Peter Jackson answers The Hobbit criticism / Zeiss anamorphic for September / Nikon D3200 with D800 image processor for $699

Peter Jackson on set of The Hobbit

Peter Jackson is unfazed by criticism The Hobbit looks un-cinematic by saying the clips shown at Cinemacon were unfinished and their duration not long enough for the audience to acclimatise.

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Canon 5D Mark III hacked – Magic Lantern on way

5D Mark III - Magic Lantern hack

Above: a Magic Lantern test running on a real living 5D Mark III in the wild

Initial tests by Alex and the team at Magic Lantern show the hack will work with the 5D Mark III. Canon recently posted an updated firmware for the camera, allowing the file to be analysed and it seems Magic Lantern can be ported to the new camera.

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Advance press screenings of 48fps The Hobbit ‘disappoint’

Peter Jackson dir. The Hobbit with RED EPIC

The future is here but it seems nobody checked to see if it looked any good.

Shot with a 3D Red EPIC rig at 48fps, Peter Jackson’s return to the world of JRR Tolkien has been ‘stripped of the magic of cinema’ according to many who saw the advance press screenings by Warner Brothers.

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Next generation cinema camera battle – who will win?

C500 vs Sony F65

In the last few weeks the already large number of options for filmmakers have been shaken up. Current cameras all seem to fall into different niches.

There are the depth of field specialists – 5D Mark III and D800 with full frame sensors. There are the resolution and raw codec specialists the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera and Red Scarlet. There’s the slow mo specialist the Sony FS700 and my personal favourite all-rounders the GH2 and FS100 which just keep getting better with firmware updates (the FS100 is now a world cam with latest one from Sony).

What happens next will be a fascinating fight. EOSHD rounds up the contenders.

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Blackmagic Cinema Camera’s sensor has global shutter, made by BAE Systems?

BAE / Fairchild Imaging sCMOS

Made in California – there’s a sensor that perfectly matches the specification of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera on the market. It is called the BAE Systems sCMOS (designed by silicon valley semiconductors company Fairchild Imaging who were acquired by BAE in 2011).

It is capable of up to 100fps at 2.5K and features a global shutter, a sensor so powerful it is vacuum cooled.

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Blackmagic not just by name – why the Cinema Camera is the future

Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

Photo by Illya Friedman – Hot Rod Cameras

Pre-order the £1925 / $3000 Blackmagic Cinema Camera here
Click ‘How to Buy’ and follow link to your preferred dealer

See Blackmagic’s summary of their new Cinema Camera at DPReview

From the archives: Read EOSHD’s explanation of Disruptive Technology

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera is to the digital cinema market what the iPhone was to Nokia and Motorola.

Here I explain why it is so significant for everyone with an interest in moving images – filmmaker or consumer.

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NAB update: Exclusive interview with Blackmagic Cine shooter John Brawley / Panasonic AF100 successor ‘deleted’…?

Above: DSLRNewsShooter investigates the Blackmagic Cinema Camera on the NAB show floor in Las Vegas

EOSHD spoke to John Brawley today, the pro shooter close to the Blackmagic team and with one of the first prototype cameras. You can see all the footage here

Read moreNAB update: Exclusive interview with Blackmagic Cine shooter John Brawley / Panasonic AF100 successor ‘deleted’…?