This is fairly big news in the rental world. Interesting….
RED has forever changed the digital cinema market, so any time they launch a new product it’s news. Having said that, they have a history of teasing and not following through. I don’t know what to think of this latest offering. Seems expensive for what it currently does. It’s pretty amusing to read the comments on reduser.net. Quite a few along the lines of “I’m not really sure what I just bought for $1600 but I love it!” Plus they are already limiting expectations of how many they can produce. Jarred Land himself calls their latest attempt at supplying a low cost camera in large numbers (the Raven) a “Clusterf-ck” and they stopped taking orders because they can’t keep up. Doesn’t seem like they are scaled up to head into the consumer electronics world. Time will tell.
At NAB this year, I was one of the few people to give a new Taiwanese lens company any press. The name of their company is Bokkeh. I wasn’t sure at that time if they were rehoused lenses or not. Vincent Huang from Bokkeh assures me these are an all new lens design.
They recently made me aware of a full frame blind lens test they posted to 4K Youtube. No word if they’ll let us know which is which eventually, but one assumes yes, or what was the point, right?. If you’re living in a full frame world, it might be fun to have a look and decide which of the seven different lenses you like.
I’m at CineGear at the Paramount lot in Los Angeles. A fun experience for a first timer. Doing write-ups for each video is time consuming, and generally just repeats what the presenter in the video is saying anyways. So I’ve decided to just do a link to the Youtube Playlist containing all the videos I’ve managed to pump out. Go and enjoy!
P.S. Here’s some quick snaps to give you an idea of the venue.
So Canon has announced the C200, a 4K camera that shoots a form of compressed RAW as well a 8 bit video formats. The $5000 to $10,000 price point is sure filling up with cameras: Sony FS5 and FS7 variants, Canon’s offerings, The Ursa Mini Pro, and Panasonic’s soon to be announced camera. Tough to make a choice. I do agree with Matthew Allard that Canon seems to be a little late to the party with this camera. I also thought the same thing about the C700: it was essentially a Sony F55 years after theirs had been on the market. But, competition is good for everyone. A Canon camera in a C300 form factor with their excellent auto-focus, skin tones and the ability to shoot RAW will definitely find some buyers.
Look for KOAT to have a look at CineGear in two days!
No Film School has a little scoop. Manfrotto is recalling its new small head that uses a nitrogen gas cylinder to provide variable counterbalance, the Nitrotech N8. It sounds like they are doing things right: even though they have had zero reports of a problem from their customers, as a precautionary measure, they are recalling them and offering a replacement (as well as a free LED panel to smooth over any inconvenience).
We had a look at this head during our NAB coverage.
Thinking about buying the camera but want to get more familiar with it? Here’s your chance…..