Blackmagic Design’s New Bear of a Camera: URSA

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Gear, Tech | 5 Comments
Blackmagic Design’s New Bear of a Camera: URSA

(Update: B&H report having the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K in stock, so it appears that the camera has finally shipped, although B&H is the only retailer that has any, among those I checked with.) Australia’s Blackmagic Design, not content to rest on their laurels, despite still not shipping the Ultra HD camera they announced at last year’s […]

Introducing the AJA Cion 4K Digital Cinema Camera

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Gear, Tech | No Comments
Introducing the AJA Cion 4K Digital Cinema Camera

California’s AJA, well-known for their broadcast and cinema production equipment (like the Ki Pro Quad external recorder, the LUT Box and other mini converters, and rackmount video processors), has entered the cinema camera market with the Cion, an ergonomically designed Super-35 true 4K digital cinema camera positioned for the mid-range cinema and television production market. Check out AJA’s […]

New Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphic Lenses

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Blog, Gear, Tech | No Comments
New Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphic Lenses

  I can’t begin to describe how excited I am about these new lenses from Carl Zeiss.  15-blade iris, beautiful oval bokeh, no distortion, and fast T1.9 aperture.  And, counter to pre-IBC speculation, Zeiss maintained the characteristic horizontal blue streaking and flaring. (There had been some speculation among my colleagues that Zeiss would make these […]

NAB 2012: Zacuto Demos Plasma Light

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in Blog, Gear | 3 Comments

As seen in this video from Cinema5D, Zacuto are innovating yet again with their new Plasma Light prototype they showed off at NAB this week. Brighter and cooler-running than already very low-heat LED lights, but softer and easier on the talent’s eyes, these lights look really promising. If the price at launch really is $500 […]

ARRI/Zeiss Anamorphics Preview

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Blog, Gear | No Comments

It is very exciting that Carl Zeiss is back in the anamorphic lens business, with their longtime partner ARRI.  There was a lot of speculation over the last few months that Zeiss was working on a set of anamorphic CP.2 lenses, but I think it’s safe to say this isn’t the case, based on Mr. […]

Carl Zeiss Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in Blog, Gear | One Comment
Carl Zeiss Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9

Carl Zeiss AG unveiled their new lightweight zoom, the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9.  While it will undoubtedly be an absolutely superb lens, the $20,000 price tag has quite a few of us pretty disappointed.  Many of us are working on microscopic budgets and can’t afford the rental fees for Zeiss lenses, so there was hope that this […]

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Blog, Gear | 4 Comments
Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design, makers of the excellent DaVinci Resolve cinema finishing system, today announced their own entry to the image capture market: the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Boasting a 2.5K sensor (theatrical projection systems are 2K), 13 stops of dynamic range, a built-in SSD recorder and the ability to record 12-bit uncompressed raw in the open CinemaDNG format […]