Monday, March 19, 2012

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Seppe Van Grieken Has An Early Hands On A Production Canon EOS5D MKIII
| Seppe Van Grieken | DSLR News Shooter
Seppe gets to play with Dan Chung's 5D Mark III. He finds the menus complicated, and the image quality a little bit better than the 5D Mark II, but says he's saving for the C300 instead:
Low light performance in video mode is pretty good, it produces quite clean images on everything under 10,000 ISO. Detail is certainly not at the same level as the Canon C300 though – maybe it’s a bit better than a 5DmkII. Moire seems to be much, much better than the 5DmkII – almost invisible. Rolling shutter still seems to be there, but not as bad.

Has the DSLR video bubble finally burst? | Philip Jonhston | HD Warrior
Philip is a long-time ENG/videocamera operator, so he may be a little biased against DSLRs, though I think he's somewhat right:
I think the bubble has burst big time, this marketplace has moved on and with a hard hitting recession sales of the new DSLRs are not going to be as easy with phase two, phase one was a roller-coaster, a learning curve, the new kid on the video block…that has all gone and so has the enthusiasm to spend over £3,000 on a DSLR that on paper has not got £2,000 better features than the last camera.

Canon NAB 2012 | Canon
Canon has created a page dedicated to NAB with some odds and ends, including Martin Scorsese talking about "Cinema EOS":
It's been a significant year for Canon USA, with the announcement of a whole suite of new products designed for film, TV and related industries. Join us at NAB Booth #4325 and see what's next from Canon. Check back for the full Canon NAB event schedule.

EXCLUSIVE ! Leica Noctilux f/0.95 VS SLR Magic Hyperprime T0.95, the movie!
| Seb Farges | Vimeo
A comparison between two f/0.95 lenses (one less than a third the price of the other!):
My opinion ? mmmm the Noctilux is an extraordinary lens, good rendering at f/0.95, smooth aperture ring. This lens is a little smaller and lighter than the SLR Magic lens. It's in M mount (Leica). The problem : the Noctilux is too expensive for me, 8000€ (10600$) !!! Please note that the SLR Magic I've used here is a prototype lens. It's be available in september in M mount, it's price is not fixed yet, but it will be around 2300€ (3000$), 3.5X less cheaper than the Leica.

Doc Trends In The Digital Age | Amanda Lin Costa | TribecaFilm
Interviews with Eddie Schmidt, Lois Vossen, Jason Spingarn-Koff, Sky Sitney, Peter Hamilton, and Scott Macaulay about trends impacting indie films:
I do think filmmakers are beginning to imagine new ways of telling stories across multiple platforms including online, through Games, etc. and so transmedia and more immersive formats will continue to pull documentaries in new directions. Much more relevant to independent filmmakers is the question of how viewing habits have changed and what audiences will “sit through” in terms of television running times.

The '70s, When Critics Mattered | Matt Singer | IndieWire
The speed of the internet has made it harder for the movie critic:
These days, it's all about the instantaneous reaction; critics are expected not only to be the best, but to be the first as well, in part because modern movies don't last in theaters long enough to support a substantial conversation. Only the rarest and most intelligent of Hollywood films (intelligence being the rarest of all qualities in Hollywood) have enough theatrical staying power to provoke truly interesting critical analysis.

Why the New Apple TV, iCloud, and 1080p iTunes Affect Filmmakers More Than the New iPad | Joe Marine | No Film School
Personally, 1080p isn't much of a difference on either my TV or iPad..maybe I need new glasses:
Regardless of the successes or failures on iTunes, getting 1080p is finally a step in the right direction for Apple and you’re going to be seeing a lot of films being bought and sold through its iCloud service – and since it’s less likely to find an independent film at your local theater, at least we can get those films in “real” high definition.

The Failures and Fallacies of Mike Daisey’s Apple Attack and the Media
| Arik Hesseldahl | All Things D
The unfortunate thing is that we are more swayed by anecdotes than by facts and figures. Many of the basic facts were true, they just didn't happen to him, or the way he presented them. As Hollywood would say "inspired by actual events." The other unfortunate thing is that this turn of events just made me feel less guilty about buying my new iPad:
Clearly, people care about how workers who make our electronics are treated, or there wouldn’t have been a market for Daisey’s show, or for an hour-long radio documentary adapting it. And the subject is one we need to discuss at length as a society. The net result of Mike Daisey’s efforts to put self-promotion ahead of the facts has badly muddied the waters, and has probably done more harm to the people he sought to help.

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