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Stop Shooting with the Canon 5D and Begin Shooting with the Sony F3!

Moving Picture recently performed a camera test with Director of Photography, Henry Lynk, using the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the new Panasonic AG-AF100, and the new Sony PMW-F3L using Zeiss prime lenses in candlelight conditions. The star of the show was, without a doubt, the new Sony F3 camera. The following images are screen captures taken from an uncompressed Apple ProRes 422 HQ, MOV file. The cameras were set to an ISO of 800 and 1600 for these shots using a 50mm Zeiss CP.2 Compact Prime lens. Panasonic AG-AF100 – The AF100 was the biggest disappointment of the bunch. Its ability capture clean imagery quickly falls away as lighting conditions diminish. Notice the complete lack of definition. The cheek, jawline, and neckline have a jagged video effect, and the hairline across the forehead is just a blur. Also, the shadows come across as blotchy and unnatural. We have used this camera in daylight and well-lit environments, and it performs well. This just isn’t the right tool for the job in these lighting conditions. Canon EOS 5D Mark II – The 5D performed about as expected. Excessive contrast and a soft look are unfortunate traits of this camera system. However, as you can see, the facial outline is clear without artifacts, the hair and neckline are discernable, and minor shadows on the face and neck look far more natural than the AF100. Facial features and contours begin to appear, as well as texture on the lips. Sony PMW-F3L – We knew coming into this test that the Sony was going to walk away as the winner of the MPES Candlelight Shootout. What we didn’t realize was how impressive this new camera really is in low light. Everything about this image is superior. You can see individual shadows of hair on our model’s face and the wisp of hair to the right is distinguishable from the hair lying flat beneath. Full facial features, textures, contours, and (dare I say) imperfections are all completely identifiable. The soft natural glow of the candlelight is reflected beautifully off the cheek, something that the AF100 and 5D just couldn’t do. The definition and latitude of this camera is quite amazing, and is very nearly on par with the RED and Alexa. Moving Picture Camera Test (5D vs. AF100 vs. F3) from Moving Picture Media on Vimeo. Download a copy of the Moving Picture Camera Test for Offline Viewing: Internet friendly MPES Camera Test (640×360, 1200kb/s)   16mb H.264 HD MPES Camera Test (1920×1080, 7500kb/s)   95mb Uncompressed MPES Camera Test (1920×1080, ProRes422 HQ)   1.5gb Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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Zeiss ZE DSLR Lens Set

As DSLR cameras like the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon 7D have gained popularity there has been an influx of available DSLR accessories.  With DSLR gear flooding the scene we’ve seen the emergence of everything from the Redrock DSLR Cinema Bundle to the Hoodman Hoodloupe Viewfinder to the Marshall V-LCD70P HDMI monitor. In recent history, Zeiss entered the DSLR ring with their spectacular set of EF mount (Canon compatible) lenses.  With a solid metal design (no plastic) and no need for a Canon adapter, the Zeiss ZE series promises ease of use and top of the line image quality. All information is transferred via electronic contacts allowing for use of all exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, auto exposure, etc).  Capable of capturing extremely sharp images along with a smooth, filmic bokeh, the ZE lens series is a versatile, crisp alternative to standard DSLR lenses. Capture a professional look for your next video production with a Zeiss DSLR lens.  Rent Zeiss ZE DSLR lenses at Moving Picture: – Zeiss ZE SLR Distagon 18mm Lens T3.5 – Zeiss ZE SLR Distagon 28mm Lens T2 – Zeiss ZE SLR Planar 50mm Lens T1.4 – Zeiss ZE SLR Planar 85mm Lens T1.4 – Zeiss ZE SLR Makro Planar 100mm Lens T2 Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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Marshall 7″ V-LCD70P-HDMI Monitor (5D/7D Compatible)

DSLR camera design, as evidenced by the Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D, favors the inclusion of HDMI ports for video playback.  Marshall’s 7” V-LCD70P-HDMI monitor takes full advantage of this design. At only 1.3 pounds, this monitor greatly improves the functionality of a DSLR rig.  Easily attachable to an articulated arm, the Marshall V-LCD70P can be seamlessly integrated into a DSLR setup.  Packed with features (peaking filter, RGB gain and bias control, adjustable backlight, false color filter, 4-pin XLR power jack) the LCD70P offers a compact and versatile improvement on DSLR workflow. Rent the Marshall 7″ V-LCD70P-HDMI monitor from Moving Picture for your next DSLR production! Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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The Redrock DSLR Cinema Bundle

The Redrock DSLR Cinema Bundle enables cinema-style shooting with cameras that are otherwise limited due to size and design.  DSLR cameras such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon 7D boast a number of benefits (excellent image quality, low light shooting, etc) but are less than ideal for handheld shooting.  The Redrock DSLR rig solves this problem. The Redrock Cinema Bundle features a protective and stabilizing microSupport cage built from carbon fiber rods (easily disassembled for storage).  A padded shoulder mount, including front handgrips, increases mobility.  Rounding out the Redrock system is the microFollowFocus, which attaches seamlessly and enables fully functional focus pulling. The Redrock camera support package also includes a number of options that make life easy for camera operators.  With a cheeseplate and rod clamp included, the entire system can go from handheld to tripod in a matter of seconds.  Additional add-ons such as the Hoodman Viewfinder Cinema Kit and Marshall V-LCD70P-HDMI Lightweight Monitor can be integrated into the system to meet your specific needs. Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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Finally, SLR’s and HD Meet

Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera has coupled the creative power of a full-frame CMOS sensor in a relatively compact and affordable camera body, together with groundbreaking HD video capture that opens the door to a much wider range of imaging possibilities for photographers. Along with the ability to capture full HD video clips at 1920 x 1080 resolution, Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera features a 21.1-megapixel full frame 24 x 36mm CMOS sensor. HD and SD Video Capture: Canon has taken its expertise in imaging, photography and video capture technology to a new level with the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR. Featuring 16:9 Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 pixels and 30 fps as well as 4:3 standard TV quality (SD) video capture at 640 x 480 pixels and 30 fps, both capabilities appearing for the first time in a Canon SLR camera.  The EOS 5D Mark II features a huge, full-frame sensor. A 21.1-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers images of up to 5616 x 3744 pixels. And since it is full-frame, all lenses will deliver the angle of view they would on a 35mm camera without a conversion factor. Thanks to improved noise reduction technologies, images shot even at highest sensitivity will be remarkably smooth. Video capture is part of the camera’s ‘Live View’ function which allows skilled photographers and cinematographers to adjust image sharpness, contrast, color saturation and white balance, and have those settings apply to the movie image. Moreover, the EOS 5D Mark II camera’s HD video capability enables new levels of creative expression through its unfettered access to the complete line of more than 60 Canon EF lenses, which provide an incredible variety of visual effects including everything from ultra-wide-angle and fish-eye to macro and super-telephoto, including many large-aperture L-series professional lenses that can keep the main subject in razor-sharp focus while blurring the background beyond recognition. The EOS 5D Mark II will record video up to 4GB per clip or a maximum continuous movie capture time of 29 minutes and 59 seconds, whichever comes first. Depending on the level of detail in the scene, a 4GB memory card can record approximately 12 minutes of video at full HD resolution or approximately 24 minutes in standard definition. Video clips are recorded in .MOV format using an MPEG-4 video compression and sound is recorded using linear PCMii without compression. The new camera features an input terminal for external stereo microphones as well as a built-in monaural microphone for convenience. To help show off those fantastic movies as well as still photos, the EOS 5D Mark II camera includes an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output...

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