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...]

Lumos Trip Pro is a New Portable Continuous LED

Lumos Trip Pro

The Lumos Trip Pro is a new portable continuous LED light for HD camcorders and DSLRs.  The pocket size light features a full range adjustable color temperature (3200K-5600K), dimming from 100% to 0 with minimal color shift, and a CRI as high as 97 Ra for Tungsten.

The Lumos Trip Pro should be shipping later this fall for $399. More info here on Lumos USA website.

IndiSYSTEM AIR Cage for HDSLR Cameras

indiSYSTEM Air Cage

IndiSYSTEM has released its new AIR3 cage for HDSLR cameras starting at $99 for the basic version. Adding longer rods, handles and other accessories puts the top end unit at $179.

While it is not as fancy as other HDSLR cages on the market, there appears to be plenty of holes on the top plate for mounting accessories. It also seems to be quite sturdy from the looks of the below video where they set a car on top of four cages. [Read more...]

Rokinon 16mm T2.2 Cine Lens Now Available for Pre-Order

Rokinon 16mm

The new Rokinon T2.2 cine lens is available for pre-order for $529. Like other Rokinon cine lenses, the 16mm T2.2 lens features standard gearing for both focus and iris rings. The aperture is de-clicked for smooth aperture adjustments and includes depth of field markings on the lens barrel.

The Rokinon 16mm T2.2 cine lens is built for APS-C and smaller sensors, and is available for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Sony A and Micro Four Thirds mounts. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

Zoom H6 Handheld XLR Recorder Now Shipping

Zoom H6 Recorder

The new Zoom H6 handheld recorder is now shipping.

As you may recall, the Zoom H6 has just about everything the Zoom H4n was missing. It features up to 6 XLR inputs (4 on-board and 2 additional inputs available via an option module) with the ability to record to all 6 simultaneously. The H6 also includes independent gain dials for each channel and a revised display and menu system.

Additional modules allow you to attach a shotgun mic, XY mic or a mid-side mic. It captures up to 24-bit/96kHz audio to SDXC cards.

The Zoom H6 retails for $399.99. Check it out here at B&H Photo.