Kine Lenses

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Kine Lenses specialises in refurbishing classic lenses for the use of cinematography in film and television. With super 35mm sensors booming at Kine Lenses we deliver affordable sets of lenses that will keep you shooting for decades.

With camera technology firmly stuck in sprint do the sensible thing and invest in glass. At Kine Lenses we only deal in the best optical design, Zeiss.

These sets of lenses are perfect for the Canon C300, Sony F3, Black magic Camera and a whole range of DSLRs.

All the sets are Zeiss glass of Distagon, Planar or Sonnar. The same optical design as CP.2, MKII, ZF, ZE Lenses at a fraction of the cost.

-Remounted to Canon EF. (Remounting to Nikon is avalible, pleases contact me for more information)
-De-clicked and dampened for a super silky smooth apature operation.
-Geared 360 degrees to allow a follow focus unit at any point on the lens, even dumb side!
-Standardised front of all the lenses to 77mm.
-Pelicase included that has been professionally customised to fit the lenses.
-Optech rubber o-ring back cap that never fall off or let dust in
-Metal screw on lens cap.

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Where is the new Black Magic Cinema Camera ?

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With everyone and their granny wanting their hands on this camera what has happened to the first supplies two months late ? The New Black Magic Cinema camera was due to ship in July 2012 but delays have not only hampered sales but lack of information has done Black Magic Design no favours…Grant Petty  “I wanted to give everyone an update on where we are with Blackmagic CinemaCamera shipments.

As you know, we have been dealing with a supplier delay which has stalled our ability to build cameras. I thought it might be a good idea to explain in more detail what is going on, and do a technical “brain dump” on the problem so everyone understands the nature of the delay and what we have been doing about it.

Over a month ago now, we completed the testing of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and started production. Very quickly we started to see cameras failing our production testing as they suffered from blemishes on the sensor. These are high end cameras so need to be built to a very high specification.

We started testing to discover the cause of the problem and discovered that the problems were from our second shipment of sensors. The first shipment of sensors were fine. All the cameras you currently see people using had been built from this first batch of sensors and that is why we did not see any issues until we started to build cameras in volume.

While investigating the problem our engineers found the blemishes were in the glass that covers the sensor, and not the sensor itself. This is good because the glass might just be dirty so we saw this as a quick fix, but wondered how a supplier could deliver us sensors that had blemishes, as they are supposed to pre test them.

It is worth noting here what this glass does. Each sensor has a glass cover to keep contamination off the surface of the sensor itself, which is essentially a large semiconductor. If the surface ever got dirty, it would be impossible to clean, however the glass is easy to clean. All sensors have this glass cover. It is a high quality glass with optical coatings, similar to lens glass.

Anyway getting back to the issue, when talking with the supplier, it turned out they had a bug in their test software that tested sensors after the glass had been applied. That’s why they shipped us bad sensors and did not notice. They fixed that problem and could then see the problems we saw and stopped production as about 95% of sensors were suffering this problem with the glass.


The next step for the supplier was for them to work out the cause of the blemishes on the glass. They developed tests for the glass before being bonded to the sensor, and discovered it contained the blemishes on the glass before being used in the suppliers factory. After more testing over the last few weeks, the supplier has discovered the blemishes are caused by a contamination from the packing materials used by the glass supplier to ship the glass to the sensor supplier.

So that’s where we are at now. The supplier is due to get more glass later this week and then hopes to start up production again using new clean glass that will result in good quality sensors that we can use to start building cameras again.

We build our cameras in our own factory on a production line built for the camera so we can start shipping cameras again the day we receive good sensors.

I deeply apologize for the delay in shipping and it has been very frustrating for us as well to be sitting on a completed and tested product for a month that we cannot sell. Especially when people need them urgently.

As you can also see from the breakdown of the problem above, there has been multiple stages of testing to discover the cause of the problem so it has been hard to lock down dates or what was going on until now, so its been hard to update everyone on the exact details.

I hope this update helps people understand the delay. We should know more details about shipping times once the new glass arrives at our supplier.

We also have a new software update v1.1 for the camera due in a few days. The original v1 software did not have DNxHD support so thats now been added, as well as support for lens stabilizers and a bunch of other small features.”

Sourced from Phil Baxter CVP

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Lite PANELS further reading

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I have received an email from Patent Free which gives us far more detail about the impending court case that Lite PANELS are bringing in the USA as it’s a web site with a lot of information I will give you the link.

I still don’t see what benefits this law suite has to offer VITEC as a group but to alienate a lot of customers, especially American customers.

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Are we still taking the DSLR seriously for video ?

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Up until the Sony A99 my answer would be no but Sony have proved that there is life in the old dog yet. It’s taken Sony a while to catch up with the competition but catch up they have with the A99 DSLR, it’s the first camera to sport a professional XLR sound input via an $800 accessory but that,s a significant step over the line for a photographic camera.

Not only professional sound but 1920 x 1080 50p AVCHD recording onto a full frame 35mm sensor with a swivel LCD and headphone jack socket !

Will this be any better than a Canon C100 at two times the cost of the A99, sadly if you want to avoid a certain level of moire and aliasing you still need to buy into the C100 or better still the C300. I have seen the AVCHD 1080 50p picture from an A77 and it was fantastic but I did not put the A77 through it’s paces, like so many of these hybrid DSLRs they give you cracking pictures 90% of the time which is not bad odds, it’s only when you come up against certain conditions like house tiles that the artefacts raise their ugly head.

After further research sadly the A99 suffers from moire and aliasing as reported by Eye North. Eye North is Christoffer Brekne’s informal platform for sharing some of his work as well as experiences from work. He is a Norwegian filmmaker based in Aarhus, Denmark.

Seemingly the new Nikon D600 has similar issues and the new Panasonic GH3 uses the same Sony sensor !!! This was such a positive introduction to the Sony A99 till I discovered the same old issues that have dogged the DSLR for the last two years moire and aliasing, you really think that Sony of all people would get this right after the amount of time they have taken to catch up.

So there we have it the Panasonic GH2 and the Canon 5D Mk111 are still the only DSLRs that have almost overcome moire and aliasing but the Canon and Panasonic has little to commend it for professional XLR sound inputs.

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The Coldest Journey

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Panasonic has announced it is the official technology partner for the pioneering expedition to the Antarctic called ‘The Coldest Journey’. Lead by legendary explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the expedition will mark the first time in history a complete crossing of the Antarctic continent has been attempted during the winter months. Setting off from London on 5th December 2012, the exploration team will land on the Antarctic ice mass in January 2013. They will then cross the continent by land, arriving at the other side before the spring equinox in September 2013.

The six-person expedition team will rely on Panasonic P2 Broadcast Camera Recorders to capture their experiences and share them with colleagues and audiences back home.  The AG-HPX250 camera recorder uses P2 solid state robust media, which performs reliably in extreme conditions.

The team will also be using Panasonic still cameras and Toughbook rugged computers to collect and analyse scientific evidence during the crossing.  The equipment will have to perform in some of the most testing conditions on Earth, including 24-hour darkness, snow, ice and temperatures that plunge to below -70 degrees Celsius.  With no physical human contact for the duration of the Antarctic crossing, the team will rely on the durability and continued performance of Panasonic’s technology.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2H DSLR and DMC-FT4 consumer digital cameras and camcorders will be used to take photos and capture footage in challenging circumstances, such as when the team is traversing ice cliffs. On steadier ground, crew members will use Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD professional broadcast camera equipment to capture previously unseen footage of Antarctic conditions in winter, which will be transmitted live via satellite link to the BBC and other global news organisations. As part of its support for the mission, Panasonic has provided guidance to the team on how to capture the best footage. The team will also maintain a daily video blog for schools, enabling pupils to follow the progress of their journey.

Robust Panasonic Toughbook computers will play an essential role in supporting the expedition team’s research on the ground. In addition to facilitating communications links with the support operation, the Toughbook PCs will enable detailed analysis of scientific readings. A key aim of the expedition is to collect data on ice conditions in Antarctica during winter, providing an accurate insight into the year-round effects of global warming for the first time.

Panasonic P2 broadcast cameras have a proven track record of performing in difficult conditions, and have gained a large following among professional natural history filmmakers and news agencies. Panasonic’s equipment has previously been used for in world acclaimed documentaries such as the BBC’s “Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet & Frozen Planet’, prior to which the technology was stowed in deep freeze to prove its ability to operate in hostile conditions.  During cold chamber testing earlier this year, the Antarctic expedition team successfully operated Panasonic’s P2 equipment in temperatures below -60 degrees Celsius.

In sponsoring the expedition, Panasonic is continuing its commitment to using technology to support a more sustainable future. As a business, Panasonic aims to become the world’s number one eco innovations company in the consumer electronics sector by 2018.

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Fantastic LED lighting from Dedolight

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BM Cinema Camera v Canon 5D Mk111

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Comparing the Cinema Camera & 5D Mk III from OneRiver Media on Vimeo.

No surprises here then, the BM Cinema Camera outperforms the Canon and finally puts to bed the usage of DSLRs for any serious film work.

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Phil Myers takes us round IBC 2012

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As I did not get to IBC this year one of the best look round videos comes from Phil Myers of CVP, some interesting gear coming from various manufacturers this Autumn.

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Gekko “Made in the UK”

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I have over the last 2 years interviewed Ian Muir from Gekko during IBC and the LED lights from Gekko are not only good they are made in the UK. HD Warrior has a policy to show off the best of British when it comes to video technology and ancillary equipment.

Two lights stand out the Kisslite (seen above on ARRI camera) which is a fantastic LED ring light that gives you an even light on an actors face, especially good for Steadicam usage.

Secondly the Kelvin TILE a pure bit of genius, this light can produce not only pure white light but primary colours as well making it extremely useful for interview work or pack shots.

I hope to get some sample LED lights from Gekko to produce a video review but till then you can take up a smashing offer from CVP on the Kelvin TILE LED light which is more than competitively priced against imported LED lights from China and the USA.


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Best advert for Go-Pro

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