In the final part of our look back at 2016, here are the big announcements and news from September, October, November and December.
Canon slashed $3000US off the already discounted price of the C500 and then they almost immediately announced its replacement the C700.
A Day In Kyoto, the first footage from the Canon Cinema EOS C700, was released online to mixed reviews.
Panasonic, with the help of Codex, announced a new totally-integrated and smaller variant based on the Varicam 35, called the VariCam Pure.
Angenieux announced the Type EZ Series zooms that cover both Super 35mm and FF/VistaVision cameras.
Convergent Design unveiled a new option for the Odyssey 7/7Q+ and Apollo, called Titan. Titan takes a 4K or UHD video signal and then super-samples it down to a HD image. At the same time it allows you to extract two HD windows within that same frame.
The Newsshooter team headed to Amsterdam for IBC 2016 and here are just a few of the many products we reported on at the show:
* Tokina jumps into the Cinema Prime race with 35mm, 50mm, 85mm T1.5 Lenses
* Zeiss adds to full-frame Milvus lens line with 15mm f/2.8, 18mm f/2.8, 135mm f/2
* Hands on with the new Sigma cine lenses * Hands-on with Sony’s 18-110mm f/4 Super 35mm E-Mount Lens featuring a fully manual zoom ring
* Hands on with Angenieux’s Super 35mm/Full-Frame Type EZ Series zooms
* Arri Master Grips offer finger tip control over focus, iris and zoom with old school ergonomics
* Lupo Superpanel might just be the brightest 1×1 LED panel on the market
* Hands-on with the under-$10K Zeiss 21-100mm T2.9-3.9 Zoom
* GL Optics offers PL conversion of the best stills lenses in the world, the Zeiss Otus
* Wooden Camera’s Ultra Arm is modular and flexible
* ARRI Alexa SXT with Bill Bennett ASC
* An end to gimbal setup problems? Varavon show auto balancing gimbal
GoPro officially launched the Karma foldable drone aimed at first-time flyers. Little did we know the dramas that lay ahead for the Karma.
Newsshooter also attended Photokina 2016 and here are a few of the stories we covered:
* Panasonic announced the long-awaited GH5.
* Sony launched their a99 II, that brought 4K video to A-mount
* Sigma introduced the 85mm F1.4 DG HSM ART lens
* SanDisk unveils a whopping 1TB SDXC card
* GoPro Hero5 manual control and new feature run through
Shortly after Photokina DJI unveiled the ultra compact and feature packed Mavic drone.
Sony started off the month by releasing Version 8.00 firmware for the F5 and F55 enabling XAVC Class480 recording.
Sony also announced the RX100 V that brought phase detect AF to small sensor cameras.
Canon released “The Calling” shot on the Canon C700 by Russell Carpenter ASC and Tyler Stableford.
GoPro recalled all of its Karma Drones after power issues saw several of them fall out of the sky with no warning.
Canon announced new firmware for C300 mkII and C300, which added cine servo zoom AF to C300 and audio in 2K crop for the mkII.
The Newsshooter team covered the Interbee Show in Tokyo and here are just a few of the stories we covered:
* Atomos ‘Upgrade to HDR’ deals give up to $500 US off a new recorder
* DJI Inspire 2 – how does it compare to the Inspire 1?
* Tascam introduce tiny DR-10L Digital Audio Recorder for the US market
* Saramonic’s budget two input LavMic for DSLR, GoPro and iOS devices
* PROTECH CHOI JIB for camera payloads up to a whopping 500kg
* Wenpod action cam gimbal with kinetic controller for your phone
* Technical Farm Canon 24-105mm f4 L cine conversion with manual aperture
Chuck Fadely took the Nikon KeyMission 360 for a spin, Director Roger Spottiswoode spoke to us about using Sony a7 cameras on the big screen, and Janne Amunet talked about the amazing Olympus EM-1 II image stabilisation.
We reviewed the touch autofocus on the Sony a6500, Bright Tangerine’s Titan Arm and Gripper Tray, Aputure’s Light Storm LS 1/2 LED light , the Olympus OMD E-M1 II, Sony RX10 mkIII, and Sigma 18-35mm T2.0 and 50-100mm T2.0 Cine Zoom lenses.
Fittingly, right towards the end of the year, after all these gear announcements, Mike Sutton wrote a nice article entitled The camera trap: Think twice before financing that dream setup
It was a huge year here at Newsshooter. We travelled the globe and provided you with reviews and analysis from real world working professionals. We pride ourselves on delivering accurate and in-depth information, and most importantly original content that is created by us and not just a re-post of someone else work.
Dan and I and the whole team behind Newsshooter would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We look forward to your continued support in 2017.