Interview with Stephan Schulz, Leica Camera on the SL2 and filmmaking

Stephan Schulz of Leica Camera - Interview

When I began shooting with my own Leica SL2 earlier this year, I found a lot to like about the high-spec mirrorless camera for filmmaking, and of course the SL2 is superb for photography. However, the battery power management has prevented shooting in 4K and 5K reliably, varying depending on the type of lenses used. After making Leica aware of this issue, Leica’s Head of Product Management, Professional Photo System and co-designer of the SL2 Stephan Schulz has been on my case and I have been on his!

The good news is that Leica are investigating the possibility of a firmware update to alleviate the problem and I will be carrying out testing duties for Leica on the video side going forward.

The Leica SL2 battery grip is on the way from Wetzlar and could offer an instant solution, but this needs to be tested. Here we hear directly from Stephan at Leica Camera AG, in this exclusive interview on EOSHD…

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Canon EOS R5 8K video – It’s official – Monster camera puts Canon back in the match

A complete change in policy at Canon has transpired. The company has decided to compete in the mirrorless cinema market. With Cinema EOS established as a separate business, it seems the stills camera are off the leash. What a fantastic day it is for camera nerds and filmmakers alike who can rejoice in the specs and the creative possibilities of Canon’s new EOS R5 with 8K video and cutting edge new sensor technology.

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Panavision DXL revealed, an 8K 60fps RAW cinema camera using RED’s codec

Picture – Bill Bennett, ASC (Twitter)

Well, it looks like the Arri Alexa 65 has some competition.

Panavision have revealed a RED-Weapon-like cinema camera which shoots 8K from a full frame 41 x 21 sensor in encrypted r3d RAW format.

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Sony FS7 versus the Canon C300 (and their own cameras too?)

The Sony F55, F5 and FS700 now have a fierce competitor for less money, and it’s not a Canon, nor is it a Red or a Panasonic. It’s one of their own, the Sony FS7. Yet this cannibalisation may be worth it because the potential market for the FS7 is enormous. It’s the fiercest arrow yet fired at Canon’s most popular interchangeable lens video camera for pros, the Cinema EOS C300.

With a design clearly C300 inspired and the new mount facilitating the use of Canon lenses, is the Sony FS7 going to cause a mass migration of pro video birds south to Sony dealers?

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The Sony A7S, new X70 on the big screen at Pinewood Studios plus hands-on the Atomos Shogun

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On a trip to Pinewood Studios I saw for the first time Sony A7S 4K footage projected in a theatre. The surprise was just how well the 1080p held up for cinematic projection. I also had my hands on the Atomos Shogun 4K recorder / 7″ monitor, the new Sony PXW X70 1″ camcorder with 10bit XAVC codec and more…

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Sony show prototype 4K DSLR in Cinema EOS style future camera range based around full frame

Sony have revealed two very early prototype cameras at NAB. They are hybrid stills / video cameras from the pro A/V division in Japan. One is a DSLR style camera with what looks like a PL mount. Sony is also committed to developing a range of full frame cinema prime lenses.

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