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Matthew Duclos Interview

August 2, 2010 by Gear, Interviews

Jared Abrams over at Cinema5D put up a nice interview with Matthew Duclos from Duclos Lenses. Matthew and his dad Paul are really nice guys who know what they are doing. PCN has covered Duclos Lenses before and we have a surprise coming that’s shot for the PhotoCine Expo with their modified Tokina 11-16 lens. Btw, one thing I noticed while visiting their shop was that they had the Fotodiox lens adapters in stock. Nice to know if you’re in the LA area and don’t have time to order online.
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Sony Alpha – The Rumors of my Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

July 29, 2010 by Gear, Opinion

It looks like the rumor mill among mirror-less camera fans is that Sony will be ditching the Alpha DSLR line in favor of their new NEX system. On first glance, this makes sense to me. I’ve never figured out Sony’s late to the game DSLR plan. They launched a new line of DSLR’s without video capability right as the market for HDSLR’s took off. Maybe the timing was bad luck but to launch a pro-sumer camera against entrenched giants like Canon and Nikon, was ballsey to say the least and probably shows a lack of understanding about the prosumer market. Photographers invest in a system and getting them to break away from that investment in lenses and accessories is a tough sell. I know since I went through this painful process switching from Nikon to Canon during the digital changeover. … Continue Reading

Draganflyer Launches X4 UAV R/C

July 22, 2010 by Gear

I’ve previously written about the Draganflyer X8 UAV helicopter before as well as an article about how one team is using a similar R/C copter to bypass BP and gain photo/video access to the Gulf oil disaster. If I extrapolate the pricing structure based on the $18K X6 model, I would bet that the cost of the X8 is going to hover a bit over $21-22K. This isn’t really that expensive for an ariel drone that can payload an HDSLR and allow indie filmmakers access to high quality helicopter shots without the huge expense of renting a manned aircraft and camera crew.

The new Draganflyer X4 seems to fill a niche for a less expensive UAV that can carry a smaller payload configured to shoot 720P video using a Panasonic Lumix compact camera. The base price is listed as $8495 but I would expect it to cost around $10K for one rigged with the Photography/HD video package.
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Sony Handycam NEX-VG10E

July 14, 2010 by Gear, News

Sony released some more information about their previously un-named large chip video camera today on the Sony Style site. It’s called the NEX-VG10E Handycam and it has some pretty cool features and interesting capabilities. Here’s the spec highlights:
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Manfrotto 504HD – HDSLR Hybrid Fluid Tripod Head

July 7, 2010 by Gear

I saw this tripod head at NAB and/or Cinegear and have been meaning to write and article or do a review. Manfrotto has designed this head as a bridge between heavy and expensive cinema fluid heads and compact HDSLR heads. If you are in Los Angeles on July 24th, you can see the 504HD and attend workshops from the Manfrotto Crossover Tour stopping at Birns and Sawyer Film Tools. Neither site seems to have much information other than that there is an event so I guess you will have to email or call them via their various contact pages.
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Is the EPIC from RED back on track? Jannard says it is!

July 7, 2010 by Gear, News

image.jpg Here is the post from Last night that “announces” the resolution of the killer bug that has been keeping the EPIC out of our hands. Way to go!


We are not just behind schedule anymore… we are embarrassingly late. Trust me when I tell you this is a complicated and aggressive project. When one of the most respected companies in the industry is just releasing their brightest new star that does 1/5 of the resolution, half the maximum frame rate, in a box three times the size and for 3 times the price… that should tell you how tough a trick EPIC is.

Having said that, we have located the wicked, mean and nasty bug and our engineering team has put a bullet in the back of it’s head. That pesky bug has put us behind in our schedule (obviously) since it also held up the work that followed it. We are now making the type of progress we had hoped to be making a few months ago.

We have working EPIC cameras… and are adding features on a daily basis. Firmware upgrades are happening fast and furious. But please remember that we are not going to release a buggy camera with limited features this time, so keep that in mind. Lots of testing, upgrading, new features, bug patrol… and all of the above happening now. The RED ONE is now one of the most reliable cameras in the industry (after a humble beginning)… EPIC will not be a step backward.

During this development/testing time we have made the decision to add 13mm of length to the brain (about 1/2″ for those who are metric challenged), which means lots of new board spins to fit. This is small stuff compared to the battle we just had on monster bug patrol.

Tattoo cameras will go out as soon as we have a stable platform with a standard set of features… production to follow as soon as the Tattoo owners give us the thumbs up. We are in a hurry… but not so much as to get it wrong. I don’t think it is productive to promise another date… but we all are on the same page. The sooner the better.

Scarlet is moving along side the EPIC program as the big bug hit it as well. Production of Scarlet will trail EPIC… not exactly sure by how far. A lot of it has to do with just how fast we can get EPIC production rolling and solid.

In the end… we have a great project going on here. Once again… this is not an easy task (neither was the RED ONE)… which is exactly the way we want it. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else doing anything different.

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