CSI Brooklyn - Opening Monday June 3rd.

by JamesNYCMay 29. 2013 03:43

CSI Brooklyn - Opening Monday


Live in Brooklyn and have to truck all the way to Manhattan just to rent out high-end equipment from CSI Rentals? Well, truck no more: CSI is coming to Brooklyn. On June 3, they will open their new shop at 1138 Flushing Ave. in the East Williamsburg/Bushwick area. The store will have ground level loading, parking spaces and truck drive in—all that just a block away from the L train. They will also offer delivery and pickup in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. Ease and everything a professional photographer or videographer needs.

Visit CSI online for more information: csirentals.com

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Carl Zeiss Compact Zoom 28-80 Lens

by JamesNYCMay 15. 2013 11:54

The CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 as seen at the NAB Show in Las Vegas

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, April 5, 2013
Carl Zeiss presents its new zoom lenses from the Compact Family at the NAB Show 2013 (8-11 April) in Las Vegas at its booth C9043.Versatile, flexible and yet small and manageable – these are the characteristics that describe the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses. For the first time, the new CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 will be presented in the US. The Compact Zoom Family currently comprises the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9; the latter won the prestigious iF product design award in February 2013.

The ZEISS Compact Zoom lenses weigh just 2.5 to 2.8 kilograms (5.5 to 6.2 pounds). “For cinema zoom lenses, that is very little. The light and compact design is ideal for hand-held and steadicam shooting,” explains Helmut Lenhof, Product Manager for the Compact Family in the Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Division. The lenses are suited for owner operators as well as episodic television series, documentary films, features and big-screen productions. Especially for shooting projects on a tight budget and time schedule, a ZEISS Compact Zoom lens is an extremely flexible solution. The zoom lens enables faster work and minimizes long set-up times.

Unlike zoom lenses for still photography, the Compact Zoom cinema lenses each have three independently moveable zoom groups. This complex design prevents undesired focus shift and ensures optimal image quality. The lenses have a continuous high aperture of T2.9 over the entire zoom range.

Filmmakers can also look forward to a new shorter super wide-angle zoom lens designed for the owner-operator when the Compact Zoom series will expand to a family of three at the end of 2014. This new zoom lens will replace the Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2.

As members of the ZEISS Compact Family, the zoom lenses are the perfect complement to the fixed focal length Compact Prime CP.2 and ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime lenses. Thanks to the exact color matching within the ZEISS cinema lens family, all lenses in this series can be combined flexibly with each other, with no visible deviations.

They cover full-frame format (24x36mm) and can therefore be used on HDSLR cameras, as well as professional HD video and cinema cameras. Being designed as full-frame lenses, they create a sweet spot effect and a uniformity of illumination when used on Super 35 sensors and are ‘future-proofed’ for next generation digital cinema cameras utilizing larger sensors.

Moreover, the interchangeable mount system makes it possible to use the lenses of the Compact Family on various camera models. The mounts currently available are for PL, EF, F, MFT and E. “Investing in this lens family is especially attractive for cinematographers and rental companies because the interchangeable mount also ensures the lenses’ long-term compatibility in the rapidly changing camera market. For all relevant future camera models, mounts will be available which the user can exchange very easily,” adds Lenhof.

Cinematographers can also rely on the quality features that ZEISS is known for:

The T* anti-reflective coating and the internal stray light reduction eliminate bothersome light reflections.

All Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses have the same front diameter of 95 mm and the gears of the cine-style housing are always located exactly in the same position. This makes it possible to change lenses fast – without any adjustments to the rig or other accessories. The large focus rotation angle of almost 300 degrees and the calibrated focus scales ensure comfortable handling. All lenses in the Compact Zoom Family correspond to 4K production standards and cover a resolution of 4096 x 2160 with no distortion.

Australian cinematographer Warwick Brown has already used the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 for shooting a television production. “I have just finished shooting a dramatic short film using this lens and the Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses together. They are a real winning combination. The lens is sharp and handles highlights beautifully.”

The delivery of the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 began in early 2013. The Compact Zoom 28-80/T2.9 will be available starting June. Carl Zeiss authorized dealers are now accepting orders on both zoom lenses. The suggested list price of each Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens will be €14,900 or US$19,900 (excluding VAT). 

The lead time for the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 is currently six to seven months. A higher demand as expected led to these lead times. Carl Zeiss will increase its production capacities in order to reduce the lead time to three to four months.

 

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EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.2.1 now available

by JamesNYCApril 30. 2013 01:20

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.2.1

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Firmware Version 1.2.1 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes.
1. Uncompressed HDMI output is now enabled.

2. Enables the center AF point to auto-focus when the camera is used with Canon EF lens/extender combinations whose combined maximum aperture is f/8.

3. Improves the speed of the camera’s acquisition of focus when using a Canon Speedlite’s AF-assist beam.

4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor may freeze and display Err 70 or Err 80 when a still photo is taken during Live View or in movie shooting mode.

5. Fixes a phenomenon that may occur when the continuous shooting priority setting is enabled for multiple exposures, such that, after the sixth image is taken, there is a slight pause before the remainder of the sequence is completed.

6. Fixes a phenomenon in which the viewfinder display shows incorrect information during AEB shooting.

7. Communication with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter has been improved.

8. When images have been successfully transferred with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter through the FTP protocol, an “O” will be displayed. When images have not been successfully transferred with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter through the FTP protocol, an “X” will be displayed.

9. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera may not function properly when an Eye-Fi card is used.

10. Fixes a phenomenon in which the focal length value listed in the Exif information is not displayed correctly for images shot with the EF 24-70mm F4L IS USM lens.

11. Fixes a phenomenon in which the lens firmware cannot be updated properly.

12. Corrects errors in the Arabic language menu.

13. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera changes the AF micro-adjustment value to -8.

14. Fixes a phenomenon in which the on-screen guidance cannot be fully displayed when setting the maximum limit value for the “Setting the ISO Speed Range for Auto ISO” option.

* Items No.1 through 12 have been incorporated into firmware version 1.2.0.
* Items No.1 through 14 have been incorporated into firmware version 1.2.1.

Firmware Version 1.2.1 is for cameras with firmware version 1.2.0 or earlier. If the camera’s firmware is already version 1.2.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Download page: EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.2.1 [Mac OS X].

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David Bowie has a new video out: 'The Stars'

by JamesNYCFebruary 25. 2013 06:30

Once again the Master of Visuals and music David Bowie has a new video out: 'The Stars' to promote his forth coming album 'The Next Day'

Watch it through once as a music video and then turn the sound down and notice the great cinematography that resembles a really great "Fashion Editorial" which are becoming few and far between these days.

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Zeiss Upcoming 55mm Distagon Lens

by JamesNYCFebruary 19. 2013 02:59

Carl Zeiss Lenses - High-end SLR lens Distagon T* 1,4/55

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LaCie’s Blade Runner - An external drive from another world.

by JamesNYCFebruary 13. 2013 06:47

For those looking to step away from the now generic and ubiquitous aluminum cases that dominate our desktops LaCie offers a new external drive that could very easily find itself aboard the Prometheus or on Deckers desk. If you're interested in having four very unusual terabytes sitting on your desktop, check out the new LaCie Blade Runner drive, designed by Philippe Starck.

The custom-biult 4 TB USB 3.0 drives are being produced in a limited edition of 9,999. The design resembles nothing so much as a metal blob suspended inside a heat sink — which the designer says is, more or less, the point.

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Imagined by Philippe Starck

The LaCie Blade Runner is more than just a beautifully designed hard drive – it's a creation by world famous designer Philippe Starck that represents the combination of human and machine. The LaCie Blade Runner's sharp, cage-like enclosure surrounds an almost anthropomorphic, liquid metal interior. Inspired by the mysterious, incredible power of information technology, the LaCie Blade Runner combines an anthropomorphic metal interior with an angular cage-like shell. It begs the question; can we truly confine technology to a cage?

"The warm interior electronics are encased in a mystifying shell, and the blades are the radiator that cools it down," Starck said in a prepared statement. "The suspension gives space for air to circulate around the hard drive, and the metal material increases the temperature conduction."

LaCie tells us the limited edition units are still available, albeit with a wait-list that means it'll be a couple of weeks before you get the drive in hand. For more information, visit the LaCie website.

SPECIFICATIONS

Item Number : 
9000119
Capacity : 
4TB
   
Interface :  USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)
   
Interface Transfer Rate :  USB 3.0 : up to 5Gb/s*
USB 2.0 : up to 480Mb/s
   
Backup :  USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)
   
Software :  LaCie Private/Public: password protection
Wuala 10GB 1 Year Secure Cloud Storage**
LaCie Backup Assistant
Eco Mode***
   
Dimensions :  141 x 193 x 74 mm / 5.6 x 7.6 x 2.9 in.
   
Weight :  2 kg / 4.4 lbs.
   
System Requirements :  Computer with a USB port (optimized if USB 3.0)
Latest version of Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8 / Mac® OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 (Mac Intel® only for LaCie Private-Public software) Minimum free disk space : 600MB recommended
High-speed Internet for online storage
   
Box Content :  LaCie Blade Runner
USB 3.0 cable (USB 2.0 compatible)
External power supply
Quick Install Guide
   
Comments :  * For optimal performance, the drive must be connected to a USB 3.0 host port. Calculations are based on average write time. Transfer rates vary slightly from one drive to another.
**Cannot be combined with any other Wuala offer. Full terms and conditions available at www.wuala.com/lacie.
***Up to 75% energy savings with automatic standby. May vary from one drive to another.

1TB (Terabyte) = 1000GB. 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5–10% less).

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Photo Assisting Basics - Coiling Cords and Cables

by JamesNYCFebruary 12. 2013 02:36

A few years ago I posted a video about the proper way to coil cords to ensure their long life and more importantly ease in packing and storage. I thought that it was time to bring it back to the front of the play list since there seems to be a great many people that are missing this very simple skill.

Now before those people that work on film shoots chime in and tell me that their method of coiling cords and cables which includes a twisting motion during the coiling of the cables, it needs to be pointed out that THERE IS NO ONE RIGHT WAY OF DOING ANYTHING; there are just some methods that are better than others. And the method demonstrated here is the one that I and hundreds of my peers in the commercial photo industry have been using for more than 20+ years.

Below you'll see a selection of my extension cords and that are all 15 years old or more. They have always been coiled using my method so I know that it works.

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1ProPhoto.Com is please to announce the release of our: 1ProPhoto - Lighting Diagrams Vol. 1

by JamesNYCFebruary 10. 2013 00:45

We have created a fully interactive experience with every item on our Virtual Photo Set.
This has previously been a part of our workshops and offers to our workshops attendees on CD and was first created 11 years ago in the early days of FLASH. As we continual change our lighting workshops and now demonstrate a great many different lighting setups we felt that it was time to offer our Lighting diagrams to a wider audience.

This is a screen capture demonstrating some of the functionality of our lighting diagrams interactivity.

Included is sampling of lighting diagrams we have demoed during our: Photo Assistant Boot Camp, Studio lighting workshops, & even our Digital Tech Workshops. All of the lighting diagrams have been previously complimented on commercial photo shoots that we have worked on. Real world and time tested to produce the results displayed in the included examples.

These lighting diagrams include the use of: Studio Strobes, ARRI lights both tungsten and HMI's, KinoFlo's and a vast array of studio grip equipment including the CHIMERA OctaPlus57 & CHIMERA Video Pro Series light banks.

Check out the Lighting diagrams page here

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NIKKOR 80th Anniversary Special Movie

by JamesNYCFebruary 5. 2013 14:02

Go behind the scenes at the lens factory in this video made by Nikon on the 80th anniversary of its Nikkor brand.

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Hundreds of Polaroids useed to create Walker Lukens Music Video

by JamesNYCFebruary 4. 2013 00:18

The music video for Walker Lukens' "Dear Someone" uses hundreds of Polaroids shown traversing the streets of New York to create a delightful stop-motion clip. The video was conceptualized and directed by Tetsuo Kamata. Watch below.

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