Shooting with the new SLR Magic 35mm T0.95 and T1.4 prototype lenses

One of the highlights of Photokina 2012 was meeting up with SLR Magic, the small but nimble optics company based in Hong Kong. They brought out one of the first proper fast wide lenses for Micro Four Thirds (the 12mm F1.6) by listening to demand and acting swiftly. Now they are building high end super-fast primes which are optimised for filmmakers as well as photographers.

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First look at the new ReWo Blackmagic Cinema Camera Cage

ReWo Blackmagic Cinema Camera Cage

NOW AVAILABLE – Check out the cage at ReWo here

Here’s an ingenious cage solution for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera by my neighbours in Berlin – ReWo.

Rather than a bulky cage which wraps around the entire camera, ReWo have chosen to form their cage around the mount tube. Yes finally that strange EF tube has a use! The cage provides mounting points for ReWo’s wood handles via Arri rosettes, top handle, mounting points for accessories via 1/4″ and 3/8″ threads and a 15mm rods block.

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The new Leica M as a filmmaker’s tool – an interview with Leica’s Jesko von Oeynhausen

Leica M product manager - Jesko Von Oeynhausen

Leica revealed their new M series camera at Photokina 2012. It marks the first time video has been implemented on a Leica M, with a brand new full frame 35mm CMOS sensor developed in Europe by CMOSIS.

EOSHD went along to interview Product Manager for the M-System Jesko Von Oeynhausen to find out what it means for filmmakers. Please note that the camera is at the moment a pre-production camera (firmware version 0.0.20.1) with an expected list price of €6200.

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Test footage from the pre-release Panasonic GH3 at Photokina

This week I was loaned a GH3 body for a short time at Photokna by Panasonic. This test footage was shot in 1080/25p ALL-I mode at 72Mbit, with two slow mo-sequences of Pocahontas and the juggler shot in AVCHD 1080/50p at 50Mbit.

I also had a go at grading the GH3 footage with Peter Patten of Apple.

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Interview with Yoshiyuki Inoue, Senior Engineering Planner for the Panasonic GH3

Panasonic GH3 - Yoshiyuki Inoue interview

Above: Inoue helped conceive the GH3 and was a mechanical designer on the well regarded Panasonic L1 (inset)

For my hands on test of the Panasonic GH3 pre-production model read this!

Yoshiyuki Inoue is the senior engineering planner at Panasonic. A mechanical designer on the Panasonic L1 back in the Four Thirds days, that camera is now fondly rememberd for a beautiful optical viewfinder, Leica M style build and cutting edge design. Inoue also worked at Minolta before joining Team Lumix.

I caught up with Inoue yesterday at Photokina to ask him about the design and technical workings of the new Panasonic GH3 at Photokina in Germany.

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Panasonic GH3 hands-on report

The new Panasonic GH3

Panasonic’s Philipp Wolf showed me the inner-workings of the new GH3 at Photokina today. I was then let loose with the camera to shoot some test footage in 1080/25p ALL-I and 50Mbit 1080/50p mode.

This camera was running firmware version v0.4 and so by no means final yet. What I found impressed me.

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The Panasonic GH3 is here

GH3 - now officially announced

Updated version: 17.36 GMT

Described by Panasonic as a semi-professional ‘creative HD hybrid’ and a flagship model for the company, the Panasonic GH3 is finally here – 2 years after the GH2 arrived. The official unveiling answers some of the mysteries too.

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Canon 6D officially announced – a more compact and affordable 5D Mark III

Canon 6D full frame DSLR

The full frame Canon 6D has just been formally unveiled as Photokina opens for the press. A competitor to the Nikon D600 (also to be unveiled today) this is a near identical camera to the 5D Mark III in many respects especially video it seems. But like the 60D compared to the 7D, it is cheaper and smaller.

It features a new 20MP sensor but a similar (if not identical) DIGIC 5+ processor of the 5D Mark III.

It has built in WiFi and GPS unlike the bigger brother. The only real compromises seem to be in the AF system, lack of 100% viewfinder, lack of headphone jack, slightly slower burst rate for stills and lack of left side button panel.

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