By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Day Zero? Yes. That’s right. There’s so much NAB news breaking in the run up to the annual pro confab in Sin City, that we have to start a few days early to give you all the breaking news. What is so important that it can’t wait until Monday to get started? Well, GoPro has a new 360° Camera, a firmware update for the Canon 5D MK. IV, and lenses, lenses lenses!
Wait, James. Did you say that GoPro has a new 360° camera? Why yes, yes they do. Building on their professional OMNI platform, the action camera maker has give us a sneak peak on their spherical camera called the GoPro Fusion, which not only does it capture spherical video content and still images, but it does it at 5.2K.
In addition, GoPro doesn’t want content creators to waste a minute composing an image before they start recording, so they’ve made it to where you just hit the record button and go. Then later, in post, you can choose the composition you want from any angle and output it to Full HD. That makes Fusion not just a 360 Video capture solution, but any capture solution, fixed or otherwise.
GoPro calls it “OverCapture,” and GoPro says it’s like being able to capture both primary and B-Roll footage all at the same time from the same camera. “Fusion is just that, the ability to capture every angle simultaneously…as though you had six GoPro cameras fused into one,” said GoPro founder and CEO, Nick Woodman. “Whether filming for VR or traditional fixed-perspective content, Fusion represents the state-of-the-art in versatile spherical capture.”
GoPro is starting with a select pilot program of their seasoned professionals, agencies and brands to refine Fusion for the average user experience, so we’re certain to see a lot more video as time marches towards a release by the end of 2017, just in time for the holidays. You can even apply for the pilot program by clicking here.
Next comes lenses, and we have a lot of news on glass today. First out the gate is Canon, which has debuted a new CN-E 70-200mm telephoto lens with Compact Servo support. The compact lens is designed for filmmakers looking for high performance cinema primes for their EF mount cameras, but have the flexibility to zoom along the focal length of Super 35mm and APS-C camera sensors.
With a T-stop rating of 4.4, the CN-E is compatible with both EF 1.4zIII and EF 2xIII entenders and is 4K supported with a nine blade iris aperture and pretty slick bokeh. The lens also works with Canon’s ZSD and FPD controllers and the ZSG0C10 accessory grip. No word on pricing just yet, but it should ship by year’s end.
Canon also confirmed the rumor that it plans to update the Canon 5D MK. IV with support for C-Log. The upgrade will require bringing your 5DIV into an authorized service center starting this July and will cost $99 to install. If you buy your rig after this summer, C-Log will come preinstalled. For more information, click here.
Sigma is adding more glass to its ever expanding Cine Prime line. The two new additions include the Sigma Cine FF High Speed 14mm T2 and Sigma Cine FF High Speed 135mm T2 lenses. Both are compatible with full frame sensor cinema cameras with support for ultra high resolution up to 8K.
Additionally, Sigma is now offering them with either metric or imperial measurements, as well as standard or glow in the dark paint on the markings. And you can even take your existing Cine Primes and have the measurement system converted for a small fee.
Sigma is also continuing their mount conversion service so that users can go from EF to E Mounts and Back. For more information, check out Sigma’s website here. You’ll also be able to visit Sigma at NAB in the Central Hall, booth C11525 and test them out.
Last, but not least, Cooke has extended support for full frame sensor cameras with the new S7 line of cinema primes. Designed give shooters that iconic “Cooke Look” the S7/i is best working with large format cameras including RED’s Vista Vision, Panavision DXL, and ARRI Alexa 65. The S7 line ranges from 18mm – 135mm, and enjoys the same T 2-22 linear aperture rating all down the line.
Check out the “Cooke Look” here:
- 18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 75, 100 and 135 mm
- T2.0 – T22 linear aperture
- Covers up to 46.31mm image circle
- Color matched to Anamorphic/i, S4/i, miniS4/i, 5/i and Pancro/i Classic lenses
- 6.8 to 8.1lb weight range
- 140 teeth 0.8 metric module x 6.0mm wide 103mm from the image plane focus rings
Cooke hasn’t announced pricing or availability just yet, but they sure look gorgeous.
That’s it for now, but since I’m now getting about 200 emails a day that area NAB related, there’s sure to be plenty more news to come over the next week, and we’ll be covering it here at doddleNEWS. Additionally, I’ll be reporting on it every day live at 5 pm PDT on the NAB Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.