Canon Cinema EOS 1D C – Vimeo footage and 4K source file direct from card

http://vimeo.com/44952547

Please note: the camera is an early prototype in test mode. Don’t draw any final conclusions, this footage is just for curiosity value

Want to see what a 4K DSLR looks like? The wait is over. Here is a very short 4K source file for download (sorry – temporally removed)

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Does the Canon 1D X sharpen as well as the 5D Mark III? Plus bonus 1D Mk IV comparison

1D X - sharpen in post

Battle of the flagships

We had a small glimpse at what the 1D X was capable of last week. Now Associated Press shooter Ivan Sekretarev has very kindly provided his raw test clips to EOSHD. Here’s my view on them…

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Revealing Sony FS700 field report / video review

Sony FS700

The first pro field report of the FS700 is in. This compliments some of the other reviews pretty well and a general consensus about the camera is starting to form amongst pros. Is it worth selling both your FS100 and 5D Mark III and buying this with the money left over? Let’s find out…

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Two great low budget music videos shot on the GH2

I hope these inspire some shooting action. I sometimes get a accused of being a bit of a GH2 cheerleader, with pom poms. But the results from a $700 consumer camera speak for themselves. To me it will always be big news that aspiring filmmakers have access to this kind of image quality for $700, regardless of how much effort and money is required for good content.

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How Blackmagic can add anamorphic recording mode to their Cinema Camera the easy way

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Above: the BMD Cinema Camera pictured in a photo from PhotoCineRent in France. I have pre-ordered mine.

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera is nearing release and final sensor calibration / firmware adjustments are taking place. When I last spoke to beta shooter John Brawley about his involvement with the camera, he had this to say on an anamorphic mode…

“We have discussed the possibility of doing anamorphic. They’re aware that it’s a potential market. I don’t think you’ll see it on this version.”

This feature would increase vertical resolution by nearly 800 lines and allow for the wider, more cinematic aspect ratios of 2.39:1 and 2.66:1 aspect ratios when used with an anamorphic lens.

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Zeiss CP.2 without the price tag? A look at cinema modified Zeiss ZE lenses

Cinematics Zeiss ZE Compact Prime CT.2

Spot the difference! Those crafty Chinese are at it again!

See the lenses on eBay here

Cinematics have started offering ‘film lenses’ which are Zeiss Compact Prime copies – cinema modified Zeiss ZE (Canon mount) full frame lenses at up to one quarter of the price of a real Compact Prime. Optically they remain the same as standard ZE but as you can see from the image above a CP.2 style housing is added (left) to create a “CT.2”.

This includes gearing for a follow focus, T-stop marks instead of F-stop, cinema standard front thread size as well as a stepless aperture ring.

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Canon finally stretches video legs with EOS 1D X – resolution fixed and better compression chip

5D Mark III vs 1D X

Above: notice the detail on the girl’s hair and shirt collar in the 1D X shot

Pre-order the 1D X at Adorama – the camera is now shipping in limited quantities – more stock expected soon

Dan Chung (watch the comparison video) has had a play with the long delayed Canon 1D X, the flagship pro full frame DSLR which was announced last year. Dan’s find is worth paying close attention to because it seems the 1D X’s image quality in video mode is exactly what we were hoping for from the 5D Mark III.

Below is my technical analysis of what is going on.

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The Panasonic GH3 – product suggestions for Panasonic

Shooting anamorphic on the Panasonic GH2

Above: myself shooting with an anamorphic LOMO on the GH2

I’ve already fired off my suggestions for the GH3 to one of my most helpful friends in the industry. Thanks a great deal. Now you can see the suggestions to in this open letter to Panasonic. I’ve listed the requests in order of priority. Yes I’d really like to see that Canon G1X style built in ND filter.

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