Month: March 2011

Canon T3i – Video Digital Zoom Function

In Feb. 2011 Canon launched the Rebel T3i.  Occasionally consumer level products offer a sneak peek at something which may filter up to pro gear in a more refined manner.  The T3i, or 600D depending on where you live has one such interesting feature. The feature in question is called Video Digital Zoom.  Now before you all yell BLEUGH …. digital zoom sucks… bare with me.  Yes in general digital zoom does suck so this feature comes with some caveats.  Unfortunately Canon has not provided any information on exactly how they are implementing this zoom mode so there is...

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Sony launches the NEX FS 100 – S35 sized digital sensor video camera

We new it was coming, Sony teased some specs and initial design drawings of it many months ago but now we have a full spec sheet, price point and final production name for the NEX FS 100.  The Sony F3 was released just a few months ago, featuring a Super 35 sized digital sensor it was met with much acclaim but a $10,000 + price tag will keep it out of reach for many people.  With this new FS 100, Sony is aiming squarely at those filmmakers considering the Panasonic AF100 or a DSLR setup.  The FS 100 also features a Super 35 sized digital sensor which makes it a little larger than the m4/3 sensor of the AF100, and a little smaller than a APS-C crop sensor of something like a Canon 60d.  Sony have gone for a modular nature with the design so you can have a small handheld rig not much bigger than  DSLR, or you can rig it up with all the trimmings and create a tripod based movie making monster.As I wrote in an article for ProPhotoCoaliton a few months ago, I believe that the life of the DSLR for movie making is coming to an end.  It was only a matter of time before manufacturers took the benefits of large sensor , interchangeable lens film making and incorporated it into a package that...

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New Canon lenses delayed due to Japanese earthquake disaster

Whilst this story pails in comparison to the severity of many of the other problems Japan is facing right now, those of you waiting for some of the newer Canon lenses are going to have to wait a little longer.  The 8-15mm fisheye zoom lens and the 300mm f2.8 MKII and 40mm f2.8 MKII were already delayed earlier on in the year and now face unknown delays due to the tragic disaster that hit the Eastern seaboard of Japan a few weeks ago.  The factory that manufacturers many of Canon’s lenses is located in Utsunomiya, if you have a lens with a datecode beginning with a U then it will have come from that factory.  The Utsunomiya plant is located just 120 miles from the severely hit city of Sendai that featured in many of the shocking newscasts during the Tsunami.  As a result, Canon Japan confirmed today on their website that these new lenses will be delayed.  One can only imagine that there are other lenses that in turn will also be delayed, possibly the 200-400 and the 500mm and 600mm whose development was announced a few months ago along with a couple that we are probably not even aware of yet. Below is the statement issued by...

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