Thursday, September 30, 2010

News from Here & There

Canon 5D Mark II used in Iron Man 2
I think I read this somewhere before already, but the Canon 5D Mark II was used for some production work in Iron Man 2:
Cinematographer Matthew Libatique used 5D Mark II DSLRs to shoot parts of the Monaco Grand Prix scene in the movie in which Tony Stark is attacked by Ivan Vanko (AKA Whiplash) at the historic race. 5D Mark IIs were mounted to all four sides of a moving vehicle to capture moving background plate footage that was later combined with race car footage shot in Hollywood.
PetaPixel has some pictures showing a camera mounted in a Pelican case with a hole cut in it for protection.
PetaPixel: Canon 5D Mark II Used for Iron Man 2

Photocine Expo Report
Freelance director and editor Robin Schmidt, also known as El Skid, has written up his impressions of the Photocine trade show in LA:
I’ve seen a Zeiss compact prime cut in two, I’ve used the Redrock Ops rig camo edition, I’ve tried the new Marshall 5″ (love it, fabulous bit of kit) I’ve used the Zeiss badass zoom lens and I’ve eaten a lot of Mexican food but what have I learned? Well, lots of things really but these things in particular:
And you can also read about PhotoCine at RedRaven:
HDSLR has matured so much in the last year. The time to be mesmerized on out of focus shots, and on what Stu Masovich so cleverly named as bokake porn, is coming to an end. You still find many people focusing on the shallow depth of field, but few, talking on how impractical it is to use a 5D MKII with a fast lens, wide open (meaning at it’s shallowest depth of field), and that’s where Snehal started, just to get things into perspective.
RedRaven: PhotoCineNews Expo 2010 – Day 1

Don't wear a hoddie and use a camera at the airport
The TSA put out a poster showing a guy wearing a hoodie taking a picture at an airport and looking suspicious....and telling people to report anyone suspicious. The National Press Photographers' Association complained to the TSA about it.
Poynter: NPPA Contends TSA Poster Equates Photographers with Terrorists

Field of View Comparator
Never really understood how the size of the camera's sensor effect's the field of view of a 35mm lens? CineTechnica has a nice little interactive guide:

CineTechnica: Field of View Comparator

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