Olympus Magazine link

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I love Olympus lenses, especially their PRO lenses with my Panasonic GH5, here is a link to their latest digital magazine.


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The best lens for the Panasonic GH5, GH5S or the JVC LS300…Olympus 12-100mm f4 PRO (£900) UPDATED

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Having had a few micro four third lenses over the past few years and been asked what is your all time best lens, I could not answer this question till now.

The answer has to be the 12-100 f4 Olympus PRO lens which gives stunning optical performance and the best news for GH5S owners is it also comes with image stabilisation (IS) built into the lens.

I bought this lens specifically for my documentary on Arran in July this year as I wanted a lens that would sit on the camera without the need to keep transferring from one focal length to another, this helps the sensor, keeping dust to a minimum.

This is a cracking lens for any micro four third mount camera and converting it to an equivelant 35mm its a 24-200mm constant f4 lens.

  • Professional 8.3x travel zoom lens
  • Constant 1:4.0 aperture
  • Dust-, splash- and freezeproof
  • 1.5cm minimum working distance for extreme close-up performance
  • Combines up to 6.5 EV steps** compensation when used with compatible Olympus camera and built-in 5-axis Sync IS
  • Z Coating Nano to significantly reduce flaring
  • High-precision, very fast AF
  • L-Fn button and focus clutch
  • Weight: only 561g

The JVC LS300 has been missing a good all round zoom lens and onto the super 35mm sensor this 12-100 f4 Olympus PRO lens is perfect. Please remember the JVC LS300 has a super 35mm sensor with a micro four third mount and you use the VSM (Variable scan mapping) to adjust for the MFT lens.

Using the lens with the LS300 you get all autofocus and image stabilisation functions, though the great design of this lens lets you quickly move from AF to manual focus at the touch of the front lens flange by pulling it back.

Its also not very front heavy as I was first expecting and remember you also get the ability to zoom into the 4K sensor using the camera in HD mode as if you had a servo zoom, great feature with no loss in picture quality or “f” stops.


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New London office for CVP

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New fancy offices for CVP at Newman Street in the heart of London, not far from the British Museum, very 221b Baker Street looking.

CVP, one of the leading broadcast and professional video solutions provider in the United Kingdom and Europe, is excited to announce the opening of a unique showroom in Newman Street, London. The Fitzrovia townhouse offers five floors of production equipment from leading manufacturers, including ARRI, RED, Sony, Canon, Zeiss, Panasonic, Blackmagic Design and many more, presenting an experience that enables visitors to identify a technical solution that will deliver on their creative vision.

“The concept behind the Newman Street facility is to provide visitors with an engaging, personalised experience in an environment designed to connect creative vision and technology. This permanent display of equipment is a playground where people can come to see, handle and test every single bit of kit required to bring their project to life,” said Jon Fry, Sales Director, CVP. “From an HDMI cable all the way to large format cameras and everything else in between, this creative space gives everyone in the industry a place to learn new skills and get hands on all the latest kit, all year round.”

CVP’s exceptionally knowledgeable team will be on hand at the new premises to advise visitors about the features, functions and compatibility of the equipment for their unique requirements.

The CVP Creative Experience currently houses:

  • A dedicated Canon floor with a selection of the main Canon PRO and Consumer cameras, plus third party manufacturer accessories, and a separate room with Canon DP monitors
  • A floor exclusive to Sony with a selection of the main Sony PRO and Consumer cameras, along with third party manufacturer accessories
  • Europe’s largest display of Zeiss lenses; visitors may bring their own cameras to test them with, or choose from the selection available in the showroom
  • A Blackmagic Design suite with a DaVinci Resolve editing space and other Blackmagic Design products such as switchers, converters, recorders, adapters and more
  • Cameras from ARRI, RED, Panasonic and Blackmagic Design
  • Lenses from Angenieux, Leica, Canon, Sigma, Sony, Kowa and more
  • Gimbals and accessories from partners such as DJI, Freefly, eMotimo, 1A Tools, Cinemilled
  • Camera accessories from Wooden Camera, Vocas, Zacuto, Small Rig, Miller, Sachtler, Ronford Baker, OConnor, Manfrotto, Anton Bauer, Hawkwoods and more

In addition, visitors can utilise the Camera Testing Area to rig and test their newly purchased kit, or any custom solution they may have built with the showroom’s equipment, to ensure they are happy with the whole package before investing in it.

There is also a Motion Room filled with the main gimbals to explore the most suitable for specific needs, and a Monitor Wall with the best 5” and 7” monitors the industry currently offers, all displayed side by side and synced via a video router to enable like for like comparison. Visitors can plug-in any camera or video feed and the same image will be displayed across all 20x monitors at the same time. This is a unique way to test a variety of monitors to really see which best fits the customer’s needs.

The Creative Experience is also designed to be used as an event space, ideal for product and skillset training by manufacturers and industry professionals, as well as networking, seminars and screenings. There are already a number of events taking place at the facility; for more information about these, to visit the Creative Experience or to speak to one of the CVP team about booking your event here, please visit CVP Events.

27 Newman Street
Fitzrovia, London
Monday to Friday 9am till 5.30pm
Tel: 0208 380 7400

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The Premiere of Uncowed at Corrie village hall in 4K thanks to JVC

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Finally this weekend we will get to see the one hour comedy called Uncowed filmed during July 2018. I had been asked to produce a behind the scenes documentary for Chris and his production team.

As you would expect on a picturesque island like Arran the local village hall was to be the venue for the red carpet night.

A big thanks to JVC for lending the production a 4K video projector to show the film on called a DLA-RS540. This is a high performance, fully-customisable home theatre projector that produces exquisite quality images with class leading 130,000:1 native contrast ratio. This THX 3D and ISF certified projector accepts native 4K 60P (4:4:4) material through full speed 18Gbps HDMI/HDCP 2.2 compatible inputs and displays it with stunning 4K e-shift 5 3840 x 2160 precision.

The screen reproduction in 4K was fantastic thanks to JVC and better still the one hour comedy went down a storm with the audience.

No red carpet evening is complete without the guests arriving and being interviewed, Lewis the young star of Uncowed being interviewed by Frank.

The 76 member audience were enthralled with the film.

Cast and crew picture. Right to left, Jan, Chris, Philip, Frank, Graeme and Richard all of us worked for Chris and Jan 30 years ago.

And now for my contribution to the evening the documentary of Uncowed…

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