Preview – Anamorphic goes medium format with Fuji GFX 100 and a look at the Leica SL2 5K 4:3 mode

This will be a short introduction before I get down to shooting with the beasts you see above.

On the left we have the Leica SL2, which features a 5K anamorphic mode (4:3 aspect ratio) that records in 10bit LOG format.

On the right we have the Fujifilm GFX 100 which is my first medium format camera that has been useful for cinema. However one ingredient has been missing with medium format and that is anamorphic!

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A monstrous Fuji X-T4 is coming, rumoured to shoot 6K/60p with anamorphic mode and IBIS – The “X-H2” we always dreamed of?

Fuji X-T4

Rumours have gained pace all over the place about the X-T4 and the discontinuation of the X-H2. I have to say this makes perfect sense if the X-T4 is going to be an X-H2 anyway in video terms. 10bit 6K/60p anyone?

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Fujifilm hint at 44×33 large format “GFX-H100” filmmaker’s camera / open gate 4K3K

With Canon debuting the C500 II today, demand for a full frame in a C-series body is clearly there but Fujifilm is looking further into to the future. Their X-Trans IV sensor technology has already debuted in the GFX 100 and X-T3 but I can reveal a leaked slide-show shows Fujifilm might be taking the technology much further than we believed…

A large format 44×33 camera optimised for open gate 4K3K RGB (perfect for an anamorphic mode).

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Panasonic GH5 Review and exclusive first look at Version 2.0 firmware

Firmware 2.0 for the Panasonic GH5 has been officially announced, and will be available for download at the end of September 2017. View the full press release and list of changes here

I’ve been testing a pre-production version of this on my camera thanks to Panasonic, to bring you my first impressions of the new features which include:

  • Professional 400Mbit ALL-I intraframe codec for 10bit 4K 4:2:2
  • “Open Gate” High Resolution Anamorphic Mode (4992 x 3744)
  • Hybrid Log Gamma with view assist feature for HDR shooting
  • New and improved autofocus engine for video
  • Performance optimisations and bug fixes

Read on to find out what it’s like to shoot with…

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SLR Magic Anamorphot CINE PL Set 35/50/70 – a shoot in London and Brighton with the Sony A7S II and Samsung NX1

The new titanium PL mount SLR Magic Anamorphot cinema lenses are designed for RED users, Canon and Arri professionals. They’re also a great fit for the Sony A7S II and Samsung NX1.

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Not just vinyl for hipsters! The return of Ultra Panavision 70! Film is back with a vengeance with The Hateful Eight and Tarantino has a behind the scenes look for us

For his upcoming snowy western Tarantino unearthed special cameras and 1.25x anamorphic lenses at Panavision which hadn’t seen the light of day since 1965.

The film was shot on 65mm film and will get a ‘Roadshow’ release on Christmas day in amazing 70mm.

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SLR Magic announce set of 2:1 anamorphic cinema primes

SLR Magic today unveiled a set of 2x anamorphic prime lenses designed for indie filmmakers. The set comprising of a 35mm, 50mm and 70mm will be on show at IBC in Amsterdam from September 11-15th 2015 and later in New York at the Photo Plus show (Panasonic stand).

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