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New Website!!! by cinequipwhite
January 19, 2012, 5:52 pm
Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , ,

Hello everyone!
You have probably noticed there hasn’t been too much going on in CinequipWhite Blog world, and you would be completely right. The reason behind that is we have moved the blog to a new location on the CinequipWhite website itself!
Look under ‘News’ and connect with our new posts. You’ll be glad you did.

www.cinequipwhite.com

See you there!

~Jonathan Stainton
CinequipWhite Inc.



Sennheiser HD 280 Headphone Giveaway! by cinequipwhite

The HD 280 Pro is Sennheiser’s most significant closed, circumaural headphone to be introduced in years. Designed to exceed the demands of the professional environment, the HD 280 Pro boasts extremely robust construction combined with extensive features that meet the requirements of today’s most demanding applications. The unique collapsible design, combined with swiveling ear cups, offers maximum flexibility in any application.

  • Closed, dynamic stereo headphones
  • Accurate, linear sound reproduction for critical monitoring applications
  • Optimum impedance ensures universal compatability
  • Space saving design features collapsible, rotating earcups
  • Up to 32 dB of ambient noise attenuation
  • Neodymium magnets for high maximum SPL
  • Single-sided, coiled cable with 3.5 mm mini jack with locking 1/4″ adapter
  • Very comfortable, even if used for long periods of time
  • Rugged construction with user-replaceable parts
  • 2 year warranty

The fine Folks of Sennheiser are raffling off one of these highly rated headsets. For an chance to win one of these, visit the Sennheiser booth at the February Freeze and ask for a ballot!

February Freeze is a showcase of  CinequipWhite’s most dynamic suppliers.  It’s a great opportunity to meet  the industry’s most forward thinking and innovative equipment manufacturers. Come down and see for yourself.  For more information click here.



Thoughts about the new 1080/24P capable Panasonic GH1 camera by Ryan Glover
July 23, 2009, 12:04 pm
Filed under: Cameras, Gear, Review | Tags: , , , , , , ,

 

I have been playing around with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 for a few weeks now and so I thought I would post some of my thoughts about this new camera. For my first test footage, please watch the GH1 Picnic! video previously posted to this blog. As well, take a look at the Anton Bauer UL2 head replacement video which was also shot on the GH1. They are two great and different examples of what this camera is capable of.

This is in no way an attempt at a proper, exhaustive and/or highly technical review. For that, I would recommend you read the extremely in-depth review at Dpreview, found here: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicdmcgh1/

First, a little history:

The GH1 is 12.1 MP digital camera with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount.  It is different from all other DSLRs because… in reality, it’s not a DSLR. Digital and film SLR’s have a mirror that allows the optical viewfinder to view through the camera’s lens. The GH1 and its predecessor, the G1, are a ground up re-working of the interchangeable lens digital still camera concept. These cameras have no mirrors and have only an electronic view finder and LCD. Removing the mirror-box allows the cameras to be much, much thinner and lighter. This design results in an incredible short back flange distance which allows users to (using various adapters) mount almost any lens imaginable (sensor coverage is another story). Speaking of the sensor… it is half the size of a 35mm still photography negative and much, much larger then 1/3” or 2/3” sensors.   

Now, a quick list of what makes this little cam exciting on paper (at least to me):

12.1 MP still photos.

10x OIS 14-140mm Kit Lens.(this lens was built with HD in mind and can even auto focus silently in video)

-1080/24P AVC HD video recording

-720/60P AVC HD video recording.

720/30P Photo JPEG HD video recording.

Large CMOS sensor (half of still 35mm film, only slightly smaller then s35mm motion picture film resulting in very excellent depth of field control and low light ability)

Flip out, swiveling LCD screen.

8 ‘film modes’ (preset, yet tweakable colour and black and white looks)

Built in stereo microphone.

Uses inexpensive SDHC cards.

-Ability to take all sorts of lenses.

My experiences, thus far:

I have thoroughly enjoyed using this camera to take both stills and video. I have been shooting a lot of test videos and have been mainly using vintage Canon FD manual focus prime lenses with an adapter I bought from eBAY. I have been using Tiffen ND and polarizing filters to allow my aperture to stay large for the DOF characteristics.

I have been transcoding my footage to Apple Pro Res 422 and editing in Final Cut Pro. 

As I see it:

PROS:

-The HD is SHARP. Very, Very sharp. Both in 1080 and 720 modes.

-Cinema like DOF. Isolating subjects using selective focus is a breeze.

-Low light sensitivity is excellent. Select ISO’s from 100-1600 in 1/3 EV steps.

-The swivel screen is seemingly sharp enough to focus in HD on the fly.

-The 10X focus assist is very handy.

-The menus are very simple and easy to navigate through.

-CMOS skew is minor in 1080 mode and barely apparent in the 720 modes.

-VERY light weight 385 grams (!!!!) and very compact. (shoot ANYwhere)

-Kit lens is amazing… sharp, versatile and auto focuses silently in video modes. (a tad slow though at f/4)

-Other lenses… you can use the excellent new M4/3… or almost any other lenses you can imagine (using adapters). Using vintage lenses is an awesome way to get a lot of great quality, smooth focusing lenses for very cheap.

-MANY ways to customize your image in camera.

-Excellent white balance control.

-Long record times. A little over 2 hours of 1080 on a 16gig SDHC card.

 CONS:

-Lack-luster implementation of AVC codec. The camera’s 17mb/s bitrate can result in heavy artifacting and loss of fine detail during fast camera moves over detailed, deep-focus shots. The 1080 mode is slightly more susceptible to this. I personally haven’t found this too big a deal… although folks with more professional (or broadcast minded) standards may. I find that usually the artifacting is usually hidden with motion blur during playback.

-1080 mode records the 24P in a 60i stream. We’re all used to this by now from DVCproHD. The GH1, however, does not use advanced pull down flags… making it trickier for NLE programs to pick out the extra frames. But it can be done.

-The LCD does exhibit some blooming colours or slight blurring from time to time. Takes some time to get used to, not a major issue for me.

-30P only for Photo Jpeg mode… this mode is immune to the AVC artifacting issue as it’s a non long-GOP codec… a 24P mode using this codec would be nice.

-The biggest issue for me so far, is the CMOS sensor’s tendency to show fixed pattern noise in underexposed areas (more noticeably at higher ISOs) When filming in low light situations that contain flat surfaces of consistent colour, vertical streaks can appear over areas that are under exposed. However, if you’re able to achieve a properly exposed image, even at 1600 ISO the image is excellent though… it seems to affect underexposed areas most and I’m still learning about this phenomenon and how to work around it.

Conclusion, thus far;

This camera is great…  for me. This camera may not be great for you. If it is not suitable for your purposes, then select a camera that is. I will use it shoot narrative pieces and web content with (what I expect will be) stunning results. I’ve been using mostly the 720/60P mode and dropping the extra frames to get 24P. This process nets me the best resolution to compression artifact ratio.

It is not a dedicated video camera and so obviously it lacks a lot of things people are used to. Things like; XLR inputs, controllable audio gain, built-in NDs, servo zoom, the usual ergonomics.

So, no, it’s NOT perfect… but then again it’s a consumer camera with interchangeable lenses and a 4K sensor that’s almost as big as motion picture film… for less then $2,000…

 * I will continue to post updates and footage as I become more familiar with the camera. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have *



Steadicam is steadily approaching by cinequipwhite
June 18, 2009, 5:44 pm
Filed under: Gear, News, Training | Tags: , , , , , , ,

  

As I may have mentioned to many of you before, we here at Cinequipwhite are quite fond of the Steadicam systems. So much so that we have held 2 separate training sessions with them (One at our Montreal office and one in our Toronto office) and shown them at our annual February Freeze just to show how truly incredible they are, and how they offer a whole new dynamic to your work.

Well, we are doing it again! The CinequipWhite Toronto office will be hosting our 3rd Steadicam workshop, offering hands on experience with the Steadicam Flyer LE, as well as a Steadicam Pilot system. The weekend event will be taught by the exceptional Peter Abraham:

“Peter Abraham has been a Steadicam® Operator for 20 years. He began teaching Workshops in 1990 and has taught over 30 workshops from Seoul to San Fernando Road. His credits include Sex & The City, The Sopranos, Malcom X, No Way Home, ABC Wide World of Sports, The 1996 Olympic Games and hundreds of commercials, music videos and industrials. His work has been nominated for 4 Emmy Awards. Peter is part of the development team that designs the new generation of lightweight Steadicam® systems.”

So, be sure to mark your calendars for August 22nd-23rd, 8:30 AM – 6 PM. It costs $500 payable to the Tiffen Company, and includes breakfast and Lunch both days. Keep in mind though, there are only 9 spots available for this course, so sign up as soon as possible. Download the two forms from http://www.thesteadicamworkshops.com/reserve.shtml and return them to Susan Cummings via fax. This is a popular event, and a definite must for any aspiring Steadicam operator, so be sure to sign up soon.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us here at the office and speak to Jonathan (me) or Yen (not me) at 416-467-7700. We look forward to seeing you then!

~Jonathan Stainton
CinequipWhite Inc
www.Cinequipwhite.com



Camera Department Lunch and Learn by cinequipwhite

Just to let you know, our neighbour here at the Toronto office – The Camera Department – is having a post Cine Gear workshop event for a couple of  items they will be carrying in the future.

It will be taking place throughout the day Tuesday June 23rd, 2009. Snacks and drinks are provided, as well as some in depth training on the whens, whys, and hows of the new gear.

To sign up and learn more visit:
http://www.cameradepartment.tv/

Also be sure to drop by our office next door to take a look at a few pieces of new gear, and get some information on the SI 2K, the 2K Silicon Imaging camera that is getting so much attention.
— UPDATE! —: The New Panasonic HPX300 will also be here to take a look at, so come and check it out!

See you soon,

~Jonathan Stainton
CinequipWhite Inc.
www.CinequipWhite.com



Dedo DLOBML LED Sungun by cinequipwhite
June 12, 2009, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Lighting, Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Dedolight!

Easily one of the best names in the TV and Film lighting industry, but until recently only focused on tungsten and HMI lighting. They have finally taken that step towards LEDlighting, and what a step it is. The new dedo DLOBML (meaning DedoLight On Board Mini Light) truly defines the direction LED lighting needs to go in order to keep up with any previous lighting styles.

In the area of On camera “Sun guns” tungsten halogen sources are most definitely dominant. Any news camera person can tell you a number of the best on camera lights: Anton Bauer, Frezzi, and even Lowel to name a few, but for the most part there are no true LED sunguns to speak of. Dedolight enters the game at full tilt bringing a single LED fixture that really illuminates in a similar style to that of an ultralight with the low wattage of LEDs, and a whole lot more controlability.

The DLOBML runs with a 5600K colour temperature giving an accurate daylight, and with the flip of its pre attached dichroic can be dropped to 3200K in about a second. Not only does it have a dichroic but a diffuser that can be flipped up in the same way, and used in tandem. As well, the head module has built in Barndoor with gel clips which can be folded in tandem with the dichroic and diffuser for transport to prevent any damage from befalling your front optical system.  The entire head module is removable to accommodate for any future modules with any number of accessories (Just think, cutters, iris, wide angle, etc.) but so far THAT part is just speculation.

The unit consumes a handsome 8 watts of power (6-18v) which means a whole lot more shooting with a whole lot less batteries. It can be powered via Anton Bauer P-tap, PAG, 4 pin XLR or with an optional -and removable – battery sled  that can take Sony 2 pin consumer or Panasonic camera batteries. Its a nice option to have the battery shoe because this eliminates the need to keep the light even on the camera! Sit it by itself on a bookshelf or attach it to a stand – via the supplied shoe mount’s 1/4 20″ thread – or use it with a few others for a nice 3 point solution. Imagine putting a nice hair light on a subject or doing some kind of background lighting to improve your shot. Its a great advantage over traditional lighting.

The light has some great control features built standard. Not only is it dimmable (100% – 4% with no colour shift) it is also completely focusable from a 56 degree beam angle to a 4 degree beam angle, and if you add the diffusion it brings the flood to a whopping 70 degrees. Not to shabby in my opinion.

Overall its a nice, lightweight on camera light that can satisfy wedding videographers, news-people and independents alike. Its rugged All weather design makes it one of the most affordably priced daylight sun guns you will ever buy. And without the hassle of buying new lamps!

LED lighting is one of the most fascinating areas of lighting right now and it only gets better. Its nice to see a company like Dedolight get into the field with their optical system to give LEDs some class.

My suggestion is to come in and try it out. Its the best way to really see the power of the DLOBML. We always have one for testing, and can do a demo on the spot.

~Jonathan Stainton
CinequipWhite Blogger Extraordinare

Any questions or comments:
jstainton@cinequipwhite.com
416-467-7700

or visit us here:
1040 Islington Ave, Toronto Ontario.