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.


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.


New Product Report: Rhino Arc

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[Rhino Arc]

Rhino Camera Gear just released for pre order their new Rhino Arc. Set to ship out early spring of 2016, the Rhino Arc is an add on to the motion control system that can easily be attached to your V1 slider or the new Evo Carbon Slider. The Arc will make getting those creative panning shots a whole lot easier especially for the one man band.

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[Rhino Arc]

The Rhino Arc is not the full Motion Control system, which is a completely different product that can be found HERE. The Rhino Arc however is an additional accessory that will help improve the motion control system one step further and make it easier to set up and control your shots.

It can easily be screwed onto your slider base plate and then controlled by the Motion Control system with an additional wire. By using the dial built on the Motion Control system you will be able to set up the endpoints, length, and speed of the panning shot.

“Rhino Arc uses an internal motor and rechargeable battery to pan your camera a full 360 degrees. A beautiful OLED screen lets you know the status of Arc and if it’s paired to motion. The platform supports camera setups as heavy as 15lbs and only weighs 1lb 1oz.” – RhinoCameraGear

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[Rhino Arc]

As of right now the price is set at $400 US, which includes just the Arc itself, the cable, and paperwork. But if you order now you can save $50 by pre-ordering it. For a fully decked out motion slider rig by Rhino Camera Gear, (include: the Slider, Motion Control, and the Arc) will probably set you back anywhere from $1,400 and up depending on the length of the slider you choose.

It will be interesting to see how the Arc stacks up against similar systems like the SYRP Genie Mini. Though the price of the Mini is $249 it only holds up a Panning Load of 8.8lb/Tilting Load – centered 6.6 lb., when the Rhino Arc can hold heavier rig setups at 15lbs.

To check out more about the Rhino Arc and watch a video that demonstrates it’s capabilities *click here*

To check out the new Evo Carbon Fiber Slider *click here*

New Product Report: Dji’s Focus

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(Courtesy of Dji.com)

Dji’s Focus was released today October 15, 2015, with a price point for a wireless follow focus solution at $1999.00. The Focus will be another crucial tool when operating the Dji-Ronin, Ronin M and the Inspire drone. It is designed to attach to the already included 15mm rods that come with the Ronin. The Focus will have fast wireless transmission (Up to 100 meters), adjustable endpoints, customizable focus wheel, rechargeable batteries, and a micro-usb port for programming and updating firmware.

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(Courtesy of Dji.com)

The remote is powered by a rechargeable and replaceable battery that has a 14 hour charge and the motor that will be attached to the 15mm rods, can be powered by one of two p-taps located on the power distribution box on the Ronin’s base.

But is the price too high?

After doing my research and carefully trying to figure out the best solution for smoother shots and having a tool that was more versatile on set, I bought into the whole 3-axis gimbal world two years ago. Unfortunately, I find one of the hardest things about using gimbals is the lack of accessories to pull or change focus when operating them. When I mean lack, I mean affordability and ease of use.

There have been multiple attempts; the Ikan Wireless Follow Focus ($1599.00) and Redrock Micro’s microRemote ($2,720) both have their own positive and negative attributes about them. Though I really do not have anything truly negative to say about either to be honest with you, because they both work great and they are a crucial accessory to have when trying to pull focus on a 3- axis gimbal.

However the price point never really sold me, especially after buying the gimbal for $2500+, not including the extra batteries, and the Wireless Thumb Controller, the price for the Focus just seems a little too high for a Dji accessory. Though I did just say pulling focus and being able to adjust focus as you shoot is crucial, I did not think I meant $1999 crucial.

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(Courtesy of Dji.com)

The Dji Focus will definitely complement the Ronin well and it has a very important purpose when trying to focus on a gimbal. The kit itself looks well-engineered and professional but at the price point it is right now, it has me sitting back and waiting on this one. Like I said before there are many other companies trying to figure out wireless solutions, so there is a huge demand for a wireless follow focus solution, we just need to see how the Dji’s Focus pans out in the next few months.

For more Images and Details of the Dji Focus click here

 

New Product Report: Dji Osmo

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Dji announced on October 8, 2015 another all new gimbal, The Dji Osmo.  DJi, is a leading manufacturer of unmanned aerial drones, and they have also crafted a 3 axis gimbal known as the Ronin which is what I currently use for steady and smooth shots. The Osmo will be Dji’s first venture in one-handed gimbal technology and will again like the Ronin did revolutionize the way we capture visual stories.

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(DJI.com)

Attached above is a short clip of how the Osmo and camera operator are able to walk through the ropes of the boxing ring and hand off to a second camera op. with ease. The stabilization within the Osmo’s motors work well enough that the viewer can barely notice the hand off.  It is not only interesting but will fit the run and gun type shooter, whether your traveling light or trying to get into places where normal, larger rigs cannot, the Osmo looks to be the best solution especially with its 4k video recording. With impressive features at an affordable price, the Dji Osmo is definitely a product to consider when looking to move into steadier video for your projects.

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(DJI.com)

As of right now the price point for the stock version is $650.00, with a release date sometime at the end of October for the first tier of pre-orders.  The package includes:

The Handheld Gimbal and Camera, Mobile Device Holder, Intelligent Battery, Battery Charger/Power Cable, Storage Case, Wrist Strap, Shoulder Strap, Micro SD Card (16gb), UV Filter, Lens Cap, Rosette Protection Cap, As well as paper Manuals.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor
  • 4K (4096 x 2160) Video at 24 or 25p
  • 120 fps Full HD Video for Slow-Motion
  • 12MP JPEG or DNG RAW Sill Photos
  • Handle with Camera and Gimbal Controls
  • Wi-Fi For Monitoring / Remote Operation
  • Detachable Mobile Device Holder
  • Photos Bursts at up to 7 Shots
  • Regular and Moving Time-Lapse Modes
  • Auto and Selfie Panorama Modes

DJi Intro to the Osmo