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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…

Canon C500 Mark II Unboxing and First Impressions

Canon C500 Mark II Unboxing and First Impressions

                  Just before Christmas, PVC contributor and Filmtools product reviewer Kenny McMillan got his hands on the highly anticipated Canon C500 Mark…

Taking the Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip For A Spin

Taking the Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip For A Spin

I love the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K or 6K. The size and weight of the cameras are wonderful. The camera boasts good dynamic range, BlackmagicRAW, easy to edit ProRes…

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…

Is Blackmagic Design’s Next Camera an 8K Camera?

Is Blackmagic Design’s Next Camera an 8K Camera?

4K, 4.6K, 6K… is there a future yet-to-be-released 8K camera arriving from Blackmagic in the Spring of 2020? Yes, this is a rumor I am…

This week: ARRI at Koerner Camera in Seattle and Portland

This week: ARRI at Koerner Camera in Seattle and Portland

Technical Sales Rep Chase Hagen and I will be showing off the Alexa Mini LF and ARRI Signature Primes at Koerner Camera facilities this Wednesday, October 9 (Portland) and Thursday…

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…

The Review Of The Canon XA-40 UHD Camcorder

The Review Of The Canon XA-40 UHD Camcorder

The Canon XA40 is a small and mighty UHD camcorder yielding canon’s color as a weapon against single-lens camera hate in an s35mm and full-frame world. A…

Fujifilm Announces Two New 4K Broadcast Lenses

Fujifilm Announces Two New 4K Broadcast Lenses

Fujifilm just dropped onto the broadcast market two new portable lenses as part of the UA Series of 4K broadcast lenses: the FUJINON UA18x7.6 and FUJINON UA23x7.6. Both…

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…

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…

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