RED Simplifies Their Product Line

REDRED simplifies their product line and simultaneously pisses off part of their customers while also making things better for the others. I ran into this story reading flame wars that quickly erupted this evening after word spread that RED has slashed their product lines as well as their prices. Some typical comments on threads:
“This is what happens when you buy cameras from a guy who used to sell sunglasses. lol” “They are a phone company now. Like Apple.
Move on….” “I think it's the feeling you get when you drive your Porsche 918 Spyder off the lot and
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After Effects Tips: Standing on a Moving Car

After EffectsIf you haven’t been following Jordy and his Cinecom.net team, then you’re missing out! We have shared several of Jordy’s posts in the past, and it is amazing how far he’s come! I’m sure Jordy would tell you that all of his fame and fortune are because we gave him his start (LOL). planet5D posts featuring Jordin:

TSA Battery Restrictions – Flying with Lithium Ion

The last time I hopped on  a plane, I wondered about my batteries. Sadly, I'm not even sure why I thought about it… I mean with all the worries we already have in the US with how much liquids you have, taking off your shoes and belt and practically everything else (let's not have strip downs ok?), why do we also have to think about our batteries? Well, here's a good report on what you need to think about!

TSA Battery Restrictions – Flying with Lithium Ion

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Sigma Announces Pricing & Availability for Its 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO Art Lens

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG ART Macro LensAs I cruise around talking to people about cameras and gear, the Sigma Art series comes up a lot. So this announcement from Sigma will spark more conversation I'm sure. Granted it is a macro so maybe y'all filmmakers aren't so excited, but there are a couple of samples on Sigma's site. Also, have a look at Lok's video below where you can see him showing off the lens when it was first shown 2 months ago.

Sigma Announces Pricing & Availability for Its 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO Art Lens

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Ronkonkoma, NY – May 11, 2018 – Sigma
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Cinemartin Fran – 8K camera with global shutter

We've seen a lot of interesting news and products from CineMartin over the years (they've been in business now for 8 years so they're not just some crazy brand new company – tho I'm told they've recently re-organized the company). They've produced monitors and recorders and have been a leader in H.265 tech, and now, they're going to produce an 8k video camera with Global Shutter! This could be a very interesting tool! Pricing hasn't been determined but they intend to release this fall. We'll keep you up to date!

CINEMARTIN FRAN​ 8K Camera

50 MP (4:3), Global Shutter,
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Creating Capture One Pro Camera Profiles with Lumariver (Podcast 618)

Following on from the previous episode, this week we look at creating camera profiles for Capture One Pro using a product called Lumariver Profile Designer. This is a video again, so the audio player is basically redundant, but I’ll include it anyway.
I’ll leave my notes below, for those that prefer to read, but this really is an episode that requires you to watch the video to not only understand how to create these camera profiles but also to be able to see the benefits when applying the profiles to images in Capture One Pro. Here’s the video.

Rumor alert: New Style of Camera Coming from Canon?

An intriguing rumor!

Oh this could stir up some controversy. I remember how many people just blasted Canon when the XC10 came out… yet it sold well (for its niche) and they came out with a follow on. Of course, we'd be curious to see where this goes!

New Type of Camera Coming from Canon Ahead of Photokina [CR1]

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We continue to hear murmurs about a new style of camera coming from Canon ahead of Photokina. We have touched on this in the past and continue to see mentions of it in our inbox. The problem is
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Creating Capture One Pro Camera Profiles with basICColor Input 5 (Podcast 617)

 Today we’re going to start exploring options that enable us to create camera profiles for Capture One Pro, starting with basICColor input 5. This is something that I’ve been meaning to look into for a while, so I’m pleased to finally be able to bring this to you.
When I was using Lightroom, I used to use X-Rite’s Color Checker Passport to create camera profiles, which I could then assign to images, helping to make the colors as accurate as possible. Before we go on, I want to say that although I feel this is important for product shoot, when
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5 Hidden Gems in Photoshop That You Can Use All the Time

Here’s a helpful 9.5-minute video by CreativeLive in which photographer Blake Rudis shares 5 “hidden” gems in Adobe Photoshop you can add to your mental toolkit to improve your workflow. Here’s a quick rundown of the 5 gems covered: #1. Snapshots and Adobe Camera Raw (0:18): You can save snapshots of your RAW photo edits in Camera Raw to revisit at any time, even after closing the photo and reopening it. #2. Gradient Map Adjustment Layers (1:35): Using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer with a Gradient Map adjustment layer is a powerful way to convert color photos to
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Japan for the first time ever has shipped more Mirrorless than DSLRs! That’s HUGE… right?

So… everyone keeps telling me that mirrorless is the way forward… so what does the market really say? This market analysis from Canon News is fascinating! “Japan for the first time ever has shipped more Mirrorless than DSLR’s” says Canon News. Which sounds like mirrorless is taking over right? BUT… There's a big but… When you look in detail in the charts, you realize that it is NOT that ILCs are taking over, but simply that DSLRs are being bought less. There's NO movement in the number of mirrorless cameras being shipped. It isn't that there are floods of people
CIPA March 2018
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This is a $10,000 Canadian Selfie Stick

After watching the spread of the selfie stick over the past several years, photographer Peter McKinnon recently decided to try one himself for the first time. But then he decided he wanted something better… so he built himself a $10,000 ultra-Canadian selfie stick. The 8-minute video above documents McKinnon’s journey through selfie stickdom and his custom build. He used two hockey goalie sticks for the stick itself and mounted a Canon cinema camera worth $6,000 to the end (along with a lens, various accessories, and a selection of Canadian flags). What resulted was a one-of-a-kind selfie stick that’s extremely heavy,
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NAB 2018: ARRI Signature Prime Lenses for ARRI ALEXA LF

ARRI Signature Primes were designed in conjunction with the ARRI ALEXA LF large format digital cinema camera and are meant to compliment with large format camera system. The brilliant Signature Primes exemplify top of the line optical precision while also retaining an organic, emotionally engaging image. These lenses also gently softening and texturizing the large format high-resolution images with a natural skin tone and creamy bokeh. The entire line of lenses sports an incredibly fast maximum aperture for full-frame lenses of T1.8 allowing a razor-thin shallow depth of field.

These lenses are fitted with ARRI’s brand new lens mount the

Arri

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Watch the World’s Fastest Camera Car in Action

The world’s fastest camera car is a $200,000 Lamborghini Huracán dubbed the “Huracam” that was recently modified to have a gyro-stabilized camera rig on its frunk. Here’s a 1-minute video showing what this beast of a camera car can do. The 5-axis gyro-stabilized mount can take any camera and lens combo and keep it stable up to 3000mm and 380 knots. The gimbal has a “slew rate” of 240-degrees per second. Having the Huracan’s speed and power (0-60 in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 180+ mph) allows the driver and camera operator to keep up with other
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Watch the World’s Fastest Camera Car in Action

The world’s fastest camera car is a $200,000 Lamborghini Huracán dubbed the “Huracam” that was recently modified to have a gyro-stabilized camera rig on its frunk. Here’s a 1-minute video showing what this beast of a camera car can do. The 5-axis gyro-stabilized mount can take any camera and lens combo and keep it stable up to 3000mm and 380 knots. The gimbal has a “slew rate” of 240-degrees per second. Having the Huracan’s speed and power (0-60 in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 180+ mph) allows the driver and camera operator to keep up with other
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Watch the World’s Fastest Camera Car in Action

The world’s fastest camera car is a $200,000 Lamborghini Huracán dubbed the “Huracam” that was recently modified to have a gyro-stabilized camera rig on its frunk. Here’s a 1-minute video showing what this beast of a camera car can do. The 5-axis gyro-stabilized mount can take any camera and lens combo and keep it stable up to 3000mm and 380 knots. The gimbal has a “slew rate” of 240-degrees per second. Having the Huracan’s speed and power (0-60 in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 180+ mph) allows the driver and camera operator to keep up with other
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9 Composition Tips for Shooting Good Landscape Photos

Photographer Toma Bonciu (AKA Photo Tom) made this 10-minute video with 9 composition tips and rules you can use to shoot more effective landscape photos. The guidelines are mainly ways to direct viewers’ eyes to points and areas of interest in the frame and are things you can keep in mind when framing shots in the great outdoors. Here are the 9 basic rules discussed by Bonciu in the video (watch the video above for an explanation of each one):

#1. Fill the Frame

#2. Centered

#3. Color Spot

#4. Negative Space

#5. Leading Lines

#6. Left to Right

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Did you win? X-Rite i1Filmmaker Kit, ColorChecker Video and Tenba Cinelux Shoulder Bag Giveaway

planet5d giveawayGosh how I love giving things away! I've had the pleasure of entering (and actually winning a couple) of giveaways recently and it is very fun being on the other side where y'all are! After administering so many giveaways, I finally feel the excitement of trying to win and in some cases actually winning. So thanks to the good folks at X-Rite and Tenba for this fun giveaway. Below, you'll see the video I recorded of the winner selection and the official names and quotes below that. I hope you enjoy!

planet5D Giveaway Winner Selection

Winners and their quotes:

X-Rite i1 Filmmaker Kit Winner
X-Rite i1 Filmmaker Kit
ColorChecker Video
Tenba Cineluxe
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A Fascinating Look into Lens Manufacturing in the SIGMA Factory Tour

SigmaI ran into Johnnie Behiri at NAB and expressed to him how wonderful I thought this exclusive look into the manufacturing of Sigma lenses is and how everyone should see it. Now, there's nothing earth shattering here, but for many of us who have been involved in manufacturing (I worked at Boeing helping build the F-15 and F-18 fighters for over 30 years), it is always fun to get a behind-the-scenes look at other operations. Especially when it regards equipment you use on a regular basis. And since this was an exclusive, I would like to honor cinema5D's efforts and instead of imbedding
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Photojournalists Ditch DSLRS, Breaking the Rules of Traditional Photojournalism

I'm always interested in what is going on with photojournalism because sometimes, they craft what is coming in the world of cameras. Just think back to the whole reason why Canon put video in the Canon EOS 5D Mark II – photojournalists wanted to be able to shoot not only photos of an event but also video. That of course is something the bosses liked too because they could reduce staff right? Lower cost to achieve the same result (or close to it depending on how much training the photographer had in shooting video because you and I know it isn't the Continue reading "Photojournalists Ditch DSLRS, Breaking the Rules of Traditional Photojournalism"

Canon Headquarters Exhibit Preparation and Showroom Video (Podcast 615)

After three months of running at full speed, last week I needed a rest. Not being one for just sitting down and doing nothing, I changed gears and gave myself a week to make some background music for a video I’d put together to show some of the large format prints emerging from the printer, the work involved in setting up the gallery space, and a sneak peek at Canon’s exclusive showroom and museum space in their headquarters.
This week’s audio podcast is primarily to tell you that the video is ready to watch and provide a gallery of the
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