PFY 5G EagleEye Wireless HDMI Transmitter

PFY has announced the EagleEye wireless HDMI transmitter that lets you stream video to up to four iOS devices over a claimed range of 100m (328′). The PFY EagleEye Wifi HDMI Transmitter was designed so that you could utilize your smartphone and tablet as a portable wireless monitor for your camera. It allows for up … Continued

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #211 – The Return of Todd Banhazl

Today on the show marks the return of cinematographer Todd Banhazl.   We were lucky enough to have Todd on the show back in episode #135 to talk about his commercial work and he is back on today to discuss his incredible work on the film Hustlers.

Make sure to check out his website and instagram accounts below to keep up with what he is up to now.

Enjoy!

Patreon Podcast – Django Unlit

This week on the Feature Film Breakdown we revisit Robert Richardson’s ASC exterior work on Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.  

Bob certainly has a signature style when it comes to interior scenes and this time around we examine hw the pair tackle the longer exterior set ups in the film.  There doesn’t appear to be a whole lot going on but as we’ve learned in past breakdowns appearances can be deceiving. 

To see the images and listen to the special breakdown podcast click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest – Todd Banhazl

Personal Website:  Todd Banhazl

Instagram: @toddbanhazl

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Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens Now Available for EF-M-, X- and E-Mount

Venus Optics launched their Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye lens in three new versions for popular mirrorless cameras. New mounts include Canon EF-M, FUJIFILM X-Mount, and Sony-E. The lens in all its versions is available now for around $199.

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens for new mirrorless mounts. Source: Venus Optics

Back in August 2019, Venus Optics launched their unique Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye lens for the Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Five months later, the company launches this lens also for other popular mirrorless mounts.

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye Lens

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens for new mirrorless mounts. Source: Venus Optics

To say, that this lens “covers” APS-C sensors, would be a bit strange. It is a circular fisheye lens, so it produces a circled image with a large part of the sensor remaining black. I think it is a bit of an understatement, to call this vignetting, but technically it is vignetting. This applies even for Micro Four Thirds sensors. On APS-C or full-frame sensors, the black part of the image will only be larger.

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens sample photo. Credit: Ricardo Huang

The new versions of this lens include popular mirrorless lens mounts, like Canon EF-M, FUJIFILM X-Mount, and Sony E-Mount. The full-frame equivalent of the lens is 8mm. The lens has a 210° degrees angle of view. It is suitable for 360° VR content or for extremely wide circular shots.

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens sample photo. Credit: Ricardo Huang

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens – Key Specs

  • Focal length: 4mm
  • Aperture: f/2.8-16
  • Angle of view: 210°
  • Mount: Micro Four Thirds (MFT, M4/3), FUJIFILM X-Mount, Canon EF-M, Sony E
  • Lens structure: 7 elements in 6 groups
  • Aperture blades: 7
  • Min. focusing distance: 80mm
  • Max. magnification: 1 : 9
  • Focus mode: manual focus
  • Dimensions: 45.2 x 25.5 mm
  • Weight: 135g

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens – MTF Chart and Optical structure. Source: Venus Optics

Price and Availability

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens sample photo. Credit: Victor von Salza

The new Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens for new APS-C mirrorless mounts is available now. The price remains the same as with the Micro Four Thirds version – a rather wallet-friendly $199 (around €240). The lens comes with both rear and front lens caps.

What do you think of the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 fisheye lens? Did you have the chance to try out the M4/3 version already? Do you have experience with a circular fisheye lens? Let us know in the comments below the article.

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Edelkrone JibONE – A Portable Motorized Jib

Edelkrone just launched a new promising product: the Edelkrone JibONE. This compact, motorized jib can be controlled with an app, it supports cameras up to 11lb/5kg and has a maximum length of 1.64ft/50cm. Let’s take a closer look!

Edelkrone JibONE Features

Edelkrone has just launched a new innovative product, the Edelkrone JibONE. This tiny jib is made from CNC machined aluminum and measures only 61 x 17 x 15cm when collapsed. Indeed, it can fit in Edelkrone’s backpack, which is pretty handy if you want to travel light.

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Image credit: Edelkrone

In terms of weight, the Edelkrone JibONE weighs 12lb/5.5kg with one counterweight of 2.2lb/1kg. Like every traditional jib, you need to put counterweights at the back of the jib to balance your camera. It comes with four 1kg counterweights so that you can balance camera setups up to 11lb/5.5kg.

When you fully extend the Edelkrone JibONE, it offers you a maximum travel length of 1.64ft/50cm. It can sound short, but it should be enough for most day-to-day shooting situations.

Edelkrone JibONE Possibilities

Of course, like any other jib on the market, you can’t use the Edelkrone JibONE without a tripod. At the bottom of the jib, there is a 3/8″-16 mounting port so that you can attach it to any tripod. Also, there is a locking mechanism to lock it when you need to move it or change your shot.

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You can tilt the Edelkrone JibONE. Image credit: Edelkrone

When you mount the Edelkrone JibONE on your tripod, you can do vertical movements and horizontal slider-like movements. Also, there is a built-in tilt mechanism that allows you to put the jib at an angle – up to 22.5 degrees – to get a diagonal type of shots.

Edelkrone JibONE – An App-Controlled Jib

There are two ways to operate the Edelkrone JibONE: by hand, or via an app. I like devices that you can still use even if you run out of batteries. But, let’s talk about the real selling point of the Edelkrone JibONE: the motion-control part.

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Image credit: Edelkrone

You can power the jib via two Canon LP-E6 type batteries or two NP-F style batteries. The batteries and battery brackets are sold separately. The expected run time with two Canon batteries is two hours, according to Edelkrone. Also, you can plug it to AC power or a beefier V-Mount/Gold Mount battery via the 2.1mm barrel connector.

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The Edelkrone app. Image credit: Edelkrone

You can control the jib with the Edelkrone app, which is Android and iOS compatible. Once the jib is connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth, you can program and repeat shots as you want. This setup can be handy for VFX shots or interviews. Also, you can connect your camera to the Edelkrone JibONE with a 2.5mm shutter trigger cable to shoot time-lapses. Unlike the Moza Slypod, Edelkrone claims that the JibONE is ultra-silent.

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The Edelkrone JibONE with the Edelkrone HeadPLUS. Image credit: Edelkrone

Finally, by adding an Edelkrone HeadONE/HeadPLUS at the end of the jib, you can unleash the full power of this system. Indeed, with a single app, you can control – and repeat – a jib shot while your camera is panning/tilting at the same time. Also, when you combine the JibONE with the HeadPLUS, you get access to the various in-app shooting modes, including target tracking shots, live target switching, and Sequencer Mode.

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Image credit: Edelkrone

Pricing and Availability

The Edelkrone JibONE is available now for $999.00. You can buy it on Edelkrone’s website; we will add links to our partners B&H and CVP once available, please come back later. The Edelkrone HeadPLUS is already available for $1799.00/1699.00€.

What do you think about the Edelkrone JibONE? Do you believe a motorized jib can be beneficial for your shooting style? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sony FX9 SHAPE Rig and Accessories now Available

The core of the Sony FX9 SHAPE rig is the camera cage with a side pillar. It connects the top plate with a top handle with a rear insert plate. On top, SHAPE offers two types of baseplates. Both viewfinder mount and the remote extension arm include SHAPE’s patented push-button system for quick position adjustments. All SHAPE FX9 accessories are available for pre-order now.

SHAPE Rig for Sony FX9. Source: SHAPE

The new full-frame cinema camera Sony FX9 is shipping now and many third-party manufacturers are starting to present their rigs and accessories for this camera. Few days ago, we informed you about the Zacuto Recoil Rig and Accessories for the Sony FX9. Another company that presented their solution to improving ergonomy of the FX9 is SHAPE, the camera accessories manufacturer based in Canada. What exactly do they offer?

Sony FX9 SHAPE Rig

SHAPE’s solution for the Sony FX9 consists of several pieces of accessories. Some of those can function standalone and some only in connection with others. Not all of the accessories in this article are of course specially designed for this camera – SHAPE has many universal accessories, which function with wide variety of cameras.

The complete SHAPE Shoulder Rig includes a shoulder mount baseplate with 15mm rod system, a form-fitting side plate with ARRI rosette, a top plate, a rear insert plate, a rosette handle with black push-button, a viewfinder rod clamp with 25mm push-button, a modular top handle, a 4 x 5.6″ matte box, and a follow focus pro.

Sony FX9 V-lock Quick Release Baseplate and Lightweight Baseplate

SHAPE actually offers two models of the baseplate. Both of them are designed to match the Sony FX9 optical center.

SHAPE V-Lock Baseplate for Sony FX9. Source: SHAPE

The FX9 V-lock (VCT) quick release baseplate includes a bracket system with a magnet which allows users to swivel the baseplate to the left for easy access to the camera screws. It is designed with 2 standard ARRI rosettes for handles or accessories mount. The quick-release adapter plate is compatible with most VCT tripod plate and there is also a protective rubber pad on top of the plate to protect the camera.

Two 15 mm lightweight rod blocs can be fixed to the front and rear of the baseplate. The thick shoulder pad is made of gel padding and slip-free material. The baseplate is also designed with a sophisticated toolbox to store extra screws and Allen key. The shoulder plate is equipped with 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threaded holes allowing extra screws to be stored and there is a magnet at the back to attach the Allen key.

SHAPE Lightweight Baseplate for Sony FX9. Source: SHAPE

The lightweight baseplate with 15 mm rod system features two attachment points (1/4-20 and 3/8-16) for securely mounting the Sony FX9 body. The baseplate also comes with a pair of 15 mm rods that are 12” long through the length of the baseplate. The bottom of the plate feature several 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 mounting holes for mounting and balancing the camera.

Sony FX9 Cage With Top Plate, Top Handle, and Rear Insert Plate

One of the accessories which are custom designed for the FX9 is the cage. It features a side pillar that connects the top plate and rear insert plate. There are various 1/4″-20 mounting threads with ARRI locating (anti rotating) pins and one ARRI rosette in the lower section of the side pillar.

SHAPE Cage for Sony FX9. Source: SHAPE

The rear insert plate is a CNC aluminum support plate that mounts to the camera body via three M4 mounting screws. The center of the plate is designed with three 3/8″-16 and three 1/4″-20 threaded holes for tripod mount. The large surface of the plate also provides necessary support when the camera is mounted to a tripod or a shoulder mount.

The lightweight top plate is designed to fit around the native Sony FX9 top handle. The top plate offers an array of twelve 1/4″-20 and twelve 3/8″-16 threads with ARRI locating pins. The Sony FX9 top plate is also designed with a threaded hole to insert the FX9 sensor pin and the FX9 viewfinder cable clamp. SHAPE top handle can be used in a short version or it can be stacked to create a very long handle even with a 90° connection piece to add a rear handle.

Sony FX9 Push-Button Viewfinder Mount

SHAPE Viewfinder Mount for Sony FX9. Source: SHAPE

The Push-Button Viewfinder Mount is designed with a 15mm rod with push-button and an L-bracket viewfinder clamp with ratchet knob. It can be used with the original Sony top handle or any top handle with a 15mm rod clamp. It features two points of articulation for horizontal, vertical, and transversal adjustment of the viewfinder. By simply pressing the SHAPE patented push-button, users are allowed a 360° rotation.

Sony FX9 Remote Extension Kit

SHAPE Extension Arm for Sony FX9. Source: SHAPE

The Sony FX9 remote extension handle from SHAPE offers a 2″ adjustable arm extension for the side handgrip of the Sony FX9. The extendable arm is equipped with a ratchet key to easily adjust the length of the arm. It is designed with ARRI rosettes to mount on the camera or baseplate. It also features SHAPE’s patented Push-Button technology for easy angle adjustment and 360° rotation. SHAPE is well known for its patented Push-button system and many camera operators prefer it for its speed.

Price and Availability

All SHAPE accessories for the Sony FX9 can be pre-ordered now. Prices range from $224 for the bare camera cage till $2,244 for the complete FX9 rig with follow focus and matte box. You can find links to all the products below the article.

What do you think of the Sony FX9 SHAPE rig? Do you use some products from SHAPE? How are you satisfied with their quality? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) was held on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. The annual award honored and celebrated outstanding performances within three main categories in the motion pictures, television, and stunt areas. The surprise champion of the evening went to Parasite for Outstanding Performance […]

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Following initial reports, Fujifilm confirms ‘small percentage’ of X-Pro3 units have an EVF defect

DPReview reader and Fujifilm X-Pro 3 owner Etienne Waldron shared the above photo in an attempt to demonstrate the brightness issue with the EVF display inside his unit.

Following concerns shared in the DPReview forums and on Fuji X Forums, Fujifilm has confirmed to DPReview that a ‘very small percentage’ of its X-Pro3 cameras are experiencing an issue that impacts the electronic viewfinder. As reported by impacted camera owners, including DPReview reader Etienne Waldron, who kindly shared the photos in this article with us, this issue causes the display in the EVF to appear substantially overexposed, though the problem doesn’t impact the model’s LCD.

The brightness issue doesn’t just affect the image either—reports note it’s apparent throughout the menu as well.

The exact cause of this issue is unclear at this time, and Fujifilm’s below statement doesn’t divulge what exactly is going on, but it appears to be a hardware defect rather than a software problem. Fuji is merely advising impacted customers to get in contact with its customer service for help, with a Fujifilm spokesperson telling DPReview the following in a statement via email:

Our customers are always our number one priority. We take feedback to heart and always strive to provide the highest possible quality in our products. We are aware of the phenomenon affecting the viewfinder in a very small percentage of X-Pro3 units. We advise our customers to contact Fujifilm customer service directly to solve any questions or concerns they may have about the camera.

Note the difference between the flip-down LCD and the EVF.

This issue is particularly frustrating for users in light of the camera’s EVF-centric design. The model features a hidden flip-down LCD that limits the ways in which the camera can be used in the absence of the viewfinder. Because the defect is causing a very overexposed image, the EVF is essentially unusable for impacted camera owners. Unfortunately, replacing the faulty camera is the only known solution to the problem at this time.

Watch David Lynch Interrogate a Monkey in Surprise Netflix Short

David Lynch turns 74 today. He spent the afternoon interrogating a monkey. Find out why.

In a birthday gift only David Lynch could ask for, the director found himself across the table from a monkey that might be guilty of a crime. Yes, the 74-year-old auteur has released a 17-minute short film entitled What Did Jack Do? that consists of him interrogating a capuchin monkey.

It debuted on Netflix with this one-sentence synopsis: “In a locked down train station, a homicide detective conducts an interview with a tormented monkey.”

Well, if that doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what would.

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