experience for recording and viewing footage on DSMC2 camera systems, even in direct sunlight. A 1920×1200 resolution display panel provides 2,200 nits of brightness to overcome viewing difficulties in bright outdoor environments, and the high

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ART OF THE SHOT: Claudia Raschke, DP for Oscar Nominated “RBG”


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Now that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have nominated the documentary “RBG” for an Oscar for Best Documentary now might be a great time to share this ART OF THE SHOT interview with the cinematographer who shot “RBG” Claudia Raschke. Like most ART OF THE SHOT interviews, Claudia and I talked over the phone. This is a transcription of our conversation.

For those who have been hiding under a rock,  “RBG” is a feature-length documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Here is a description from the filmmakers. “At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme

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Review: The Canon XF705 4K Camcorder


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The Canon XF705 is the flagship XF camcorder for Canon and it deserves the placement admirably. The 1″ sensor XF-HEVC H.265 Pro Camcorder packs an Ultra High Definition sensor with the kind of rich color shooters expect from Canon cameras. The XF705 is packed full of useful features for any shooter. Standouts are Canon’s great Dual-Pixel CMOS Autofocus feature, the color, and many others which I will dive into shortly. Does the Canon XF705 have weaknesses? All cameras do, but how about we look at some example of footage first.

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The Canon XF705 has a 1.0″ type

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Australia’s Stage Mums Shot with Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K


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Australian television comedy “Stage Mums” was shot using its URSA Mini 4.6K and Pocket Cinema Camera digital film cameras. The show’s editing, audio editing, and color correction were also completed using DaVinci Resolve Studio.

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Airing on a Network Ten in Australia and available on Tenplay, “Stage Mums” takes a tongue in cheek look at the lives of two-stage mothers who will go to any lengths to give their daughters opportunities to showcase their amazing talents, most of which don’t work out exactly as planned. Created by Anna Waters-Massey and produced by SundayArvo Productions in association with OZPIX Entertainment, the series was filmed on

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Panasonic Delivers First 4K/60P Camera among Broadcast-Grade PTZs


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The new Panasonic AW-UE150 4K/60p pan/tilt/zoom camera and its companion AW-RP150 remote controller has been released. The UE150 features UHD 60p output and a wide horizontal viewing angle of 75.1 degrees (both firsts in their class), plus a 20x optical zoom/32x intelligent zoom (in HD mode). This next-generation PTZ supports high-quality video production in stadiums, lecture halls, churches, and other venues, and is ideal for reality television production. The UE150 is equipped with a large 1” MOS sensor and various 4K interfaces including 12G-SDI, HDMI, optical fiber and IP connectivity.

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“The UE150 is a step-up in resolution, lensing and

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ART OF THE SHOT: “Free Solo” Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi


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There are times when you watch a film or a documentary and you cannot pull your gaze away. This is the feeling with the documentary feature “Free Solo.” Professional rock climber, adventure photographer, and filmmaker Jimmy Chin and his equally cinematically qualified wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, who is a well-accomplished producer in her own right, crafted a beautiful film about their friend Alex Honnold and what many might call the greatest athletic accomplishment yet, the free solo of El Capitan, a 3,000 foot high vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park. In the documentary, Alex climbs without

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VariCam LT 4K Captures Animal Planet’s “Into Alaska”


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Varicam LTBraving the challenging weather and Kodiak brown bears of Alaska, Director of Photography Tom Trainor served as Director of Photography/Kodiak on the new Animal Planet documentary series, Into Alaska, shooting with his VariCam LT 4K cinema camera. Season one of the series, which showcases the wildlife inhabiting Alaska’s national refuges and the men and women who protect them, is currently in rotation on the cable channel (https://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/into-alaska/).

Trainor, a veteran of many documentary shoots in Alaska, had previously owned the AG-DVX100 and AG-HVX200 handhelds, and is a fan of Panasonic’s colorimetry. “Given how much work I do in limited daylight

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Digital Sputnik Voyager LED Lights: First Look Review


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I was an early adopter and Kickstarter backer of the Digital Sputnik Voyager LED lights. I loved their price and I knew I could use them on my everyday shoots. I find the Voyagers to be an adaptable light for just about any situation. Do I need these lights? I probably do not need full-color control on the lights I use most days. I will say though, it is nice to have the feature in my tool kite. It’s a feature I end up using subtly pretty often.

I first was introduced to Digital Sputnik from an Art of The

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