Jobs On Set: A Conversation w/ Steadicam Operator Jess Lopez, SOC

Jess with a steadicam rig

 Recently we had a chance to talk with Jess Lopez, SOC about her career as a camera operator. In our conversation with Jess we learned about some of her influences and the techniques she has mastered to become one of the premier Steadicam operators in Los Angeles. We also asked Jess to breaks down […]

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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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Canon C500 Mark II Unboxing and First Impressions

Canon C500 Mark II Unboxing and first impressions video

                  Just before Christmas, PVC contributor and Filmtools product reviewer Kenny McMillan got his hands on the highly anticipated Canon C500 Mark II. Check out Kennys unboxing and first impressions video below: Are you interested in getting your hands on the C500 Mark II? If you are […]

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Taking the Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip For A Spin

I love the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K or 6K. The size and weight of the cameras are wonderful. The camera boasts good dynamic range, BlackmagicRAW, easy to edit ProRes codecs, a very well designed menu layout, and wonderfully long battery life… (record scratch) wait, what? Yes, it is true the Canon LP-E6 battery life […]

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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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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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The Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Camera Review Part One


The Nikon Z6 is one of two mirrorless camera options from Nikon and the one best suited for 4K video capture. Before we get started, a full review of the Nikon Z6 is a beastly burden to fit into one post so I will break down my review. This is post 1 and it will […]

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The Review Of The Canon XA-40 UHD Camcorder

Canon XA40

The Canon XA40 is a small and mighty UHD camcorder yielding canon’s color as a weapon against single-lens camera hate in an s35mm and full-frame world. A surprise was my prevailing feeling after taking this little mighty wonder with me to the family farm in Rolla, North Dakota. Small Size – Easy Travel Traveling with […]

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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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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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Hidden Flexibility of Blackmagic’s URSA Broadcast. A S16mm Camera?

I will write about the URSA Broadcast in a bit. Stay with me as I present some background first. A few years ago the Digital Bolex was announced with a 16mm sized sensor. The build, the sensor size, and the styling all hearkened back to the days of film and the original Bolex. The goal: […]

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