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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Panavision’s Millennium DXL gets wireless audio feed and control


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Panavision expands Millennium DXL Ecosystem with wireless audio and control

Wireless audio feed, C-Motion F.I.Z. wireless control compatibility, and DXL Control app for Android are some of the new features developed for the Millennium DXL. Discover them at BSC Expo 2019.

Panavision, returns to BSC Expo next February with a demonstration of the company’s comprehensive and expanding ecosystem for feature film, television and commercial productions. Along with Panalux and LEE Filters, the array of integrated technologies – ranging from lenses, camera systems, and accessories, to filters and lights – illustrates the extent to which Panavision is committed to giving filmmakers the most versatile and creative storytelling tools possible.

Panavision expands Millennium DXL Ecosystem with wireless audio and control
Panavision expands Millennium DXL Ecosystem with wireless audio and control
Panavision expands Millennium DXL Ecosystem with wireless audio and control

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Review: PhotoDirector 10, a photo editor with tethered shooting and DAM library


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Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor

More than a decade since the first version was introduced, PhotoDirector 10 gains features as tethered shooting or complex layers in a package that can also solve your photo indexing problems.

Which software offers content-aware editing, dehaze, advanced layer editing? If you said Photoshop, Lightroom, ON1 Photo RAW, Affinity Photo or Luminar you’re probably right, but you left out many other names that also offer similar features. In fact, we tend to keep to the same names, over and over, and forget that the market has more options to choose from.

One example is CyberLink’s PhotoDirector 10, which has

Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor
Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor
Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor
Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor
Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor
Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor
Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor
Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor
Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor
Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor
Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor
Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor
Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor
Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor
Review: Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10, a powerful photo editor

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New BIOSTAR SSDs make computer upgrades more accessible


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New BIOSTAR SSD makes computer upgrades more accessible

The year now starting is going to be the year of the SSD, both SATA and NMVe, with companies offering new drives at lower prices. BIOSTAR announced its 240GB SSD for $35.

With Samsung’s announcement of its new Samsung 970 EVO Plus, a new and faster 250GB NVMe SSD which costs only $89.99, and the introduction by Western Digital’s of its WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD, with a 250GB version priced at $79.99, SSD prices are tumbling down this 2019. The result of prices being lowered for NMVe means that regular SSDs are coming down to

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SmallHD FOCUS Bolt Wireless monitors now available: wireless for all


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SmallHD FOCUS Bolt Wireless monitors: wireless for all

SmallHD and Teradek have teamed up to create a series of wireless monitors that remove complexity and add a new level of convenience. The new wireless monitors are shipping now, says the company.

The new wireless solution was unveiled at NAB 2018, last April. SmallHD presented then their FOCUS Bolt TX and RX, wireless monitors with touchscreen. The new models mix features of the FOCUS family with the Bolt solutions already available at SmallHD and are designed with mobility in mind. The transmission in the 5GHz band from a single TX can be received by as many as four

SmallHD FOCUS Bolt Wireless monitors: wireless for all
SmallHD FOCUS Bolt Wireless monitors: wireless for all

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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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Western Digital: new WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD for data-intensive content


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Western Digital: new WD Black NVMe SSD for data-intensive content

Western Digital introduced its new NVMe SSD, including a version with integrated heatsink, the high-performance WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD with up to 2TB capacity on a single-sided M.2 form factor.

The PC is back in all its glory, as both a high performance entertainment machine and a working station, thanks to advancements in PC and graphics technologies. From gaming to VR, from video editing to photo edition, the PC is fast becoming the reference machine, and solutions like the WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD announced by Western Digital at PAX South make complete sense, as users need both

Western Digital: new WD Black NVMe SSD for data-intensive content
Western Digital: new WD Black NVMe SSD for data-intensive content

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Samsung 970 EVO Plus: new and faster 250GB NVMe SSD costs only $89.99


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Samsung 970 EVO Plus: 250GB NVMe SSD now costs $89.99

If you want to move your OS to a faster SSD, the time to do so has arrived: Samsung just introduced its new 970 EVO Plus, and it’s a Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD that gives “fast” a new meaning.

If you think your OS is running fast on a regular SSD, then imagine how it will run when a NVMe SSD is used. The temptation is high, specially with the prices coming down on these drives. In fact, Samsung just announced this new Samsung 970 EVO Plus, and the prices start at $89.99 for the 250GB model, which

Samsung 970 EVO Plus: 250GB NVMe SSD now costs $89.99
Samsung 970 EVO Plus: 250GB NVMe SSD now costs $89.99

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Lens dynamic range: coatings, contrast and color


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There was a time in the distant past when I thought of lenses as transparent glass. Film and digital sensors have dynamic range, but lenses are merely optics. Right?

Wrong.

After 31 years of freelancing—five years as a camera assistant and 26 years as a director of photography—I am now an ARRI employee specializing in cinema lenses. This has its perks. For example, for several weeks over the winter holidays, I suddenly found that I had a half million dollars worth of camera gear and lenses parked in a corner of my home office.

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Cooke Anamorphic/i SF 65mm MACRO: a star in A Star is Born


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Cooke Anamorphic/i SF 65mm MACRO: a star in A Star is Born

Matthew Libatique, ASC used a series of Cooke lenses to capture A Star is Born, but the 65 Macro, which he says is “a game changer” was used to create some of the film’s most dramatic shots.

Matthew Libatique, ASC, who has already won the 2018 Hollywood Film Award for Cinematographer of the Year for his work on Warner Bros. Pictures’ A Star Is Born, revealed recently that he used Cooke Anamorphic/i SF ‘Special Flair’ lenses to help him move the story from the main superstar character Jack (Bradley Cooper — who also directed) to the newcomer Ally (Lady Gaga)

Cooke Anamorphic/i SF 65mm MACRO: a star in A Star is Born
Cooke Anamorphic/i SF 65mm MACRO: a star in A Star is Born
Cooke Anamorphic/i SF 65mm MACRO: a star in A Star is Born

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Quick Look: Tokina Cinema Vista 50mm T1.5


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Cinema Vistas are Tokina’s line of no-compromise, full-frame cine lenses. Five T1.5 primes from 18mm to 85mm are currently available with a 105mm on the way; there’s also a 16-23mm T3 zoom. When I reviewed the Canon C700 FF, Canon supplied a Vista 50mm, so I had a chance to do some quick tests with this $4,500 lens.

 

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Vista 50mm on Canon C700 FF
Vista 50mm on Canon C700 FF

The 50mm is a fairly chunky prime lens weighing 4.6 pounds (2.09 kg). It’s 5.7 inches or 145mm long, with a front diameter of 4.49 inches or 114

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Test chart, showing lens's lack of distortion
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Navatics MITO: 4K UHD drone for aquatic videography arrives in March


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The Navatics MITO underwater drone will start shipping in March 2019, and is now available at an early price of $1,499. It promises aquatic videography for all, in a project funded on Kickstarter in five hours.

On show at CES 2019, the Navatics MITO, a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) equipped with advanced active stabilization technology that provides new levels of underwater video steadiness in an affordable, 7.6 lbs. underwater drone, will start shipping in March 2019. Navatics, a company  specialized in underwater robotics, announced at the event that its drone, now on pre-order for an early price of

Navatics MITO: 4K drone for aquatic videography arrives in March
Navatics MITO: 4K drone for aquatic videography arrives in March
Navatics MITO: 4K drone for aquatic videography arrives in March
Navatics MITO: 4K drone for aquatic videography arrives in March

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Jeff Bridges receives American Society of Cinematographers Award


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Extraordinary on screen, remarkable as a person, Jeff Bridges will receive the American Society of Cinematographers Board of Governors Award on February 9.

A keen photographer, Jeff Bridges continues to create photographs depicting the actors, crew and locations, building a narrative of the industry from his point of view. He is not a filmmaker, but he is a story teller, both through his career as an actor and as a photographer. On sets, Bridges regularly takes pictures that illustrate the behind the scenes we never get to see. After completion of each motion picture, he edits the images into a

Jeff Bridges receives American Society of Cinematographers Award
Jeff Bridges receives American Society of Cinematographers Award

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Fujinon GF100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR: a telephoto zoom for the GFX series


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Fujinon GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR: a telephoto zoom for the GFX series

The new 100-200mm Fujinon lens for the GFX medium-format mirrorless digital cameras arrives in February, to expand the lineup of GF interchangeable lenses for the GFX Series.

Don’t let the focal length fool you. This new lens is in fact equivalent to a 79-158mm in the 35mm film format, and that’s important to know if you took it as a reference. That’s because the GFX is a medium-format camera, with a large-size Fujifilm G format image sensor, approx. 1.7 times the size of 35mm full-frame sensors. The sensor has 43.8 x 32.9mm, which is not the classic

Fujinon GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR: a telephoto zoom for the GFX series

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Sony α6400: world’s fastest autofocus aimed at vloggers


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Sony α6400: world’s fastest autofocus aimed at vloggers

The Sony α6400 is announced the company’s newest solution for a wide range of users. Sony says that the α6400 is the ultimate tool for all types of creators ranging from professionals to everyday vloggers.

Sony introduced this month a new addition to its E-mount mirrorless camera line-up, the α6400 (model ILCE-6400). The speedy new camera boasts the world’s fastest AF acquisition of 0.02 seconds (according to Sony’s own tests and numbers), while also introducing the new advanced ‘Real-time Eye AF’ and ‘Real-time Tracking’ capabilities mentioned recently here at ProVideo Coalition.

The Sony α6400 is not only fast in

Sony α6400: world’s fastest autofocus aimed at vloggers
Sony α6400: world’s fastest autofocus aimed at vloggers
Sony α6400: world’s fastest autofocus aimed at vloggers

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Autodesk releases Maya 2019


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Autodesk releases Maya 2019

Faster animation playback, higher quality 3D previews  and performance improvements are some of the features highlighted by Autodesk on the announcement of Maya 2019 availability.

Featuring significant updates to help artists achieve their creative vision within a faster, more interactive and visually engaging working environment, Maya 2019 continues to pursue the ultimate goal of any animation software: to address the key challenges artists face throughout production.

Faster computers allow for faster workflows, as Autodesk demonstrated at CES 2019, where it teamed with Nvidia to show the ray-tracing features of the new GeForce RTX graphics cards used in the Max-Q laptops.

Autodesk releases Maya 2019
Autodesk releases Maya 2019
Autodesk releases Maya 2019

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GoPro Fusion: new firmware raises resolution and supports 24fps


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GoPro Fusion can, with the new firmware v2.0, capture at a resolution of 5.8K and the new resolution supports 24fps, marking a Fusion first to incorporate seamlessly with TV and film productions.

This is something that some users  were asking for, and it represents the biggest update since launching the Fusion in 2018.  GoPro says that this is that time of the year where new resolutions about, and they took a very literal resolution… improving the resolution of the Fusion camera. The new firmware v2.0 enables a new 5.8K capture resolution that, when stitched, produces

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Sony upgrades α9 mirrorless camera via software and updates α7R III and α7 III


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‘Real-time Tracking’ for object tracking  and ‘Real-time Eye AF’ are coming to the Sony α9 mirrorless camera via a software upgrade. It’s a magic not available in the old days!

Updates to firmware and software are normal in modern digital cameras, so no one is surprised when they are announced. But this is no normal update, more an upgrade, says Sony, presenting a series of features that will make your camera a better camera. In fact, there is a series of new features, including one for wildlife photographers: version 6.0 firmware for the α9 camera will add Eye AF

Sony upgrades α9 mirrorless camera via software
Sony upgrades α9 mirrorless camera via software
Sony upgrades α9 mirrorless camera via software

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Sharp’s 8K Micro Four Thirds Video Camera is part of its AioT strategy


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Sharp’s 8K MFT Video Camera is part of the AioT strategy

Sharp showed a new 8K MFT camera at CES 2019, but the real news is that the company was back to the event for the first time in four years, and says it has a strategy for 8K. The camera is part of the plan.

Unofficially presented at CES 2019, where a prototype was all there was to see, the new Sharp 8K Micro Four Thirds camera may be officially announced at NAB 2019, if it ever sees the light of day. Said to be a prosumer camera, with a price under $5,000, according to the various reports, the camera

Sharp’s 8K MFT Video Camera is part of the AioT strategy
Sharp’s 8K MFT Video Camera is part of the AioT strategy
Sharp’s 8K MFT Video Camera is part of the AioT strategy
Sharp’s 8K MFT Video Camera is part of the AioT strategy

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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.

Canon XF705

The Canon XF705 has a 1.0″ type

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