A Look At The New Full-Frame Sony FX9: A Camera Review

Sony FX9

Ten days. I was loaned the Sony PXW-FX9 for about ten days. It only took me one day with the Sony FX9 to realize the camera is a fantastic step forward for Sony. What did I test, and what did I shoot in my ten days with the Sony FX9? I tried to test everything […]

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Nikon’s 4K 12-Bit RAW Via HDMI Now Available for Z6 and Z7 Owners

Nikon Z7 and Z6, a Nikon videographers’ dream

Nikon’s Z6 and Z7 have gone RAW via HDMI. This paid upgrade ($199.95)  for 12-bit 4K UHD or full-HD RAW video to be recorded to select models of Atomos video recorders connected to a Nikon Z 7 or Z 6 camera via a HDMI connector has finally landed. In this little bit of raw wizardry […]

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Pricing and Availability for Sigma’s FF Classic Art Prime Cine Lenses

Sigma Art

Sigma has announced pricing and availability for its new line of full-frame Classic Art Prime Cine lenses. Available as a set of 10 lenses, the Sigma Classic Art Prime Cine lenses will be available in early January 2020 for $43,999 USD. Check out the full release video showing off the cinematic look of the Sigma […]

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Zeiss DigiPrime lenses. Are These Lenses Right For You?


Great Glass for a great price. It is the dream of every shooter. We can be tempted by a newly announced prime set but then faint in shock at the price. It happens to all of us. It has happened to me and I bet it has happened to you, too. What are we to […]

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Zeiss Supreme Prime Radiance Lenses Announced


ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance (SPR) lenses are a new set of 7 lenses that artistically emphasize ghosting (flares) and are consistent across the entire set. They are based on Supreme Primes with a warmer color tone. They are not simply the same lenses with the coatings removed. There is no loss […]

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Is Blackmagic Design’s Next Camera an 8K Camera?


4K, 4.6K, 6K… is there a future yet-to-be-released 8K camera arriving from Blackmagic in the Spring of 2020? Yes, this is a rumor I am sharing. No, I did not start the rumor. This mythical 8K Blackmagic Design camera has been making the rounds of speculation on social media. I first came across the 8K […]

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This week: ARRI at Koerner Camera in Seattle and Portland

ARRI Signature Prime

Technical Sales Rep Chase Hagen and I will be showing off the Alexa Mini LF and ARRI Signature Primes at Koerner Camera facilities this Wednesday, October 9 (Portland) and Thursday, October 10 (Seattle). Stop by and get some hands-on time with the Mini LF and see ARRI Signature Primes on a state-of-the-art Chrosziel lens projector. […]

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The Review of The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Pocket 6K

6K in your hand. 6K on our gimbal. 6K. 6K. 6K. We love our “K’s.” The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K offers up a ton of resolution in a super small package. If you can over-come the few hurdles you can make this little camera deliver some sensational video. In the video below I shot […]

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The Review of The Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro G2

It is the update to the URSA Mini Pro bringing further functionality and features to Blackmagic Design’s biggest cinema camera. Just enough new features and frame rates for Blackmagic to release a second generation. So, what is in the new URSA Mini Pro G2 and what is the same from the G2 shares with the […]

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Canon Announces C500 Mark II 5.9K Full-Frame Camera

In comes the Canon EOS C500 Mark II and all of its Full-Frame 5.9K glory. The headline on this camera announcement is easy to understand, Full-Frame and 5.9K stand out as the two best options. What is less obvious is how right it appears Canon got the EOS C500 Mark II. Sometimes the sequel is […]

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Fujifilm Announces Two New 4K Broadcast Lenses


Fujifilm just dropped onto the broadcast market two new portable lenses as part of the UA Series of 4K broadcast lenses: the FUJINON UA18x7.6 and FUJINON UA23x7.6. Both of these broadcast lenses feature a compact and light-weight design with an economical price point. The use of unique optical technology delivers outstanding image resolving power and […]

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Focus ramping: when T-stops go bad

Years ago, while assisting on a sitcom, I helped the director of photography shoot exposure tests on all of our zooms. The closeups were darker than expected, and she wanted to know why. The two master cameras used 5:1 zooms, and the two wing cameras used 10:1 zooms. Our tests showed that the 10:1 zooms […]

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Irix Cine 150mm T 3.0 Macro 1:1 lens: the first in a new line of full frame lenses

Irix said it from the very beginning: our intention was to provide the cinematographers with the most advanced and versatile cinematic lenses. Starting with the Irix Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro 1:1 lens. The Irix Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro 1:1 was mentioned here at ProVideo Coalition before, but now, when it is about to be available, […]

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The secret life of behind-the-lens nets

“What’s with the pattern in the headlights?” I asked the first camera assistant, as I looked through “B” camera on a feature film set. I was a young second camera assistant, and a bored first camera assistant let me play around with the geared head while we waited for our camera to be tossed into […]

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The Filmtools Podcast Eps. 8 (w/ High Speed Cinematographer Peter Cote)

Each week The Filmtools Podcast talks with industry professionals in a candid conversation about their career, relevant news within the industry, and about the art and gear behind filmmaking.               For the season one finale of The Filmtools Podcast, we talked with director and cinematographer Peter Cote! Born and […]

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