NAB: SmallHD

Smallhd focusSmallHD announced the Focus this week at NAB. The Focus is SmallHD’s first 5 inch, touch-screen HD video monitor. Daylight view-ability (800 Nit Display = no Sunhood Necessary), touch-screen, and a mounting option coming in at only $500.

It is designed for use with smaller DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras (HDMI Only). This monitor also uses the same menu interface the 500 and 700 series monitors do which means you will be able to use all the same features like Peaking, LUTs, Waveform, Zebra, and much more.FOCUS-tilt-arm

The Monitor mounts to the top of your camera through the hot shoe with a 180° tilt mount. The mount also has an additional cold shoe mount located on the side of the arm as seen in the photo above so you can mount a microphone or even a small fill light. The compact size of this monitor makes it a great addition to a run and gun setup.

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The hardest thing I found when using my SmallHD 502 monitor was the amount of LP-E6 batteries I needed to carry. But with the Focus you can travel even lighter than ever before. The Focus uses Sony L-series batteries that are more powerful and will last longer. You can even piggy back off the monitor’s power supply so you can power your camera (Dummy Battery Needed).

When the Focus begins shipping in early June 2017, we’ll be able to accurately stack it up against the Black Magic Video Assist which unlike the Focus actually has built in sdi.

Overall at this price range it is a great deal for someone looking to get a monitor for a smaller camera package like a Panasonic GH5 or even a Sony A7s II.


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NAB 2017: Zeiss

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Zeiss announced a new line up of compact cinema glass this year at NAB, the CP.3 and CP.3 ΧD Lenses. Redefined with new technology and better ergonomics the new CP.3 series lenses consist of ten different focal lengths that range from 15mm all the way to 135mm. The new series covers all applications from wide-angle to telephoto.

The lenses also feature advanced lens coatings, painted lens rims, and special light traps within the lens barrel to reduce glare and flares you would get when using the CP.2s. These lenses also provide higher contrast, richer blacks, and more saturated colors.

Compared to the CP.2 series the CP.3 model is more compact and weigh less.

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Key Highlights:

  • Color matching and covering full frame across the full range of focal lengths from 15 to 135 mm
  • Consistent T-stops simplifies lighting on set and exposure compensations (T2.9 for 15 to 21 mm and T2.1 for 25 to 135 mm)
  • The compact and light-weight design is ideal for handheld, gimbal, drone and Steadicam applications

The zeiss-compact-prime-cp3-lenses-product-03Zeiss eXtended Data is a feature that gives the filmmaker even more creativity and choice. Via external LEMO interface the CP.3 lenses will give information about lens’ distortion, and shading characteristics in real-time to make your workflow even faster.  Lens settings are digitally captured every frame avoiding the need to manually record every shot.

Overall Zeiss makes high quality optics and if you are in the market for beautiful cinema glass like these or close to the CP.3s then be sure to search the web for Zeiss CP.2s because I am sure a lot of filmmakers will be moving up to the new CP.3 series and the price might drop on the older models.


NAB 2017

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With day one in the books the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada did not disappoint. Major players in the film making industry came out swinging with new product announcements. Atomos, Dji, Freefly, SmallHD, and Zeiss just to name a few, all with new products which will be available later this year.

Linked below is each company’s very own article discussing their new products, first impressions, and much more. There was just too much to cover in just one article. Click a company below to get started.


DJI     FreeFly Systems     SmallHD     Canon

Atomos     Zeiss     SONY     Panasonic