The Best Filmmaking Deals of the Week (8.8.19)

Canon slashes the price of the C300 Mark II by $11,000 to highlight our Deals of the Week.

This week in filmmaking deals: Benro’s brand new line of X-series 3-axis gimbals are on sale, including the powerful 3XD Pro that can handle larger DSLR camera setups. Canon’s popular C300 Mark II Cinema Camera just got crazy affordable at $8999, while Apple’s 27″ iMac sees a big $500 price drop. Plus, Joby’s running a closeout sale on their Action Clamp, which means you can mount your action cams to pretty much anything for less. Finally, Adorama is running a special on the Focusrite RedNet X2P Audio Interface that saves you $150.

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What Are Overall Deals and How Do You Get Them?

Not sure what an overall deal or first-look deal are? Or why some writers and producers get them? We got you covered.

Perhaps you’ve noticed the big headlines recently, “Benioff and Weiss sign an overall deal at Netflix,” or you remember in 2018 when Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes signed similar fair at the streamer. These deals cover hundreds of millions of dollars and lots of your favorite – or soon to be favorite – TV shows and movies.

But what do they actually mean?

Today, we’re going to define overall deals, first-look deals, and talk about how these deals happen in Hollywood.

What is an overall deal?

An overall deal is an agreement between a creator and a studio where the studio financially compensates the creator and/or their company to then own the ideas they create while under this deal. Anything created while this deal is signed stays within the studio that owns it. It cannot be shopped elsewhere, even if the studio passes on that project.

These deals usually cover television shows, and not so much feature films.

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Another RED Komodo 6K Teaser

RED President Jarred Land has timely posted another teasing update on the upcoming RED Komodo 6K camera with Blackmagic Design announcing the new Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. From Jarred Land’s post on REDUser which we broke down previously, this is what the RED Komodo isn’t: It is not DSMC3 It is not a replacement for … Continued

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Blackmagic Design unveils the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Blackmagic Design has unveiled the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K (BMPCC6K), an EF-mount cinema camera with a 6K Super 35 (S35) sensor, a step up from the Four Thirds sensor found inside Blackmagic Design’s Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (BMPCC4K).

At the core of the camera is a 23.10 x 12.99mm Super 35 sensor with Dual Native ISO (400 and 25,600), 6144 x 3456 pixel resolution and 13 stops of dynamic range. It can shoot in 10-bit ProRes or 12-bit Blackmagic RAW formats.

The S35 sensor will shoot up to 50 fps at 6144 x 3456 16:9 or 60 fps at 6144 x 2560 2.4:1 and 60 fps at 5744 x 3024 1.9:1. There is also a high frame rate option that shoots 120 fps at 2.8K 2868 x 1512 1.9:1 as well as a true anamorphic 6:5 mode that shoots in 3.7K 60 fps (3728 x 3104).

A comparison from the BMPCC6K product page highlighting the difference in the depth of field between the Four Thirds sensor inside the BMPCC4K and the roughly APS-C ‘Super 35’ sensor inside the BMPCC6K.

The EF mount on the BMPCC6K will feature full electronics so Canon’s EF lens lineup can communicate with the camera for focus and aperture control, as well as Image Stabilization support. In addition to using Canon’s EF mount, the BMPCC6K also uses the same Canon-style LP-E6 battery as its predecessor. Blackmagic rates this for 45 minutes of runtime and can be charged via external battery packs through the onboard USB-C connection.

Recordings can be captured as 10-bit Apple ProRes files in all formats up to 4K or 12-bit Blackmagic RAW in all formats up to 6K. The BMPCC6K features both a CFast and SD UHS-II slots, as well as a USB-C port for storing to external media. Blackmagic Design says ‘Customers can use regular SD cards for HD or higher performance UHS-II and CFast cards for native 4K or 6K when using Blackmagic RAW. Imagine capturing over an hour of full resolution 6K images on a single 256GB SD UHS-II card.’

Notably, though, the manual recommends CFast or USB-C-connected SSD storage for the camera’s high res, high frame rate output, as most of the compression options exceed the 90MB/s guaranteed speeds of the latest V90 UHS-II cards.

A full-size HDMI connection is included for monitoring footage and outputting 10-bit video, including HDR. Other connections include a mini XLR connection with 48 volt phantom power, a 3.5mm microphone input, a 3.5mm headphone output and a locking DC power connection.

On the rear of the BMPCC6K is the same five-inch touchscreen found on the BMPCC4K, which displays the Blackmagic OS, a proprietary operating system designed specifically for Blackmagic Design’s cameras.

The BMPCC6K utilizes Blackmagic Design’s Generation 4 Color Science, first introduced on the URSA Mini Pro G2. In Blackmagic Design’s own words, ‘Blackmagic Generation 4 Color Science uses a complex dynamic 12-bit gamma curve designed to capture more color data in the highlights and shadows, so they get better looking images.’

Other features include still frame capture up to 21.2-megapixels, remote camera control via Bluetooth, localization for 11 languages and a built-in timecode generator for synced multi-camera shoots.

The BMPCC6K is available now for $2,495 from resellers around the globe.

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Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Fremont, CA, USA – Thursday, 8 August 2019 – Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, a new handheld digital film camera with a full Super 35 size 6K HDR image sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, an EF lens mount and dual native ISO up to 25,600 for incredible low light performance. This new model builds on the popularity of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K but has a larger Super 35 sensor size with 6K resolution, allowing higher image quality. The EF lens mount model works with a wide range of lenses from companies such as Canon, Zeiss, Sigma and Schneider.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$2,495.

The elegant design of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera packs an incredible number of high end digital film features into a miniaturized, handheld design. Made from lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate composite, the camera features a multifunction handgrip with all controls for recording, ISO, WB and shutter angle right at their fingertips. Because it’s an advanced digital film camera, the sensor is designed to reduce thermal noise allowing cleaner shadows and higher ISO. Plus the large 5 inch LCD makes it possible to get perfect focus at 4K and 6K resolutions.

Featuring a larger 6144 x 3456 Super 35 sensor and EF lens mount, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K lets customers use larger EF photographic lenses to create cinematic images with shallower depth of field, allowing creative defocussed backgrounds and gorgeous bokeh effects. This means that customers can shoot in 6K and then in post production zoom and re-frame to allow wide shots and close ups to be created, all from a single camera and without losing image quality.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K both have an incredible 13 stops of dynamic range which means they preserve more detail in the lightest and darkest areas of an image than simple video cameras can. This allows customers to set exposure for an indoor scene such as a cafe and still retain the details of bright outdoor light coming through a window. Customers even get more colors than the standard DCI-P3 colorspace used for feature films.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features dual gain ISO up to 25,600, which means both the 4K and 6K models are optimized to minimize grain or noise in images, while maintaining the full dynamic range of the sensor. The native ISO of 400 is ideal for scenes with on-set lighting. The gain is set automatically as they adjust the ISO setting on the camera, so it’s easy to capture great images when they don’t have time to set up lights.

The new 6K model will shoot up to 50 fps at 6144 x 3456 16:9 or 60 fps at 6144 x 2560 2.4:1 and 60 fps at 5744 x 3024 17:9. For higher frame rates they can window the sensor and shoot up to 120 fps at 2.8K 2868 x 1512 17:9. Customers can even work in true anamorphic 6:5 using anamorphic lenses in 3.7K 60 fps at 3728 x 3104.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera records using standard open file formats so customers don’t have to waste time transcoding media. Recording works in industry standard 10-bit Apple ProRes files in all formats up to 4K or 12-bit Blackmagic RAW in all formats up to 6K. Best of all media files work on all operating systems plus customers can format media cards and disks in HFS+ for Mac and ExFAT for Windows.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features built in CFast and SD UHS-II card recorders, and a USB-C expansion port for recording direct to an external media disk. Customers can use regular SD cards for HD or higher performance UHS-II and CFast cards for native 4K or 6K when using Blackmagic RAW. Imagine capturing over an hour of full resolution 6K images on a single 256GB SD UHS-II card.

Blackmagic RAW is a revolutionary new format designed to capture and preserve the quality of the sensor data from their camera. Video formats such as H.264 are highly compressed, plus add noise and weird artifacts, causing original sensor detail to be lost forever. Blackmagic RAW eliminates this problem and gives them stunning images with incredible detail and color throughout the production pipeline from camera to edit, color and mastering. It also saves camera settings as metadata so customers can set ISO, white balance and exposure in camera or override them later while editing, all without any loss of quality. Blackmagic RAW files are also small and fast to use making them easy to work with.

The rear of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a large, bright 5 inch touchscreen that makes it easy for customers to frame shots and accurately focus. It’s like getting a built in Blackmagic Video Assist with their camera. The touchscreen displays critical information while shooting, as well as menus for setting up the camera and intuitive touch to focus controls. On screen overlays show status, a histogram, focus and peaking indicators, levels, frame guides, playback controls and more.

With the advanced Blackmagic OS, customers get an intuitive and user friendly camera operating system based on the latest technology. The interface uses simple tap and swipe gestures to adjust settings, add metadata and view recording status. Customers also get full control over advanced camera features such as on screen focus and exposure tools, 3D LUTs, HDR, metadata entry, timecode, Blackmagic RAW settings and more.

Featuring the same Generation 4 Color Science as the high end URSA Mini Pro G2, the Pocket Cinema Camera delivers stunning, accurate skin tones and faithful color in every shot. Blackmagic Generation 4 Color Science uses a complex dynamic 12-bit gamma curve designed to capture more color data in the highlights and shadows, so they get better looking images. The color science also handles some of the complex Blackmagic RAW image processing, so color and dynamic range data from the sensor is preserved via metadata which customers can use in post production.

The camera includes a full size HDMI connector for monitoring with support for HDR and clean 10-bit output. There’s also a mini XLR connection with 48 volt phantom power for attaching professional microphones, a 3.5 mm video camera style microphone input, headphone connection and a professional locking DC power connector.

Digital film cameras shoot logarithmic colorspace to preserve the dynamic range, which is great for later post production, however when these files are viewed on a monitor they can look flat and washed out. 3D LUTs solve this problem because they allow customers to apply a “look” to the monitor so customers get an idea of how the finished images will look like when editing. The Pocket Cinema Camera works with industry standard 17 and 33 point 3D LUT files, or customers can work with the built in LUTs such as Extended Video, Film to Video, Film to Rec.2020 and more.

Professional cameras include professional features and customers also get a built in timecode generator, allowing shooting with more than one camera while keeping perfect sync. Simply plug in an external timecode generator such as Tentacle Sync into the 3.5 mm audio jack and the camera will automatically detect timecode and lock the internal generator. Now each camera can start and stop recording and all the shots from all cameras will have the same matched timecode. Imagine shooting a music festival with multiple roving cameras. Best of all the new DaVinci Resolve 16.1 will automatically find and sync the shots from all cameras so they don’t need to waste time sorting through thousands of shots.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera uses standard removable LP-E6 type batteries and also features a locking DC power connector so they never have to worry about losing power in the middle of a shoot. The included AC plug pack can power the camera and charge the battery at the same time. The USB-C expansion port can also be used to charge the battery from portable battery packs, mobile phone chargers or a laptop computer. Customers can even add an optional Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip that lets customers use 2 batteries to dramatically extend the power of the camera.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K models include a full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio, which is the same software used in Hollywood for creating high end feature films, episodic television shows, commercials and more. DaVinci Resolve features a revolutionary new cut page with intelligent editing tools and innovative new features designed to help customers quickly find the footage customers want, edit it together and output it fast. In addition to the new cut page, customers also get DaVinci’s legendary professional editing, advanced color correction, audio post and visual effects tools, all in a single software application.

“The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K features incredible new 6K imaging and EF lens support that customers have asked for,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It has all of the great features customers love from the 4K model, but now adds an EF lens, increased 6K resolution for even higher quality images and more. Plus, with the built in Video Assist features, customers don’t have to purchase and carry around extra equipment. DaVinci Resolve Studio is also included, making it an incredible all in one solution that enables anyone to be creative and tell a story.”

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Features

  • Use for independent films, documentaries, blogs and more.
  • Designed from carbon fiber polycarbonate composite.
  • Multifunction grip allows single hand operation.
  • 2 models with 6K at 6144 x 3456 and 4K at 4096 x 2160.
  • Compatible with MFT or EF lens mounts.
  • Wide 13 stops of dynamic range for film looks.
  • Up to 25600 ISO for incredible low light performance.
  • Records full resolution up to 60 fps or 120 fps windowed.
  • Standard open file formats compatible with popular software.
  • Built in SD, UHS-II and CFast card recorders.
  • Features incredible quality Blackmagic RAW recording.
  • Built in 5″ touchscreen allows accurate focus when shooting 6K.
  • Blackmagic OS as used in URSA Mini and URSA Broadcast cameras.
  • Includes Blackmagic Generation 4 Color Science.
  • Features full size HDMI for monitoring with status overlay.
  • Professional mini XLR input with 48 volt phantom power.
  • 3D LUTs can be applied for both monitoring and recording.
  • USB-C port allows recording directly to external disk.
  • Built in timecode generator for sync muli-camera shoots.
  • Supports still frame capture up to 21.2 megapixel.
  • Localized for 11 popular languages.
  • Supports remote camera control via Bluetooth.
  • Powers via 12V DC input and can recharge via USB-C.
  • Includes full DaVinci Resolve Studio for post production.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is available now for US$2,495, excluding duties, from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

Blackmagic Design Releases S35 Pocket Cinema Camera 6k with EF Mount

Today at 12 pm PST Blackmagic Design is holding a live update on what could be a new camera or updates to the Pocket 4K and URSA Mini 4.6k G2, plus post-production gear. 2019 has been a good year so far for cameras and with IBC on deck for September in Amsterdam we are going … Continued

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The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Has Landed

Blackmagic shocks us with the new Pocket Cinema Camera, which shoots 6K Super35mm video and has an EF lens mount for under $2500.

The first half-hour of today’s Blackmagic Design started to shape up as just a quick update on some organizational improvements with DaVinci Resolve 16. And while they were sweet to see, we really were hoping for more. Well, Grant Petty delivered by dropping a 6K nuclear bomb on the cinema camera industry, announcing the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K with an EF mount. WOW.

“The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K features incredible new 6K imaging and EF lens support that customers have asked for,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It has all of the great features customers love from the 4K model, but now adds an EF lens mount, increased 6K resolution for even higher quality images and more. Plus, with the built in Video Assist features, customers don’t have to purchase and carry around extra equipment. DaVinci Resolve Studio is also included, making it an incredible all in one solution that enables anyone to be creative and tell a story.”

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Mexican Physicist Solves 2,000-Year Old Problem That Will Lead to Cheaper and Sharper Lenses

Mexican Physicist Solves 2,000-Year Old Problem That Will Lead to Cheaper and Sharper Lenses

In most lenses, the center of the frame might be razor-sharp, but the corners and edges always appear a little soft. It’s something that’s been a problem for thousands of years within optical devices, with many researchers giving up hope until a recent breakthrough from a Mexican physicist, who has now developed a formula that will change how lenses are manufactured.

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Blackmagic: new US$2495 “Pocket” Cinema Camera 6K + more

In addition to the new US$2495 “Pocket” Cinema Camera 6K with EF mount, you’ll be blown away by the new DaVinci Resolve beta 16.1. Watch the webinar and learn about the Source Overwrite, Live Overwrite, Face Detection Closeup, Sync Window (for material which lacks timecode), Sync Bin in Resolve; external timecode on the “Pocket” Cinema 4K; free Blackmagic RAW Speed Test and more.

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Announced – Super 35 Sensor and EF Mount

Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, a new handheld camera with a Super 35 sized 6K HDR image sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, an EF lens mount and dual native ISO up to 25,600. BMPCC 6K is supposed to be available immediately and the price has been set to US $2,495 (including DaVinci Resolve license).

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Blackmagic Design shared some exciting news today. They announced new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, DaVinci Resolve 16.1 public beta, and a new performance measurement tool – Blackmagic RAW Speed Test. This article only covers the new BMPCC 6K camera. For the other news, please check our second article.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (BMPCC 4K) was announced at NAB 2018 – nearly one and a half years ago. Since then it got fairly popular among filmmakers. Mostly because of the high quality video codecs, great dynamic range, dual ISO, and overall great selection of resolutions and framerates. On the other hand, the camera’s build quality and power management are not that great. And, unlike its predecessor, it’s not pocket-sized anymore. For more information about the BMPCC 4K, please check Nino’s hands-on review of the camera.

Today Blackmagic announces the new Pocket 6K. The company states that the BMPCC 6K is very different from the Pocket 4K in specifications and price, being a higher resolution EF lens based solution. The Pocket 6K sits between the Pocket 4K and URSA Mini Pro G2, complimenting the range, rather than replacing the Pocket 4K. What are the new Pocket 6K specs?

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

First and foremost, BMPCC 6K features a larger Super 35 sensor with a resolution of 6144 x 3456 (16:9 ratio). Just like the URSA Mini line of cameras, the Pocket 6K utilizes the Canon EF lens mount. The new camera will shoot in the following resolutions:

  • up to 50 fps at 6144 x 3456 16:9
  • up to 60 fps at 6144 x 2560 2.4:1
  • up to 60 fps at 5744 x 3024 17:9
  • up to 120 fps at 2.8K 2868 x 1512 17:9 (windowed mode with higher crop)
  • true anamorphic 6:5 mode in 3.7K 60 fps at 3728 x 3104

The new Pocket 6K features same dual gain ISO as the 4K version – ISO 400 and 3200 (maximum ISO value is 25,600).

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Recording works in 10-bit Apple ProRes files in all formats up to 4K or 12-bit Blackmagic RAW in all formats up to 6K. The camera features built-in CFast and SD UHS-II card slots, and a USB-C expansion port for recording directly to an external SSD. Media cards and disks can be formatted in HFS+ for Mac and ExFAT for Windows.

In terms of dynamic range, Blackmagic Design claims the new camera will have 13 stops (just like the BMPCC 4K). Just a reminder – in our hands-on review with the BMPCC 4K during cinema5D lab test we measured 11.6 stops of dynamic range for a signal to noise ratio of 2 (12.7 stops for a signal to noise ratio of 1) at ISO 400 (10.5 and 11.8 stops for ISO 3200) in ProRes 4K DCI 25p.

BMPCC 6K body is made from lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate composite. The camera features a multifunction handgrip with all controls for recording, ISO, WB, and shutter angle reachable by one hand. Just like the BMPCC 4K, it has the large 5 inch touchscreen LCD in the back to help with precise manual focus at high resolutions. The camera supports “touch to focus” controls.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

We said this many times already and I will say it again – Blackmagic camera menu is one of the best and most straightforward solutions for cameramen and all Japanese manufacturers with complicated menus could take an example from Blackmagic. The BMPCC 6K menu interface stays the same as with other Blackmagic cameras, which is good. The Blackmagic OS interface uses simple tap and swipe gestures to adjust settings, add metadata and view recording status. On screen overlays show status, a histogram, focus and peaking indicators, levels, frame guides, playback controls and more.

The new Pocket 6K features the same Generation 4 Color Science as the high-end URSA Mini Pro G2 for accurate skin tones and pleasing colors. The camera works with industry standard 17 and 33 point 3D LUT files, or users can work with the built-in LUTs such as Extended Video, Film to Video, Film to Rec.2020 and more.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

The camera includes a full size HDMI connector for monitoring with support for HDR and clean 10-bit output. There’s also a mini XLR connection with 48 volt phantom power for attaching professional microphones, a 3.5 mm video camera style microphone input, and headphone connection.

When it comes to power, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K uses standard removable LP-E6 type batteries and also features a locking DC power connector. The included AC plug pack can power the camera and charge the battery at the same time. The USB-C expansion port can also be used to charge the battery from portable battery packs, mobile phone chargers or a laptop computer. The new BMPCC 6K is also compatible with the Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip.

The BMPCC 6K also includes built-in timecode generator to keep multiple cameras synced. After plugging in an external timecode generator such as Tentacle Sync into the 3.5 mm audio jack, the camera will automatically detect timecode and lock the internal generator. The new DaVinci Resolve 16.1 will automatically find and sync the shots from all cameras.

The camera also supports still frame capture up to 21.2 megapixel and remote camera control via Bluetooth.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K compared with the 4K version

Price and Availability

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is available now for US $2,495. Just like BMPCC 4K, the 6K version also includes a full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio. The price is incredible given the camera’s specs and I really hope Blackmagic will be able to accommodate the demand quickly enough this time.

Blackmagic Design also thinks on their customers who are currently waiting for their ordered BMPCC 4K. The company will support any customers who wish to transition a Pocket 4K back order to the new Pocket 6K. They advise that customer wishing to do so should speak with their authorized reseller.

What do you think about the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K? Are you going to include it in your kit? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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UC Berkeley researchers have created a drone that shrinks to squeeze through small spaces

Since drones entered mainstream consciousness, people have gotten creative with developing new ideas for how they can be used. Drones can deliver food and other small items. They can even bake cakes or play instruments when configured properly. Now, a team of researchers at UC Berkeley’s High Performance Robotics Laboratory (HiPeRLab) has created a ‘Passively Morphing Quadcopter’ that can temporarily shrink down to squeeze through small spaces.

While this isn’t the first drone that can compress its shape mid-flight, it is the only one that can shift its shape without using any additional hardware components. This feature helps preserve battery life, enabling the aircraft the fly even longer. Engines enable the arms to rotate freely and constant force springs provide the momentum to change shape. When no thrust is applied, the springs pull the arms into a folded configuration.

When the drone approaches an opening smaller than it can fit, it can plot a course that allows its arms to retract as it’s flying through a small small space. The rotors shut off and after the drone passes through, it loses a bit of altitude as it powers back up. While this set up can offer up a number of useful real-world applications, like inspecting hard-to-reach areas, there is still work to be done by the HiPeRLab team for it to work in any other scenario where there isn’t a wide open area on the other side of a small space for the drone to squeeze though. Nevertheless, when perfected, it could make for an innovative filmmaking tool.

Photo Duel: Canon’s Final Film Camera Versus Their Debut Digital Camera

Photo Duel: Canon's Final Film Camera Versus Their Debut Digital Camera

Canon has been in the game for over 100 years, and along with Nikon, they made the transition from film to digital relatively unscathed. In this photo duel from Denae & Andrew we get to see Canon’s last ever film camera, the EOS-1, compete head to head with their first consumer full-frame digital camera, the Canon 5D.

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World Famous Retoucher Takes on Photography: Fstoppers Interview Pratik Naik

World Famous Retoucher Takes on Photography: Fstoppers Interview Pratik Naik

Everyone in the industry must know who Pratik Naik is by now. And if you don’t, then you should. In ten years Pratik has become one of the most famous retouchers on the planet.

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Photographer Uses Backyard Shed to Shoot Gorgeous Natural Light Portraits

Calgary-based portrait photographer and YouTuber Irene Rudnyk recently put together a photo shoot that’s getting some well-deserved attention. Using just the shed in her backyard and the natural light pouring in, she was able to capture some gorgeous fashion portraits that imitate a popular in-studio lighting setup.

Rudnyk says she’s been wanting to put the old shed in her backyard to some good photographic use for a long time, and the setup is extremely simple. Simply hang a backdrop behind your model—in this case, Irene’s sister Orysia—and make sure they’re sitting far enough inside so that they’re illuminated entirely by reflected natural light. For additional punch and an interesting catchlight, ask your model to hold a white reflector:

She shot most of the resulting images using a Canon 5D Mark III and Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L lens, but before they got rained out, Rudnyk also broke out a Mamiya 645 and Mamiya 80mm f/1.9 lens with some Portra 400 for some medium format film photos. Here’s a look at the resulting images from this extremely bare-bones “studio”:

And here are some comparisons between similar poses she captured on both film and digital:

As Rudnyk explains, you don’t absolutely need a shed to mimic this look. A garage or even the front door of your home (if it’s facing the outdoors) will both work as long as you keep the interior behind your subject relatively dark.

Check out the full behind-the-scenes video up top to see Rudnyk’s setup and watch her direct her sister throughout the shoot. And if you wan to see more of Irene’s work or follow along on her photography adventures, subscribe to her YouTube channel or give her a follow on Instagram, Facebook, and 500px.

(via Reddit)


Credits: All photos by Irene Rudnyk and used with permission.

SliderMini ultra-portable motorized camera slider can fit in a pocket

An Indiegogo campaign is seeking funds for SliderMini, an ‘ultra-portable and smooth’ motorized camera slider that’s small enough to fit in a pocket. SliderMini features a lightweight unibody and can support capacities up to 14.9kg (33lbs), offering operators access to three different shooting modes: timelapse, stop motion, and video.

SliderMini is 2cm (0.79in) thick with a weight of 0.56kg (1.2lbs) and travel length of 20cm (8in). The device features a fully enclosed CNC machined aluminum unibody design and can be controlled using either a hardware button on the unit or the companion mobile app. The Android and iOS apps include 10 timelapse presets, customization options, and more.

Smartta, the company behind the product, says SliderMini features two advanced functions: Silent Mode, which disables the device’s default beep alert, and Loop Mode, which prompts the sliders to continuously move back and forth until manually stopped.

The company has fully funded its Indiegogo campaign in which backers are offered a single SliderMini unit in exchange for pledges of $399 USD. In its most recent update on the campaign, Smartta said it has started shipping products to backers.


Disclaimer: Remember to do your research with any crowdfunding project. DPReview does its best to share only the projects that look legitimate and come from reliable creators, but as with any crowdfunded campaign, there’s always the risk of the product or service never coming to fruition.

Blackmagic Design Releases Pocket Cinema Camera 6k

Today at 12 pm PST Blackmagic Design is holding a live update on what could be a new camera or updates to the Pocket 4K and URSA Mini 4.6k G2, plus post-production gear. 2019 has been a good year so far for cameras and with IBC on deck for September in Amsterdam we are going … Continued

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Blackmagic Design Post Production & Camera Update

Today at 12 pm PST Blackmagic Design is holding a live update on what could be a new camera plus post-production gear. 2019 has been a good year so far for cameras and with IBC on deck for September in Amsterdam we are going to start getting a lot of product news and releases. The … Continued

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