Alexa Alexa Mini LF
Arri’s Alexa Mini LF was among the most talked-about debuts at this year’s NAB.
This powerhouse features the same ALEV 3 A2X sensor from the full sized Alexa LF – a 4448 x 3096/4.5K sensor, measuring 36.70 x 24.54mm – all within a body virtually the same dimensions as the mega-popular Alexa Mini.
The Alexa Mini LF currently records ARRIRAW LF Open Gate 4.5K up to 40p (Apple ProRes LF 16:9 UHD up to 60p and LF 16:9 2K or HD up to 90p)
Pairing Arri’s impressive dynamic range and color gamut with the new LPL mount for large format lenses, a new Codex Compact Drive media system, and an impressive new EVF system, the Alexa Mini LF creates a charming array of new image-making capabilities for a diverse population of filmmakers – from diehard Alexa Mini users to new shooters looking to bring the powerful, compact package to a wide assortment of production-types.
Arri Signature Primes
Arri is moving full force into full frame cinema capture options; NAB 2019 demonstrated their resolve on that count as the company unveiled their Signature Prime series glass. Built in-house from the ground up, the Signature Prime series pairs the latest version of Arri’s Lens Data System with the large format LPL mount, all within a lightweight magnesium body. Beyond the wide range of available focal lengths on offer - 16 total lenses in series, ranging from 12mm to 280mm, T1.8 - the lenses also boast a magnetic filter holder for further image manipulation. During my time at the booth, I got a chance to see the series’ 200mm option on an Alexa LF. A quick flick of the camera’s mount tabs and the tech easily removed the lens, placed a small net on the rear element, and re-mounted - the lens’ creamy image was given a subtle increase in depth and shadow detail in seconds. This intriguing lens line seems to be the perfect match for Arri’s large format camera bodies.
Arri Amira Cinema Multicam
Industry demand has led Arri to offer an exciting new configuration option for their popular Amira and Alexa Mini cameras: multicam shooting. Now filmmakers can combine the tremendous image quality of Arri’s top of the line cinema cameras with the production flexibility of a centralized multicam hub which utilizes DTS’s fiber transmission system.
Canon Sumire Lenses
Canon has their own entry into purpose-built full frame glass with their Sumire (pronounced “Soo-mee-ray” according to official Canon press releases) line. The lenses are roughly the same size and weight as the popular C-NE cinema primes Canon released beginning in 2011. Previously, the company only offered those C-NE lenses in EF mount, with third-party PL modification available from Duclos Lenses and other specialists. Seemingly in response to customer demand for PL option, these new Sumires arrive as natively PL mount lenses, opening the field for their compatibility with nearly any cinema camera on the market.
A true charmer from Nikon at NAB 2019: a 58mm F0.95 F mount lens prototype!!!
The gorgeous images from this glass offer a tantalizing hint of the finished lens to come. Stay tuned!
Fujinon brought their compact, full-frame Premista zoom lenses to the show!
The lenses – a T2.9 28-100mm and a T2.9 – 3.5 80-250mm – present a lightweight, beautifully realized, and utterly necessary complement to the abundant full-frame cinema primes on offer at this year’s show
In addition to their exciting collaborations with SmallHD, Teradek had a couple of strong offerings on the table at this year’s show. Flug has long championed Teradek’s wireless video platforms and, more recently, wireless follow focus kits. We’re pleased to report that the company has updated versions of both, with interesting advanced features for production professionals. On the wireless video transmission front, new Teradek releases include the entry-level ACE 500 series and the full-bodied Bolt 4k, both updates of the company’s XT transmitter/receiver system. Flug currently offers the Teradek RT CTRL.1 single-channel follow focus system for singular control of focus, iris, or zoom. The new CTRL.3 system allows control of all three simultaneously through a lightweight hand unit.
Atomos has long been a popular monitor/recorder solution for cinema professionals looking for higher resolution and/or raw recording options for capable camera systems. We’re pleased to announce that the company’s Shogun Inferno 7-inch monitor/recorded will soon be at Flug, offering advanced recording capabilities alongside our Convergent Designs Odyssey 7Q. The HDR Shogun Inferno offers 4K recording via SDI or HDMI in ProRes RAW (in 5.7k up to 30p, 4K DCI/UHD up to 120p and 2k DCI/HD up to 240p), 10-bit ProRes up to 4K 60p, DNxHR, or CNDG offering an extensive range of recording codecs and frame rates for Canon, Sony, and Panasonic cameras.
New from SmallHD: Cine 7 and FOCUS series of monitors.
Cine 7 series features 1920 x 1200 resolution on a 7-inch touchscreen monitor… with Arri camera control!!
FOCUS series are lightweight 7 and 5-inch on-board monitors with touch oled or lcd screens.
Both Cine 7 and FOCUS series also offer monitors with integrated Teradek 500 transmitter, 500 receiver, or universal generation 2 Teradek receiver (pairing with 500, 1000, or 3000 transmitters) tech.
With or without camera control, these new SmallHD monitors will provide excellent monitoring options for any production, be it on sticks, gimbal, jib, or any other camera support.
Sigma - purveyors of affordable, high-quality glass – came to NAB with their own full-frame options as a cost-effective alternative for large format cinema cameras.
Their high-speed (T1.5) set of compact, color-standardized primes brings together 20mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm focal lengths.
Sigma also debuted a full-frame T2.2 24-35mm zoom
Helix Prime 3-Stud - CoreSWX brought their new Helix series battery packs to NAB 2019, offering both 3-stud/Gold Mount and V Mount options for their new dual voltage power sources. Particularly impressive were the Helix Prime series, featuring a cleverly travel-safe, two part format: two 95Wh halves combine into one 190Wh power brick - perfect for productions with extended shoots without wall power or more voracious camera builds.
Dana Dolly brought some great updates to their well-liked camera movement options.
In addition to a Dana Dolly Lite – 3lbs lighter than the standard Dana Dolly, at the same price point – the company also demonstrated their Emotimo Spectrum 4 motion control kit: a motorized, 4-axis control system for use with their existing Dana Dolly kits.
With camera triggering for Canon, Sony, and Nikon cameras, Dragonframe stop-motion interfacing, and use of a Playstation DualShock hand unit for slider control, this system could be just the thing for shooters in need of a lightweight, intuitive motion control system.”
Wooden Camera came out swinging with a couple of dynamite camera accessory options.
Be on the lookout for their 4x5.65 Zip Box Pro ultra lightweight clamp-on mattebox and various lens adapters (Arri LPL to Sony E mount camera, PL to Canon EOS R mount, and more) in the coming months at Flug!