Fujifilm Wants to Make Its Medium Format GFX Cameras Even Cheaper

Fujifilm Wants to Make Its Medium Format GFX Cameras Even Cheaper

In a very open and broad-ranging interview, Fujifilm’s General Manager, Toshi Iida, has revealed exciting plans for the company’s medium format GFX range of cameras.

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How to Properly Export Your Photos From Lightroom

How to Properly Export Your Photos From Lightroom

The final step of any Lightroom session is the export process, and while it might seem like a simple thing, the application actually provides you with a wide range of options that allow you to customize the output to your needs. This excellent video will show you everything you need to know about exporting photos from Lightroom.

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New York State Film Tax Incentive Trimmed; Many Lower-Budget Independent Films Will No Longer Be Eligible

The New York State film tax credit was reduced from 30% to 25% and qualification requirements made tougher in budget legislation signed last week by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Alarmingly for lower-budget independent films, new rules make films budgeted in the six figures ineligible for any New York tax credit at all. Projects that shoot a majority of their days in the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Rockland, Nassau, or Suffolk counties will be subject to a new minimum spend requirement of $1 million, and projects that shoot the majority of their days in any other New York county […]

Filmmakers Debate Putting their SXSW Films on Amazon

Last week, Amazon stepped up and offered affected SXSW filmmakers a place to premiere their films, but some are debating the offer.

After the cancelations and drama surrounding SXSW 2020, Amazon offered filmmakers an undisclosed fee to premiere their films on the streaming service.

This was seen as a great opportunity. The festival’s filmmakers would get a chance to find an audience and receive payment. Sure, you don’t get the festival experience but you get more eyeballs on your work.

Amazon’s plan was simple: launch a “film festival collection,” where SXSW films could play exclusively on the platform in the U.S. for a 10-day period—the length of the festival.

Still, as the dust has settled, filmmakers mulling over the opportunity have a few uneasy feelings. Many of them talked to The Hollywood Reporter about it.

As one producer put it, “Showing things for free isn’t going to make a dent.”

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A Beginner’s Guide to Camera Exposure Settings

A Beginner's Guide to Camera Exposure Settings

The exposure triangle refers to the three parameters that control the exposure of your photographs: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Each affects your photos in a different way, and as such, it is very important that you master them both to shoot technically apt images and to ensure you can bring your creative visions to fruition. This great video will introduce you to the exposure triangle and how to use it for your own work.

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Five New Cooke Full Frame Plus S7/i and Anamorphic/i Lenses

What’s cookin’? Plenty! British manufacturer of (very high) quality cine glass, Cooke Optics, just announced five new lenses to its FF+ (Full Frame Plus) range of primes. Four of them sit in the S7/i category, the Anamorphic/i lineup snaps the fifth new prime lens.

Cooke S7/i

Cooke has quite the reputation in the high-end cine production, the Cooke Look is something many cinematographers are after and –like me– Cooke claims that crazy-high resolution is not everything, looks matters! Now, since NAB 2020 is not gonna happen, at least not the way we know and love, Cooke decided to announce their 2020 lineup via zoom webinar. The company announces five new lenses and the press release comes along with a statement of Cooke Optics Chariman Les Zellan:

We’re disappointed that we are unable to see many of our international friends at NAB this year, but this webinar will give people the opportunity to hear more about the new lenses, find out what else we are working on including Cooke Optics TV and #ShotOnCooke, and ask the questions that they would have been able to discuss on the stand.

Hopefully the filmmaking community will be able to lay hands on these new lenses in real-life productions rather sooner than later!

Cooke S7/i Spherical Primes

With the addition of the new 300mm T3.3 prime, the whole S7/i FF+ lineup now sports an impressive total of 14 lenses:

  • 16mm S7/i FF+ T2
  • 18mm S7/i FF+ T2
  • 21mm S7/i FF+ T2
  • 25mm S7/i FF+ T2
  • 27mm S7/i FF+ T2
  • 32mm S7/i FF+ T2
  • 40mm S7/i FF+ T2
  • 50mm S7/i FF+ T2
  • 65mm S7/i FF+ T2
  • 75mm S7/i FF+ T2
  • 100mm S7/i FF+ T2
  • 135mm S7/i FF+ T2
  • 180mm S7/i FF+ T2
  • New: 300mm S7/i FF+ T3.3

All 14 lenses of the Cooke S7/i FF+ lineup.

Furthermore, Cooke announced three new 1:1 MAKRO lenses for a new branch of the S7/i lineup as well: 60mm, 90mm, and 150mm. If you happen to have all these lenses available for a given shoot, I don’t think there is any excuse not to get that perfect shot anymore!


Cooke Anamorphic/i Primes

Happy days for anamorphic shooters! Along with the release of the four new lenses above, Cooke also announced a fresh Anamorphic/i lens: the 180mm T2.3.


Anamorphic/i 180mm T2.3

That lens expands the whole Anamorphic/i lineup to a total of eight lenses:

  • 32mm Anamorphic/i FF+ 1.8x T2.3
  • 40mm Anamorphic/i FF+ 1.8x T2.3
  • 50mm Anamorphic/i FF+ 1.8x T2.3
  • 75mm Anamorphic/i FF+ 1.8x T2.3
  • 80mm MAKRO Anamorphic/i FF+ 1.8x T2.8
  • 100mm Anamorphic/i FF+ 1.8x T2.3
  • 135mm Anamorphic/i FF+ 1.8x T2.3
  • NEW: 180mm Anamorphic/i FF+ 1.8x T2.3

Lineup of Anamorphic/i prime lenses

Of course, Cooke glass is not exactly cheap, it’s much more of a rental item but if you’re serious about cinematography, you should try and get your hands dirty with a set of these! The Cooke Look still is a thing many A-list DoPs around the world are after. But never forget: even with inferior gear great results can be achieved!


Links: Website

Did you ever shot on Cooke? Share your experiences in the comments below!

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Zacuto’s Corona Wristband Campaign to Raise Funds for WHO, Red Cross

Grab yourself a Corona Wristband, and Zacuto will donate 40% of your purchase to WHO, Red Cross and other charities.

Zacuto have launched a new campaign to raise money for charities on the front line of the fight against the Corona pandemic. Check out and follow the Corona Wristband page on Facebook, and visit the Corona Wristbands website to buy one of the brightly colored Corona Wristbands starting from just $6.99.

40% of each purchase will be donated. Each sale adds to Zacuto’s goal of raising $250,000 in total for charities fighting the global Covid-19 pandemic. Already they have donated over $10,145 to charity.

This is just one of the many ways businesses in our industry have come together not only to keep busy and help keep their own staff on board during this time, but also to make a wider impact to the Covid-19 efforts around the world.

So why not head over to www.coronawristbands.com and pick out your favorite design from their collections.

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How to Stream Live from iOS Devices for Free, Using Newtek NDI HX Camera and OBS Studio

Newtek’s NDI HX camera app turns any iOS device into a 4K NDI streaming camera source. Get the apps free until the end of May.

Setting up Newtek’s NDI HX iOS Camera app and NDI HX Capture for live 4K wireless streaming using OBS Studio is now entirely free, and surprisingly easy to set up. From downloading and installing the NDI HX app on my iPhone, to installing Newtek’s free NDI Tools, OBS Studio and NDI plugin for OBS on my Mac took less than 5 minutes. I had the live feed over Wifi from the iPhone showing in OBS within a minute or two more.

Newtek NDI HX Camera

The NDI HX Camera app allows your iOS device camera to be used as an NDI source. It’s simple and easy to use and is automatically recognized by NDI compatible receiving devices on the same network.

Newtek NDI HX Capture

The NDI HX Capture app allows your iOS screen itself to be used as an NDI source. This lets you stream apps and whatever you might need from your iPhone or iPad display.

Getting online using OBS Studio with one or more iOS devices really is fast and simple, all thanks to Newtek NDI.

What You’ll Need

The hardware you need to set this up is very simple.

  • iPhone or iPad
  • Mac or Windows PC or laptop
  • Wifi router with an internet connection

There are a few bits of software you’ll need to download and install.

Once you have everything installed, and have given the necessary access and system permissions, adding your iOS device as an NDI camera source in OBS Studio is very straightforward.

Adding Your iOS NDI Camera Source in OBS Studio

Once you’ve set up OBS with the required stream settings, you can then add your camera sources.

When you open OBS you’ll see a box on the bottom just left of the center panel called “Sources”. Adding your iPhone as a new NDI Source is as simple as clicking the “+” icon, and selecting NDI Source.

You will create a new source and give it a name.

Finally, you will select your source from the “Source Name” drop-down menu. As long as the NDI HX camera app is running on your iOS device, and it is on the same wifi network, it will be auto-detected and show up in the drop-down menu. After you’ve selected your camera, click OK.

You should then see the camera live preview.

It really is that simple to set up and use, making it free now for anyone to use professional Newtek NDI tools for online streaming.

What are you using to live stream? What do you think of the Newtek NDI HX Camera and Capture app? Let us know in the comments below.

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Stunning Quality: A Review of the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens

Stunning Quality: A Review of the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens

The 70-200mm f/2.8 is a workhorse lens for a wide variety of photographers in many genres, providing a versatile range of useful focal lengths paired with a wide maximum aperture. This great video review takes a look at the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens and if it continues the tradition of excellence established by its DSLR predecessor.

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