Well it’s that time of year again – CineGear!!!
Seems like 2014 is the year of the copter and the gimbal.
There were more copter offerings and camera support systems then I could shake a Steadicam at. When you first walked in there was a copter & gimbal booth just waiting for new folks to have a peek.
All the usual suspect were there and many new ones. This year I had a short list of items I was interested in. I’m mostly looking at camera support and control. Things like wireless video, wireless follow focus, a basic copter solution and I’m paying close attention to the race for the winning handheld gimbal kit. The camera race is definitely heating up but I don’t think I’m ready to jump into 4K yet and since that race is just getting started at the consumer and prosumer level, I’m hoping more time will lead to better product and pricing.
Here are some of the cooler rigs
But the best one of all (Yes.. the USS Enterprise. We are at Paramount after all =)
For me, I found something I was looking for on every street. Teradek
had a nice offering with their updated Bolt Pro
line of wireless video. Noe it can work up to 2000 feet line of sight. I also checked out IDX
. I think, for now, I might lean towards the Paralinx Arrow solution as I mostly need a multicast function with near zero latency.
I stopped by the Redrock Micro
booth and took another look at their wireless follow focus the MicroRemote
. Still looks nice. I wish they would come out with the iPhone controller they showed in 2012. Zacuto
has a really cool lens control system that works in a grip form factor called the Control Grip
. It’s a 2 motor system that can control either Zoom and Iris or Focus and Iris. It’s still in the testing stage and should be out later this year. I wish I had known about the new TitlaMax
focus system from Tilta
. I just saw this yesterday and would have loved to check it out in person. It is a 3 motor system (FIZ) with brushless German motors and a nice IPS touch screen for easy configuration and display.
One of the best things I found is from Woodencamera
. It’s their multi connector breakout box: the C-Box
. It can take HD-SDI and/or HDMI in and then send the signal out 3 HD-SDI BNCs and 2 HDMIs all at the same time. Wait, it get’s better… You can put a battery mount on one or both sides so it can function as your power distro with 2 D-Taps or clip on to an existing battery mount as an add on to extend a system. Nice!!!
It was a nice show this year. I ran into a lot of friends there and saw a bunch of great new gear. Can’t wait till next year!!!
Until next time, Good shooting
Still loving the Rokinon Cine lenses. I have three now: the 24mm, 35mm for a few months and the 85mm just came in last week. All the lenses are at a T1.5 max exposure.
The 85mm is a little smaller than the 24 and the 35. It still has both an iris gear and a focus gear. Very handy for jib work. Since this one just came in, I haven’t had a chance to test it in the field yet – but plan to in January.
The build quality is just as amazing. The markings are nice and bold (although still only on the driver’s side). The gears seem to work nicely with my FF. And… the 85mm has a deep filter thread. I ordered from B&H so I also ordered a Tiffen UV filter to go with. The pair shipped as one and I knew that I would have the lens protected as soon as it arrived.
I’m hoping the rumors about a 50mm Cine lens are true. I would like to round out my basic prime set now and then start adding T&S lenses and other more specialized glass later in 2013.
I’ll keep you posted as I put this one through it’s paces on the F3 and the 5D2…
Well after a little over a year of searching and waiting and wanting I made a what I think is a fine decision for my next camera. For those of you who have been following my “which camera” posts you’ve scene me ponder everything from the Scarletus… I mean, Scarlet. And the 5Dmk3, Nikon D800, FS100, FS700 and more. But after working with the Sony F3 for others I decided to get one of my own. Great Camera!!!
I went to CineGear this year to look at everything that was coming out and projected to be out soon. Lots of cool stuff – (technical term). Spent quite a while at the Canon booth and the Sony Booth. Big competition there. With all the research about new cameras and features I was feeling very lost and then about 2 weeks ago sat down and took a hard look at what I do and how this new crop of cameras could affect that – here’s what I found:
Most used this year: 5Dmk2
Most flexible: Sony EX3
Best combo of the two: Sony F3
I’m not being asked to go 4K just yet. If need be I can rent an EPIC from VR and go crazy with resolution. Super Slowmo is great but likely to get overused in my circles and burn out quickly and again — EPIC if needed. Super Shallow DoF nice but not the end all be all. The F3 seems to fit the bill right down the middle.
The best part I like is I’m already an EX3 owner so all my achechepies plug right in. I’m planning to do the S-Log upgrade soon so I’ll keep you posted on the progress. Also I’m getting a set of the Rokinon T1.5 cine lenses as the come out. See my review of the 35mm T1.5. I’ll be getting the 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm. I can rent a Zeiss ZF.2 kit when needed but I wanted to start with the Rokinons to give them a try. I got the Tokina 11-16 in Nikon F — no cine mod yet; a Nikkor 28-70 ƒ2.8 and a Nikkor 80-200 ƒ2.8. It will be a balanced kit when I”m done.
Well dinner is ready. More to come…
Until next time, good shooting