New in this update
- Robocop 2
- Sony FS100
- Isco 2x anamorphic with support system for 15mm rails
- Optex 1.33x anamorphic lens
New in this update
View or buy the Sony F35 for $12,000 on eBay US (this version is enhanced by Clairmont camera in Hollywood)
A Hollywood workhorse to this day, the Sony CineAlta F35 (also rebadged as Panavision Genesis) is a Super 35mm PL mount digital cinema camera and also an extraordinarily good deal on the used market in 2013.
It has 14 stops of dynamic range and a global shutter. It has taken CMOS sensor in the F65 a full five years to surpass the CCD sensor in the F35 / Genesis, which was used to shoot Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, Superman Returns and Apocalypto.
The Swivi USA monitor costs just $330 on Amazon USA. (I picked mine up in Europe for 229 euros at MeinFoto in Berlin)
Here’s a monitor that plugs the hole left by Canon when they forgot to include an articulated screen and peaking on the 5D Mark III.
How does it perform and is it worth getting?
Above: the Olympus 12mm F2 in action on the GH2
Here’s a gear guide along with a round-up of footage for low budget shooters. There’s a big difference in price between the very capable Panasonic GH2 and the new 5D Mark III. One is $800 new and the other $3500. All the discussion so far has been about the camera – is it worth $3500? Well unless you’re going to drill a hole in your lens cap and do pinhole photography, it all comes down to the price of lenses not the body.
Above: Footage shot with the Samyang 35mm F1.4 on a Canon 550D.
Reviews have started to come in about Samyang’s promising 35mm F1.4 lens, which is a full frame lens that can be used on the 5D Mark II, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds.
All is not well behind the scenes at Panasonic.
The GH2 continues the aggressive approach to video for Panasonic and it’s a great camera. Just how great, I’ll determine shortly. I have the challenger in the house – a Canon 60D (taking a ride in Philip Bloom’s luggage straight from Japan) which is fantastic and now I’m awaiting the GH2, any moment now.
Thanks to a request from a friend Alex Kanakis I’ve decided to revisit the Fader ND by Light Craft Workshop / HL Optics, the much cheaper Hong Kong alternative to the Singh Ray Vari-ND filter (view at B&H Photo Video here)