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Put Your Eyes to the Test 12 Camera ShootoutLet’s take a walk down memory lane. Remember two years ago, when Zacuto and Kessler put together what might be considered the most epic camera shootout ever conceived? I sure do, but not because of the results or any one camera being superior to the others, but because it drove home the point that we live in an era where any camera — from the iPhone 5 to the Sony F65 — can produce professional results as long as the person behind the lens knows what they’re doing. With that said, digital cinema technology has come a long way since the 2012 shootout. More »

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CineVerse Camera Comparison ChartDiscerning cinematographers know that different jobs and projects often require different tools. With digital cinema technology proliferating at an incredible rate, cinematographers now have such a wide variety of camera systems to choose from that the process of deciding which one meets the technical and aesthetic needs of any given project can often be entirely overwhelming. If only all of the relevant technical information for each high-end digital cinema camera could be aggregated into one place, maybe into the form of a well-organized chart –Luckily for us, Tom Fletcher over at CineVerse, a nationwide rental house, put together just such a chart with all of the major digital cinema cameras on the market today (the high-end ones, at least), and it’s an insanely helpful graphic that puts our top-of-the-line digital cinema technology into perspective. More »

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Prieto C500 WideThe Canon C500 is one of those cameras that hasn’t been readily adopted by the film industry, at least not to the extent of ARRI and RED products. Sure, it played a very small role in the production of Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and Shane Hurlbut chose it as his A-Cam on Need For Speed, but for the most part, it doesn’t get much love in the narrative filmmaking world. However, world-class cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto ASC, AMC, (The Wolf of Wall Street, Argo) recently lensed a short film called Human Voice on the high-end Canon camera, and offered his take on why it was the right choice for this project, and how specifically it was set up for this film. More »

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canon c500 4kThere have been rumors that Canon could be announcing some new cinema cameras in 2014, and recent price drops on the C100 and C500 seem to confirm that. While the C500 launched at over $20K, reductions from Canon have now brought it to $17,000 — at least until January 4th — and the C100 is now at an all-time low price, coming in at just $5,000. We’ve also got new firmware 1.0.4.1.00 for the C500 which brings 80,000 ISO and a few other changes to the camera (to bring it in line with the C100 and C300). Click through for more. More »

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Hurlbut Camera Tests Alexa c500Although most digital productions these days are shot on the ALEXA or the EPIC, Director of Photography Shane Hurlbut’s most recent project, Need For Speed, featured an against-the-grain camera choice of Canon’s C500. In a recent series of blog posts, Hurlbut provided his readers with an extensive amount of information about how he and his team chose the C500 over the multitude of digital cinema cameras on the market today. Here’s a roundup of his first set of camera tests, featuring the ARRI ALEXA and the Canon C500. More »

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Canon_EOS_CinemaThere has been plenty of talk over the last couple years about Canon and their product strategy as it relates to their Cinema and DSLR cameras. While their cinema cameras — specifically the C300 — have been incredibly popular, there are many who wonder why the company can’t offer better quality internally when very budget-priced cameras from Blackmagic are doing ProRes, DNxHD, and RAW without needing external recorders. At the Inter BEE 2013 conference (Japan’s version of NAB), Dan Chung from Newsshooter sat down with Yoshinari Onda, the global product manager for Canon’s Cinema EOS cameras, to ask some of these questions and also explore the recent AF firmware upgrade for the C100. Check out the fantastic interview below: More »

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20120829_hiRes_eosC100_3qlensCanon made a bit of a surprise announcement back in September that they were going to be upping the maximum ISO setting on the Cinema EOS cameras from 20,000 ISO all the way to 80,000 ISO. Not only is that firmware update out today for the C100 and C300 (it doesn’t seem like it’s ready for the C500 yet), but we’ve also got a video sample of the quality you can expect from the new ISO options. Check out the video below as well as all of the other goodies Canon has unlocked for the Cinema cameras. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Watch: Light Iron's Michael Cioni Tours Media Innovations (Including Final Cut Pro X) - nofilmschoolLight Iron is a post-production company that is no stranger to innovation. The company is known for its handling of Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its end-to-end 4K production — as well as its on-set hardware and software tools. Given LI’s progressive attitude, it isn’t too surprising that CEO Michael Cioni recently sat down to present a variety of non-Light Iron production tools (with one exception) that he sees as innovations. Cioni hits upon MōVI, the Canon C500, Ki Pro Quad, LI Live Play, and FCPX, all within the context of why and how they are future-ready. To see this innovator’s thoughts on production innovations, check below. More »

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Canon C500 - Angle ViewNow they go way past 11. Canon is not only matching the Sony 64,000 ISO upgrade to the FS700, they are surpassing it. In a brand new firmware upgrade the company is working on for the C100, C300, and C500, they’ve managed to increase the top ISO from 20,000 another two stops to 80,000 ISO. How clean that will be is another question, but there must be some processing under the hood to get it looking even remotely usable at such crazy-high ISOs. That’s not all they’re doing, so read on for some of the other upgrades. More »

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The days when Canon made its prized quality lenses separately for either its bizarre HDV psuedo-progressive imaging camcorders (remember those?) or its high-res digital stills cameras are gone — having bled into the present day. Now, its lenses have a significant stake in the production of 4K digital cinema, and its Cinema CN-E EF-mount line of compact prime lenses will be fully rounded out by a just-announced 35mm prime, due out before the close of the year (that makes six lenses now: 14, 24, 35, 50, 85, 135). Furthering the same professional motion picture mission, Canon has also announced free firmware/software upgrades for automated functions such as Push Autofocus, as well as professional-grade ACES pipeline support for color management. Some updates apply to different cameras than others, so check below for more details. More »

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Internal ND filters are incredibly helpful on set, especially if you’re in a situation where you are trying to move quickly. We’ve seen that the particular filters inside the Canon C100/C300/C500 are actually very specific to the cameras themselves, and they do a good job of blocking out infrared light, which starts to appear more with standard ND filters as you block out visible light. It seems Canon has had some issues with keeping this area of the camera dust-free, so they’ve made some modifications. Check out the details below. More »

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Shane Hurlbut should be no stranger to nofilmschool readers. He’s one of a few cinematographers working at the highest level of the industry who consistently takes the time to share his experiences and his cinematography expertise on his awesome blog. Whether he’s talking about how to create a soft and beautiful book light, or the fundamentals of telling a story through composition, Shane is always filling the interwebs with his vast cinematography knowledge. Recently, he sat down with Paul Antico of Anticipate Media for their weekly podcast. Needless to say, Shane and Paul’s conversation is absolutely fantastic, and the pair touch on many of the key topics relevant to cinematography in the modern age. More »

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A little over a week ago, there was a rumor that Canon would be introducing a brand new digital cinema camera between the C300 and the C100 at NAB 2013. At that time, the C300 was retailing for $16,000 and the C100 could be had for $6,500. In terms of the price difference, it was feasible for there to be a camera in-between (even if spec wise it doesn’t make much sense). Now, Canon has dropped the C300 price by $2,000 until April 30th for both EF and PL models, and it very well could be a permanent price drop. We’ve also got a rumor of a replacement 24 Megapixel camera for the aging Canon 7D. So what does that mean for the rest of their product lines? More »

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While the internet seems to be looking for a specific camera from Canon that they haven’t quite delivered yet, their digital cinema cameras — specifically the C300 — fly off the shelves and are consistently the most rented (if you don’t believe me, ask anyone who runs a rental house). That, of course, won’t stop the company from releasing new models, and it seems we may see a brand new camera along with some new cinema lenses at the yearly NAB show in April. Click through for more details and analysis. More »

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At this point, solid state image sensors have matched or exceeded film in a lot of ways, including light sensitivity, responsiveness to shadow detail, and overall dynamic range — but that doesn’t mean our chips aren’t susceptible to certain problems previously avoided by the nature of emulsion. Indeed, ‘sensitivity’ nowadays means something different altogether — and with the virtual necessity of neutral density filters as a result, this often means vulnerability to infrared pollution. Unless you like shooting at f/22 or you’re already using the Aaton Penelope Delta, you may also require an IR filter with your ND. AbelCine has recently shared a great rundown of which cameras suffer the most from IR pollution — and what filters work best to correct each. More »

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With each new camera comes a slightly different workflow, and the situation is no different with the Canon C500. We already talked a bit about the interesting way in which Canon is producing a RAW image with that camera (aside from being completely uncompressed), but we didn’t get into what you’ll actually need to do in order to begin working with this footage. Click through to check out a great video from Andy Shipsides of AbelCine on importing footage that has been recorded with the Convergent Design Gemini 4:4:4. More »

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As digital cameras get better and better, it’s becoming less about specs and a lot more about what specific cameras can do for you in certain situations. For example, you may need a small camera for a particular shoot, and other times, that small camera might not be good enough or might not give you acceptable image fidelity if the project requires something more heavy-duty. Martin Scorsese, whose narrative feature films have been shot on celluloid his whole career up until Hugo, has been championing digital cameras in partnership with Canon. He also proves another point we’ve talked about before: not every camera is right for every situation — even those from Canon. More »

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Aside from the short film Man & Beast shot by Jeff Cronenweth, ASC, there hasn’t been much footage showing off what the already shipping Canon C500 is capable of. Since it has the same sensor and identical internal recording, footage shot right on the cards within the camera should be similar, if not identical to that of the Canon C300. What most people (including me) really want to see, however, is more footage that has been recorded externally using the superior RAW output of the C500. That’s exactly what DP Nino Leitner has done with a new short film, ALEX. Click through to check it out. More »

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There has been a lot of talk about RAW lately. With Sony’s announcement of a RAW recorder for the F5/F55 cameras, and RED’s recent price drops (including a $4,000 RED ONE MX), it’s certainly on everyone’s minds. Canon, who has been making a name for themselves recently in digital cinema, has begun shipping the C500 (which is retailing for lower than was originally announced back in August, just like all of their digital cinema products). The C500 is practically the same camera as its sibling the C300, except for the ability to output full 10-bit 4K RAW up to 60fps. This all sounds great in theory, but Canon is doing something interesting in the name of quality that just might make you think twice about going through the extra expense just to use it. More »

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The lower-cost and somewhat less featured version of the C300, the C100, was not the only announcement from Canon today. We’ve also got a list price and release date for the new 4K shooting C500: $30,000 and October. While the actual price could be lower — much like the higher initial list prices of the C300 and C100 — this camera is more than likely going to be a rental for a lot of people. Canon also announced new EOS Cinema lenses, a 14mm T/3.1 and 135mm T/2.2, and (re)announced two cinema zoom lenses, a 15.5-47mm T2.8 and 30-105mm T2.8. More »