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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…

The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX0 II Digital Camera Review

The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX0 II Digital Camera Review

The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RXO II Digital Camera looks like an action camera. The small size and the rugged build make the small flip-out screen 4K camera appear…

The Filmtools Podcast Eps. 4 with Director Cole Walliser

The Filmtools Podcast Eps. 4 with Director Cole Walliser

Each week The Filmtools Podcast will talk with industry professionals in a candid conversation about their career, relevant news within the industry, and about the art and gear behind filmmaking…

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 2

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 2

It’s time to name names. I’m going to tell you what lenses you’ve been looking at for the last few days, and offer my…

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 1

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 1

We live in an age of lens choice. Because of this, we also live in an age of lens tests. Done properly, such tests are hugely valuable. The best way…

Capturing NAB 2019 With The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Capturing NAB 2019 With The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

NAB 2019 was what we have come to accept, organized chaos. Our team crisscrossed the convention hall floors in search of one-on-one booth interviews, oddball gear, and the…

Western Fire Chiefs Association Uses Blackmagic Cameras

Western Fire Chiefs Association Uses Blackmagic Cameras

Like I’ve said before, the URSA Mini Pro and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K are a great one-two punch for documentary situations. I feel like the…

Quantifying the Large Format Look

Quantifying the Large Format Look

Large format is no longer out of reach of the average filmmaker, but the look is difficult to quantify. Naturally, that means I’ll give it a try. I…