Canon Announces 5D Mark III $3499. Hands On Video. Sample Footage.


Canon finally announced the new 5D Mark III today. I picked up this hands on video from The Verge. Here is a rip from the post and a break down of the video specifications from the Canon press release. It’s too bad that Canon has yet to add full 1920 X 1080 60P, otherwise it looks to be a promising camera for both video and stills. Follow @goforjared Here is some sample footage from...Read More

Sony E 50mm f1.8 OSS Lens Test Video.


Here is a quick test video of the new Sony E 50mm f1.8 OSS with the Sony NEX 5N camera. We shot everything at f1.8 100 ISO with Tungsten White Balance. The manual focus is like waiting for a bus and the OSS is very quiet but does not perform as well as expected. The Sony 50mm f1.8 is fast and fairly sharp and will work well in a locked off position. However, I...Read More

Canon 5D Mark III Full Spec List And Photos From Canon Rumors.


Here is a straight up rip from Canon Rumors. They have released a full spec list and full frontal photos of the new Canon 5D Mark III. I hope this is for real! Here is the rip from Canon Rumors and a few photos. Follow @goforjared Unsurpassed Image Quality 22.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor DiG!C 5+ Image Processor ISO 100-25600 (expandable to L:50 H1:51200, H2: 102400 Full HD Movie (ISO 100-12800 (H:25600) High...Read More

Nasty Clamps Nasty Flag Quick Take Video.


Here is a quick take on the new French Flag from Nasty Clamps. The Nasty Flag is simply a Nasty Clamp with a French Flag. There are three mounting holes at the base of the flag. There is a matte side and shiny side. If you already own a Nasty Clamp the Nasty Flag can be purchased separately. The Nasty Flag will set you back around sixty smackers. A French Flag of some kind...Read More

Non Union Day Rates. Part 2 Of 3. Ins, Day Rates and Rental Rates.


It’s almost impossible to sum up years of experience, months of research and countless hours in the field into a simple day rate. Yet we are asked to do it all the time. A typical gig for me will start with an availability check. Then it’s followed with how wonderful and easy the project will be. Then we finally get to the dreaded question of how much do you charge? If this is a...Read More

Insurance, Day Rates and Rental Rates. Part 1 Of 3


Here is part one of a three part series on production basics for camera operators and new DOP’s. With the rise of the DSLR many camera operators and DOP’s are now owner/operators. This presents some new challenges and the first line of defense is getting good equipment insurance. Some of the bigger home or renter’s insurance companies may protect your equipment. However I have some of the best insurance on the planet (USAA) and...Read More

Canoflex Type C300 Cinema Base Shows Up At Filmtools. Quick Take Video.


Every time I swing into Filmtools they have a shiny new piece of gear to check out. This time Jim Martin had the new Canoflex cinema base for the Canon C300 camera. This base looks very similar to the older Arri 16 SR cameras. The Canoflex has two 3/8-16″ threads in front for 15mm rods. It has one 3/8-16″  camera left side mount and two 3/8-16″ threads on the bottom. There are a bunch...Read More

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