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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Blackmagic Design URSA Broadcast - in depth look

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast camera
On the 2nd of February 2018, Blackmagic Design announced a new high end professional broadcast camera. The URSA Broadcast camera for ENG and programming work as well for studio work and live production. A very versatile camera which I'm very exited about. It's completely tailored to be used in combination with b4 2/3 inch broadcast lenses, by reducing the size of the sensor to 13mm x 7mm so you won't have to deal with crop factor or magnification of the field of view. Of course you won't have the same depth of field as with a full frame camera, but in news- and events coverage or when shooting TV shows this has never been an issue. And from experience I know that with enough zoom and using a wide aperture you can still get some nice depth of field shots. This is what Blackmagic has to say about the sensor: "The image sensor is designed for both HD and Ultra HD so you get amazing texture and detail, accurate skin tones, vibrant color and high dynamic range video, all without the need for post production". So without further ado, let's have a look at some of the key features.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

REVIEW - iFootage M1-III (3) Mini Crane

The iFootage M1-III (3) mini crane ready to use,
with a Vinten Blue 3 tripod & Radian Pro wireless video set.
First Impressions
iFootage, the creator of the very popular Shark slider, recently added a new product to their impressive lineup: the M1-III (3) mini crane. When you see the bag that holds the mini crane, it is hard to believe that the crane can actually fit inside it. It's similar to the size and weight of a Vinten Vision Blue tripod when stored in its bag, but it is housing a complete camera jib system that can hold 15 kg (33 lbs) of weight and has a maximum boom range of 210 cm (83 inch). Incredible if you think about it! When I opened the padded bag I noticed the great amount of accessories you get included by the mini crane, all neatly tugged away in custom pouches. The mini crane comes with everything you could ever wish for and you can start booming your camera in no time. While taking out the crane I was surprised by how light it felt. It's rather difficult to imagine that it can hold so much weight while staying so light. That's probably because of having a square tube design as main support beam instead of a round one. I've been working with a camera jib in the past that is known for its portability, while still weighing about 13 kg (29 lbs)! It also has less boom range then this iFootage M1-III mini crane, and it was quite a pain to set up. This is the first time that a compact and lightweight mini crane (or pocket jib), originally designed for smaller cameras, manages to come this close to the specifications and performance of a camera jib costing 5 times as much, while weighing only 3,8 kg (8.3 lbs). The iFootage M1-III  mini crane beats the older jib I've worked with in the past in almost every way and it's a lot more fun to work with as well! I don't want to spoil the conclusion of this review, but I do have a new favorite camera jib...

iFootage M1-III (3) mini crane unboxed, showing all of its included accessories
The iFootage M1-III neatly stored in its nicely padded bag

Friday, September 14, 2018

Filming with the Sony FE 24-240mm Lens

I took the Sony FE 24-240mm lens (review here!) with me during the Grand D├ępart of the Tour de France, to try it out in the field. While taking lots of pictures, I also tried to shoot some footage whenever I had the chance to see how the lens would perform. Everything was shot without a tripod using OSS. The resulting footage can be seen here:

Pictures that I took at the Tour de France with the Sony FE 24-240mm can be found here.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 GM and FE 85mm f/1.8 Prime Lenses Announced

The Sony FE 100mm f/2.8i STF GM OSS Telephoto Prime Lens

Sony announced two new full-frame prime lenses for their E-mount cameras. The FE 100mm f/2.8 G Master and FE 85mm f/1.8 prime lens. These lenses will start shipping in March 2017 and you can already pre-order them through B&H. The Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 (SEL100F28GM) will be available for $1,500 USD and the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 telephoto prime lens (SEL85F18) for $600 USD.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

GoPro Announces the Hero5 and Karma Drone

The new GoPro Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session cameras
GoPro has announced their latest addition to their camera lineup: the GoPro Hero5 Black and GoPro Hero5 Session. The Hero5 Black will cost $399 and the smaller Session camera will be $299 and both will become available on October 2. A very interesting new feature on the Hero5 Black is that it is waterproof to 10 meters (33 feet) without needing a housing. It also has three on-board microphones for better sound with less wind noise and for newly added voice control. You can start and stop recordings, take pictures and tag highlights in your clips with your voice. GoPro didn't stop there and improved usability by adding a 2-inch touchscreen for easy setup instead of the sometimes painful to use three-button control setup. Further more, the new Hero5 Black can capture 12-megapixel photos in RAW format, records video in 4K-resolution and has a wide dynamic range mode. There's also a new linear-view setting that automatically corrects wide-angle distortions. The new GoPro Session also has this option, but can only capture pictures in 10-megapixels and lacks RAW capture and wide dynamic range mode. The price gap between the Black and the Session is only $100 dollars, but it's a big leap in terms of included features which will make the Hero5 greatly favorable unless you're on a really strict budget.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Edelkrone Announces the JibPLUS

If you've been following the latest updates about all the cool new camera gear at the NAB show, you might also have heard about this very exiting news from Edelkrone. They have come up with something incredible that will turn every DSLR / mini jib into a million dollar production tool. They have surprised the market before with their innovative products, but this one really caught my eye. They call it the JibPLUS. It's an add-on that works with every small jib and DSLR and the components look like this:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sony Launches New G Master Brand of Interchangeable Lenses

Sony Electronics has just introduced their flagship G Master™ brand of interchangeable lenses.
Sony’s new brand includes three new E-mount full frame lenses including a 24-70mm constant F2.8 standard zoom, an 85mm F1.4 prime and a 70-200mm constant F2.8 telephoto zoom.   Representing the ultimate blend of high resolution and beautiful bokeh, the new lenses feature Sony’s innovative optical element technology, design and calibration.  This allows them to produce still image and video content with a level of detail and expression that has never before been possible.
“The new G Master brand represents the finest and most impressive group of lenses that Sony has ever brought to market,” said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics.  “With our knowledge of what the future will bring for digital imaging, we have designed these lenses and can ensure that the G Master brand will inspire and ‘wow’ photographers and videographers for years to come.”

Sunday, January 3, 2016

100,000 Visitors on DerranNL!

Normally I wouldn't post about stats, but I couldn't let this milestone pass by unnoticed. This site just reached 100,000 visitors, something I never held possible when I started writing my first post.

Below you will find all the reviews I've posted so far and there's still lots more to come! So thanks for visiting, commenting and sharing my posts and reviews. It's what keeps this site going. Thank you!!

Click on any of the images to read the full review.

Sony SEL24240 FE Zoom Lens
Review of the Sony FE 24-240mm OSS Zoom Lens
Nebula 4000 Lite 3-Axis Gyro Stabilizer
Nebula 4000 Lite 3-Axis Gyro Stabilizer Review
Sony a7S Hands on Review
Sony a7S Hands on Review
Sony SEL1018 E-mount Wide Lens
Sony SEL1018 E-mount Wide Lens
Vinten Vision Blue3 & blueBridge
Review: Vinten Vision Blue3 & blueBridge
Radian Pro Wireless HDMI Video
Review: Radian Pro Wireless HDMI Video
Blackbird Camera Stabilizer from CMR
Review: Blackbird Camera Stabilizer from CMR
Glidecam HD-2000 Review with Video
Review: Glidecam HD-2000 Review with Video
Vinten Vision Blue Review
Review: Vinten Vision Blue
Steadicam Arm & Vest and the Blackbird
Review: Blackbird Stabilizer on the Steadicam Merlin Arm and Vest
Petrol PR410 Raincover
Review: Petrol PR410 Raincover for the NEX-FS100
FotoMagico 4
Review: FotoMagico 4

Friday, September 25, 2015

The NEW Nebula 4200 5-Axis Digital Gyroscope Stabilizer

Nebula 4200 5-axis digital gyroscope stabilizer

Recently Filmpower Inc. announced the Nebula 4200 stabilizer that will become available soon in three different versions. A pro, a lite and a 5 -axis Nebula 4200. Just a few weeks ago, I wrote a review about its predecessor, the Nebula 4000 3-axis stabilizer and included a few pointers on how to use the software to try and get the most out of this already great product. I've been more then pleased with the performance of the Nebula 4000 and was able to capture some incredible smooth footage with it.

The Lite version will be somewhat similar to the Nebula 4000 but this time it will have a more stable platform to stand on and you can balance your camera on it without the need of tools in just three minutes. That's a major upgrade since it can be kind of a hassle with the Nebula 4000 sometimes. And I'm not sure, but it looks like it would be possible to upgrade the lite version to a pro or a 5-axis version through a quick-release system below the yaw motor. Unfortunately I haven't been able to confirm this yet. The pro version requires two handed operation, which will make it possible to work with heavier cameras. The maximum payload will be 1.6 kg / 3.4 lbs for all versions. Now, the 5-axis version seems to be a real special one:

Friday, September 11, 2015

Sony Announces the New Alpha a7SII

The new Sony a7SII with 4K internal recording

IBC just started and Sony already has exiting news for us! They just announced their highly anticipated Sony a7SII mirrorless digital camera. It has the same 12.2MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor as its predecessor (the Sony a7S), but as expected the new a7SII has internal 4K recording. It also features 5 axis stabilization like the Sony a7RII has, higher dynamic range and an improved XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF which supposedly offers the world's highest viewfinder magnification.

No word yet on availability, but pre-order starts Sep 17 at a price of $2,999.00.

Quick overview of all the new features:

  • Internal 4K recording to XAVC S (up to 30fps)
  • Internal 120fps to 1080p
  • clean 8-bit HDMI output in 4:2:2
  • 5-axis optical in-camera stabilization for expanded shooting possibilities
  • Ultra-high sensitivity up to 409600 ISO with low noise across the whole range
  • Wide range of professional movie functionality including S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3, new Gamma Assist Display, enhanced Zebra Function, Full HD 120fps recording and 4x/5x slow motion recording and full pixel readout without pixel binning in full-frame format
  • High-speed AF with enhanced accuracy in wide-ranging scenes and advanced shooting functions

And here are the full specs of the Sony a7SII: