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BIRTV 2014 video: Sirui launch new pro video tripods, jib and all-in-one Video Survival Kit VSK-5

By site editor Dan Chung:

Chinese tripod maker Sirui have been making photo tripods for several years now and recently started making video products too. I talked to them at the BIRTV show in Beijing about their new line of professional video tripods which includes models that will support anything from DSLRs to a full blown ENG camera. They were also showing a new carbon fibre travel jib and an interesting combination shoulder rig/cage/slider/table dolly called the Video Survival Kit VSK-5.

Checking out a Sirui pro video tripod on their booth

Checking out a Sirui pro video tripod on their booth

From what I saw, the fit and finish of these tripods is a step up from many of the other Chinese tripods at the show. The metalwork too seemed to be better engineered. How they perform in the field is of course what counts and it is too early to say how they will cope with pro use.

Pricing for the US and Europe is not yet available but expect them to be competitive. For more info you can keep an eye on this website.

Video shot by Clinton Harn.

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Posted on September 2nd, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Camera support systems, Jibs and Cranes, Tripods and monopods | Permalink | Comments (0)

Metabones Speed Booster Ultra – upgraded focal length reducer uses ultra-high index tanatalum-based optical glass

By site editor Dan Chung:

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As reported on EOSHD.com, Metabones have unveiled an upgraded version of their extremely popular Speed Booster for Sony E-mount and Fuji X-mount cameras. The Speed Booster Ultra is said to use a new optical design and tanatalum-based optical glass to create an image that Metabones claim is even better than the original. Like the original it has a magnification of 0.71x and therefore reduces the crop factor of APS-C and Super35 sized sensors to something much closer to stills camera full-frame. This allows you to get that ‘full frame’ look using cameras like the Sony FS700 and FS100 if you crave it. As the light is concentrated onto the sensor there is also an increase in maximum aperture of the lens by about 1 stop – hence the name.

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If as Metabones say the corner sharpness and distortion is improved and vignetting reduced, then this should be a great adapter. The Canon EF to E-mount adapter is available to buy now for $649 US from the Metabones website. Manual versions are said to follow later.

This from Metabones:

Speed Booster ULTRA

Sharper corners, less distortion, reduced vignetting 

New optical design:  advanced 5-element/4-group optical design incorporating ultra-high index tanatalum-based optical glass to achieve extraordinary optical performance with improved corner sharpness, distortion and reduced vignetting.

Like the revolutionary original Metabones Speed Booster announced in January 2013, the Speed Booster ULTRA has a magnification of 0.71x, and so it effectively reduces the crop factor of mirrorless cameras with DX-sized sensors, such as Sony E-mount and Fuji X-mount cameras, from 1.5x to 1.07x.  However, the new ULTRA design makes very effective use of exotic materials at the furthest limit of glassmaking technology, and as a result is well corrected for use with virtually all fullframe SLR lenses regardless of exit pupil distance. Thus, the Speed Booster ULTRA performs extremely well with professional-grade f/2.8 zoom lenses such as the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms by Canon and Nikon to produce 17-50mm f/2.0 and 50-142mm f/2.0 high-speed zooms, respectively.  Similarly, high-speed fixed focal length lenses such as a 50mm f/1.2 will be transformed into a 35.5mm f/0.9 lens with excellent contrast and resolution from the center all the way to the edges of the image. (More information can be found in the press release here)

Key Features:

• Increase maximum aperture by 1 stop.
• Increase MTF.
• Makes lens 0.71x wider.
• Advanced 5-element/4-group optical design incorporating ultra-high index tanatalum-based optical glass by Caldwell Photographic in the USA (patent pending)
• Electronic integration of aperture diaphragm, controlled by or from the camera body.
• Partial autofocus support for late-model (post-2006) Canon-brand lenses.
• Powered by camera body. No external power source required.
• High performance 32-bit processor and efficient switched-mode power supply.
• The tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss, Markins, Photo Clam ball heads.

Disclaimer: we are NOT licensed, approved or endorsed by Sony or Canon.

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Posted on September 1st, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Lenses, Sony, Sony FS100, Sony FS700, Sony NEX | Permalink | Comments (0)

BIRTV 2014 video: Konova Master Pan auto panning slider

By site editor Dan Chung:

BIRTV was the first time we got to see the new Master Pan slider with an auto panning function from Korean company Konova. The Master Pan has a bar that is positioned to allow a tripod head to pan as the carriage is moved down the slider track. The system can be added to some existing Konova sliders and an additional motor unit can be added for timelapse moves.

Interestingly the slider was named after a competition on Konova’s Facebook page. For more on the Master Pan keep an eye on the Konova website.

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Posted on September 1st, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: SIiders | Permalink | Comments (0)

BIRTV 2014 video: Brightcast show S10 focusable LED spot light

By site editor Dan Chung:

At the BIRTV show Brightcast were showing their new S10 focusable LED spot light. With brightness that is comparable with smaller HMIs, the S10 is lightweight and can run off battery power. They will be available with differing output strengths in either single colour (daylight or tungsten) or bi-colour. The S10 can also be bought with DMX control fitted for studio applications.

The unit does have a high output so it does it does run warm but it didn’t seem excessively hot when we played with it at the show. There is a fan inside but it did not seem unduly noisy – but it was hard to tell on the crowded show floor.

The colour accuracy is claimed to be good for a light of this type and the mini fresnel lens can focus from 7-60 degrees. Barn doors are supplied.

Here are the specs from Brightcast:

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You can find out more about the light on the Brightcast website.

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Posted on September 1st, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: LED lights | Permalink | Comments (0)

BIRTV 2014 video: Chinese inventor hacks an old tape based Sony ENG camera to shoot 2.7K by putting a GoPro inside

By site editor Dan Chung:

Plenty of TV stations and freelance cameramen have old Betacams and DV based cameras lying around gathering dust. Imagine if you could upgrade them to 2.7K, or even 4K shooting? One Chinese inventor has been trying to do just that.

Would you really put a GoPro in an ENG camera?

Would you really put a GoPro in an ENG camera?

At the BIRTV show in Beijing this week we were shown a prototype for a GoPro Hero 3+ fitted into the body of an old Sony tape based ENG TV camera. The GoPro’s lens is removed and the TV camera’s lens is utilised instead. Amazingly it actually works. The image can be displayed in the viewfinder, one of the camera’s buttons can be used to access the menu, audio inputs are supposed to work and a SD card is used for recording.

Unfortunately the picture quality of the sample we were shown leaves an awful lot to be desired. Check out the video to see just how bad it is.

Parts of the modification can be seen where the tape mechanism used to be

Parts of the modification can be seen where the tape mechanism used to be

The GoPro sensor is visible inside the old Betacam

The GoPro sensor is visible inside the old Betacam

There is a handy HDMI cable for hooking up a monitor

There is a handy HDMI cable for hooking up a monitor

Shot by Clinton Harn and translation by CY Xu.

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Posted on August 31st, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: GoPro, Sony | Permalink | Comments (3)

BIRTV 2014 video: Movcam give more details about their Sony a7S cage and show new C300 top handle and cage

By site editor Dan Chung:

Movcam were at BIRTV showing a updated version of their top handle and cage for the Canon C300. The new version is much lighter than the previous one and features a detachable top handle as well as 15mm rod mounting on top.

I also asked them about their new cage for the Sony a7S which I reviewed earlier this week. It will be shipping to dealers in about a week and will available in black as well as the gun-metal finish.

Movcam didn’t give pricing for the cage but it is already available to pre-order on the CVP website in the UK for £123.35 + tax for the basic cage. You can also order a version of the cage including a riser and baseplate for 15mm rods at £206.04 plus VAT.

Shot by Jonas Schönstein.

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Posted on August 31st, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Camera support systems, Canon C300, Sony a7S | Permalink | Comments (0)

BIRTV 2014 video: Lanparte show brushless gimbal that takes smartphones and GoPro and new BMPCC rig with start/stop trigger

By site editor Dan Chung:

At the BIRTV in Beijing this week we looked at the latest brushless gimbal for smartphone and GoPro Hero from Chinese manufacturer Lanparte. They claim it will be easy to change the gimbal from smartphone to GoPro use by using a simple clip on system. The three axis design runs off a rechargeable battery and uniquely has a small counterbalance weight that allows different smartphones to be balanced correctly. Lanparte told us that the price will be at or under $350 US – which is highly competitive.

Also on the Lanparte booth was a newly designed rig for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. This one has a shoulder stock design with ARRI style rosettes for flexible adjustment. It also has a nice looking small start/stop trigger that attaches to the handgrip. No firm pricing was given at the show.

Video by CY Xu and Clinton Harn.

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Posted on August 31st, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Blackmagic design, Brushless gimbals, GoPro, IPhone | Permalink | Comments (0)

BIRTV 2014 video: Sevenoak show handy $70 motorised rotating head for time-lapses

By site editor Dan Chung:

Sevenoak are a Chinese manufacturer specialising in value accessories for filmmakers. They were showing several new gadgets at the BIRTV show in Beijing including a handy motorised rotating tripod head for time-lapses. It is designed to take GoPros, Smartphones and lighter DSLRs and Compact system cameras.

Unlike other cheap rotating devices (or hacked egg timers) this one has different settings for duration and degrees of travel. There is a built-in rechargeable battery and device seems well constructed.

The best part however is the price – estimated to be around $70 US by the time it hits the shelves.

The Sevenoak advanced time-lapse device

The Sevenoak advanced time-lapse device

They were also showing a more advanced device that seems to have features similar to the popular Syrp Genie. No price or release date was given.

Shot by CY Xu and Clinton Harn.

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Posted on August 31st, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Timelapse | Permalink | Comments (0)

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