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Magic_Lantern_logo-whiteThose part of Magic Lantern are always hard at work tinkering away to give us mere mortals better cameras at zero cost. They were able to pull a rabbit out of a hat and give us RAW video on Canon DSLRs, which is a huge step up on video quality from the standard H.264 files the cameras normally record to. Now they’ve got another trick up their sleeve that can actually improve dynamic range about half a stop — but there are some caveats at this early stage. More »

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Nikon D3300 with Lens AngleNikon has replaced their entry-level DSLR once again, and while the previous D3200 and the new D3300 are very similar, there are a couple major differences: they’ve removed the anti-aliasing filter, and they’ve added 1080p 60fps. That makes the D3300 Nikon’s second DSLR with 1080/60 — the first being the D5300 which was introduced in October. We’ve also got word that Nikon is going to be introducing a new flagship camera, the D4s, and they’ve been showing it off at CES, with an eventual release in 2014. More »

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Panasonic GH 4K Angle Engadget4K is the name of the game at CES this year, and that includes some new camera models capable of the format. Sony showed their hand with the $2,000 4K handycam, and now Panasonic has unveiled more about the GH 4K, which will fit into their mirrorless camera line. Engadget snapped a few photos of the new 4K cam at the Panasonic booth, and managed to get some new details from the representative there. More »

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trost durable field camera slider shooting platform movement steel 01The DSLR revolution ushered in an explosion of one-person-crew gear options, and the slider has been no exception. Many manufacturers offer variations on the basic yet effective sliding camera platform, including Redrock, edelkrone, DitoGear, and Rhino. Now, a manufacturer called Trost is introducing a very sleek-looking slider aiming for extreme dependability and durability. Trost sliders feature hand-machined steel components, a quickly adjustable design, and the strength to support (some of) the weight of a 1983 Toyota Tercel. If you had any sliders on your holiday wishlist, you might want to check below for more details. More »

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Nikon Df Silver with 50mm LensToday was the unveiling of the not-so-secret Nikon Df (digital fusion) DSLR. While many are calling the design “retro,” Nikon has really gone back to what made shooting photos easier: physical dials. Not everyone is pleased, but the goal for the company was to make a product that attempted to remove the barrier between the photographer and the photography, something that film cameras arguably did by being simple mechanical devices. As a part of the strategy, however, Nikon has also gone against the grain and removed all video features from the camera. But if a Japanese camera company is willing to release a ‘fusion’ photography camera, where’s the ‘fusion’ digital cinema camera? More »

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Doin’ It In the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC is an unabashed success story for first-time feature directors Bobbito García and Kevin Couliau, who filmed basketball on 180 courts across New York City’s five boroughs. They shot the feature on the Godfather of DSLR cinematography, the Canon 5D Mark II, and took advantage of being a mobile production unit by biking to the majority of their locations. Following a theatrical tour the world over and a successful direct digital release using VHX, DIITP is available today on iTunes, Amazon.com, VUDU, Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox, and cable VOD everywhere. As a basketball player who’s spent plenty of time on outdoor NYC courts, and as a Kickstarter backer of the project, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sit down with the filmmakers to ask them how they did it. More »

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Sigma 24 105mm f4Sigma has announced the 24-105mm f/4, the latest addition to their Global Vision line. With all the talk circulating around Sigma’s 18-35mm f/1.8, with its high performance and price tag that’d make any low-budget filmmaker smile, it might be safe to say that their newest lens might generate a significant amount of attention, too. According to cinema5D, the lens will find itself amongst a lot of competitors, and without reviews or demos to gauge its performance, we have to rely on the specs given. Read on for more information on Sigma’s new lens, including specs and price tag. More »

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panasonic gh3 rumors higher bit rate wide dynamic rangePanasonic has done a tremendous job with the video quality on their mirrorless photography cameras (especially when hacked in the case of the GH2), but their video options in a dedicated camera have lagged behind both Sony and Canon, who chose to go with larger sensors for their dedicated video cameras. Now, it looks like Panasonic is trying to come back at the game at the lower end with a 4K-shooting camera, and give excellent capabilities in a small form factor. More »

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Nikon D5300 FrontNikon has been slowly improving the video quality on its entry and mid-range APS-C DSLRs, after beating everyone to the punch with the D90 back in 2008. While that camera was limited to 720p and a very low bit rate, we’ve now finally got full 1080p at 60fps in an affordable Nikon camera, which means real slow motion when played back at 24fps or 30fps. The D5200 rarely suffered from moire and aliasing thanks, in part, to a brand new sensor made by Toshiba that was better suited for video. The D5300 may have a slightly improved version of the same sensor with the low pass filter removed (or maybe a brand new one), but video quality should be similar. Check out more of the new features below. More »

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Pentax K-3 FrontAnnounced at the same time as the D610, the new Pentax K-3 APS-C DSLR doesn’t seem all that exciting from the outside, but the now Ricoh-owned name has all sorts of interesting tech going on inside. While many cameras are starting to forgo low-pass filters which help avoid aliasing, the downside is that this can mean additional moire while shooting photos or videos. The Pentax camera solves this issue in a very interesting way, and also is apparently capable of shooting 4K video. Check out more details below. More »

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Nikon D610_3It has been about a year since Nikon released their full frame Nikon D600, which at the time was the cheapest full-frame camera at just around $2,000 for the body. However, the D600 wasn’t without its faults, as there were many complaints from users about dust and oil residue on the sensor. Well, with the recently announced D610, Nikon has apparently addressed this issue with an all new shutter mechanism, as well as a few other upgraded specifications, like better image quality, higher fps rate, and improved automatic white balance. Read on for more details, as well as pricing for both the new D610 and the D600. More »

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DSLR DynamicsIf you’re looking to sharpen your filmmaking skills, then this might be something you should look into. Writer of The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook Barry Anderson and planetMitch of planet5D are teaming up to bring you the DSLR Dynamics Video Visuals Tour, with lessons aimed at providing participants with greater knowledge on how to take their craft to the next level. Continue reading to get more details on how to get involved, tour dates, and a special discount code for nofilmschool readers that’ll save you 15% when you sign up. More »

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BMPCC Redrock liveLenseWant to keep using non-MFT lenses when you get your hands on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera? Redrock Micro recently sat down with Hook, the man behind the recent BMPCC test footage, and asked him several questions about working with it. The entire interview is a good read, but one question that was particularly interesting was about how well the Redrock LiveLens MFT active lens mount performs with Canon L series glass. Read Hook’s thoughts after the jump. More »

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The Kinect isn’t just for learning how to do the “jerk” on Dance Central anymore. It’s quickly becoming a tool that artists working with all sorts of mediums are harnessing for its marker-less motion capture power. NFS sat down with Private School Entertainment’s Andrew Gant to talk about how they used a Kinect, a DSLR camera, a projector, and the RGBDToolkit for some out-of-this-world filmmaking. Continue reading to find out how to access the cinematic capabilities of the Kinect. More »

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Anti-Twist Plate ManfrottoEver had that moment when you try to pan left and look down only to realize you’ve just panned your DSLR independent of the tripod base plate? Hey, this shouldn’t be happening, your tripod’s a Manfrotto, after all, and you basically stripped the darn thing getting the screw in that tight. This vexing shortcoming of a DSLR’s small size can now be remedied with a quick solution – a small plate with a lip from Photography & Cinema that stops your camera from twisting about. More »

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kaleidocamera-452x273Modern imaging technology never ceases to amaze me. In the past, we’ve talked about light field cameras, such as the Lytro, which allow the user to refocus the image in post. We’ve also talked about new sensor technologies that use color diffraction instead of traditional filtration. Now, a group from Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany have developed a camera add-on that sits between the lens and the sensor that brings an array of impressive plenoptic features to any DSLR camera. What features. you might be asking? Light field refocusing, HDR imaging, and light polarization without filters, just to name a few. Interested? Read on for the details: More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Canon 7D Now Recording 2.5K RAW with Magic Lantern - nofilmschoolMagic Lantern RAW video is still a work in progress on the Canon 7D, but a few videos are floating around now showing what the camera can do in silent picture mode, which was also the precursor to 24fps and higher RAW video on the 5D Mark III and other Canon cameras. While the camera is recording below 1080 at a max of 1728 x 1156, it’s possible to get all the way up to 2.5K when using one of the crop modes (though the exact resolution may vary slightly). Check out some of the incredible first samples of that mode below. More »

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Canon 7D HDSLR DSLR VDSLRFor all of you out there with a Canon 7D who have been salivating at the prospect of shooting RAW video on your camera with Magic Lantern, things just got a whole lot more interesting. A1ex, one of the lead developers on the whole ML project, has discovered the silent pictures function, which allows the camera to save the RAW files from Live View. That’s exactly how the RAW hack began on the Canon 5D Mark II and Mark III back in April. Click through for more on this announcement and what resolutions you can expect. More »

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Enforcer_Marauder1Compact run-n-gun shoulder rigs are nothing new, and there are a multitude of companies that make excellent solutions for shooters who are on the move. However, oftentimes these rigs contain a plethora of small pieces that need to be fastened together before you can use them, and how long this process takes can be the difference between getting the perfect shot and missing it entirely. Zacuto is looking to eliminate build-time with their new foldable, highly compact DSLR rigs, the Marauder and the Enforcer. Check them out below: More »

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Canon 70D BackAfter many years of releasing similar cameras with small changes, Canon has finally unleashed a brand new technology inside the new 70D they are calling Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The major breakthrough with this technology is that it should give excellent autofocus whether you’re in stills mode or in video mode. Now, you might be thinking you’d never want or need anything like that, but Johnnie Behiri over at cinema5D took the 70D for a spin to test not only the video quality, but how good the autofocus actually is. Check those videos out below. More »