Two Issues I Had with the Leica Q2 in the 1st Month: Dust and Banding


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After using a Leica Q for 3.5 years, I decided to pre-order the eagerly anticipated Q2 in early March 2019. Despite owning a number of cameras over the years, the Leica Q had become my go-to camera for its light weight, small size, and high image quality.

While I hope to do a full review of the unit in the future, I had two problems that caused me to send the unit to Leica’s service center within the first month.

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My major complaint with the Leica Q was the lack of dust sealing, which eventually caused me

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Hasselblad X1D II 50C is a Faster and Cheaper Medium Format Mirrorless


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Hasselblad today announced the new X1D II 50C medium format mirrorless camera, a followup to the X1D, which became the world’s first compact medium format mirrorless camera when it was unveiled back in 2016.

“In the pursuit to continue the journey of taking medium format outside of the studio,” Hasselblad has put enhanced electronics in the camera for faster performance compared to its predecessor.

The live view has a faster refresh rate, there’s reduced shutter lag, reduced blackout time between frames, a faster shooting speed (2.7fps), and a startup time that’s twice as fast.

There’s still a 50-megapixel CMOS

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Nikon to Unveil a Mid-Level Mirrorless That May Be Sub-$1,000: Report


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The Nikon Z series of mirrorless cameras current consists of the $1,800 Nikon Z6 and the $3,400 Nikon Z7, but get ready for a third camera. Nikon will reportedly be announcing a “mid-level” Z mirrorless camera that may cost as little as $900.

Nikkei is reporting that Nikon plans to announce the new camera in the 2019 fiscal year. Here’s a translation of the lead paragraph:

Nikon will introduce a new mid-price mirrorless camera product in fiscal 2019. The same interchangeable lens can be used in the product that corresponds to a sister model such as the high-end model

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Poland’s National Football Association Livestreams with Blackmagic Design


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Blackmagic Design shows off a Multicam broadcast workflow featuring URSA Broadcast and ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K, to deliver a wide range of live streaming content for Poland’s national football association, Polski Zwiazek Pilki Noznej (PZPN).

Live production specialist, Transmisjelive, produces all content for PZPN’s YouTube channel, Łączy nas piłka (The Ball Connects Us), including action from Poland’s national, women’s and youth teams, as well as matches from Poland’s second league. “Our cameras give fans exclusive access to information and insights that traditional broadcasters cannot deliver, and the huge subscriber numbers on YouTube reflect that,” explains Artur Kuszel, a

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Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay Prints Audio Onto Instant Photos


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Fujifilm just announced the new Instax Mini LiPlay (pronounced “lee-play”), a hybrid camera that aims to take instant photography to the next level with a set of never-before-seen features.

The Instax Mini LiPlay is the smallest and lightest Instax camera ever made, but it contains the most features of any Instax camera.

On the back of the camera is a 2.7-inch color LCD screen that allows users to view and select their photos for printing as Instax Mini instant photos.

The Instax Mini LiPlay introduces sound recording to the world of Instax. Users can capture up to 10 seconds

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Cine Gear 2019: Sony VENICE Firmware Updates with HFR and more


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We had a chance to talk to Sony about the new firmware 4.0 for the Sony VENICE. The big news? High Frame Rates up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9 on the large-format 6K camera.

At Sony’s booth, the new  Version 4.0 high frame rate capabilities and the popular VENICE extension System were shown to those who tried to get black VENICE t-shirt swag during Cine Gear 2019. Hey, it was a cool t-shirt.

Here are the key features of the VENICE Version 5.0 firmware, designed to achieve enhanced shooting usability and

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Cine Gear: Images & Items of Interest


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Another year, another Cine Gear. Is there any other show that brings together so many unusual film and video toys?

Camera on a crane
Cinematographers have the best selfie sticks
Dado Vlentic in the ACES Academy tent
Dado Valentic, grading for an audience

The ACES Central grading theater was held in an open, light-blasted tent in B-tank. It may not have been an ideal grading environment given the poor black level control — but what would I know?

Lamborghini camera car
Cinematographers have the best dashcams, like this GSS C516
Lamborghini camera car
(In Hollywood, everyone drives a Lamborghini)
Gray camera cars
Is there a rule that all camera cars must be wrapped in matte gray?
The Enola Gay Grenade

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A cable-cam traversing the New York Street Set
Angénieux Optimo 40mm T1.8 prime
Shiny Sigma cine prime
Shape lens shades
The view through an SLR Magic Hyperprime 35mm T0.95
SLR Magic Micro Primes
SLR Magic 8mm f/4
The view through the SLR magic 8mm f/4 drone prime
Infinity Photo Optical's Michael Bosold shows off a MikroMak "Nelsonian Optics" lens
MikoMak lens
Moxie lens motor
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CUBIX workstation
The coolant jacket for a GPU
Dual cooling system
separate GPU and CPU cooling and power
CPU and memory cooling
four-GPU cooling system
CMotion's wooden camera
CMotion's wooden camera
CineMoves Matrix 4-axis gimbal
Super Hornet 575-C full-color LED
Hive Plasma 1000
Canon's Sumire demo setup
Atla Lens Co booth
Lower East Side street with banner
Size Matters!
cineRT and RatWorksEngineering banners
Lens tattoos

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Why the Fujifilm GFX 100 is Next Level


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There has never been a camera that combines such stunning image quality, resolution, dynamic range, autofocus performance, overall handling, and ergonomics like the new Fujifilm GFX 100 does.

Previous medium format digital camera systems have been able to deliver very high-resolution images for a good 10 years now, but have sorely been lacking in handling and speed, particularly when it comes to autofocus performance, and especially with the limitation of only one central autofocus point.

The GFX 100 on the other hand, with its 425 auto focus points tightly spread all across the sensor, delivers blazing fast focus without ever

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What’s New With the iPhone’s Camera and Photos Apps in iOS 13


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The 2019 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off in San Jose yesterday, and Apple made several major announcements (including the new Mac Pro and 6K display) during the keynote presentation. One of the unveilings was for iOS 13, and a number of big improvements are coming to the iPhone’s Camera and Photos apps.

Portrait Lighting

Apple is “taking portrait lighting to a new level.” There’s a brand new Camera Portrait Lighting effect called High-Key Mono.

Portrait Lighting effects are now adjustable, just like they are in a real-world photo studio by moving lights closer and farther from subjects.

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Cine Gear: The Arri Alexa Mini LF and the Arri “Look”


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The Arri booth seemed to always be full during Cine Gear 2019. Could it have been because many wanted to look through  ARRI’S ALEXA Mini LF viewfinder to see the camera’s stunning image? This time we talked to Arri about the Arri look and how Large Format gives viewers depth cues not usually seen in other cameras.


Alexa Mini LF Key Features:

Panasonic S1 Firmware Update to Add Advanced Video Features


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Panasonic has announced an upcoming “Upgrade Firmware Key DMW-SFU2” for the LUMIX S1 full-frame mirrorless camera that will add a number of advanced video features that will make the S1 more suitable for pro-level filmmaking.

Here’s a list of new features and abilities that are incoming:

  • 14+ stops of V-Log recording
  • World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K MOV 30p/25p*1 internal video recording
  • World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p/50p*1 HDMI output
  • V-Log and V-Gamut compatible with Cinema VariCam Look
  • In-camera LUT (Look Up Table) application enabling playback of V-Log while or after recording (LUT Display with Custom Function)
  • A WFM (Waveform Monitor)

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Panasonic Unveils the S1H, The First 6K Mirrorless Camera


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Panasonic has announced the new LUMIX S1H full-frame mirrorless camera, the third L-mount camera after the S1 and S1R announced back in February 2019. The S1H is the world’s first digital interchangeable lens camera to offer 6K/24p video recording.

The S1H “combines the video quality of a professional camera and the high mobility of a mirrorless camera,” Panasonic says. “It accommodates a variety of recording formats like 4:3 Anamorphic mode, to meet professional needs. Its high-resolution data can also be used to create 4K videos with higher image quality or to crop images in 4K.”

The camera can shoot

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ARRI Signature Prime and Mini LF Event: Sim Video, Vancouver


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Come see me on June 6th at Sim Video in Vancouver, B.C., where I’ll co-present a session on ARRI Signature Primes with product manager Thorsten Meywald. Francois Gauthier, technical sales rep for Canada, will give a presentation on the new ARRI Mini LF. And yes, we’ll have a prototype Mini LF on hand.

We’ll have two sessions, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. You can sign up here.

Art Adams is Cinema Lens Specialist with ARRI, Inc. You can reach him here.

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Blackmagic Design Updates USRA Mini Pro G2 With Firmware 6.4


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“General Improvements” is the heart of the new camera firmware 6.4 for the URSA Mini Pro G2. Of course, there are more improvements than just general improvement.  A few standouts added, or improved, features are “Improved pixel recalibration,” “Retain jam synced timecode after a power cycle,” and “Fixed audio playback at 23.98, 29.97 and 59.94 fps.” For many shooters, the retain jam synced TC after turning the camera on and off is clutch. I do not think sound recordists want to jam your camera every time you change a battery or power cycle. You

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How to Clean and Mod the Beam Splitter in a Rangefinder Camera


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I recently collaborated with Chris from filmismorefun and made a video about how to clean the beam splitter in your rangefinder camera as well as how to improve the rangefinder patch too. This is an advanced tutorial with great results.

Warning: This type of technique can damage your equipment. Proceed with it at your own risk.

As you can see in the 3-minute video above, it’s a very easy procedure, and although we present the Yashica Electro 35 as an example in the tutorial, I already used the same process on my Canon Canonet QL19 with the same excellent

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Yes, Fujifilm’s GFX100 is the Same Size as Canon and Nikon Flagship DSLRs


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Fujifilm made a splash in the camera industry today by unveiling the GFX100, the world’s first 102-megapixel mirrorless camera. And here’s what’s crazy: Fujifilm managed to stuff a medium format sensor into a camera body that’s the same size as Canon’s and Nikon’s flagship DSLRs.

The Fujifilm GFX100‘s 102-megapixel image sensor measures 55mm diagonally, and it has 1.7 times the surface area of a 35mm full-frame sensor (which is 43mm diagonally).

“Although it sports a large image sensor, the GFX100’s body is equivalent to that of a flagship 35mm full-frame DSLR camera in terms of dimensions,” Fujifilm

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Fujifilm GFX100 Unveiled: It’s a Game-Changing 102MP Mirrorless Camera


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Fujifilm has announced the new GFX100, a 102-megapixel medium format mirrorless camera that the company calls “a game changer in digital camera technology and capability.” It’s the new flagship camera of the GFX line.

At the core of the camera is a 102MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that has a diagonal length of 55mm, the same medium format size as the GFX 50S and GFX 50R — by comparison, 35mm full-frame sensors are about 43mm diagonally, so the 55mm features about 1.7 times the surface area.

The 102 megapixels is the highest resolution ever offered in a mirrorless

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Olympus Unveils the Tough TG-6 Rugged Compact Camera


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Olympus has announced the new Tough TG-6, a successor to the TG-5 that improves upon Olympus’ popular line of ultra-rugged compact cameras for outdoor adventures.

The front of the camera features an f/2.01 wide-angle lens in front of a 12-megapixel 1/2.3″ backside-illuminated CMOS sensor. The sensor has a new anti-reflective (AR) coating on its sealing glass that helps to minimize ghosting and flares.

Here’s how tough the camera is: it’s waterproof down to 50 feet (15m), dustproof, shockproof up to 7 feet (2.4m), crushproof to 100kgf (~220lbf), and freezeproof down to 14°F (-10°C). There’s a dual-pane

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The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX0 II Digital Camera Review


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The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RXO II Digital Camera looks like an action camera. The small size and the rugged build make the small flip-out screen 4K camera appear perfect to mount to innumerable moving vehicles. High Frame Rates (HFR) like 1000fps definitely builds a recipe for a life of action for the little RX0 II. Hidden beneath the Water, Dust, Shock, and Crushproof body of the RX0 II is a 4K Vlog camera perfect for the traveler and social media savvy video creator.

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Hidden in the fresh cut grass hides the Sony RX0 II

It is hard to not compare cameras.

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I Built a Kilopixel Camera That Uses a Single Photoresistor for Portraits


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I’m Niklas Roy, and I recently built a kilopixel camera called The Flying Pixel Portrait Camera. It’s a do-it-yourself project that uses a single photoresistor and a video projector in order to capture portraits.

The Flying Pixel Portrait Camera uses a video beamer, a single photoresistor, an Arduino and a PC for taking photos of people’s faces. The beamer ‘scans’ the image by projecting a small white square onto a person’s face inside an otherwise completely dark chamber.

While the projected square slowly moves over the entire face, the photoresistor captures the reflected luminosities. This generates a proportional analog

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