Two Micro-Four-Thirds Announcements, Sort Of

Well, we were expecting more but we get what we get.

Firstly, this is all Panasonic gave us:

The GH6, which is currently under development, aims to achieve both the mobility unique to Micro Four Thirds systems and a variety of video expressiveness. Both the sensor and engine have been newly developed to support 4: 2: 2 10bit Cinema 4K60p video recording, and we plan to achieve unlimited video recording time within the recommended operating temperature. I’m really sorry that I can’t tell you in detail, but please look forward to what kind of camera the GH6, which is still under development by engineers, will be finished.

And this is what Olympus gave us:

DJI Ronin 4D: We Weren’t Expecting This

Well, this is a surprise.  It’s nice to see some innovation, but DJI was the last company we were expecting it from in the full frame camera market, so good for them.

Key specifications:

  • 8K/75FPS model and 6K/60FPS model
  • 120FSP at 4K
  • Full-frame
  • dual native ISO (X9-8K: 800/4000; X9-6K: 800/5000)
  • 14 stops of dynamic range
  • 9-stop built-in high-quality ND filters (ND 2 to ND 512, or ND 0.3 to ND 2.7)
  • Switchable mounts including E and M mounts
  • Comes with DL mount
  • Built in gimbal and Z-axis support

 

 

 

First Nikon Z9 Footage Emerges

People don’t hold their breathe when it comes to Nikon and video, but the Z9 may break that trend.  The teaser video that Nikon uploaded was shot in 8K DCI but delivered in 1080P.  Regardless, we can see a very nice image with lots of detail.  We will post more footage when we have it.

Panasonic GH6 and Is Panasonic Selling Their Camera Division?

The 5.7K Panasonic GH6 will be announced on October 27th.  Panasonic has repeatedly said the GH6 will me more advanced than the GH5 when it comes to video capabilities so we’re looking forward to see what it brings to the table.

The other rumor about Panasonic potentially seeking a buyer for its LUMIX camera division is more concerning.  Panasonic is more innovative in some ways, and responsive in their firmware, than a lot of the other camera companies.  It would be a shame for the consumer if Panasonic got out of the camera business.

LUMIX GH5S and BGH1 Firmware Update to Output Blackmagic RAW

Panasonic announced that in a future firmware update both the LUMIX GH5S and BGH1 will be able to output Blackmagic RAW to the Blackmagic Video Assist 12 HDR.

We’re surprised but happy to see these updates coming this late in game.  Panasonic is one of the better manufacturers when it comes to firmware updates and new features.

These new firmwares will be launched on November 4, 2021.

Kipon Ibelux Mark III 40mm F0.85 APS-C

A new version of the Kipon Ibelux 40mm F0.85 lens is being released, which we expect they will continue to support on the same camera mounts as their last two versions: Sony NEX, Fuji X, Canon EOS M and Micro 4/3.

This lens has been criticized in terms of its image quality, but reportedly significant improvements were made in the Mark III version.  We will see!

Panasonic Lumix BS1H Full-Frame Camera Announced

We knew this camera was coming but we didn’t realize the Panasonic BS1H would be here this soon.

Key specifications:

  • 24.2MP Full-Frame MOS Sensor
  • Up to 5.9K H.264/H.265/HEVC Recording
  • 14+ Stops of Dynamic Range, HLG Imaging
  • Dual-Native ISO, VariCam Look & V-Log L
  • VFR up to 60 in 4K, up to 180 fps in FHD
  • Ethernet with PoE+, VBR Battery Mount
  • Anamorphic Video & 3D LUT Support
  • Durable Magnesium & Aluminum Body
  • 12 VDC Power Adapter Included
  • Unlimited recording time
  • Record 10-bit 4:2:2 video using the camera’s dual SD card slots
  • Output up to 4K via the HDMI 2.0 output
  • Output up to 1080p resolution via SDI.

For those of you who want a superior form factor to a mirrorless camera, your wish has been granted.

Canon Announces New RF 5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens

From Canon’s press release:

Add a whole new dimension to your story with the RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens. As part of the EOS VR System – this lens paired with the EOS R5 updated with firmware 1.5.0 or higher and one of Canon’s VR software solutions – you can create immersive 3D that can be experienced when viewed on compatible head mount displays including the Oculus Quest 2 and more.* Viewers will be able to take in the scene with a vivid, wide field of view by simply moving their head. This is the world’s first digital interchangeable lens that can capture stereoscopic 3D 180° VR imagery to a single image sensor.*^ Now, creators can go from traditional stills or video shooting to stereoscopic 3D capture with a simple lens swap. The pairing of this lens and the EOS R5 camera brings high resolution video recording at up to 8K DCI 30p and 4K DCI 60p. With a beautifully engineered folded optical design, the dual high-performance L-series fisheye lenses combine imagery onto a single image sensor delivering impressive results to a single file. This can help simplify your workflow by eliminating the need to sync and stitch multiple video files. An integral part of the EOS VR System, Canon’s EOS VR Utility software can easily convert footage to your choice of editing software. For Adobe® Premiere Pro® users, the EOS VR Plug-in software can help streamline your editing process. Both paid subscription-based software solutions (currently in development with availability and details to follow on or about early 2022) allow for convenient post-production.

With this lens paired with an EOS R5 camera, creatives, industry professionals and newcomers to VR can create an immersive experience, capturing dynamic scenes for entertainment, tourism, training & education, real estate, storytelling or anywhere you want to bring your audience to.

 

Chiopt EXTREMER: A Very Interesting, New Full Frame Cinema Lens

Chiopt Extremer Cinema Lens

Chiopt, a young Chinese lens manufacturing company, has recently announced and released images of a new, 3X zoom, 28-85mm T3.2 lens.  What makes this lens so interesting is:

  • It could be an affordable full frame cinema zoom lens, something that is lacking on the market (on the Chiopt website this lens is described as cost-effective but no pricing is provided)
  • Parfocal
  • Minimal lens breathing
  • Decent size and weight for a cinema lens of this zoom range (this lens weighs almost 6lbs)
  • 46mm image circle
  • Nice focus throw of 288 degrees
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.3 inches (40cm)
  • 114mm front lens diameter
  • Both metric and imperial markings on the lens (on opposite sides)
  • User switchable mounts with PL/EF/E being available at the start and more to come
  • Rounded and natural bokeh
  • Adjustable back-focus

On paper this lens looks great.  However, this is a young company that has yet to prove themselves.  We’re glad to see them attempting something bold.  Let’s hope they can pull it off at a good price without sacrificing quality, reliability, or anything else significant to a degree that is not acceptable.  When we get some footage of this lens in action we will post it.

Visit the EXTREMER page on the Chiopt website for more information.

Chiopt Cinema Lens