Genustech Eclipse Variable ND Fader 77mm (8 stops)

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Arriving at the beginning of November the new 8 stop variable ND filter from Genustech. I was embargoed till the 29th of November but decided to wait till the new look blog was in place.

The filter cuts the light down from 2-8 stops which can be very useful in both photography and video. The Sony FS100 would be a prime candidate using this filter.

As you can see from my test bench the dolly’s face does not change colour from 2 to 8 stops, nor any of the colours on the rendition chart. The only thing that does change is the polarisation as you would expect, this is clearly seen on the reflection on +2 stops and little to no reflection at +8 stops.

It’s clear than Genustech have been working hard to achieve such a high quality no colour change ND fader, price and availability to follow.

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See the new 4K Canon 1Dc at H Preston’s Open Day

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“DIG” A short drama produced with the new Sony PMW-F55

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Dig – Sony F55 from Fried Pixel Films on Vimeo.

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Shape C300 RIG £999

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The Shape C300 RIG is made in Canada and is one of the better made rigs I have come across. Pressing the red buttons on the handle allow you to re-position the handles for a more comfortable position.

The hands-free TELESCOPIC SUPPORT ARM ROD BLOC includes a ROD BLOC and a camera mount bracket with a 4″ MULTIFUNCTION SHOE that provides a large surface contact area. Increased stability, comfort and maneuverability are provided to the camera support using the TELESCOPIC SUPPORT ARM ROD BLOC which can be easily attached to the shoulder rig via the ROD BLOC.

If you use the Shape RIG with a Canon C300 you will need to use the special C300 plate which bolts onto the C300 as shown above, this makes it far easier to screw the rig baseplate onto the C300.

The Shape RIG is well thought out with a padded shoulder pad, body brace (support arm) for extra stability and the swivel handles. Like all rigs you are adding extra weight to your camcorder almost doubling up on the weight of the camera again so think carefully when buying one.

NOTE : The Canon C300, matte box and Zacuto EVF are not included in the price of £999.

If you buy one from H Preston Media tell them you saw this on HD Warrior and John will give you a further £20 off the rig !

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New 77mm ND Fader from Genustech

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New Look HD Warrior “It’s Huge”

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Welcome to the bigger better HD Warrior, it’s took two years to establish ourselves and I think the new look is fantastic, though I am biased.

One of my regulars emailed me to tell me that it was “huge” compared to the last version…it’s gone from 850 px to 1200 px making HD Warrior future proof and a cracking read with far bigger, more detailed photography.

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JVC make further enhancements to the GY-HM600

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JVC are pleased to announce the availability of a new firmware update for the GY-HM600 that adds a second camera mode which optomises the camcorder for use in ideal lighting situations. Also included are a range of new features and the correction for 1080 25p recording.

Pre-Defined shooting modes to give the user instant access to optimum settings for the most common applications:
–        “Standard Mode”: For shooting under controlled lighting conditions optimizes iris range and gain for best results.
–        “Extended Mode”: For news shooting under non ideal lighting situations with the emphasis on maximum gain and image capture under difficult conditions.
–          New “Flash Band Compensation” function for Photo Flash
–          New “Focus Assist” function while in “Full Auto” mode

Various improvements of camera functionality and signal processing for even better performance and image quality.
–          Bug fix for 1080p25 scanning mode
The firmware should be downloaded onto an empty, formatted SD/SDHC card for installation in the camera. Full instruction are included with the file. The update can easily be done by your customers in the field and units will not be required to be returned to either JVC or to dealers. Customers are required to register their unit to gain access to the firmware as part of the download process.

Let me explain…

In Standard mode you will not be able to access -3 and -6dB, it only starts at 0dB but the overall noise has been reduced..less sensitive but better pictures. Best image performance in normal lighting conditions.

In Extended mode you get -3dB, -6dB giving you more manual control over your gain, increases sensitivity for low light.

NOTE : Many of you were hoping for 1080 50p well this has not been dismissed, JVC Japan are looking into this so lets hope they can work this into the 600 range sometime during 2013 along with syncro scan.

http://www.service.jvcpro.eu/public/document.cfm?prog=ProdSoft.cfm&Model=GY-HM600E

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Sony’s official European pricing for the PMW-F5/55

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PMW-F5  €15.340 Euro…CVP £10,295 plus vat

PMW-F55 €27.804 Euro…CVP £18,995 plus vat

AXS-R5 S35mm F-series External RAW Recorder €5.206 Euro

AXS-CR1 Access Card Reader €549 Euro

AXS-512S24 Access Card 512GB for AXS-R5 External Recorder €1.535 Euro

SCL-PK6/F CineAlta PL Lens Pack (6 lenses) €19.895 Euro

SCL-PK3/F CineAlta PL Lens Pack (3 lenses) €11.118 Euro

DVF-L700 7″ LCD Viewfinder for F-series €4.113 Euro

DVF-L350 3.5″ LCD Viewfinder for F-series €2.925 Euro

DVF-EL100 0.7″ OLED Viewfinder for F-series €4.113 Euro

BP-FL75 Olivine Battery for F-series €470 Euro

BP-L90 Olivine Battery Charger for F-series €766 Euro

 

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The new Prime Circle MATBOX

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MAT BOX PrimeCircle – the radiosity pollution killer! from LockCircle on Vimeo.

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Rick Young using the BlackMagic Camera Part 2

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