Century Optics anamorphic viewfinder hood for DSLRs

Buy on eBay from London based Cinematographer, big version (ex-BBC stock)

A few months back I said to Steve Weiss in an email, come up with an anamorphic version of the Z-Finder so we could have a true 2.35:1 screen in our eye while shooting.

Well it turns out there is already such a product and it was made by Century for the BBC. Zacuto and others are not yet in on the act but if anamorphic shooting really takes off in the next few years they may want to look at coming up with a similar thing.

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Sony F3 – Who would have thought film industry dogma would be worth so much money?


Above: notice zoom rocker switch on camera body

Sony’s F3 is here, a competitor to the Panasonic AF100 in all but price.

The F3 is the reason for the lack of 24p in the NEX-VG10 and Sony’s DSLRs, the F3 is aimed squarely at the film, TV, broadcast and video industry in competition with Arri and RED and features a new Exmor Super35 CMOS. They have saved all the good stuff for this but it comes at a significant price – $28,000 with lenses and $20,000 without. 4 times more than the AF100.

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Debunking Canon Yamato

A large sensor version of this, would please lovers of big cameras.

Over at Canon Rumours it looks like a Canon fan has been reading the AF100 spec sheet to produce the first rumour, and dreamt up the second one altogether. ‘Yamato’ does have a nice feel to it – 20 stops of dynamic range with no clipped highlights, beautiful shades of snow out in the Japanese field test. Great but how plausible?

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