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Panasonic 4K VariCam 3Panasonic was one of the first companies to really bring cinematic images into the HD realm with the original Varicam, but their large sensor video camera releases over the last few years have not quite matched up with the competition. What has truly been missing from their lineup is a higher-end Super 35mm camera, which they have apparently been working on for some time now. Shown off at the last few NABs, the new 4K Varicam should make a working appearance at next year’s NAB. Dan Chung from Newsshooter got some time with Panasonic’s Neil (Noriaki) Ugo at Inter BEE 2013 to talk about their products: 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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We haven’t heard much news about the KineRAW S35 since pre-orders began back in August. The Chinese-made 2K camera capable of shooting a few different flavors of RAW video to SSDs will come in well under $10,000 for a working package, and could make some noise once it finally begins shipping in the States sometime in 2013. It has already begun shipping in China, and Dan Chung over at DSLR News Shooter got his own recently, and he has some news about what Kinefinity has planned for the camera’s future. More »

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While I often recommend the Nikon mount version of almost any lens out there because of its compatibility with both Nikon and Canon, there is one potential drawback that makes Nikon lenses very difficult to work with for some people: they rotate in the opposite direction to Canon and cinema lenses. While this doesn’t bother me, since I almost exclusively use Nikon lenses or use a follow focus with a reversing gear, a lot of people need a lens to work the “correct” way from the start. The other reason I always recommend the Nikon version, is because often it’s the only version with a manual aperture ring, which increases adaptability — whereas the Canon EF mount variety of these lenses (namely Zeiss), do not have a manual aperture that lets you to physically select the f-stop. In a cinema setting, this is a necessity, which is why a Chinese company called GL Optics has developed a cinemod for the Zeiss ZE lenses that does everything a normal cinemod does, but also adds a manual iris ring. More »

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The last time we talked the KineRAW S35, Kinefinity had released RAW sample clips for the general public to mess around with and grade. If this is going to be the way things are done with smaller companies (like Blackmagic) — Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony are going to have to get on board. Allowing users to handle files straight from a camera is the only way to judge actual quality and to know if a particular camera is going to work for you. The KineRAW S35 is now inching ever closer to being the real deal, as Kinefinity started limited pre-orders at the BIRTV show in China. More »

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Announced seemingly out of the blue, the new Sony NEX-EA50 has a 16 megapixel APS-C sensor very similar to their mirrorless line of cameras. It may or may not be the same sensor, but according to Dan Chung over at DSLR News Shooter, the video quality is improved over those small cameras. While the price seemed to fluctuate in the first few hours of announcement, it looks like it has settled for the moment around $4,500 (including the power zoom lens). It’s interesting that Sony made some of the decisions they did about the camera, but one of the biggest omissions, ND filters, is explained in Dan’s video below. More »

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Just as we finally got the first downloadable RAW footage and the first real low-light test, we’re now getting a real shipping time-frame for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera straight from the company itself. Dan Chung over at DSLR News Shooter is at BIRTV in China right now and he sat down with Richard Lim to discuss the camera, the concerns people have had, and the final shipping design. Richard also details a few new nifty functions that they’ve added in software, like the ability to shoot at ISO 200 (which may or may not affect dynamic range). Check out the video below. More »

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Dan Chung sat down with Canon’s Mike Burnhill to get a look at the video features of the Canon EOS-1D X. Compared to earlier hands-on looks at the camera, this one is much mor focused on the video features we’re all wondering about: aliasing, rolling shutter, codec, time code, audio, and HDMI out. Despite the fact that Canon isn’t letting footage out of its grasp yet, Dan asks all the pertinent questions, as you’d expect given he’s one of the forefathers of HDSLR video. Here’s his 15-minute look at the 1D X: More »