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Samyang has unveiled a premium, fast prime lens, the manual-focus XP 50mm f/1.2 for Canon full-frame DSLR cameras. It's the third lens of the premium line up, following in the footsteps of the XP 14mm f/2.4, XP 85mm f/1.2.

This lens easily resolves more than 50 megapixels for photography and 8K for video. The lens features 11 lenses in 8 groups, helping to minimise distortion and various aberrations, while producing crystal clear resolution. The special optic lenses, aspherical lens, and high-refractive lens deliver sharp and vivid images to camera sensors by effectively tuning the light path, and, thanks to the ultra multi-coating, flare and ghosting effects can be controlled. 

The lens will cost £799 when it goes on sale next month.

For full details please visit www.intro2020.co.uk

 

Fujifilm has unveiled the new X-H1, a flagship 24MP APS-C camera that has 5-axis image stabilisation and higher video spec than the old XT-2. And Fujifilm has also released its MK cinema zooms in an X-mount to match.

The new camera can record in DCI 4K, in addition to UHD recording at up to 30p. It can also record F-Log footage internally for the first time and adds a movie-style Eterna Film Simulation mode. You can also select the compression rates for your video, at up to 200 Mbps which is double that of the X-T2.

The X-H1 shoots stills at 14 fps with electronic shutter or 8 fps with mechanical shutter. That can be boosted to 11fps with optional grip which also extends continuous 4K recording to 30 minutes and adds a headphone socket for audio monitoring.

It will cost £1699/ $1899 when it goes on sale next month.

 

 

 

The long-awaited and much-marketed Kodak Super8 movie film camera has taken a step closer to reality with the launch of a video showing some actual footage. Kodak says the camera will cost between $2500-3000 when it comes on the market this year,  and have launched a film showing some footage of the typical hipster-style target market and fashionistas caught in behind-the-scenes shoots. 

Panasonic has revealed a video-focused version of the GH5 mirrorless camera called the GH5S with a newly-developed 10.2-megapixel high-sensitivity Live MOS sensor, Timecode IN/OUT for multi camera shoots and internal 4:2:2 10-bit recording at 400-Mbps All-Intra in 4K 30p/25p/24p. V-Log comes pre-installed on the camera, the ISO goes up to 51,200 and there is Dual Native ISO technology as used in the Varicam and EVA-1 cinema cameras.

Based on the popular GH5 micro four-thirds camera, there is expanded video recording capability and enhanced image quality, say Panasonic. It's designed for professional filmmakers,  with Panasonic's highest-ever sensitivity and video image quality. 

Apple has revealed a major update to its professional video editing app, Final Cut Pro X, with new features including 360-degree VR video editing, advanced colour grading tools with colour wheels and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. The software is optimised to take full advantage of the all-new iMac Pro which hit the market yesterday and means Final Cut Pro users can now edit full-resolution 8K video for the first time on a Mac. Apple is also extending 360-degree VR video support to Final Cut Pro companion apps, Motion and Compressor. 

“With new features like 360-degree VR editing and motion graphics, advanced color grading and HDR support, Final Cut Pro gives video editors the tools to create stunning, next-generation content,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. “When combined with the performance of Mac hardware, including the all-new iMac Pro, Final Cut Pro provides an incredibly powerful post-production studio to millions of video editors around the world.”
 
Final Cut Pro lets professional editors create VR content with the ability to import, edit and deliver 360-degree video and view the project in real time through a connected HTC VIVE headset with SteamVR. Users can easily add 360-degree titles in 2D or 3D; apply blurs, glows and other immersive effects; and use visual controls to straighten horizons or remove camera rigs from equirectangular videos. Standard photos and videos can also be added to VR projects and 360-degree video can be shared directly to popular websites including YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo.
 
The update also includes powerful tools for professional colour grading. Unique colour wheels feature built-in controls to adjust hue, saturation and brightness. Colour curves allow for ultra-fine colour adjustments with multiple control points to target specific colour ranges, and eye droppers let users sample specific colours and apply manual white balance. Users can also apply custom lookup tables (LUTs) from popular colour grading apps like DaVinci Resolve and websites including PremiumBeat, Colour Grading Central and more.
 
With support for the most popular HDR formats, Final Cut Pro gains access to an expanded range of brightness levels to deliver incredibly realistic images. Editors can output video to HDR monitors using I/O devices from AJA and Blackmagic with brightness levels up to 10,000 nits. The new color grading tools support both HDR and Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) video, and with tone mapping, users can easily change HDR to SDR output for broadcast.
Additional Features in Final Cut Pro 10.4:
  • Easily import iMovie projects from iPhone and iPad into Final Cut Pro for advanced editing, audio work, motion graphics and color grading.
  • HEVC and HEIF support for importing and editing high efficiency video and photo formats from Apple devices.
  • Updated audio effects plug-ins from Logic Pro X with redesigned, resizable interfaces.
  • Faster, higher quality optical flow analysis built on Metal, Apple’s advanced graphics technology.
Motion 5.4 enables users to create immersive 360-degree VR titles and effects that can be instantly accessed in Final Cut Pro. The update also makes it easy to convert between any type of Motion project at any time, create realistic spring-loaded animations with the new Overshoot behavior and apply photographic-inspired looks with new filters. Compressor 4.4 lets users deliver 360-degree video with industry-standard spherical metadata. Compressor also lets users export HEVC and HDR video, while adding a range of new options for delivering MXF files.
 
Pricing and Availability
Final Cut Pro 10.4 is available as a free update today for existing users, and for $299.99(US) for new users on the Mac App Store. Motion 5.4 and Compressor 4.4 are also available as a free update today for existing users, and for $49.99 (US) each for new users on the Mac App Store. Education customers can purchase the Pro Apps Bundle for Education for $199.99 (US). For more information, please visit: apple.com/final-cut-pro.
 
 
 

Readers of Pro Moviemaker have voted in their thousands to award the best kit you can buy with our first Gear of the Year Awards. The best kit in lots of different categories – from cinema cameras and lenses to mics, tripods, bags and more – can now be revealed.

Legendary British lens maker Cooke will reveal its new S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses, the only purpose-built full frame lens set on the market designed specifically to cover the 46.31mm image circle of the RED Weapon 8K. The lenses will go on show at the BSC Expo in Battersea, London on 2-3 February 2018.

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