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Sony PL Mount Lenses Announced at IBC2011

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Sony announced two exciting new PL mount lens for the PMW-F3 Super 35mm CineAlta compact camcorder at IBC2011: the SCL-P11X15 wide angle zoom lens & the SCL-Z18X140 high power zoom. SCL-P11x15 The SCL-P11x15 is a wide-angle zoom 1.5-times 11-16mm T3.0 lens aimed at high-end cinema, drama, documentary and commercials productions. The SCL-P11X15 has been specifically designed to fit to the PMW-F3K via the camcorder’s supplied PL Mount Adapter, which also means the lens is compatible with any other PL Mount camcorder from Sony and also camcorders from many other manufacturers. Available December 2011; MSRP: €6,300 SCL-Z18x140 SCL-Z18x140 is a…

Phase One’s Schneider Kreuznach 120mm MF TS f 5.6

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Stymied by Scheimpflug? Don’t be! Photographic creativity can be at your fingertips with this fantastic lens from Phase One. So, if you’re intrigued by tilt/shift photography and looking to add some serious glass to your repertoire, have a closer look at this Schneider Kreuznach 120mm f/5.6 TS Aspherical lens. Not only is it ideal for studio or creative photography where tilt/shift function is required, it’s German precision at its best; sharp, crisp quality from edge to edge. It provides 12mm shift, 8 degrees tilt, and 360 degrees rotation on two axes. And, rumour has it that in June prices will…

Phase One's Schneider Kreuznach 120mm MF TS f 5.6

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Stymied by Scheimpflug? Don’t be! Photographic creativity can be at your fingertips with this fantastic lens from Phase One. So, if you’re intrigued by tilt/shift photography and looking to add some serious glass to your repertoire, have a closer look at this Schneider Kreuznach 120mm f/5.6 TS Aspherical lens. Not only is it ideal for studio or creative photography where tilt/shift function is required, it’s German precision at its best; sharp, crisp quality from edge to edge. It provides 12mm shift, 8 degrees tilt, and 360 degrees rotation on two axes. And, rumour has it that in June prices will…

Coming Soon from Canon: the L Series Telephoto Zoom

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Canon recently announced that there’s a new telephoto lens in the works for its lineup of EOS DSLR cameras. Currently in development is the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x zoom – that features an integrated focal length extender to take its zoom range to 280-560mm. The lens will be showcased Feb. 9 – 12 at the CP+ event in Yokohama, Japan and is being developed as part of Canon’s acclaimed L-series of professional lenses. The new lens – featuring an enhanced weatherproof construction – will be an ideal addition for sports and wildlife photographers who require high performance, fast…

Redrock Micro Delivers State of the Art M3 Cinema Lens Adapter

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After seven years of development, and hundreds of design iterations, Redrock Micro introduces  their next-generation lens adapter. Wrapped in a rugged professional body, the M3 certainly looks the part of the definitive 35mm lens adapter. You just know that this tool, in the hands of waiting artists, is going to part of amazing breakthrough videos. Combined with a video camera, the M3 delivers the highly desired HDSLR “film look”. Yeah, it’s that good. The M3 and video camera, in tandem with a HDSLR, gives you the best of both worlds because M3 footage cuts seamlessly with HDSLR footage. And you…

3D Lens announced for Panasonic’s Lumix G Micro System

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Okay… this is HUGE! The folks at Panasonic have announced that they’re developing a twin-optic 3D digital lens for its Lumix G-series Micro Four Thirds interchangeable-lens cameras – that will be available here, in Canada, by the end of this year. The compact lens simply bolts onto your existing camera, letting you instantly shoot in 3D without any distortion or time lag between the left and right images, even when capturing moving objects. The lens features two optical systems installed within the diameter of the lens mount, creating stereo images from the left and right lenses. These images form a…

You lead, I’ll follow: The art of focus.

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The folks over at Redrock Micro have a continuing piece titled Learn the Difference – an educational & informative piece that highlights the Redrock M2 Cinema Lens Adapter in a creative and artistic light. Veteran television, film and video shooter Larry McKee’s ongoing series provided the inspiration for this piece on Follow Focus. YOU LEAD, I’LL FOLLOW: The art of focus We’ve discussed how selective focus and reduced depth of field can help you tell a story cinematically. By isolating your subject against a background of blur, you guide your viewer to what you want to emphasize. What if your…

To Zoom or not to Zoom: A primer on Prime & Zoom lenses.

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At the most basic level, a movie or video tells a story. The zoom lenses you choose can be your most important tools in communicating visually with your audience. Simply put, the longer the lens’ focal length, the narrower the angle of view, and the more it magnifies the image. And conversely, the shorter the focal length, the wider the angle. Each lens conveys information in its own way. A wide angle (like the 28mm in examples 1 and 2 above) might show the subject in context within a large area; or if it’s close to the subject, it can…

Interchangeable camera lenses for your… iPhone?

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The folks at Factron – already responsible for some lofty-priced ($800 for a titanium iPod case, anyone?)  Apple accessories have come up with something new for the Apple Fan Boys (& Girls) with ambitions of impressing their friends: a metal & leather case with interchangeable camera lenses. Yes, you’ve read correctly – camera lenses. Compatible with the iPhone 3G only, the case features wide-angle, closeup, and fisheye lenses that screw on to the back. But the company warns that all that metal between the receiver and signal, your phone reception might not be the greatest. And at $200 for just…

The Art of Depth of Field in a Digital Age

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You ought to be in the movies: Achieving a film look with selective focus aka Shallow Depth of Field When everything is in sharp focus, no one thing stands out. And that’s no way to tell a story. Selective focus is just the opposite. It allows the videographer to guide the viewer to a specific place or person on screen by placing everything else, usually the background, out of focus. This article will discuss how selective focus, depth of field and focal length work together in film – and using new technology, can work in video as well. The selective…