The year that was 2017 – Part 3. 2017 was a very busy year for the team here at Newsshooter. We covered a multitude of trade shows all over the world, bought you in-depth analysis of product announcements, and detailed reviews of a plethora of equipment.
The third part of our look back at 2017 is just what happened between July to the end of September. This is just a fraction of what we covered on the site during those months and includes our extensive coverage of IBC. In case you missed it here is where you can find Part 1 and Part 2 of our look back at 2017
Canon dropped the price of the C300 Mk II to under $10K USD
Ben Allan ACS talked about Wild Squad Adventures and the challenges of shooting in a 5:1 aspect ratio
Hawk-Woods announced the VL-MF1 adapters, a power solution for the new, very bright, SmallHD 503 and 703 monitors.
DroneShield opened orders for DroneSentry and DroneSentinel, systems designed to detect rogue UAVs using radar, radio frequency, acoustic, thermal and optical sensors.
RED unveiled HYDROGEN, the World’s first Holographic media player and mobile phone
Sigma announced pricing for 14mm T2 FF and 135mm T2 FF cine primes
I reviewed the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary, an affordable full frame zoom
Venus Optics announced the Laowa Magic Shift Converter (MSC) for Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras
MZed Pro launched, for $299 USD you get all-you-can-eat online filmmaking courses
I reviewed the C7 Adapters Arri Alexa Mini and Amira Nikon G camera mount
Duclos Lenses came up with a Sony FZ mount kit for Fujinon’s new MK zooms. The mount allows users of Sony F3, F5 and F55 cameras to utilise Fujinon’s MK line of zooms.
I reviewed the The Hive Wasp 100-C
I also showed you how to do 2K/240fps RAW recording on the Panasonic VariCam LT and Odyssey7Q+
Sony released Ver. 4.00 firmware for the FS5, which added continuous 120fps recording, lower ISO settings, and Hybrid Log-Gamma
Erik reviewed the Aputure TRI-8
The new upgraded RØDE VideoMic Pro+ started shipping
MTF Services announced their MFT and FZ conversion for the Fujinon MK series lenses
Erik reviewed GNARBOX, a small computer that has a CPU, GPU, RAM and flash storage all in a compact shell barely bigger than most durable external hard drives.
Not long after it was released Sony pulled PXW-FS5 firmware version 4.0 due to Hybrid Log-Gamma issue
Erik reviewed DaVinci Resolve 14 to see if he could use it as a NLE
Spencer Chumbley reviewed the Zamboni belt, a handy solution for keeping everything to hand for news and doc shooters
The Apple store started selling a RED Raven kit with FCPX.
Final specifications and pricing was announced for the Panasonic AU-EVA1
Kyno– the all-in-one media management app got an upgrade
Lukilink, a device that replaces a monitor, recorder, streaming box, and even a wireless video link debuted on Kickstarter
The Sony FS5 & Z150 Firmware fix came out with v4.02 and v2.02
Imagine Products released myLTO, a program that formats and mounts LTO tapes then copies files to them.
I did an extensive review of the Canon C200 Production Camera
Filmpower released the Nebula Focus, a clip-on follow focus unit designed for use on gimbals by solo operators.
Newsshooter got a sneak peek at a working Panasonic AU-EVA1
Vocas announced the Top Handgrip Pro, a universal top handle.
I reviewed Rotolight’s AEOS, a lightweight, power efficient, colour temperature adjustable LED light with an impressive range of features.
Movcam announced a RED I/O Module, specifically designed for RED DSMC2 cameras.
Arri announced their own line of full spectrum neutral density filters
I reviewed the impressive Tokina Cinema Vista prime lenses
SLR Magic announced a new range of circular fixed ND filters for use on lenses with up to an 82mm front filter thread.
Newsshooter got confirmation that the Canon C200 codec update in 2018 would only be 4:2:0 8-bit
Arri unveiled Arri Pro Broadcast and Pro Cine kits for the Canon C200
Game of Thrones cinematographer Robert McLachlan was on the Go Creative Show podcast
Insta360 launched the Insta360 ONE, a 360 panoramic camera with six-axis stabilisation that shoots UHD and 120fps HD
Canon announced the 85mm f/1.4L IS USM and three TS-E Macro Tilt-Shift Lenses
Erik reviewed the SmallRig Atomos monitor cage
Canon announced firmware updates for the C300 Mark II and C100 Mark II
International news organisation Aljazeera decided to disable the ability to comment on any of their online stories
Panasonic GH5 Firmware 2.0 specifications and release date were announced.
Sony unveiled the RX0 which they claimed takes the image quality of the Sony RX series and compresses it into a robust and ultra-compact body.
Ricoh announced the 360° Theta V
DJI unveiled the Mavic Pro Platinum – 60% quieter and three minutes more flight time
Rotolight announced the NEO 2 LED
I reviewed the giant DoP Choice OCTA soft boxes
Angénieux announced the multi-format 12x Optimo– the mother of all zooms
Fujinon unveiled the UA24x7.8, the world’s smallest and lightest 4K 2/3″ broadcast ENG lens
Sachtler and Vinten rethink the tripod with the announcement of Flowtech
Sony unveiled VENICE, a 36x24mm full-frame digital motion picture camera system
Erik reviewed the Filmpower Nebula 5100 gimbal
Erik attended the Sony VENICE hands on event in LA
I reviewed the Nori SquareBounce, a collapsible lighting reflector that doubles as an umbrella
Pomfort announced PocketControl– iOS app for the Arri Alexa Mini and Amira
I reviewed the Teradek SERV Pro
Litepanels announced the Gemini 2×1 RGB-WW soft panel
ARRI celebrated its 100th birthday
Sony unveiled the RX10 IV with faster autofocus and 24fps continuous shooting
RØDE announced the Performer Kit, a wireless handheld microphone and desktop receiver
LensFinder.com launched, a new marketplace for pre-owned vintage and modern optics
Atomos announced the Sumo19M, a monitor-only version of its Sumo monitor/recorder
Tokina showed a working version of the Tokina 18mm T1.5 Vista Cinema Prime lens at IBC
Chuck Fadely went hands on with PXW-Z90, Sony’s palm-sized XDCAM broadcast camera with killer autofocus
Arri announced the gigantic Skypanel S360-C LED light
Arri announced the Master Grip Basic, a simpler version of the company’s control system without the electronics, designed to balance rigs for single operators.
Aputure showed MX, an updated version of the company’s M9 eyelight
We got a hands on with the Sachtler Flowtech 75 tripod
ABT cin showed the SpeedMount EF for DSMC2 RED Cameras
CMotion showed a new FIZ controller and motor system which are part of a new line called cPRO
First footage from the Panasonic EVA1 was released
Genustech unveiled the Scriptshade lightweight prompte
Lupo showed us a new Soft SuperPanel and Dayled bi-colour fresnel LED lights
Wooden Camera showed us their new D-Box Plus for Alexa Mini
We looked at Hide-A-Mic: a simple solution for hiding microphones on your talent
SmallHD showed their new 1703-P3X daylight viewable production monitor
Hawk Wood’s unveiled the Mini V: the world’s smallest V-Lock batteries
Atomos launched Connect: 15 different conversion, signal processing and system integration boxes
F&V unveiled the K4000 Power 1×1 LED panel
Vocas showed us their MFC-3 direct drive follow focus, C200 and EVA1 accessories
Miller announced a new tripod series called CompassX, which comprises of five new tripod models
Erik talked to Oscar award winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda ASC on shooting the short film “The Dig” with the Sony Venice
Quark – world’s smallest waterproof stabilizer for GoPro & other action cameras launched on indiegogo
Panasonic made the GH5 V2.0 firmware with All-Intra 400 Mbps codec and anamorphic available to download
GoPro unveiled Fusion, a 360 VR wearable camera with 5.2K video capture
GoPro also announced the HERO6, with UHD 4K video at up to 60 fps, and 240 fps video at up to 1080p
Erik reviewed the Cinemartin 7″ Eclipse HD monitor