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Reviewing the New DZO Film 20-70mm T2.9 MFT Cinema Lens

Reviewing the New DZO Film 20-70mm T2.9 MFT Cinema Lens

There are just a few “must-haves” for me to enjoy a piece of gear. Those “must-haves” are first and foremost a piece of equipment…

A Whole Bunch of 2020 Sundance Films Used Blackmagic Design

A Whole Bunch of 2020 Sundance Films Used Blackmagic Design

More than 50 projects at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival used Blackmagic Design gear, including its digital film cameras, DaVinci Resolve Studio editing, grading, VFX and audio post-production software…

A Look At The New Full-Frame Sony FX9: A Camera Review

A Look At The New Full-Frame Sony FX9: A Camera Review

Ten days. I was loaned the Sony PXW-FX9 for about ten days. It only took me one day with the Sony FX9 to realize the camera is a fantastic…

Zeiss DigiPrime lenses. Are These Lenses Right For You?

Zeiss DigiPrime lenses. Are These Lenses Right For You?

Great Glass for a great price. It is the dream of every shooter. We can be tempted by a newly announced prime set but then faint in shock at the…

Nikon Releases Their Fastest Lens: The Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S NOCT

Nikon Releases Their Fastest Lens: The Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S NOCT

Nikon Inc. announces the pricing for their fastest NIKKOR lens, the new NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct and it falls right in the price range of high…

The Review of The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

The Review of The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

6K in your hand. 6K on our gimbal. 6K. 6K. 6K. We love our “K’s.” The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K offers up a ton of…

The Review of The Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro G2

The Review of The Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro G2

It is the update to the URSA Mini Pro bringing further functionality and features to Blackmagic Design’s biggest cinema camera. Just enough new features and frame rates for…

The Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Camera Review Part One

The Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Camera Review Part One

The Nikon Z6 is one of two mirrorless camera options from Nikon and the one best suited for 4K video capture. Before we get started, a full review of the…

Canon Announces C500 Mark II 5.9K Full-Frame Camera

Canon Announces C500 Mark II 5.9K Full-Frame Camera

In comes the Canon EOS C500 Mark II and all of its Full-Frame 5.9K glory. The headline on this camera announcement is easy to understand, Full-Frame and…

Focus ramping: when T-stops go bad

Focus ramping: when T-stops go bad

Years ago, while assisting on a sitcom, I helped the director of photography shoot exposure tests on all of our zooms. The closeups were darker than expected, and she wanted…

The secret life of behind-the-lens nets

The secret life of behind-the-lens nets

“What’s with the pattern in the headlights?” I asked the first camera assistant, as I looked through “B” camera on a feature film set…

Westlife’s The Twenty Tour Uses Blackmagic Design Live Solutions

Westlife’s The Twenty Tour Uses Blackmagic Design Live Solutions

Blackmagic Design equipment ranging from the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K digital film cameras and ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K were used as part of a live production…

Hidden Flexibility of Blackmagic’s URSA Broadcast. A S16mm Camera?

Hidden Flexibility of Blackmagic’s URSA Broadcast. A S16mm Camera?

I will write about the URSA Broadcast in a bit. Stay with me as I present some background first. A few years ago the Digital Bolex was announced with a…

Cine Gear: Cooke Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus Standard and SF Lenses

Cine Gear: Cooke Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus Standard and SF Lenses

Large Format. Full Frame. That super shallow depth of field. The evolution of filmmaking has been in a state of constant change which seems to speed up faster and faster…

Cine Gear 2019: Shot On Cooke. “A Motion Gallery”

Cine Gear 2019: Shot On Cooke. “A Motion Gallery”

If you are a painter and you want to learn from the Masters you have to study those who came before you. Cinema is no different. It is an art…

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