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PL mount Sigma 150-600mm superzoom conversion from Etkon

By site editor Dan Chung:

The Etkon converted Sigma 150-600mm lens on a Panasonic Varicam

The Etkon converted Sigma 150-600mm lens on a Panasonic Varicam

If you want a PL-mounted cinema zoom for your ARRI, Red, F55 or Varicam then your choices are limited. If you have a spare $70,000, then Canon sell an amazing 50-1000mm Cine Servo zoom. Otherwise you are limited to older adapted stills zooms or B4 superzoom lenses with mount convertors.

Dutch specialists Ekton have created an interesting solution that, while not cheap, is much less than other alternatives. For 1900 Euros they will take a Sigma 150-600mm F5-f6.3 stills zoom and convert it into a PL-mounted lens with a manual iris.

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This is no mean feat. The rear of the lens had to be cut off and then replaced with a custom made PL back end. Being a zoom of this length it doesn’t hold focus throughout the zoom range. Etkon remedy this by adjusting the back focus of the lens to make it as parfocal as possible. Samples of the 150-600mm may vary from sample to sample, but Etkon told us that the initial lens they converted holds perfect focus during zooming.

The original mount is removed

The original mount is removed

The lens with PL mount added

Metal parts are added during the re-engineering of the mount

The original lens has an image stabiliser, but I don’t think this will work after the conversion has been done as there is no way to power it once the electronic mount is removed.

The iris has nicely engraved aperture values and the pictures below show what to expect – although, as you can see, it is yet to be sprayed and to have the engravings painted in.

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The lens has its own tripod collar and foot, but Etkon recommend this is removed and replaced with a custom lens ring that they can supply.

The conversion takes around two weeks from when the lens is booked in. For more details contact Edwin Schouten at Etkon.

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Posted on July 4th, 2015 by Dan Chung | Category: Lenses | Permalink | Comments (0)

Free SmallHD AC7 monitor with purchase of Teradek Bolt 2000 or Paralinx Arrow-X wireless systems

By site editor Dan Chung:

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If you have been thinking about getting a high end wireless transmission system for your camera then the latest offers from Teradek and Paralinx my be just enough to entice you to spend some money. Both manufacturers are offering similar deals with their systems for the next couple of days.

Between today and the 5th of July you will get a SmallHD AC7 OLED monitor equipped with SDI when you purchase specific Teradek Bolt 2000 or Paralinx Arrow-X wireless systems from the companies’ respective webstores. With the Bolt 2000 you need to enter the code BEFREE at checkout, and for the Arrow-X you need to enter the code ARROWXID4.

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These competing systems have become commonplace on many productions and are especially popular in Steadicam, drone and brushless gimbal applications.

The free monitor currently costs $999 on the Small webstore, which itself is a $400 saving from the full price. For more details on the AC7 OLED monitor check the SmallHD website.

This from Paralinx:

What are the sale conditions?
The sale is valid for all qualifying purchases from July 3, 2015 through July 5, 2014. Sale valid only for purchase made from Paralinx.net. All orders must be sent to a physical address and not a P.O. Box. Payment will be made in the form of United States Dollars. Only one free SmallHD AC7 OLED SDI monitor can be redeemed per order. Sale is not transferable and is only valid for purchasing customer. Sale not valid with any other discount or offer. Offer only valid on Arrow-X SDI/HDMI 1:1, 1:2, and Deluxe Packages.

How long will it take to receive my order?
Please allow us up to five days for us to process your order and then we will have it shipped right out to you!

What product purchases are valid for this offer?

Arrow-X HDMI 1:1 System
Arrow-X HDMI 1:2 System
Arrow-X SDI 1:1 System
Arrow-X SDI 1:2 System
Arrow-X HDMI 1:2 Deluxe Package (Gold Mount or V-Mount)
Arrow-X SDI 1:2 Deluxe Package (Gold Mount or V-Mount)

How long will the sale last?
The Independence Day sale is valid from July 3, 2015 through July 5, 2015

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Dan Chung | Category: Transmission systems | Permalink | Comments (0)

Nebula 4000 Lite handheld brushless gimbal available for ‘group buy’ at $599 US

By site editor Dan Chung:

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The Nebula 4000 Lite from Filmpower was the first 3-axis brushless gimbal I tested that was designed for single handed operation, yet strong enough to carry a Sony a7S or Panasonic GH4. Today they are offering a limited run of 30 units at a special price of $599 US, including worldwide delivery from their offices in Hong Kong.

Looking back a few months I did a review which showed that although the Nebula 4000 is not the easiest gimbal to set up it is capable of some pretty impressive results. Before you start shooting you need to balance the camera properly using screw adjustments. For even better results I recommend tuning the settings of the gimbal using Simple BGC software. This requires a little patience.

Other grip-style gimbals are slowly coming onto the market, but the Nebula 4000 remains the only one at such a low price that I would consider using. There are of course larger and better gimbals out there – no one is suggesting that the Nebula 4000 is going to rival a MoVI, DJI Ronin or Letus Helix – but for the solo shooter on a budget this deal represents an easy way into the world of brushless gimbals without breaking the bank.

A Sony UWP-D wireless mic attached via a cold shoe to the base of the Nebula handgrip

A Sony UWP-D wireless mic attached via a cold shoe to the base of the Nebula handgrip

The offer is limited to 30 units on a first come, first served basis and represents a $100 saving on the regular price. Be aware that import duties and customs charges may apply. Head to the Filmpower website to get the deal.

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Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Dan Chung | Category: Brushless gimbals, Panasonic GH4, Sony a7rII, Sony a7S | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tilta unveil highly configurable ARRI Alexa Mini cage and support rig

By site editor Dan Chung:

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Rig manufacturer Tilta have taken the wraps off their new cage and shoulder support system for the ARRI Alexa Mini. First shipments of the camera have begun to arrive with users and several accessory makers are now launching their solutions. The Tilta rig comes in a variety of set ups and can be configured as a lightweight cage that works with gimbal systems, or as a larger shoulder or tripod mounted setup.

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Tllta say the rig has a unique power distribution system that can provide power to accessories like monitors, wireless transmitters or remote focus from ports on the top and handle. This, they say, means that cable runs can be kept to minimal lengths.

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Tilta claim that this is their finest work to date and that the rental houses and DPs have actively been involved in the design process. So confident are they of the rig’s build quality that it comes with a ten year warranty.

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Here are the details of available kits:

KIT 1 (ESR-T06-A) $1800 US
15mm lightweight baseplate *1
Base connection plate *1
Short top plate *1
Long top plate *1
15mm top rod adapter*1
Side arm *2
Handle *1
EVF holder(ARRI standard interface)*1
EVF holder (dual rods) *1
EVF holder ( single rod)*1
Battery plate rod adapter*1
15mm*150mm aluminum rod*2
15mm*300mm aluminum rod*2
15mm*200mm aluminum rod*2
15mm rod connection screw*2

KIT 2 (ESR-T06-B) $2635 US
19mm baseplate(ARRI standard)
12” dovetail plate(ARRI standard)
15mm lightweight baseplate*1
Base connection plate*1
Short top plate*1
Long top plate*1
15mm top rod adapter*1
Side arm *2
Handle *1
EVF holder(ARRI standard interface)*1
EVF holder (dual rods) *1
EVF holder(single rod)*1
Battery plate rod adapter*1
15mm*150mm aluminum rod*2
15mm*300mm aluminum rod2
19mm*450mm stainless steel rod*2
19mm*250mm stainless steel rod*2

KIT 3(ESR-T06-C)$3467 US
4*5.65 carbon fiber matte box(clamp-on) MB-T12
Single-sided cinema follow focus(FF-T05)
15mm lightweight baseplate*1
Base connection plate*1
Short top plate*1
Long top plate*1
15mm top rod adapter*1
Side arm *2
Handle *1
EVF holder(ARRI standard interface)*1
EVF holder (dual rods) *1
EVF holder(single rod)*1
Battery plate rod adapter*1
15mm*150mm aluminum rod*2
15mm*300mm aluminum rod*2
15mm*200mm aluminum rod*2
15mm rod connection screw *2

KIT 4 (ESR-T06-D) $4800 US
6*6 carbon fiber matte box*1(MB-T06)
Dual cinema follow focus*1(FF-T04)
19mm baseplate(ARRI standard)
12” dovetail plate(ARRI standard)
15mm lightweight baseplate*1
Base connection plate*1
Short top plate*1
Long top plate*1
15mm top rod adapter*1
Side arm *2
Handle *1
EVF holder(ARRI standard interface)*1
EVF holder (dual rods) *1
EVF holder(single rod)*1
Battery plate rod adapter*1
15mm*150mm aluminum rod*2
15mm*300mm aluminum rod*2
19mm*450mm stainless steel rod*2
19mm*250mm stainless steel rod*2

Optional parts (20% off when you buy any Alexa Mini kit together)
(UH-T04) quick-release handgrips $420 US
(UH-T04-A) quick-release handgrips (can control ARRI/RED/SONY cameras $580 US
(ESR-SP1) quick-release shoulder pad $95 US
(TT-0506) dovetail shoulder rig (compatible with ARRI and Tilta baseplates) $468 US
(ESP-FH01)new human engineering handle $190 US
(ESP-01) top power connection module $130 US
(ESP-02) handle power connection module $130 US
(ESM-01) power supply control screen $130 US
(ESR-P01) lightweight battery plate(installed from the side with P-TAP spiral cable) $175 US
(ESR-PC02) SDI/HDMI convert battery plate(with P-TAP spiral cable) $450 US
(TT-0501-R) ALEXA MINI persistent battery plate(with LEMO spiral cable)$580 US
(ESR-P02) standard battery plate(SDI in/out,3 power outputs,with P-TAP spiral cable)$290 US
(ESR-CB01)ALEXA MINI 0.5M-1.5M P-TAP spiral cable(original LEMO plug) $110 US
(ESR-WT01)TILA wireless lens control system adaptor module $85 US
(TT-C16)10lightweight dovetail plate(compatible with 15mm lightweight baseplate)$130 US
(LS-T05)15mm pro lens supporter $78 US
(LS-T04)19mm lens supporter $110 US
(LS-T07)19mm long rod supporter $78 US
(TT-C06)19mm baseplate(ARRI standard)$468 US
(TT-C07)12inch dovetail plate(ARRI standard)$290 US
(TT-C07-14)14inch dovetail plate(ARRI standard)$355 US
(TT-C07-18)18inch dovetail plate(ARRI standard)$450 US
(TT-C07-24)24inch dovetail plate(ARRI standard)$515 US
(RS19-250)19mm*250 stainless steel rod $45 US
(RS19-400)19mm*400 stainless steel rod $58 US
(RS19-450)19mm*450 stainless steel rod $68 US
(RS19-500)19mm*500 stainless steel rod $78 US
(RS19-550)19mm*550 stainless steel rod $83 US
(RS19-600)19mm*600 stainless steel rod $95 US

For more information visit www.tilta.com

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Dan Chung | Category: Arri Alexa, Brushless gimbals, Camera support systems | Permalink | Comments (0)

ARRI China and Zeiss open authorised cine lens service center in Beijing

By China contributor CY Xu:

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Arato Ogura with ZEISS introducing the various tools required for lens service

Arato Ogura of ZEISS introduces the various tools required for lens service

This week ARRI China and ZEISS together opened their new ZEISS authorised lens service center in Beijing.

After a year of preparation the center will soon be able to test, repair and calibrate all CP.2, CZ.2, Ultra Prime, Master Prime and Alura Zoom lenses to Zeiss standards without sending them out of the country. For China-based pro shooters this will be a big improvement.

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The service center is kitted out with esoteric-sounding equipment such as the MTF-Tester K8, On-axis MTF-Tester K9, T-Stop Tester and Distortion Tester. These are the same lens measuring technologies as at the ZEISS headquarters in Germany and it is great to see western companies making such big investments supporting their top end products in China.

Master Prime 35 on the K8

Zeiss Master Prime 35 on the K8

The ZEISS On-axis MTF-Tester K9

The ZEISS On-axis MTF-Tester K9

ZEISS is also providing the option for annual service subscription packages. These include evaluation, projection, calibration and full cleaning service for fixed fees.

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A lens technician’s bench

With the establishment of the service center in Beijing, ZEISS largely completed its service network around the world.

With the establishment of the service center in Beijing, ZEISS has a service network spanning the globe.

An Engineer demonstrates the K8 machine

Engineer demonstration on the K8

The Anamorphic UWZ 19-36

The Anamorphic UWZ 19-36

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Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by CY Xu | Category: Lenses, Zeiss | Permalink | Comments (0)

New Sony a7S professional battery solutions from Hawkwoods

By site editor Dan Chung:

The Sony a7S is a great camera in many ways, but battery life isn’t one of them. The tiny NP-FW50 batteries it runs on don’t last very long while recording video and I find myself having to carry five or six to get through a day’s work. If you use Sony’s handy XLR-K2M audio pack which draws its power from the camera then the battery life is even worse still.

You can find several DIY and third party battery solutions that allow the use of larger Sony NP, Canon LP-E6 or powerbank type batteries, but if you want something a little more professional looking then British accessory maker Hawkwoods has just launched a couple of interesting solutions.

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Their new LR-16 a7S dummy battery adaptor cable has a voltage regulator that allows the camera to run off almost any source that has a regular D-tap connection. Obvious choices would be Hawkwoods or Swit BP-U type batteries designed for the Sony FS7 and EX1 – these have the appropriate D-taps and aren’t too large. You can also hook it up to a V-lock battery or power distribution plate if running a larger rig. Price is a very reasonable £76 excluding tax.

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Also launched this week is the new LR-16U cable that is designed to power the a7S for extended shoot times in an underwater housing. It can run the camera from a DV-F550 type battery. Due to the voltage this battery outputs it doesn’t need any power regulation making the whole setup very small. While it is mean’t to be used for underwater setups this solution would also work for anyone looking for a very low profile external battery solution. The DV-F550 could simply be attached with velcro or tape to the top of a cage, or even the XLR-K2M audio pack. It retails at £55 excluding tax.

For more details on both of these solutions visit the Hawkwoods website.

Posted on July 1st, 2015 by Dan Chung | Category: Sony A7, Sony a7rII, Sony a7S | Permalink | Comments (0)

Odyssey7Q+ 4K recorder now shipping with a free 256GB SSD and accessory pack

By technical editor Matt Allard:

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Convergent Design today announced some major changes to what ships with the Odyssey 7Q+. Buyers will now receive a free 256GB SSD as well as the inclusion of some free accessories. The cost of all 3 models (256GB, 512GB and 1TB) of Convergent’s own proprietry SSD media have also been lowered. In addition to these announcements, five models of Samsung SSDs have been qualified by Convergent Design for use in all Odyssey 7.7” monitor/recorders with the upcoming 2015.07 free firmware update. While the Atomos recorders have been able to use off the shelf SSDs from the outset, this is the first time that Convergent have allowed their use in the Odyssey range.

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This from Convergent Design:

One 256GB SSD Included With The Odyssey7Q+
Starting today, July 1st, the Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+ will ship with one 256GB Odyssey SSD included. A five-pack kit of SSD handles for use with qualified 3rd party SSDs (see below) is now included with each Odyssey7Q+. Convergent Design has further added a 4K-ready HDMI cable and adapter, as well as an Ultra-Thin 3G-SDI cable, to the universal AC power supply included with the Odyssey7Q+. All accessories are available for separate purchase from any Convergent Design dealer.

List Prices Slashed On Odyssey SSDs
Starting today, July 1st, Convergent Design has drastically reduced prices on all three models of Odyssey SSDs for the Odyssey 7.7” monitor/recorders. The 256GB Odyssey SSD is now $249, the 512GB Odyssey SSD drops to $449, and the 1TB Odyssey SSD is now $795. Prices are US list prices in United States Dollars. Prices around the world will vary due to shipping and customs fees. All Odyssey SSDs are fully warrantied by Convergent Design to perform in all recording modes on all 7.7” Odyssey monitor/recorders.

Convergent Design SSD Price Drop
256GB Old price $395, new price $249
512GB Old price $795, new price $449
1TB (1024GB) Old price $1395, new price $795

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Five Samsung SSDs Qualified For Use In Odyssey Monitor/Recorders
After extensive testing, Convergent Design has now qualified five models of Samsung SSDs for use in all Odyssey 7.7” monitor/recorders once upgraded with the upcoming 2015.07 free firmware update. Qualified Samsung SSD models are the 850 PRO series in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB (1024GB) sizes, as well as the 850 EVO 1000GB. All five Samsung SSDs are qualified by Convergent Design to support all recording modes on all 7.7” Odyssey monitor/recorders, once these devices have been updated to the 2015.07 firmware. The previously announced Samsung 850

EVO 500GB SSD is not qualified. To protect clients from recording issues, only qualified SSDs or Odyssey SSDs will function in Odyssey 7.7” monitor/recorders. SSDs mount into the Odyssey monitor/recorders with a latching handle. Starting today, July 1st, a five-pack kit of SSD handles [view product info] will be included with all Odyssey7Q+ monitor/recorders as well as made available for purchase through the Convergent Design dealer network.

Qualified Samsung SSDs

Samsung 850 PRO 128GB
Samsung 850 PRO 256GB
Samsung 850 PRO 512GB
Samsung 850 PRO 1024GB (1TB)
Samsung 850 EVO 1000GB

Certified vs. Qualified
Odyssey SSDs are certified to work in Odyssey monitor/recorders. Convergent Design tests and sells these SSDs, so the company has oversight to warranty their performance. The above listed Samsung SSDs are qualified to work in Odyssey monitor/recorders. While multiple samples have been tested extensively by Convergent Design, we do not directly sell this media, so Convergent Design cannot warranty individual 3rd party SSDs. Convergent Design Customer Support is available to our clients 24/7, but we may not be able to successfully support 3rd party product to the same extent as our own products.

For more information head over to Convergent Design.

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Posted on July 1st, 2015 by Matthew Allard | Category: 4K, External recorders | Permalink | Comments (0)

Zacuto Gratical X electronic viewfinder with essential options – a special offer for Newsshooter readers

By site editor Dan Chung:

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This week Zacuto launched their Gratical X electronic viewfinder, as we reported here. The idea is to take the same hardware as the original Gratical HD EVF, but to make all the firmware features available on an a la carte basis. This means the base price of the EVF can be brought down to $1650, then you pay to enable the extra firmware options that you need. This really makes sense if you don’t need every bell and whistle that the original Gratical HD has.

As an affiliate partner of Zacuto we have worked out a special deal that allows Newsshooter readers to get what I consider to be the best package of essential options if using the EVF for news and documentary work.

Focusing and exposure are key. Any extra help you can get in these departments is invaluable. For that reason the $350 bundle of peaking, red line peaking, zebras and scopes (histogram, waveform, vectroscope) is utterly essential. Buying all four together represents an $85 saving over the individual prices.

The one thing that is missing from this package is the 1×1 magnification to check precise focus. Most shooters find this an absolute necessity – especially because cameras like the C300 and FS7 don’t magnify the image going to the EVF over SDI. Normally this function costs $95, but the best part is that as a Newsshooter reader, if you buy the bundle you’ll get this for free.

I believe this is the best deal around – for $2000 you’ll get an EVF that has all the functions you really need to go shoot. And you can still add more functions if you wish, either now or later.

To get this offer all you need to do is follow this link, buy the EVF and add the $350 essentials kit, then add the coupon code NewsshooterZOOM when checking out. The 1×1 option will then automatically be added to your EVF. (The 1×1 option won’t show up in the checkout but Zacuto will add it before shipping).

Gratical X Product Update from Zacuto on Vimeo.

Technical Specifications:

MICRO OLED DISPLAY
Screen Dimension – 0.61” diagonal
Resolution – Full Display 1280×1024, 16×9 1280×720 HD
Contrast Ratio- 10,000:1
Refresh Rate – 60Hz
Color Depth – 24 bit RGB
Luminance – 120-250 cd/m^2
Pixel Info – 2687.21 PPI
5.4 million pixels
16.7 million colors

INCLUDED VIDEO PROCESSING FEATURES
Color Processor – RGB, saturation, brightness, contrast
Test Pattern – (color bars & Macbeth)
Four programmable buttons
Frame Rates – 23.98p, 23.98PsF, 24p, 24PsF, 25p, 25PsF, 29.97PsF, 50i, 50p, 59.94i, 60i, 60p

CONNECTIONS IN
HDMI – 1.4b compliant, resolutions up to 1080p/60
HD-SDI – Resolutions up to 1080p/60, loop out

POWER
Compatible with LP-E6 battery (7.8V 1800mAH LiON)
Battery run time ~ 3-4 hours depending on features used

ADDITIONAL FEATURES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
Custom Scaling/User Presets
Zebra Stripes – Customize width, color, thresholds
Vectorscope
Waveform (3D)
Histogram (RGB, Luma)
Audio Meters
LUT import and editing
Red Line Peaking (multi-color)
False Color
Frame Store Feature
HDMI output
SDI output
Cross Conversion – HDMI to HD-SDI, independent LUT on output stream

Posted on July 1st, 2015 by Dan Chung | Category: Canon C100, Canon C100 mkII, Canon C300, Canon C300 mkII, EVF, Panasonic GH4, Red, Sony F3, Sony F5, Sony F55, Sony FS7, Sony FS700 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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