Scheimpflug welcomes Tony Tamberelli to the team. Tony has been working at Tamberelli Video for 17 years and brings with him a wealth of experience in both the camera department as well as grip & electric.
Be sure to clear your calendar for next Saturday evening for the 4th Annual Halloween Extravaganza. Brought to you by Flug, Broncolor, Hasselblad and Resource Magazine, the party is not one to miss.
Head over to :
55 Pearl Street, Brooklyn (Corner of Water & Pearl) – F Train to York / AC Train to High Street
8pm – 2am
This week ESPN aired the premiere of There’s No Place Like Home by director Josh Swade and co-director Maura Mandt; a documentary surrounding James Naismith’s original rules of basketball and the push to have the documents returned to their origin and home in Lawrence, Kansas. Flug had the opportunity to be a part of the production, providing gear and the talents of Flug’s own Avi Grosz who was one of two Directors of Photography, alongside Daymion Mardel. The film involves the amazing journey of the film team and Swade’s quest to get the rules returned home. Check out the film Monday at 8:50pm(EST) on ESPN2.
The long-awaited Canon 1DX has finally been released and is available at Flug. Aside from the obvious fact that this is the latest and greatest from Canon’s DSLR lineup, let’s take a look at some highlights of this model and how it compares and excels in comparison to other models from the 1D, 5D, and 7D families.
The most notable feature promoted in the 1DX is the powerful AF system. The first thing you will most likely notice when entering the menus is that there is an entire tab (purple) devoted to AF. This will be of interest to those favoring customization and personal workflows; the menu system allows for extensive assignment of desired AF functions even to the extent of assigning functions to the now two DOF preview buttons on the front of the body. This all supports one the 1DX’s new 61 point AF system. With the 1DX, Single focus is effortless even in low light situations.
For those shooting action shots or subjects moving quickly, the 1DX stands out most of all with the impressive servo mode performance with AF. With such specific and custom designated focus points, it is a breeze to keep focus on the desired subject even as it moves around. This is a dramatic improvement over the other DSLR families and one that will be sure to impress upon sports photographers or anyone shooting a fast paced subject.
The next prominent feature that makes the 1DX so interesting is the support of an 18MP Full-frame sensor and the ability to shoot up to 12-14fps (14 with JPEG + mirror lockup). The 1DX supports multiple processors (including two new Digic 5+) that allow for such high resolution RAW shooting at such speeds. These extra processors are the primary reason that the 1DX also supports new levels of ISO sensitivity (ranging from ISO 50 up to an incredible ISO 204,800) giving this body effectively 2 extra stops of sensitivity. In conjunction with the new sensor’s gapless microlenses, the 1DX offers clearer RAW images (especially in low light arenas) and less noise than previous DSLR models.
While the 1DX is stacking up to be an amazing still camera, Canon was not so foolish as to neglect strong video functionality knowing there is a large demographic of DSLR videographers today. While the 1DX can’t boast a 4K sensor at 4:2:2 like the 1Dc, it still has extraordinary features such as Full HD RAW 24fps / 25fps / 30fps at 1080 and 50fps / 60fps at 720. Another improvement that Canon has made is to lift the 12minute recording limitation and up it to just under 30minutes. Throw adjustable internal audio levels and the 1DX stands to be a great option for stills and video.
The 1DX then stands out as a unique balance between an excellently clean and moderately sized image output, a blazingly fast AF system that operates well even in low-light situations, good video support and options, and a fast frame rate with a good buffer speed.
While shooters requiring large image output with extreme crispness (landscape / architecture) might lean more towards bodies such as the D800 or 5DM3 (also available at Flug), the 1DX remains a very solid contender and looks to be a camera that is very capable of delivering well if not great in all shooting contexts. For a more representative idea of the image quality that comes from the 1DX check out the RAW test images from Canon in a variety of ISOs, focal lengths, apertures and shutter speeds.
The Nikon D800, built for today’s multimedia photographer includes a groundbreaking 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor, Full HD 1080p video at 30/25/24p with stereo sound, class leading ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 25,600, 4 fps burst rate and Advanced Scene Recognition System with 91,000-pixel RGB sensor.
Round 2. Team Flug shows what they are made of once again at this years Tough Mudder event.
Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, half a million inspiring participants, and more than $2 million dollars raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.
Avi, Wendell, and John flew to Vegas to attend NAB. Vegas was not fun and games at all. There were so many new cameras and announcements that it was a little overwhelming, and after three days on the floor all three of us were exhausted. Maybe it was because we didn’t really sleep….
The theme of the show seemed to be 4K, but there were many other things to talk about for sure.
At NAB 2012, Canon made big show of displaying their 4K video products. They also displayed their new 1DsX camera for their stills development.
Focusing on their video products: They released the new EOS C500 which maintains the same form factor as its predecessor the C300. It is a full 4K RAW camera that is capable of 4096×2160 at 10bits RAW. This is a major step up from the C300 that only shoots HD (1920×1080), making it an obvious choice for filmmakers looking to break into making films for theatres that support large format projectors.
Canon has long since supported the evolution of DSLR cinematography. Since the 5DMKII, the new model that they showed at NAB this year is the EOS 1DC which is capable of shooting full 4K RAW and sports an impressive 18.1 mega pixel full-frame CMOS image sensor. Similar to the C500, the resolution for the 1DC is 4096×2160. The 1DC utilizes a Motion JPEG file-format and supports frame rates up to 60p.
Canon also displayed some great looking glass with their EF Cinema Lenses which are 4K rated. This family includes such models as:
Flagship zooms (14.5-60mm T2.6, 30-300mm T2.9-3.7)
Compact Cinema Zoom lenses (15.5-47mm T2.8, 30-105mm T2.8)
Cinema Primes (24mm T1.5, 50mm T1.3, 85mm T1.3)
All of the aforementioned lenses are available in EF or PL mount (non-interchangeable)
The new Joker 1600s are currently available for rent. Give us a call for any questions or head over to theflug.com
Scheimpflug Employees Jason Kolsch, and Jayson Jordon unboxed the Nikon D4 and made a quick movie, capturing it using the Phantom Gold with Zeiss CP2 Macro lenses. The scene was lit with a K5600 Joker 800, and two 400’s. Colby Moore was the Phantom Technician and editor. The Nikon D4 is now available for rent at Scheimpflug.
With supercharged EOS performance and stunning full frame, high-resolution image capture, the EOS 5D Mark III is designed to perform. Special optical technologies like the 61-Point High Density Reticular AF and an extended ISO range of 100-25600 (expandable to 50 (L), 51200 (H1) and 102400 (H2) make the EOS 5D Mark III ideal for shooting weddings in the studio or out in the field, and great for still photography. Advanced professional-level high definition video capabilities (that includes a host of industry-standard recording protocols and enhanced performance) make it possible to capture beautiful cinematic movies in EOS HD quality. A newly designed 22.3 Megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, Canon DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, and shooting performance up to 6.0 fps provide exceptional clarity and sharpness, even when capturing rapidly-unfolding scenes. Additional technological advancements include an Intelligent Viewfinder, Canon’s advanced iFCL metering system, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Multiple Exposure mode.
For more information on technical specs and pricing, gives us a call at 212.244.8300 or go to theflug.com