Pro Video Gear

A look at the most innovative digital cinema gear that hit the market in 2020
2020 was an unprecedented year for video professionals both in terms of the disruption to our industry and the technology available to us. The new production tools introduced this year have been unexpectedly groundbreaking, and we’re excited to highlight what we think are the most interesting and helpful tools for video and filmmakers. We’re going... Read more

A First Look At New Cameras, Lenses And Accessories

Camera and digital imaging companies are delivering some impressive products
This image was captured with Fujifilm’s X-Pro3 mirrorless camera, a camera that emphasizes the process of shooting photographs. 2020 has been a challenging year for the camera industry and the photography world, to say the least, particularly as the effects from the coronavirus pandemic continue to be felt in so many parts of the world economy. It’s... Read more

The Prime Directive: Sigma’s Latest Cinema Lenses

Sigma’s new cine primes — a newcomer makes an impression
The Prime Directive: Sigma’s Latest Cinema Lenses
I recently picked up a small subset of Sigma’s new Cine Prime lens lineup to try out for a few weeks. I say “subset” because the full line up of Sigma’s new Cine Primes has recently expanded to include quite a few focal lengths. The entire lineup now includes 10—yes, count them—high-speed Cine Prime lenses, including 14mm T2.0 FF, 20mm T1.5... Read more

Revisiting NAB 2017

A look back at some of the best new products we saw at the industry’s leading trade show, a number of which we’ve since had a chance to review hands-on
Canon EOS C700 We’re taking a look back at some of the new products we got to check out at NAB 2017. We’ve since had a chance to review a number of them hands-on since this article appeared in print, so look for the links throughout this article. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas is a massive, sprawling affair each... Read more

Putting Canon’s Dynamic Lens Duo To Work

The CN-E Compact-Servo zoom lens line expands with the CN-E 70-200mm T4.4 joining the CN-E 18-80mm T4.4
compact-servo lenses
I reviewed Canon’s then-brand-new CN-E Compact-Servo 18-80mm T4.4 zoom lens back in January of this year, and I found it to be an innovative take on the Compact-Servo zoom lens, inventing a new category, the low-cost, Compact-Servo AF S35 lens. I had a chance to put a prototype of the Canon CN-E 70-200mm T4.4, the new big brother to the 18-80mm,... Read more

We Got That Cooke Look

So long, F-stop, hello, T-stop! We shoot with the Cooke miniS4/i 32mm T2.8-22 on a Sony a7S II camera, and the results are amazing.
Cooke lenses
Have you ever wondered what a one-off cinema lens from a legendary manufacturer looks like attached to a Sony a7S II? After visiting the Cooke Optics factory, we did, so we tried one out. The results were lovely and left us at times amazed by the dimensionality, smooth rendering and quality. A Cooke lens of this type, the miniS4/i 32mm T2.8-22, is normally... Read more

Cooke Optics UK Factory Tour

How to get the Cooke Look
Cooke Optics lenses
A vintage Cooke Optics lens Cooke Optics has been making lenses for 130 years, and their coatings haven’t changed much since the ’60s—that’s what contributes to the Cooke Look cinematographers want on their digital bodies, like RED and ARRI. The coatings are like pixie dust and seen here (decades of them built up) on a flange. The flange holds... Read more

Fujifilm FUJINON MK Series Cine Lenses

FUJINON presents the MK Series to Hollywood at the ASC Clubhouse, discussing the design and challenges of the new line
Fujifilm Fujinon MK lenses
The Fujifilm Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 and MK50-135mm T2.9 Super 35 zooms for E-mount cameras Attended by cinematographers Nancy Schreiber, ASC (see our interview with Nancy Schreiber, ASC, on her historic legacy in film and television production here), Bill Bennett, ASC, Eric Longden, Joe Slavin and Izzy Pollak, Fujinon Optical had a Hollywood premiere... Read more

Hands-On With Canon’s New Compact Servo 18-80mm T4.4 EF Lens

Combining the best features from other Canon lens lines to create an optic ideal for shooting handheld event and doc footage
Canon Compact Servo 18-80mm T4.4 EF
Canon’s new 18-80 Compact Servo lens is a unique new lens for several reasons. Canon took the best features from three of their other lens lines and magically blended them together into something incredibly useful to anyone who shoots handheld event and documentary footage. Canon recently shipped me an evaluation copy of the 18-80 Compact Servo to... Read more

New Rokinon 20mm Cinema, DSLR And Mirrorless Primes

New full frame Rokinon $599 Digital Photo 20mm F1.8 and Rokinon $899 Cine DS 20mm T1.9 primes for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Micro Four Thirds and more joins three lines of available Rokinon digital lenses
New Rokinon 20mm Cinema, DSLR And Mirrorless Prime Lenses New full frame Rokinon $599 Digital Photo 20mm F1.8 and Rokinon $899 Cine DS 20mm T1.9 primes for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Micro Four Thirds and more joins three lines of available Rokinon digital lenses
Differing only in weight, length and iris, Rokinon has announced two similar but slightly different 20mm primes. Joining their separate Digital Photo and Cine DS families of prime lenses, the more expensive Cine DS Rokinon 20mm has a T-stop iris measurement of T1.9 while the Digital Photo 20mm has the almost exact same aperture at f/1.8. (T-stops quantify... Read more