Benro S6 Video Monopod Unveiled

Benro A6

Benro has introduced its new S6 Video Monopod, which provides a 13.2 lb payload capacity as well as a 4-step counterbalance for working with heavier cameras and longer lenses. The S6 head includes an independent pan lock, which allows the user to pan smoothly without having to turn the entire monopod. Equipped with a 65mm flat base with a 3/8″ thread, the S6 video head can be removed from the monopod allowing users to mount the head separately on sliders, jibs or half ball adapters. [Read more...]

Canon 7D Mark II: More for the Video Shooter?

Canon 7D Mark II

New rumors of the Canon 7D Mark II suggest that an announcement should/could arrive in the second quarter of 2014. Additionally, the 7D Mark II is rumored to be more video oriented than typically seen in Canon HDSLRs and that the camera would retail well above the Canon 70D.

These new rumors are consistent with what we’ve heard for months regarding release dates and specs for the upcoming 7D Mark II. See the below list of previously rumored specs. [Read more...]

Canon 70D Video AF Sample and Thoughts

Canon 70D Hands-On

The more I use the Canon 70D to shoot video with full-time AF, the more impressed I am with what Canon has done with its Dual Pixel AF technology. I recently took the 70D in to my CrossFit box for an evening to capture some photos and decided to try some video with it as well.

I basically treated the 70D more like a camcorder instead of how I would normally handle a HDSLR. As it turns out, the 70D does quite well and holds focus about like you would expect a camcorder to. I used the 70D paired with the 18-135mm STM kit lens (the STM focus is for real). Shot with manual exposure and full-time AF.

Watch the short video below. [Read more...]

Tokina 16-28mm T3.0 Cinema Lens Unveiled for EF and PL Mounts

Tokina 16-28mm Cine Lens

Tokina has announced a new cinema lens – the 16-28mm T3.0 cine lens. It has its optical roots in the popular Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 PRO lens. Of course, the cine version is kitted out with standard gearing for the focus and aperture rings.

Additionally, the new cine lens gets a substantially higher price tag. In Japan, it retails for ¥580,000, which is slightly less than $6,000 when converted to US dollars. That would make it close to 10x more expensive than Tokina’s standard AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 PRO lens.

The PL-mount version of the lens should ship sometime in September, while the EF-mount option is expected to be available in November. Stay tuned for official pricing and availability.

Canon EOS 1D C Firmware Update 1.3.x Coming Mid-October

Canon 1D C

Canon has announced an upcoming firmware update for the EOS 1D C 4K cinema camera. The update addresses lens aberration correction with EF Cinema lenses and includes additional audio recording support via the external mic input.

The firmware update must be performed at a Canon Factory Service center. Complete details on the firmware update from Canon below. [Read more...]