Zacuto Z-Finder for Canon C300 & C500 Available Soon

Zacuto Z-Finder for C300 and C500

Zacuto has released a new Z-Finder optical viewfinder for the Canon C300 and C500 cinema cameras. The Z-Finder delivers 1.8x magnification of the LCD screen.

It attaches by using a foam padded sleeve that slides over the LCD screen of either the C300 or C500. The sleeve is secured into place with a bar clamp. It also includes a unique monitor lock clip to keep the LCD screen from moving forward when the Z-Finder is pressed against your eye.

The Z-Finder for the Canon C300 and C500 retails for $485 and is expected to ship mid-March. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

You can see the new Z-Finder and other Zacuto C300 and C500 accessories in the video below. [Read more...]

Shot-by-Shot Breakdown of Cameras Used in ‘Need for Speed’ Trailer

Shane Hurlbut is the cinematographer for the new Need for Speed movie. A couple weeks ago, he had a contest to see who could spot the GoPro footage in the trailer. The contest is over now, but Shane put together an annotated trailer that labels all the cameras and lenses used in the trailer for each and every shot (…and there are a lot of cuts in there).

Need for Speed Trailer

Along with the C500 and Alexa Plus, there are a few shots using the Canon 1D C in obvious tight quarters or crash cam situations. Notably, all the cameras are capable of 4K image capture (and were shooting 4K) even though the film was finished in 2K. However, the 4K frame gives plenty of room for reframes and stabilization, which makes sense when you’re shooting car sequences at 120mph. [Read more...]

Proximity is a Cool Sci-fi Action Short Shot on the Canon C500

Proximity

Ryan Connolly of Film Riot was planning on shooting a big-budget short film project, Outsiders; however, funding fell through at the last minute. Instead of hanging his head and complaining about it, he, along with his crew and actors, shot a low budget short with the equipment and personnel they had on hand.

Ryan worked with Seth Worley, who wrote and directed Plot Device, to craft the story for Proximity over a few days, which ended up as a 10-page script. They then shot the film on a Canon C500. Post-production was done with Adobe Creative Cloud, Pro Tools and Red Giant plug-ins.

Check out the 10-minute short below. [Read more...]

Canon EOS Cinema Cameras Get ISO 80,000 via Firmware Updates

Canon Cinema Camera

Canon has issued firmware updates for its C100, C300 and C500 cinema cameras that expand the sensitivity range to ISO 80,000, along with several other feature additions and enhancements.

The EOS C100 and C300 firmware updates will be available from Canon in November 2013, while the C500 firmware update will be available in December 2013.

Check out the feature excerpts for each of the cameras below. [Read more...]

Canon EOS Cinema Cameras Up to $3000 Off

Canon C300

The Canon EOS C500 4K cinema camera and the EOS 300 HD cinema camera are available with $3000 and $2000 instant rebates, respectively, now through September 30. Find the EOS C500 here at B&H Photo and the EOS C300 here at B&H Photo.

Additionally, the Canon EOS C100 HD cinema camera has a $1000 instant rebate available through August 31. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

Canon Wins Technology & Engineering Emmy Award

Canon C300

Thanks to its commitment to cinema production with cameras like the EOS C300, C500 and 1D C, Canon is going to pick up an Emmy Award for “Improvements to Large Format CMOS Imagers for Use in High Definition Broadcast Video Cameras” at the 64th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards.

The Technology & Engineering Emmy Award will be handed out during CES 2013 on January 10, 2013.

The full press release containing Canon’s bragging rights is below. [Read more...]