Panasonic GH2 Tokyo Test Footage Olympus 12mm F2 (Blade Runner Homage)

Source:EOS HD

Blade Runner Homage shot in Tokyo with the Panasonic GH2 and Olympus 12mm F2.0. Seeing footage of Tokyo like this in the rain makes any Blade Runner fan want to catch the next flight to Narita International!

Check out the EOS HD site for more details about the test.

The Olympus 12mm is an F2 lens not quite as fast as the SLR Magic 12mm F1.6, although I often stop that down to F2 to get flare down to an acceptable level and increase contrast. I can use the Olympus wide open and it is sharp and very flare resistant. I like both lenses but the Olympus is a MUCH more expensive. However as you’d expect it has better image quality, with hardly any distortion and it’s very sharp wide open. AF is of the next-gen video optimised variety, it is extremely stable in video mode and never hunts randomly in the middle of a shot.

Amazingly I actually left it on for most of the shoot! I never use AF, always manual, but in this case it was just so rock-solid that it got out of the way and did the job for me. It is also extremely fast and silent. Focussing is all internal, nothing moves. This is what Canon need to work on with their future lenses.

Panasonic 12-35mm and 35-100mm X lenses F2.0, Weather Sealed and $1700???

Source:M43 Rumors

M43 Rumors has new updates on the upcoming Panasonic 12-35mm and 35-100mm X lenses. It looks like Panasonic could be going big and expensive with the new X series lenses and the Panasonic GH3. There is possibility of weather sealing and a $1700 price tag per lens. The fast f2.0 aperture idea seems to not be completely dead. This is really potentially good news and leads to speculation about if Panasonic will be releasing a camera that has weather sealing. The successor to the GH2 could be a big jump in the features department.

I am personally still hoping that they will release a 12-35mm F2.0 lens. It will be most likely be relatively big, heavy, expensive, and not for everyone. However a really solid fast zoom for video users would be worth every penny.

For more info click here and here.

Red Scarlet X Footage #2

source:Tonaci Tran of Tocani Camera Rental

The second piece of Red Scarlet-X footage that has been released out in the wild.

Graded in REDCINE X PRO – pushed alchemy for the “SURREAL” look.

Frame Grab Still here:

Shot # 1 – Shot 4k – 24 fps cityscape shot in real time
Shot # 2 – Shot 4k – 24 fps fast moving pan of boat
Shot # 3 – Shot 3k – 48 fps bird +waves
Shot # 4 – Shot 5k – 1fps cityscape time-lapse

Kodak 5230 Film Stock Test

Source:James Neihouse

Here are a couple of takes from a test roll of Kodak 5230 that I shot last week. Both scenes are with the same lighting set up and are at the same exposure, they were shot back to back, I even left the flash frame in to prove it;)

I really like the skin tones and the way the stock falls off in the dark areas. The highlights seem to hold up very well. There is some noise and some blocking induced by the H264 compression for Vimeo. :(

Comments welcome.


source:Tonaci Tran of Tocani Camera Rental

Tonaci Tran
has posted actual footage from the RED Scarlet-X. This is the first time we are starting to see some Scarlet-X footage in the wild.

Shrink Ray X- Free Tilt Shift Plugin for Final Cut X


Check this new FREE(for one week) tilt shift plugin for Final Cut X here.

ShrinkRay X for FCP X is a fast and easy way to make big things look tiny. Built from the ground-up for FCP X, ShrinkRay X includes simple onscreen controls and a full suite of focal area adjustment tools. Add ShrinkRay X to any project by simply dragging and dropping inside FCP X

(RUMOR) Nikon D800 36mp 1080 24P Video Specs + Pictures

source:Nikon Rumors

An update to the earlier post about the Nikon D800, Nikon Rumors has added pictures and more specs. As a video user I am happy to see 1080 24p video mode. If this rumor is true then the D800 will be third Full Frame 1080p 24fps Video DSLR on the market. However keep in mind it is just a rumor at this stage.

Smaller and lighter than D700
Resolution: 7360×4912 (36MP)
CF+SD memory card slots
Slightly larger display
Excellent video quality, better than D3s
Video modes: 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24
AF identical to D3/D700
I still do not have a date for the official announcement


(RUMOR): Nikon D800 36MP sensor w/ pictures to come

source:Nikon Rumors

Nikon Rumors is saying that the Nikon D800 will have a 36MP sensor and that there will be pictures soon. 36mp seems like a hell of a lot of pixels to stuff onto a full frame sensor.

UPDATE:Check the new post here for more specs and pictures.

Alpha Build for Playback on RED Epic

RED has announced playback for the RED EPIC. Check out the REDUSER thread for more information.

The day has come… Alpha Build for Playback on Epic.

Please note.. this is an Alpha build. Read the Readme notes for known bugs.

RED Scarlet-X Playback and Boot Up Hands-On Videos

source:Tonaci Tran of Tocani Camera Rental

Tonaci Tran
has posted two videos of the new RED Scarlet-X showing a hands-on view of the boot up time and playback features of the camera.