5 underrated cinematic images from “forgotten” cameras

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Some of my favourite images are from cinema cameras and DSLRs from which attention has long since drifted elsewhere!

Rest assured some of the older cameras on this list are better than any of the latest and greatest (if not in terms of usability then in terms of having an analogue film-like feel that screams “cinema” and not “digital”).

Here are my top 5.

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Nikon Hacker enables raw video

Nikon D5100 raw video

(Thanks to A1ex for the tip off). Developer “leegong” of Nikon Hacker has made enormous progress in getting raw video from the live view function of the Nikon D5100. Early builds of the patch output raw frames to the card and A1ex of Magic Lantern has written a prototype / test DNG converter.

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Magic Lantern now working on Canon 70D (both versions)

Update: here’s a quick test from me confirming Dual Pixel CMOS AF works during raw recording. Check the Vimeo description for more details / workflow.

The convenience of Dual Pixel CMOS AF is now coming to raw video, with Magic Lantern now available for all 70D owners.

Previously the software only worked on a very select few 70D bodies and not the earlier serial numbers, which had a slightly different firmware revision.

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Magic Lantern run Linux OS on Canon DSLRs

Magic Lantern just turned your 5D Mark III into a desktop computer.

The cameras (running ARM processor and up to 512MB of RAM) are seen in this video booting into the Linux kernel, version 3.19. The development paves the way for third party apps to run on the camera and to control all functions of the device.

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Canon blocking Magic Lantern on latest 5D Mark III bodies

5D Mark III - Magic Lantern hack
Goodbye world?

Canon look to have blocked Magic Lantern and new 5D Mark III bodies which won’t roll back to older firmware.

Users are presented with an error saying “firmware older than 1.3 on the card, update using newer version”.

Source – Magic Lantern forum Via Canon Rumors

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New and improved Canon 7D raw video with the Mosaic Engineering VAF-7D anti-aliasing filter

http://vimeo.com/88826657

In my opinion the Canon 7D is currently the best budget solution for shooting raw video. There’s plenty of used bodies going for $750 on eBay here – and that is practically a steal for 14bit raw video from a Super 35mm sized sensor… Stills camera is a mere bonus!

So to the big question – does the Mosaic Engineering VAF-7D filter completely cure the 7D’s raw video of moire and aliasing?

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2013 – 10 things which have impressed me – and some that haven’t!

EOSHD 2013 cameras

Psst… I’m having an end of year clear out

Where would we be without the end of the year and the impending doom that is Christmas? Enjoying summer? Revelling in the most fruitful year for filmmakers and camera geeks on record? I’d much rather 2013 just carried on!

Alas the year is starting to wind down now for the Holidays and this seems like a good moment to look back at the most amazing (and not so amazing) events of 2013…

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