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Demystifying “Crop Factor”

By: Keith Mullin, Rental Manager What Is It? “Crop Factor” is the idea that imagers smaller than a full 35mm stills frame effectively increase the focal length of any given lens.  Essentially they “crop in” on the image being transmitted from the lens onto the focal plane.  For example, the […]

Panasonic EVA1: First Look, Sony FS5 Comparison, Test Footage

By Keith Mullin After some unexpected delays in shipping, due to a pre-release update to the side grip, we were excited to receive our rental EVA1 at the tail end of November.  What followed was a mad rush to shoot some sample footage alongside the Sony FS7 and FS5 cameras […]

Wooden Camera Announces PL Mount for Panasonic EVA1

By Keith Mullin Wooden Camera has announced they are developing a user swappable PL mount for the new Panasonic AU-EVA1 cinema camera.  It is unclear what all is required for the swap and if it has any warranty implications, but it is welcome news for those excited about the potential […]

Panasonic AU-EVA1 comes to Z Systems

By Keith Mullin We are excited to announce that our Rental Panasonic AU-EVA1 (EVA1) camera will be arriving at the end of this month or early next month.  We are stoked to see how the new camera stacks up against the other cameras in this segment of the market. The […]

Camera Shootout: Sony F55 vs RED Helium 8k vs RED Dragon 6k

Which one wins the title? They are all great cameras. We tested for skin tones, dynamic Range, noise, rolling shutter and more. by Keith Mullin, Z Systems Inc. High End Camera Shootout We recently had the opportunity to do a camera shootout with Don’t Blink, which owns a couple of RED […]

Sony XOCN Codec

The New Sony X-OCN Codec: Sample Footage, Comparison, and Details

We got our new Sony AXS-R7 RAW recorder for the F5/F55 cameras recently and we were eager to get it onto our F55 and test out the new Sony X-OCN codec. We shot some X-OCN sample footage which you can download below. The X-OCN codec is a 16-bit compressed codec […]

Rokinon Xeen 5 Lens Kit (Rental)

Budget Cinema Lens Test

We recently took the opportunity to do some testing on a variety of budget cinema lens sets.  Budget is of course a relative term when it comes to lenses, as some of these lenses cost close to $6,000 a piece.  When compared to the price of the higher end cinema […]

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