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Weekly Recap – November 7, 2011

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Welcome to the Weekly Recap. Today’s post recaps new and newsworthy items related to photography from around the web for the week ending on November 6, 2011.

  1. In case you missed it, Canon made its Hollywood debut last week. Lots of hoopla and a $20,000 camera in EF (standard Canon lens mount) and PL-mount version. Martin Scorcese and Vince LaForet both made appearances.
  2. Not to be outdone, outspoken and brash CEO Jim Jannard of RED trumped their introduction with his own – a $10,000 RED Scarlet-X that shoots 4K resolution at up to 30p.
  3. Of course, Canon added a very Jobsian “One more thing” nugget at the end of its presentation, announcing an HDDSLR that would capture 4K footage at 24fps in MotionJPEG.
  4. Lawsuits against photographers filed by angry clients isn’t exactly old news, but this one takes the cake. Actually, this guy wants his photographer to pay for his cake. And the rest of his wedding, apparently, so he can restage the whole thing SIX years later. After he’s been separated from his wife. It was enough for Anderson Cooper to add him to the Ridiculist.
  5. What is it these days with the law and photographers? First there’s the guy above, suing for $48,000. Then, an Oakland cop fires a rubber bullet at a photographer. And somewhere along the way, a Milwaukee photojournalist was arrested while covering an Occupy Milwaukee protest. Photography is not a crime, people!
  6. At least the folks in New Hampshire have it right. A judge there dropped wiretapping charges against a man for recording a police officer during a traffic stop.
  7. Going back to new gear releases, Panasonic unveiled the GX1, it’s newest Micro 4/3 camera. The category continues to grow…
  8. Our friends at DPS have a list of their top 10 photographic accessories, as presented by their readers.
  9. The folks at DIYPhotography have a rundown of the latest, greatest, most cutting edge camera flash technology – from 150 years ago.
  10. And finally, because everyone who shoots Canon knows that white lenses are better than black, one photographer painted his sub-$100 50mm f/1.8 lens white, with a red ring. Presenting: the 50mm f/1.8L (not really ‘L) lens.

And… fight!

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RED vs Canon

RED vs Canon

Canon says hello to Hollywood.

For a few years now, Hollywood has had a burgeoning love affair with Canon’s EOS HDDSLRs, using them in productions ranging from Transformers to Captain America to TV shows like House. Now, Canon is making its formal entrance bid into Hollywood with the $20,000 Cinema EOS C300. Check out Canon’s new site dedicated to all things Cinema EOS.

More importantly, check out our friend Vincent Laforet’s post on his newest video, Mobius, shot with the C300. There’s an awesome behind the scens video, both embedded here for your viewing pleasure.

Mobius from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

 

Mobius :: Behind The Scenes from Blake Whitman on Vimeo.

The camera looks pretty impressive and the video, if Mobius is any indication, is of excellent quality. The Super35 sensor is a 4K sensor, but captures a 1080p file, and Canon has a DSLR concept that can capture 24fps in the MotionJPEG codec at 4K resolution.

Yeah, we’re salivating.

3 hours later, RED unveiled new specs, pricing and availability of their answer to the C300, the Scarlet-X.

And what a coup – the Scarlet-X is all grown up. 5K at 12fps (that’s 14 megapixel stills at 12 frames per second) and 4K at up to 30fps, incredible dynamic range and a price that starts at $10,000. A fully equipped package, ready to shoot, minus lenses, is $14,000. It has the same sensor as it’s big brother, the EPIC; the difference in the two – besides the price – is the processing power in the camera’s brain; the EPIC can handle higher frames per second at higher resolutions because of it.

Um, wow.

Since canon announced the C300 before RED put their announcement out, we’ve yet to hear what Canon’s reps think of the Scarlet-X. Either way, as the folks at Pixiq say, “The battle for amateur filmmakers is about to commence, and things are are about to get properly interesting…”

New gear: Sony F3L

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Sony F3L body

Sony F3L body

Well, it’s here! We’ve been waiting for Sony’s newest CineAlta series product to come in for some time now and we’re pleased to have it in our inventory. The F3L sits somewhere between the RED and the EX3 in the lineup of pro video bodies we offer, and it’s a perfect addition to our growing list of video products. Take a look at the specs on it:

  • Super 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor
  • PL mount
  • 35mm Cine lens compatibility
  • Dual SxS card memory slots
  • 1920 x 1080 HD, Native 23.98p
  • Variable frame rates
  • Slow –mo (over-crank)/High-speed (under-crank) dial on body of camera
  • Internal ND filters
  • 5600K CC (electric color compensation) filter
  • Focus-assistance functions
  • HD/SD-SDI BNC outputs, Dual XLR inputs
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 HD-SDI Output
  • Genlock, Timecode
  • Optional S-Log/LUT workflow
  • Output to an external recorder in 10-bit 4:2:2 or 10-bit RGB (with upgrade option)

The F3L is targeted at professional, higher-end filmmakers and cinematographers. It matches up with the series of PL mount lenses we carry (more to come soon). If you have any questions about it, please call us at (650) 508-3370 and ask to speak with a video specialist.

Tip of the week: Making sense of PocketWizards, Part I

Gear Talk Tips & Tricks

Welcome to a recurring feature on The Blog @ BorrowLenses.com. Every Thursday, we will post a photography-related tip here. These tips are typically inspired by questions we get from our customers. Sometimes we might feature a technique tip, and sometimes a gear recommendation. If there’s something specific you’d like to see in this section, let us know. Email us at [email protected]

Making sense of PocketWizards, Part I.

A few of the PocketWizard products on our site

A few of the PocketWizard products on our site

The increasing interest in off-camera flash has led to a number of our customers requesting PocketWizards to trigger off-camera flashes. The problem is, there isn’t just one single PocketWizard available to rent – there are no less than a half-dozen transmitters you have to chose from and just as many receivers. (more…)

Coming Soon: More Radios

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This is the first in a series on Lighting, where we discuss the use of the variety of lighting gear available for rent from BorrowLenses.com

PowerMC2 Receiver. Photo Courtesy PocketWizard.com

PowerMC2 Receiver. Photo Courtesy PocketWizard.com

Two new products are on their way to BorrowLenses.com’s offices this week that should make the lighting and off-camera flash geeks among us pretty darn happy. As you may know, we’ve carried many of PocketWizard’s products in our inventory for some time now, including their newer line of “ControlTL” products. Thus far, we’ve carried the MiniTT1 on-camera trigger and the FlexTT5 transceiver. Later this week, we’ll be adding two more ControlTL products to the list: the PowerMC2 receiver for Paul C. Buff’s Einstein monolights and the AC3 ZoneController. (more…)

The Epic begins

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Red Logo

Red Logo

We’ve been waiting for this moment for some time now.Ever since BorrowLenses.com stepped into the video arena, adding cameras like the Panasonic AG-AF100, the Sony EX3, NEX-VG10, and, of course, the wide range of Canon HDSLRs, people have been asking, “Where’s the RED?”

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A Guide to Canon and Nikon Lens Gobbledygook

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Every Canon and Nikon lens has a model name infused with a string of semi-confusing acronyms that describe the features and technology found in the lens itself. Knowing what these acronyms stand for will make deciphering a lens’s name much easier, helping you to choose the lens with the specific features are you looking for. Let’s get started!

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