Leica and Insta360 want to reinvent the action cam with the Insta360 ONE R

Co-engineered with Leica is a catchy phrase that helps to promote a product, so the new Insta360 ONE R uses it, to sell a modular camera that reminds me the Ricoh GXR… which lasted a couple of years. Insta360 is not a new name to the market, and ProVideo Coalition has mentioned the company before, […]

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LUMIX S1H: Panasonic says this camera offers the best possible performance

Panasonic LUMIX S1H: this camera offers the best possible performance

With a price tag of $3999.99, the new LUMIX S1H makes it to the market with a lens that fits it like a glove: the Lumix S Pro 24-70mm F2.8, priced at $2199.99. That’s your base kit for shooting. The streaming of the official announcement gave you all the key details about the LUMIX S1H, […]

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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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Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 2

It’s time to name names. I’m going to tell you what lenses you’ve been looking at for the last few days, and offer my own impressions. Disclosure: after several decades as a director of photography, I now work for ARRI, Inc. as Cinema Lens Specialist. Last week, I posted this article and asked you to […]

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Leica M10-P ‘ASC 100 Edition’: the M for cinematographers and filmmakers

Leica M10-P ‘ASC 100 Edition’: the M for cinematographers

The ASC logotype on the top plate, the PL-mount cine lenses, the Cine Looks and aspect ratio options, all contribute to make the M10-P a tool for cinematographers. The M, though, only takes stills. In February 2019, when the American Society of Cinematographers will be presenting its prestigious awards for the 33rd time, Leica will […]

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Chromatic aberration: hard edges, hue shifts, and storytelling

Accidents yield interesting truths. This is especially true in lens and camera tests, where it’s hard to know what to test for but there’s always something interesting to find if you look close enough. (And it’s nice when these accidents happen off the set instead of during production.) Recently, while shooting some lens tests at […]

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THE ARRI ALEXA LF and Leica M0.8 Prime lenses In Nashville

Arri LF

I like to see new cameras, but more importantly, I like getting my grubby hands on them to see if I like them or not. Thanks to Nashville-based Contrast Visuals Production Company fellow camera nerds in the area were also able to give the new ARRI ALEXA LF a spin.  Arri came to the southern […]

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The L-Mount Alliance: a new industry standard for full frame and APS-C?

The L-Mount Alliance: a new industry standard for full frame and APS-C?

Leica, Panasonic and Sigma join efforts to offer cameras and lenses utilizing the L-mount created by Leica. It looks as a modern day alliance, now full frame, of the “universal” Four Thirds concept. Presented as a previously unparalleled form of collaboration that will particularly benefit the customers of all three partners, the ‘L-Mount Alliance’ enables […]

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Panasonic’s full frame LUMIX S1R and S1: The Times They Are a-Changin’

Panasonic’s full frame LUMIX S1R and S1: The Times They Are a-Changin

Panasonic’s “unexpected” alliance with Leica and Sigma results in two new full frame mirrorless cameras, the S1R and S1, which are the first in the world to offer 4K 60p/50p video recording. Kept almost a secret, although some suggested it was coming – and many didn’t believe it was possible – the alliance between Panasonic, […]

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PNW Lens Summit, May 5th, Portland OR USA

PNW Lens Summit logo

Quick note: if you’re coming to Portland OR for the PNW Lens Summit, you can get 20% off lodging at The Mark Spencer Hotel (no, not that Mark Spencer) if booked by April 5th. Just tell them you are with the Pacific Northwest Lens Summit. There is also a discount at the Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Riverplace. Details on […]

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Current thoughts on current lenses

Near perfect lenses are easy to find these days. The problem is… I don’t want them. I want lenses with character. A while back I wrote this article on my lens likes and dislikes. Consider this an update. There may be some repetition, but hopefully I’ll have some new tricks and tips to add. FLARE Not […]

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Gallery: PNW Lens Summit 2017

On Saturday, May 13, Koerner Camera hosted the PNW Lens Summit 2017, gathering glass from all over in one place for our viewing pleasure. Lens-test charts were pulled from their overhead rails in all the prep bays, making room for models, handy fresnels for causing flares, and a string of Christmas lights for background bokeh […]

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Lenses: My Likes, Dislikes, and the Return of the Cooke Speed Panchro

Every lens has a feel and a purpose. Some reproduce the world perfectly, some imperfectly. They all have their place, but I have come to appreciate “imperfect” over “perfect.” There is a sense in cinematography circles that digital cameras are too “clean.” Common complaints center around the fact that film’s analog nature introduces certain characteristics […]

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A Season of New Cinema Lenses for Filmmakers

Are we right in the middle of a cinema lens revolution? I am talking about cinema lenses priced for the owner/operator as well as lenses the local camera house might carry for rental. It appears lens manufacturers want no barriers for you to invest in one of their lenses. We are seeing many lenses feature […]

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Hasselblad lenses for Sony and Leica

With the Photokina next month, rumors and news do get a bit mixed. That’s why the rumor of a WiFi card from Canon appears along with the news of an expected update for the EOS 7D Mark II, or the announcement of a unique adapter to use Hasselblad lenses with Sony and Leica bodies. These […]

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