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Rental Showcase: New Lenses Available at Moving Picture

Moving Picture has been listening to requests and working hard to bolster our rental inventory to meet the wants and needs of today’s shooter.  We are excited to announce the arrival of some new glass that you might be interested in. PL Mount Canon CN-E 30-300mm, T2.95-3.7, PL Mount Moving Picture welcomes the new Canon CN-E 30-300mm PL studio zoom lens to our South Forida rental inventory. The Canon has created a nice package with this lens. The 30-300mm range is broad enough to get a full head-to-toe wide shot, then zoom in for a close up from about 10 feet from the camera. Addditionally, it’s lightweight design (only 13lbs) is half the weight of a Optimo 24-290 lens, which helps with rigging, support, and usage. This lens has a very smooth non-breathing 300 degree focus rotation and witness marks on both sides of the barrel.   Fujinon 19-90mm Cabrio, T2.9, PL Mount The Cabrio is a wonderfully versatile zoom lens, seemingly tailor made for documentary style shooting. The Fujinon Cabrio PL lens has all the best qualities of a broadcast zoom lens while retaining the dramatic shallow depth of field of 35mm format cinema lenses. It’s compact size, light weight, and integrated rocker servo motors for focus, iris, and zoom control make it perfect for handheld ENG style shooting. The Fujinon 19-90 Cabrio is the perfect companion to the Sony PMW-F3 camera (or our new PMW-F5 coming in February). The electronic shoe in the F3’s PL mount powers the Cabrio’s servo system eliminating the need for external power. EF Mount Canon 16-35mm, f/2.8 II USM, EF Mount Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II USM is the widest lens we’ve found that will work on the Canon 5D without a vignette messing with your shot mojo. This lens was designed from the ground up to work with full frame sensors. It’s convenient wide-angle zoom range compliments the Canon 24-70 nicely.       Canon 24-70mm, f/2.8 II USM, EF Mount Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM has been freshly redesigned by Canon. The new design boasts sharper detail, specifically in the edges and corners. The 24-70mm range has been the workhorse of our Canon fleet of lenses for some time now, and we’re quite pleased to see the design facelift.       Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS USM, EF Mount Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS USM is a beautiful lens in either still or video mode. And a first for Canon, is the integration of their Image Stabilization circuity into a macro lens. You can even operate this lens in a handheld configuration and pull off some wonderfully creative shots.       Bookmark it to...

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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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The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens is the successor to the long respected telezoom lens that contributed greatly in making this Canon lens line a favorite among directors of photography and home consumers alike.  Dust and drip-proof, the Canon L series lenses offer stunning image technology paired with robust engineering. With a reduction of the minimum focus distance to 1.2m and an increase in the maximum magnification to .21x, the Canon EF 70-200mm II captures a rich depth of field that allows shooters a great deal of versatility in image selection.  News photographers and commercial DPs will love this lens for the same reason – flexibility paired with spectacular image quality. Furthering their commitment to improving upon original designs, Canon engineers rehashed the internal optical system to include 23 elements in 19 groups.  The end result is high contrast images with edge-to-edge definition.  Adding greatly to this redesign, the EF 70-200mm II features a major reduction in the protrusion of exterior parts and switches along with a new high-speed Auto Focus (AF) system.  A ring-type USM AF motor combined with a new high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithm is at the core of the EF 70-200mm II AF system, making it both faster and quieter than previous systems. This lens is an excellent addition to any Canon 5D or Canon 7D package.  Rent the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens from Moving Picture today! Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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TYE Studios and Moving Picture – Canon/Broncolor Event

Moving Picture recently had the pleasure of participating in the TYE Studios Canon/Broncolor event.  TYE owner Donna Peplin and her staff of seasoned professionals opened their doors to local, South Florida still photography enthusiasts for an informative day of equipment demonstrations and artistic discussion. With a full range of grip and lighting equipment available for rental, Moving Picture was there to demonstrate our broad selection of continuous lighting.  To provide hands-on experience with our gear, we constructed a full studio lighting setup for event-goers.  This lighting arrangement consisted of two Kino Flo Diva Lite 400 kits, an ARRI 150w Fresnel, a Litepanels 1×1 LED, a California Sunbounce, and a few C-stands and sandbags.  The full dimmer controls of the Kino Flo lights and Litepanels LED make this setup extremely versatile and unintimidating to jump into.  This photographer’s lighting package was also assembled with portability in mind – the entire setup will break down in ten minutes and fit into your average sedan. The day was a success thanks to the fantastic crew at TYE Studios, including Keary Cunningham, Julius Gregario, and Zack Hughes.  Special thanks to Donna Peplin for hosting this wonderful event! 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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